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A Dark Horse Experience


Recently I paid a visit to Constant Spring in Goshen to celebrate Michiana Beer Nut’s success and longevity with beer blogging for the Elkhart Truth, but just as important was the opportunity to taste a few of Dark Horse Brewery’s offerings.

Dark Horse is yet another really great brewery in the state of Michigan. Their lineup consists of over a dozen different beers such as IPAs, scotch ales, brown ales and a entire series of stouts that were featured in Draft Magazine. I had the opportunity to sample four overall, some of which you can find around here and some that will give you a good reason to travel to their brewpub in Marshall.

4 Elf Winter Warmer Ale is a seasonal brew that is only available for purchase at their pub, but Dark Horse was kind enough to bring a few bottles to be shared among a some of the beer enthusiasts. This holiday ale pours dark leathery brown with a creamy tan head. Definitely fitting the whole winter/keep warm category, it features a big, spicy flavor and obvious alcohol warmth. Although a few months late, this certainly reminds me of Christmas, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and gingerbread. At 11.5% ABV, there is little need to lounge by the fire to keep warm.

Double Crooked Tree was another robust beer full caramel, pine, citrus and fruit flavor. The appearance consists of a dark amber color with a light off-white head that dissipates quickly. Similar characteristics to Barleywine, this was another heavy hitter. I enjoyed this Double IPA very much, and only after I finished my small glass did I realize it clocks in at over 12%. When it comes to this type of ale, sampling just a few ounces at a time is a great way to enjoy a variety of beer without overdoing it.

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