Category Archives: My Reviews

Dark Horse 4 Elf

Dark Horse 4 Elf

OK folks, confession time. I have been stupidly busy with work and I am knowingly neglecting the website. Most work days are 11 hours at a minimum. On top of that, at least 3 weeknights we have plans. This leaves Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings to blog…and many times I just want to relax! This craziness is (hopefully) short lived, as I’m in the middle of a mad-dash to hire a bunch of people in Q1. Once the hiring is over, I expect things to return to a more normal pace.

Not writing has meant that you all have missed out on some things happening in my life. For example, I recently broke my person record for running a 5k, getting my time under 20 minutes! In other news, Melissa and I are headed back to Mexico in a couple of weeks, which we are SUPER excited about.

Tonight I’m drinking a Dark Horse 4 Elf, a winter warmer style beer. The cold has arrived here in New England, and my palette has firmly moved into winter beer mode; dark beers are now welcome.

Generally speaking, I tend to like (or love) beer from Dark Horse. This beer isn’t any different, and I’m enjoying it. It’s a straight-forward warmer with malty, brown sugar sweetness mixed with holiday spices like nutmeg an perhaps cinnamon. More sweet than spice, although the aroma indicates the opposite. Overall – above average, but not amazing by any means.

-Lost

Clown Shoes Reindeer Games

Clown Shoes Reindeer Games

This post wraps up my co-reviews with friends Ben & Nicole (held over from last week). The final beer in the series, and the last one we drank that evening, is Clown Shoes Reindeer Games. First off, this beer has an amazing label. The folks at Clown Shoes should give their artwork designer a big raise, as the labels for these brews keep getting better and better!

reindeer games label

Reindeer Games is labeled as a “Bavarian Style IPA”. I frankly have no idea what this means, even AFTER Googling it! That aside, Ben, Nicole and I liked the beer a lot! We picked up a strong malty backbone that Nicole referred to as caramel and cherry sweetness. Mild earthy hops poke through in the middle and finish of the beer. It’s a well balanced beer, but not your average imperial IPA in that it’s not terribly hoppy. Thumbs up from all three of us!

Finally, I leave you with this…another version of Reindeer Games.

-Lost