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:
#17,684
Reviews:
208
Ratings:
843
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 843 |  Reviews: 208
Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmg480
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayKay412
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin layer of head. The nose is full of Christmas spices. The flavor follows the nose and the finish is semi-dry with even more spice. The body is not super hearty but it certainly holds up to the heavy spicing of this beer.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thumperskibum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of shanegatter
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good, pours very dark with little head, nothing spectacular but pretty good

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Photo of Brew_42
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with very little head or lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose closely with a little chocolate in the mix as well. Tastes like a barley wine more than anything.

Mouthfeel- medium with low carbonation.

Overall- Decent winter warmer. I like the taste and the fact that they hide the ABV well. Will revisit

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

Photo of cmf
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz to becker. Foamed up and out of the glass - two pours were required. Chocolate dark with just a little light getting through. Ok, chocolate, coffee taste aroma. What's different - aroma is a little yeastier. Head is still high with a mountain shape in the middle. Pretty strong alcohol flavor. Feels smooth almost like a barley wine. Overall a good beer to have in the dark winter months.

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kelseyr713
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of djfrenchy
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a thin, tan head. Smells of chocolate malts with clove and spice dominant. Maybe a slight coffee smell. Taste follows the nose with the coffee more prevalent. He clove and spices dominate. Something in here I'm not sure what it is. Very unique. Better as it warms.

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

2014 version in a tulip glass.

Appearance: dark chestnut with a nice off-white head and a nice body when poured.

Nose: chocolate, cinnamon, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, raisins, prunes, figs and other dark fruits, very pronounced Juicy Fruit gum character, grainy on the back end

Taste: follows the nose perfectly but with a huge chocolate hit in the front followed by those dark fruits and spices. The finish is roasty and lingering with some spicy character that makes me want to keep drinking this beer.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this beer. It's my first from Dark Horse and I really liked it. The 4 pack was on clearance for $5 and I really regret not buying 2 more. This is really a great beer. It's almost like a combination of a barleywine, old ale and stout all in one. Great beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cards22
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerBucks
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ssjkyle
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of AlarmClock314
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had several 4-packs of this beer now. 12oz bottles, all from 2015. Pours somewhat opaque brown with a medium sized tan head; some lacing. Yeast on the bottom of the bottle carries over into the glass. Smells mostly of sweet malt and ginger with some nutmeg, clove, allspice, and toasted caramel. The taste follows very closely and has kind of a gingerbread vibe; ginger, clove, malt, and caramel. The alcohol is fairly present but less noticeable when it warms up. Above average body and average carbonation. Overall, it fits the style well as a spiced, malty, and boozy beer.

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Dark Horse 4 Elf from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 843 ratings