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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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very good

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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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

BB1313, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

AgentZero, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 28, 2012
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3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

vette2006c5r, Sep 28, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

znichols, Mar 14, 2012
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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.