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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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

Formerly known as Dark Horse Lager.

Shot's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shot (378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2014
From a bottle. Pours hazy brown with a humongous head. This bottle is way overcarbonated, probably by mistake. Aromas are fruity yeast esters, slight wine flavors, and caramel. Flavors are white wine, plum, date, raisin, brown sugar and bready notes. Highly carbonated, lively mouthfeel. Even though this bottle is mistakenly over carbonated, it still has some enjoyable flavors. I’ll have to try this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 11, 2014
From bottle. Dark amber color; pours with a ton of head. Aroma is roasted and slightly sweet malts. Taste is lightly smokey, with roasted nuts, caramel, and sweet malt notes. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4056) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
12oz bottle from Weilands. Deep copper-brown pour with a thin light tan head and soapy stick. Aroma of bread and nuts. Tastes are toasted malts, chocolate, caramel, nutty. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle: pours dark mahogany color with a small beige head. Aroma is caramel and nuts. The flavor is much the same, but very sweet, with some chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jtclockwork (13246) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Bottle shared by me in hotel. RBSG. St. Louis. Pours amber with white head. Nose/taste of white sugar, light fruit. Malt. Lighter medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1142) - , Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2014
bottle from? not sure of age on this one. different beer. wasn’t sure what to expect. sticky, sweet, dark. fizzy. amber?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bransm (9) - Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014 does not count
Dark mahogany color. Thicker feel with consistent taste. Some say there is a hint of chocolate flavor but I cannot identify/confirm that. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (680) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Sampler from bottle at 2014 Price Hill Beer Fest. Somewhat hazy dark amber color, nice malty/chocolate aroma, flavor much like the nose. Good dark lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nathan30533 (991) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Good brew. Taste is of malt blend. Not much hops. Darker color. Good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4762) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-15-2010 at Bock & Rock event in Minster, OH. This bottled beer pours a small beige head with a short retention, transparent copper body, no visible carbonation observed, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, hint of hops and lightly nutty. The taste is sweet, caramel malt and nutty. The palate is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer lacks any WOW factor and it did not leave me wanting it in the future.

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