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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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187 Reviews
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Reviews: 187
Hads: 548
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 18.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 91 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004

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Reviews: 187 | Hads: 548
Photo of stewart124
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a centimeter of tan head. The edges are highlighted by hues of amber.

Plenty of vanilla and brown sugar in the nose.

Superb body and mouthfeel. The taste is a very silky smooth vanilla and subtle milk chocolate. Touch of bitterness and roast but this is such a creamy brown ale. The hops add a noble spice and really round out this english brown ale.

This is terrific and leans on the side of porter in my book. Really a pleasure to drink and I'll need to seek this out again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown. Nice off white head with good lace.

S: Aromas of caramel, roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, and hints of nutty toffee.

T: Lots of caramel and nuts. Darkened brown sugar and a touch of chocolate covered dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, smooth

D: Good, pretty tasty little brew.

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

12 oz. bottle.

Dark maple syrup brown/amber body. Finger of tight, dirty khaki head. Good lacing. Nose of scorched caramel, malted milk, toasted malts, and maple syrup.

Toasted, nutty malts up front. Brown sugary sweetness and caramel follow. Earthy, woody, mild bitterness lurks in the background. Dash of maple syrup, a bit of chocolate milk, some toasted walnuts. Delicious! Medium-bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. A nice session brown, on the sweeter side.

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Photo of silentjay
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark, almost opaque brown with a small, light tan head that quickly recedes to a small film and laces averagely.

aroma is of nuts, chocolate, a bit of coffee, all roasted, as well as a bit of caramel.

taste is also very nutty with chocolate, caramel, and coffee falling behind. definitely english styled flavor profile leaves a bit to be desired, but is decent enough.

medium bodied with just enough carbonation and some lingering nutty sweetness.

goes down fine. nothing exciting, but nothing repulsive. fits the style well.

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

12 oz bottle.

I've enjoyed most of the regular Dark Horse offerings and this is no exception. Pours a cola brown, nearly opaque color with a thin light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap with splotchy thin film and minimal lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet, heavy on malts and nuttiness. Thick and smooth body with a sweet nutty and milk chocolate finish. Flavor is molasses, caramel, sugar, roasted malt, light hops; in general very robust and pleasant for the style. Nothing too exceptional, but a very flavorful, enjoyable brown.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A recent trip to Columbus proved the fact that Dark Horse is in full effect in the state of Ohio. I saw shot gun tap handles in every fine beer bar we stopped at. This one appeared locally, so I had to go with it and a couple bottles of Double Crooked Tree. Appears a deep cola brown with large tan head forming nicely. Speckled scattered lacing is left behind. Aroma is full of nutty dark chocolate and creamed coffee tones, very nice dessert feel to it. Creamy sweet upfront with some hazelnut/almond tones with background herbal hops kicking and a bit of dry bready yeast notes. Dark chocolate creamed coffee and ripe fruit collide to make some damn good brown ale. Body is a bit weired medium bodied lightly carbonated goes down easy but with a full on flavor ride. Drinkable as all hell, one of the most approachable brown ales I've come across in quite some time, this is some tasty stuff.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.36/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Photo of Dalem
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Looks a bit cola really. Since it's a Dark Horse brew there's not much, if any, filtering of any sort going on so the floaties of grain hanging around the sides of the glass look sorta like soda bubbles. The was a tan in color and a modest half inch think that fade down fairly quickly. The scent borders on a cola too with the roasted malts taking on a caramel, coffee and molasses aromas.
First flavor to come out is that of sweet (but not overtly sugary) cream. The mouthfeel of the brew also has a light cream to it as well now that I'm mentioning it. Right behind it is caramel malts, brown sugar and a bit of nuttiness. The finish has something of a porter taste to it with a slight touch of bitters and baker's chocolate.

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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 jwinship83
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle without any sort of freshness dating drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a modest khaki colored head on it. the head lasts for a little while before fading, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- decently malt forward. this starts out with notes of caramel and nuts. a little bit of chocolate follows that. the last thing i pick up on is a mild coffee finish.

T- the sweet caramel malts up front with a decent amount of nuttiness. some chocolate notes in the middle and a touch of coffee at the end.

M- the body is a little thin, and the carbonation is a touch too low.

D- easy enough to finish, but this isnt the best example of the style ive had. im still glad they decided to bottle this.

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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 cpetrone84
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage last week for $1.69 into....what else?....my Dark Horse Brewing Company pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Creamy light brown head over a dark caramel, opaque body which has light edges and a darker "center." Good look. 4.0

S Nice medium roast toasted malt with a minimum of hops. Certainly on target for the style. 3.5

T Really solid, toasty roasty malt flavor with minimal hops. This is a good tasting brown ale. 4.0

M Appropriately it has some depth and thickness to it which is something that I find consistently in Dark Horse Brewing Company beers. Nothing is worse than a thin, wimpy beer. You will not find that at Dark Horse. 4.0

D Very good indeed. I find that this style lends itself well to drinkability to begin with but the pleasant, appropriately bold brown ale makes it easy to drink. 4.5

Notes: Gotta love Dark Horse!

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Photo of hosehead83
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass
Reddish-brown in color, with a moderate off-white head of foam
Aroma-Subtle roasted malt
Taste-Roasted malt, chocolate notes, leading to a rather dry, black coffee finish.
Overall, a nice drinkable brown from the boys at Dark Horse.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-3-10

Pours a completely opaque dark brown color, with a minimal head and one ring of white lacing.

Smell is earthy and malty, sweet with a smoky kick. Enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, strong sweet malt with a hoppy kick right at the end. Not anything special, but well made and tasty.

Mouthfeel is nicely thick, adding to the sweetness and bitterness.

Drinkability is good, but the bitterness is on the high side.

Overall, a good beer that's worth a try.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is brown with a nice light tan colored head. The head quickly resolves to thin layer.

Smell: Nice caramel cocoa nutty character noted to the aroma.

Taste: The beer big time delivers on the aroma in the taste. The flavor has the above nutty caramel and cocoa a bit of smokey earthyness prevents the sweetness from being cloying.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is light but not watery. This is a very easy to drink comfort beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color.
S: There are scents of toasted caramel malts in the nose, along with some nutty aromas.
T: There is a good balance of lightly toasted malts in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and has a nice flavor, which could definitely make this sessionable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for style, even a bit porterish, enjoyed at the brewery. Dark brown,chocolate malty sweetish, a tad toasty, with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Malty aroma and a tad above average mouthfeel from caramel. ANother god drinkable Dark Horse.

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Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured dark brown with one-finger head. This thing looked like a stout.

S - Smells of sweet roasted malt.

T - Taste follows the nose. There is toasted malt with a bit of nuttiness to it. The malt is followed by some faint, grassy hops.

M - a little thin but very smooth

D - This is a pretty solid brown ale - nothing that absolutely blew me away, but at the same time I really enjoyed it. Due to the excellent selections on-tap at Kelleher's I had to move on after one...

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, 20oz pint glass

Appearance: Surprisingly dark, slightly opaque brown beer with a light head due to a weak pour...yet it stuck around in a weak ring

Smell: BIG malt presence, lightly toasted and caramel malts...simple and very tasty...dead on for the style

Taste: Dark toasted biscuit malts, with a touch of dark fruit and a mildly bitter finish, slightly nutty, with not much in the way of hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Nearly sessionable

Conclusion: NICE...English...brown

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Photo of drpimento
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.