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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004

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Boffo. Sounds like a weird uncle that lives in a trailer in the forest.

Appearance (4) : Pours a muddy brown hue with some cranberry peeking through, an opacity of about 80% - i.e. shadows of my fingers on the other side if I study hard enough. The head is a creamy, pillowy build about 2 fingers high and levels off at around 1.

Aroma (3.75) : Wet autumn leaves after being raked, bagged, and rained on; charred notes with charcoal and baked bean. Slight chocolate peeking through towards the end of the nose. In fact, the more the head recedes, the more the chocolate is apparent. Bouquet is around medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Bitter notes come out with hints of dark chocolate, wrapped up in a roasty body and a fire kilned char finish. Smoke is left lingering on the tongue with a razzing buzz. Some coffee notes also remain as breaths are taken inside the mouth.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, cozy, warm. The slight buzz in the body keeps it interesting and holds the flavor up which otherwise might sink into soggy bean land. It's interesting and plain at the same time.

Overall (3.72) : This brown ale drinks more like a roasted porter than anything. It's not a bad thing - it's just mislabeled. It's not your typical brown ale, but what it brings the the table is a good mixture of char, smoke, dark chocolate, and kiln. It's great for a one-off, but I doubt I'll be drinking this anytime soon.

Sincerely,

T-A-J

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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a very small brown head that dissipates quickly. A little bit of lacing around the edges. Aroma is of sweet caramel malts and molasses, with roasted nuts and chocolate. A hint of booze. The taste is rather similar. Sweet roasted chocolate malts, molasses, a hint of coffee, and a hint of caramel as well. Has a nice earthiness to it. Some lightly roasted nuts. Has a very pleasant aftertaste and definitely improves as it warms. Medium bodied, a bit thick and chewy. Pretty drinkable. This is a solid brown ale. Not my favorite style, but one of the better ones I've had.

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My go-to bottle shop is The Friendly Greek, where they will put almost anything in the cooler as a single just so that I can try it and report out and back. This is yet another such beer.

I was interested by the layer of lees that sat in the bottom of the bottle, so when I Pop!ped the cap, my pour was rather light so as not to stir them up. There was nothing but wisps as a result, so I employed a bartender’s trick and stirred it up, creating just under two fingers of dense, dark-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and ruby/garnet highlights. Nose had an earthy sweetness, like carob or molasses with a slight medicinal quality like Geritol. Interesting for a Brown Ale and even more so when taking its 7% ABV into account. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was chocolaty with a light smokiness and a slight earthy, medicinal tang. In looking at the BJCP style guidelines, these are solid qualities for an American Brown Ale with the exception of the ABV. I was a little surprised by all of this, but in a pleasant way. I tend to get hung up in drinking AIPAs and I tend to forget about other styles. Finish was semi-sweet, approaching dryness, but with a lingering smokiness that left me licking my lips. I have not been too impressed by “Dark Horse Nation”, but their beers are quite good.

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.