Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
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Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a deep clear mahogany brown with a thinner slight off white head,the coffee is light in the nose with hints of brown sugar and molasses.Well rounded flavors starting with a little molasses-like sweetness and sweet dough the coffee is reserved a big leafy presence wich isnt found in many of the style comes through late.Its a coffee dopplebock but the coffee isnt overdone its nice and its very drinkable for the style no doubt.

Photo of tectactoe
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Dark Horse's only publicly distributed lager... Interesting. With a name like Perkulator, how could I not pick this up? It pours a muddled, swampy looking brown and tan color. It is 100% opaque and has very small bits of sediment that suspend in the beer. The head is thin and light-tan in color; overall, a pretty ugly looking beer.

Incredibly roasty coffee beans plague the aroma. The beans smell strong, burnt, and pungent; very deep and obviously coffee-heavy. Unforauntely, there's not much else to be appreciated in the aroma, save for a very, very light caramel sweetness that is only noticed when the beer starts approaching room temp. This smells more like an actual bag of old, burnt coffee beans than a beer.

The taste isn't quite as heavily roasted as the aroma, though coffee beans are certainly at the forefront. The mild burnt coffee beans up front transfer slowly to a somewhat sweet and scarcely malty profile. Light caramel and toffee are noticed, though this beer still doesn't taste malty or sweet enough to be a true doppelbock.

The heavy roast induces a deep bitterness at first, but never gets too overpowering. What's throwing me off is a strange astringency and a weird tartness that comes about halfway through each sip. Slightly green apple-like in character, I'm thinking it's acetaldehyde. Not enough to make the beer awful, but enough to dock the taste a bit.

Thin bodied for a doppelbock, though I'm starting to realize that this beer really isn't all that "doppelbock-y" in really any facet, other than the fact that it uses lager yeast, which also goes unnoticed. Dry, slightly metallic, strange aftertaste that wears on the palate with time.

Very interesting beer all around, and really quite far from what I was expecting. I wanted a malty, sweet doppelbock with a nice, light coffee addition. It tastes more like straight up burnt coffee beans with almost no mention of doppelbock in the flavor or the aroma. It's not bad, but it's not something I would regularly reach for. Dark Horse should stick to ales.

Photo of MadScientist
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-brown with red highlights and excellent clarity. There is about a half a finger of a creamy tan head with excellent retention. My bottle had some sediment in the bottle so handle it carefully if you want clear beer.

Wow, you smell the coffee before you've even poured this in the glass although it lean towards the wet grounds aroma. Behind that there is a moderate melanoidin and hint of carmel.

The taste is like coffee and bread crusts with some malt flavors of dark fruit. There is a decent amount of bitterness and a balance of moderate sweetness resulting in a semi dry beer. The crusty flavor lingers into the long finish along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

This is a full bodied beer with a moderately-low level of carbonation.

I love coffee almost as much as beer and this is good example however the wet coffee ground aroma detracts. The flavors really come together as it gets warmer.

Photo of weatherdog
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a 1 finger head that dies quite quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass and the beer looks fairly lifeless in the glass.

The nose is immediately strong coffee. Upon deeper smelling and thought I conclude that the coffee, while strong, isn't really that great. The aroma is akin spent coffee grounds after they had sat all day in the coffee machine. You know what I'm talking about, you get up to make a pot in the morning and find that your wife, or more likely you left the old filter in there. It's not unpleasant by any means, but I'm well versed enough in coffee beers to now this isn't the best aroma.

Sadly that stale day old coffee ground type flavor comes through into the flavor. I really love coffee flavored beers and this one isn't doing it for me. It's fairly bitter with just this overwhelming old coffee taste. A positive about the flavor is that the finish has a nice malty sweetness that allows the bitterness to subside.

Mouthfeel is medium and carb level is right where I'd like it and within the style guidelines. Drinkability is average simply for the stale coffee taste. No alcohol flavor or aroma can be detected which is good.

Photo of blackearth
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a very dark brown with a thin, white head that quickly fades to nothing. Metallic coffee aroma with strong coffee flavor from start to finish. Some sweet malt flavor is slightly detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is basically a chilled coffee with alcohol. Good thing I like iced coffee, or this would get a worse review. Bonus points for having the most "metal" beer label I've ever seen. m/

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my glass a deep garnet color with brown accents and a solid half inch of light tan foam on top. Nearly opaque. Aromas start off with coffee grounds and chocolate accents. Sorta like opening one of those big cans of Folgers and taking a big whiff. Sweet caramel, somewhat bready malt appears underneath. A touch of nuttiness in the background. The coffee grounds lead the way.

The first sip brings a sweet bready, caramel infused malt upfront that carries in a big ground coffee flavor alongside notes of chocolate and an underlying nutty quality as well. Flows down with a bit of smoke and spiciness and finishes with a lingering sweetness and a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a good steady carbonation. Goes down fairly easy but it doesn't have the chewiness I was somewhat expecting. Overall, an interesting experiment of a beer, but nothing really ends up drawing me in. As far as coffee beers goes it's not my cup of tea.

Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brownish amber, good lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Coffee grounds, burnt sugar, mild twang, warming alcohol, faint spice, caramel, toasted bread

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, very bready, dried grass, toasty, mild coffee, fallen apples, chicory, alcohol warmth, dry-ish finish

I can dig this beer, wish the coffee flavor were a bit more pronounced and perhaps not as cooked but it did its job and did not distract from the rest of the beer. Most certainly going to come back to this beer again.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours dark muddy brown, under a long lasting and frothy mocha head. Head leaves low sheeting and decent bands of lace.

Dark malts and just a hint of chocolate on the nose.

Malty and sweet , with notes of milk chocolate and cafe au lait on the palate.

Decent, but there is something about the mouthfeel that is holding me back from rating this one higher.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate-high carbonation, orange-brown brown, hazy

Smell: coffee and faint pale malt

Taste: coffee and nut at the beginning and the end, sweet toasted malt in the body

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet

Overall: My biggest fear when drinking coffee beers is that it will feel like I am drinking a coffee with alcohol instead of tasting some beer. I am very pleased to say that Dark Horse does it right. Here the coffee accentuates the beer and gives the dopplebock style a different flair. The dopplebock side is very solid. The coffee is far from overpowering and it really works well here. This shoots up to be one of my favorite beers from the brewery because of that. Kudos to Dark Horse to a job well done. I will be picking more of this up.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is probably the best part of this bottle. nice reddish orange color with a small head. just coffee on the nose. coffee at first with the taste, then sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of a cherry blowpop. Unique flavor, but not very impressed. Once is enough for me.

Photo of bsp77
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Murky brown with thin light brown head.

Smell: Cold-pressed coffee, vanilla and caramel. Simple but nice.

Taste: Unique mix of coffee and a malty Doppelbock with caramel, cherry and other fruits. Light vanilla as well. Makes it taste more like flavored coffee. Some spicy noble hops on the finish, along with some lingering coffee. Slightly medicinal aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Off-dry finish.

Overall: Bonus points for the unique experience, but ultimately it comes across as flavored coffee with some out-of-place noble hops. I guess there is a reason most add coffee to Porters and Stouts.

Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dense white head. Clear with dark reddish brown color.

S-Sweet dark roasted coffee (slightly burnt) malt bomb.

T-Heavy on the coffee. Slightly bitter. Quick finish. Coffee flavor takes away from the beer-ness.

M-Smooth with a bit of coffee bitter astringency.

D-ok

O-A pretty nice beer, only complaint is a little heavy on the coffee bitter astringent bite. If you like coffee- this is your beer.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” offwhite collar of foam that slowly dissipates to a thick film leaving art noveau lace.
S: a little coffee and bread in the nose.
T: Liquid bread, kettle sugars and coffee with a touch of hop and coffee bitterness on the finish.
M: Medfium body but light for as big as the flavors are. Medium carbonation.
O: An interesting blend of coffee with a doppelbock that works surprisingly well.

Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(On-tap at City Taphouse, Philadelphia)

Dark Horse Perkulator is a beer I was not familiar with, but as I finishing dinner at City Taphouse, I thought this would be a nice beer that would pair well with dessert. The beer is very dark even by doppelbock standards and has a light coffee aroma to go with the strong smell of toasted bread, browning butter and burning sugar. The beer is like a latte with a roasted aroma from coffee and toasted malt upfront, with sweetness and body from the caramelized malt. This paired very well with a rich chocolate cake and bread pudding, both served with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby muddled thin khaki head forms with minimal lacing, another Dark Horse brew with some carbonation issues. Fizzy head dwindles quick as hell. The beer is a coffee infused doppelbock guess what gets overshadowed here, yep the malts from the doppelbock. Pure coffee the nose is does have a deep malty robust caramel nutty edged coffee infusion going on, I like the play on words with the Perkulator and a demon two headed goat sitting on his trone...that's pretty metal boys and girls. Flavor is strong robust nutty coffee with a touch of dark cocoa and sweet underlying fruit again the sweetness is played way down by the deep coffee additions a really roasty brew, you had better like coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight syrupy texture, carbonation slighly fizzy, and a bit cloying at times for me. Drinkability, much like most of the Dark Horse brewing solid expressive creativity at it's best I enjoyed it for what it was not as a doppelbock, extreme beer at it's best.

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours clear copper-brown with a massive, foamy bone head. It took several pours and some patience to get the whole bottle into the glass.

Unappealing odor, characterized by wet earth, used coffee grinds and wet grains. Similar characterization in 2nd sample: stale coffee grinds.

Followed by a decent flavor with some sweet and roasted malts and a good bit of coffee.

Feel: smooth medium body with a bubbly feel.

O: likely a contaminated bottle; 1st such ever from Dark Horse. Will re-review with another bottle from a different source. / Similar characterization but more positive in 2nd sample: stale coffee grinds in aroma with notably better flavor.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany brown with not so much a head as a mild fizzing that sticks around on the edges of the glass. Smells of coffee and a malty sweetness and a mild bread-like smell. Taste is malty, chocolaty coffee with the coffee dominating the finish. Notes of cinnamon poke out as the glass warms a bit. The coffee has definitely toned down in the 6 months or so since I purchased it, but I think that is actually an improvement as the other flavors of the beverage are allowed to come forward. Overall, another solid, well-balanced brew from Darkhorse that I could sit and drink all evening and probably will.

Photo of vfalstad
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark rusty brown color, very little head that fades fast and little lacing

Smell: strong coffee predominantly, sweet and malty, it almost smells like a caramel macchiato with a wif of alcohol

Taste: coffee, as suggested is the predominant flavor. I also pick up the malt, sweetness, and a stronger alcoholic presence as typical of the style. There's very little bitterness as you would get with old coffee that's sat around or old iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Overall: the coffee leads this beer and the dopplebock takes a back set, not that this is bad.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a straight-sided mug)
A- This beer has a dark dense brown body with strands of carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. The head is a thin white film of tan swirling around the middle of the glass.
S- This beer has a dry prune hint that turns more nougat and a big cold coffee grounds aroma that dominates.
T- This beer has a soft dry dark roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to a big cold coffee ground flavor that lingers a bit. M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish. D- The stale coffee ground dominates the flavor and aroma and is tough to get through a full beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dark brown bottle this beer is a warm leathery brown. A whimsical tan head settles down to nothing but a firm collar and a sudsy cloud shape in the center of the glass.

The smell is distinctly coffee influenced. It has the smell of spent coffee grounds right after the brewing. Lightly toasted and slightly bitter. It definitely lives up to the java namesake.

The taste is a nice mix of java infused chocolates with a hint molasses. Big malts back up this tasty beverage. A slightly chalky finish is the only downside to this brew.

I like the coffee flavors even if I'm not a big fan of coffee. It works with this style of brew. I'm not a big fan of the finish and that distracts from the overall enjoyment of the brew.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a medium brown color, a bit thick so as to give it a somewhat murky look, with a red tint in it. The head, a lighter tan shade, is neither impressive nor unimpressive in stature or composition, though the quantity and heaviness of the lacing is fairly impressive.
Malts hold a good structure, caramel and toast, with coffee grounds pulling in. Underneath is a bit of char and something like baked sugar (?), and there's just a ghost of something like grains. it's on the unusual side, Americanized in its own way. Coffee is pretty fresh, though not as much as in the flavor
A bit more hops come through with a grassy note on the tongue, but there remains a very malty base to this beer. It's a bit breadier, toasty really, with coffee coming in at moderate strength. Dark fruits make their way in, eventually more like tart apple flesh, under a slight heat.
I like the body to be bigger in a doppel, but it holds its own. Ultimately, it's about medium in strength, fairly dry, not overly crisp but slightly more than it is smooth.

Photo of BrewerMike
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What I like about this beer:
The aroma is reminiscent of fresh-brewed black coffee. Very nice. This is a relatively well-balanced beer. Nice sweetness, not too bitter. The alcohol is well-hidden, although the beer is nice and warming.

What I don't like about this beer:
The coffee flavor is a bit off-putting. It tastes like cheap, bitter black coffee mixed with beer. It's quite a strong flavor, too; a bit overpowering for the style.

That's about it. Overall I liked this beer enough but I have enjoyed several other coffee beers more. I think this flavor needs to be backed up by a much bigger, maltier beer. Not bigger in alcohol, more so in body and overall flavor. The coffee porters and stouts I've enjoyed have handled the coffee much better. I'm actually curious how they added the coffee, whether it was flavoring, beans, grounds, or straight brewed coffee. Maybe changing the method would work better IMHO.

Photo of mully
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a thin brown head that leaves no lacing

coffee, carmel and sweet no hop structure of note

coffee some blended bitterness with some coffee and some hop - good malt but not as much sweetness as the nose would indicate. more mild than I expected, in a good, balanced well crafted way.

a little light, but im not sure what I was expecting, I think the coffee thins out the bock but, im used to the coffee in syrupy stouts so this is a refreshing change.

very drinkable but I think I would get weirdly drunk with the coffee and alcohol mix, who knows

good, balanced beer

Photo of lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. I'm always a sucker for a coffee beer. Plus, I'm hungover after a long fantasy draft from last night, so a coffee beer just sounds like maybe the only thing that will pick me up.

Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter. No date on the bottle. Pours a rich dark dark brown/black color. Nice off-white head fills the glass, decent retention to about 1 finger. Smell- iced coffee, tea leaves, some mocha notes in there. Its clear that this one is all about the coffee. Taste- roasty coffee notes, dark chocolate in the back of the throat. Perfect balance between the coffee flavors and the dopplebock flavors you would expect. Awesome carbonation here- its on the rich side in terms of carbonation, and it actually does wonders for this beer in making it a refreshing experience. Overall, I really like this one. I would seek out again- a good coffee beer is pretty valuable to me, and I don't get many good ones locally.

Photo of duffcalifornia
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 0253 poured into a shaker pint.

A: A deep burnt orange with a one finger head that looks like milk with a bit of coffee poured in. The head fades quickly and provides little to any lacing.

S: Smells like my morning cup of coffee and sweet roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruits. I'm really hoping the aroma doesn't disappoint.

T: The taste doesn't. Huge coffee flavor upfront even though the bottle appears to be about a year old. Big malty backbone, dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate throughout. Everything I could want from a coffee dopplebock. Finishes with just a touch of dryness that makes you want another sip immediately.

M: Dare I say this is perhaps a bit more carbonated than it should be for the style? I prefer my bocks a bit on the chewier side, and this has a medium mouthfeel at best. It's not *bad* mind you, but it's not how I'd make it if it was my own creation. Also, for having 7.5% alcohol, absolutely none of it shows up in the drinking of this beer, even as it warms.

O: Mouthfeel aside, this is pretty much exactly what I would want out of a coffee dopplebock. Easy to drink, substantive without being overbearing. If this had a bit better head, this would be up there with NG's Uff Da for my favorite bock. As it is, it is just half a step below. Truly recommended.

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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