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:
#16,380
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
840
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 840 |  Reviews: 208
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

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

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -10.5%
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 -0.3%
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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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 840 ratings