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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Boffo Brown AleDark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 364
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%


Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004)
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Reviews by RedSpecial1:
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark brown with reddish highlights out of the bottle with a decent amount of tan head forming quickly which then dissipates leaving a thin covering of foam on the surface.

S: Smells of caramel malt, nuts, and a very faint acridity, possibly from some roasted barley.

T: The roasted character is more up front in the taste than the aroma, but is well balanced by the sweet caramel malt character. A slight tang of alcohol is also perceptible, but not unpleasant.

M: On the thinner side for this style, but again, not unpleasantly so. I think it keeps the roast character in the flavor profile from becoming too overwhelming and edging more towards a stout than a brown ale.

O: While it has a bit more roasted character than is typical of English Brown ales, it is quite tasty. It is balanced well with the sweeter caramel malt flavors balancing out what I keep thinking is roasted barley, and that gives it a pleasant complexity that a lot of brown ales lack.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:12:14 | More by RedSpecial1
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braican

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2014 15:06:57 | More by braican
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Sparty55

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-15-2014 23:43:29 | More by Sparty55
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer to me was quite strange. I will say to take this review with this knowledge: it was the first pull from a line that was part of a tap takeover, and I can't tell how much the previous beer might influence the taste (they did clear the line).

The beer was quite cloudy and more tan than I would expect from a brown ale, no lingering head. The smell had a dark bread and nuttiness, but also a weird farmhouse smell (previous review said Vegemite, which I've never had, but that may fit).

The taste hit me first with some coffee bean notes (friend agreed). This I might associate with previous tap, *maybe*. Beyond that press ion, I did get dark bread flavors (maybe with honey), and definitely middle to end very nutty (walnut, Brazil nut). The nutty taste belies the oily mouthfeel I get.

Overall, interesting in many respects, but I'm not sure all are good. Give it a try for yourself.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2014 21:20:17 | More by cjgiant
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Australia

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried at Brewberry in Paris. 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish brown with a fine, relatively light body. Head forms a thin layer, fed by some fairly subdued carbonation. Bubbling is fine, in both the body and the head though. Minimal lace. Looks okay.

Nose is fairly subdued as well. There's some mild, but pleasant brown sweetness, a hint of burnt sugar and perhaps a little faded hop presence. Under it is a little savoury, almost salty roast and a touch of vegemite. Not bad, but not superb either.

Taste is fairly similar, but with a slickness and a bit more heft in the body to keep it smooth. Fairly empty entry with more of that brown sugar note coming in after a while. Light fruity tones come through on the mid-palate, with a touch of roast and a suggestion of cherry on the back to clear it up. It's pleasant enough.

Feel is fairly light, and pleasant enough.

It's not bad, but it's not really all that great either. It's solid enough in its own way, and pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV. It doesn't do anything particularly out of the ordinary, but it's certainly far from being uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 06:16:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Pennsylvania

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Michigan

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Michigan

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Pennsylvania

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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Illinois

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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, light raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light chocolate, and light raisin on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:27:04 | More by superspak
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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.