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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BA SCORE
85
very good

520 Ratings
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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 70 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 520 | Reviews: 190
Photo of abraxel
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of DannyDan
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cola color with a negligible khaki head of coarse bubbles. Patches of carbonation can be seen clinging to the glass before ascending. Aroma smells faintly of brown sugar and not much else.

Similarly mild flavor follows the aroma with a delicate blend of brown sugar and earthy, grassy hops. Some grain husk and roasted malt bitterness emerge on the back end, but this is otherwise a very straighforward brew. Creamy mouthfeel and light body complement the flavor profile well and afford excellent drinkability.

Overall, this beer is mild and sweet without being cloying, and very easy to drink. You would never surmise the 7% ABV.

Photo of Wildman
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JDizzle
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of sonnens4
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown, somewhat murky, but almost do a dark golden amber color-small sized head

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, sweet but nutty undertones, earthy

Taste: Mocha/coffee undertones (from the chocolate), nutty, somewhat sweet but not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, light bodied, not heavy by any means

Overall: Decent, nothing outstanding, but not just average--enjoyable flavors, somewhat sweet, somewhat smokey

Photo of socon67
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of carlborch
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer explodes out of the bottle, think mentos and coke. I quickly put the dual overfoaming containers (glass & bottle) into the sink and went to change my soaked shirt and pants. When I returned, there was only enough from the 12 oz bottle to fill a sample glass. Damn that's aggressive yeast! Second bottle was just like the first. At least I was prepared for it.

Pours, eventually, a rich, dark, opaque brown with a mountainous dark tan head. For the volume of foam it's amazing there is no lace at all.
Smell is weak, just some malt and dark fruit notes.
Taste is where this bad boy starts to shine. Malt, whiskey, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, faint hops and some prunes. Really well balanced.
Full bodied for a brown, and strangely low in carbonation in the mouth. Drying from the first sip, this ends as a really good brew. Now if you get all 12 ounces into the glass.......

Photo of alleykatking
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some red highlights. The head is cream colored and thin just a bit of lacing on the glass and not much retention. The smell of the beer has some sweet malt aromas and hints of fresh wood. The smell is decent I just wishing it had a little more of something. The taste of the beer has a decent toasted flavor with a subtle coffee note. The mouthfeel is smooth, decent carbonation very drinkable. Overall it's a good brown ale.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.