Saturday, October 24, 2015

4 Elf Winter Warmer Ale (review)

Beer Review #53

I've really been digging big, dark, malty beers recently, and I thought I'd keep the barrel rolling this afternoon with Dark Horse Brewing Company's (Marshall, MI) seasonal 4 Elf Winter Warmer Ale.

More than anything, this particular beer is a pleasure for the nose. As soon as I popped the top I caught a whiff of clove and nutmeg. Putting the poured beer closer to my nose revealed cinnamon and dark roasted malts with coffee-like characteristics.

The holiday spice theme continues through in the flavor - cinnamon, clove, nutmeg with a strong but not overpowering dark roast backbone.

4 Elf Winter Warmer comes in at 36 IBUs, making it fairly smooth, and at 8.75% alcohol by volume, but also with a strong cinnamon component,  it will certainly keep beer lovers warm this winter.

Small foamy almond head, thick lacing. Nearly pitch black in color with a few candy-red highlights when held to a strong light. Heavy mouth-feel. 4 Elf Winter Warmer is labeled as an "ale,"  but based on my limited experience might be more aptly called a porter.

 Purchased at Jolly Farmer, Waverly NY

Musical Pairing: Ghosts of the Midwinter Fires by Agalloch

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