Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company
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Reviews by malty:
3.3/5 rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Looks to be as dark brown as you can get before black. Dense, settled 1/4" khaki head. Lovely spotted sheets of elegant lace all the way down.
Smells of cinnamon, dark baker's chocolate, cloves & figs. A bit of ginger slips under the radar as it warms a bit. Reminds me of Jagermeister, but much less licorice. Dark, earthy spices and definitely mysterious.
Cinnamon and a touch of fusal alcohol make for the initial taste. Boozy masurated figs dominate the middle, while dusty dark chocolate comfy things up a bit.
Mouthfeel is between medium and full with a lovely creaminess. The carbonation is tame but still playful and cheery. The finish has a chalky element that makes for a nice bitter feel, somewhat offsetting the alcohol punch.
Drinkability is pretty decent. For a 11.4% brew, it drinks well enough.
Overall a beer I'm glad I tried, but I would choose other holiday spiced ales for my liking. As this beer warms, the flavors do open up and get rounder - less cinnamon and more dark roasted malts. The body is very nice, very creamy and soothing. Definitely a cold weather beer. A nice winter warmer but too much cinnamon and heat for my taste.
Serving type: on-tap
12-20-2010 21:41:38 | More by malty
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3.74/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This pours dark ruby brown, and as I let the glop at the bottom of the bottle into the glass (on purpose) it all swooshed around into a goopy glass of bliss. Little head, but I kind of slow pour.
smells baking spicy, like cinnamon, and nutmeg, nothing sweet, and not a lot of anything else. But, what is there is good.
taste has some good aspects, but the balance, to me, has a hiccup, like the seasons are messed up. I'm getting a nice winter corriander and maybe cinnamon and some of that wierd icky spicey Christmas candy they have not made since the 1970's, (at least I haven't seen it; which is good)... But then it seems to have a little pepper. um, okay, let's roll with that - now the season clash: Grapfruit and/or bitter hop? It does clean up the finish, but it just seems awkward in this offering.
Mouthfeel is decent, nice and fizzy in a creamy sort of way that lasts throughout the drink.
It seems to have a medium body, not thin, not heavy, just nice.
If you see this at a bar, ask for a sample - others may like this combination. If somebody handed one to me, I'd say "cool, thank you!" and enjoy it - unlike the latest lite beer, where I'd say "thanks?" and pretend to drink it... Not worth seeking out, but interesting enough to experience at least once.
...update a half hour later... I let the last 3 ounces warm up a bit. The sweet and spice mixes better than when cold, and the crisp edge is way mellowed... The mouthfeel didn't flatten out all that much. In my opinion, to do this beer justice, it has to be served a bit warmer than the typical beer... It's a different story. I updated my taste and overall ratings - they were set to 3.25 cold, but I'm making them 3.75 based on the taste when it is a bit warmer.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2014 21:31:05 | More by karengarys
3.99/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a goblet. Almost completely opaque very dark reddish brown. Poured with a 1 finger bubbly head that was gone by the time I carried it to table. Small amount of lacing remained. Aroma was flightly fruity sweet, kind of a smokey spiced grape juice. Nicely flavored, a bit sweet, but not overly so. A bit of banany clove flavor. Felt good in the mouth, nicely coated, a bit of stick, not much carbonation. Overall a good example of a winter warmer without being too heavily spiced.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 00:38:55 | More by mountdew1
Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.