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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

481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of Morakaton
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark cloudy brown with a fluffy brown egg shell lace.

S - Heavy on the malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T - Malt forward - chocolate milk balls, semi dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with a velvet smooth mouth feel.

O - Solid brown ale - Worth a shot.

Photo of punisher1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of 1FatJ
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid brown color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is short and dense. It quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty. A pumpernickle base, slightly toasted. Caramel and honey provide some sweetness. Some raisin or other dark fruit give this brown ale depth. Fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is quite bready. Nice toasted brown bread flavor. Has an undercurrent of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty flavors follow and give the beer some earthiness. A hint of oxidation or a raisony dark fruit note. Subtle buttery notes. Grassy hop in the finish. A complex brown that has characteristics of an English brown.

Moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate with a light toasty bitter offset. Nutty finish.

A flavorful brown ale. I pick up both American and English brown ale flavor profiles. A hearty breakfast beer.

Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Lightman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of marcb105
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Fargrow
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of mpalestino
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. There really isn't much head, sadly - not even a finger's worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesn't even last that long, but on the plus side, it tries to leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of mildly roasted nuts on the nose. Beneath all the nuttiness lies some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Some hoppy wisps also appear. While it's not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and that's a good thing.

T: Flavor-wise, it generally reminds me of hazelnut coffee. And not the artificial crap from some brown ales (LOOKING AT YOU FRANGELIC MOUNTAIN BROWN >:(), but a genuine roasty-yet-nutty-yet-vaguely-sweet profile that just works. It has a crisp, mineral water finish (with exhales of piny hops) which I'm not quite as fond of, but hey, it makes it really drinkable. The fact this is more drinkable at 7% than many other brown ales at 5.5% is a testament to its quality.

M: Crisp, clean, and dry. Really good dryness for a brown ale (a style that tends to be too sweet), actually. The finish is quite long, and carbonation is prevalent enough. No complaints here.

O: This style is quite hit-or-miss, and thankfully this is a near-unqualified hit. It doesn't hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales I've had so far.

Photo of Vlaminck
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of scotorum
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JoeyBrightside
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of carlborch
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.