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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

669 Ratings
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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 56
Gots: 103 | 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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Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 177 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Kurmaraja
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of parris
4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer looks and tastes fantastic. Up front it's like a nice trappist quad, but it finishes a little hoppy. Definitely recommended.

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

Photo of Shandycan
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mcwill51
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tappangordo
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Moses13
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku glass (HA! I bet you guys didn't think I had one of these! Merry freakin' Christmas, everyone!!!)

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with lots of ugly, chunky sediment at the bottom of the glass. The head is a finger high, with a khaki shade. Retention is good and the texture is creamy, also. A bit of lacing is left on the glass. Typical of many Dark Horse brews, it's not exactly pretty to look at (no thanks to its unfiltered nature). (2.75)

Smell: This is around a 7/10 as far as Christmas spicing goes. I'm picking up plenty of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. There are also additional notes of graham cracker, caramel, and dark chocolate. While this is a nice aroma altogether, there isn't much here to separate it from other winter warmers. (3.5)

Taste: Okay, but THIS does. It opens up with a surprising amount of roast, coalescing with the notes of allspice and caramel. Appropriately for the style, a hoppy touch finishes it off. The back end is also a touch acidic - it's hardly to the tomato-esque levels of Sapient Trip, though. While the spices are nicely restrained, it seems more chaotic than balanced in its complexity. Still, there's no hint of the alcohol whatsoever. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Really crisp and light - this is where the unfiltered nature really shines. While it becomes slightly warming when it properly warms up, it conceals the alcohol extremely well. Carbonation is middling. (3.5)

Overall: The aroma revealed a fairly standard winter warmer. The taste, however, showed off a roasty, almost crisp wassail that's practically dangerous. It isn't my favorite winter warmer, but hey, it's still well worth a look. (3.25)

3.3/5: Far from perfect, but it's definitely not boring, either

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

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Too much clove or allspice for me. Great dark brown color though.

Photo of robgage
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Tasted from a twelve ounce bottle on December 23, 2014.

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very particular about winter Warmers the idea of a gingerbread flavored beer sounds great and it smelled wonderful but it was a little overpowering on the taste. I feel like the strong sugary flavor needs to be a tad more subtle like in Lagunita's Brown Shugga. Still a pretty good and festive beer though.

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoostaBia
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dhannes
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L=Very dark brown, hint of red, with large, ecru colored foam head.
S=Nutmeg and other spices.
T=Like a stout with nutmeg/pumpkin spice/egg nog in the background.
F=Modest carbonation...but rather thick/not a session beer.
O=Unique change of pace...recommend as an after dinner desert beer. I am going to cellar the other 3 bottles until next year.

Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.