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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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very good

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mzeld, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bobbyr5, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Poured on tap at Church Key DC.

Gives a very nice dark red body, and a small simple tan tight head with creamy retention was present. Very solid looking beer.

Bouquet was a very nice faint caramel and pan gravy roast. Very balanced on both for smells and good whiffs, but somewhat mild and muted. Nice play between both caramel and roast I must admit which was a nice surprise.

Taste was an interesting one. A giant rush of Japanese wheat soba noodles and soy sauce, with a creamy quality. Roast punch in the finish and spicy with some good creamy like caramel and malt in the finish. Great mouthfeel and excellent body.

Certainly a great brown ale to have on tap.

smakawhat, Feb 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

drop6301, Jun 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mpalestino, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

ssimpson89, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

americanjones, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

DudMan, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Falcone, May 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

rxthree, Aug 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Paul_Apsley, Jun 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

gdornfeld, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of tubacharlie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Fruity esters emanate from the khaki colored head, which is smallish but velvety and sticky. The brew is a dense, cloudy, dark red-brown color revealed by a light held to the half liter mug.

Full flavored, this ale almost approaches a stout in consistency, with coffee and hazelnut up front, a malty mid-palate accentuated by mellow hops and carried over the tongue with creamy smooth carbonation. A good recipe in the grain bill yields a well-developed depth of flavor.

Halfway through, the substantial sediment in the bottle is swirled around with the dregs of the ale and added to the glass. While most remains firmly stuck to the bottom of the bottle, enough is dislodged to add a little more tangy zest to the aftertaste.

Boffo indeed.

tubacharlie, Apr 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

RWLawman, Aug 31, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

nmeiborg, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

hollywood_15063, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

WDJersey, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

KFrank729, Jan 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bcsbeer, Jun 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Lukass, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Localdrinklax, May 25, 2012
Photo of gatornation
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

this brown pours a very dark brown color with a beige/black cherry head almost a stout like appearance,tons of sticky.clinging lace....smell is toffee ,burnt sweet caramel .baked bread and hops..taste is simply delicious ..its toffee,followed by burnt caramel and baked bread..then you get some roasted coffee notes with great hops and grapefruit notes..mouth feel is robust and full this is one tasty brown that drinks like a light stout/porter..its excellent so tasty..very recommended

gatornation, Oct 08, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

Picked up a 6er in Marshall after an awesome visit to their brewpub. Incredible place and if you are in the area, do yourself a favor and stop in for a pint!

Appearance- Creamy tan head sits atop a deep brown, nearly opaque brew with deep amber highlights. Head is quick to fade leaving a soapy ring and nice lacing with each sip. Heavy yeast cake in bottom of bottle.

Aroma- Dry, powdery roasted malt with a slightly pruney, dark caramel sweetness. Rich maltiness practically makes my mouth water. Healthy earthy hop aroma lies right beneath.

Flavor- Brown malt pruniness and a touch of dark brown sugar to start. Notes of roasted malt and powdered cocoa tail into a balancing moderate earthy hop bitterness. Chewy, complex, lingering finish is very nicely balanced and brings you back for more.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, moderate residual sugars, low-medium CO2, and great balance. Chewy.

Overall- Would be a great food beer! This is a delightful brown ale, big and chewy with a great supporting hop bitterness. Great drinkability for a darker, heavier beer. I will say though, the first few bottles were a bit flat. If you buy it fresh, give them a few weeks in the bottle and they carb up nicely!

dudemuskie, Nov 04, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +12%

I worked hard to pour a decent on this beer but it didn't do much good. There are a few wisps and a ring of foam. It's a very dark brown but fairly clear when I hold it to the light.

Pleasant malty sweet aroma.

Sweet caramel with a well rounded roasted malt finish.

light to moderately carbonated with a medium body.

This is an easy drinking pleasant tasting brown.

ken3c, Oct 27, 2004
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4.2/5  rDev +12%

I bought this as a mix and match 6-pack from Everhett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99.

Pours a very dark brown with a quick diminishing head. Scents of sweet cocoa with some coffee hints. Very robust malts that again have the taste of cocoa and coffee. Very flavorful as it basically a step below the bold taste of a stout. If you're into dark and heavy beers, thois is a must try!

Lemke10, Feb 25, 2011
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.