Saturday, April 21, 2012

Elevator Brewing Horny Goat Porter


We have a new guest on the show - Travis of http://youtube.com/CheerToBeers Travis is actually from Ohio so I thought he would make a very appropriate guest reviewer since this is "All Ohio Beer Review Week" on the show. This beer claims to be a [fairly regular] porter that's been aged in whiskey barrels. Some of my favorite beers have a similar description - would this one impress me as much?

P.S. Thanks again to James Knott at http://youtube.com/AgileHproductions for this bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (651) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 20, 2012
I received a 12oz bottle from a friend in Ohio (thanks, James!). I poured it into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby red to brown color; fine carbonation bubbles are noticeable around the edges. Forms a very large, tan, foamy head which does dissipate but not completely and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sour-like smell (in that good Belgian-style way, not in a spoiled way). Noticeable whiskey scent, but not much porter aroma.

Taste: Beers that are aged in whiskey or bourbon barrels tend to be amazing, but in the case of Elevator Horny Goat Porter the result is, oddly enough, just a plain good beer. There’s a lot of whiskey character to this brew for sure - almost a little too much, frankly. A great barrel-aged beer maintains the characteristics of the original brew with the spirit flavor as a complement, but here the whiskey flavor is the star of the show.

The palate is similar to a standard porter, so it’s a sweeter, more fine maltiness than a stout. Some cola-like flavors at the beginning with hints of prune, dark cherry and a slight tartness. It seems to change on a dime as the whiskey taste comes seemingly out of nowhere to smack your tongue. It’s sweet to be sure with just a hint of vanilla and traces of woodiness. Other than that there’s not a lot going on here, it’s the same two flavors repeating ad infinitum. Had this been done as a stout instead of a porter the palate would’ve been more complete and balanced, as there’s a lack of roasty notes and bitterness. The sweetness from the whiskey becomes a little cloying by the end, but at least it retains a flavorful, pleasing taste.

Drinkability: At 7.5% ABV the mouthfeel is rather thin and highly effervescent for a brew of the style and weight. However, the fact there’s noticeable heat and accompanying booze taste and sensation makes this feel like a much bigger brew than it is. Still, Elevator Horny Goat Porter goes down pretty smoothly and finishes mostly clean with just a slight aftertaste of whiskey or vanilla extract. A good after dinner beer on a weeknight, but nothing more special than that.

Grade: 7/10