bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of THE MAJ!! Thanks man...pours a dark brown with a minimal tan head. Nose is heavy on the prototypical Christmas spices i.e., nutmeg, cinnamon, spruce, etc. Some nutty malts are present as well as some root-beer like notes. Medium bodied...flavors start with some heavily roasted malts, chocolate, nutmeg, cloves and finishes with a strong dose of sassafras. Great Christmas time brew...Cheers Dark Horse!
nickd717 (3782) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to bring on BA. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head that fades to light foam. Aroma is lots of spice. A metric shitload of it. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove stand out, and thatís about it. Flavor is also loads of spice. Cloves are huge, and cinnamon and nutmeg are there too. Very balanced though nonetheless. A little roasty with some vanilla. Smooth on the palate with medium body. A very solid winter warmer, pretty drinkable. Others at the tasting didnít think much of it, saying it was overspiced, but I thought it was great.
zathrus13 (1741) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bottle. Pours dark brown. Aroma is gingerbread and spices. Flavor is gingerbread, spices, and malt. Light to medium body. Really interesting.
MeadMe (1513) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours a nice dark brown with a tall tan head. Nice retention and some lace noted.
S: This one is all about the spice. Tons of nutmeg with hints of cinnamon. Very light chocolate beneath the spice overload.
T: Tasty. Malty sweetness for sure, toffee and brown sugar mostly before the spice kicks in. Lots of nutmeg, with hints of cinnamon and ginger. Very xmas like, and very tasty.
M: Medium in body, smooth a damn good brew.
D: Drinkable as hell. I reallllly liked this beer. Wish I had one to have on christmas morning.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz - Aroma of black licorice, peppermint, cinnamon and clove. Flavor matches with some added chocolate. Palate is spicy and tart. A good holiday brew that might be too strong for some.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Shawn and served in my Corsendonk XMAS glass: Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights topped by a frothy tan head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of nutmeg, spruce tips, cinnamon, corriander, roasted and caramel malts, slight smoke, and bakers chocolate. The taste is pretty much in line with the nose, spicy and sweet malts with a spruce mild bitterness and finishing smoke. The mouth feel is medium-bodied, lush and a tad chalky upon the finish. It is way it is, a spiced holiday brew and it goes right to being too much and stops. I happen to like this.
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. pours a clear dark brown with a small dirty cream colored head. Initial aroma is dark fruits, pumpkin, spices, chocolate, a big healthy dose of nutmeg, tabacco, and cherries. Straight up, this beer has one of the nicest noses of any spiced beer Iíve had. Really diggin this. Very complex, yet distinct aromas. Flavor, on the other hand, is a little too spiced up for my liking. cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, like drinking a bunch of pumpkin pie spices. Also some additional smoke, tabacco, toast notes. If you like these seasonal spiced beers, this is definitely a winner. But the heavy dose of spices really wares on you, making this less and less pleasant to drink. In short, an overspiced unique offering with low drinkability due to the truckload of spices you are dumping down pie hole. Like this less and less as I keep drinking it. Aroma isnt as exciting a few minutes in either. fuckin hell.
BigBeer45 (1355) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
has a clear dark ruby pour with brown-black hues at the sides and top, made a small head of tan bubbles that recede to a ring and cover, bottom of the bottle is completely covered with sediment (which is typical for Dark Horse brews), this beer left lots of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass,
aromas of chocolate, toasted malt, spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, there may be other spices in this beer, some caramel in the background,
flavors are predominately spices, taste like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a bit too much for me to really enjoy the beer, there are some toasted malt, chocolate and caramel flavors to but not enough for me to balance the spices,
medium mouth feel,
the aroma of this beer is fine but it was almost torture for me to drink the latter half of the bottle, the spices wore on my palate upon the first sip, it is not the 4 Elf beer, it is me, I find many spice beers are too much for me to enjoy drinking them, spice beers just do not go over well with me unless the malt balances the spices, if the spices were a little less in this recipe, I would have enjoyed the drink more.
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice lightly malty snack. Not too chewy, but looks like a flat diet coke. Not much head and a flavor that is good but seems more background. By that, I mean it is a beer that the flavor palate could be filled in with something else.
deyholla (8904) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brew pub. Poured a murky deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma was full of spicy notes, particularly cinnamon, with a strong grain note present as well. Flavor began with spices, cinnamon the most dominate with undertones of nutmeg and ginger, but the finish was full of grain and cereal notes. The beer was nice and smooth on the tongue.