Elevator Dark Horse Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 12-19-2007

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Ratings: 113 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by mashedpotatoes:
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Above average brew. Gives off a floral smell with roasted malt character. Not quite as dark as the name suggests but does taste more like a schwarzbier than a lager. Mouthfeel is average and is on par with red/amber lagers with a bit more weight to it. Drinkability is fair given the well balanced nature of this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle purchased just a few days ago near brewery.

Pours dark brown, clear, with a modest size head that has good retention and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing on the glass. The aroma is less attractive than hoped, with some earthy hop pellets and roasted grains. The flavor is similar in description but notably better and more complex.
Near medium body with medium carbonation.

O: not bad, but not up with, for example, better Czech versions.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from last weekend; this beer serves as my first ever from Elevator.

It's not thick and heavy-looking, but it is dark, edging toward black and stopping at dark brown as some of light peeks through the edges and it shows a little medium brown through the body when held to the light. A creamy tan head sits at just over a finger tall, retains itself well, and leaves a goodly amount of patchy lacing as the beer falls.
The roast has some interesting character on the nose, toasty and lightly charred but with no astringent character of off notes. A bit of raw dark cocoa lays underneath all the way, balanced by a light touch of caramel. Some tangy citrus adds another element to the overall aroma.
There's an underlying grains note that's appropriate for the style while shying away from being the main component. It keeps from getting "steely," as many of the style do. There's a light nuttiness underneath that mingles with the roast and citrus well in the flavor. Again, there here are no off notes to this beer, showing itself to be skillfully brewed. True, the Euro Dark is the weakest style of the dark beers, but this beer is a great take on it.
At first, before I've identified the style, it's from the feel that I definitely notice this isn't an American bruiser of any kind, nor is it in porter or stout territory. It isn't bland, though, and its crispness and moderate carbonation keep it going while it doesn't lack smoothness, so that even as a light to medium-bodied dark lager, it works.

Photo of mdvatab
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as another great extra from cosmonick. (Cheers!)

Aroma: Getting a sweet apple note at the beginning, followed by Honey Nut Cheerios, and then a bit of minty hop in the background.

Appearance: Wow--lots of foam! A pour down the side of the glass quickly results in 4 fingers of light tan head. The foam settles to a very nice two-finger collar, which stays til the very end of the glass, like a milkshake, a cappucino, or a pint of Guinness. Lacing is nice and sudsy. Oh, yeah, and the body of the beer is a dark amber with decent clarity. Fine streams of effervesence are visible through the side of the glass. (The most I've written about a beer's appearance in a while!)

Flavor: Nice, sweet cereal grain, followed by an apple note here as well. A subtle hoppy bitterness provides balance, and stays there through the finish. There's also a very light mineral quality to the beer. Again, overall, the sweetness from the malt is very well-balanced in this one.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, as one would expect from the clues given by the beer's appearance. The body is medium-light.

Overall: Actually, one of the best dark lagers I've had. EXTREMELY sessionable, but, at the same time, not boring. Would love to get my hands on a 6pk of this!

Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appears a dark brown color with a decent off-white head. The color isn't overly dark and there is some light that comes through.

The nose is pretty good. Good roasted malts, a little yeasty and some hints of chocolate. The taste is similar, not overpowering, and the roasted malts are more prevalent, as well as good hints of chocolate again. There is a nice balance as well with a slight hop bite on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected but it makes it easy drinking and very enjoyable. The carbonation is just right with a slight sting on the palate. Overall, this is an easy drinking, flavorful lager. Things came together pretty well here; another solid offering from Elevator.

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with little over a finger of off-white colored head. Pretty good retention here, staying rich across the surface, with some nice patchy lace back. The aroma is some toasted bread and light notes of toffee and cocoa sweetness. I'm getting a bit of nuttiness too, as well as some spicy floral hops behind the other flavors. This isn't particulary robust in the nose at all.

The taste is tight toasted malt character, as well as some lighter chocolate roast and sweet caramel. The backend is fairly green tasting with citrus and a spicy bitterness. Pretty clean feel on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp and crisp feel. Overall refreshing presence for the most part.

This was decent. Definitely a little darker tasting than you would expect from a normal lager. I'm not sure how old this bottle was, but it seemed to have a bit of fade on it. I'd like to re-review in the future with a fresher sample.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, it's Elevator's first bottled beer (purchased at Blacklick Wine and Spirits). Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some red tints too. Head retention is average, lacing is very good. Aroma is toasted malt and nuts, with a bit of chocolate and hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but the hops come out more in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's on the creamy side and has average carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very smooth and very easy to drink with a dry finish. Overall I think it's a good, sessionable dark lager (5.3% ABV). I'd definitely pick this up again, it's a good choice and the first bottled selection Elevator is selling in the Columbus area. Recommended.

Photo of ischoz
2.76/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This not a fair review of this beer. I got this as a build your own six pack at an IGA. I think I got a bad bottle. When opened the bottle, the suds overflowed onto the counter, strange due to me not shaking the bottle, dropping the bottle or anything like that. I poured it into the pint glass and the head was very thick, it actually made up almost half the pour. I had to stop my pour. I waited five minutes and it did not go down.

This is where it gets interesting. I had to use a spoon to get some of the head out of the glass to pour the rest. The taste was okay, nothing special, but like I said, I think this was a bad bottle. I will find this again and give it a fair shot.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am going to be making a concerted effort to dive through the pile of things I need to try in the next couple of weeks. So I started out last night with this one. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 09/09/2009.
 
Nice pour here, very dark and nearly completely black in color with the exception of some touches of red around the sides and the bottom of the glass. Nice tan head came up and over the top and settled down after a few minutes, dropping a nice amount odd side glass lace in the process. Aroma was light, lots of caramel malts and bready notes dominate. Warming it brings out light notes of grain as well. Smooth taste here with a medium body that was well carbonated. Nice feel across the tongue with very sweet notes that seem to get stronger as it rolls forward. Almost a peat like touch to it as well at times. Very drinkable as the flavor was not over powering and the light ABV made it go down quite nicely.
 
Overall a nice little lager I have to say. Not the biggest fan of the style, but I have to admit this kind of worked for me. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, 5.3% abv. Pours a dark amber color, with a brown tint. White head holds well for a few minutes.

Faint roasted grain in the nose, along with some earthy hops. Not very much at play here.

Darker malt, slightly roasty with a hint of chocolate, without the sweetness. Dry and slightly astringent at the finish, with some earthy bitterness.

Lighter body, but not overly fizzy. Alcohol is a non-factor here. Overall, not terribly interesting but without any major flaws. This would be easy to drink a lot of.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to ne0m00re for this bottle.

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Nice dark caramel with good clarity. I really like the color, but I'm split on the appearance by the fact that there is an almost complete lack of head, a small amount of bubbling at first that was similar to Coke and then nothing.

S = This smells really nice, like whole wheat sourdough uncooked bread dough, a bit of earthy hops. Very nice.

T = Good balance but a little less oomph than I had hoped for after the smell. There is a constant level of bitterness without any strong hops flavors and a good bready flavor at first, but this thins out a bit as it hits midpalate and light flavors of burnt toast appear. All in all it's good, but not great.

M = Carbonation is soft in terms of feel. It doesn't sting. But it is far too strong in terms of amount. A small drink starts to expand in the mouth until it is in danger of spurting out unless a larger swallow than intended is performed on an emergency basis. Body is very light, mouthcoating is adequate for the beer, but a little light.

D = This is an easy drinker.

Photo of BigDRS
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle has no freshness date.

Color is a deep copper/amber. I get about a finger of tan head. Very little lacing.

Lots of malty character on the nose. There's some coffee, bread, brown sugar, and toffee notes as well.

Taste has a lot of sweetness up front with a bit of a cocoa/chocolate in the finish. This is surprisingly balanced. The cocoa flavor lingers for a while after each sip.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great. This goes down pretty easy, and at just over 5% ABV I could down a few of these in a session no problem.

Overall this is a pretty nice brew. They boast on the label that it won a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival and I can see why.

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

One of the seasonal beers on tap at the brewpub, on my last trip to Columbus. $5.00 for a 16oz pint.
Clear dark brown, with a slightly off white head that has alright retention, minimal lacing. Mild aroma of toasted malt and some fruitiness. Flavor of malt, slight chocolate and a bit nutty. Balanced off with some floral hoppiness. Dry and clean finish. Decent overall, nice example.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark chestnut brown with golden amber highlights. Decent creamy beige head and wavy lace.

S- roasty dark malts with hints of coffee and cocoa. There's also a tiny whiff of chocolate mousse and leafy hop aroma.

T- bigger on flavor than aroma. Smooth cocoa and coffee with just the right amount of roasted bitterness. Hop presence is mild to almost absent, but lends an earthy edge in the finish. Notes of soil, wood, and stone and a mild tartness.

MF- medium full body with zesty carbonation. Definite roasted grainy feel on the palate. Wholesome and filling.

D- I didn't expect much from this one, but I'm pleasantly surprised. A tasty flavorful brew that I could definitely drink more than one of.

Photo of TuffNut87
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very enjoyable beer. It had very little head or lacing in a pint glass. Smells good and taste improves as it warms a bit. Smooth with toasty, coffee-like flavor. Pairs better with food than porter, but has a flavor that is similar. I was glad to discover Elevator Brewing since it a local brewery. Columbus Brewing's regular offerings are good but more for hop enthusiasts.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 7/28/10

Medium brown color; not quite cola but close. It has nice clarity though; no haziness. One & a half fingers of foam has dropped to a thin layer. Minimal lace.

Simple aroma of toasted bread, earthy hops & musty yeast undertones.

Subtle earthy hop notes hit upfront & give way to a full malt profile. Sporting only a vague sweetness, there are notes of toasted dark bread, a hint of biscuit & even some dark sugars. No frills, but it tastes pretty good.

Leaning towards full bodied. Carbonation seems right around where it should be; not overly fussy. Residuals of toasted malt with a lingering bitterness.

Not too shabby. Dark Horse is straightforward & plays it safe. Certainly nothing wrong with that. Still, with other quality beers available locally (from Elevator & others), this won't end up in any sort of regular rotation.

Photo of Spider889
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had for the first time tonight at Claddagh of all places. I always saw "lager" on the label and just assumed I wouldn't like it.

Came dark. Not exactly black, more the color of weak watery coffee - dark brown and blackish in the center. No head but left minimal lace.

Smelled decent. Malty, slightly bready and lightly toasted.

Taste was great! Reminded me of how much diversity you can still find in a lager, and also steamed up some visions of homebrewing a lager this winter possibly. Nice and robust for the style, dark and roasty, with some spicy/earthy hops on the finish.

Medium bodied for a lager. slightly dry but overall a very smooth and easy drinking beer. I am slowly becoming sold that I need to be paying more attention to Elevator, and next time I see this in stores I'll probably come home with some.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not going to get into aroma. I love lagers, but I don't find them to be nose pleasers per say. Off white head holds on nicely throughout the glass, especially against the dark base. Tried to get a decent pic of the pretty deep brown color. The roasted malt comes through, though not to the extent the color would lead you to believe. Also a surprisingly faint coffee taste, along with almost a nutty flavor. Going to look through reviews and see if anyone else gets that. Sort of a dark lager/brown ale combo. Off the top of my head, I think it is a better version of a Beck's Dark.

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad lager. Pours a dark amber color with a cream color head - average retention and good lacing - rings around the glass.

Smell is mild and malty.

Tastes pretty good. Toasted malt and sweet malt with a minimum hop presence other than to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Plenty rich for the style, light and crisp.

Drinkability is good. Slides down easy and has enough flavor to warrant making it a session beer.

Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another csmiley choice from Black Booty 09.

A very dark copper color, maybe dark brown, but not black (no that there's anything wrong with that). Lots of white foam, some lacing.

Sulfur on the nose giving away it's lager roots. That dominates over all else.

Nice noble hop punch that fills your sinuses, and gives way to a rush of malt sweetness, then finishes somewhat dry with the sweetness and bitterness just barely hanging in there. Clean, robust, balanced, not heavy. Just a simple refreshing session beer.

Above average all around. Nice medium-light mouthfeel that's refreshing and inviting.

Cheers to session beers!

Photo of nubz77
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Being a lager, this is a very crisp beer. It has a slick oily look with excellent lacing.

The smell is somewhat subdued but a little sulfur is noticeable at the fringe with a little bit of caramel. The taste is similar with roasted malts, caramel, and a tiny amount of chocolate. Maybe even vanilla? Not a very sweet beer at all, but that's to be expected.

Photo of goblue3509
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color with a faint head that gives way to very little lacing. The aroma is nice, a caramel malt with some breadiness and some biscuit present. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with a nice taste of toast and biscuits. There is also a hint of dark fruits present. The mouthfeel is overly carbonated. It is a little too much going on in the mouth. The drinkability is very good, a nice smooth flavor with a nice taste. There is a nice enough balance to keep you wanting more. The mouthfeel is a little bit distracting though.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I give this beer more credit than grouping it with the Euro Dark Lager catagory. The beer makes a very nice little German-style Dunkel.

A dark brown beer lands in front of me and takes on a similar appearace as the Porter that I had just before. Less assertive with the cocoa, nuttiness, and smoke, the Dark horse simplifies things with its lagering. No phenolics or fruitiness, the beer has a good medium toastiness with mild earthy notes from European hops. Big on melanoidins, this beer delivers a rich and creamy mouthfeel that is the showcase for this beer. Sweet with toffee to taste but not sweet feeling on the palate. Nuttiness does rise as the beer warms but never competes with Brown Ales or Porters.

This might be the closest to style beer that the Elevator offers... if compared to good Dunkels.

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boy, for a Euro Dark Lager, this had more character than I'd expect - especially in the aroma. Really nice nutty character with a bit of caramel (not sweet) and pushing toast to roast (which will show up again in flavor). Quite a nice aroma for a lager - more robust than most, esp. for a lower alcohol beverage.
Darker color, but holding the deep cooper color and off-white head that settles out quickly. Not bad looking, just not a classic lager.
Flavor not quite as enjoyable as as aroma - but still a rather flavorful lager. My group who shared this guessed that it was fermented at warmer temps based upon the most robust profile of flavors. Many of the same characteristics as the aroma, just more subdued than the former. Especially as it warmed the toast to roast become more of the later than former, but still never at excess or unbalanced.
Closer to an ale feel with a little bigger body and lacking a clear lager cleanliness or crispness.
Still an enjoyable beer with bold flavor unexpected from a lager. Best Euro lager I can remember. :0)
Thanks Chuck.

Photo of ndekke39
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with a good friend. Decanted into a pint glass.

A: Orangish-brown, light haze, thin white head. Seems pretty average for a dark lager.

S: Definite lager aromas. Very nutty, yeasty, rich dark malt aromas.

T: Definite nuttiness. A hint of something like popcorn. Strong maltiness overall. Clean finish.

M: A tad on the watery side. Very little carbonation.

D: A nice, drinkable lager. The first dark lager I think I've had. I'll definitely try this one again!

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Elevator Dark Horse Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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