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Dark Horse Brandy Barrel Aged 4Elf

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
4Elf spiced winter warmer aged in brandy barrels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4955) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 9, 2015
12oz bottle in a taster glass at Plan Bee. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Aroma of light brandy, spices, dark malts, hints of roast, and some dough. Flavor the same with a decent blend. Average texture. A solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koleminer20 (1370) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2015
12 oz bottle. The pour is a dark brown/black like the other 4 Elf offerings. There is a nice eggshell colored head and no lace. The aroma has a lot of booze and a sweetness. The spices are a little more pronounced here compared to the rum barrel. The flavor is a little more of a sweet booze than I was expecting. The barrel adds a little vanilla on the spiciness, but it's really laid back. The mouth feel is thinner, with a strong lack of carbonation and a light coating of the palate. The aftertaste is lingeringly sweet with a touch of spiciness and it disappears quickly. Not too bad. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6319) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2015
12oz bottle pours an oily, translucent black with some lacing, eggshell head. Nose is interesting, some toasted wood, some juniper, a little witch hazel, some mild spice, a little cream soda, licorice, some spearmint. Flavor follows, very minty, tarragon, ,birch beer, licorice, herbs, candlewax. I swear to God thereís a heavy witch hazel thing happening. One of the stranger drinking experiences Iíve had in a while... but it wasnít bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (3120) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle shared by BuckeyeBoy and his posse clear redish brown with a tan ring. Nice aromas of light brown sugar and oak with a touch of booze. Coleen fun body and a little holiday spice. Dusty musty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2014
12oz Bottle. 2013. Many thanks, Sean, for all of the fantastic beers over the past eight years. Iíve been so fortunate to be exposed to so many beers I would have otherwise not had the opportunity to try. Your generosity has been unparalleled. Musky ginger and cinnamon nose, cornered with a bit of booze. This comes across really well. Brassy ginger, muddled christmas spice, perky oak, festive dark malts, and a bit of age marry everything together. Itís a a beast, but itís not too hot, nor too sweet. This will probably be one of the last, if not the last, malty beer I ever rate. Thanks to all who have made this a fun 10 year beer journey. Iíve learned a lot from the community and those Iíve shared beers and knowledge with along the way. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
malkyore (310) - - DEC 9, 2014
It does actually taste like Christmas! A lot of spices and junk in this one. But theyíre not fake tasting and distracting like they are in most beers. This is my favorite Christmas beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours a thin light brown with a thin white head. Soft wood, toast and caramel. Medium bodied caramel and toffee. Long warm caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5248) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Amber pour with some head. Brandy, spice, nutmeg, some sweet malt aromas. Flavor are sweet, but the barrel balances some of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours amber. Nose and taste of brandy, oak, dark fruit, nutmeg, christmas spices and caramel - medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (3878) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Extra in a trade, vintage 2013 Murky fig juice, almost totally black in the glass. Very little head was formed. Truthfully, this smells like a peppery nutmeg dish-soap. Taste is pretty rough. Has an eggnog viscosity including eggnog like flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and yes, brandy. Sweet at the start, malty finish. Couldnít drink more than a bottle.

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