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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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85
very good

668 Ratings
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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | FT: 5
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.75% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: granger10 on 11-27-2003

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Photo of MaybeSoMaybeNot
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of st9647v3
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of majorbase2
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a huge foamy off white head. Good retention. Leaves a lumpy, uneven head with spotty lacing.

Aroma is heavy on spices, ginger, molasses, graham cracker, cinnamon, and a hint of caramel. Very pleasant.

Tastes like a porter. Lightly roasted chocolate and nuts. Brown sugar. A small amount of hops. Gingerbread is still there, though not as strong. Very faint cinnamon. A little too heavy on the spice, though. There's really not much going on in the taste, unfortunately. It just kind of lacks character, if that makes sense. A little more hop bitterness than expected here.

Medium bodied. LIttle carbonation. More of a sipper at 8.75%.

Overall, started out with good potential, even after the first sip, but really faltered from there. Still a solid brew, but not DH's best, so don't go out of your way for this one.

Photo of Philipsl
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tvghost
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of wattersmike90
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed one of these from D&L truk stop in Aubrun, NY. If you enjoy spicy winter brews, this is for you.

Reminds me of the Southern Tier Warlock.

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaximalC
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark cola color with a thin head of coarse, khaki bubbles that are gone in a flash. The aroma is a sweet, wintery funk comprised of molasses, gingerbread, lebkuchen, caramel, and allspice.

The taste is spicy up front with a big kick of allspice, nutmeg, and warming alcohol that dominates the subtler flavors. Some caramel, gingerbread, and hints of roasted malt comprise the sweeter side of the beer. A pleasant toffee aftertaste finally manages to find its way through on the back end. The surprisingly prickly carbonation amplifies the spiciness, while the medium-heavy body provides an appropriate foundation for the vibrant flavors.

Overall, this is an aggressively spicy, flavorful brew that could only be appropriate for the season. I’m not especially keen on allspice to begin with, and in this case it’s far from balanced. I had this on tap a couple months ago and recall a much mellower brew, so I’m not sure which experience is more representative of the brewers’ intention.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JeffSK
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irishace9
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Monsta-beer-drinker
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tikk
3.06/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ta_hagen
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice warm winter Ale, perfect for a cold winter day after shoveling some snow.

Photo of detroitpat
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 260-13.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Earthy spices such as clove, allspice and anise.

T- Has this kind of umami flavor where there's a savory, beefy quality on top of the spices. Alcohol is very well-concealed and there's a hint of brown sugar but, other than that, isn't particularly bitter or sweet.

M- Creamy and slick with medium-low carbonation and a full body.

O- A very unique take on a winter warmer which has me scratching my head on whether I truly like it or not. In the end, I dig it for the plain fact that it's so smooth for how strong it is. Also, there's a complexity to it that you don't find in most winter warmers. Truly its own unique beer.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TastyBrewMeToo
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of misternebbie
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Winston3737
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smakawhat
4.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Deep dark mahogany red, a bit opaque with not too much hues and slightly muddy looking. Manages a tan very creamed two finger head, that easily sinks to a simple one finger puck very slowly.

Excellent classic winter warmer aroma. Hints of nutmeg, big sweet brown spices of clove and cinnamon. Excellent bready tones very much like a fruitcake going on, just excellent.

Palate is just full of classic balanced flavors. Huge gingerbread notes on this thing, with great dry nutmeg and cinnamon character. Simple malt backbone with a moderate feel. Aftertaste leaves a great dry hint of fig and spice. Warm ginger comes with

This is an excellent warmer, nailing all those classic spices and bringing more to the palate than just a sugar rush and a mess.

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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.