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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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85
very good

388 Ratings
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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004)
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Ratings: 388 | Reviews: 171 | Display Reviews Only:
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goldie2828

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-25-2012 20:57:05 | More by goldie2828
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-16-2012 17:11:22 | More by SalMineo
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HarmonMW

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-16-2012 02:10:42 | More by HarmonMW
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2012 15:27:52 | More by TasteTester
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:29:28 | More by Infamous7100
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Scout11

Michigan

2/5  rDev -46.8%

03-24-2012 13:12:53 | More by Scout11
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znichols

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Dark brown with a slight auburn glare when held to the light; borderline Porter category. One inch off-white head that left in about a minute. Decent amount of lacing. I'm expecting a sticky Brown Ale.

S- hmmm. This is different. Herbs, big tobacco, vanilla, caramel, light citrus. This brown ale is all over the board. Not sure what to expect flavor-wise. Aroma is different and intriguing though.

T- Wow, this Brown brings the hops. Not so much grapefruit, pine or citrus, but just herbal, dank, woody hoppiness is very present. Theres a touch of caramel malt and some roast, but overall the flavor is pretty subtle and relies mostly on the hops and light chocolate malt. fairly bitter. subtle bourbon flavor as it warms.

M-Smooth and fluffy, moderate carbonation. Expected it to be a touch stickier. Medium-light bodied. Standard mouthfeel.

O-This is a decent rendition of an AMERICAN brown ale, meaning i get a pretty substantial amount of hops for an "English brown ale." Moderate vanilla, toast, booze, and earthy malt notes but mostly woody hops. Might be considered a Black Pale Ale? Not what i expected, and i was between a 3 and a 3.5 for overall, but the willingness to do something different in an increasingly stagnant category should be rewarded.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 03:11:37 | More by znichols
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-11-2012 01:34:33 | More by tdmccarthy
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BugTownPub

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-06-2012 23:43:17 | More by BugTownPub
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cynical1027

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-20-2012 21:09:23 | More by cynical1027
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-11-2012 14:46:21 | More by Tyrawlings
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reyolb

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-06-2012 05:01:45 | More by reyolb
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Mileslicsw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.4%

02-04-2012 23:10:35 | More by Mileslicsw
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biggred1

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, chestnut brown with a pretty looking khaki cap of dense foam that settles quickly to a skim. Rich and malty, cocoa and roasty coffee like notes in the aroma. Nice flavors of fudge, cocoa powder and a roastiness bordering on porter territory. Full bodied for the style and creamy with a slightly chalky, bitter aftertaste. A really flavorful and well made Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 22:49:25 | More by biggred1
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-27-2012 19:14:16 | More by PhineasGage
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elec

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-23-2012 04:06:35 | More by elec
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:08:23 | More by UNCCTDawg
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RedSpecial1

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, dark brown with reddish highlights out of the bottle with a decent amount of tan head forming quickly which then dissipates leaving a thin covering of foam on the surface.

S: Smells of caramel malt, nuts, and a very faint acridity, possibly from some roasted barley.

T: The roasted character is more up front in the taste than the aroma, but is well balanced by the sweet caramel malt character. A slight tang of alcohol is also perceptible, but not unpleasant.

M: On the thinner side for this style, but again, not unpleasantly so. I think it keeps the roast character in the flavor profile from becoming too overwhelming and edging more towards a stout than a brown ale.

O: While it has a bit more roasted character than is typical of English Brown ales, it is quite tasty. It is balanced well with the sweeter caramel malt flavors balancing out what I keep thinking is roasted barley, and that gives it a pleasant complexity that a lot of brown ales lack.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 22:12:14 | More by RedSpecial1
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jeffoatess

Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-03-2012 20:25:58 | More by jeffoatess
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gkob

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

12-31-2011 23:29:29 | More by gkob
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emerge077

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label reminds me of the walls at the brewpub, filled with random doodles.

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark brown, when backlit its a muddy shade of mahogany with the yeast poured in. Long lasting tan foam, with a speckled halo of lacing that forms inside the glass.

Complex malt aromas, toast and caramel, nuts and grain husks. Slight sweetness at first, tempered by mild bitterness that lasts into the finish. Subtle dried fruit sneaks in and intertwines with nutty walnut notes. Dry and almost chalky aftertaste that lingers for a good while. Medium bodied and very smooth with a light carbonation level. Overall pretty enjoyable, a sleeper in the Dark Horse lineup.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:48:45 | More by emerge077
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-30-2011 00:32:17 | More by Bdel34
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ewestburg

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

12-26-2011 23:07:43 | More by ewestburg
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

12-24-2011 19:41:39 | More by JohnK17
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NvMyBeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-21-2011 07:09:49 | More by NvMyBeer
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.