Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown AleDark Horse Boffo Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 01-08-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
630
Reviews:
203
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
131
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 630 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boffo smells sweet and malty, like yeasty marble-rye bread drizzled in molasses and honey, with a side bowl of apricots. Small white grape aromas filter through, as well as a barely-perceptible touch of grapefruity hops.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately chocolaty, both in the sugary milk chocolate sense, and in the chocolate malt sense, though the latter's smoky burnt flavors are less obvious. The sugars in the first part of the mouthful are deep and rich, caramelized and full-bodied. Dark fruit esters such as black cherry and fig play at the edges. Toward the end of the mouthful the sugars peel back to reveal a darker chocolate malt base, rich with just-slightly-over-toasted grains and minute hints of ash. The aftertase is the only area where the hops are overly discernible, though even here only as light grapefruit flavors overlaid with heavier ash. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent brown ale, replete with finely nuanced and well-crafted flavors that burst delightfully on the tongue.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierFan
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Tan head rises up to a decent size but recedes too quickly. Dark brown, almost black, with some ruby hues shining through.

Smell: Dark malts and molasses.

Taste: Roasted malts, dark fruit. More bitterness than you normally find in a brown ale. This beer kinda walks the line between brown ale and porter in my opinion. Another outstanding brew from the guys at Dark Horse.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of patm1986
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of locustking
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of nickadams2
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a thick dark brown with a thin brown head that quicky dissipates into a thin ring.Little lacing.

S_Sweet caramel malt,roasty,nutty.

T_Nice caramel malt taste. Sweet but not too sweet. Roasted nutty flavors as well. Little bit of smooth vanilla and molasses. Great flavor.

M_Thick and creamy.

D_Great session brown ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Church Key DC.

Gives a very nice dark red body, and a small simple tan tight head with creamy retention was present. Very solid looking beer.

Bouquet was a very nice faint caramel and pan gravy roast. Very balanced on both for smells and good whiffs, but somewhat mild and muted. Nice play between both caramel and roast I must admit which was a nice surprise.

Taste was an interesting one. A giant rush of Japanese wheat soba noodles and soy sauce, with a creamy quality. Roast punch in the finish and spicy with some good creamy like caramel and malt in the finish. Great mouthfeel and excellent body.

Certainly a great brown ale to have on tap.

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Photo of proc
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of CruzWilder
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of claytong25
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would have given this beer a higher rating but it is more of a porter than a Brown Ale. It was a recommendation from my friendly beer store clerk and I thank him for the recommendation but again its really on the outer circle for brown ales. Not nearly as smooth and drinkable as most brown are.

This is still an above average beer and I really can't knock it for much, its just not a brown ale in my book!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep dark brown, 2” tan tinted white lacy foam collar that leaves thick lace.
S: Toffee, anise, toasted grains.
T: Toffee, dark malts, no harsh roast or burnt flavors, some cola, starts sweet and malty but not super sweet, more like a hint then it dries out for a long finish seasoned by a moderate hop bitterness.
M: finely bubbled, luscious creamy rich. Medium to medium light body but the superfine carbonation and the super creamy texture give it a much bigger presence.
O: A nicely done English style brown ale.

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Photo of mzeld
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of bobbyr5
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of drop6301
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mpalestino
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of americanjones
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DudMan
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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

Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Raislak
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Starts sharp but has a clean finish

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Photo of rxthree
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Paul_Apsley
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of gdornfeld
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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