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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Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

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

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198
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605
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
18.47%
 
 
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Photo of ONUMello
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Opaque dark brown with a 1/2-finger head
S: Malt, nuts, brown sugar, a hint of chocolate
T: Matches the nose note for note
F: Medium-bodied
O: Good. No flaws but nothing unique stands out

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Photo of buschbeer
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a nonic pint glass

It is dark brown in color with ruby and amber highlights. It is capped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

I smell cocoa with hints of chocolate.

The taste is unsweetened cocoa. It has a bitter finish. I get a little dark chocolate.

Medium to full

It is a decent easy drinking brown ale.

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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 sonnens4
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light brown, somewhat murky, but almost do a dark golden amber color-small sized head

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, sweet but nutty undertones, earthy

Taste: Mocha/coffee undertones (from the chocolate), nutty, somewhat sweet but not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, light bodied, not heavy by any means

Overall: Decent, nothing outstanding, but not just average--enjoyable flavors, somewhat sweet, somewhat smokey

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Photo of cjgiant
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer to me was quite strange. I will say to take this review with this knowledge: it was the first pull from a line that was part of a tap takeover, and I can't tell how much the previous beer might influence the taste (they did clear the line).

The beer was quite cloudy and more tan than I would expect from a brown ale, no lingering head. The smell had a dark bread and nuttiness, but also a weird farmhouse smell (previous review said Vegemite, which I've never had, but that may fit).

The taste hit me first with some coffee bean notes (friend agreed). This I might associate with previous tap, *maybe*. Beyond that press ion, I did get dark bread flavors (maybe with honey), and definitely middle to end very nutty (walnut, Brazil nut). The nutty taste belies the oily mouthfeel I get.

Overall, interesting in many respects, but I'm not sure all are good. Give it a try for yourself.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried at Brewberry in Paris. 12oz brown bottle.

Pours a slightly hazed reddish brown with a fine, relatively light body. Head forms a thin layer, fed by some fairly subdued carbonation. Bubbling is fine, in both the body and the head though. Minimal lace. Looks okay.

Nose is fairly subdued as well. There's some mild, but pleasant brown sweetness, a hint of burnt sugar and perhaps a little faded hop presence. Under it is a little savoury, almost salty roast and a touch of vegemite. Not bad, but not superb either.

Taste is fairly similar, but with a slickness and a bit more heft in the body to keep it smooth. Fairly empty entry with more of that brown sugar note coming in after a while. Light fruity tones come through on the mid-palate, with a touch of roast and a suggestion of cherry on the back to clear it up. It's pleasant enough.

Feel is fairly light, and pleasant enough.

It's not bad, but it's not really all that great either. It's solid enough in its own way, and pretty drinkable for its 7% ABV. It doesn't do anything particularly out of the ordinary, but it's certainly far from being uninteresting.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, molasses, brown bread, brown sugar, nuttiness, light chocolate, light raisin, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, light chocolate, herbal, light raisin, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, light chocolate, and light raisin on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; with great robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice brown ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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

A - Dark cloudy brown with a fluffy brown egg shell lace.

S - Heavy on the malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla.

T - Malt forward - chocolate milk balls, semi dry bitter finish. Medium bodied with a velvet smooth mouth feel.

O - Solid brown ale - Worth a shot.

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

Pours a solid brown color with some honey highlights. The cream colored head is short and dense. It quickly settles into a light ring.

The aroma is quite malty. A pumpernickle base, slightly toasted. Caramel and honey provide some sweetness. Some raisin or other dark fruit give this brown ale depth. Fairly sweet aroma.

The taste is quite bready. Nice toasted brown bread flavor. Has an undercurrent of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty flavors follow and give the beer some earthiness. A hint of oxidation or a raisony dark fruit note. Subtle buttery notes. Grassy hop in the finish. A complex brown that has characteristics of an English brown.

Moderate body with semi-soft carbonation. Sits sweet on the palate with a light toasty bitter offset. Nutty finish.

A flavorful brown ale. I pick up both American and English brown ale flavor profiles. A hearty breakfast beer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. There really isn't much head, sadly - not even a finger's worth. The khaki-colored film (not really a head) doesn't even last that long, but on the plus side, it tries to leave behind a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of mildly roasted nuts on the nose. Beneath all the nuttiness lies some brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Some hoppy wisps also appear. While it's not a massive aroma by any stretch, it kind of reminds me of what the archetypal brown ale should smell like - and that's a good thing.

T: Flavor-wise, it generally reminds me of hazelnut coffee. And not the artificial crap from some brown ales (LOOKING AT YOU FRANGELIC MOUNTAIN BROWN >:(), but a genuine roasty-yet-nutty-yet-vaguely-sweet profile that just works. It has a crisp, mineral water finish (with exhales of piny hops) which I'm not quite as fond of, but hey, it makes it really drinkable. The fact this is more drinkable at 7% than many other brown ales at 5.5% is a testament to its quality.

M: Crisp, clean, and dry. Really good dryness for a brown ale (a style that tends to be too sweet), actually. The finish is quite long, and carbonation is prevalent enough. No complaints here.

O: This style is quite hit-or-miss, and thankfully this is a near-unqualified hit. It doesn't hit all of my buttons perfectly, but it *is* one of the better brown ales I've had so far.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Boffo Brown pours a brown color with a small head. There is a licorice and shoe like aroma. The taste was a bit nutty, some toffee flavors, with licorice flavors. Flavors were a bit watery, and light. Overall its an easy to drink, brown ale that is light.

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Photo of carlborch
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours brilliantly clear, dark mahogany brown. 1 inch creamy-off-white head forms and settles in at 1/2 inch. The nose is clean, sweet, toasty, and yeasty. Medium body with forward sweet malty notes. Hints of chocolate and char on the palate. Delicious smoky notes. Dark toast? Short with hints of hazelnuts and bitterness in the lingering Belgian lace is well developed although thin. The ABV is not noticeable on the palate. Moderate to low carbonation. I would re-purchase.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a surprisingly clear, brown color. Slight head. Not much lace either.

S-Sweet with some hoppy mumbles in the background. Burnt caramel. Toasted, wet bread crust.

T-More of the same. A lot of caramel, brown sugar and sweet, darker breadiness. A subtle bitterness in the finish.

M-A bit of warmth. Light bodied considering its color and ABV. Had to rush this pint and I had no trouble putting back a quarter of the glass in one gulp; no grimace afterwords.

O/D-Easily in contention for the prestigious "Worst Label Ever" ribbon. Looks like a coked-out Squidward from Spongebob. I digress, the beer was cool but Jesus, that label.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a regular brown ale as far as I know, but somehow is tastes barrel aged, and in a very good way.

The nose has a medium maltiness to it, some bread and a little sweetness, but there are also hints of wood and bourbon. This continues into the flavor but with more intensity. This beer is a wonderful, medium caramel, malty drink with huge bourbon and oak notes and a touch of vanilla. It is possibly the best brown ale I have ever had.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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 PincheNorteno
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single 12 oz bottle, poured into a pub glass. My baseline for judging browns is Newcastle, which Boffo easily surpasses in flavor and overall quality. This is a nice beer to convert swill drinkers over to the good stuff.
Looks- moderate head, a bit of nice lacing owed to the sugar content. Neat brown hue permeable to light.
Smell- bread, sweet honey,
Taste- obvious mild toasted malty biscuit, low hop presence. Unique honey notes that I haven't found in other browns. Pleasant yeastiness.
Mouthfeel- very drinkable, pleasantly uniform carbonation. Flattens out a bit as it warms.

Overall this is a tasty brown. It has some good subtle qualities that you won't find in the big corporate brands.

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Photo of wedge
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, unclear brown color beneath a small, bubbly tan head. Creamy, nutty aromas upfront followed by malted milk, toasted grain, and berries. Lightly sweet chocolate and dark bread flavors and a bit of nutty roasted coffee as well. Some earthy hops join in and linger into the finish along with a dark fruitiness. Not as impressive as other malty Dark Horse beers, but this still manages to stand out from the pack.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pretty dark brown, I'd say darker than most other Brown Ales. THe head is pretty nice and fads quick.

The smell is very sweet and nutty. Pick up a bit of caramel type smell. Definitely like the smell of this.

The taste isn't as sweet as I was expecting from the smell but there definitely is some sweetness that goes along with a nutty taste. Kind of a toffee finish that is pretty decent. IT's a pretty smooth finish with minimal aftertaste.

Overall, its a pretty good brown ale. The only complaint would be that none of the taste, such as the toffee or nutty upfront are gig enough. Seems like you get some nice small tastes then they fad quickly. I would pick this beer up again if it were in my area.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 blackie
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Chuck's in Chagrin Falls

a: bottle into my tyranena nonic, deep mahogany brown in color with a tan head that all but disappears quickly after pouring

s: lots of nutty brown malt aromatics, toasted grain, earth, a balance of dark sugars, molasses cookies, suggestions of carob or chocolate, simple hop profile

m: the carbonation greets the palate prickly but lighter, with a light to moderate body

t: a really great brown ale flavor with lots of varying character from sip to finish, the taste opens with sweet nuts and brown sugars, moves through chocolate and molasses coated fruits, and finishes with a clean, dry nuttiness, roasted barley, cocoa, and a moderate earthy hop bitterness with a mild roast astringency, toasted nutshell from start to finish

o: a top notch brown ale loaded with character and well balanced between nutty sweetness, dry roast, and earthy hops - carries an ethereal “bigness” that belies a relatively low abv

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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 SerialTicker
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown color -- ruby black if up to light. Particles can be seen floating throughout the beer. The head dies down quickly, and there's pretty much no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Not much of an aroma to speak of, but it's pleasant nonetheless. Very faint roasted malt aroma, and also an essence of chocolate or coffee. Quite stout-y.

Taste/feel: A somewhat mild taste up front, which I wasn't expecting. The finish is when all the malts and bits of coffee really run out on the taste buds. The feel when taking a drink is super smooth and creamy. Quite mildly carbonated. Honestly, carbonated appropriately. Bubbles are tiny and makes me wonder if this one's nitro'd...

One of the better brown ales I've stumbled upon, but what else could someone expect from Dark Horse? A tasty brown ale. I'd love a head and some lacing on this beer, but you can't have it all. Would love to have this one again. Smooth, easy drinking, solid ABV, and most importantly -- tastes good.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a very dark brown color with a thin tan head that lingers for a minute. Leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate and toffee are most dominant. Toasted malts proceed after, but very light.

Taste - Overly sweet (in my opinion). Has a strong bitterness that dulls all other flavors present. What I can pick out is some coffee and chocolate flavors, with caramel and hazelnut in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall - It must be because it follows the style of an English brown ale that I don't like this. It is the worst brown ale I've ever tried, but I'm used to mostly drinking American browns.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
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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