winter warmer ale called 4 Elf. It’s brewed with nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and “other holiday flavors”. It is released in September, and is available in draft form, as well as 4-packs and cases.
I t pours a dark brown with thin beige head. The aroma is very spicy, with cloves dominating that scent. Nutmeg and ginger take a back seat in this.
The flavor is malty, with plenty of cloves, and a certain amount of bitterness. It’s not a bad combination at all.
Beer Advocate rates it 87/100 or “good”. Rate Beer is more fond of it, giving it a 93 overall. I’m in that same ballpark with my rating, an 8 out of 10.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Mildly sweet
Spice Level: Moderate
Hops Level: Mild
Dominant Flavors: Cloves, followed by nutmeg
IBU: Unknown, but probably in the 24-28 range
My Rating: 8/10