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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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very good

485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 53 | 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

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004

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Photo of grover37
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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3/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of lnashsig
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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Photo of Dope
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of patm1986
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of osusullins
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of chicano4craft
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LostCook for this one.

Pours a very deep and dark brown. Matbe the darkest brown ale I've ever seen. A fingers worth of off white head caps a great looking beer.

Nice aroma. Sweet nuttiness dominates. Pick up some toffee. Maybe some maple syrup.

Ale is full bodied and smooth. Nice nuttiness with some caramel and malt. Has a lot of the same flavors all brown ales have but a notch above. Really easy to drink and keeps you interested.

Overall...I love a good brown ale and this is one of my favorites. Darkhorse hasn't let me down yet and I love what they do with maly forward beers.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a bold ruby shade showing up in the light. Half inch tan head and lace till the end are also present. The aroma is of hot chocolate, coffee, and light smoke. The flavor is complex with dark chocolate, mild coffee, and sweet roasted malt notes. Similar to a doppelbock with a hop tang. It's mouthfeel is medium. Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale is a very good beer, well balanced, and quite drinkable. Highly recommended.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Publick House

A: The pour is the rather predictable dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Strong roasted malt character for an English brown. Also surprisingly citrusy and hoppy. The more familiar aromas of toffee and toasted nuts, even some dark chocolate are to be found as well.

T: The roasted malt flavor is a bit more subtle, though there is a fair amount of dark chocolate and some coffee. A fair bit of toasted malt, nuts, and sweet bread. Of course, some toffee is there, too. A soft bitterness and earthy hop flavor, some citrus peel is also there.

M: Maybe a bit thin bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very different kind of brown ale, to me, anyway. I enjoyed it, though.

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.