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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

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 01-08-2004)
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Photo of 1FatJ
4/5  rDev +6.7%

1FatJ, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of Gmann
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a solid brown color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is short and dense. It quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty. A pumpernickle base, slightly toasted. Caramel and honey provide some sweetness. Some raisin or other dark fruit give this brown ale depth. Fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is quite bready. Nice toasted brown bread flavor. Has an undercurrent of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty flavors follow and give the beer some earthiness. A hint of oxidation or a raisony dark fruit note. Subtle buttery notes. Grassy hop in the finish. A complex brown that has characteristics of an English brown.

Moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate with a light toasty bitter offset. Nutty finish.

A flavorful brown ale. I pick up both American and English brown ale flavor profiles. A hearty breakfast beer.

Gmann, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
3.75/5  rDev 0%

AnthemOfTheSun, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Lightman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Lightman, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Irish57
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Irish57, Oct 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

marcb105, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chucker17, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Fargrow
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Fargrow, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

mpalestino, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. There really isn't much head, sadly - not even a finger's worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesn't even last that long, but on the plus side, it tries to leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of mildly roasted nuts on the nose. Beneath all the nuttiness lies some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Some hoppy wisps also appear. While it's not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and that's a good thing.

T: Flavor-wise, it generally reminds me of hazelnut coffee. And not the artificial crap from some brown ales (LOOKING AT YOU FRANGELIC MOUNTAIN BROWN >:(), but a genuine roasty-yet-nutty-yet-vaguely-sweet profile that just works. It has a crisp, mineral water finish (with exhales of piny hops) which I'm not quite as fond of, but hey, it makes it really drinkable. The fact this is more drinkable at 7% than many other brown ales at 5.5% is a testament to its quality.

M: Crisp, clean, and dry. Really good dryness for a brown ale (a style that tends to be too sweet), actually. The finish is quite long, and carbonation is prevalent enough. No complaints here.

O: This style is quite hit-or-miss, and thankfully this is a near-unqualified hit. It doesn't hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales I've had so far.

ThisWangsChung, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Vlaminck
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Vlaminck, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%

Boffo Brown pours a brown color with a small head. There is a licorice and shoe like aroma. The taste was a bit nutty, some toffee flavors, with licorice flavors. Flavors were a bit watery, and light. Overall its an easy to drink, brown ale that is light.

vette2006c5r, Sep 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

scotorum, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of capuchinpilates
4/5  rDev +6.7%

capuchinpilates, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of mwar
3/5  rDev -20%

mwar, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Agentveba
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Agentveba, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of JoeyBrightside
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

JoeyBrightside, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kerrie, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of carlborch
3.6/5  rDev -4%

Pours brilliantly clear, dark mahogany brown. 1 inch creamy-off-white head forms and settles in at 1/2 inch. The nose is clean, sweet, toasty, and yeasty. Medium body with forward sweet malty notes. Hints of chocolate and char on the palate. Delicious smoky notes. Dark toast? Short with hints of hazelnuts and bitterness in the lingering Belgian lace is well developed although thin. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation. I would re-purchase.

carlborch, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tommy5, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%

A-Pours a surprisingly clear, brown color. Slight head. Not much lace either.

S-Sweet with some hoppy mumbles in the background. Burnt caramel. Toasted, wet bread crust.

T-More of the same. A lot of caramel, brown sugar and sweet, darker breadiness. A subtle bitterness in the finish.

M-A bit of warmth. Light bodied considering its color and ABV. Had to rush this pint and I had no trouble putting back a quarter of the glass in one gulp; no grimace afterwords.

O/D-Easily in contention for the prestigious "Worst Label Ever" ribbon. Looks like a coked-out Squidward from Spongebob. I digress, the beer was cool but Jesus, that label.

VelvetExtract, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

hooliganlife, Aug 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

s_currie, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

This is a regular brown ale as far as I know, but somehow is tastes barrel aged, and in a very good way.

The nose has a medium maltiness to it, some bread and a little sweetness, but there are also hints of wood and bourbon. This continues into the flavor but with more intensity. This beer is a wonderful, medium caramel, malty drink with huge bourbon and oak notes and a touch of vanilla. It is possibly the best brown ale I have ever had.

Doppelbockulus, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Rand_ale_Thor, Aug 13, 2013
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.