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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

648 Ratings
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 98 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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 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.

Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of martyl1000
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Side Door, Madison. Whoa. That's some serious flavor. Too sweet for me, though.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eddyfunt
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of reizorc
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HattedClassic
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice tan and creamy head that does not dissipate very quickly and takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a dark and opaque black with little bits of sediment and a very nice bubble presence.

The beer smell has the usual sugar and spice and everything nice note to it in addition to a little boozy smell. The spices are sugar, clove, cinnamon, and gingerbread. The beer also has a roasty coffee note to it and sweet malt smell.

The beer taste has the gingerbread, cinnamon, clove, and sugar notes as well as a sweet malty taste. The taste also has the roasted coffee notes from the smell. The end result is a slightly roasty gingerbread beer, which is pretty good. In addition, the beer also has a slightly boozy note that does not detract from the other flavors.

The mouthfeel is pretty heavy bodied and vscous. The beer has a very thick texture like liquidated gingerbread cookies. The feel is pretty good and the carbonation is enough that it adds a bit more texture. However, it can fell a bit dull and sometimes off.

Overall, a pretty good winter warmer and worth getting.

Photo of Wayne17
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DCgolfpro
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealsikes
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of secondtooth
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark chestnut/black, with ruby highlights. Average head of tan bubbles, and a fair, loopy lace.

Aroma: Ah, the spices! Cinnamon, clove, and others providing a rich and strong olfactory experience right off the bat. Easy to detect the Xmas theme here.

Taste: Heavy on the palate, with that potent dose of winter spice. I also get a little chocolate undertone happening, and a bittersweet finish that definitely packs some heat. Overall, a solid and enjoyable winter warmer.

Photo of emyers
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1st beer from dark horse. Probably the best winter warmer I've had to date.


Dark stout looking beer. Decent head with good retention.

Smells like christmas popery, surprisingly very citrusy also.

Tastes like how it smells. A little bit of dark malt and chocolate come through also.

Perfect amount of carbonation goes down very smooth.

Over all im glad I tired this beer while it was around. Would love to try the barrel aged version if I can find a bottle.

Photo of HirsuteHopslover
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PittSlovak
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of booga73
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdwardK77
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thebeerbeast
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaybirdbrew
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great winter warmer ale, spices are not overwhelming and the beer's flavor is complimented by the added spices. I'd drink it twice.

Photo of Sean32
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.