Elevator Horny Goat | Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus

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82
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135 Ratings
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Elevator Horny GoatElevator Horny Goat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
Ohio, United States
elevatorbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mattcrill on 01-18-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
17.42%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
16
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 48
Photo of deuce9259
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tectactoe
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Brenden
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Brown120
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Mullinger1980
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Envelopes
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of donovado
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of jhamilton214
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TaylorK
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of RockOnKatie
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jameseaster
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Bung
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of jharkins07
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of funkel81
1/5  rDev -71.9%

Photo of wmickdds32
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TheBeerologist
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of dopespike
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of schwaeh
2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Elevator Horny Goat from Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
3.56 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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