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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467 Ratings
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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 43 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004)
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup brown/amber body. Finger of tight, dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of scorched caramel, malted milk, toasted malts, and maple syrup.

Toasted, nutty malts up front. Brown sugary sweetness and caramel follow. Earthy, woody, mild bitterness lurks in the background. Dash of maple syrup, a bit of chocolate milk, some toasted walnuts. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. A nice session brown, on the sweeter side.

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark Brown Ale, reddish hues. Not much head, less than a finger.

S - Caramel, Charcoal roastyness, chocolate

T - Malt, Caramel, Chocolate, Smoke

M - A fair amount of carbonation, but not too heavy or hard to drink

D - Pretty drinkable, but your typical Brown Ale. Very smoky and roasty for a brown ale, but i like it. Would definitely drink it again.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of adamette
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage last week for $1.69 into....what else?....my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Creamy light brown head over a dark caramel, opaque body which has light edges and a darker "center." Good look. 4.0

S Nice medium roast toasted malt with a minimum of hops. Certainly on target for the style. 3.5

T Really solid, toasty roasty malt flavor with minimal hops. This is a good tasting brown ale. 4.0

M Appropriately it has some depth and thickness to it which is something that I find consistently in Dark Horse Brewing Company beers. Nothing is worse than a thin, wimpy beer. You will not find that at Dark Horse. 4.0

D Very good indeed. I find that this style lends itself well to drinkability to begin with but the pleasant, appropriately bold brown ale makes it easy to drink. 4.5

Notes: Gotta love Dark Horse!

Photo of mdagnew
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought online from Beermerchants.com

Poured a burnt amber colour. Light mocha head poured quite thick then faded quickly to good one finger coating... some light carbonation bubbles drift to the surface... lots of sticky lacing cling throughout...

Aroma - Toasted bready malts mixed with nice dark fruits (raisins, figs, some blackcurrents), caramel, molasses sweetness, toasted nuts, quite peppery and grassy, nutmeg spiciness...

Taste - Quite tart fruitiness initially (figs, apples), some saltiness, toasted bready malts, some buttery notes, quite nutty, light brown sugar sweetness, some molasses, good peppery hop bitterness, grassy, some toffee...

eel - Quite sharp and dry... Medium bodied... A very drinkable brew...

Overall - A pretty standard but good brown ale... worth a try...

Photo of 57md
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color somewhere between dark tan and burnt orange. The finger of head quickly dissipates and does not leave much lace behind. The nose is malty with some sweetness to it. The taste is bready, malty with a touch of sweetness as well. There are also chocolate notes present, but they are very subtle. There is a healthy body to this offering, but it does not rise to the level of "chewy." The finish is pleasantly semi-dry.

One of the better browns around.

Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, solid, traditional Brown Ale that is worth seeking out. It pours a dark mahogany with some light able to peek through. The head is very good, nice and creamy, light tan, lots of good lacing going on. The nose is delightful. There are loads of roasted dark malts, some coffee and chocolate notes, just lots of malty sweetness.

The beer is very creamy and very smooth. This is a medium to full bodied beer. The taste has all the great characteristics for the style, but there is a hoppy bite in the finish that may be warranted, perhaps no. I'm just really enjoying the creamy, roasted notes, and the bittering cooking chocolates, and then bam, this really leafy bittering hop and drying punch hits you in the finish. It's okay, but I'm marking it down as a flaw in the beer, although some folks may like it. The punch lasts well into the finish and is just more than i wanted. The beer is quite good, I just wish the finish were lest impactful.

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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle, served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep caramel, thin maple in color beneath a carbonation-filled, short-lived off-white head. Minimal lasting lace.

Moderately sweet brown sugar, caramel, and molasses. A really pleasant butter toasted malt character that is quite clean; unencumbered by artificial sweetness or mustiness.

Semi-sweet caramel and molasses that fade to a dry, hazelnut and mild chocolate flavor. Toasted malt based with a touch of diacetyl. Pleasant, yet subtle brown sugar and coffee spices. A bit thin towards the end after the mild bitterness subsides from the clean, floral hops.

A somewhat light, medium in body. Slightly creamy, clean, and a bit dry. A very nice balance.

Nothing that will excite the tastebuds, but pleasant and well balanced for the style.

Photo of majorbase2
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a very small brown head that dissipates quickly. A little bit of lacing around the edges. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and molasses, with roasted nuts and chocolate. A hint of booze. The taste is rather similar. Sweet roasted chocolate malts, molasses, a hint of coffee, and a hint of caramel as well. Has a nice earthiness to it. Some lightly roasted nuts. Has a very pleasant aftertaste and definitely improves as it warms. Medium bodied, a bit thick and chewy. Pretty drinkable. This is a solid brown ale. Not my favorite style, but one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of drpimento
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad; not great, but not bad. Served with a nice light tan medium sized head and some lace. Color is a very dark & hazy brown. Aroma is a rich brown with the barest hint of hop. Nice and malty. Flavor's pretty good too. Quintessential British Brown with a slight suggestion of fruit. Good stuff. Good body and carbonation. Good finish too. Full and satisfying. Session beer.

Photo of jampics2
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into the snifter. Looks decent, brown, almost black with bad lace. Could have better head retention and would score much better if it did.

Smells nice. The roast is a little more forward than other browns, giving some milk chocolate notes. There's a nice nuttiness and even some hazelnut. Mild hops. Sweet caramel.

Tastes great. Roast gives chocolate and mild coffee notes. Great toasted nuttiness and sweet caramel malt. Some mild vanilla and hazelnut cream. Really full flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Overall, this is a good brown ale. I enjoyed it and would happily drink it again.

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.