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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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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 172
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of GbVDave


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint. Thanks to StevePens for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy dark brown with ruby highlights. All I could get out of the pour was maybe one finger of tan colored foam. The head quickly melted down to some whisps of skim and a thick, bubbly collar.

S: Nice aromas of milk chocolate and fudge, roasty malt, and some maple candy.

T: Same as above with dark bread, smoke, and a touch of cherry.

M: Suprisingly tangy with a rich fullness that spread out pretty evenly across the tongue. Finishes with some long lasting smoky dryness.

D: Not your typical malty/sweet brown ale. Welcome levels of roast, smoke, and bitterness. Classy.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 13:19:57 | More by GbVDave
Photo of jsh420


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a very dark brown with a 1 finger tan head that left no lacing

smells of roasted caramel chocolate malt

taste is just like the nose roasted sweet brown sugar caramel chocolate malt with a good amount of hop bitterness to balance

mouthfeel is almost perfect light with plenty of carbonation that gives it a crisp yet creamy finish

drinkability is solid - very good flavors low abv great mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 03:22:45 | More by jsh420
Photo of Beejay


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a ruby hue. Fairly small tan head on it.

S: Strong bread aroma. There is a nice roasty scent to it. Some milk chocolate notes, and possibly some maple syrup scents as well.

T: Some nice roasty flavors. Slight fruity notes. Bready and tasty.

M: Light to medium, with high carbonation.

D: Good overall, but I probably won't be stocking up on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 02:45:57 | More by Beejay
Photo of jera1350


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown colored body with a tan head that isn't real thick, but does have good retention and delivers a fair amount of lacing.

Rich malty scent. Some milk chocolate and mixed nuts.

The taste is rich caramel malt, some nuttiness along with notes of chocolate. Getting a nice hop presence in the background. Good bit of roast as well. Really deep flavor going on.

A bit of fluffy carbonation. A little under medium bodied and maybe just a hair thinner than desired.

This is a really solid all around brown and another winner from Dark Horse. Lots of flavor and easy to drink as well. I could tip back a couple of these with ease.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:41:00 | More by jera1350
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Dark Horse.

Pours a nice brown color that is slightly opaque. Off white head with a pretty good amount of retention and some nice lacing. The nose brings sweet malt, caramel, toffee, a bit of fruit, and some nice earthy hops. The taste is a good blend of hops and malt, with the combination really shining through in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good and it was a nice brew on my first trip (finally!) to the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 21:57:04 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Vdubb86


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Summit shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's in Palatine, IL

This beer pours with a lot of head on it, too much if you ask me, but the nice taupe head caps off a beautiful deep dark brown color that has faint ruby twinges when closely examined. The smell is coffee-like in nature, but with a blend of toffee mixed in as well as some cocoa powder. The flavor of the cocoa powder is strongest on the palate, but there is some molasses character coming through as well. There might be a hint of toffee. All of the flavors are really mellow in this beer nothing is potent or overwhelming, which also means that there isn't any distinct character as well. The cocoa flavor on the mouthfeel actually almost dried out the tongue, but the smoothness of the beer actually made it still a good drinking beer. This is a very good brown ale and something I would definitely look for again on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 09:20:00 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of dudemuskie


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er in Marshall after an awesome visit to their brewpub. Incredible place and if you are in the area, do yourself a favor and stop in for a pint!

Appearance- Creamy tan head sits atop a deep brown, nearly opaque brew with deep amber highlights. Head is quick to fade leaving a soapy ring and nice lacing with each sip. Heavy yeast cake in bottom of bottle.

Aroma- Dry, powdery roasted malt with a slightly pruney, dark caramel sweetness. Rich maltiness practically makes my mouth water. Healthy earthy hop aroma lies right beneath.

Flavor- Brown malt pruniness and a touch of dark brown sugar to start. Notes of roasted malt and powdered cocoa tail into a balancing moderate earthy hop bitterness. Chewy, complex, lingering finish is very nicely balanced and brings you back for more.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied, moderate residual sugars, low-medium CO2, and great balance. Chewy.

Overall- Would be a great food beer! This is a delightful brown ale, big and chewy with a great supporting hop bitterness. Great drinkability for a darker, heavier beer. I will say though, the first few bottles were a bit flat. If you buy it fresh, give them a few weeks in the bottle and they carb up nicely!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:31:18 | More by dudemuskie
Photo of Aguirre


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I received a bottle of this as an extra from a trade with bierenutz. Thank you!

Poured into a 20oz Hobgoblin pint glass, this is a dark brown,opaque beer with a creamy head that disappeared rather quickly. I think I should have dried the glass better.

The smell is nice and clean; a good chocolately, malty aroma.

Taste is good too, and pretty powerful. It's got a nice sweetness to it that I never found overpowering, but there's a bitterness after the swallow to balance everything out.

I like that this beer is a little thinner than you'd expect based solely on the taste. It's almost like a porter in taste alone, but there's a "watery"(which I use in a good way) feel to it that makes it feel lighter.

This was an enjoyable beer. I don't drink brown ales as often as I used to, because I'll often find myself thinking they're cloying or boring - which Boffo isn't.

A couple of additional notes:

There was wax over the bottle cap, which I thought was an interesting touch for a year-round, 12oz, "normal" beer.

The artwork on the bottle is unsettling and inexplicable. What does it mean??

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 03:19:21 | More by Aguirre
Photo of cpolking


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brown ale pours very dark brown to mostly black. Its aroma is dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and mocha, with an apparent sweetness. Its taste follows its aroma directly. There is an almost cloying sweetness at the beginning but it fades into a nicely bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:37:13 | More by cpolking
Photo of BierFan


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Tan head rises up to a decent size but recedes too quickly. Dark brown, almost black, with some ruby hues shining through.

Smell: Dark malts and molasses.

Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruit. More bitterness than you normally find in a brown ale. This beer kinda walks the line between brown ale and porter in my opinion. Another outstanding brew from the guys at Dark Horse.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:41:58 | More by BierFan
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:19:52 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of donteatpoop


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown, one of the darker brown ales I've seen; light is able to penetrate but still... A thin film of tan head rests at the top.

The smell was difficult to discern, not really on the forefront. I allowed it to warm more and noticed very little change, just a mild nut-like odor and a hint of roasted malt.

The taste, thankfully; was much more defined. A very palatably drink, too. The burnt malts play nicely off of the sweet notes of chocolate and molases; a nice butter and nut taste finishes.

A thick bodied but smooth drink, this is one of the better offerings I've had from Dark Horse, and one of the better Brown Ales I've had.

Well done.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 02:58:20 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Frosty80


4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours brown. sits a deep, dark brown

Smell: clean, crsip caramelization balanced by toasted malt and some nuttiness. hop aroma is very subtle if anything

Taste: flavor translates well from aroma. clean toasted maltiness with very subtle hop flavor and bitterness with a lightly nutty flavor. finishes clean and balanced with a light, lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: very clean and crisp light-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: very elegant brown ale. has a lager-like crispness and drinkability to it. awesome brown ale

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:13:36 | More by Frosty80
Photo of kzoobrew


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown body with auburn hues. One finger creamy white sand colored head. Retention is decent though there is a rather impressive amount of lacing left.

The aroma is full of dark bready malt and nuttiness. Chocolate and a subtle brown sugar smell provide a bit of sweetness. The hops are earthy and subdued, Boffo relies more on the malt for aroma.

Dark grain bread and a surprising chocolaty sweetness roll across the tongue. The sweetness provides a great counter point to the darker malt but it very slightly overdone. The malt is dark and rich, really comes into focus midpalate. The hops are taking a back seat in this one. A rather earthy and floral presence pairs very well with the malt bill.

Body is one the light side of medium with a creamy texture. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Finish is slow and long.

This is one that becomes more enjoyable as you drink. Boffo falls right behind Best Brown and Bender as my third favorite brown ale. Very solid beer all the way are and easy to drink. A lot of flavor is packed into a relatively smaller beer. I don't drink brown ales too often but if I did this one would be a staple.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 23:48:10 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of beergod1


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep chestnut in color poured into my new DFH pint glass, with a thin, foamy tan head. The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate with a touch of nuttiness, and a hint of hops. Flavor is malty with tones of caramel, Cocoa and molasses and just a hint of dark fruit. A nice Brown Ale. Creamy and smooth. light bodied for an American Brown. But one I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 22:33:25 | More by beergod1
Photo of JackieTH


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a typical dark brown however with a very thin cap of tan-colored head.

Smell: Toasted malt, nut bread, a bit of toffee and brown sugar.

Taste: Predominantly sweet roasted malts with tastes of brown sugar, dark dried raisins and cherries. More subtle flavors of nuttiness, smoke, chocolate and coffee emerge as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light. Seemed decent for a brown ale, but this brown ale pushes the boundaries a bit, so I thought it would be better a bit thicker.

Drinkability: No problem whatsoever. Glad I bought a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 20:48:48 | More by JackieTH
Photo of gatornation


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brown pours a very dark brown color with a beige/black cherry head almost a stout like appearance,tons of sticky.clinging lace....smell is toffee ,burnt sweet caramel .baked bread and hops..taste is simply delicious ..its toffee,followed by burnt caramel and baked bread..then you get some roasted coffee notes with great hops and grapefruit notes..mouth feel is robust and full this is one tasty brown that drinks like a light stout/porter..its excellent so tasty..very recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 22:32:44 | More by gatornation
Photo of Jayli


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 10/3
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep chocolate brown with a one finger of khaki color head. Head recedes quickly not leaving much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is very sweet - toffee, caramel, brown sugar with a bit of raisin.

T: Taste is overly sweet in this beer. Toffee, syrup, and molasses are all at the forefront of this beer. Overpowering and oddly blended. The middle is slightly bready yet still overpowered by sweetness. Finish has a mild roasted note flavoring and earthy hops.

M: Lighter side of medium body, light to medium carbonation, some what creamy.

D: Goes down ok, not much of a kick, ok representation of style. There was something slightly off with the blending of flavoring in this beer. There are better offerings out there of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 13:57:38 | More by Jayli
Photo of alleykatking


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a deep brown color...almost a black but not quite. One finger beige head comes up and dies back down rather quickly. Some light lacing but mostly falls back into the glass.

S- Lots of sweet and toasted malts in the front. Some light coffee notes mix with some dark fruit as well. I could also detect some light chocolate in there but only in slight hints.

T- Coffee upfront and light toasted malts to start with. There is a sweet bready malt with some bitter baker's chocolate flavor. Slight nutty flavor toward the middle and gaining strength toward the end of the beer. I detected some light grainy flavor with hints here and there thoughout the entire beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts and toffee left on the palate with nutty off flavors and alcohol in the aftertaste. The overall flavor was well balanced in the beer. Clean and crisp tasting. Alcohol had some light drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a good above average try from Dark Horse. I really enjoyed it but wouldn't want to drink a sixer of it. The ABV is low enough to drink a lot of this but the style is really not for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 04:13:22 | More by alleykatking
Photo of herman77


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with some dark ruby hues to it. Moderate soapy light tan head. Trying to forms some sheets of lacing.

S: Toasted carmel malt. Faint nuttiness, earthiness. Some coco and coffee. Nose is a little weak, even as it warms.

T: Very nutty. Toasted malts with carmel sweetness. More nuttiness and earthiness, almost dirt-like. Some bittering hops show themselves near the finish.

M: Lighter to medium body. Higher carbonation feels pretty active on the tongue. Ever so slight slickness to it.

D: Meh. Its average at best. Not doing much for me, its not bad at all, its just.... average.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 20:52:07 | More by herman77
Photo of david131


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep, leathery brown liquid that has some serious meat to it. The brown head is creamy and has decent retention.

S- Sweet malt, raisins, smoke, and oranges. Very unique.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma. Sweet and quite flavorful for the ABV.

M- Creamy carbonation and body with some strong lasting flavors. Slightly dry on the finish.

D- A very unique brown ale. The more I get into it, the better it gets. I will be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 03:48:28 | More by david131
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A: Very dark brown, almost black body with a small off-white head.

S: Nuts, some dark fruit, and some herbs

T: Fruit comes further to the forefront, but it's balanced quite well with the nuts and some strong vanilla. The herbal hops show up on the finish along with a good toasty backdrop. Complex and very well balanced.

M: A little too thin, but passable for a nut brown ale

D: Good, complex flavor, nothing overwhelming, but it feels like something's missing. It's very fruity and sweet, but it almost feels too sweet. Some stronger hop presence, or maybe a big dose of coffee might make this a superb beer. Just thoughts.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:14:15 | More by dudecandle
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to biernutz for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Viscous pour yields a .5 finger coarse, dark beise head with poor retention. Beer is one of the only brown ales that I've seen that's actually brown. Near opaque. Lacing is sparse and spotty with little cling.

S: Nose is coffee, toffee, butterscotch, and toasted malt. Rather rich and deep overall. Very aromatic and appetizing.

T: Opens with subtle coffee sourness complemented by toasted malt, caramel, and bitter chocolate. Toffee is detectable in the back towards the middle and end. An unpleasant nutty grainyness not unlike chewing on nut shells appears at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste, slightly spoiling the experience.

M: Medium bodied, very lightly carbonated, slightly lively but generally very smooth and silky. Substantial in the mouth, this taste like a much bigger beer than its 5.5% ABV suggests. Finish is messy and aftertaste is drying and lingers.

D: A good beer that really fell apart just before the finish for me. Feel is great though and nose complements the flavor very well. Worth a try for a twist on the brown ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 21:46:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of jlindros


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light fizzy head covering fades at a medium pace to almost nothing over dark hazy molasses brown burnt sienna color.

THe nose comes with some nice mellow dark malts, a little brown sugar, some light crystal malts, a touch of a very dark malt but I can't figure out which (black patent, choc, roasted malt, etc), I think a little chocolate malt, and a nice light creamy sweetness.

The taste is similar but different. Again the nice mellow darker malts, some crystal malt, brown sugar, a little toasty, and I think a touch of chocolate malt. Some sweetness and a little creamy. Also this time there is some light grassy and mild bitter earthy hops, which add a touch of bitterness but mostly flavor. There is also a slight oxidized flavor to it. It finishes somewhat bitter as the hops seem to build up, with a little more sweetness, brown sugar, and a touch of that oxidized flavor, as well as a little minerality briny saltiness.

It has a medium body with lower but decent carbonation.

It's fairly drinkable, pretty light and sessionable, but that touch of briny salt at the end knocks down a bit of the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 01:17:42 | More by jlindros
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, ruby brown color where light barely penetrates. Lots of lace considering the modest head.

Lots of mocha and powdered cocoa to the nose. Slightly sweet. Very low hop.

The flavor has far more hop presence than the smell indicates. Well-balanced with a dry, cocoa malt taste. Thin bodied and highly carbonated, the mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:40:35 | More by smcolw
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.