Badger Porter
Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Porter - American
Ranked #1,115
Ranked #48,294
3.37 | pDev: 15.73%
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a bottle of this beer off the single shelf from a beer store in LaCrosse, WI. The beer poured a nearly opaque dark with no head and no lace. The scent had subtle vanilla and cocoa tones. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with vanilla and mocha presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Sep 27, 2020
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a 12oz. bottle poured into a glass. The beer pours a dark but clear brown color with a one inch tan head.The foam slowly slipped away leaving just a thin cap and no lacing on the side of the glass.
The aroma is mostly sweet cocoa nibs.
The taste follows the nose, sweet with a touch of coffee, there is nothing bitter or dry to the sip.
There is plenty of carbonation, also this beer is thicker or a bit creamier than I anticipated.
This beer tastes fine, I would drink it again.

Dec 24, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sand Creek Badger Porter, 12 oz bottle, no date, poured into Tallgrass Globe Snifter.

A very anemic tan-looking liquid comes forth from the bottle, but as it forms it develops a medium to heavy brown color. Whew, that was close. Some white head standing about 1/4 finger tall, slight lacing broken up above the head which I assume is where it stuck after the pour.

Aroma is nearly non existent but I can detect some slight earthy notes, perhaps a touch of sawdust and toffee.

Flavor brings some interesting notes of blackberry, cola, coffee, caramel, cocoa nibs, and gritty dirt. I can get with this. Easy drinking.

Feel is about right, if a bit thin, and has some nice slickness to it as well. Roast and dryness accompany a stiff but busy moderate to high carbonation with slight stickiness at the back end.

Overall, hey, this wasn't as bad as I thought it'd be. The nose and appearance were garbage, but the feel and flavor were highly enjoyable. I could see how some folks would DP this, but for me it works fine. Not bad, I'd probably pick up another single or two next time I'm over in WI, note to self.

Oct 17, 2019
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

1.49/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

To light in color for a standard porter, light auburn, lots of floating particulates. Smells oaky, dry, slightly sour. Has to be Infected, Drain pour.

Dec 25, 2015
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with light tan head. Coffee, roasted malts, and raw cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with coffee and chocolate, light sweetness too.

Jun 26, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours fairly clear chestnut brown under a thuin cream to light tan foam collar.
S: More brown sugar and darker sugars than chocolate or coffee aromas, faint chocolate but no harsh roast aromas.
T: Chocolate but dry and not sweet and more in the middle than in the front, leasding into the after taste. Some graininess. Finishes dry with a touch of tartness.
F: Very creamy, medium full body, with very fine soft carbonation.
O: This is a fairly tame porter. The chocolate is there but fairly toned down, no coffee, the hops are mild and the alcohol is moderate.It is not huge and in your face but it is easy to drink.

Jun 18, 2015
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly transparent cola color with a thin cap of khaki bubbles. Aroma is very faint, smelling of caramel and perhaps chocolate--it's difficult to say. Taste is similar to the aroma, being that it is also thin and one-dimensional. There's some caramel sweetness and a dash of hops to balance, and not much else. I hope this just needs a little time to warm and open up, or else there's not much else to say (as a matter of fact, something akin to burnt marshmallow does manifest after some warming). The body is a shade thin but within the acceptable range for the style.

I'm usually pretty easy to please when it comes to porters, but this falls short of the mark.

May 22, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/brown hue with 2 fingers of creme colored head and nice lacing for a porter.

smells of nuts, toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee. the flavor has a vanilla kick up front followed by nuts, dark fruit (almost like a quad), hint of cocoa, and a complex sweet malt bill, which is impressive considering the low abv.

medium body on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation.. creamy on the lips and pretty filling for a light porter!

nothing too impressive with this one, but it's a pretty good porter nonetheless.

Nov 27, 2012
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ejmereen from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great porter. I'm no beer snob so my descriptions are to be taken lightly. This porter has a good flavor. Notes of smoke, and molasses hit the nose. Strong at first but finishes smooth. Not a bad beer to drink to get started into porters. It was a lot lighter than I anticipated. I'm just getting into ports/stouts and this was a great first pick. I really like the flavor profile and how it finishes. You don't get a sour face or bitter finish, this porter is sweet, but subtle.

Nov 02, 2012
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Zachtheporter from Wisconsin

2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blatz glass.

A- Pores a deep dark brown with a fat fizzy white head. Is clearly well carbonated. surprisingly when held up to the light there is actual a very slight amount of head retention.

S- The smell is rather faint being somewhat chocolaty while having the underlying profile of burnt malts. Slightly smokey.

T- The taste is slightly sweet and malty while being overly smokey. The finish is somewhat bitter as the result of the smokey taste of burnt malt With some slight cofee and espresso notes. Not very complex and pretty basic.

M- Rather high carbonation for a porter with a rather light mouth feel to it. Has very light qualities with a very watery texture.

O- A very sub par porter that leaves quite a bit to be desired. Rather unfortunate. The sight of the beer alone after first being poured told me right of the bat that this was going to be a rather low quality porter. As much as I hate to say it for Wisconsin brews this one is pretty much just worth avoiding.

May 08, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a medium brown with an orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) khaki colored rocky head that diminished to a thin layer of residue with a decent collar and had fair lacing.

The aroma was super light of a toasted chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and a doughy yeast with notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first then became a smooth bitter malty with a note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted a short while with a weak coffee taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just a little shy of medium in body and had a slight watery texture with a mild but firm carbonation.

Overall the taste was a little stronger than the aroma but still was a tad on the mild side...

Mar 18, 2012
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Badger porter pours a very dark almost black color, with a nice large creamy head. There is a nice malty dry smell, with hints of coffee. The taste is a bit light and watery, but a nice malt flavor does come through, and some coffee flavors can be tasted. It is a bit too light and watery, BUT easy to drink. Overall its not bad, its a bit different, could be better, but still enjoyable.

Oct 15, 2011
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jwinship83 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brought back by my wife on her recent trip to devils lake. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour produces an opaque dark brown colored body with a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a little before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- roasted malts are detected right off the bat. milk and dark chocolate are picked up towards the middle. bitter coffee moves in at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some very dark roasted malts. after that i get some chocolate. both milk and dark. coffee and espresso finish off this one and add a bit of bitterness.

M- the body is on the thinner side of medium. the carbonation is a bit high. decently bitter.

O- a pretty decent beer for what it is. not the most complex offering out there, but i think this is brewed to appeal more to the everyday drinker than the craft beer enthusiast.

Jul 10, 2011
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Duff27 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Huge head, wow, maybe a couple inches worth. Settles into a thick off white head atop a very dark brown porter. Great head retention and some decent lacing.

S- Normal cola/dark malt smell.

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Funky metallic after taste that I'm not a fan of.

M- Little light for the style but overall a minor complaint.

D/O- With no bottle dating(!!!) who knows how old this bottle is. The appearance definitely was the highlight of the pint...the aftertaste was just too much for me. Would revisit if I could verify bottle date.

May 25, 2011
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with low to no head. May be unfair as it was into a plastic glass. As with many porters the aroma was mild, but largely malt based of darker grains and mild roast. Tame overall though
The softer flavors made this easily drinkable. There was a nice sweetness to the flavor that blended with the mild roast. For an Am. porter I didn't detect much hops, unless they meant something else for it.
Biggest issue was the light body. Carbonation seemed a little big for style too.
Drank fine. I'd give it another go, but I wouldn't search far and wide for it.
Brought and offered to me by my brother in law. Thanks John.

Dec 27, 2010
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cobolstinks from Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter in color than most porters. Almost more of a dark amber than a porter. Lots of carbonation, got at least 2 fingers of head space out of the bottle.

S - Not much scent here, nothing bad nothing good.

T- Nothing as far as roasted malts or chocolate tastes. Not bad for a lighter porter though.

M - again the mouth feel is light, this could be a more of a session porter.

D - Enjoyable lighter beer, I can see having a couple of these in one sitting. I would drink this again if offered one, but I will probably seek out more substantial porters in the future.

Nov 25, 2010
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dhannes from Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a room temperature bottle into a pint glass.

A=Was able to get a substantial head, that stayed for over a minute. A reddish brown (it even appeared purplish early on)...lighter in color than other porters.

S=Not overly impressive...I got a whiff of hops...not bad, but not spectacular.

T=Reminiscent of a porter, but reminded me more of an Oktoberfest/Märzen. A bit thinner, lighter than most other porters I've tasted, but enjoyable.

M=A bit lighter than I expected...too much so for a porter.

D=Good...the lack of carbonation and the mildness of the roast makes this more drinkable than most porters.

Overall...a good substitute for an Oktoberfest for the spring and summer months.

Nov 19, 2010
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FreshHawk from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark Brown Ale with a ruby brown color. A larger than average, bubbly, foamy, light, off-white color. About average (a little below probably) retention but a nice foamy layer of lace left.

S - Slightly roasted malt aroma along with hints of chocolate. A good amount of earthy, nutty aromas as well. Some toasted caramel and toffee too. Definitely a porter that is closer to a Brown Ale than to a Stout.

T - Starts with some roasted malt. A lot of earthy and nutty flavors come out. Maybe a touch of maple. Reminds me a lot of a Brown Ale, but a bit more roasted. As it warms, more milk chocolate and cocoa flavors start to come out. Some toasted caramel and toffee also comes out in the back (present initially but more so as it warmed).

M - Lighter body with about average carbonation. A little too watery/thin and just a bit drying on the finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a nice Porter/Brown Ale taste. Plenty of nuttiness and later chocolate making it a fairly sweet beer.

Notes: Pretty nutty overall with some chocolate coming out as it warms. It seemed to be in between a Porter and a Brown Ale. Pretty sweet with almost no hop presence, but not cloying. A decent beer and a nice inexpensive porter. Not going to be anything great, but it is pretty drinkable and has an above average taste.

Oct 14, 2010
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bruachan from Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

badger portrait! i think that could be an expression for doing something nearly impossible (ya know, 'cause they're ornery and don't sit still)..."explaining that to him was like painting a badger portrait"

looks like a brown ale (and at 5% i kinda expect it to drink like one). a little suds but surely nothing impressive

faint roast aromas (bread crust, we'll say) and a little sweetness. hops in the background

yep...could be a brown ale. sweetness is syrupy and a metallic tang looms in the backdrop. bland for a porter, and it tastes more and more like a brown ale: no highly kilned malts

there's nothing here: it would make a much better brown ale (but IS it a brown ale?), but it has some sort of raisiny/munich malt thing that seems out of place

Aug 25, 2010
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beerwolf77 from Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is slightly cloudy chestnut brown. A full three fingers of light khaki head is acheived with an aggressive pour. A decent amount of lace remains.

The aroma is sweet roast malt and a solid amount of coffee. A bit of chocolate as well.

The flavor is a bit muted. Black coffee and hints of chocolate and hops. Not much else.

Medium to light body. Very modest carbonation.

Overall not huge in the flavor department. Drinkable.

Jul 10, 2010
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AmberMan22 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like my porters like my coffee -- black. This one is not quite there, but still looks nice. Deep brown with obvious highlights. Can't see through because the glass I was given was chilled beforehand -- which also likely killed any chance of lace retention.

Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, flash of roasted malt upfront but settles in easily and quickly.

The taste does have some bite right away, as the nose does, and it too quickly settles back to something more comfortable. A good tasting porter, but a simple one. Not very complex, flavors are tradtional and conservative. Still, not bad at all.

This makes for a good session beer -- some of the better porters just can't accomplish that because they assault the senses so heavily. I'm guessing this could be had for a possibly lower price in the liquor store, so I'll keep an eye out for it again.

Plus, gotta love the Badger on the front.

Apr 11, 2010
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Tone from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 4/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, a hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight vanilla. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, and slight hop. Overall, not complex, an average porter that is a little lacking in body.

Mar 29, 2010
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sweemzander from Illinois

2.64/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours rather thin for a porter, but still has a dark brown color with ruby highlights. No head formation even after a rather vigorous pour on my part.

(S)- Smells like raisins & a coffee nuttiness.

(T)- Lots of coffee & a prune-like molasses.

(M)- Lackluster carbonation; its almost flat. Thin in its body for a porter.

(D)- I would much rather grab a better porter than this, but it is still a decent attempt.

Dec 17, 2009
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during a recent trip to Green Bay; served in a pint

A deep brown body with ruby accents deep into the middle of the glass. A small tan head dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing behind. A nose of slightly roasted malt and burnt caramel leaves a little to be desired. A light medium body, thin and a little watery, with roasted grains, cocoa powder and a bit of espresso. The finish is not overly bitter and lends more towards the drinkable side due to the lighter body. Overall, an acceptable porter, average compared to most.

Dec 07, 2009
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birchstick from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark brown with no head whatsoever.

S - tones of sweet malts and milk chocolate.

T - tastes of sweet malts with a coffee aftertaste. This is a pretty standard porter taste without much complexity.

M - pretty thin and watery mouth to it.

D- this was an okay porter. The flavor was very subtle and middle of the road, making this easy on the palate and easy to consume. I wouldn't say no to this one, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Aug 17, 2009
Badger Porter from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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