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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,000 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

FEUO, Oct 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

AnthemOfTheSun, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of bassmantin
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this one at a local store and was intrigued by the idea of putting coffee in a dopplebock.

Pours a brown/redish color with very little head into my wine glass. Perhaps I should have poured it faster.

It smells very strongly of coffee. Wow, that it a strong coffee smell, and I'm not getting anythin else. This could be a cold cup of coffee for all I know.

The taste is great. As expected, the coffee taste is very strong and dominates the palate for almost the entire sip, but the taste of the "beer" shows up at the very last moment in the form of fairly mellow and mild malts. The finish is strong, and it leaves that coffee lingering in your mouth.

Great beer. I love coffee stouts, and this was a good adaptation of that idea, somewhat more drinkable and still delicious. I should start drinking this in the morning!

bassmantin, Dec 14, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Lukass, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

vbiliyar, Apr 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

TonyTalon, Mar 22, 2012
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MichPaul, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with a small head at pour which disappates to around the rim of the glass. Unfiltered look - very - almost too much. No real lacing present. Aroma is sweet malts - brown sugar - with a strong backbone of coffee. Taste is great - coffee is a bit more forward - deeper roast along with a good dose of malt flavoring. Heavier. Great combintation.

Oakenator, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Interesting pour, leaving a nice layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Very little head. The aroma is certainly unique. Coffee flavored raisins comes to mind, more specifically raisinettes. I'm curious if anyone else has noted this specific aroma before? Allowing time for warming....pause....Taste is coffee (go figure), raisins and chocolate. Interesting, interesting, interesting. Very easy to drink considering the abv and extremely unique experience. Props.

KickbacksSteve, May 27, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice head to it out of a 12 oz. bottle.

Color is a dark, cloudy brown.

Smell is distinctively espresso, with hints of cinnamon.

Tastes very much like it smells, coffee coffee coffee. That in mind, you won't mistake this for a coffee stout, because unlike a coffee stout, the beer itself isn't very bitter, take away the coffee aspect of it. It's drinkable and very pleasant, almost like a chilled, carbonated espresso. The coffee really does hide the alcohol of the beer, although one can definitely tell it has a bit of a kick to it.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, being not too thick or too watery. It hits a very nice spot in between the two.

Drinkability is excellent. For those of you who enjoy coffee, this will be just your thing.

All in all, this is a pretty darn good beer. Try it sometime!

techfed87, Jan 27, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, medium-roast coffee brown with the tiniest of off-white heads. Not too much in the lace department.

S: Coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt, and dark fruit.

T: See above. Also noted was spicy caramel, more roasted malt, tangy cherry, and more medium-roast coffee.

M: Slightly thin, with excellent coffee bitterness.

D: Extremely nice. I loved the mixture of coffee and doppelbock. Leave it to Dark Horse!

GbVDave, Jan 09, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy deep chestnut hue with two fingers worth of antique ivory head and some good squiggles of lace.

S - Just what I'd expect from a coffee Doppelbock. Raisin is eschewed in favor of aromas of cafe amaretto, coffee (not espresso), and generally big maltiness. As it airs out, the coffee becomes more in-focus and a pleasant booziness eventually develops.

T - Taste is initially better than I expected, and is a standout in any case. Unfortunately the 'wow' factor subsides rather quickly. But then it comes roaring back again. Overall, I get malty impressions of coffee, toffee, roast, chocolate and dark fruit macerated in liqueur. As it develops, the chocolate nuance becomes as prevalent as the coffee.

M - Softly carbonated, albeit abundantly so.

D - Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for the hook-up. Coffee Doppelbock is theoretically one of the most promising and delicious emerging sub-styles, and this is perhaps a cornerstone example.

ktrillionaire, Oct 16, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to footed ale glass, pours a heavy dark brown with golden hints, reminds me of the color of coffee, cream colored foamy head fades to lacing

smells of delicious coffee! bitter, sweet, lactose? oats? smells amazing!

taste is of coffee from the start, almost like drinking coffee, never have had a beer infused with coffee so well - roasty, bitter, alcohol, yeast hides in back, bitter hops, complex and delicious, balance leans toward coffee but the style hides behind nicely

mouthfeel is of a good weight, low carbonation, oily, amazing flavor - yum

drxandy, Dec 11, 2008
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4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Horse on 11/28/08. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Very clear, dark brown body with burgundy and hazlenut highlights, no carbonation and a thin, off-white head that transformed into a patchy film. This looks pretty much like a glass of coffee.

S - Nice fresh coffee aroma with roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness. This brew definitely possesses more coffee than dopplebock qualities; however, the bock characteristics emerge more as it warmed up, with some mild dark fruit in the back.

T - Pleasant balance of fresh coffee with hints of sweet cream, chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by a nutty character in the backend. Finish is a well-balanced blend of coffee and cream with a dose of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is nowhere to be found for such a big, bold dopplebock. Finish is mildly bitter.

D - Drinks like a champ for an 8% dopplebock. The warmth of the alcohol is non-existent. The coffee character wins out in the end, making for an extremely smooth and drinkable dopplebock. One of the highlights of my recent Mid-west excursion.

ffejherb, Dec 02, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

lnashsig, Sep 02, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with no freshness date but I know it's been cellaring in my basement for at least a year.

Served cool into a pint glass, Perkulator is an almost merky redish brown. I don't think it's disturbed sediment because this one has been sitting still for quite some time. The little bit that was in the bottom I left in there. The head is a creamy off-white color and long lasting.

Aroma is great and really hits the spot for a coffee lover. I'm a little surprised after it sitting for so long that the coffee hasn't faded altogether. The undertones of doppelbock are layered with coffee and chocolate. Very pleasant.

Flavor takes the aroma up one step higher. Big malty sweet backbone of the doppelbock is the perfect accompaniment to dark roasty bitter coffee. They seem to be in perfect balance with eachother. It makes me wonder why more breweries aren't experimenting more with coffee styles other than the obvious stout.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with a nice low carbonation. It's far from flat but has just enough to perform. Very smooth and balanced.

Overall a great doppelbock and/or coffee beer. No matter how you look at it, if you like coffee and you like this style, you should love this beer.

GilGarp, Oct 07, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label looks like a Slayer cover...with a touch of coffee...
Deep and murky looking mahogany tone with a slimming khaki colored capping that doesn't stick around long nor stick any lace to the glass. A thin collar ring remains and slippery lace tries to stay in place put slides right back down.

Nice aroma of cold spent coffee, quite black and burnt too, and some black malt sweetness sifts through as does a bit of vanilla and nuts.

Flavors are a lovely meld of all sorts of mildly set sweet and nutty malts with a smooth rounded in tone of clean coffee. Buttered bready centered with a hefty yet soothing whole grain taste with a nice breakfast pastry twist of nuts, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, and capped with a dallop of coffee ice cream. Super complexing nutty and light roasty finish, which I find incredibly yummy and smooth as the malts tie down a dryness that just barely pokes its coffeeish roasty fingers thru the glove of nutty sweet malts. Nice!

Body is fairly full and smooth with a silken creamy abode of nutty sweetness and bready undertone that squeezes in some excellent morning coffee hints as its malty slipperyness finds a chewy cascade across the cheeks and into the gullet. Near perfect length and tone to its flavor and tone the whole way thru and makes a unique and favorable late impression on the palate that keeps you wanting more. Much, much, more...

Yum! Really diggin' the nutty smoothness this creates within its coffee buttering. This is a keeper and I will call Perkulator the bigger brother to Furthermores' Oscura.

tavernjef, Dec 09, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard beer fest mug.
A: This brew pours a deep brown in color, which has a hazy appearance to it. The light tan head foams up with carbonation and makes a loud fizzy sound, before settling back to a thin layer.
S: The aroma, is a bit subtle and hard to pin point any coffee notes. A very nice and mellow dopplebock aroma of nuts and roasted malts is present.
T/M: The taste is when the coffee kicks in. On the front there is a smooth blast of cold coffee tastes, that blend into malts that give it a rich character. Nice finish with vibrant notes of espresso and a smooth nuttiness. This could be the best pairing of dopplebock and coffee I have seen yet. A truly must for anyone who enjoys Java in beer, or for those who don't, you might change you're thoughts.
D: I find the ABV to be very hidden and the notes all expressed very well for the intention and style. This is a very smooth and easy going brew.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 12, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, unfrosted of course.

A: Pours a mostly clear, dark reddish-brown color. Head was light tan and settled to about half a finger for the duration.

S: Lots of roasted malts and its namesake coffee. Small bit of chocolate poking through the mix as well. If I weren't certain this were a beer, I might mistake it for a mocha. Delicious though.

T: The very upfront coffee is quickly followed up by a pleasant malt sweetness. Light hints of toffee and caramel, but coffee is the overriding flavor. Bitter coffee aftertaste as well. I can only hazard that this brew was minimally hopped, but I'm fine with that.

M: Surprisingly medium mouthfeel. Pretty well constructed to go down smooth. Contained just enough carbonation to keep from lingering too long.

D: Seems quite drinkable, though I found it to be a rewarding sipping beer.

Admittedly, I do not have much experience in the realm of dopplebocks. The coffee flavor was certainly present, but by no means overwhelming, and I found this to be an odd, yet charming brew overall. However, if you dislike coffee-flavored beers, then this is probably not gonna be your thing. I bought a four-pack out of curiosity, and I'm pleased to say that I would definitely buy it again.

PirateUlf73, Jan 28, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola and ruby brown with practically no head or foam. Can't see any bubbling in this dark brew. Smells like when you just break open a Folgers tin and take a whiff. Plus the sweet, dark toasted malts and fruits add a little complexity to the nose. The taste starts with undeniable coffee. You then get some of that signature dopplebock malt character. Toasted and sweet with some woody plums. t to metion a toucof smokiness too. Is that from the coffee or malt??? Chewy sweet palate that is complex and different from the norm. A good beer to drink and think, contemplate, and enjoy.

scruffwhor, Nov 28, 2008
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.