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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

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, light raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light chocolate, and light raisin on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

mdaschaf, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +6.7%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Church Key DC.

Gives a very nice dark red body, and a small simple tan tight head with creamy retention was present. Very solid looking beer.

Bouquet was a very nice faint caramel and pan gravy roast. Very balanced on both for smells and good whiffs, but somewhat mild and muted. Nice play between both caramel and roast I must admit which was a nice surprise.

Taste was an interesting one. A giant rush of Japanese wheat soba noodles and soy sauce, with a creamy quality. Roast punch in the finish and spicy with some good creamy like caramel and malt in the finish. Great mouthfeel and excellent body.

Certainly a great brown ale to have on tap.

smakawhat, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +6.7%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with a soft, brownish head

S - huge aroma of bread and caramel

T - nutty, caramel, bread; incredibly malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a malt-bomb...and I like it. This a simple beer in the sense that it doesn't offer layers of flavor, but what it does offer is really good. I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this is one I could definitely drink.

tdm168, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +6.7%

billab914, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sendbeer, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

DrJay, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Zaphog, May 27, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Tone, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

scruffwhor, Aug 20, 2010
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
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

bluejacket74, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

DrDemento456, Jun 10, 2011
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 tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

tavernjef, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Cyberkedi, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

barnzy78, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Brenden, Jun 23, 2010
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.