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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Boffo Brown AleDark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%


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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Wildman

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

@Darkhorse
This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color and formed an off white head that slowly faded. The aroma was of malt, coffee and caramel. The flavor was of malt, with a elements of both the coffee and the caramel. The body was rather light for the style and the finish a touch bittersweet. Not a bad brown, but not great either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2006 01:39:33 | More by Wildman
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown color, mostly clear, tan colored head and pretty dense.

S-quite a solid malt nose, nutty up front, caramel behind with a good bit of carmelized brown sugar behind with a hint of cinnamon.

T-the taste again is nutty up front, some caramel malt, burnt brown sugar, more roasted nuts and a light coffee bitterness.

M-quite full bodied and smooth, good carbonation and a great little bite at the finish.

D-lots of nutty flavors going on, not a bad brown ale and has a good malt body with a solid feel to it. overall pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 22:41:20 | More by cpetrone84
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a small, light tan head that quickly recedes to a small film and laces averagely.

aroma is of nuts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, all roasted, as well as a bit of caramel.

taste is also very nutty with chocolate, caramel, and coffee falling behind. definitely english styled flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired, but is decent enough.

medium bodied with just enough carbonation and some lingering nutty sweetness.

goes down fine. nothing exciting, but nothing repulsive. fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 06:39:50 | More by silentjay
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse, dark beise head with poor retention. Beer is one of the only brown ales that I've seen that's actually brown. Near opaque. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is coffee, toffee, butterscotch, and toasted malt. Rather rich and deep overall. Very aromatic and appetizing.

T: Opens with subtle coffee sourness complemented by toasted malt, caramel, and bitter chocolate. Toffee is detectable in the back towards the middle and end. An unpleasant nutty grainyness not unlike chewing on nut shells appears at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste, slightly spoiling the experience.

M: Medium bodied, very lightly carbonated, slightly lively but generally very smooth and silky. Substantial in the mouth, this taste like a much bigger beer than its 5.5% ABV suggests. Finish is messy and aftertaste is drying and lingers.

D: A good beer that really fell apart just before the finish for me. Feel is great though and nose complements the flavor very well. Worth a try for a twist on the brown ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:46:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized head, reddish color when held up to the light.

Smell has a buttery caramel malt aroma, hints of chocolate.

Taste is primarily caramel malt, hints of toffee, finishes dry as expected for an English style, slightly slick, carbonation is soft with an above normal creaminess, nice roasted aspect with a bit of nuttiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:46:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Its a dark brown deep amber. Lacing and head are sub par.

Good aroma of dark fruits, sweet malt, and old Tobacco

Same taste from tobacco and roasted malt. Its appealing but not a homrun.

Moutufeel is good for a brown ale. Perfect carbonation.

Overall a decent brown.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 05:31:13 | More by JDizzle
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried at Brewberry in Paris. 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish brown with a fine, relatively light body. Head forms a thin layer, fed by some fairly subdued carbonation. Bubbling is fine, in both the body and the head though. Minimal lace. Looks okay.

Nose is fairly subdued as well. There's some mild, but pleasant brown sweetness, a hint of burnt sugar and perhaps a little faded hop presence. Under it is a little savoury, almost salty roast and a touch of vegemite. Not bad, but not superb either.

Taste is fairly similar, but with a slickness and a bit more heft in the body to keep it smooth. Fairly empty entry with more of that brown sugar note coming in after a while. Light fruity tones come through on the mid-palate, with a touch of roast and a suggestion of cherry on the back to clear it up. It's pleasant enough.

Feel is fairly light, and pleasant enough.

It's not bad, but it's not really all that great either. It's solid enough in its own way, and pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV. It doesn't do anything particularly out of the ordinary, but it's certainly far from being uninteresting.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 06:16:21 | More by lacqueredmouse
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Deep brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Get some toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and a little bit of coffee as well.

T: I get the coffee again, slightly nutty, and some toffee. The finish is roasty and kind of grainy.

M/D: On the lighter side with moderate carbonation, and slightly creamy. Overall, its ok, have had better, but an interesting mix of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 04:16:38 | More by mdaschaf
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from Hawthorne`s in Philly.

Appearance is a dark brown with little head on it. Aroma has grains and malts. The taste contains nuts, malts, some hops, a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is low-medium with a clean aftertaste. This a rather simple brown ale, but a pretty good one from these folks out of Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:01:43 | More by mltobin
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Beer_Runner


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowly poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured to about two fingers of dark khaki head that was pretty robust and long-lasting. The brew is a very dark brown, and only a little light passes when held up to a light source.

S: The aroma is fairly mild and consists of dark roasted malt.

T: The taste has plenty of dark roasted malt flavor, and a bit of a hops bite for balance. There is also just a touch of a bready malt flavor, too.

M: It has a heavy and full body, and it is also smooth and creamy. It is very easy drinking and does not leave very much of an aftertaste.

O: This is a very good and very simple dark beer. It has a very few flavors, and those flavors blend together to create a very pleasant taste. It has a very good dark roasted malt flavor without much malt sweetness. And, the creaminess of the body is something that makes this beer standout from other dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 21:04:10 | More by Beer_Runner
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pour is dark mahogany with a bit of a reddish tint and a one-finger head that has decent retention. The nose is very mild. I get some nutty aroma, some bread, and a touch of milk chocolate.

Medium body and a fairly firm mouthfeel. The taste is mild (as all brown ales are), but quite satisfying. There are predominantly sweet notes on all parts of the palate with a little bit of bitter peppery spice on the finish. The bitterness lingers fairly nicely. Flavors include wheat bread crust, dark crackers, hazelnuts, and a touch of coffee.

Overall, this is a pretty good brown ale. Nothing to get excited about, but still a nice mild, yet complex and enjoyable, pour. I'm impressed by the finish, but I kind of wish it was a little sweeter up front to balance it out just a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 23:13:58 | More by deadonhisfeet
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socon67

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a biege foam that lingers a half inch thick. Slight rings of lacing. No carbonation of note.

S - Smells of caramel and toffee. Some light grain is noted as well.

T - Really just asolid american brown. Relatively light malt base with some sweetness of caramel candy and some vanilla and toffe.

M - Easy to drink a few of these, and feel light depsite being one of the more robust brown ales.

O - I'd have this again. Not a standout but yet another good beer made in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:44:42 | More by socon67
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WesWes

New York

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice brown color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent mix of toasted caramel malts, victory nuttiness, and a dry roasted finish. The taste is decent. It has a dry, roasted flavor with a subtle caramel feel. It goes down quick and bone dry with a bit of bitterness in the finish. I'm not sure what's causing that. The mouthfeel is fine. It a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average brown ale, but nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:44:45 | More by WesWes
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a deep brown color...almost a black but not quite. One finger beige head comes up and dies back down rather quickly. Some light lacing but mostly falls back into the glass.

S- Lots of sweet and toasted malts in the front. Some light coffee notes mix with some dark fruit as well. I could also detect some light chocolate in there but only in slight hints.

T- Coffee upfront and light toasted malts to start with. There is a sweet bready malt with some bitter baker's chocolate flavor. Slight nutty flavor toward the middle and gaining strength toward the end of the beer. I detected some light grainy flavor with hints here and there thoughout the entire beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts and toffee left on the palate with nutty off flavors and alcohol in the aftertaste. The overall flavor was well balanced in the beer. Clean and crisp tasting. Alcohol had some light drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a good above average try from Dark Horse. I really enjoyed it but wouldn't want to drink a sixer of it. The ABV is low enough to drink a lot of this but the style is really not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:13:22 | More by alleykatking
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey in Washington, DC. Poured into snifter glass. Served in near room temperature which is the norm at ChurchKey. Pours a soft brown color with a small off white head that quickly fizzles but retains thin lacing throughout the drinking session. Aroma is sweet and malty, bready with plenty of chocolate malt and a nice toasted grain note. Flavor is sweeter with an even bigger chocolate character, a bit of a burnt roasted note, but mostly sweet with caramel and toffee and a subtle but present earthy hop balance in the finish Medium body and a bit of a sharper carbonation. Pretty good English brown ale IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 21:50:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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carlborch

Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear, dark mahogany brown. 1 inch creamy-off-white head forms and settles in at 1/2 inch. The nose is clean, sweet, toasty, and yeasty. Medium body with forward sweet malty notes. Hints of chocolate and char on the palate. Delicious smoky notes. Dark toast? Short with hints of hazelnuts and bitterness in the lingering Belgian lace is well developed although thin. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation. I would re-purchase.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 18:30:57 | More by carlborch
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a surprisingly clear, brown color. Slight head. Not much lace either.

S-Sweet with some hoppy mumbles in the background. Burnt caramel. Toasted, wet bread crust.

T-More of the same. A lot of caramel, brown sugar and sweet, darker breadiness. A subtle bitterness in the finish.

M-A bit of warmth. Light bodied considering its color and ABV. Had to rush this pint and I had no trouble putting back a quarter of the glass in one gulp; no grimace afterwords.

O/D-Easily in contention for the prestigious "Worst Label Ever" ribbon. Looks like a coked-out Squidward from Spongebob. I digress, the beer was cool but Jesus, that label.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 00:33:57 | More by VelvetExtract
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-3-10

Pours a completely opaque dark brown color, with a minimal head and one ring of white lacing.

Smell is earthy and malty, sweet with a smoky kick. Enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, strong sweet malt with a hoppy kick right at the end. Not anything special, but well made and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick, adding to the sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is on the high side.

Overall, a good beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 22:42:12 | More by BMoney575
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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, bread and brown sugar with some roast, caramel and a hint of dark chocolate. Leafy bitterness with sweet malts up front, caramel and bread, dry roastiness in the finish, nutty. Fairly astringent, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. I enjoyed it, but the 6.5% abv is a little high and keeps it from being a good session beer for me, which is how I tend to like my brown ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 18:46:31 | More by DrJay
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. There really isn't much head, sadly - not even a finger's worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesn't even last that long, but on the plus side, it tries to leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of mildly roasted nuts on the nose. Beneath all the nuttiness lies some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Some hoppy wisps also appear. While it's not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and that's a good thing.

T: Flavor-wise, it generally reminds me of hazelnut coffee. And not the artificial crap from some brown ales (LOOKING AT YOU FRANGELIC MOUNTAIN BROWN >:(), but a genuine roasty-yet-nutty-yet-vaguely-sweet profile that just works. It has a crisp, mineral water finish (with exhales of piny hops) which I'm not quite as fond of, but hey, it makes it really drinkable. The fact this is more drinkable at 7% than many other brown ales at 5.5% is a testament to its quality.

M: Crisp, clean, and dry. Really good dryness for a brown ale (a style that tends to be too sweet), actually. The finish is quite long, and carbonation is prevalent enough. No complaints here.

O: This style is quite hit-or-miss, and thankfully this is a near-unqualified hit. It doesn't hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 23:07:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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wedge

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, unclear brown color beneath a small, bubbly tan head. Creamy, nutty aromas upfront followed by malted milk, toasted grain, and berries. Lightly sweet chocolate and dark bread flavors and a bit of nutty roasted coffee as well. Some earthy hops join in and linger into the finish along with a dark fruitiness. Not as impressive as other malty Dark Horse beers, but this still manages to stand out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 03:13:24 | More by wedge
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/1/13 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains maple, caramelized malts, honey, maple and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple and honey. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 16:29:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with chestnut highlights and a creamy, dense, low profile head that clings to everything. Aromas of cream and nut sweet, with a touch of roast. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a hazelnut sweetness and a bitter roast undertone. Bitterness helps to balance the brew. Smooth, creamy body with a light, sweet nut aftertaste. Slightly lingering, filmy finish, but pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2013 21:06:12 | More by GarthDanielson
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mcallister

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brown hue with butterscotch complexions when held up to light. Tan chunky head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing that retains itself well.

Nice aromas of fig and hazlenut, with a good hop background, rich caramel malt, sweet bready hints as well.

A bold acidic beer, big hazlenut with other malty flavors, burnt roasted caramel, with a gingery taste, fig paste type of finish that lasts a good few seconds.

Mouth takes a hit from the pungent acidity but otherwise pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2006 16:06:24 | More by mcallister
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shivtim

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy brown beer with a small white-ish head. Good lacing. Nose is earthy but sweet malts. In fact, quite a bit of sweetness from the malts. Taste is malts up front, soem nuttiness, and fades into a slightly hoppy finish. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel is good, it's a little foamy. Drinkability is good. A solid brew form Dark Horse.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2007 05:10:54 | More by shivtim
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.