Boffo Brown Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - English
Ranked #35
Ranked #29,770
3.79 | pDev: 10.29%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: The Boffo Brown ale is a beer that we brewed years ago and then put it in semi retirement for a couple years while we focused on other brands at the brewery. We have recently put it back onto active duty and are brewing it all year. The beer itself is delicious and is a favorite to many of us here at the brewery. Just as most of our beers it's on the "full body" scale pushing the envelope of what an American Brown Ale is to most people. The beer is a very deep/dark color of brown with a nice creamy tan head. The mouthfeel of the beer is very soft and is very drinkable. Flavors of malt, caramel, toffee, and a mild earthy nutty finish allow this beer to be paired with hearty food and sips of bourbon.
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Nonic point.

Pours very dark brown but fairly clear, with faint red highlights. The head is decent. The lacing is really special.

Toasted caramel malt, cashew, very mild coffee and quite restrained chocolate notes on the nose.

The flavor follows the nose in many ways, but with more complexity and aggressiveness. On the front and middle of the palate, in addition to caramel malt and cashew sweetness, some sharp malt grain is present, along with some fairly solid earthy bitter hops and booze at the finish.

It is lighter than it looks from a weight standpoint. Medium, creamy, and just a little drying from the booze.

Overall, it's a little harsh on the booze and hop, even allowing for the stated intentions, but still a brew that I'd recommend trying because it's well constructed.

Aug 30, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass.
The appearance was a dark chestnut amber to brown color in my glass yet had more of a dark amber color in the pour itself. An eggshell white foamy finger's worth of head sat on top and dissipated to leave a valley in the center. Some wavy lace stuck to the glass.
The aroma had some milk chocolate, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, dark toast, roasted nuts, coffee bean sweet the some semi-dry earthy hops rolling in to try and blend, somewhat.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet end initially and brought the roastiness in on a round about sort of way with some dark toast and earthy bitter hops. Semi-sticky aftertaste of dark chocolate, earthy bitterness and a touch cocoa powder.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability despite having a higher than normal ABV for the style. Luckily, the ABV isn't distracting at all. Good carbonation and plenty of smoothness along my tongue, no grip and nothing sticky.
Overall, it's a pretty nicely done English brown ale well worthy of coming back to.

Nov 26, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boffo Brown Ale brewed by Dark Horse Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.00% This English Brown Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a light to medium brown color with a small off white cream colored head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts mixed with a slight sweetness. So far Boffo Brown Ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of nice roasted goodness in the taste of this brew. The slight sweetness is a nice touch to this brew. The body of Boffo Brown Ale is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew it has a super nice balance to it. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down, it is really hard to pick up on the 7.00% ABV in this brew. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Boffo Brown Ale a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity too. Dark Horse Brewing Company, did a real super nice job with this English Brown Ale.

Jul 07, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at The Revelry in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a medium dark brown color, with a small fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like toasted bread, cocoa, nuts, and earthy hops.

The taste is the same. It’s a little watery, but the flavors are certainly classic brown ale. It’s toasty, slightly toasty, a little bit of chocolate, and bit of stale hops on the back end - earthy and just slightly bitter.

This is creamy but definitely watery thin. It’s fairly drinkable.

This is no frills and fairly decent.

May 25, 2019
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep Mahogany brown with a strong two finger tan head that stays
Nose a touch metallic overpowers the nose a little bit and the taste follows on the front but backed has nice chestnut and malt notes with a nice sweetness
Overall i feel if the tin note was not there this would be amazing brown.

Mar 15, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

No best by date on the bottle so it is going to lose a few points for that. Dark Horse is an old brewery that should no better than that by now. This brown ale pours out thick & viscous. The flavor is malty with some slight pine hops, not bad. I'm not that impressed too, I have had better brown ales. Cheers! B-

Dec 26, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, that shows translucent, ruby edges along the edge of the glass. Head is two fingers of khaki, with good, pillowy retention. Aroma is toasty, nutty, earthy, burnt malts, with hints of herbal and floral hops and caramel. Very much focused on nutty bread qualities. Flavor profile is toasty, nutty, earthy, and caramel malts with herbal, floral hops. Malts open up, with a smooth, dark profile, and then lightens up with sticky hops and lighter malts. Mouth feel is velvety, with a medium-thin consistency. It has a harsh bit of carbonation at the back of the tongue. Overall, big malty start, but tapers off a little at the finish.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

Dec 01, 2018
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Jim67 from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: dark brown with caramel color head
S: caramel comes thru with an interesting citrus not typical of the style.
T: caramel, coffee nicely balanced with hops at end.
F: not as thick as most browns. Makes it light and refreshing.

O: Solid offering from Darkhorse

Jan 27, 2018
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Eddieeight from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks brown. Not much more to elaborate on there.
Smells predominantly of raisin
Tastes initially malty sweet but is immediately cancelled out by the bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is normal like an average beer.
Overall I'm not that impressed. There is nothing about this beer that tastes unique or flavorful. Pretty standard brown ale fare and I'm just not a fan.

Nov 08, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown. Tall, fluffy off white head that lasts shortly.

Smells Caramel malts, craft, nutty and earthy.

Tastes toasted malts, caramel, light nuttiness and light earthy bitterness finish is Semi dry with malty linger. Medium body and fizzy higher carbonation.

Jul 26, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Brewing Co. "Boffo Brown Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without freshness dating
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Hazy deep mahogany brown body. Frothy then creamy tan head. Better than average head retention and lacing.

Smell: Brown ale aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel, cereal grains (are there oats in this?), nuts, a bit of toastiness, and a suggestion of coffee. No hops stand out.

Flavor: As the aroma suggests, but with some added hop character that includes leafy, earthy, and spicy notes. There's also a stronger suggestion of cold black coffee, some breadiness, and more caramel and toffee. Unless that spiciness is actually from alcohol, and I doubt it is, then the alcohol is well cloaked - but at 7% ABV it shouldn't stand out anyway. A stiff bitterness balances it, and despite the sweetish malt that's there it finishes dry. Notes of chocolate, earth, spice, and a touch of yeasty fruitiness that didn't quite make it through before linger in the finish.

Feel: Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate fine-bubbled carbonation that lends a gentle zest upfront but then warms to become creamier.

Overall: Very nicely done. A bit of an amped up brown ale that's satisfying and easy to drink.

May 30, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage; drank 1/25/15 @ the Yarchives.

Dark brown appearance.

HUGE khaki head (careful pouring!); a curtain of lace.

Peanut butter & very mild pepper heat in the nose.

Medium, carbonated mouthfeel.

Peanut butter & mild milk chocolate flavors up front; mild pepper heat on the finish. More interesting than most browns, but this doesn't quite come together. Worth a quaff.

Dec 23, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap. Pours brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma is of toasted malt, dark fruit, brown sugar and coffee. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is of toasted malt, some coffee, dark fruit, herbal hops, some spices and chocolate. Finish is long and dry. Excellent brew.

Oct 11, 2016
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EHopkinsi from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

A pretty, dark, mahogany color. Head is initially nonexistent, then foams up to one finger, only to fade down quickly. The surface always had a slight covering though. Nice lacing.

Couldn't really detect anything in the sniff test, but allergies may have had something to do with that.

Taste was a very nice malty sweetness forward with an appropriate hops bite quickly catching up. A noticeable, albeit not unpleasant, alcohol bite on the finish.

Feel was fantastic; not at all watery, with good carbonation

A very good and dangerously drinkable beer.

Aug 24, 2016
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a one inch, foamy, off white head that lasted a below average amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A decent aroma of malt, caramel, a nutty quality, and a sweet, sugary quality.

T: Tasted of a bit of toffee, some caramel, dark malt, that typically brown ale nuttiness (not as pronounced as in some brown ales), and a tinge of chocolate. A solid enough flavor that's very much in line with the typical English brown ale style.

F: A fair amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Generally, this is a drinkable beer, but nothing that's going to wow you. Still, it's sweet, easy to drink and likable.

Jun 30, 2016
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this from the bottle purchased at grain + verse, poured chilled in a tulip.

The color is deep brown with thin tan head with fine bead wavy lace sticks. The smell has a sweet malt with dark coffee quality and mild caramel element with herbal hop aroma. The feel is good with mild dry and bitter entry with medium carbonation and low sweetness and alcohol in feel
to be continued

Apr 25, 2016
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selecter70 from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught. Another excellent dark ale from these guys. Always a bit of burnt wisp in the nose and taste which seems to be a hallmark (or an imagination on my part?). The pour started an appealing dark blood red to brown with a decent creamy beige head & good lacing. The aroma evoked burnt molasses, raisin, baker's chocolate and oddly a hint of spruce. Medium bodied with a bit of a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The taste likewise was made of molasses, dark chocolate, and coffee but also a cashew quality rounded by some warmth and bite of hops. Very enjoyable

Mar 16, 2016
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BOD 12/19/15. Dark brown cola like pour. Slightly below normal head volume, normal lacing and retention.

Outstanding rich nose of nuts, molasses, light roast char and a hint of dark chocolate.

Light medium body with a smooth texture with a few creamy hints and aspects. Superb carbonation with a fairly effervescent middle and a nice finely bubbled prickly finish.

The flavor profile is quite good and rather flavorful for a brown ale. The flavors of the nose all appear with a nutty molasses serving as the base. It begins with a wave of light roast char that hints at chocolate. The middle brings a low bitterness that fades allowing a light sweetness to emerge. Here is where chocolate makes its strongest showing over a growing toasted grain influence. The finish has a hint of dryness and a slow fade of nutty charred grain.

Mar 07, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.

Pours clear dark brown; translucent. Small, semi-durable head.
Malty aroma with more complexity than evident in the flavor. The flavor is slightly bitter and a touch more dark roasted in flavor than average for style. In fact, there's a faint touch of char that comes out in the aftertaste. Flavorful.

Smooth, medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.

Feb 03, 2016
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Jon_Hendricks from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a deep muddy brown color.

Overall: The aroma is butterscotch, raisins, maple syrup, and cocoa butter. Has a smooth caramelly and lightly nutty maltiness taste, with a chocolatey accent and a bit honey here and there. Finishes with a toasted bitterishness in the end. It is a typical example of its style, very malty but light and sweet at the same time.

Jan 19, 2016
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ACon204 from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark murky brown with a foamy off white head that dissipated quickly with little retention.

S: Roasted nutty aromas dominate, followed by hints of caramel and chocolate.

T: Typical brown ale flavors of toast, caramel, toffee, and hints of mild chocolate. Slight hop bitterness keeps the sweet roasted malt flavors well balanced.

M: Medium-full bodied and well carbonated. Slightly creamy (almost brown porter-like). but very smooth.

O: This is the second time I've had this beer. The first time I had it, I wasn't impressed at all. I'm not sure if it's the fire that I'm sitting next to, but I seem to be having a better experience this time around. Solid Brown Ale.

Nov 25, 2015
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Brown, dirty and cloudy, with a huge off white head.

S - Quiet, but a hint of caramel and grass.

T - Typical English brown, with a moderately bitter element of burnt toast combining with caramel, and a spiky hit of bitterness in the close.

M - Strong carbonation. Mild drying in the close.

O - Decent, but not inspired. I enjoyed this brown, but I wanted a bit more.

Nov 20, 2015
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

2.69/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear dark brow with a modest head. The aromas are of dark chocolate, uncooked grain, root beer, and a hit of smoke. The most striking thing about the flavor is how much more bitter it is than I was expecting. I get bitter dark chocolate, rum, licorice, and a very odd, very bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeeI l is quite thin, with a touch of astringency. Overall I was let down by this beer. I love hop bitterness, but I do not want to much in a brown ale.

Oct 18, 2015
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

pours a dark, dark garnet. looks clear from what i can see, with no head a a little lacing.

my nose is acting up a bit, but it smells roasty. taste is roasted coffee with malt sweetness.

mouthfeel is a bit creamy but clean.

nice, simple brown ale. i like it.

Oct 15, 2015
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Billolick from New York

4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Erbelli's in Kalamazoo, Mi.

Pours darker brown and leaving quality looking fine whispy sheeting

Darker roastty malt nose

Quality malted up brew. Moderate roast/dark toast quality. Smooth and tasty. Well worth a try and I was happy to get to enjoy this one on tap.

Jul 26, 2015
Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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