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Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mattcrill on 01-18-2010)
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

srb176, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

cmoses, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of HopHead29
4.53/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

served in snifter

pours a very light black, or more so a very dark reddish brown with a simi-tan white head. Left minimal lacing. Lightest colored porter I've seen.

Smell is at first dark fruits, much like a red ale of some sort, and then, a lot of chocolaty smells.

taste is the same as well with more of a chocolate presence and more fruit complexities of berries, figs, and prunes. Vanilla is a dominating flavor in this, too. Some oak in there as well. Beer begins to warm the palate about half way through.

Very drinkable as well

Lot of different flavors accented in this beer, especially the darker fruits and vanilla. Seemed almost borderline Irish red ale to me if the just subtracted the darker malts. Still, an enjoyable beer, and would drink again if given the opportunity to buy another.

HopHead29, Feb 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

osupuck19, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Mullinger1980, Feb 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Wsherry1, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark, almost stout-like save for the sliver of light peeking around the edges of the glass. The head does not pour tall or stick around for too long, but some foam remains.

S - Sweet roasted malts, oak and whiskey. Perhaps a small amount of dark fruit.

T - Chocolate from the roasted malts comes first with whiskey, oak and vanilla taking a center role as well. The flavors suggest raisins, marshmallow and caramel. Little to no alcohol burn.

M - Slightly light on the mouthfeel, so that's probably where this really differentiates between a stout and a porter, because otherwise there's no reason that this wouldn't be at least a regular stout if not an Imperial.

D - Although this is lower ABV than many -bal aged beers it remains unparalleled in this category due to it's refreshing mouthfeel and lack of alcohol burn. A definite recommendation if you run across it.

LiquidCucumber, Jan 11, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elevator recently started bottling this beer, here's my first non-draft review of an Elevator beer. Available in 4-packs, about $10 in Columbus.

The beer is dark ruby reddish brown with a thin off-white foam that never quite dissipates away. The aroma is mild oak barrel, vanilla flavors mostly, along with some lightly roasted malts. This beer is tasty, bitter and sweet malts, roasty and toasty, long after-taste of vanilla. The body is much thinner than you'd expect from a barrel-aged dark beer, but this is a porter after all. Light carbonation gives a little pepper to the mouthfeel, otherwise light and easy to drink.

An excellent example of local beer in Columbus, and I'm looking forward to seeing other beers from them in bottles.

TurdFurgison, Mar 18, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle (from a 4-pack), I assume it's a new batch since a bunch of it came to the store just the other day. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and vanilla. Nice sweet, woody aroma. The brew tastes like vanilla, whiskey, wood, roasted malt, and some chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and slick, with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy enough to drink. I think it's a good brew, I'd definitely buy this again in the future. It's good to see Elevator bottling a lot of their beers, it's nice to see a decent selection of their products around town.

bluejacket74, Jan 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

GrumpyGirl, Apr 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

TaylorK, Jan 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Mark88, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of mattcrill
4.13/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Given to me by the owner. Much thanks to Dick for the sample!

Barrel aged Robust Porter

Aroma: Vanilla and chocolate notes right out of the snifter. Warming alcohol aromatics open up as the beer warms up. Very inviting and well-knit together.

Appearance: Deep chocolate colored pour with a batter-like off white head.

Flavor: More vanilla and chocolate notes. Just a hint of roasted coffee flavors and a little bit of wood and leather round out the finish. Balance is to the bitterness and finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. A bit prickly on the palate and nice warming alcohol notes.

Overall impression: A well blended barrel-aged robust porter. I liked the fact that this was a barrel aged beer that still had beer character. Too many beers get lost in the wood aging but this had a wonderful porter character to complement the barrel aging. Nicely done!

mattcrill, Jan 18, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +15.6%

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!

AlienSwineFlu, Aug 19, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a very dark black with some mohagony hints with a very light brown head and no lacing. Nose is wonderful, lots of oak and vanilla, quite sweet and malty but still very fresh. A tiny bit of booze but it's very subtle.

Taste is sharp with some smoky whisky notes, the taste is a bit light but this is a porter not a stout. There's more vanilla and chewy malt as well. Carbonation is fine and sharp. Very easy drnking for what it is!

kingcrowing, Apr 14, 2010
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

MajorBuckeye, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark red amber color and formed an off white foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, chocolate, and anise. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, burbon and coffee. The body was medium light and the finish bittersweet. One of their better beers.

Wildman, Apr 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

ItismeDamonLee, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

jharkins07, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

GreenEggsHam1, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

wmickdds32, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

WesM63, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of rlshep
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

rlshep, Jun 04, 2011
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

JB62, Sep 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

OB1, Apr 30, 2013
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Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.