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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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We had to wait three months to bottle this big porter, every day going into the cooler, giving each oak barrel a hug. But you donít have to wait. Crack open a bottle today for this rich, robust, full-bodied ale with dark roasted character and hints of vanilla. This beer was brewed to reward you for what you do each day to help make this world go around.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2010
12 oz bottle... pours dark brown, relatively clear, with not much of a head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee with a little bit of oak... nice. Iíve had a lot of barrel-aged beers where the flavor of the base beer is completely overwhelmed by the oak, and itís not the case at all with this... subtle and smooth. Same with the taste... just a touch of whiskey, along with the roasty chocolate and coffee, not too sweet or heavy. Very drinkable. Iíd buy again for sure.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontbeertaster (2334) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
Tap, pours dark black aroma is woody and oaky, taste is rosary up front and finishes with a nce smooth oaky wooziness and is really nice and flavourful stuff, tasty

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rollsrace (21) - - AUG 11, 2014
Porter aged in whiskey barrels. Thereís a hint of vanilla and strong whiskey. Seemed to have a sour finish. Tasted on 3\15\2014

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (2915) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2014
On tap at Fat Headís Brewerís Brawl
Meh. This is an example of why throwing anything and everything into a barrel is not always the answer to making mediocre beer better. After just a few sips it was apparent that the weaknesses could not be overcome even with a great barrel. Skip it and Elevator in general.

Aroma / Appearance - A watery base looks like some poured flat Dr Pepper into a small sample glass. Soft creamy head adds a texture of dirty whipped cream. The strong smell of bottom shelf whiskey overwhelms the malt bill, light hops, and other foundational aromas. Even if it were not so strong the undertones have an indifferent feel.

Flavor / Palate - The watery mouthfeel is thin but boozy. Flat Dr Pepper mixed with a splash of ginger ale and a generous pour of whiskey surges in the mouth. Mercifully the finish is forgettable which makes it easy to move on to a new sample without too much residual finish. Sample at your own risk.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shot (130) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2014
From a bottle. Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate. Chocolatey flavors upfront bathed in rich whiskey tones, then vanilla, raisin and licorice. Finishes with milk chocolate and a slight hop bite. Peppery feeling on the tongue, but the rich creamy flavors provide a smoothness. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
revolution2718 (219) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Nose is roast, vanilla, booze heat, whiskey, a touch of barrel. Taste matches nose, roasty, lots of vanilla, barrel. Pretty lively and effervescent for a porter, smooth, moderate to thin mouthfeel. It's good, but for me the carbonation is too high, and the mouthfeel is too thin for what I want in a porter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cernjoh (113) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Had this at brew pub on tap. Aroma is vanilla and whiskey. . Appearance is dark brown almost black. Head is small and tan dissipating quickly. Taste is vanilla whiskey and good. Palate is very smooth. Overall a recommend from me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4322) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2014
12oz bottle. Opaque black body, thin creamy beige head. Medium to full bodied, drinks really clean and smooth for the style, which tend to be on the booze bomb side of the equation these days. This one however, is really nice. Donít get me wrong, this is a barrel bomb, huge barrel notes, the whiskey creeps in more every sip, really shining, but balanced by the creamy chocolate notes. Displays a mellow body and refined depth that I find lacking in most extreme beers. Tobacco, licorice, chocolate, leather. Quite tasty and unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
12 oz bottle, $2.50, Kroger Bridge St. Very dark brown, translucent pour; light head dissipates into a tiny ring; very light lacing, if any. Aroma is very heavily oak and vanilla, some chocolate, licorice, noticeable alcohol. Flavor similar, with strong oak-booze and vanilla; tiny bit astringent in the finish; spicy wood in the aftertaste. Medium body approaching frothy. Iíve been largely unimpressed with Elevator, but for once this is a pretty interesting and mostly well done beer from them. I appreciate them oaking a 7% beer for once, so I donít always have to go to a 10%+ monster imperial stout for a beer with the flavors of whiskey.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (1664) - Michigan, USA - FEB 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Colin! Dark-ish brown color with almost no head formation; only a small, gray-tinted ring of bubbles hanging around the edges. Aroma is relatively heavy with deep, sweet dark fruits with a cocoa-like sweetness & light brown sugar. Raisins, black licorice, anise, mild whiskey & wood aromas. Hint of sharp apple skins & red grape in the rear. Taste is surprisingly whiskey-forward... Unexpected from the nose. Mildly tart apple skin astringency... Possible infection? Overwhelming whiskey soaked wood notes. Boozy, woody, musky, light notes of roast. Mild cocoa powder & cola finish but still a whiskey & oak bomb. I could pass on this one next time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (668) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2014 Black color with medium tan head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor have great cocoa malts with a sweet woody accents. Nice bourbon notes make it very flavorful. Pretty good overall.


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