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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

387 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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Ratings: 387 | Reviews: 171 | Display Reviews Only:
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vipguy814

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-08-2013 03:08:53 | More by vipguy814
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PattyMelt

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-06-2013 09:07:25 | More by PattyMelt
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-03-2013 02:32:17 | More by dmorgan310
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jibjib513

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-30-2013 00:46:43 | More by jibjib513
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KillaB

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

01-29-2013 07:00:46 | More by KillaB
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-14-2013 17:51:17 | More by BlissJunkie
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

01-13-2013 15:29:12 | More by ROBSTARR
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yaksurf

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-12-2013 18:44:39 | More by yaksurf
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

01-08-2013 20:00:03 | More by MacStinson
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DCav


3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-06-2013 04:07:56 | More by DCav
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color -- ruby black if up to light. Particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. The head dies down quickly, and there's pretty much no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much of an aroma to speak of, but it's pleasant nonetheless. Very faint roasted malt aroma, and also an essence of chocolate or coffee. Quite stout-y.

Taste/feel: A somewhat mild taste up front, which I wasn't expecting. The finish is when all the malts and bits of coffee really run out on the taste buds. The feel when taking a drink is super smooth and creamy. Quite mildly carbonated. Honestly, carbonated appropriately. Bubbles are tiny and makes me wonder if this one's nitro'd...

One of the better brown ales I've stumbled upon, but what else could someone expect from Dark Horse? A tasty brown ale. I'd love a head and some lacing on this beer, but you can't have it all. Would love to have this one again. Smooth, easy drinking, solid ABV, and most importantly -- tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 17:07:05 | More by Alextricity
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KFrank729

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

01-02-2013 22:17:53 | More by KFrank729
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jsisko01

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that lingers for a minute. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and toffee are most dominant. Toasted malts proceed after, but very light.

Taste - Overly sweet (in my opinion). Has a strong bitterness that dulls all other flavors present. What I can pick out is some coffee and chocolate flavors, with caramel and hazelnut in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall - It must be because it follows the style of an English brown ale that I don't like this. It is the worst brown ale I've ever tried, but I'm used to mostly drinking American browns.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 22:49:08 | More by jsisko01
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Scotthuller

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-30-2012 02:07:48 | More by Scotthuller
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-25-2012 19:06:02 | More by ejimhof
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep brown color with some red highlights. The head is cream colored and thin just a bit of lacing on the glass and not much retention. The smell of the beer has some sweet malt aromas and hints of fresh wood. The smell is decent I just wishing it had a little more of something. The taste of the beer has a decent toasted flavor with a subtle coffee note. The mouthfeel is smooth, decent carbonation very drinkable. Overall it's a good brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:17:09 | More by Knapp85
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socon67

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown pour with a biege foam that lingers a half inch thick. Slight rings of lacing. No carbonation of note.

S - Smells of caramel and toffee. Some light grain is noted as well.

T - Really just asolid american brown. Relatively light malt base with some sweetness of caramel candy and some vanilla and toffe.

M - Easy to drink a few of these, and feel light depsite being one of the more robust brown ales.

O - I'd have this again. Not a standout but yet another good beer made in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 18:44:42 | More by socon67
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TastingRoomCharNtony


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-01-2012 02:04:41 | More by TastingRoomCharNtony
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americanjones

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13%

11-28-2012 23:09:47 | More by americanjones
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Morockm

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-24-2012 03:11:57 | More by Morockm
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Thirstygoat

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

11-23-2012 00:01:11 | More by Thirstygoat
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matjack85

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

The beer poured a nice deep dark brown color, but only produced a ½-finger of tan head. Retention wasn't long, but the lacing was decent.

Malt, molasses, caramel, and nutty aroma. A very pleasant smell.

Big roasted malt flavor with dark bread and caramel for added sweetness. I also get a mild chocolate flavored coffee taste and even a touch of hazelnut. The hop bitterness is mild, but enough to keep the sweetness in check.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No complaints on the mouthfeel for this one.

This is a very tasty brown ale. Not sure why BA lists it as an English brown though when the company lists it as an American brown ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 07:16:06 | More by matjack85
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BB1313

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a murky dark brown, lots of haze, there's lack of head, but has nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of chocolate and caramel malts. There's a touch of vanilla. Very malty. The flavors match the nose, but it's pretty bitter. There are subtle hints of black coffee. The flavors aren't as sweet as I was anticipating. There's not much hop flavor, which isn't expected in the style, but the bitterness is there. Lots of chocolate blended with some grains. Roasty. Nice flavors, but one note. Mouthfeel is very nice. Slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

Besides the higher ABV, this is your traditional brown ale right here. It's fine, but not as interesting as I remembered.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 18:35:03 | More by BB1313
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murraymj

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

11-10-2012 00:51:00 | More by murraymj
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AdamMY

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance is not that great, a bit dark, and a somewhat subdued head, consisting of a fairly large set of bubbles.

Smell is great, lots of roasted malt goodness, chocolate, and caramel at its peak, and a nice fresh touch brought to it from the Hops.

Taste is interesting, prevelant hops, sublte touch of roast, not really sweet, but not really bitter. The beer tries to go straight down the middle, and seems a bit muddled in the process. Oddly the more I think about it it almost tastes dirty.

Mouthfeel is overly watery.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 21:35:46 | More by AdamMY
Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.