Badger Porter | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Badger PorterBadger Porter

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2007

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 49
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours pours deep chocolate brown with brilliant amber highlights and a sparkling head that resembles a pepsi, dissipating quickly. no lacings.

aroma is lightly roasted , with some chocolate and a bit of caramel, alongside a distant nutty character. a slightly grainy character serves as the base.

taste is roasted up front, wit hthe same hints of chocolate and caramel, but with an earthy quality as well, possibly a touch of smoke or oak. finishes weak without much character.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light CO2 presence. finishes semi-dry with a grainy aftertaste.

drinkability is decent. this is a sub-par porter. the richness that makes this style wonderful is not present, and the flavors seem less concentrated than one would expect. the grainy character in aroma and taste works against the richness and roasted malts, leaving the drinker with an odd aftertaste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of tyleeis
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of pmcadamis
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - After a fairly aggressive pour, only a brown cap sits on top of this deep brown ale. This is the darkest shade of walnut brown, and looks almost black when it's not in direct light. The light brown head is small but persistent, and big sheets of foam slide back into the brew after a swirl, leaving little lace behind. Swirling does bring the head up to a really nice finger though.

S - Nutty, malty, and dusted with a hint of nutmeg and cocoa powder. I'm picking up some maple syrup too. This smells much more like a brown ale than a porter (sometimes its a fine line, I know), and I would have definitely called this a brown in a blind taste test. Smells somewhat like peanut butter cookies.

T - This is really nutty and maple-syrupy! Ovaltine and hot cocoa flavors abound, while some crackling autumn leaf hops keep it balanced and lively. On the finish, I can taste some roasted grains...ahh, thats what separates the porters from the browns. It's starting to come more in to it's designated style as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a very slightly dry nutty finish. The flavors linger on for a minute or two, making me eager for another sip.

D - This is a helluva session brew! I could knock back a few of these with pleasure. It's a basic but tasty brown ale/ really does straddle the line between those two styles.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer when it was from Pioneer (although I think actually brewed by Sand Creek at the time with old labels), and in the new version. It's an average porter with the typical brown body and ruby accents beneath a short head of foamy tan froth that holds fairly well and leaves minor lacing behind. The nose is gently roasty and expresses caramelized, perhaps borderline burnt sugar. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a just slightly lower than average carbonation level that gives it a bit of smoothness. The flavor is pretty much as the aroma indicates it will be, with some nice notes of roasty grain, a thin smear of chocolate, and a splash of coffee. It's remarkably well-balanced and rounded towards the mildly bitter side, and combined with the soft and smooth mouthfeel I'd imagine you could drink a whole lot of this if you wanted to! Very much an English pint except that the yeast character is so clean. Nicely done.

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Photo of bashiba
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown with hazlenut highlights, a light creamy head quickly turning into a brown soap ring.

Smell had a nice semisweet roasted nuttyness to it.

Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of roasted coffee flavors and chocolate. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is silky and light.

Easy to drink, but a bit to sweet and one dimensional.

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Photo of falconxman
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Faunland
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of glowsun
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of dhannes
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of deanis30
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tourdot
2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks ok, an odd scarlet tone in the light, with a small amount of foam. Foam subsides to a thin ring, nothing special.

Smells of mineral water, and roasted grain, slight vegetal smell.

Taste is roasty malt at first, with an earthy grainy quality that lingers too long. No chocolate or coffee notes one might expect from a Porter. Slight sweetness, more like a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, not especially robust or memorable.

Easy to drink, not much to contemplate here.

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Photo of Bonna
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bluegrass49
4/5  rDev +20.5%

3.87/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light tan head gets to an inch before it starts to quickly fade leaving a skim and a hint of lace. Body is a blackish brown tone. Nose has a considerable sweet malt base and a rustic feel overall. Enters the mouth smooth and rich with a nice mix of minerals and sweet malt. As the taste keeps with the nose very well you quickly see how sessionable this brew is for a porter. This beers melds an attractive combination of drinkability, flavor and smoothness. Mouthfeel has a slight zest carried by proper carbonation, very drinkable.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - Probably the lightest porter I've ever seen is a ruby dark amber that's clear but inactive with a low tan head that was noisy and poorly retained. A thin tan right is all that's left.

S - The aroma is instantly yeasty chocolate with a toasty amber smell. As the head disappeared so did that yeast aroma. Not very complex. Rather straight forward. No hop aroma.

T - Strong roasted malts give it a chocolaty light coffee flavor that lingers and a dry bitterness (no hops here either). Like the aroma it's a pretty straight forward Porter.

M - Dry and bitter on the finish from the roasty malts, this thin and light bodied Porter is a bit over carbonated and prickly on the tongue.

D - This could be the only and only time I have this beer. There isn't much good about it but its not awful. It's just roasted and one-dimensional.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a snifter...1-finger head on aggressive pour. The beige cap last about 45-60 seconds before fading into a few splotches and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Color is a dark brown but a little light is getting through.

S-I have to strain on this one...light toasted malt aroma w/a hint of chocolate and coffee. Also a thin veil of wet dog on the nose.

T-Light subtle flavor that is nice, but barely shines through. Maybe my palate is too used to bolder brews, because this isn't bad at all, but I was expecting more taste. Toasted malt and mocha notes, and a pleasant rise in bitterness in the finish.

M-Prickly carbonation and light-bodied.

D-Sessionable and very easy to drink.

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Photo of TexasATM3
2.79/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Photo of bismarksays
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CraigP83
1.49/5  rDev -55.1%
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.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Photo of FreshHawk
3.72/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Badger Porter from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.32 out of 5 with 103 ratings