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Elevator Horny Goat - Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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80
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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
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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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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of TheBeerologist
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 dopespike
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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...

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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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 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 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 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 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 rlshep
3.99/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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 veinless
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely garnet and ruby red with a brown tinge. Head is one-finger, dissipates quickly leaving good swirls. Appeared thin on pour, hopefully the mouthfeel doesn't follow.

Nose is of grape skins, some other dark fruit, and a touch of booze. This is a porter that falls way into the fruit spectrum, as I get almost no malts in the nose other than the backbone grainy kind.

Taste is VERY fruity, with dark grapes most apparent. The whiskey aging comes out a bit in the form of a woody, slightly spicy note in the middle, and the malts are a tiny bit chocolatey but mostly the weak toasted kind. I like this beer, but can't help but think it is messy and rough. A slight ice creamy vanilla finish helps it out.

Mouthfeel is thinner than usual for the style, as the appearance predicted, but it isn't watery at all. Carbonation is robust enough to keep things lively and the beer gets chalky and creamy at certain points. Drinkability is good for being a whiskey aged beer, but then again I'd rather a beer aged like this have some stronger flavors than not really show the aging at all. It's a good, complex beer, but it could have used some more in the way of maltiness.

Photo of Wildman
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of Rizalini
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recieved this 12oz bottle (as a bonus) in a trade from ne0m00re and poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Thanks for the brew. Cheers!

A - Pours a nice rich brown color, with a minimal off-white head leaving a little lacing as I proceeded to drink.

S - Roasty notes of carmel, vanilla, slight bourbon aroma, and even some plum/raison aromas as well.

T - Definately vanilla on the forefront of the taste, followed by a pleasant oakeyness. Not picking up as much bourbon as let on by the smell.

M - A light-medium moughtfeel. Very drinkable, and goes smooth.

O - A suprisingly good porter. At first sight, it looked a little light, but that teaches my not to judge a beer by it's color.

T -

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 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 neenerzig
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a 4 pack of this that I split w/ my friend Passow when we went to The Fiery Foods Festival in Columbus on Presidents Day Weekend. Bought this at the beer stand in The North marker, which is where the festival was happening too. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my mug. This beer pours a medium to dark, hazy copper/amber color. Much lighter than all the other porters I have ever had before this one. The off-white head is about 1/4 inch when poured before settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a decent surface coating. Decent lacing. Aromas of oak and vanilla, along with a bit of dark fruit is present, perhaps with some undertones of roasted chocolate and coffee, but these aromas are not in the forefront as they usually are and probably should be for a beer of this style. Flavor wise the vanilla and oak certainly dominate, followed by some dark fruits such as fig and plum, and is rounded out with small hints of malt, chocolate, and roasted coffee. No discernible hops, not even a trace. A very odd flavor profile indeed for this porter. Has a crisp and smooth, fairly thin bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. Not a bad beer, but not what I was expecting with the odd flavor profile and a body that is definitely to thin for what a porter should be.

Eric

Photo of nhindian
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided as a generous extra by normyk, thanks Rob!

A - Pours a soda-colored brown that completes the look with a small, 1-fingered, light khaki-tinted head. Retention is low but leaves a thick ring around the sides of the glass. Lacing is modest, but thin and spattered.

S - The two dominant smells in the nose are whiskey and vanilla. It's hard to get much of the base beer underneath the barrel, but there is some evidence of coffee and chocolate. For the most part, it smells basically just like whiskey.

T - The taste is a bit more balanced than the nose; given the aroma I was expecting a ton of whiskey and alcohol heat, but the liquor is kept in check nicely. The oak barrel really makes an appearance here as well, imparting wood and vanilla notes. Given the striking appearance to soda, the taste actually has a pop-like quality to it as well due to the mouthfeel and vanilla, almost like Vanilla Cola with a whiskey mixer. Some light chocolate plays on the tongue in the finish, but the coffee roast from the nose is suspiciously absent. Finish is moderately short with a whiskey, watery feel.

M - As this was my first barrel-aged porter, I was sure what to expect given a porter's tendency to be a bit thinner and watery than stouts in my experience, and it certainly gives this beer a new feel. It honestly feels and has a bit of taste like soda due to the thin mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, and a flavor combination in the taste.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. Although the flavors aren't revolutionary or incredibly bold, I found this beer quite easy to drink. I think the thin mouthfeel is a double-edged sword here; on one hand, being a big fan of whiskey in general, this reminded me of just a straight glass of liquor with a bit of water in it to cut the harshness, but it's also incredibly smooth as well. Conversely, I think stouts are more popular for barrel-aging specifically because of their more robust body that takes the whiskey barrel to a new level. I can honestly say though, despite (or because of?) the weak feel, this is one of the easiest drinking barrel-aged beers I've come across and I would've loved this as an introduction to what barrels can do to beer (instead of my trial-by-fire with Weyerbacher's Insanity)...

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 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.

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