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Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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BA SCORE
81
good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.28%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of funkel81
1/5  rDev -71.7%

funkel81, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Pillowburn
1.5/5  rDev -57.5%

Pillowburn, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of schwaeh
2/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

schwaeh, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of mcallister
2.2/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

mcallister, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

acurtis, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of donovado
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

donovado, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of bwarren82
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

bwarren82, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of kaips1
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
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

kaips1, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of hopkrid
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

hopkrid, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Crookdrain
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Crookdrain, May 02, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

djrn2, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Bierguy5
2.78/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Bierguy5, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of tectactoe
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of JamnesCameron
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

JamnesCameron, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of sgoro
3/5  rDev -15%

sgoro, Mar 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

jaidenjb, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

jameseaster, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -15%
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.

macrosmatic, Apr 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15%

Chuffbomb, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of LoveStout
3/5  rDev -15%

LoveStout, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of RockOnKatie
3/5  rDev -15%

RockOnKatie, Apr 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15%

jhamilton214, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Bung
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Bung, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 28, 2011
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Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
81 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.