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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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187 Reviews
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Reviews: 187
Hads: 548
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004

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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 548
Photo of AdamMY
2.28/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of walleye
2.31/5  rDev -39.1%
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

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

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Photo of granger10
2.4/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of DWBoca57
2.41/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay beer. Just Okay.
L:dark garnet. In color.
S: has an off smell, can't pin point. Not an endearing smell
T:dry, astringent. Cloying
F: drying, puckering
O: glad. I just bought 1. Not a fan

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Photo of oline73
2.54/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.76/5  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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.83/5  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.

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky dark brown, lots of haze, there's lack of head, but has nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate and caramel malts. There's a touch of vanilla. Very malty. The flavors match the nose, but it's pretty bitter. There are subtle hints of black coffee. The flavors aren't as sweet as I was anticipating. There's not much hop flavor, which isn't expected in the style, but the bitterness is there. Lots of chocolate blended with some grains. Roasty. Nice flavors, but one note. Mouthfeel is very nice. Slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Besides the higher ABV, this is your traditional brown ale right here. It's fine, but not as interesting as I remembered.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at the midwest brewfest. The beer poured a dark brown and a little murky with some reddish highlights. A thin tan collar formed during the pour -- the beer looked a little flat as it was filling the glass. A bit of spotty lacing. Malty aroma, big bread taste with brown sugar with some roast and caramel Fairly astringent, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was ok.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Chocolate brown colored beer with a decent head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like caramel, little toffee, brown sugar, chocolate malts. Standard.

T - Taste is about like the nose. Some chocolate malts as well as some light toffee and caramel. Not a whole lot going on here.

M - Slightly over carbonated, but nothing to throw a fit about. Medium bodied.

O - This beer is pretty boring, but it's non-offensive, something you can pretty much drink and not notice. Not going to try to find this again.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Boffo Brown pours a brown color with a small head. There is a licorice and shoe like aroma. The taste was a bit nutty, some toffee flavors, with licorice flavors. Flavors were a bit watery, and light. Overall its an easy to drink, brown ale that is light.

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Photo of znichols
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with a slight auburn glare when held to the light; borderline Porter category. One inch off-white head that left in about a minute. Decent amount of lacing. I'm expecting a sticky Brown Ale.

S- hmmm. This is different. Herbs, big tobacco, vanilla, caramel, light citrus. This brown ale is all over the board. Not sure what to expect flavor-wise. Aroma is different and intriguing though.

T- Wow, this Brown brings the hops. Not so much grapefruit, pine or citrus, but just herbal, dank, woody hoppiness is very present. Theres a touch of caramel malt and some roast, but overall the flavor is pretty subtle and relies mostly on the hops and light chocolate malt. fairly bitter. subtle bourbon flavor as it warms.

M-Smooth and fluffy, moderate carbonation. Expected it to be a touch stickier. Medium-light bodied. Standard mouthfeel.

O-This is a decent rendition of an AMERICAN brown ale, meaning i get a pretty substantial amount of hops for an "English brown ale." Moderate vanilla, toast, booze, and earthy malt notes but mostly woody hops. Might be considered a Black Pale Ale? Not what i expected, and i was between a 3 and a 3.5 for overall, but the willingness to do something different in an increasingly stagnant category should be rewarded.

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Photo of cpolking
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown ale pours very dark brown to mostly black. Its aroma is dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and mocha, with an apparent sweetness. Its taste follows its aroma directly. There is an almost cloying sweetness at the beginning but it fades into a nicely bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

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Photo of Jayli
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 10/3
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep chocolate brown with a one finger of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly not leaving much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is very sweet - toffee, caramel, brown sugar with a bit of raisin.

T: Taste is overly sweet in this beer. Toffee, syrup, and molasses are all at the forefront of this beer. Overpowering and oddly blended. The middle is slightly bready yet still overpowered by sweetness. Finish has a mild roasted note flavoring and earthy hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, light to medium carbonation, some what creamy.

D: Goes down ok, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. There was something slightly off with the blending of flavoring in this beer. There are better offerings out there of the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A~ Dark brown, good lacing, looks like a great start.

S~ Caramel malt, sugary sweet toffee all up front. Gets sweeter as it warms.

T~ Wow, it has alot more booze than i'm use to wtih your traditional brown ale. Overall, it has a good balance between start and finish.

M~ Really thin for a brown ale.

O~ A good brown ale overall, just a few things that I liked and didn't like. Good nose, lacing and others appearance traits, but it was pretty booze heavy for a brown ale. I typically think of Brown Ales as lighter on the alcohol and a little thicker bodied than this one was.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of herman77
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with some dark ruby hues to it. Moderate soapy light tan head. Trying to forms some sheets of lacing.

S: Toasted carmel malt. Faint nuttiness, earthiness. Some coco and coffee. Nose is a little weak, even as it warms.

T: Very nutty. Toasted malts with carmel sweetness. More nuttiness and earthiness, almost dirt-like. Some bittering hops show themselves near the finish.

M: Lighter to medium body. Higher carbonation feels pretty active on the tongue. Ever so slight slickness to it.

D: Meh. Its average at best. Not doing much for me, its not bad at all, its just.... average.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet highlighted and muddy brown color. The head is nomina; after the pour, and disappears after a few minutes.

The arom has nice roasted mlats, coffe and powdered chocolate notes. Definetly invites me to drink more. Myabe a sweet caramel note added too.

The taste is roasted, but not dark stout roasted. Just right for regularm flavorful, full-flavored, robust enjoyment. Thats too many adjectives in one sentence. But the malt makes a nice statement that adds a lot to the the sessionability of this beer.

Nice and roasted, but lacks some sensation. Worth sessioning, but not exceptional.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle without any sort of freshness dating drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a modest khaki colored head on it. the head lasts for a little while before fading, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- decently malt forward. this starts out with notes of caramel and nuts. a little bit of chocolate follows that. the last thing i pick up on is a mild coffee finish.

T- the sweet caramel malts up front with a decent amount of nuttiness. some chocolate notes in the middle and a touch of coffee at the end.

M- the body is a little thin, and the carbonation is a touch too low.

D- easy enough to finish, but this isnt the best example of the style ive had. im still glad they decided to bottle this.

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Photo of Beejay
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Fairly small tan head on it.

S: Strong bread aroma. There is a nice roasty scent to it. Some milk chocolate notes, and possibly some maple syrup scents as well.

T: Some nice roasty flavors. Slight fruity notes. Bready and tasty.

M: Light to medium, with high carbonation.

D: Good overall, but I probably won't be stocking up on it.

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Photo of abraxel
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Quite dark for a brown ale, almost black. The head is a very light tan, and sticks to the glass nicely, but doesn't leave lasting lacing.

S - Sweet, slightly chocolatey malts. Just the tiniest touch of roastiness. No sign of hops. Tasty.

T - Some of the same malts as in the nose, but there's not much depth of flavor. When chilled, it's a bit boring, with some out-of-place bitterness and a metallic bite... but it improves dramatically as it warms up. A bit more chocolatey sweetness and some nutty flavors come out. It's nice, but not fantastic.

M - Rather thin, with perhaps slightly too much of a carbonation bite.

Overall, it's all right. I'm happy to finish the glass, but I won't go out of my way to drink this again.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours out a dark brown body with minimal lacing and retention, and some carbonation.
S. Get some coffee, caramel, molasses and sweet sugary malts.
T. Taste some coffee first followed by some molasses and caramel with hints of chocolate in the back.
M. The mouthfeel is a soft smooth watery feel that is easy to drink.
O. Not a bad drink, but nothing great either. This is probably my least favorite Dark Horse Beer. While Dark Horse is one of my favorite breweries, I think I'll stick with Bell's Best Brown Ale, or Michigan BC's Nut Brown Ale when it comes to drinking an English Brown Ale.

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.