Elevator Dark Horse Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 116
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 8.06%
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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 116
Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.68/5  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. (458 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to csmiley for the chance to try this one. Poured into a pint glass this brew appears a clear amber brown color with a finger of quickly dissolving lightly tanned head. Some streaks of lace cling along the glass.

The aroma of this brew is sweet caramelized malt smelling with a bit of buttery notes. Some brown sugary suggestions are also evident along with a minor level of citrus hop scent. A faint chocolate malt suggestion is also evident as the brew warms.

The taste is a sweet mixture upfront tasting of a combination of caramel and chocolate malts with a hint of brown sugar. The sweetness fades to some buttery diacetyl notes, contrasted by a mild herbal hoppy bitterness and an increasing alcohol flavor and warmth brings up the rear.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. For a brew at just over 5% abv the alcohol is quite pronounced but plays off with a nice subtle fruity flavor that meshes well with the other flavors. It is quite drinkable but a little too sweet for my liking and at times the buttery notes just dont blend well with the other flavors. As the brew warms, it picks up a bit of a light roasted quality about the malt that lingers in the mouth. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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! (485 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pilsner glass. Big crazy head thats nearly out of control. The head retention is insane. Its like a meringue dolloped on top of this beer. The beer itself is a deep caramel color with lots of effervescence. The color is actually kinda strange looking.

S- Strange smell. Toasted malts, maybe some cornmeal, aluminum, and some cinnamon like spice.

T- Light flavor. Cinnamon, faint hops and biscuit malts.

M- Low carbonation, slick, heavy body. This is a lot heavier than I expected. Goes down well and is thirst quenching.

D- Pretty sessionable. Finishes clean and dry. Easy to drink. (603 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (432 characters)

Photo of nubz77
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of TuffNut87
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.46/5  rDev -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. (521 characters)

Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish red with a cream colored head and leaves no lacing.

S- Light roasted malts with hints of chocolate and a touch of a smokey smell.

T- Not too bad but nothing also to write home about. Kind of bland and follows the nose.

M- Lighter side of medium and nice carbonation.

D- Easy drinker for sure, not something out would go out and seek but then again I wouldn't turn it down either. (408 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at the Huntington Field ball-park in Columbus. While I was pleased to find an alternative to Bud Light, I can't say this beer is anything to get too excited about. Dark-brown body, light frothy head. Minimal aroma. Flavor was Newcastle-ish; some light toffee roastiness accompanied by wateriness. Not bad, but hardly terrific. (344 characters)

Photo of ischoz
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (683 characters)

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Elevator Dark Horse Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
84 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.