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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

433 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | 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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eadkins

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

12-06-2013 02:08:54 | More by eadkins
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Rons35

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.1%

01-25-2014 03:04:59 | More by Rons35
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wiegs4life

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

12-15-2013 23:36:00 | More by wiegs4life
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tourdot

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

10-27-2013 16:20:26 | More by tourdot
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

04-12-2013 14:49:21 | More by ShanePB
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

07-17-2013 16:26:30 | More by mwbrady12
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krl2112

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-06-2014 02:48:01 | More by krl2112
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Punky_Brewster

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

01-02-2014 00:13:23 | More by Punky_Brewster
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

10-25-2013 18:51:19 | More by JohnnyK
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fullmoonbeer

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

11-30-2013 17:44:12 | More by fullmoonbeer
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kscaldef

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

02-12-2013 02:38:11 | More by kscaldef
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NooseJustice

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

12-01-2013 17:53:26 | More by NooseJustice
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

2.69/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark brown almost black. pretty opaque. not much foam at all not enough to cover but leaves a little lacing off brown

Smell: funky, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and a good amount of sweetness

Taste: super strong nutmeg. weaker cinnamon. some sweetness that quickly gives way to a spicy taste

Mouthfeel: pretty heavy lingering bitterness.

Overall: not a fan and could not finish it. way too strong on the nutmeg

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 01:00:54 | More by SportsandJorts
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kawilliams81

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2012 vintage. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours a dark brown/near black with a 1 finger tan head. Bog trails and waves of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roast, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T- some chocolate and roast for a quick second then it turns into a bitter, licorice, cleaning product tasting mess.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has some creaminess but bad flavors make this tough to drink.

O- did DH F this beer up? The label says 8.75% and it says 11.5% on here. It seems like they changed the recipe and it turned out terrible and they said F it we'll sell it anyways.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 22:46:16 | More by kawilliams81
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Dawkins

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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HardyA

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

12-01-2013 01:40:22 | More by HardyA
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

02-23-2014 03:54:45 | More by MonicaC
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

12-30-2013 02:20:53 | More by csrbv
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to whomever sent this to me. I like to think I'll look it up later & insert my gratefulness here, but I usually forget when I'm too lazy to look it up. Well, thanks. You know who you are. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is dark brown with red foil. Nose, the nose, bejeebuzz, it's like an overturned semi- full of cinnamon on the interstate. Most of the rest of the spice rack is in there too. Light cherry, nutmeg, allspice are those I can ID.

4 Elf ain't my kind of holiday beer. The spicing was done with a backhoe: cinnamon lights up my palate like a Christmas tree fire. Loads of spice. Caramel gets a bare lick in, & there might be a gentle, earthy hop kick right at the end. Maybe. Twelve ounces? I might need some help.

A classic example of "too far" for me; I don't put this much spice in my mulled apple cider. Spicing is out of control & overwhelms the beer, & gets too close to being straight-up undrinkable. As is? An almost-average novelty.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:29:14 | More by maximum12
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StoutIrish

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

12-22-2013 16:02:48 | More by StoutIrish
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barczar

Kentucky

2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with a foamy tan head.

A bit of a spice bomb, cinnamon, lots of nutmeg, and lots of clove jump from the glass. There's a bit of a molasses note in the background.

Whoa, spices. How the hell can anybody actually drink this? It tastes like putting a cinnamon stick, whole nutmeg, and a handful of cloves in your mouth...with a bitter finish.

Body is moderate, with slightly low carbonation, and noticeable alcohol warmth.

Way too spicy for my palate, with a roast malt backbone that comes off as being somewhat acrid. Not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 20:47:27 | More by barczar
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a one finger darkt tan head that quickly fades away. There is really nothing in the way of lacing and barely any foam remaining on top of the beer.

The aroma is quite odd. There is a very musty note too it along with some char and wood ash. Nuts are present along with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Coffee too. There is quite a bit going on but it is different.

The flavor continues with the notes put forward by the aroma. Lots of nuts up front along with that same musty char. Some cinnamon and orange peel along with a sweetness that lingers throughout. Somewhat of a slick mouthfeel that is quite sticky and sweet with just a light bitterness.

Overall, an ok winter warmer but far from great. The flavors are just too muddled and the sweetness needs to be dialed back a bit. Not one I will be seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 03:24:37 | More by rangerred
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raymo55

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

12-26-2011 17:56:13 | More by raymo55
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oso

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-18-2014 04:08:34 | More by oso
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enelson

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-16-2013 22:17:01 | More by enelson
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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.