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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Reviews: 187
Hads: 529
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.53%
Wants: 13
Gots: 74 | 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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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 529
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse : Boffo

Pours a very dark amber, small off white head. Aroma of caramel and earthy hops. In the taste, mellow, burnt caramel, toasted malt, even bitterness with tea like hops. Nutty, with light coffee flavor in the finish with some residual, chalky yeast. Medium bodied brew. Nice full, rich malty body. Hop presence is mild. A very nice brown ale overall, quite impressive. (386 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's. I always enjoy a tasty English brown so I was pleased to find this on the shelf a couple weeks ago. Upfront there's a big share of cocoa and dark bread crust. As that fades, a paler biscuit and herbal hop mix comes forward before a bitter chocolate finish that has slight citrus note. I get a nutty hint in there that reminds me of the reddish skin on almonds and the aroma is a mix of that same chocolate with toast. Add a little hazelnut and this would smell like nutella with breakfast.

The Dark Horse website tells me this is actually 6.5%, which is fine, but as a session beer lover, I wish this brown were a tough lighter and less alcoholic. Not that I'm complaining, that's just personal preference. This is a mighty fine brown ale. (771 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boffo is a Brown Ale (aka 'Nut Brown') in name as well as appearance; it has the colour of candied pecans and gleaming hazelnut shell highlights. It's always easier on me when beers look the way they sound (or, for that matter, spoiler alert, how they smell and taste).

The aroma reveals hints of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate which give it an unexpected level of character. Perhaps it should be unsurprising to find such strong flavours given the beer's strength (7.0%). The style's requisite toasted maltiness and nutty sweetness have also been turned louder.

That's where the real fun lay in this brown ale - its fuller, more exaggerated flavour profile. The amount of candied nut, toffee-laced maltiness practically approaches coffee cake territory (emphasis on coffee) and, though not overly sweet, might make a nice dessert in its own right.

This style is rarely anything other than toothsome and inoffensive, but for a higher-gravity offering I expected this to be a little less easy-going. Boy, was I wrong! Boffo Brown Ale is just as quaffable as anything in category and doesn't even hint at its true strength for even a moment.

Boffo Brown Ale's delectable nutty, malty notes make it the beer version of Pringles – once you pop you can't stop. Heck, I tried to resist but next thing I knew the whole bottle was gone. Of course, this also makes it pretty mainstream-friendly too - nearly as unremarkable as it is nice. (1,441 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer pours a dense brown body with garnet glow and a fizzy billowing light tan heat. There are a few tiny bubbles stuck to the sides of the glass.
S- the soft mellow dark char aroma has a faint chocolate malt quality but otherwise the aroma is pretty clean.
T- The mellow roasted dark malt note has a light char note in the finish which is pretty dry. The char note lingers for just a moment after each sip. There is a toasted flavor that grows as the beer opens up. The green hops bite comes through only when the beer is pretty warm.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish.
D- Nice roasted flavor with some subtle hops support. There is not much depth but this beer is very quaftable. Not as heavy as a porter and it would be nice to see this on cask. (816 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent retention. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight hops, slight roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of chocolate, hint of alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hops, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of yeast. Overall, almost too sweet, but otherwise a decent blend, body, and aroma. (517 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (577 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark garnet highlighted and muddy brown color. The head is nomina; after the pour, and disappears after a few minutes.

The arom has nice roasted mlats, coffe and powdered chocolate notes. Definetly invites me to drink more. Myabe a sweet caramel note added too.

The taste is roasted, but not dark stout roasted. Just right for regularm flavorful, full-flavored, robust enjoyment. Thats too many adjectives in one sentence. But the malt makes a nice statement that adds a lot to the the sessionability of this beer.

Nice and roasted, but lacks some sensation. Worth sessioning, but not exceptional. (610 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch tan head. Head retention is excellent, but there isn't much lacing at all. Aroma is toasted and bready malt, nuts, toffee and caramel. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, and there's the addition of a bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I thought it was a good overall brown ale, now I'm sorry I just bought a single bottle of this. I'd definitely buy this again. (571 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Wow this is a dark one. Most brown ales being brown this one only has slight light escape it with a touch of orange color. The head was only a half an inch but lacing is pretty nice.

S - Smells of plenty of toffee, bit of hazelnut (like the coffee creamer) and a bit of brown malt giving a bit of herbal tea and coffee smells.

T - Not didn't expect to be blown away but got a nice bit of nuttiness, touch of cocoa and coffee and of course a ton of brown malt giving it an almost herbal or "english" tone to it.

M - Light to medium, pretty impressive for a beer almost 7%

Overall ehh I pretty much had this since I had most of Dark Horses other offerings and it's clear that its a well made brown ale but something I wouldn't get again. Will stick with their stouts since I love em. (789 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma has overtone of burnt brown sugar and a hint of caramel. Pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, creamy fine-bubbled pale tan head. Lip-smacking flavor is malty with tones of caramel and molasses and just a hint of fruit. Texture is pleasingly smooth with a nice subtle tingle. Worth hunting down! (321 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boffo pours a deep, thick brown color that doesn't let any light through. A tight light brown head forms with above average retention, and a modicum of lacing is left behind.
There's a touch of roasted malts on the nose, followed by a light touch of caramel, nut and toffee with just a hint of an herbal hops presence. Overall the aroma's a bit mild.
The taste is what really surprises me. This one's a bit more complex in flavor than aroma with a great balance and very smooth on the palate. The malt backbone is strong, with roasted, earthy and nuts balanced by a molasses and brown sugar sweetness that, balanced as well as it is, hardly makes this beer seem especially sweet, but very nicely rounded. There's a sturdy yeast underlying as well. Impressively, this one is free of the sometimes characteristic astringent and metallic flavors that can mar a brown ale.
The mouthfeel is sturdy, with a full body making this one seem more like a porter. Carbonation is light.
This is quite a drinkable brown ale and easily sessionable. (1,033 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad; not great, but not bad. Served with a nice light tan medium sized head and some lace. Color is a very dark & hazy brown. Aroma is a rich brown with the barest hint of hop. Nice and malty. Flavor's pretty good too. Quintessential British Brown with a slight suggestion of fruit. Good stuff. Good body and carbonation. Good finish too. Full and satisfying. Session beer. (377 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer bottle brown color, nearly opaque with rusty edges, thin tan cap adorns the top A thin collar keeps and the lacing is spongy in strings. Nose is mild with a slight roasty malt and a bit of caramel and toffee. Taste brings out much more, thank goodness for that, and whats there is quite nice for a brown. Well rounded taste, mild and foregoing, lengthy and bold. Roasty, husky, earthen malts speak easy across the palate, moderately sweet with a dark toffee tang. Some astringencies are present, but not eagerly so, just right I think. Feel is good with about a medium body and a peppy carbonation. Lightly dry roasty touch slips into the finish. A fine brown ale to be sure, not as sweet as others which was good. More of a straight up roastyness with a small earthy, raw grains taste that's nice.
Thanks to trbeer for the herd of Dark Horse bottles! (863 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with amber highlights and a solid half inch dense tan head that lingers.

Aroma is very nutty, with roast malt and toasted breadcrust forming the background. There's a touch of coffee and dark fruit character adding complexity, along with floral hops. Chocolate surfaces as it warms.

Flavor is fairly roasty throughout, with toasted nuttiness hitting mid palate and lingering long in the finish. Black cherry is detected initially at the back of the mouth. It's extremely bready, with roast coffee and light chocolate intermingling into the fairly bitter, dry finish.

Body is on the full side of moderate, with fairly low carbonation and a bit of grain astringency.

Overall, a very roasty, nutty, bready, malty brew. Solid offering, perfect for cold winter weather.Not to style, but tasty! (819 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to cam for muling this my way a long time ago (last one from the bunch). enjoyed from my urthel monster tulip.

a - brew poured a stunnign brown with a huge head of offwhite foam. as the head vanished, it left chunky lacing all over the glass.

s - has some tartness, but mostly nuts and figs and malts. kind of applejuice like...very appetizing.

t - wonderful brown ale with a hint of applejuice. nuts and berries. just a hint of tart.

m - medium, soft carbonation. pleasant.

o - overall, not my favorite brown ale, but it brings a good amount of fruitiness that is really pleasant and different. i checked some of the other reviews and no one seems to be getting the fruitiness i noticed. wonder if i have a semi-infection going? this is a bit old, but damn if that fruitiness isn't a pleasant addition to the beer. really nice apple flavoring with the nuttiness and brown sugar you'd expect. (904 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, dark brown in color, low carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and light caramel

Taste: toasted malt, light caramel, some chocolate, and earth

Mouthfeel: sweet start with dry slightly bitter finish, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: An average English brown. I could have a couple but there are several others in the style I would have first. Not a bad beer, but not overly memorable either. (431 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I had this one before but I guess I must have skipped the review. Generally a fan of what Dark Horse does and Browns have been high on my charts lately.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a teku with a deep woody brown body that has some inevitable red round the very edges. Thick, frothy head rises up to over a finger with good retention. Large belt around edges deposits webs of lacing.

S- Straight up Brown malts without leaning too far towards roast or sweet; although both are certainly present. Raisin bread, caramelized sugars, cocoa hints with toasted nuttiness present throughout.

T- Toasted grains, caramelized sugars and nuttiness are the dominant factors in the flavor profile. Yeast brings a bit of dark dried fruits like raisin and fig as well as a bready character. Fairly bitter toast feel, some cocoa and moderately sweet overall.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Medium carbonation level as well as some oily feel. Finishes with toasty dark fruit bitterness.

Smooth for 7% ABV with a balanced profile of nutty, toasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of roast and sweetness but nothing really interrupts the Brown aspects of this one. (1,205 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

no dating or code on bottle. poured into nonic pint glass

A - opaque, dark chesnutt brown color. thin whispy head
S - nutty, buttery, a little sweetness
T - brown sugar, toffee, raisins. but not too sweet, well balanced. clean finish
M - mild carbonation, medium body
D - great flavors but smooth and easy to drink (315 characters)

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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