Dark Horse 4 Elf | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.75%

Availability: Winter

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Added by granger10 on 11-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#18,996
Reviews:
209
Ratings:
844
pDev:
11.58%
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Photo of bushbeer75
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - not dated

Dark Horse 4 Elf has a very dark brown almost black color. A 3/4-finger tan head was formed that left behind very spotty lacing. The nose is dominated by spices common during the holidays; cinnamon, clove, nutmeg. The taste starts out with all those spices noted by the nose then a flavor of caramel and chocolate come through. The mouth feel is high-medium with moderate carbonation and a spicy finish.

Overall, if you like the Winter Warmer style that is to the spicy side then this ale is for you. 4 Elf is a flavorful easy drinker.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of entenduintransit
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the specific combination of spices, but the overall effect is porky BBQ for me. And that’s not what I’m looking for in my Winter Warmer beers.

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Photo of guzzleacoldone
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a dark brown with an off white head.

Aroma is of coffee malt and dark dried fruits.

Taste is a lot more of the spicing and more of that roast coffee.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black body with a 1 finger off white head that dissipates in to a ring with a bit of spotty lace.
Roasted malts dominates the aroma with hits of warm milk and spices.
The malt flavors aren't as robust as the aroma would suggest, however, the overall taste is more complex. Roasted malts, chicory, strong coffee are raw spices are all there. Finishes with a nice nip of alcohol, even after sitting for a year.
Lighter body than one would expect. Medium body and carbonation.

It's a Christmas themed winter warmer with an elf on the label and I am drinking it on December 22nd. It does it's job.

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Photo of Nephilium
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich spice aroma, with some hints of brown sugar. Pours an opaque black with a ring of light tan head. Moderate spice flavor, with some roasted notes, fades to an earthy bitter finish. Thin bodied, and fairly simple.

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Photo of Bdel34
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dapainter
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of thoglund
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of outsider
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikecd234
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eammon1920
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewHeisler
4.9/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Wegmans Syracuse for around $3

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Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Nunya
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerguy04
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with brown around the edges. Finger width of tan head. Smells of oatmeal and chocolate. Taste is similar, but with coffee added on the finish. Mouthfeel is heavy. Overall, really good beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 844 ratings