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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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:
130
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 630 |  Reviews: 203
Photo of smcolw
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, ruby brown color where light barely penetrates. Lots of lace considering the modest head.

Lots of mocha and powdered cocoa to the nose. Slightly sweet. Very low hop.

The flavor has far more hop presence than the smell indicates. Well-balanced with a dry, cocoa malt taste. Thin bodied and highly carbonated, the mouthfeel is the weakest aspect of this beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Deep brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Get some toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and a little bit of coffee as well.

T: I get the coffee again, slightly nutty, and some toffee. The finish is roasty and kind of grainy.

M/D: On the lighter side with moderate carbonation, and slightly creamy. Overall, its ok, have had better, but an interesting mix of flavors.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Burnt walnut brown with burnt orange edges. The beer isn't opaque when backlit with bright sunshine, but that's no sin given style and ABV. Two fingers of toasted oatmeal colored foam looks good and does a fine job when it's time to decorate the glass.

The aroma is as rock solid as the appearance. Each sniff delivers loads of chocolate malt and an earthy nuttiness that lies just beneath the surface. Nothing more than a modest hoppiness is of no concern.

Boffa is a 'no bells and no whistles' kind of English brown ale that impresses by bringing it with authority on the flavor boldness and complexity fronts. It's too bad more brewers don't add this much malt to their mid-ABV browns.

Specific flavors include toasted brown bread, baked nuts, milk chocolate shavings, and a moderate tea leaf bitterness that keeps things in wonderfully drinkable balance. A few of these during Saturday afternoon football would be damn tasty.

The mouthfeel almost holds up its end of the bargain. A little more full creaminess would be nice, but it's hard to be too critical at 5.5%. The bubbles, while slightly too harsh initially, settle down my the middle portion of the bottle.

Bell's Best Brown is still the best brown ale in Michigan, but this Dark Horse brew is good beer in its own right. Whether or not you think Boffo is boffo will most likely depend on how much you like brown ales. Grab a single or a sixer and judge for yourself.

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

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

My go-to bottle shop is The Friendly Greek, where they will put almost anything in the cooler as a single just so that I can try it and report out and back. This is yet another such beer.

I was interested by the layer of lees that sat in the bottom of the bottle, so when I Pop!ped the cap, my pour was rather light so as not to stir them up. There was nothing but wisps as a result, so I employed a bartender’s trick and stirred it up, creating just under two fingers of dense, dark-tan/light-brown head with good retention. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity and ruby/garnet highlights. Nose had an earthy sweetness, like carob or molasses with a slight medicinal quality like Geritol. Interesting for a Brown Ale and even more so when taking its 7% ABV into account. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was chocolaty with a light smokiness and a slight earthy, medicinal tang. In looking at the BJCP style guidelines, these are solid qualities for an American Brown Ale with the exception of the ABV. I was a little surprised by all of this, but in a pleasant way. I tend to get hung up in drinking AIPAs and I tend to forget about other styles. Finish was semi-sweet, approaching dryness, but with a lingering smokiness that left me licking my lips. I have not been too impressed by “Dark Horse Nation”, but their beers are quite good.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thick dark brown, almost black with a 1 inch caramel head, quickly fades, with some residual lace. Smell right off is chocolate, spice, and caramel. Taste is almost coffee like, very nice actually, with a good hoppy after taste. This was very smoothe, somewhat thick but not overally so at all. Its seems very drinkable and I was suprised

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

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Publick House

A: The pour is the rather predictable dark brown color with a finger of khaki colored head.

S: Strong roasted malt character for an English brown. Also surprisingly citrusy and hoppy. The more familiar aromas of toffee and toasted nuts, even some dark chocolate are to be found as well.

T: The roasted malt flavor is a bit more subtle, though there is a fair amount of dark chocolate and some coffee. A fair bit of toasted malt, nuts, and sweet bread. Of course, some toffee is there, too. A soft bitterness and earthy hop flavor, some citrus peel is also there.

M: Maybe a bit thin bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very different kind of brown ale, to me, anyway. I enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at the midwest brewfest. The beer poured a dark brown and a little murky with some reddish highlights. A thin tan collar formed during the pour -- the beer looked a little flat as it was filling the glass. A bit of spotty lacing. Malty aroma, big bread taste with brown sugar with some roast and caramel Fairly astringent, medium bodied with lowish carbonation. It was ok.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A recent trip to Columbus proved the fact that Dark Horse is in full effect in the state of Ohio. I saw shot gun tap handles in every fine beer bar we stopped at. This one appeared locally, so I had to go with it and a couple bottles of Double Crooked Tree. Appears a deep cola brown with large tan head forming nicely. Speckled scattered lacing is left behind. Aroma is full of nutty dark chocolate and creamed coffee tones, very nice dessert feel to it. Creamy sweet upfront with some hazelnut/almond tones with background herbal hops kicking and a bit of dry bready yeast notes. Dark chocolate creamed coffee and ripe fruit collide to make some damn good brown ale. Body is a bit weired medium bodied lightly carbonated goes down easy but with a full on flavor ride. Drinkable as all hell, one of the most approachable brown ales I've come across in quite some time, this is some tasty stuff.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of tdm168
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish amber with a soft, brownish head

S - huge aroma of bread and caramel

T - nutty, caramel, bread; incredibly malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a malt-bomb...and I like it. This a simple beer in the sense that it doesn't offer layers of flavor, but what it does offer is really good. I'm not a huge brown ale fan, but this is one I could definitely drink.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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 rab53
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice brown ale. Really smooth and good character. The complexities don't stretch too far, but they do take a very nice ride. With all the stuff out on the market, brown ales seem to be taking the back seat as far as attention given through the brewing process. Hearty and deep and not thin at all. This is a really nice brown ale. Gotta give some love to Dark Horse.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark brown coloring with chestnut highlights and a creamy, dense, low profile head that clings to everything. Aromas of cream and nut sweet, with a touch of roast. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a hazelnut sweetness and a bitter roast undertone. Bitterness helps to balance the brew. Smooth, creamy body with a light, sweet nut aftertaste. Slightly lingering, filmy finish, but pleasant.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent retention. Smells of strong sweet malt, slight hops, slight roasted malt, hint of oatmeal, hint of chocolate, hint of alcohol, and slight yeast. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, roasted malt, slight hops, hint of chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of yeast. Overall, almost too sweet, but otherwise a decent blend, body, and aroma.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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