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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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458 Ratings
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Ratings: 458
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.7%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

nzerbe, Jul 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Scout11, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of AdamMY
2.15/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is not that great, a bit dark, and a somewhat subdued head, consisting of a fairly large set of bubbles.

Smell is great, lots of roasted malt goodness, chocolate, and caramel at its peak, and a nice fresh touch brought to it from the Hops.

Taste is interesting, prevelant hops, sublte touch of roast, not really sweet, but not really bitter. The beer tries to go straight down the middle, and seems a bit muddled in the process. Oddly the more I think about it it almost tastes dirty.

Mouthfeel is overly watery.

AdamMY, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of walleye
2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

from the bottle. poured a dark brown with mahogany hues with a small tan headthat left some traces down the side of the glass. aroma roasted nuts, cherries that are almost ripe (still has some sourness mixed with the sweetness) caramel, bittersweet chocolate, plums,as it warms the choclate started to lean more to sweet side, malt. flavor had my mouth all set from some good tasteing beer but this let me down big time tasted watered downabout the only thing I got out of it was a touch of cherries and chocolate. since this doesn’t have a date on the bottle anyplace I don’t know how old this is

walleye, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of granger10
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured very dark, darker than most brown ales pour and was quite low in carbonation. The smell was semi-sweet but that was about it. The taste was simply an upfront maltiness with nothing to back it up. I can't find any hops or alcohol or yeast or ANYTHING other than a caramel flavored malt. Too thin, too bland. This should be a macro.

granger10, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Odd artwork on this one...First Dark Horse brew to consume

Appearance-Dark brown with some amber hues. 2 finger beige head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Lots of carbonation initially, then becomes flat looking.

Smell-Light nuttiness and coffee. The more I smell this the more it kind of smells like a flat coke.

Taste-Follows the smell. Flat Coke, not very pleasant. Still some light nuttiness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Watery. not too pleasant.

Overall-First few sips weren't all that bad, but started tasting pretty awful. Look and Taste is pretty unimpressive. I'll pass on this for now on.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into nonic pint...

A- Pours deep dark reddish brown. Absolutely no head on a generous pour. Sits in the glass murky and lifeless.

S- Has a sweet, carmelly, and nutty aroma. All of this is slightly shadowed by a sour, acetic smell...

T/M- Whoa. Wtf?! Starts very nutty and bready, then just gets excessively hot and full of ethanol. The aftertaste is just hard to swallow. I feel like there is a solid base beer behind the fusels. Could be a great, sweet, malty brown... Also a ton of roast/coffee flavor for a brown, again drowned out though. The feel is just slimy and stings the tongue.

O- As the beer warmed it got better. When I first opened this and took a drink, it screamed infection. Though it wasnt infected, it did have intense flaws that unfortunately overtook the majority of the drinking experience.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

JohnK17, Dec 24, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of oline73
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a red tint. There is a three finger dark tan head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: The smell is very faint. There is some roasty malt with a hint of nuttyness, perhaps a bit of sweetness.

Taste: There is some nutty roast from the malt. Not very sweet at all. My complaint here is that the taste is a bit watery and not super interesting. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry, and perhaps a bit chalky.

Overall: This is a very underwhelming beer for me. I thought it was a bit watery. Not my favorite from this brewery.

oline73, Apr 15, 2011
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2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that lingers for a minute. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and toffee are most dominant. Toasted malts proceed after, but very light.

Taste - Overly sweet (in my opinion). Has a strong bitterness that dulls all other flavors present. What I can pick out is some coffee and chocolate flavors, with caramel and hazelnut in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall - It must be because it follows the style of an English brown ale that I don't like this. It is the worst brown ale I've ever tried, but I'm used to mostly drinking American browns.

jsisko01, Dec 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

LJWalker, May 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

mmulebarn, Nov 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

rderedin, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, color is dark amber to light brown; head is light tan and presents pretty dense and laces nicely.

Smell is a little fruity with some caramel notes and oats or toasted malt mixed in, light bitterness.

Taste is slightly off to me, somewhat sharp, lightly sour and fruity, then finishes with some caramel and toasted notes and some light fruity bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a little cloying and sweet, maybe a touch sharp/highly carbed.

Overall, an odd beer - some of the bottles tasted off in the mix pack i tasted from, but the brown was consistently sweeter, and lightly sour.

mvanaskie13, Oct 13, 2012
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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.

tigg924, Dec 29, 2010
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3/5  rDev -20%

Another6Pack, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20%

NonicPanic, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

malfunxion, Aug 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

Rons35, Jul 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

vipguy814, Feb 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Kempski, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

mwar, Sep 21, 2013
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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.