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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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513 Ratings
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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 52
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 11-27-2003)
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4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

scottr4073, Yesterday at 05:33 PM
Photo of SLeffler27
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L - Clear dark brown, with some red highlights. Thin creamy beige head leave rings of lace.

A - Smells like a tin of assorted Christmas cookies. Lots of clove-crusted orange.

T - Holiday spice overwhelms this beer. Pick a rich holiday spice, it's in there. Some medicinal flavors, and a long chemical finish.

M - Full body, satin texture, soft carbonation, light alcohol.

O - Anyone who relishes the supper spicy holiday beers will enjoy this offering. For me it is just a jumble of spices. A subtle hand would server this beer better.

SLeffler27, Yesterday at 02:49 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

jiggidy, Yesterday at 01:50 AM
Photo of GABrew
3.25/5  rDev -14%

GABrew, Tuesday at 02:07 AM
Photo of zacky_U
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zacky_U, Monday at 12:50 PM
Photo of Jdra
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Jdra, Sunday at 04:16 PM
Photo of Mitchster
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

$2.19 for a 12oz single @ Siciliano's. Pours out to a murky deep brown, forming a small head with poor retention and minimal lacing. The nose is peculiar...pink bubble gum, carob, fruity soap, , spices (cinnamon and nutmeg, big time), bourbon, molasses. The mouthfeel is round, a touch cloying, with a big chewy body and medium-low carbonation. Sediment in the bottle. The taste is interesting...pink bubblegum, spices, leather and moist pipe tobacco, walnut, and lots of cinnamon and nutmeg in the aftertaste. Bitterness is medium to mild, very earthy. Reminds me a little bit of constant comment tea...orange peel?

Hrmm, interesting, but one bottle is enough for me, probably better to split this with someone special. A nice beer.
L=3.0, A=3.5, T=-4.0, MF=3.75, D=3.5

Mitchster, Sunday at 05:13 AM
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jgunther71, Sunday at 02:10 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

morimech, Saturday at 09:15 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dawardster, Saturday at 05:59 PM
Photo of RoamingGnome
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark Horse 4 Elf Winter Ale

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Capital Brewery snifter. Served chilled.

A) Dark brown with a small off white head that dissipated quickly. Bit of a cola look...

S) I don't get much besides a variety of spices. I'd say it was heavy on the clove.

T) Again, heavy on the spices. Some sugary sweetness as it transitioned to room temp. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dominated by tingling spices start to finish.

O) I'm sure it's a well crafted brew, but the spice blend here was just not enjoyable for me. It was like my mouth was trapped in a candle shop.

RoamingGnome, Saturday at 03:29 PM
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

mcrawford, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of ksimons
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a dark cola color with a very thin layer of head that quickly disappears to leave a layer of lace one top

S-lots of winter spices, mostly cinnamon, caramel malt

T-chocolate and caramel with a lot of holiday spices, tastes like a gingerbread cookie

M-medium body light carbonation

Overall one of the better winter warmers I have had. Might be too sweet to have multiple at a time, but overall a great holiday beer

ksimons, Nov 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

sachie23, Nov 21, 2014
Photo of Ksoden1186
4.5/5  rDev +19%

A very dark cola colored beer with an off-white head.
Winter spices on the nose.
A wonderful tasting winter ale. The spices shine and the alcohol is not apparent at all.
This is one of my favorite winter ales and really sets itself apart from many others. A very unique beer that is wonderful.

Ksoden1186, Nov 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Trashcat, Nov 20, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

EtoileBlanc24, Nov 19, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%

johnklotter, Nov 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BobbyOlson, Nov 18, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Fievel, Nov 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

JmikeyB, Nov 17, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

FaradayUncaged, Nov 16, 2014
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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.