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Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 17.66%
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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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.8%

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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Received in the Birthday BIF from normyk; thanks Rob!

a - Pours a very dark brown color with one inch of tan head and light carbonation evident. No head retention and no lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of whiskey, oak, roasted malts, light vanilla, toasted malts, and light chocolate. Whiskey is there in the front of the nose, but it's not overpowering at all.

t - Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, oak, roasted malts, and dark fruits. Tastes a little watered down to me. Again, the whiskey is not overpowering here.

m - Pretty light body for a porter and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

d - Overall I thought this was a pretty good porter. I thought it was very drinkable and the whiskey is there, but never overpowering. If you find other barrel aged beers too much, you might really like this one. Would have again.

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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 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 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 jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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 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 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 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 JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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 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.

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Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
80 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.