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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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191 Reviews
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Reviews: 191
Hads: 560
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 191 | Hads: 560
Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - An opaque brown body is topped by a one finger, light tan head. Good head retention with spotty lacing left down the inside of my pint glass.

S - Big toasted malt aroma with dark chocolate and hints of caramel.

T & M - Very bold taste. Roasted toasty malts lead the way, followed by that same dark chocolate I smelled in the aroma. To me, the caramel takes a bit of a backseat to the chocolate, but it is still well represented. There is a slight earthy hop bitterness toward the end that follows after the swallow. Medium bodied with a drying finish.

D - I've been very impressed with a lot of Dark Horse's offerings, and this one certainly did not let me down. A relatively low ABV, yet packed with bold flavor. I would recommend this to my craft beer drinking friends any day of the week.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Odd artwork on this one...First Dark Horse brew to consume

Appearance-Dark brown with some amber hues. 2 finger beige head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Lots of carbonation initially, then becomes flat looking.

Smell-Light nuttiness and coffee. The more I smell this the more it kind of smells like a flat coke.

Taste-Follows the smell. Flat Coke, not very pleasant. Still some light nuttiness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel-Watery. not too pleasant.

Overall-First few sips weren't all that bad, but started tasting pretty awful. Look and Taste is pretty unimpressive. I'll pass on this for now on.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a bold ruby shade showing up in the light. Half inch tan head and lace till the end are also present. The aroma is of hot chocolate, coffee, and light smoke. The flavor is complex with dark chocolate, mild coffee, and sweet roasted malt notes. Similar to a doppelbock with a hop tang. It's mouthfeel is medium. Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale is a very good beer, well balanced, and quite drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown opaque color, nice thick, chewy looking head recedes and a light tan ring remains and clings to the side of the glass. This looks like a great beer- barely any light gets through. Smell- nutty, toffee, faint brown sugar. Taste- warm, nutty, caramel, contrasted by a bitter roasted malt that hits the back of the throat. Maybe just a slight bit of astringency, but it works well with the balance. Carbonation is a little sharp, and makes it a little difficult to get all the flavors. Overall, I'm a fan. A nice beer from Dark Horse that I would have again.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: chocolate, mahogany, mostly clear. Nice smooth tan looking head, finger width.
S: all kinds of roasted malts and bready notes. Perhaps some nutiness as well. I believe there is some floral hop aroma as well.
T: very nice roasted malt flavor with some toasted notes and carmel overtones. Impressed with the bit of citrus that peaks through and prevents from being a malt bomb. Nicely balanced.
M: medium bodied, slightly creamy. Nice malty after taste. Really coats the pallet.
O: very nice brown ale here. Great flavor, great drinkability.

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Photo of UNCCTDawg
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A~ Dark brown, good lacing, looks like a great start.

S~ Caramel malt, sugary sweet toffee all up front. Gets sweeter as it warms.

T~ Wow, it has alot more booze than i'm use to wtih your traditional brown ale. Overall, it has a good balance between start and finish.

M~ Really thin for a brown ale.

O~ A good brown ale overall, just a few things that I liked and didn't like. Good nose, lacing and others appearance traits, but it was pretty booze heavy for a brown ale. I typically think of Brown Ales as lighter on the alcohol and a little thicker bodied than this one was.

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Photo of dudecandle
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Very dark brown, almost black body with a small off-white head.

S: Nuts, some dark fruit, and some herbs

T: Fruit comes further to the forefront, but it's balanced quite well with the nuts and some strong vanilla. The herbal hops show up on the finish along with a good toasty backdrop. Complex and very well balanced.

M: A little too thin, but passable for a nut brown ale

D: Good, complex flavor, nothing overwhelming, but it feels like something's missing. It's very fruity and sweet, but it almost feels too sweet. Some stronger hop presence, or maybe a big dose of coffee might make this a superb beer. Just thoughts.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours brown. sits a deep, dark brown

Smell: clean, crsip caramelization balanced by toasted malt and some nuttiness. hop aroma is very subtle if anything

Taste: flavor translates well from aroma. clean toasted maltiness with very subtle hop flavor and bitterness with a lightly nutty flavor. finishes clean and balanced with a light, lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: very clean and crisp light-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: very elegant brown ale. has a lager-like crispness and drinkability to it. awesome brown ale

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a regular brown ale as far as I know, but somehow is tastes barrel aged, and in a very good way.

The nose has a medium maltiness to it, some bread and a little sweetness, but there are also hints of wood and bourbon. This continues into the flavor but with more intensity. This beer is a wonderful, medium caramel, malty drink with huge bourbon and oak notes and a touch of vanilla. It is possibly the best brown ale I have ever had.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/4/14. No bottle date!

A: Lots of "smoke" on the pop. Pours an extremelt dark brown. Opaque. Some light comes through and shows ruby red when held up to light.

S: Roast. ale yeast. Chocolate. Coffee.

T: Fairly bittersweet arrival. Somewhat sweet across mid-palate. Bittersweet finish. Porter-like?

M: Midweight with slight slickness.

O: Very much an "American" style brown ale. Robust roast, robust sweetness, robust bitterness. Top-notch. Still, not quite what I am looking for in a brown ale.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fruity esters emanate from the khaki colored head, which is smallish but velvety and sticky. The brew is a dense, cloudy, dark red-brown color revealed by a light held to the half liter mug.

Full flavored, this ale almost approaches a stout in consistency, with coffee and hazelnut up front, a malty mid-palate accentuated by mellow hops and carried over the tongue with creamy smooth carbonation. A good recipe in the grain bill yields a well-developed depth of flavor.

Halfway through, the substantial sediment in the bottle is swirled around with the dregs of the ale and added to the glass. While most remains firmly stuck to the bottom of the bottle, enough is dislodged to add a little more tangy zest to the aftertaste.

Boffo indeed.

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Photo of cpolking
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown ale pours very dark brown to mostly black. Its aroma is dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and mocha, with an apparent sweetness. Its taste follows its aroma directly. There is an almost cloying sweetness at the beginning but it fades into a nicely bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick dark brown with a thin brown head that quicky dissipates into a thin ring.Little lacing.

S_Sweet caramel malt,roasty,nutty.

T_Nice caramel malt taste. Sweet but not too sweet. Roasted nutty flavors as well. Little bit of smooth vanilla and molasses. Great flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Great session brown ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/17/09.

A: Dark brown, quite dark actually. About a half inch of brown head that hangs around pretty well and leaves quite nice lacing.

S: Biscuit, caramel, pretty malty, some noble hops in there.

T: Earth and nutty, quite a caramel flavor, it's very tasty.

M: Good body, good carbonation, no complaints here.

D: Very very good brown ale. I could session this no problem.

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Photo of semibaked
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Chimay Goblet.

A - Pours a very dark brown and a decent amount of sediment on the bottom with a thin coating of head on top.

S - Roasted malts, dark bread, and molasses. Has a deep and dark richness to the smell.

T - Wow really good flavors with dark roasted grains, molasses, a little of bitterness, and dark molasses.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and definitely has some chew to it.

D - This is a really good brown ale and a nice surprise from Dark Horse. Definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It has toasted oats on the nose and starts out with a toasted note on the tongue then there are some cola notes in the middle. This beer ends dry in the mouth.

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Photo of ken3c
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I worked hard to pour a decent on this beer but it didn't do much good. There are a few wisps and a ring of foam. It's a very dark brown but fairly clear when I hold it to the light.

Pleasant malty sweet aroma.

Sweet caramel with a well rounded roasted malt finish.

light to moderately carbonated with a medium body.

This is an easy drinking pleasant tasting brown.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a dark, dark garnet. looks clear from what i can see, with no head a a little lacing.

my nose is acting up a bit, but it smells roasty. taste is roasted coffee with malt sweetness.

mouthfeel is a bit creamy but clean.

nice, simple brown ale. i like it.

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Photo of carlborch
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of rembrant
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look pours dark brown, little light passes through not much. Darker than a typical brown Dense tan 1 finger head that runs up the sides.Lots of lacing.

Aroma,inviting,some brown sugar,coffee,malt roasts and that hint of Dark Cherry i'd noticed in some dark horse stouts.

Flavor Wow...pretty big for a brown ale. Can pass for a Porter,almost a stout. Sweet up front,much malts,initially a tart fruit gives the balance evolving to add a more woodsy essence with a longer than usual delay.

Dark horse's big dark brews have a special knack for transitions and complexity,as well as mimicing flavors and this teases with the gamut of coffee,chocolate,caramel,black cherry,smoke...and who knows...then a "normal hop taste pops up as a late encore.

Dark Horse..again with some alchemy.

Since my original notes, I got to their ' Big Stout",Plead The 5th,as well as Too Cream Stout. Definite "family' similarities and 5th seems like Boffo amplified to full orchestra with some of the rest of the family pitching in. The Malt bill is quite typical among all Dark Horse darks, though varied a bit in degree and proportion. The also like to do tricks with transitions that I suspect has something to do with whatever kind of hops can mimic dark cherry or raisin,or Port Wine or whatever--then---2 sec pause it reappears as the "woodsy evergreen hops you usually expect. Plead the 5th....is more robust and the show is a bit different but my point is if you like one Dark Horse...do like I did and try the others.

Mouth....Big + Brown. A nice blend of syrup and sparkle,sweet,tart,bitter,all sequencing.

Drinkable? Sure. This isn't high $...just acts like it. Almost like the "Everyday" version of one of the best Stouts I ever found.
Makes for a real nice drinker even if you don't take time to savor all the details. It also is refreshing but flavorful enough that you can chill it up for a hot day and still get the goodness.

I'd also note....a few reviews called it too sweet. Try it a bit colder. I prefer it a bit on the chill side and I think that's it's best balance. Dark Horse malts up their stouts,so you can "fine tune" to taste by having them a bit colder,or warmer.

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Photo of abraxel
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LostCook for this one.

Pours a very deep and dark brown. Matbe the darkest brown ale I've ever seen. A fingers worth of off white head caps a great looking beer.

Nice aroma. Sweet nuttiness dominates. Pick up some toffee. Maybe some maple syrup.

Ale is full bodied and smooth. Nice nuttiness with some caramel and malt. Has a lot of the same flavors all brown ales have but a notch above. Really easy to drink and keeps you interested.

Overall...I love a good brown ale and this is one of my favorites. Darkhorse hasn't let me down yet and I love what they do with maly forward beers.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.