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Elevator Dark Horse Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Dogbrick on 12-19-2007)
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Photo of ksp1978
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

ksp1978, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +23%

jminch, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of joeheizer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

joeheizer, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Brenden, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Brewsed
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Brewsed, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of RockOnKatie
4.5/5  rDev +23%

RockOnKatie, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

JohnnyMc, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

garymuchow, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of jharkins07
3/5  rDev -18%

jharkins07, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Hoptometrist, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of fluidmotion
3/5  rDev -18%

fluidmotion, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of crashdavisinoh
4/5  rDev +9.3%

crashdavisinoh, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
4/5  rDev +9.3%

cosmonick, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TuffNut87
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

TuffNut87, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nubz77
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

nubz77, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +9.3%

TurdFurgison, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Geno78
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Geno78, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mdvatab
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

mdvatab, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

nukem5, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Fitwitchik
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Fitwitchik, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of zimm421
3.85/5  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.

zimm421, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of tjacobs610
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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

tjacobs610, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

BigDRS, May 29, 2011
Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Wildman, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

DoctorDog, Mar 20, 2011
Elevator Dark Horse Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
83 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.