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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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You have just picked up a Winner. Dark Horse Lager came from behind in a field of 2,832 to win a BRONZE MEDAL* at the Great American Beer Festival. This very well-balenced, deep copper brown lager has a great lightly hopped character with drinkability that leaves you wanting another.

*2007 American Dark Lager category


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (795) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - FEB 20, 2010
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of white head that faded to a good lace. The body of the brew was an interesting reddish brown color. The aromas were a little roasted and bready yeast, it was very light and subtle. Basically what I look for in a lager when it comes to smell. The flavor was roasted and sweet at the same time. It was crisp and light in the mouth with good carbonation. It was a easy brew to drink and was looking for more when I finished it

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Name: Dark Horse
Date: January 26, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip
Appearance: clear brown, wispy beige head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: chocolate aroma, touch of caramel sweetness, light earthyness
Flavor: dry chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light tartness, faint bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium off-white head. Nutty malts and a fresh hoppiness present in the aroma. Flavor is mostly hops with a slight nuttiness. Medium-bodied. Not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 10, 2009
Clear copper color/ fleeting head. Nutty, dry brown malt aromas. medium body. Smooth, nutty, semi dry brown malt flavors. Mildly bitter finish. not too bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2009 22 oz bottle -- Pours copper-brown with a white head. Heavy roast character. Light but not watery, crisp with a toasted bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bonus beer sampled at the Weyerbacher tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 8/28/09. As many times as I’ve been to the Elevator restaurant, this is my first time trying this brew. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark malt and lager yeast. Lager yeast flavor with some caramel and a slightly bitter finish. Sort of watery and not as good as I’d heard. Now I don’t feel so bad about all my visits to the restaurant when I passed this one up for the doppelbock.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bomber from BeerVirgin72 - thanks, Dawn! Nice dark pour with a very thick, frothy head. Some malt and mild smoke in the nose, but the flavor is dominated by tart fruits and yeasty, bready flavors. Maybe my bottle was slightly off, because I don’t get any of the toasty malts I’d expected. Somehow, though, not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Nice and thick looking, not disappating in lace or head. But disappointing thin structure, with a burnt finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2009
I can see why this won the bronze and not the gold. Pours a dark brown colour, slightly translucent with a full creamy beige head. Aroma is somewhat nutty, hint of smoke and a little bread. Taste is slightly metallicy with some chocolate and raisin notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shigadeyo (2976) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009

July 17-19, 2008: ElevatorDark Horse is acutally a decent lager from an average brewery. I like the roasted grains in the aroma and flavor. It is there, but not overdone. This beer is very dark gold-brown with no head and a medium-light body. It is just different enough to be slightly interesting.

Draught sample at The CI in Athens, Ohio during Ohio Brew Week 2008. Rating #22 for this beer.


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