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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 02:21:40 | More by drpimento
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jampics2

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 19:35:39 | More by jampics2
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lnashsig

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:58:34 | More by lnashsig
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland Pint Glass.

Pours a deep garnet brown with a light tan head that drops rather quickly.

Aromas of caramel malt. light roasted grains. dark fruit. faint licorise.

Flavors of dark fruit, raisins, caramel malt, light roast. Hint of licorise, just like the aroma. finish is rather short, with the licorise and raisins lingering.

Mouthfeel "feels" thin but has a little body to it, smooth.

Overall a decent brown ale. easy drinking, nothing aggressive or out of place.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 01:50:01 | More by JamnesCameron
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single of Boffo Brown Ale for $1.89 at the Lager Mill. I haven't had a Dark Horse brew in a while so I figured I would try one of their year round offerings. I have seen this around before but have always went with their stout series instead so lets see what what I have been missing. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I like the pop art style cat on the label, Dark Horse does a pretty good job at making sure their labels stick out from the rest of the crowd. This beer poured a deep dark brown color with three fingers worth of nice fluffy tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed the rest of the time and it left some spotty lacing.

S- Caramel malts are the big player in the aroma here, along with a nice amount of roasted malts, there is a good balance between the two. I pick up some sweet dark fruits and some light grassy hops at the end. Pretty on par for a brown ale.

T- The flavor mirrors the aroma nicely. The caramel malts make for a nice backbone for this beer and the roast grains meld together pretty nicely. In the middle there are lots of sweet dark fruits, the sweetness is just right and it helps balance out some of that roastyness. I pick up a little nutty flavor that I didn't get in the aroma. There was some grassy hops on the finish that imparted a nice slight bitterness that helped round everything out.

M- Creamy and medium light bodied, could be just a little bit thicker. The carbonation was perfect.

Overall this was a pretty good brown ale that I enjoyed drinking. It had just about everything I look for in a brown ale and its one of the better ones I have tried. It had a heavier roast then most brown ales but I thought it worked well in this brew and I liked it. It went down smooth, if I had another one I would drink it, I would for sure buy this again. I recommend this to anyone who likes this style, Dark Horse has one solid brown ale on their hands.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 02:46:57 | More by StoutHunter
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beergod1

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep chestnut in color poured into my new DFH pint glass, with a thin, foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate with a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of hops. Flavor is malty with tones of caramel, Cocoa and molasses and just a hint of dark fruit. A nice Brown Ale. Creamy and smooth. light bodied for an American Brown. But one I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 22:33:25 | More by beergod1
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown as you would expect - quite dark in fact. Decent tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Caramel malt, toffee, and some nuts. Hint of roasted malt? A bit of maple as it warms too.

T: Very nice roasted malt, toffee and nuts. Caramel malt rounds it out nicely. Very nice brown ale.

M: A tiny bit thin, not as full as some better brown ales. Doesn't detract much but notable.

O: A very good brown ale. Good combination of flavors, nothing overpowering. Well balanced. A little thicker body and it would be a solid A- or even an A I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:31:30 | More by Dope
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut brown with burnt orange edges. The beer isn't opaque when backlit with bright sunshine, but that's no sin given style and ABV. Two fingers of toasted oatmeal colored foam looks good and does a fine job when it's time to decorate the glass.

The aroma is as rock solid as the appearance. Each sniff delivers loads of chocolate malt and an earthy nuttiness that lies just beneath the surface. Nothing more than a modest hoppiness is of no concern.

Boffa is a 'no bells and no whistles' kind of English brown ale that impresses by bringing it with authority on the flavor boldness and complexity fronts. It's too bad more brewers don't add this much malt to their mid-ABV browns.

Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, baked nuts, milk chocolate shavings, and a moderate tea leaf bitterness that keeps things in wonderfully drinkable balance. A few of these during Saturday afternoon football would be damn tasty.

The mouthfeel almost holds up its end of the bargain. A little more full creaminess would be nice, but it's hard to be too critical at 5.5%. The bubbles, while slightly too harsh initially, settle down my the middle portion of the bottle.

Bell's Best Brown is still the best brown ale in Michigan, but this Dark Horse brew is good beer in its own right. Whether or not you think Boffo is boffo will most likely depend on how much you like brown ales. Grab a single or a sixer and judge for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 12:22:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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drizzam

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An opaque brown body is topped by a one finger, light tan head. Good head retention with spotty lacing left down the inside of my pint glass.

S - Big toasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and hints of caramel.

T & M - Very bold taste. Roasted toasty malts lead the way, followed by that same dark chocolate I smelled in the aroma. To me, the caramel takes a bit of a backseat to the chocolate, but it is still well represented. There is a slight earthy hop bitterness toward the end that follows after the swallow. Medium bodied with a drying finish.

D - I've been very impressed with a lot of Dark Horse's offerings, and this one certainly did not let me down. A relatively low ABV, yet packed with bold flavor. I would recommend this to my craft beer drinking friends any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 18:45:27 | More by drizzam
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matjack85

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a nice deep dark brown color, but only produced a ½-finger of tan head. Retention wasn't long, but the lacing was decent.

Malt, molasses, caramel, and nutty aroma. A very pleasant smell.

Big roasted malt flavor with dark bread and caramel for added sweetness. I also get a mild chocolate flavored coffee taste and even a touch of hazelnut. The hop bitterness is mild, but enough to keep the sweetness in check.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No complaints on the mouthfeel for this one.

This is a very tasty brown ale. Not sure why BA lists it as an English brown though when the company lists it as an American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 07:16:06 | More by matjack85
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a typical dark brown however with a very thin cap of tan-colored head.

Smell: Toasted malt, nut bread, a bit of toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: Predominantly sweet roasted malts with tastes of brown sugar, dark dried raisins and cherries. More subtle flavors of nuttiness, smoke, chocolate and coffee emerge as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Seemed decent for a brown ale, but this brown ale pushes the boundaries a bit, so I thought it would be better a bit thicker.

Drinkability: No problem whatsoever. Glad I bought a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 20:48:48 | More by JackieTH
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Dalem

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Looks a bit cola really. Since it's a Dark Horse brew there's not much, if any, filtering of any sort going on so the floaties of grain hanging around the sides of the glass look sorta like soda bubbles. The was a tan in color and a modest half inch think that fade down fairly quickly. The scent borders on a cola too with the roasted malts taking on a caramel, coffee and molasses aromas.
First flavor to come out is that of sweet (but not overtly sugary) cream. The mouthfeel of the brew also has a light cream to it as well now that I'm mentioning it. Right behind it is caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of nuttiness. The finish has something of a porter taste to it with a slight touch of bitters and baker's chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 02:56:40 | More by Dalem
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color -- ruby black if up to light. Particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. The head dies down quickly, and there's pretty much no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much of an aroma to speak of, but it's pleasant nonetheless. Very faint roasted malt aroma, and also an essence of chocolate or coffee. Quite stout-y.

Taste/feel: A somewhat mild taste up front, which I wasn't expecting. The finish is when all the malts and bits of coffee really run out on the taste buds. The feel when taking a drink is super smooth and creamy. Quite mildly carbonated. Honestly, carbonated appropriately. Bubbles are tiny and makes me wonder if this one's nitro'd...

One of the better brown ales I've stumbled upon, but what else could someone expect from Dark Horse? A tasty brown ale. I'd love a head and some lacing on this beer, but you can't have it all. Would love to have this one again. Smooth, easy drinking, solid ABV, and most importantly -- tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 17:07:05 | More by Alextricity
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass
Reddish-brown in color, with a moderate off-white head of foam
Aroma-Subtle roasted malt
Taste-Roasted malt, chocolate notes, leading to a rather dry, black coffee finish.
Overall, a nice drinkable brown from the boys at Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 14:06:41 | More by hosehead83
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 12:27:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 06:24:36 | More by tempest
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to JM03 for the Dark Horse hookup!

Nice dark brown color, largely opaque, with a light tan head of about a finger that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is very nice, with lots of roasted malts, nuttiness, cocoa, sweetness and a touch of coffee.

Taste is good too. Nutty, some milk chocolate, roasted, toasted malts and pleasant sweetness.

Feel is a bit crisp and bubbly, not really slick and lightly creamy. Feel was lighter.

Drinkability was pretty good. Nice smelling and tasting pretty good, but the bubbly quality takes it down a hair. Still, its a mighty fine brown.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 04:02:26 | More by EgadBananas
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sweett3k

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-draft $3 a pint night. The beer is a beautiful chocolate brown with a light head. Tones of nut and coal. Clean and crisp flavor of coffee, nut and coal. No after taste. Goes down nice and easy. My brother Sisupride would love this beer. My first brew I have had from Dark Horse Brewing Co. and they did great. Michigan is truly a great place for hand crafted beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 12:46:37 | More by sweett3k
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale pours a finger of beige foam over a very dark brown brew. The nose is really inviting- semi-sweet chocolate with a little tangy note of mollasses. Up front the flavor mirrors the nose- bakers chocolate, that note of mollasses, with a little touch of espresso bitterness off the back for balance. The mouthfeel is round but crisp, drying just a little, with a mellow herbal hop in the aftertaste. Brown ales tend to get overlooked- everybody's running after their IPAs, Belgians, or the newest/weirdest barrel-aged concoction. People tend to forget how good a Brown Ale can be- packing a lot of flavor in what is still a pretty modest, easy drinking beer- just like this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 08:12:03 | More by shadow1961
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aggiearcher13

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/17/09.

A: Dark brown, quite dark actually. About a half inch of brown head that hangs around pretty well and leaves quite nice lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, pretty malty, some noble hops in there.

T: Earth and nutty, quite a caramel flavor, it's very tasty.

M: Good body, good carbonation, no complaints here.

D: Very very good brown ale. I could session this no problem.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 03:05:29 | More by aggiearcher13
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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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jayb

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown out of the bottle. Head was minimal, as was the lacing. Neither one stuck around very long. Smell was of faint coffee and nut, (roasted malts) and a slight touch of sugary sweetness. Taste was of roasted coffee, spice and malt sweetness. Low bitterness i thought. Very drinkable. Carbonation was mild. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and went down very smooth. Very nice brown ale, less nuttier than others ive had but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 17:53:51 | More by jayb
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's quite a dark brown beer near black with head about an inch in height.

Aroma: Dark fruits, figs, raisins, faint musty, brown bread, plum and a few roasty notes.

Taste: Brown bread, roasty, slight nuttiness, figs, dark malts, raisins, dark fruits minor notes of plum, traces of toffee. The mouthfeel is relativly smooth with a light dryness.

Notes: Very drinkable all the flavors are well balanced throught. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:30:39 | More by horshack7
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:29:28 | More by Infamous7100
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womencantsail

California

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Publick House

A: The pour is the rather predictable dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Strong roasted malt character for an English brown. Also surprisingly citrusy and hoppy. The more familiar aromas of toffee and toasted nuts, even some dark chocolate are to be found as well.

T: The roasted malt flavor is a bit more subtle, though there is a fair amount of dark chocolate and some coffee. A fair bit of toasted malt, nuts, and sweet bread. Of course, some toffee is there, too. A soft bitterness and earthy hop flavor, some citrus peel is also there.

M: Maybe a bit thin bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very different kind of brown ale, to me, anyway. I enjoyed it, though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 14:04:30 | More by womencantsail
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.