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Dark Horse 4 Elf - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

436 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 436
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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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-18-2014 12:39:43 | More by ejimhof
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eklie

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

02-15-2014 16:24:31 | More by eklie
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jeffwright

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -14%

02-15-2014 02:55:08 | More by jeffwright
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Matt73

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-09-2014 20:48:53 | More by Matt73
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mwar

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-05-2014 22:30:01 | More by mwar
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karengarys

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-01-2014 23:28:56 | More by ToddGingerich
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TubaDan

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-30-2014 01:12:56 | More by TubaDan
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-27-2014 17:03:10 | More by cnbrown313
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Auslander

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-27-2014 15:58:44 | More by Auslander
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-27-2014 14:04:19 | More by InspectorBob
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pitch black with nearly no head to speak of.

S- Pale malt, burnt sugary, syrup, slightly spicy. Smells like a plain malt homebrew extract.

T- A syrupy sweetness at first. A ton of caramel flavors. toffee, burnt sugar. A hint of rasted malt. The spices are big on the back end. A lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Tingles the tongue in spite of its low bitterness. Homebrewers might recognize the taste from plain homebrew malt extracts, plus some spices.

M- Thick but quite well balanced. Not too sweet but spicy as well.

O- A very unique beer and a different take on the winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:46:47 | More by TwelveOunces
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Jho3325

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-26-2014 21:53:02 | More by Jho3325
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-26-2014 19:53:32 | More by Shawner
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

01-26-2014 01:37:48 | More by MichiganderHB
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours a very deep brown in color, leaning a little towards black. Smaller, 1 finger head forms with lots of tight bubbling and retains very well. Lacing is also very good.

S- Not very strong in the scent department, but the flavors that are detectable are dark and slightly fruity. Dark, but not burnt malts are present and there is just a hint of raisin-like fruit.

T- Complex and a little hard to put my finger on, the first flavor of this beer leans toward raisins mixed with dark malts. Fruitiness here is unlike a in a quad, because this one is more bitter and medicinal in flavor. Some spices are mixed in here, I think cinnamon and nutneg. Dark malts and some bitter hops take over after the slight, dark fruitiness. Hops are fairly bitter on the back end, with a somewhat chemical-like bite at the end.

M- Low in carbonation and fairly smooth for the most part. I can't detect the alcohol very much at all. The limiting factor in drinking this one is the odd flavor profile and whether or not you enjoy it.

Overall, an odd, spiced, somewhat fruity, and very malty and bitter version of a winter warmer. Not sure how I feel about this one, except that the spices and dull bitterness throughout are a definite drawback.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:00:02 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Rons35

Michigan

2/5  rDev -47.1%

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-24-2014 20:44:12 | More by ltltony
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2014 06:50:00 | More by drewone
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-22-2014 07:26:34 | More by DruC4
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-21-2014 10:26:26 | More by zestar
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

2013 vintage.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 03:51:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brycevolk

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-20-2014 18:21:19 | More by brycevolk
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-15-2014 21:22:00 | More by ChrisMon02
Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.