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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
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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: 49 | Hads: 122
Photo of stakem
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass...Pours a pretty ugly watered down coca-cola with a light white head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma is light, almost dead, I can pull a little roasted malt and toffee...The taste is light but refreshing, light roast, caramel, and tofee. Super easy to drink.

This is good dark lager, try it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber, very clear body with muted but adequate carbonation and a thin, white, short-lived head. Not much lace.

Nice Munichy maltiness up front in the nose, bringing almost a tad of fruit (NOT from the yeast or hops though). Faint German-smelling hop aroma, clean yeast. Wisp of smoke and roast.

Tanned toast, some rich homemade biscuit crust. Hint of dark fruit and burnt caramel. But the hop is more prevalent than expected and imposes itself. Not bitter, but balanced with some earthy, apple peel taste, keeping it malty but in check. Clean lager taste with a touch of refreshing sulfur. Sweet but not cloying at all.

Nice, medium mouthfeel is quite inviting. Quite drinkable and clean-finishing for being malt-based and having low carbonation. This bottle may not survive the review!

Loves me a semi-local Dark Lager, man. Quite a treat the more I think of it. Truthfully reminds me of a darker, well-made Oktoberfest with extra late hope additions.

Note: the beer did not survive this review.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of joepais
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Csmiley for sending this one out to me
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that faded to a good lace. The body of the brew was an interesting reddish brown color.

The aromas were a little roasted and bready yeast, it was very light and subtle. Basically what I look for in a lager when it comes to smell. The flavor was roasted and sweet at the same time. It was crisp and light in the mouth with good carbonation. It was a easy brew to drink and was looking for more when I finished it

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass. no sign of a best by/bottled on date

Bottle thanks to Ryan011235, always nice to get something from a brewery I've never heard of.

Pours a transparent dark amber almost brown color. less than a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates to a then film almost immediately. Not a whole lot on the nose. A hint of toasty sweet bread. The taste is dominated by roasted barley and a bready malt backbone. A little sweetness kicks in before it finishes slight bitter and dry. This beer has the crispness you expect from a lager while providing nice roasted characters. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant, as well. An overall easy drinking and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of Kegatron
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of rayjay
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of ndekke39
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of sleazo
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a chocolate like brown which ranges through the spectrum from dark to milk when viewed against a light. A smallish tan head caps the brew. Retention is poor but the lace is fairly solid.

S_The nose is a nice blend of chocolate and a small dose of vegetal hops.

D_A smooth sweet liquid greets the tongue upon first sip followed by a burst of chocolate and caramel roasted malt. The finish is rather dry and speaks of light hopping. Some hints of hay in the aftertaste. There is also a bit of a metallic element as well that manages to detract from an otherwise tasty beer.

M_A thicker lager with just the right ammount of large bubbled carbonation.

D_The words, smooth and easy drinking come to mind as my glass quickly empties. A mostly clean tasting lager that is pretty tasty overall.

Thanks to csmiley for the opportunity to sample this.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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 bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of blakesell
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a wine style tasting glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown with big red hues. Carbonation is gone iwth no lacing whatsoever. A small spot of bubbles appear on the top of the grog.

Smell- Light roasted malts with hints of chocolate, coffee, some smoke, very balanced. Smells to be quite a passable schwartzbeer. No wonder it got the bronze at the GABF.

Taste- Light and flavorful. Creamy and roasty, wow. Really takes those past unpleasant beers out of my mouth. Same yeast as the previous beers, but clearly a different breed. Very well brewed.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, malty, medium bodied, medium in carbonation, not astringent, not warming, very nice drinking.

Drinkability- Very smooth, will be revisited in the future for certain.

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Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewpub. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a medium and fluffy beige head that has decent retention. Patchy lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts and malt, with hints of hops. Medium, smooth body with a nice roasted character. Notes of malt, chocolate and nuts along with a decent amount of hops. The finish is dry and roasty with a lingering mild hoppiness. Pretty good all around.

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