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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown AleDark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

509 Ratings
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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 65 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004

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Ratings: 509 | Reviews: 186
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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I had this one before but I guess I must have skipped the review. Generally a fan of what Dark Horse does and Browns have been high on my charts lately.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a teku with a deep woody brown body that has some inevitable red round the very edges. Thick, frothy head rises up to over a finger with good retention. Large belt around edges deposits webs of lacing.

S- Straight up Brown malts without leaning too far towards roast or sweet; although both are certainly present. Raisin bread, caramelized sugars, cocoa hints with toasted nuttiness present throughout.

T- Toasted grains, caramelized sugars and nuttiness are the dominant factors in the flavor profile. Yeast brings a bit of dark dried fruits like raisin and fig as well as a bready character. Fairly bitter toast feel, some cocoa and moderately sweet overall.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Medium carbonation level as well as some oily feel. Finishes with toasty dark fruit bitterness.

Smooth for 7% ABV with a balanced profile of nutty, toasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of roast and sweetness but nothing really interrupts the Brown aspects of this one.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

Boffo. Sounds like a weird uncle that lives in a trailer in the forest.

Appearance (4) : Pours a muddy brown hue with some cranberry peeking through, an opacity of about 80% - i.e. shadows of my fingers on the other side if I study hard enough. The head is a creamy, pillowy build about 2 fingers high and levels off at around 1.

Aroma (3.75) : Wet autumn leaves after being raked, bagged, and rained on; charred notes with charcoal and baked bean. Slight chocolate peeking through towards the end of the nose. In fact, the more the head recedes, the more the chocolate is apparent. Bouquet is around medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Bitter notes come out with hints of dark chocolate, wrapped up in a roasty body and a fire kilned char finish. Smoke is left lingering on the tongue with a razzing buzz. Some coffee notes also remain as breaths are taken inside the mouth.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, cozy, warm. The slight buzz in the body keeps it interesting and holds the flavor up which otherwise might sink into soggy bean land. It's interesting and plain at the same time.

Overall (3.72) : This brown ale drinks more like a roasted porter than anything. It's not a bad thing - it's just mislabeled. It's not your typical brown ale, but what it brings the the table is a good mixture of char, smoke, dark chocolate, and kiln. It's great for a one-off, but I doubt I'll be drinking this anytime soon.

Sincerely,

T-A-J

Photo of claytong25
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have given this beer a higher rating but it is more of a porter than a Brown Ale. It was a recommendation from my friendly beer store clerk and I thank him for the recommendation but again its really on the outer circle for brown ales. Not nearly as smooth and drinkable as most brown are.

This is still an above average beer and I really can't knock it for much, its just not a brown ale in my book!

Photo of nickadams2
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick dark brown with a thin brown head that quicky dissipates into a thin ring.Little lacing.

S_Sweet caramel malt,roasty,nutty.

T_Nice caramel malt taste. Sweet but not too sweet. Roasted nutty flavors as well. Little bit of smooth vanilla and molasses. Great flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Great session brown ale. Nicely done.

Photo of warnerry
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with only one finger of head and some floaters present.

Smell is pretty subtle, with mostly roasted malt, a bit of toffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is similar to smell with nice roasted malt, a bit of nuttiness and some sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is relatively light unfortunately, with good carbonation.

Overall, drinkability is good. This is a nice brown ale, but doesn't really stand out.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, low carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light caramel

Taste: toasted malt, light caramel, some chocolate, and earth

Mouthfeel: sweet start with dry slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: An average English brown. I could have a couple but there are several others in the style I would have first. Not a bad beer, but not overly memorable either.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint. No dating, but it is a relatively new beer in their portfolio, so can't be too old.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with thin tan cap.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate galore. Some dark fruit; very little hop aroma.

Taste: Once again, very chocolaty with a nice underlying caramel backbone. Fairly fruity and somewhat sweet, with some drying notes at the end from nuts and English hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation (a titch too much), relatively full body for the style. Very smooth with a semi-dry snap at the finish.

Overall: This is a very smooth Brown Ale that seems a little more heavily roasted than typical for the style. Quite delicious and one of the better English Brown Ales I have had.

Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boffo smells sweet and malty, like yeasty marble-rye bread drizzled in molasses and honey, with a side bowl of apricots. Small white grape aromas filter through, as well as a barely-perceptible touch of grapefruity hops.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately chocolaty, both in the sugary milk chocolate sense, and in the chocolate malt sense, though the latter's smoky burnt flavors are less obvious. The sugars in the first part of the mouthful are deep and rich, caramelized and full-bodied. Dark fruit esters such as black cherry and fig play at the edges. Toward the end of the mouthful the sugars peel back to reveal a darker chocolate malt base, rich with just-slightly-over-toasted grains and minute hints of ash. The aftertase is the only area where the hops are overly discernible, though even here only as light grapefruit flavors overlaid with heavier ash. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent brown ale, replete with finely nuanced and well-crafted flavors that burst delightfully on the tongue.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep dark brown, 2” tan tinted white lacy foam collar that leaves thick lace.
S: Toffee, anise, toasted grains.
T: Toffee, dark malts, no harsh roast or burnt flavors, some cola, starts sweet and malty but not super sweet, more like a hint then it dries out for a long finish seasoned by a moderate hop bitterness.
M: finely bubbled, luscious creamy rich. Medium to medium light body but the superfine carbonation and the super creamy texture give it a much bigger presence.
O: A nicely done English style brown ale.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A recent trip to Columbus proved the fact that Dark Horse is in full effect in the state of Ohio. I saw shot gun tap handles in every fine beer bar we stopped at. This one appeared locally, so I had to go with it and a couple bottles of Double Crooked Tree. Appears a deep cola brown with large tan head forming nicely. Speckled scattered lacing is left behind. Aroma is full of nutty dark chocolate and creamed coffee tones, very nice dessert feel to it. Creamy sweet upfront with some hazelnut/almond tones with background herbal hops kicking and a bit of dry bready yeast notes. Dark chocolate creamed coffee and ripe fruit collide to make some damn good brown ale. Body is a bit weired medium bodied lightly carbonated goes down easy but with a full on flavor ride. Drinkable as all hell, one of the most approachable brown ales I've come across in quite some time, this is some tasty stuff.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with garnet glow and a fizzy billowing light tan heat. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass.
S- the soft mellow dark char aroma has a faint chocolate malt quality but otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The mellow roasted dark malt note has a light char note in the finish which is pretty dry. The char note lingers for just a moment after each sip. There is a toasted flavor that grows as the beer opens up. The green hops bite comes through only when the beer is pretty warm.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.
D- Nice roasted flavor with some subtle hops support. There is not much depth but this beer is very quaftable. Not as heavy as a porter and it would be nice to see this on cask.

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boffo pours a deep, thick brown color that doesn't let any light through. A tight light brown head forms with above average retention, and a modicum of lacing is left behind.
There's a touch of roasted malts on the nose, followed by a light touch of caramel, nut and toffee with just a hint of an herbal hops presence. Overall the aroma's a bit mild.
The taste is what really surprises me. This one's a bit more complex in flavor than aroma with a great balance and very smooth on the palate. The malt backbone is strong, with roasted, earthy and nuts balanced by a molasses and brown sugar sweetness that, balanced as well as it is, hardly makes this beer seem especially sweet, but very nicely rounded. There's a sturdy yeast underlying as well. Impressively, this one is free of the sometimes characteristic astringent and metallic flavors that can mar a brown ale.
The mouthfeel is sturdy, with a full body making this one seem more like a porter. Carbonation is light.
This is quite a drinkable brown ale and easily sessionable.

Photo of lnashsig
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown opaque color, nice thick, chewy looking head recedes and a light tan ring remains and clings to the side of the glass. This looks like a great beer- barely any light gets through. Smell- nutty, toffee, faint brown sugar. Taste- warm, nutty, caramel, contrasted by a bitter roasted malt that hits the back of the throat. Maybe just a slight bit of astringency, but it works well with the balance. Carbonation is a little sharp, and makes it a little difficult to get all the flavors. Overall, I'm a fan. A nice beer from Dark Horse that I would have again.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Deep brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Get some toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and a little bit of coffee as well.

T: I get the coffee again, slightly nutty, and some toffee. The finish is roasty and kind of grainy.

M/D: On the lighter side with moderate carbonation, and slightly creamy. Overall, its ok, have had better, but an interesting mix of flavors.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for style, even a bit porterish, enjoyed at the brewery. Dark brown,chocolate malty sweetish, a tad toasty, with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Malty aroma and a tad above average mouthfeel from caramel. ANother god drinkable Dark Horse.

Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with a soft, brownish head

S - huge aroma of bread and caramel

T - nutty, caramel, bread; incredibly malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a malt-bomb...and I like it. This a simple beer in the sense that it doesn't offer layers of flavor, but what it does offer is really good. I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this is one I could definitely drink.

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a biege foam that lingers a half inch thick. Slight rings of lacing. No carbonation of note.

S - Smells of caramel and toffee. Some light grain is noted as well.

T - Really just asolid american brown. Relatively light malt base with some sweetness of caramel candy and some vanilla and toffe.

M - Easy to drink a few of these, and feel light depsite being one of the more robust brown ales.

O - I'd have this again. Not a standout but yet another good beer made in Michigan.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse, dark beise head with poor retention. Beer is one of the only brown ales that I've seen that's actually brown. Near opaque. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is coffee, toffee, butterscotch, and toasted malt. Rather rich and deep overall. Very aromatic and appetizing.

T: Opens with subtle coffee sourness complemented by toasted malt, caramel, and bitter chocolate. Toffee is detectable in the back towards the middle and end. An unpleasant nutty grainyness not unlike chewing on nut shells appears at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste, slightly spoiling the experience.

M: Medium bodied, very lightly carbonated, slightly lively but generally very smooth and silky. Substantial in the mouth, this taste like a much bigger beer than its 5.5% ABV suggests. Finish is messy and aftertaste is drying and lingers.

D: A good beer that really fell apart just before the finish for me. Feel is great though and nose complements the flavor very well. Worth a try for a twist on the brown ale style.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at the midwest brewfest. The beer poured a dark brown and a little murky with some reddish highlights. A thin tan collar formed during the pour -- the beer looked a little flat as it was filling the glass. A bit of spotty lacing. Malty aroma, big bread taste with brown sugar with some roast and caramel Fairly astringent, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was ok.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's. I always enjoy a tasty English brown so I was pleased to find this on the shelf a couple weeks ago. Upfront there's a big share of cocoa and dark bread crust. As that fades, a paler biscuit and herbal hop mix comes forward before a bitter chocolate finish that has slight citrus note. I get a nutty hint in there that reminds me of the reddish skin on almonds and the aroma is a mix of that same chocolate with toast. Add a little hazelnut and this would smell like nutella with breakfast.

The Dark Horse website tells me this is actually 6.5%, which is fine, but as a session beer lover, I wish this brown were a tough lighter and less alcoholic. Not that I'm complaining, that's just personal preference. This is a mighty fine brown ale.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a regular brown ale as far as I know, but somehow is tastes barrel aged, and in a very good way.

The nose has a medium maltiness to it, some bread and a little sweetness, but there are also hints of wood and bourbon. This continues into the flavor but with more intensity. This beer is a wonderful, medium caramel, malty drink with huge bourbon and oak notes and a touch of vanilla. It is possibly the best brown ale I have ever had.

Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark brown, I'd say darker than most other Brown Ales. THe head is pretty nice and fads quick.

The smell is very sweet and nutty. Pick up a bit of caramel type smell. Definitely like the smell of this.

The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting from the smell but there definitely is some sweetness that goes along with a nutty taste. Kind of a toffee finish that is pretty decent. IT's a pretty smooth finish with minimal aftertaste.

Overall, its a pretty good brown ale. The only complaint would be that none of the taste, such as the toffee or nutty upfront are gig enough. Seems like you get some nice small tastes then they fad quickly. I would pick this beer up again if it were in my area.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chocolate, mahogany, mostly clear. Nice smooth tan looking head, finger width.
S: all kinds of roasted malts and bready notes. Perhaps some nutiness as well. I believe there is some floral hop aroma as well.
T: very nice roasted malt flavor with some toasted notes and carmel overtones. Impressed with the bit of citrus that peaks through and prevents from being a malt bomb. Nicely balanced.
M: medium bodied, slightly creamy. Nice malty after taste. Really coats the pallet.
O: very nice brown ale here. Great flavor, great drinkability.

Photo of osusullins
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. At first sight, this beer is a deep, DARK brown. It is almost stout black. Creamy white head... Very nice looking beer.

The nose is very subtle. I am picking up light notes of coffee, caramel, and toffee, however nothing dominates and all are faint.

Boffo drinks lighter than it looks. Creamy without being heavy. The malts coat the palate and linger for just the appropriate amount of time. I definitly enjoyed this beer more as it warmed up in the glass. The soft notes of caramel and light bakers chocolate seem to be more pronounced as the temperature of the beer rises. What started out as a (B+) cold beer soon evolved into a solid (A) beer at room after sitting for about ten minutes.

Dark Horse is just another example of quality Michigan brewing. Kudos.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid brown color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is short and dense. It quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty. A pumpernickle base, slightly toasted. Caramel and honey provide some sweetness. Some raisin or other dark fruit give this brown ale depth. Fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is quite bready. Nice toasted brown bread flavor. Has an undercurrent of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty flavors follow and give the beer some earthiness. A hint of oxidation or a raisony dark fruit note. Subtle buttery notes. Grassy hop in the finish. A complex brown that has characteristics of an English brown.

Moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate with a light toasty bitter offset. Nutty finish.

A flavorful brown ale. I pick up both American and English brown ale flavor profiles. A hearty breakfast beer.

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.