Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
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Reviews by tectactoe:
2.83/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-19-2013 16:06:15 | More by tectactoe
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3.93/5 rDev +12.6%
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
Serving type: bottle
08-15-2013 02:10:09 | More by brentk56
Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.