My Take On The Elevator’s 2017 Horny Goat

Before delving into the specific details of this brew, let’s start with the general information.

  • Horny Goat is a Bourbon Barrel Aged Porter.
  • The beer is a seasonal brew, not readily available to the public throughout the year.  In layman’s terms, now is the time to drink it.
  • Horny Goat has an ABV of 7.5% and 30 IBUs.  Generally a lot of bitterness in a porter isn’t a something the palate prefers, so this is a nice-looking ratio.
  • elevatorbrewery.com gives us a nice head start, mentioning “Oaky, Roasted, Vanilla” all as taste notes in the brew.

 

I went out to the Elevator Brewery Taproom to try some Horny Goat myself, due to it being a noteworthy seasonal option for this cold time of the year.

 

Here’s what I got from the aroma:

It’s sweet like a fresh dessert.  It must be the barrel-aging process that expels the unique scent reminiscent of a Crem brûlée.  Underneath the sweetness there’s a subtle bitterness, very subtle however.

 

For a barrel-aged brew the beer drinks surprisingly easy.  There’s a wholesome variety of the aforementioned vanilla, oaky and roasted flavors from above, but there’s even more to it when you dig deeper.

 

What makes this brew unique in my point of view is what happens after the first second the beer hits the palate.  There’s a pleasant effervescence on the tongue from a beer that one may expect would be thick and fill you up quickly.  Not with Horny Goat.  After the initial taste and a little unexpected fizz from the brew, there’s a dominant taste profile at the end that lingers…BOURBON.  

 

Although this is a beer, it’s a bourbon taste that forms a thin layer inside the mouth at the end.  I don’t know how they do it, but it works!

 

I recommend pairing this beer similar to how one would try to simply pair a common bourbon with food.  If you go to the store to buy a four pack, here’s an article from The Huffington Post that might help you out on what food to pair with it.

 

If you’re into pairing cheese with beer,  I’d recommend BellaVitano Gold Cheese or some sort of honey goat (no pun intended) cheese.

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