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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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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 01-08-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,372
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
634
pDev:
10.64%
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for style, even a bit porterish, enjoyed at the brewery. Dark brown,chocolate malty sweetish, a tad toasty, with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. Malty aroma and a tad above average mouthfeel from caramel. ANother god drinkable Dark Horse.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark brown in color.
S: There are scents of toasted caramel malts in the nose, along with some nutty aromas.
T: There is a good balance of lightly toasted malts in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and has a nice flavor, which could definitely make this sessionable.

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

Backed by the strength of 6.5 percent alcohol, Dark Horse's Boffo Brown deliver many of the authentic flavors of traditional English brown ales... and then some!

The beer pours... well, brown- but isn't that to be expected? Its shade of brown is dark bark and is nearly opaque due to its unfiltered ale-like haze. This should ensure full flavor and aroma, but keeps the beer looking much more dense than it actually turns out to be. The beer slowly releases a very creamy, almost liquefied or gelatinous head that amounts to a medium-thick blanket but reduces to a heavy sheet of foam that lasts the session. Sparse lacing creeps up the sides of the glass but does so in timid fashion.

Rich, masculine, and succulent aromas seduce the nose with the bold scent of chocolate, mild coffee, walnut, toffee, and buttered toast. It's pronounced scent never favors one characteristic over any other, thus epitomizes the notion of balance. Any broad earthen scent from hops hides well behind the scent of nuts, toast, and coffee.

Flavors follow suit with a starchy grain flavor that reins in the flavors of toffee, then chocolate, then walnut, then toast, and then the coffeeish flavor and pine-like hops- all in that order as the beer crosses the middle of the tongue and palate. Thereafter, the beer turns towards an earthy bitterness of tree bark, damp soil, and coffee bitterness. It's focus on malt complexities early and then the broad bitterness of English-type hops late gives this beer its authentic brown ale value; although the flavors are elevated to balance out the higher alcohols.

Surprisingly, its medium-light body reveals a grain texture to accompany all of those velvety malty textures. As the mild creaminess dissipates, the beer's malty weight lifts and provides a toasty-dry, semi-sweet texture that finishes the beer with an earthy and lingering warmth.

The complexities of the beer's alcohol makes me read boldness and better-ness, but the grain flavor and texture exposes it a bit and makes me think it's pushing a bit too hard. Despite the nitpick, the beer has won me over as one that straddles Avery's Ellie's Brown Ale and Dogfish Head India Brown Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label reminds me of the walls at the brewpub, filled with random doodles.

Into a tulip glass it pours a dark brown, when backlit its a muddy shade of mahogany with the yeast poured in. Long lasting tan foam, with a speckled halo of lacing that forms inside the glass.

Complex malt aromas, toast and caramel, nuts and grain husks. Slight sweetness at first, tempered by mild bitterness that lasts into the finish. Subtle dried fruit sneaks in and intertwines with nutty walnut notes. Dry and almost chalky aftertaste that lingers for a good while. Medium bodied and very smooth with a light carbonation level. Overall pretty enjoyable, a sleeper in the Dark Horse lineup.

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Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a dark chocolate color and a modest head that leaves some strands behind

Smell: Caramel and dark chocolate

Taste: Caramel and chocolate, up front, with a growing stone fruit and earthy hop bitterness character by mid palate; after the swallow, a bit of the hoppy element lingers but it is subsumed by the malty chocolate flavor in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice English Brown that verges on porter territory

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of oline73
2.54/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a red tint. There is a three finger dark tan head that goes away very quickly.

Smell: The smell is very faint. There is some roasty malt with a hint of nuttyness, perhaps a bit of sweetness.

Taste: There is some nutty roast from the malt. Not very sweet at all. My complaint here is that the taste is a bit watery and not super interesting. Mildly bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation. The finish is very dry, and perhaps a bit chalky.

Overall: This is a very underwhelming beer for me. I thought it was a bit watery. Not my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 7/5/2017. Pours lightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roast malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and cocoa/roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted biscuit, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate/cocoa/coffee, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7%. Overall this is a delicious American brown ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malt and light earthy hop flavors; with smooth and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex malts, with nice earthy hop balance. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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 dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark brown in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and dark amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with a moderate amount of nuttiness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a touch of brown sugar sweetness. This is followed by a light to moderate flavor of nuts with just a light amount of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which linger slightly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Just a touch too strong to be sessionable but this is an easy drinking and enjoyable beer. I could see myself going to this one more regularly if it was more easily acquired (available across the river in NYC but not super easy to find).

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

A light fizzy head covering fades at a medium pace to almost nothing over dark hazy molasses brown burnt sienna color.

THe nose comes with some nice mellow dark malts, a little brown sugar, some light crystal malts, a touch of a very dark malt but I can't figure out which (black patent, choc, roasted malt, etc), I think a little chocolate malt, and a nice light creamy sweetness.

The taste is similar but different. Again the nice mellow darker malts, some crystal malt, brown sugar, a little toasty, and I think a touch of chocolate malt. Some sweetness and a little creamy. Also this time there is some light grassy and mild bitter earthy hops, which add a touch of bitterness but mostly flavor. There is also a slight oxidized flavor to it. It finishes somewhat bitter as the hops seem to build up, with a little more sweetness, brown sugar, and a touch of that oxidized flavor, as well as a little minerality briny saltiness.

It has a medium body with lower but decent carbonation.

It's fairly drinkable, pretty light and sessionable, but that touch of briny salt at the end knocks down a bit of the drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/1/13 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains maple, caramelized malts, honey, maple and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of maple and honey. Then a mild but complementary hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Dark Horse.

Pours a nice brown color that is slightly opaque. Off white head with a pretty good amount of retention and some nice lacing. The nose brings sweet malt, caramel, toffee, a bit of fruit, and some nice earthy hops. The taste is a good blend of hops and malt, with the combination really shining through in the mouthfeel. Drinkability is quite good and it was a nice brew on my first trip (finally!) to the brewery.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dark Horse Boffo Brown Ale from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 634 ratings
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