Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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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: 127 | Reviews: 53
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 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 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 mcallister
2.24/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No real resemblances to a porter. More like an unfiltered amber ale. A small tan head az well.

Sour whiskey at the forefront of the nose with some milk chocolate like aromas. Caramel and some dried fruit aroma as well.

Hmmm maybe Elevator should worm on the base porter before aging. No depth or complexity. Tastes just like the aroma, whiskey from middle to end, milk chocolate, caramel, hints of oaky wood.

Mouth is thin and a bit watery.

Photo of kaips1
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle split with a buddy

a-dark murky brown with shades of dark ruby when light passes through
s-smells like whiskey right off and then some apple and coffee
t- taste kinda like the smell but not as strong by any means, kinda let down by the taste
m-tingles from the start to middle of the drink and then a wet finish
overall its ok nothing special, expected a little more from it i guess since its doing the whole whiskey barrel thing
i probably wont be buying this but i wanna try there dipa's

Photo of Bierguy5
2.84/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, 7.5% abv. Interesting dark amber color for a porter. Some ruby highlights. White head fades away quickly.

Toasty oak, vanilla, bourbon. More of a toffee malt character, rather than roasted notes. Slight butterscotch feel.

Very slight chocolate malt feel, with an odd sourness. There is very no character to this base beer. The barrel aging did not add much, a bit of oaky tannins but not much else.

Lighter body, some warmth from alcohol. Carbonation is good. Not much to say here.

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 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 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 JamnesCameron
3.01/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Received from drgonzo in the Black Booty BIF - thanks, Paul! Poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark ruby, light still gets through. With an offwhite head that does not last at all.

Aroma of oak, vanilla, dark fruits (rum raisins). Not much else working here. No hop aroma.

First sip is of oak tannins, vanilla, a carbonic bite, dark fruit, raisins and prunes. Medium, whisky flavored finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery, tannic mouth coating that is a little drying.

Interesting, not picking up on the porter aspect, basicly a whiskey bomb. A bit one dimensional, which frankly is difficult in my opinion with barrel aged beers. Glad I got a chance to try it, but probably won't seek it out again.

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 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 wyattshotmaker
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a snifter, i feel like i'm being very generous with appearance. this looks more like an amber ale.

nose is oaky, vanilla, booze. slight toasted character.

caramel, tastes like a worthers soaked in bourbon. fairly sweet, oaky, slight tannic flavor cuts the sweetness. i dunno, this could be alot darker and alot more flavorful

medium bodied. i feel this beer is lacking in alot of areas.

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 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 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 nickd717
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as a trade extra. Now, as most of the world knows, the love affair between me and the -bals has been as heralded throughout history as that between Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde, Joanie and Chachi. Sometimes though, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, and I’ve HAD IT with this motherf**king barrel in this motherf**king beer! This is a case where the barrel, and especially the whiskey, has gone a bit too far.

This beer pours a surprisingly light and clear reddish-brown color with a one-finger light khaki head that lasts.

The aroma is all about whiskey and barrel notes, oak and vanilla, with just a touch of roast and caramel.

The flavor has a little sweet caramel malt and a load of fairly boozy whiskey flavors and oaky coconut and vanilla. Feels like the brewer took his -bals and slapped you in the face with them. Some people may love that, but it’s not as much for me, although I do appreciate the whiskey flavor.

Medium-bodied with decent carbonation for a barrel aged beer (take notes, Tomme Arthur), mild tannins, and a slicker mouthfeel.

This is a decent enough beer with some good things about it, but you have to wonder if they cranked up the -bals to 11 to hide a subpar base beer. Definitely a possibility, as the base beer seems like a pale porter without much interesting about it. The Jekyll and Hyde of -bal aged beers, you may love or hate depending on your taste for the -bals.

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 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 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 SaCkErZ9
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a standard issue hotel glass. The beer emerges very dark in color similar to that of Pepsi or Coke. Actually, the head is about the same size as one present on a soda; small and wispy. No lacing.

There is some nice whiskey aromas. Loaded with vanilla and a touch of woody oakiness. For being a robust porter, I get no robust nose. There is a lack of any roastiness. The nose is basically filled with the whiskey notes.

Big whiskey flavors as well. Again, the underlying porter is hidden and everything is masked by the whiskey. The whiskey isnt necessarily overdone, but the porter underneath is hard to detect. Actually, as the beer warms, the whiskey is about all there is to this one.

I liked the beer but this wasnt anything outrageous or mindblowing. I like the vanilla and whiskey notes in the beer but at times, the whiskey becomes overbearing.

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 ne0m00re
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the 12 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma.
A: Reddish-brown, which is a lot lighter than I expected. It poured with a medium, dense tan head that died to a simple lace (with no film).
S: Caramel, oak, bourbon and brandy intertwined, some sweet malt, some roasted and charred malts, and blackberries, in that order of significance. It is a very good mix.
T: Blackberries at first, with oak and bourbon vanilla alcohol, and then caramel and other roasted/charred malts come in afterward and linger. The bourbon is surprisingly mild; it is not the star role and I like it that way. This is a really well-balanced, delicate beer.
M: Only slightly syrupy and mildly carbonated, which I would usually dock points for, but it goes really well with this particular beer.
D: Better than average for a barrel-aged porter.

EDIT live review on 03/21/11:
A: Head was much bigger with a warmer pour. Good lacing.
S: Some molasses throughout. Pretty decent.
T: The beer is easy-drinking, but not quite as flavorful or robust as I'd like. I docked some points.
M: Thinner, with a frothy carbonation. I docked points for the mouthfeel.
O: Decent. Nothing to write home about.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a snifter at the Brewpub on 1/29/10

A - Very dark brown with crimson highlights. One finger foam thins quickly to a skim. Spotty lace. Swirling revives a bit & improves lacing.

S - Roasted malt aromas with a boozy swoon. Coffee notes & dark sugars. Vanilla undertones.

T - Tastes of roasted coffee, caramel & dark sugars. Bit of earthy hops. Whiskey, wood & vanilla. Maybe a hint of raisins.

M - Medium-full body; reasonably low carbonation. Some alcohol heat. Rather dry.

D - Pretty good drinkability. Not nearly as bold as I was expecting. Not bad, but not great.

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.

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