Elevator Dark Horse Lager - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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3.81/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2013 01:32:12 | More by hustlesworth
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-08-2012 19:03:18 | More by Brenden
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2012 02:51:41 | More by JohnnyMc
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
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)
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2012 04:04:41 | More by garymuchow
Elevator Dark Horse Lager from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
83 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.