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With the big day nearly upon us, I decided it was time to start visiting some beers of Christmas past.  This one I’ve been hanging on to since last December.

Beer Name: Four Horsemen

Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)

Style: Quadruple Ale

ABV: 13.0%

Description: Originally brewed to celebrate the end of 2016, the brewers describe this as featuring a rich dark fruit base topped by gingerbread and allspice.  My bottle was dated September 2016.

Appearance: Dark brown body with some reddish highlights.  About a half finger of tan, bubbly foam formed up top.

Smell: Mainly sweet, with caramel and dark malts joined by just a hint of spice.

Taste: Opened with nice notes of dark fruit; mainly raisin, prune, and plum.  Took on a bit of a Belgian-style yeast influence in the middle before coming to a warm finish that blended in a subtle amount of allspice.  Great balance of flavors and insanely smooth drinking for a 13% beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus with a fairly low-level of carbonation.

Hype: I think I recall fans of the brewery being excited about this one, though Idle Hands typically doesn’t get caught up in the hype game.

Overall: it’s rare to find a beer this big that is so drinkable.  It offered a great balance of sweetness and subtle spice that I really enjoyed.  The warming effect of the alcohol was on point as well, but again it was very tame compared to what it could have been.  Don’t miss out on this next time it is available.  I’m really wishing I had another one of these.