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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 metter98

New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

05-09-2010 18:55:59 | More by metter98
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 23:14:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of birchstick


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 15:54:26 | More by birchstick
Photo of BedetheVenerable


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 06:16:58 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of drpimento


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 02:21:40 | More by drpimento
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2009 03:05:29 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of GRPunk


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap served in a nonic pint.

A- It poured a somewhat clean, dark brown with about a 1 finger head that dropped fairly quickly to a light lace that still left nice rings.

S- Not quite as robust as I would expect. It did have a nutty, malty aroma I look for in an English Brown.

T- I was surprised by the amount of hop flavor presented in this one. It wasn't really apparent in the aroma, but definitely hit me up front with piney flavors. The hops weren't too much to overwhelm the nutty and malty notes.

M- Nice feel with medium carbonation.

D- It's a really easy drinker. I could see having a bunch in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2008 22:34:45 | More by GRPunk
Photo of aforbes10


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at dark horse brewpub. Pours reddish brown and clear with a ring of a white head. light malt odor. some noble hop in the nose and not too aggressive. mmmm...a nice tasting brown. sweet malts, caramelly. some light fruitiness. very nice. a full beer too and satisfyingly so. fills me up. easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2007 22:07:06 | More by aforbes10
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very hazy brown beer with a small white-ish head. Good lacing. Nose is earthy but sweet malts. In fact, quite a bit of sweetness from the malts. Taste is malts up front, soem nuttiness, and fades into a slightly hoppy finish. Not bad at all. Mouthfeel is good, it's a little foamy. Drinkability is good. A solid brew form Dark Horse.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2007 05:10:54 | More by shivtim
Photo of walleye


2.17/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

from the bottle. poured a dark brown with mahogany hues with a small tan headthat left some traces down the side of the glass. aroma roasted nuts, cherries that are almost ripe (still has some sourness mixed with the sweetness) caramel, bittersweet chocolate, plums,as it warms the choclate started to lean more to sweet side, malt. flavor had my mouth all set from some good tasteing beer but this let me down big time tasted watered downabout the only thing I got out of it was a touch of cherries and chocolate. since this doesn’t have a date on the bottle anyplace I don’t know how old this is

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 23:26:11 | More by walleye
Photo of mcallister


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brown hue with butterscotch complexions when held up to light. Tan chunky head dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing that retains itself well.

Nice aromas of fig and hazlenut, with a good hop background, rich caramel malt, sweet bready hints as well.

A bold acidic beer, big hazlenut with other malty flavors, burnt roasted caramel, with a gingery taste, fig paste type of finish that lasts a good few seconds.

Mouth takes a hit from the pungent acidity but otherwise pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2006 16:06:24 | More by mcallister
Photo of Wildman


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color and formed an off white head that slowly faded. The aroma was of malt, coffee and caramel. The flavor was of malt, with a elements of both the coffee and the caramel. The body was rather light for the style and the finish a touch bittersweet. Not a bad brown, but not great either.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2006 01:39:33 | More by Wildman
Photo of ken3c


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I worked hard to pour a decent on this beer but it didn't do much good. There are a few wisps and a ring of foam. It's a very dark brown but fairly clear when I hold it to the light.

Pleasant malty sweet aroma.

Sweet caramel with a well rounded roasted malt finish.

light to moderately carbonated with a medium body.

This is an easy drinking pleasant tasting brown.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 22:26:57 | More by ken3c
Photo of jayb


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown out of the bottle. Head was minimal, as was the lacing. Neither one stuck around very long. Smell was of faint coffee and nut, (roasted malts) and a slight touch of sugary sweetness. Taste was of roasted coffee, spice and malt sweetness. Low bitterness i thought. Very drinkable. Carbonation was mild. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and went down very smooth. Very nice brown ale, less nuttier than others ive had but very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 17:53:51 | More by jayb
Photo of Mitchster


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a semi-hazy very dark mahogany, forming a small dark beige head with no retention or lacing. Carbonation is mild and requires a hefty pour to even achieve a head. Aroma is very "beer-y" with notes of herbal English hops, amber and chocolate malts, a touch of caramel and caramelized sugar, vanilla. Mouthfeel is sharp considering the carbonation, and the medium body tastes denser than it actually is. Taste is also very English...light molasses, brown sugar, herbal English hops...lingering notes of tobacco, coffee and touches of leather in the woody finish. Bold and assertive for a brown. Thank god, no diacetyl, and alcohol is undetectable. Cleanly fermented.

Another solid brew from the Dark Horse dudes. Most everybody else would call this a porter. Rich and filling. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 01:02:54 | More by Mitchster
Photo of tavernjef


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer bottle brown color, nearly opaque with rusty edges, thin tan cap adorns the top A thin collar keeps and the lacing is spongy in strings. Nose is mild with a slight roasty malt and a bit of caramel and toffee. Taste brings out much more, thank goodness for that, and whats there is quite nice for a brown. Well rounded taste, mild and foregoing, lengthy and bold. Roasty, husky, earthen malts speak easy across the palate, moderately sweet with a dark toffee tang. Some astringencies are present, but not eagerly so, just right I think. Feel is good with about a medium body and a peppy carbonation. Lightly dry roasty touch slips into the finish. A fine brown ale to be sure, not as sweet as others which was good. More of a straight up roastyness with a small earthy, raw grains taste that's nice.
Thanks to trbeer for the herd of Dark Horse bottles!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2004 00:18:03 | More by tavernjef
Photo of proc


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review: This one has improved substantially. Pours out to a nice, copper to brown in the glass with a huge head. Smell is that of malt and is quite pleasant. The taste is that of roasted malt, almost porter-like, but slightly sweet, with a gentle dose of hops. Very drinkable and a vast improvement from last year. This has vaulted itself into a top "Brown Ale" for me.

Original Review: 3/6/03 - 2.5/5.0 Poured out to a muddied brown in the glass with virturally no head. Aroma is that of light malt. Taste was disappointing. This was a very thin brown ale with nearly no carbonation. I am thinking it might've been a bad bottle. Not as complex as Newcastle even, which is very thin in its own right. I will have to resample this one, but overall, it was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2004 02:59:18 | More by proc
Photo of granger10


2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured very dark, darker than most brown ales pour and was quite low in carbonation. The smell was semi-sweet but that was about it. The taste was simply an upfront maltiness with nothing to back it up. I can't find any hops or alcohol or yeast or ANYTHING other than a caramel flavored malt. Too thin, too bland. This should be a macro.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 04:46:07 | More by granger10
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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.