Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mattcrill on 01-18-2010

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 53
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark in color. Foamy off white head. Aroma is sweet and malty, nice smell. Relatively fruity for a porter, a little fig is noticed also. Slight tastes of chocolate and vanilla round out its flavor.

Medium bodied. Slightly boozy in the finish, but I like that part.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft

Almost black, very dark brown. Huge bourbon aroma, nice. Boozy and roasty taste, bold but good flavor. Medium bodied

Photo of Pepper7
2.12/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Way too much bourbon on this one, I can't really stand it, honestly tastes like Guinness with about 2 shots of Jim beam in it.

Photo of jtwelk33
4.55/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought it was fantastic. Can't imagine many bourbon barrel stouts that are better

Photo of alelover
1.42/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

infected. every single bottle i have had. i give up.

Photo of Hawkster316
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good taste, feel is too syrup like, very heavy

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%

A- Deep brown with light tan head of 1 finger 4

S- Lots of barrel character, vanilla, oak, bourbon, slight roasted mallow notes. 4

T- Quite boozy, especially for only 7.5%. Bourbon barrel really takes hold of this thing. It's not bad, but kind of drowns out some of the flavor I was expecting. Fades to some roasted malt 3.

M- Rich and creamy. Carbonation surprisingly on the higher side for the style. 3.75

O- Not bad, but the flavor left me wanting more based on the nose. Get after it if huge whiskey flavor is your thing.

Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%

Transparent brown in color, scent is straight whiskey, appearance is a transparent brown in color, and taste is of sweet bourbon and some raisin. Overall, not a bad beer. Not mind-blowing or anything, but definitely enjoyable. Rated this one as precisely as I could... miss the old review system. Ah well, things change. Cheers!

Photo of WesMantooth
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a typical porter "black" and has pretty good whisky notes in aroma. Taste is waayyy too sweet. No roasted malt flavor at all. Some of the whisky still comes through in the taste though. Not awful by any means, but not a good porter either. Potential if the base beer was improved.

Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cycle pint glass.

A: Pours a murky brown color with a thin tan head fades that fades quickly. Low amounts of visible carbonation. This isn't very pretty.

S: Wow! Whiskey mostly overpowers anything else that might be here. There's some barrel oak with a touch of vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit - but mostly whiskey.

T: Whiskey and whiskey, as the nose suggests. Some barrel oak tannins, vanilla, roasted malts, and a touch of raisin character. Whiskey and sweet maltiness in the hang.

M: Thin, weak body with low carbonation sensation. It's interesting - this doesn't carry much alcohol heat, despite everything the nose and flavors suggested.

O: Somehow they managed to infuse huge whiskey flavor without much barrel or alcoholic heat. While that may sound interesting, it served only to cover up what I suspect was a sub-par porter as a base beer. Or, at least, it didn't have the big flavors required to stand up to the massive amount of barrel-aging they put it through. However, the lack of mouthfeel was the biggest drawback to me - thin and nearly watery, not like a good porter should be. Whether the base beer had much to offer in the way of flavors in its own right, I suspect I will never know. Not truly offensive, but feel free to skip this one without any fear of missing out.

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany capped by a rather modest head that fades rapidly though it leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Caramel, Bourbon, oak and vanilla

Taste: Caramel and vanilla flavors, up front, with the Bourbon and oak elements integrating in the middle; nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Why the brewery insists on calling this a Porter is beyond me as the base beer is somewhere between an Amber and an Old Ale and is nothing like a Porter; that beef aside, unlike so many others, my bottle was not infected and the beer drinks very nicely; clearly there is a solid Bourbon character but it is complementary without being overwhelming

Thanks, beerbeerbeerbeer, for going above and beyond to give me the opportunity

Photo of tectactoe
2.89/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to cneville for this extra. He warned me that sometimes this one's on, but sometimes it's off. I guess we'll find out what batch this bottle is from! Pours a dark brown-ish color with almost no head formation aside from a light, grey-tinted ring of bubbles that forms only there the beer and the glass meet.

Aromatically, it's pretty heavy with deep, sweet, dark fruits compacted with a solid amount of cocoa-like sweetness and a brown sugar coating. As it opens up a bit more, raisins become more apparent, as do hints of black licorice and anise. Very mild whiskey and wood aromas, surprisingly weak for a porter aged in old whiskey barrels. This one is really more sweet than anything; some apple skins and grapes bring up the rear as well.

I take a sip and am overwhelmed with whiskey. It's amazing to me how the whiskey and oak notes could be so buried in the aroma, yet so overpowering in the taste. Up front, I'm hit with a weird, almost tart, apple skin astringency (infection maybe?) only moments before I'm launched into a sea of whiskey-soaked oak. Boozy, woody, and musky with the slightest hint of roasted malts. The flavors take on the role of a beer that is dark, syrupy, and dense, yet the mouth feel doesn't comply - it's rather thin and weak given the style. The body coupled with the carbonation is similar that of soda - not very much like a beer. Mild cocoa powder shows up in the aftertaste, but is still relatively quiet when compared to the whiskey and oak bomb.

Well, it was drinkable. Kind of. Just way too much whiskey character to be consistently enjoyable. And the whiskey profile was so "standalone-ish" rather than integrated well into the other flavors. And the fact that it might have been infected probably didn't help. Weird, tart apple skin flavors that seem out of place. I wish this one tasted a little more like it smelled.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy dark chestnut brown with copper highlights. Meager looking tan head settles quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S- chocolate and woodsy with definite oak and vanilla aromas. Whiffs of alcohol are prevalent even when cold. Nutty, caramel, toffee and dessert like. Overall a powerful, well rounded vaporous bourbon barrel nose.

T- dry coffee up front becoming chocolatey with big vanilla, oak, and bourbon flavor.
It's a very heavy whiskey taste which I don't mind, but it mostly drowns out all the other flavors whereas a stout might be better able to stand up against it. Some dry grainy and coffee flavors near the end with a flash of hops in the finish.

MF- nice body for an aged porter, smooth and creamy while maintaining drinkability. Dry tannic oaky feel on the palate gives the impression of whiskey. Carbonation is tight and zippy like the little pins & needles you get when your tongue falls asleep. Wait.. What?

D- dominated by oak and whiskey flavors, this should please most fans of barrel aging however the beer itself just isn't big enough to shine through.

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm expecting some whiskey in this beer, but I never expected this. One might think all this hard-hitting fusel alcohol might prevent much of a head; to be sure, it's not very much, but it manages better than I'd expect. A bit of a creamy off-white cap does manage to linger and even drop bits of spotty lacing. Most beers with this much booziness don't manage all that well unless they're phenomenally attenuated, so give some credit here.
Holy whiskey, Batman. Actually, the nose does let some of the porter quality come out with some roast from the malts (which one would assume there's plenty of to form this beer's backbone). A bit of vanilla comes through with lots of wood as well.
Everything at first gets absolutely decimated by the raw fusel booziness. Give it a chance, though, and you'll discover there's beer here. Otherwise, you might be convinced this beer really is a whiskey. Anyway, a bit of peat comes through with a very lightly earthy/smoky note along with lots of drying oak.
Well, the alcohol doesn't thin the body as much as one might think, but a bit. Otherwise it's a solid medium body, appropriate for a porter, with a reasonable creaminess to it off a bit of a crispness and moderate carbonation.
If you're looking for whiskey, give this beer a shot. You may be just a little disappointed by the lack of subtlety, and a bit more skill would ensure that the flavors meld better, but it's a pretty good beer by standards.

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to cmrillo for sharing this one after a ticking session this evening! Thanks brother! Infected! Served from bottle into a Ommegang Three Philosophers chalice. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger light tan that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and tart cherry. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart cherry, vanilla, and dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. I was really disappointed to find that this one was infected. It seems like a young infection though, so there is still hope out there for some bottles. The tart cherry was really noticeable upon first investigation in the nose. So be warned. Hasn't come over to the flavor as much, but it is on the way.

Photo of Bung
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. Not a real dark brown pour, layer of off white, lasted nicely.

Aroma, molasses, brown sugar, some vanilla, oak, booze.

Taste, light chocolate, some peatiness. Vanilla, oak, also pretty light. Kind of a weird cola-coffee combo. Just a little odd.

A little thin and a smidge high on carbonation. Drinks pretty easy though, only a little abv presence.
As a brewer if you don't have enough patience to do 6 months in the barrel, I don't think you should bother. A descent porter, an average barrel aged attempt.

Photo of Spider889
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bodega. Served in a tulip.

Supposed to have been aged in Woodford Reserve Bourbon barrels.

Dark brown and thin looking. Unfiltered or unclarified, the beer is fairly murky. Not a ton of head.

The aroma is very weak for a barrel aged beer. A bit soapy up front. The barrel provides sodden dank oak and a hint of bourbon via coconut and sweet boozy arroma. Not much malt to be appreciated thus far.

The flavor is much better, though again an anomoly. Very little barrel characteristics, and instead of tasting like a traditional porter this is a very sweet beer. I tasted enough chocolate to make a true chocolate beer blush.

Overall not bad, but also nothing impressive or on par as a porter, and largely underwhelming as a bouron barrel beer.

Photo of schwaeh
2.15/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle from 2012

A: Pours out a lighter bodied black with a huge tan head. A nice foam cap hangs around for a while. Fairly high carbonation.

S: This is fairly big on bourbon and vanilla, everything else is really coming out in a lesser degree. The bourbon seems fairly smooth and mellow, no overpowering in the aroma. I get some damp oakey wood and a hint of dark fruits.

T: Ugh, things go south at this point. It has that instant foam-up once I take a drink, really open, light, off flavor. It kinda has a vegetables-in-stew sweet flavor. I get the oak and vanilla but they don't compete with this gross raisin flavor. Bits of chocolate within the acrid alcoholic taste.

M: Like I said, it explodes like alka seltzer and ends up feeling thin.

O: Infection it is. I loved this stuff last year, unfortunately when I do go to review it, the stuff is horrid. Avoid until they try again.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes, 22JAN12.

12oz bottle (thanks Steve) poured (partly) into a Glencairn taster/snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a distinctively ruddy red hue. A decent amount of light tan head forms and maintains pretty well.

S: Interesting...the barrels and spirit seem to be pretty prominent @ 7.5% abv. This porter also seems to have an underlying brown malt presence with caramel and wood notes. While there is oak & vanilla, there is some odd sweetness, and a slightly off-putting cherry note. The booze wafts out of the snifter like a Scotch Whisky or Sherry.

T: Slight tartness mixing with a very clear whisky note, and the alcohol has some bite. There are some chocolate and vanilla notes, and the malts are still identifiable. Finishes with a slightly odd burnt note.

MF: Creamy medium body...the tartness, wood and alcohol make for a slightly drying and bitter aftertaste.

O: Not entirely pleasant. For a beer of this size I wouldn't expect the alcohol and barrel notes to be so in-your-face. There are other oddities about this one too. Can't say for sure...

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Turdferguson for this one. 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a .5 finger fine, light caramel colored head with poor retention. Beer is a dark, clear amber. Lacing is spotty and spare with little cling. Nice color but not much else here.

One sniff and immediately, I can tell that this one is infected. Roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, and barrel notes are instead replaced by cherry and a distinct fruity tartness. Not bad, but that isn't what it should smell like.

Opens mellow and fruity. Tart cherry fruitiness. Mildly sweet with a strange, roasted malt and cane sugar combo towards the middle. Very thin. End is an overtone of sweet booziness supplemented by vanilla and cherry coke sweetness. Aftertaste is more of the same. Awkward but not half bad.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Thin and bubbly in the mouth and grainy and coarse going down. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste. Would have really liked more of a body on this one.

I'm not sure what the brewer was going for with this offering but this beer is obviously infected. Yet the results are actually not half bad. The sourness hasn't really taken over and the fruit notes are a nice complement to the very mellow barrel presence. Though there's nothing to suggest this is a porter. A bit on the thin side too. An interesting beer overall.

Photo of jlindros
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the THECPJ for this weird and interesting looking beer. I'm always a sucker for whisky barrel aged beers.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi quickly, no real lacing, over dark-ish auburn brown colored beer, much lighter than I thought.

Nose explodes with whisky and oak barrel aromas, some whisky but don't get bourbon, lots of woody oak aromas, vanilla, hints of creamy dark malts and porter like malts, and touch of what may be a soured infection like aroma but not necessarily as it could just be the whisky and barrel aromas tricking me.

Taste brings lots of oak barrel again, tons of vanilla and bit of woody esters and toasted oak, bit of whisky but not a lot, then some creamy malts, bit of darker malts and hint of caramel, but no real roast or porter like flavors. This reminds me of Innis & Gunn but those aren't supposed to be dark, this is. Finishes with more creamy malts and hint of nutty brown malts and caramel, as well as sticky. Touch of spicy hops come out in the background almost as if it was a memory of a previous beer and wasn't even part of this one.

Mouth is med bodied, not very full, with lower carbonation.

Overall nice at first, but doesn't really come through. The barrel aging is nice, lots of barrel, vanilla, oak, and hints of whisky, but there is no beer to back it up. Lack of carbonation doesn't help either.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours somewhat lighter than most porters as a rather dark brown, but certainly not black. When held up to the light it takes on a ruby color. No head formed, just a ring of foam around the edge with thin lacing that forms and is gone rather quickly.

S: There is a little bit of whiskey and a slight oak aroma up front, some toasted malt and a bit of roasty chocolate on the back end. There is a slightly off-putting aroma that I can't quite put my finger on though.

T: Nothing off-putting here. Definite whiskey presence, with some oak and vanilla. There is a little bit of roast, but not as much as I would like.

M: On the light side for a porter, rather smooth with low carbonation.

O: It's interesting, not like most porters I have had. I wish it had a bit more roast/chocolate/coffee in it, blended with the vanilla and oak.

Photo of mikereaser
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep chestnut brown with red highlights when held up to the light. There is a bit of off-white foam that left some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is sweet, with a decent amount of the whiskey coming through, some caramel and vanilla. Sweet caramel flavor with some vanilla helping it out. There is just a hint of whiskey. Its medium bodied but still a little thin though it has a crisp carbonation that I don't necessarily like. I'd call it OK, but wouldn't find another.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #50 (March 2011):

Three months in the making for this whisky barrel-aged Porter. Sizable head gets whacked by the fusel alcohol from the barrel aging, but still holds to a sticky lacing. Smells of charred wood, with a bit of leftover barrel juice and a kiss of beery Porter. Dry-ish palate with a lighter body than expected. Lots of wood flavor with a well-rounded vanilla flavor. A bit of boozi- ness in the middle—not hot, but more straight-up flavor. Hops take a backseat here and just go for the ride. Roastiness melds well with the barrel flavors, and the alcohol warmth grows slowly. We took our time with this one and enjoyed every sip.

Photo of rlshep
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 year old when reviewed.

Aroma: Whiskey up front and present but not overpowering. Chocolate in the background. Alcohol noticeable.

Appearance: Pours two finger tan head. Good lacing. Very dark. Amber highlights when held to light. Some floaties.

Flavor: A punch of whiskey up front followed by a smooth milk chocolate. Light vanilla. Caramelly with coffee notes, give it a sweetened expresso taste. Roast lingers in finish. Low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. Residual sweetness coats tongue. Smooth. Alcohol warming.

Overall: A very nice beer. Whisky is not overpowering. A smooth easy drinking 7.5% beer. Would like to see a touch more roast, but well done.

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Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.