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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.2
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
AmEricanbrew (7011) - 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
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, 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
JaBier (8253) - 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
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
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
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
shigadeyo (3790) - Cincinnati, 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.

2.8
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2009
I had this on-tap at the Huntington Field ball-park in Columbus. While I was pleased to find an alternative to Bud Light, I can’t say this beer is anything to get too excited about. Dark-brown body, light frothy head. Minimal aroma. Flavor was Newcastle-ish; some light toffee roastiness accompanied by wateriness. Not bad, but hardly terrific.

2.1
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2009
On tap at the Elevatory Brewery and Draught Haus. First try was a part of a pint that was the end of the keg. Pours a light copper color with an initially solid 2 finger head. Aroma is stronger and more complex than the taste, a big pet peeve of mine in beer. Wet dog/floral aroma with pretty boring coffee water taste. Very poundable due to these characteristics. After the first minute the head completely died which made sense since the rest of the beer was very flat and pretty lack luster.


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