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Elevator Dark Horse Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 49 | Hads: 122
Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark, ruby-hued body; thick, foamy, dense head. Dark roasted grain aroma. Malt sweetness; bitter chocolate; molasses. Medium-heavy body; mostly sweet finish.

A very nice dark lager with some respectable depth and complexity. The dark grain character is well-rounded and balanced while the mouthfeel is full, satisfying, almost chewy.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is now called dark force It pours more head than liquid I had to drink the head down to pour the whole beer once it settles you get a reddish brown color with a big bread smell and taste with a medium malt finish

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date. Dimpled mug.

Appearance: pours a dark brown, translucent with surprisingly little carb. Thin, off whitehead, fades to a thin skim. Retains to the very end.

Aroma: quite malty. Sweet & sugary.

Taste: fairly sweet and malty arrival, malty and sweet mid palate. Lingering sweetness on the finish. Really, too sweet for a schwarzbier.

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation for a lager, but significant. Clean. Lighter side of mid weight.

Overall: I like Eliot Ness and Mt. Carmel brown more for malty beers, but this is darn good. Cleaner than an ale when you want something dark & malty.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of ischoz
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Holy foam up! This is the most over-bubbly thing I've had in a long time. It foamed all the way up my glass.

The color is brown. The foam eventually dissipates. Aroma is yeasty funky and spunky, but only mildly so. The taste is malty, but with an odd burnt spunkiness. It's hard to describe, but it is as if this were a bad bottle.

The mouth feel is foamy - too foamy. Still, it was an experience, just one I don't care to repeat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at holoday inn

The beer pours a dark, dull amber with a razor thin head that doesn't lace. The nose has a grain sweetness, notes of coffee and roast, but not much else. It drinks with a grain-forward sweetness with a touch of fruit and caramel, but very little bitterness. The mouthfeel presents a lingering grain sweetness, good carbonation, a mild reinforcing roast, touch of chocolate, and a little bitterness. This is a decent beer, but absolutely average.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I have tried from this brewery.

It pours out pretty dark, almost black which is unusual for a Lager.

The aroma is very malty with a subtle hint of chocolate and roasted flavors.

This is the best tasting Lager I have ever had. It starts out very malt heavy and then blends into a roasted flavor with a heavy emphasis on chocolate.

It's medium bodied for a Lager and once again, it's the best Lager I have ever had from any brewery.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a dark brown with red hues. I can see some carbonation through the dark color. Big frothy head leaves big glass coating lace

S- Floral notes, light chocolate, very clean smelling lager aroma

T- Big sweet milk chocolate, big roasty coffee notes, vanilla, biscuity/cracker flavor, some floral notes, and earthy notes. Really great tasting beer with great balance of flavors.

M-Rich creamy mouthfeel up front and through the middle, high carbonation, finishes dry

O- A very flavorful roasty and sweet lager that drinks like a milk stout/porter/oatmeal stout hybrid. Great creamy mouthfeel and very sessionable. This would be a staple in my fridge if I could get this beer around Cleveland.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of nubz77
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

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Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brought to me in a pint glass with a very dark color and a nice tan foam cap.

S: Malty and big lots of malts perfectly blended with a good balance of hop.

T: Sweet and malty mostly great as my desert beer...lol

M: Medium bodied to light with a good carbonation level.

O: Overall I would definly have this again loved it and all I tasted there.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Esthetically pleasing very dark amber/cocoa colour. Tall creamy head that nicely laced down the sides of the glass as the brew was consumed.

The scent flowed of malty caramel. Pleasing but not spectacular

Taste of malty sweetness was subtly nice. Definite caramel & slight chocolate was appealing. Hops finished nicely quiet. Impressive for this usual non lager fan.

Overall a not too shabby dark larger. Actually contemplating another bottle.

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Photo of zimm421
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark in color with a reddish hue as well. Very thin head, around 2 inches that is a tannish white color. Not much retention to speak of but it does have decent lacing.

S: Very malty and sweet smelling. Has a citrusy aroma along with a hint of chocolate

T: Has a malty sweetness right away, followed by a chocolate and bitter ending. Has a very balanced taste that also contains hints of bread and caramel

M: Very light and creamy feel, goes down very easy and is also very sessionable. Has a great mix of flavor and carbonation to the point where the carbonation is almost unnoticeable

O:Very good beer overall. It has great color and taste and a fairly good aroma as well. This beer is definitely one that you can drink an entire 6-pack of on a hot summer day

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Photo of BigDRS
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear very dark amber color and formed a nice foamy light tan head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malts, breads and lightly of chocolate. The flavor was of malt, chocolate and bread. The body is fairly light and the finish slightly sweet. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Thanks to pop's garage refrigerator for passing this one into my stomach.

A- Dark coppery/brown. Pours with <1 finger of off white head, which settles quickly into an island of bubbles.

S- Toasty, with a light caramel malt sweetness.

T- Bready, slightly toasty malty sweetness dominates. Restrained hops and minimal bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium-light feel.

O- Decent. Pleasant easy drinker....nothing to wow, but nothing offensive. A brew that you could kick a few of these back without much effort.

Future outlook: A pleasant easy drinking beer...but not really in line with my preferences, and not something I will likely seek out in the future.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Molten copper with pumpkin accents and plenty of uprushing bubbles. The carbonation destination is two fingers of khaki hued foam that is developing large divots in its upper surface as it slowly shrinks. Thick streamers of lace look good too.

This offering is more properly thought of as an American brown lager. Besides, last time I checked, Columbus is not in Europe. Loads of brown bready malt are a pleasant surprise and instantly earn this pony a good score.

Dark Horse Lager is not short on flavor, which is the first major point in its favor. Sweet and bitter balance is right in the fun zone as well. My EB & DH experience is still on the low end, but it's obvious that these guys know what the hell they're doing.

Flavors include toasted brown bread, steely caramel, cocoa powder and strong iced tea. This must be a fresh bottle because the finish is impressively tight/clean, with a healthy nip of hops. Too bad most Euro dark lagers don't taste this good.

There are no complaints about the mouthfeel either. It's easily big enough and has a well-calibrated combination of creaminess and stinging bubbles. Borderline buzzy to start turns into 'keeps your attention' lively by mid-bottle.

Elevator Dark Horse Lager is solid beer from the gate to the backstretch to the finish line. Even though it uses lager yeast, it's really more of an American brown ale than anything else. Forget being a dark horse, this stuff is a favorite.

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Elevator Dark Horse Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
84 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.