RATINGS: 77   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.

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TheOrange's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2012
nice deep mahogany our with a large creamy tan head. The aroma is oily almost like a big Belgian. The flavor is deep like belgian. There are honey and clove hints through out. Pretty good. A nice winter beer.

Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2016
Appearance: Medium to darker brown. Somewhat clear.
Nose: Sweeter caramel malts with hints of nuttiness.
Taste: Sweeter roasted malts. Touch bitters. Touch roasted nuts.
Body: medium to thinner.
Parting thoughts: Rather unremarkable beer. I don’t get the name at all for an amber.

hayduke (5702) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Sampled at RBSG 2016. Poured brown with a light tan head. Nose of roasted malts. Medium body. Flavor is is grainy with some light hops and a light bitter and somewhat vegetable finish. Decent.

Izzyboy7 (3) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2016 does not count
Ok dark beer, but a bit thin & slightly metallic. With so many powerful deep darks out there, this one is simply a middle of the pack contender. Wish it had more of the flavor accents instead of the hoppy ones. I’ll keep an eye on Elevator though.

Ferris (16697) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 21, 2016
Draft - Touch of dark malts and toffee. Jet cloudy brown with a rich beige head. Dark grainy notes with some vegetal notes.

edgallow (4560) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Draft sampler pours amber with a white head The aroma has a sweetness, coffee Taste is grain-forward sweetness with a touch of fruit and caramel.

shadey (2166) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 19, 2016
On tap at canal park. Darkish pour with minimal head. Malty and smooth. Easy drinking on a hot day.

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.

DialSquare (5142) - 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.

Shot (565) - 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.

GnarlyGnome (673) - 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.

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