Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown AleDark Horse Boffo Brown Ale

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of GuyFawkes
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
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.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
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.

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Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
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

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Photo of selecter70
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

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Photo of tillmac62
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.

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Photo of chinchill
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.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
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.

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Photo of ACon204
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of Evilyak
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.

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Photo of Billolick
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer explodes out of the bottle, think mentos and coke. I quickly put the dual overfoaming containers (glass & bottle) into the sink and went to change my soaked shirt and pants. When I returned, there was only enough from the 12 oz bottle to fill a sample glass. Damn that's aggressive yeast! Second bottle was just like the first. At least I was prepared for it.

Pours, eventually, a rich, dark, opaque brown with a mountainous dark tan head. For the volume of foam it's amazing there is no lace at all.
Smell is weak, just some malt and dark fruit notes.
Taste is where this bad boy starts to shine. Malt, whiskey, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, faint hops and some prunes. Really well balanced.
Full bodied for a brown, and strangely low in carbonation in the mouth. Drying from the first sip, this ends as a really good brew. Now if you get all 12 ounces into the glass.......

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

It has toasted oats on the nose and starts out with a toasted note on the tongue then there are some cola notes in the middle. This beer ends dry in the mouth.

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Photo of DWBoca57
2.41/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay beer. Just Okay.
L:dark garnet. In color.
S: has an off smell, can't pin point. Not an endearing smell
T:dry, astringent. Cloying
F: drying, puckering
O: glad. I just bought 1. Not a fan

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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 SaltofOH
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/4/14. No bottle date!

A: Lots of "smoke" on the pop. Pours an extremelt dark brown. Opaque. Some light comes through and shows ruby red when held up to light.

S: Roast. ale yeast. Chocolate. Coffee.

T: Fairly bittersweet arrival. Somewhat sweet across mid-palate. Bittersweet finish. Porter-like?

M: Midweight with slight slickness.

O: Very much an "American" style brown ale. Robust roast, robust sweetness, robust bitterness. Top-notch. Still, not quite what I am looking for in a brown ale.

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Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could have sworn I had this one before but I guess I must have skipped the review. Generally a fan of what Dark Horse does and Browns have been high on my charts lately.

A- 12oz bottle poured into a teku with a deep woody brown body that has some inevitable red round the very edges. Thick, frothy head rises up to over a finger with good retention. Large belt around edges deposits webs of lacing.

S- Straight up Brown malts without leaning too far towards roast or sweet; although both are certainly present. Raisin bread, caramelized sugars, cocoa hints with toasted nuttiness present throughout.

T- Toasted grains, caramelized sugars and nuttiness are the dominant factors in the flavor profile. Yeast brings a bit of dark dried fruits like raisin and fig as well as a bready character. Fairly bitter toast feel, some cocoa and moderately sweet overall.

MF- Medium bodied overall with a slightly creamy and frothy consistency. Medium carbonation level as well as some oily feel. Finishes with toasty dark fruit bitterness.

Smooth for 7% ABV with a balanced profile of nutty, toasted and sweet malt notes. Hints of roast and sweetness but nothing really interrupts the Brown aspects of this one.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid all round brown ale. Pours a deep rich brown with a foamy head. Toasted nut on the nose, which really comes through on the palate. Smooth mouthfeel, disguises the 7% well here.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky cola color with a negligible khaki head of coarse bubbles. Patches of carbonation can be seen clinging to the glass before ascending. Aroma smells faintly of brown sugar and not much else.

Similarly mild flavor follows the aroma with a delicate blend of brown sugar and earthy, grassy hops. Some grain husk and roasted malt bitterness emerge on the back end, but this is otherwise a very straighforward brew. Creamy mouthfeel and light body complement the flavor profile well and afford excellent drinkability.

Overall, this beer is mild and sweet without being cloying, and very easy to drink. You would never surmise the 7% ABV.

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Photo of biegaman
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boffo is a Brown Ale (aka 'Nut Brown') in name as well as appearance; it has the colour of candied pecans and gleaming hazelnut shell highlights. It's always easier on me when beers look the way they sound (or, for that matter, spoiler alert, how they smell and taste).

The aroma reveals hints of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate which give it an unexpected level of character. Perhaps it should be unsurprising to find such strong flavours given the beer's strength (7.0%). The style's requisite toasted maltiness and nutty sweetness have also been turned louder.

That's where the real fun lay in this brown ale - its fuller, more exaggerated flavour profile. The amount of candied nut, toffee-laced maltiness practically approaches coffee cake territory (emphasis on coffee) and, though not overly sweet, might make a nice dessert in its own right.

This style is rarely anything other than toothsome and inoffensive, but for a higher-gravity offering I expected this to be a little less easy-going. Boy, was I wrong! Boffo Brown Ale is just as quaffable as anything in category and doesn't even hint at its true strength for even a moment.

Boffo Brown Ale's delectable nutty, malty notes make it the beer version of Pringles – once you pop you can't stop. Heck, I tried to resist but next thing I knew the whole bottle was gone. Of course, this also makes it pretty mainstream-friendly too - nearly as unremarkable as it is nice.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%

Boffo. Sounds like a weird uncle that lives in a trailer in the forest.

Appearance (4) : Pours a muddy brown hue with some cranberry peeking through, an opacity of about 80% - i.e. shadows of my fingers on the other side if I study hard enough. The head is a creamy, pillowy build about 2 fingers high and levels off at around 1.

Aroma (3.75) : Wet autumn leaves after being raked, bagged, and rained on; charred notes with charcoal and baked bean. Slight chocolate peeking through towards the end of the nose. In fact, the more the head recedes, the more the chocolate is apparent. Bouquet is around medium strength.

Taste (3.75) : Bitter notes come out with hints of dark chocolate, wrapped up in a roasty body and a fire kilned char finish. Smoke is left lingering on the tongue with a razzing buzz. Some coffee notes also remain as breaths are taken inside the mouth.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy, cozy, warm. The slight buzz in the body keeps it interesting and holds the flavor up which otherwise might sink into soggy bean land. It's interesting and plain at the same time.

Overall (3.72) : This brown ale drinks more like a roasted porter than anything. It's not a bad thing - it's just mislabeled. It's not your typical brown ale, but what it brings the the table is a good mixture of char, smoke, dark chocolate, and kiln. It's great for a one-off, but I doubt I'll be drinking this anytime soon.



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