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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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445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid brown color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is short and dense. It quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty. A pumpernickle base, slightly toasted. Caramel and honey provide some sweetness. Some raisin or other dark fruit give this brown ale depth. Fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is quite bready. Nice toasted brown bread flavor. Has an undercurrent of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty flavors follow and give the beer some earthiness. A hint of oxidation or a raisony dark fruit note. Subtle buttery notes. Grassy hop in the finish. A complex brown that has characteristics of an English brown.

Moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate with a light toasty bitter offset. Nutty finish.

A flavorful brown ale. I pick up both American and English brown ale flavor profiles. A hearty breakfast beer.

Gmann, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

It is dark brown in color with ruby and amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

I smell cocoa with hints of chocolate.

The taste is unsweetened cocoa. It has a bitter finish. I get a little dark chocolate.

Medium to full

It is a decent easy drinking brown ale.

buschbeer, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, ruby brown color where light barely penetrates. Lots of lace considering the modest head.

Lots of mocha and powdered cocoa to the nose. Slightly sweet. Very low hop.

The flavor has far more hop presence than the smell indicates. Well-balanced with a dry, cocoa malt taste. Thin bodied and highly carbonated, the mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer.

smcolw, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the bottle this has a deep sweet chocolate quality with some earth and some lively fine granulated sugar. A shame that that such a gorgeous beer to smell diliutesd so much once it hits the glass.. Still, it looks great in the glass being extremely dark brown with an easy effortless 2 inchg rocky tan head and rings of lacing with every sip. There is an interesting deep damp sweet taste here with some dry earth bittereness and a trace of the forementioned granulated sugar. Not at all heavily bodies but there is a siggestion of some weight there which brings something enveloping and dominant to the mouthfeel. Very interesting and thought provoking but funnily not a beer which really goes for pleasure.

Zimbo, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Eric1Mess
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%

Eric1Mess, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with only one finger of head and some floaters present.

Smell is pretty subtle, with mostly roasted malt, a bit of toffee and a bit of nuttiness.

Taste is similar to smell with nice roasted malt, a bit of nuttiness and some sweet caramel malt.

Mouthfeel is relatively light unfortunately, with good carbonation.

Overall, drinkability is good. This is a nice brown ale, but doesn't really stand out.

warnerry, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light fizzy head covering fades at a medium pace to almost nothing over dark hazy molasses brown burnt sienna color.

THe nose comes with some nice mellow dark malts, a little brown sugar, some light crystal malts, a touch of a very dark malt but I can't figure out which (black patent, choc, roasted malt, etc), I think a little chocolate malt, and a nice light creamy sweetness.

The taste is similar but different. Again the nice mellow darker malts, some crystal malt, brown sugar, a little toasty, and I think a touch of chocolate malt. Some sweetness and a little creamy. Also this time there is some light grassy and mild bitter earthy hops, which add a touch of bitterness but mostly flavor. There is also a slight oxidized flavor to it. It finishes somewhat bitter as the hops seem to build up, with a little more sweetness, brown sugar, and a touch of that oxidized flavor, as well as a little minerality briny saltiness.

It has a medium body with lower but decent carbonation.

It's fairly drinkable, pretty light and sessionable, but that touch of briny salt at the end knocks down a bit of the drinkability.

jlindros, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Backed by the strength of 6.5 percent alcohol, Dark Horse's Boffo Brown deliver many of the authentic flavors of traditional English brown ales... and then some!

The beer pours... well, brown- but isn't that to be expected? Its shade of brown is dark bark and is nearly opaque due to its unfiltered ale-like haze. This should ensure full flavor and aroma, but keeps the beer looking much more dense than it actually turns out to be. The beer slowly releases a very creamy, almost liquefied or gelatinous head that amounts to a medium-thick blanket but reduces to a heavy sheet of foam that lasts the session. Sparse lacing creeps up the sides of the glass but does so in timid fashion.

Rich, masculine, and succulent aromas seduce the nose with the bold scent of chocolate, mild coffee, walnut, toffee, and buttered toast. It's pronounced scent never favors one characteristic over any other, thus epitomizes the notion of balance. Any broad earthen scent from hops hides well behind the scent of nuts, toast, and coffee.

Flavors follow suit with a starchy grain flavor that reins in the flavors of toffee, then chocolate, then walnut, then toast, and then the coffeeish flavor and pine-like hops- all in that order as the beer crosses the middle of the tongue and palate. Thereafter, the beer turns towards an earthy bitterness of tree bark, damp soil, and coffee bitterness. It's focus on malt complexities early and then the broad bitterness of English-type hops late gives this beer its authentic brown ale value; although the flavors are elevated to balance out the higher alcohols.

Surprisingly, its medium-light body reveals a grain texture to accompany all of those velvety malty textures. As the mild creaminess dissipates, the beer's malty weight lifts and provides a toasty-dry, semi-sweet texture that finishes the beer with an earthy and lingering warmth.

The complexities of the beer's alcohol makes me read boldness and better-ness, but the grain flavor and texture exposes it a bit and makes me think it's pushing a bit too hard. Despite the nitpick, the beer has won me over as one that straddles Avery's Ellie's Brown Ale and Dogfish Head India Brown Ale.

BEERchitect, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Apellonious
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, six from the CM.

A - pours a blackish brown, thin sliver head that goes quick to a thin lace.

S - chocolate, dry hop, dark fruit, licorice.

T - chocolate, smoke, dark fruit, coffee. Something in the aftertaste that i can't quite place.

M - carbo is slightly low, a touch on the watery side

O - A good brown, especially if you like your browns on the dry side with some smoke and mild sweetness.

Apellonious, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured dark brown with one-finger head. This thing looked like a stout.

S - Smells of sweet roasted malt.

T - Taste follows the nose. There is toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness to it. The malt is followed by some faint, grassy hops.

M - a little thin but very smooth

D - This is a pretty solid brown ale - nothing that absolutely blew me away, but at the same time I really enjoyed it. Due to the excellent selections on-tap at Kelleher's I had to move on after one...

birchstick, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of BeerLover99
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep coal/brown, zint head,

S: toffee, malt, hint of roasted nuts

T: sweet nut, toffee, earthy middle, smooth dry finish

M: med/light body, nice carbonation feel, dry finish

O: FINALLY, found a Dark Horse beer that I enjoy. For some reason, Brown Ales are just not that common and especially English Browns. This is fine beer, perfect for your Fat Tire-lovin' newbies and also could be a sweet sipping brew by the fire.


BeerLover99, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DanGeo, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DruC4, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev 0%

hooliganlife, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
3.75/5  rDev 0%

BigJim5021, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zonker17, Mar 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Danielr26, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

nyrblue2, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Aguirre
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received a bottle of this as an extra from a trade with bierenutz. Thank you!

Poured into a 20oz Hobgoblin pint glass, this is a dark brown,opaque beer with a creamy head that disappeared rather quickly. I think I should have dried the glass better.

The smell is nice and clean; a good chocolately, malty aroma.

Taste is good too, and pretty powerful. It's got a nice sweetness to it that I never found overpowering, but there's a bitterness after the swallow to balance everything out.

I like that this beer is a little thinner than you'd expect based solely on the taste. It's almost like a porter in taste alone, but there's a "watery"(which I use in a good way) feel to it that makes it feel lighter.

This was an enjoyable beer. I don't drink brown ales as often as I used to, because I'll often find myself thinking they're cloying or boring - which Boffo isn't.

A couple of additional notes:

There was wax over the bottle cap, which I thought was an interesting touch for a year-round, 12oz, "normal" beer.

The artwork on the bottle is unsettling and inexplicable. What does it mean??

Aguirre, Nov 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Vlaminck, Oct 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

CraigTravor, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DMarlinJ, Aug 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

stortore, Apr 26, 2012
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.