Dark Horse 4 Elf | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
826
Reviews:
204
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
155
For Trade:
7
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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RAFH
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerguy04
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours coca cola in color and thickness. Smells of all the regular Winter Warmer spices that I'm familiar with, but heavy on the clove. Flavor is cinnamon and cloves. Passable overall.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a quarter inch head that disappears quickly. Smell is spice for days, a little over the top for me so take this for what it's worth. Taste is nutmeg, cinnamon spice, and bitterness. Not my thing for sure.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass right from the growler.

Appearance: Tranprarent dark Amber with medium bubbles to the body creating an off-white head rising maybe half a finger's length off the body. Drops to nada after two or three sips with zero lacing.

Smell: cinnamon and nutmeg scent when with a light dose of hops to go with.

Taste: Sweet apples and cinnamon with a bitter to sour malt feel. The alcohol seems more evident factoring in it's not so stronger abv level. I like it, makes me think a bit of rum raisin just a bit.

Mouth: Medium carbonation and definitely above average stickiness.

Overall: Good brew and nice way to start the new year, smooth and easy to like. Good after dinner and even better in a glass. Salud!

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josholson666
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TTripp725
2.58/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of avalon07
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white head that lasted a short amount of time. Sparse lacing.

S: A nice aroma of nutmeg, malt, cinnamon, and dark fruit. A lot going on here.

T: Tasted of a decent amount of malt, several different spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), a little bit of chocolate (could've used a bit more), dark fruit (raisins, in particular), and brown sugar. A solid enough flavor that doesn't quite live up to the expectations of the aroma. Still, not a bad flavor.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a mostly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a slightly uneven, if ultimately likable beer. Worth a look.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight chocolate, hint of spice, hint of yeast, slight alcohol, pale malt, and a hint of biscuit. Fits the style of a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of caramel malt, sweet malt, hint of biscuit, slight spice (cardamon), hint of alcohol, hint of yeast, slight roasted malt, and a hint of pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with some reddish highlights. Small beige head. Aroma features spices, along with some roast and chocolate, molasses, light fruitiness.

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Photo of Zazzi82
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dragginballs76
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - The beer pours black and pretty thin with off white to tan head. Lacing streams down the glass as you drink it.

Aroma - The biggest thing I notice is the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. There is nutmeg and all spice as well nose is what I would want in a winter warmer.

Taste - The taste has more roasted malts than I detected in the aroma seems to make it a little bitter. The cinnamon and nutmeg is there very similar to the aroma maybe not quite as strong. Clove and brown sugar are pretty noticeable as well.

Feel - This beer has a medium feel maybe a little high on the carbonation and a bitterness that seems to linger.

Overall - The beer is pretty bitter initially which is a little off putting but as it warms it seems the cinnamon and spices help to balance it. I am not a huge fan of winter warmers but this may be my favorite so far.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ardeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Botulizard
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tall glass: color is dark brown, head is light tan with fine bubbles; head presents about 1 inch deep then dissipates to a ring and light top with some lacing on the glass.

Smell is moderately spicy: prominent flavors are not overdone and include ginger, cinnamon, clove, allspice - the blend is very good and not too heavy in one way.

Taste is more malty than the aroma with the spice providing balance: malt is light toast, some roast and chocolate; spices are similar to the aroma but with less depth.

Mouthfeel is malty and a little sweet at first, then it becomes crisper, carbonated than maybe necessary for a winter spiced ale.

Overall a good winter ale with moderate spice aromas and nice malt balance in the flavor. ABV is hidden very well.

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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 826 ratings.
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