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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 55
Gots: 99 | 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: 650 | Reviews: 173 | Display Reviews Only:
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.

Photo of gobuccos
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of psmith161
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dominic_Decoco
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of hoosier222002
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ridgeline23
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too much clove for me.

Photo of bigclydeoliver
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP72
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fantalek
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DonovanD
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The only thing questionable to me, was the aroma... Will have to test more from different glasses and places. Taste is very holiday, scotch ale / mild stout.

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

Photo of Cylinsier
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours stout black, light yellowish lacing for a head.

Smells of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, roasted coffee, and toast.

Flavor is of mesquite, burnt toast, cinnamon, and cloves. Light dry hops in the finish.

Medium body with minimal carbonation.

An interesting and aromatic winter brew that tastes more like a bland imperial stout than a winter warmer. It's not bad, just slightly uninteresting in the flavor. Otherwise, it'd be a great stout. Worth a try but probably not a revisit.

Photo of 98green
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Valentno7
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4.39/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian glass.

A: Poured a dark, burnt wood color with some little yeasties floating around.

S: Loads of caramel and the thing just screams holidays with it's candy-like disposition. Sure the nutmeg and cinnamon were both present, but I got more Payday candy bar than anything. Sexy!

T: Much more cinnamon and less sugar on the taste. The nutmeg pretty much shot up through my nose as I was tasting it. Seriously, the more sips I took, this became quite the spice bomb. Holiday through and through with some traces of Coca-Cola on about the 3-4th sip or so.

M: Some lacing left on the glass, but most of it pretty much dropped back down into the vat below. A good amount of carbonation and to be honest, I wish there was just a tinge more.

O: It is pretty much what it claimed to be: A big, holiday, spice beer. Cheers!

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

Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.