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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

388 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Goldfoot

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-16-2011 15:01:58 | More by Goldfoot
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized head, reddish color when held up to the light.

Smell has a buttery caramel malt aroma, hints of chocolate.

Taste is primarily caramel malt, hints of toffee, finishes dry as expected for an English style, slightly slick, carbonation is soft with an above normal creaminess, nice roasted aspect with a bit of nuttiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:46:55 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Lukafer

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-11-2011 04:16:17 | More by Lukafer
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grover37

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Vintage Estates for $1.99 poured into a DCBeer.com becker. First time having time beer.

Appearance (4): First impression is that it's dark for a brown ale. A very dark brown with orange-ish brown edges. A pretty clear mahogany when held to the light with some visible floating yeasties. About two fingers of light cream head reduces to a medium thick ring and a thin layer. Some lacing at the top but not much otherwise.

Aroma (4.5): Spot on for what I expect from this style. Rich, slightly sweet, and complex caramel and dark malt notes. A nuttiness dominates a woody and slight chocolate background. Not much in the way of hops; perhaps a slight pine aroma.

Taste (3.5): A bit watery up front with the nutty, caramel and chocolate notes from the nose. More wood and a slight sweetness through the middle accompanied a touch of bitterness, hardly noticeable, and a milk chocolate in the finish. There's also a bit of ethanol with that 6.5% finally showing up once it warms a bit. The malt backbone is complex throughout, but it is not as full as I would like; perhaps a bit over-attenuated.

Mouthfeel (3.5): The typical slick Dark Horse mouthfeel that I have come to know. A bit thin. Light side of medium bodied - not full bodied enough for a 6.5% brown ale imo - and an ample, medium carbonation.

Overall (4): A pretty solid brown ale, but lacking some body and sweetness. I really like the malt notes, but it's just a bit too thin. Will have again, but won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 01:19:50 | More by grover37
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-10-2011 23:47:49 | More by bootsdomino
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-03-2011 03:16:11 | More by Pellinore1
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RudiNicole

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-02-2011 15:28:05 | More by RudiNicole
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rab53

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-01-2011 05:19:12 | More by rab53
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-29-2011 03:12:48 | More by brandoman63
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gratefulbeerhead

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-28-2011 23:33:44 | More by gratefulbeerhead
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-25-2011 04:33:43 | More by barnzy78
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Jips

Kansas

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2011 02:03:38 | More by Jips
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 03:32:34 | More by mikesgroove
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-20-2011 15:32:17 | More by Another6Pack
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-20-2011 03:43:01 | More by ElGallo
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lnashsig

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter glass. Pours a very dark brown opaque color, nice thick, chewy looking head recedes and a light tan ring remains and clings to the side of the glass. This looks like a great beer- barely any light gets through. Smell- nutty, toffee, faint brown sugar. Taste- warm, nutty, caramel, contrasted by a bitter roasted malt that hits the back of the throat. Maybe just a slight bit of astringency, but it works well with the balance. Carbonation is a little sharp, and makes it a little difficult to get all the flavors. Overall, I'm a fan. A nice beer from Dark Horse that I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 22:58:34 | More by lnashsig
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wingedeel

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2011 11:37:49 | More by wingedeel
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-17-2011 03:14:11 | More by tclapper
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justporter

Indiana

5/5  rDev +33%

11-17-2011 01:17:15 | More by justporter
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BearsDitkaBears

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-15-2011 00:43:57 | More by BearsDitkaBears
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 18:06:49 | More by thebouch01
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DocDownUnder

Illinois

5/5  rDev +33%

11-14-2011 10:31:38 | More by DocDownUnder
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown as you would expect - quite dark in fact. Decent tan head with decent retention and lacing.

S: Caramel malt, toffee, and some nuts. Hint of roasted malt? A bit of maple as it warms too.

T: Very nice roasted malt, toffee and nuts. Caramel malt rounds it out nicely. Very nice brown ale.

M: A tiny bit thin, not as full as some better brown ales. Doesn't detract much but notable.

O: A very good brown ale. Good combination of flavors, nothing overpowering. Well balanced. A little thicker body and it would be a solid A- or even an A I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:31:30 | More by Dope
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patm1986

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

brown, deep brown. thin. darker than tan head. foamy, more than solid.

coffee and caramel malts. toffe, mocha, sweet coffee, bitter finish. roasted chestnut. some marachino cherry at the end.

moderate body with a bitter, roasty finish.

excellent, creamy, but more importantly, an incredibly creamy, drinkable brown ale, my lord.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 04:56:43 | More by patm1986
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osusullins

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled a 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. At first sight, this beer is a deep, DARK brown. It is almost stout black. Creamy white head... Very nice looking beer.

The nose is very subtle. I am picking up light notes of coffee, caramel, and toffee, however nothing dominates and all are faint.

Boffo drinks lighter than it looks. Creamy without being heavy. The malts coat the palate and linger for just the appropriate amount of time. I definitly enjoyed this beer more as it warmed up in the glass. The soft notes of caramel and light bakers chocolate seem to be more pronounced as the temperature of the beer rises. What started out as a (B+) cold beer soon evolved into a solid (A) beer at room after sitting for about ten minutes.

Dark Horse is just another example of quality Michigan brewing. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 01:41:39 | More by osusullins
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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