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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

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909 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 909 | Reviews: 433 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of bnes09


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bronze colored ale with lots of floating yeast flakes. Descent head on the pour but weak retention and no lacing. Plenty of room for improvement here.

Nice smoked sausage notes with coffee in the nose. Also roasted nuts.

Biscuit-like malt backbone. Roasted almonds, cashews. Smoked meats. Medium roast coffee. Tart in the finish and a dark fruit quality. Good balance.

Medium bodied and smooth throughout. Well carbonated.

Overall, a good brew with complex flavors and well balanced. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:48:55 | More by bnes09
Photo of buschbeer


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Note: my bottle lists a 7% ABV

A - It looks brown at first, but when held to a light it reveals that it is a very dark amber. I got about four inches of tan head. Upon further inspection, I notice some suspended yeast.

S - It has strong coffee notes. It smells of fresh grounds.

T - I get a pretty strong taste of coffee. There is some black coffee bitterness on the finish. It has none of the malty sweetness that I associate with doppelbocks.

M - Medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

O - This is the best coffee tasting beer, aside from the more traditional stouts and porters, I have had. It has a big coffee aroma and taste. This is a great coffee beer to drink if you are not in the mood for the fullness of a coffee stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:18:59 | More by buschbeer
Photo of cdkrenz


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle cellared for three years at 42.5 degrees.

A - Poured into a snifter the beer has a nice lacy head that doesn't last very long on top of it's medium to dark brown rather transparent body.

S - Strong coffee aroma with a very sharp and bitter edge. The aroma is extremely impressive but almost a bit too much.

T - The flavor starts out slightly malty and releases into the bite of the coffee. Considering the cellaring for three years I'm pleasantly surprised at how well the coffee taste has withstood time.

M - The feel is wet and non-abrasive. Goes down well even with the sharpness of the coffee flavor.

~ This beer was probably better off fresh. However, the three year mark greatly exceeded my expectations considering where it was at year one in t he cellar.

Review below entered on January 23, 2011.

Bottle cellared for a year.

A - Poured into a snifter this beer has only a trace of light tan, swirling head. The body is a translucent dark brown giving way to waves of deep purple peeking through. 2.5

S - The aroma of coffee and cocoa in a mild quantity. 3.5

T - Slightly bitter coffee flavor with a hinting at an offness. I'm thinking time may not have been the best thing for this beverage. 3

M - Very slight coarse feel but it goes down with extreme ease. 4.5

~ Aged for a year is probably not the best route to take with this beer. I think it was better tasting a year ago. However, the aromas are better now. Overall the beer is still very drinkable. 4.5

Review below entered on January 24, 2010.

A - Dark brown body with a cloudy visibility. The head is somewhat minimal at less than half an inch and it recedes very fast leaving a only whisps of pale tan at the surface. 2.5

S - Coffee is very much present in the aroma. There's a certain dark robustness to the coffee scent that is a bit unbecoming. 2

T - The flavors are complex and intertwined. It starts off a bit malty and then moves to a slight coffee flavor. As the pull continues the coffee taste increases with intensity. Before melting into a subtle cocoa finish. This is a great tasting beer. 5

M - The texture is smooth as it fills my mouth. This beer is very easy to drink at it warms my mouth and throat with each take. 5

~ This is a fantastic beer. I'm extremely impressed with the 'head' and warming effect it has. I will definitely be recommending this to my pals. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 01:47:58 | More by cdkrenz
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark reddish brown with a finger of head which quickly dissipates. smell is of a sweet brown ale with lots of coffee bean and vanilla. slight oak notes. the flavr is of a roasty bitterness up front, followed by a nice sweet malty profile topped off instantly by a bitter coffee flavor. nutty notes in the finish. medium body, slightly watery feel yet smooth and somewhat creamy, low carbonation.

i was expecting a little bit more of a mindblowing experience from this one since i hear great things about this brewery, and to be honest the label artwork was so bad ass! i wasn't all that impressed, though it is a nice tasty dessert beer. i believe i paid $5 (plus the shipping cost to get this in nj), which i would say not worth it to do again, but i am glad i finally got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 07:12:08 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown beer with a finger of beige head

S: a true coffee smell, as opposed to the more common espresso smells

T: bready malts and fresh brewed coffee, some toffee and musky, woodsy tones

M: medium body, medium carbonation, little chalky coffee on the aftertaste

O: an average brew - not bad, but nothing really stood out about the beer; not being a devotee of the style, I tried to score it a little higher than my initial impressions would have dictated. My bias: I think I am partial to the notion that coffee flavors in beer are best suited to porters and stouts. This was not a beer I'd return to, but I would not discourage someone else from trying it.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 20:52:31 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of socon67

New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Brown pour with a red tint. Good clarity. Lacing is non-existant and hte foamy head settled fast.

S - Really impressed with the fresh scent of ground coffee beans. The smell is like a fine espresso in a french cafe. There is a slight smell of sweet malts. Hard to find any fault with this beer.

T - Initial sweetness of sugar is balanced by the bitterness of fresh coffee. Seriously; where do they get these coffee beans? This is some good stuff. Not much else in the flavor but this is a simple beer that just tastes good.

M - If it was late night at a pub I'd be all over this beer. In other situations the coffee flavor my be a bit much. Slight coating on the tongue. Balance and carbonation seems about right.

O - Almost like Peche Mortel's younger brother. A solid coffee infused beer that does one thing, and does it well.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:23:43 | More by socon67
Photo of PeterIngemi


3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a medly brown with a ruby hint to it.... Can see a bunch of yeast particles and such floating around in the beer, about half a finger of tan head, no lacing to speak of.

S: wow... Stanks like coffee, burnt and toasty grain, and a giant touch of sweetness that keeps oddly reminding me of soy sauce, although my girlfriend says I'm crazy and that it just smells like coffee and coffee rinds... Seems like more of the malt starts to come through as this brew warms.

T: again loads of coffee and coffee rind flavor, I get light notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar an even a vague cholalte popping there head through. Very nice balance and tasty.

M: light/medium body with lower carbonation, a bit dry on the finish with a touch of sweetness and bitterness from the coffee rines. Very drinkable. I feel like this beer could have used a hit more heft.

O: this is a tasty brew, particuarly if you like the use of coffee in your beer, the sweet malt backbone balances out the bitterness of the coffe rines, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 01:28:10 | More by PeterIngemi
Photo of rlee1390


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Ruby brown, some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Coffee, hazelnut with roasted malts.

T-Balance of coffee, nuts, roasted malt and bread. No bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and easy drinking.

O-Impressed by the balanced of the coffee, wasn't that overpowering. Maybe some more of the Doppelbock could have come out but all in all it was tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 16:51:08 | More by rlee1390
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters Snifter. Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the BIF hookup.

A: Deep mahogany/amber color. Pretty clear with lots of floaties. Aggressive pour leads to a one finger head that disappears. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Lots going on here - big malt profile, ABV is present in the nose. Coffee is faint and on the back end of the nose. It's got a lot going on but it's put together entirely well.

T: Follows the nose pretty well but the tast comes together a bit nicer. Smoother malts, caramels, molasses. ABV not present in the taste and neither is the coffee really. Flavor is good and better than the average Dopplebock.

M: Medium body, plenty of carbonation. Smooth and not biting finish.

O: A good dopplebock. A really good dopplebock. This one has a lot of flavors mixed up together and they really do go well. This is a good one and I'm glad I have another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 04:23:04 | More by suspect
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep carmel to mahogany that is mostly transparent. A thin brownish head forms and is quick to disappear except for around the inside edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.
S: an insane amount of ground coffee jumps out of the class. It dominates the aroma, but for some burnt malt and barley notes.
T: Follows the nose, but turned up to 11! Coffee coats the tongue along with a pleasant roastiness. I can detect some of the sweet malt toward the finish that does a decent job of balancing the coffee and roasted flavors.
M: more carbonated a than expected but it does mellow. Fantastically smooth and creamy and not as heavy as I thought. A long and outstanding aftertaste.
O: a very interesting and unique brew. Most dopples are malt bombs, but this turns them on their head with the addition of the coffee. I love thier interpretation and willingness to up the ante on the style. Big fan of Dark Horse and this does nothing to change my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:22:15 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee dopplebock? I’m sold. Cheers.

A: Hazy brown, body, almost no head. Thick and dark, looking more like beer mixed with coffee than a coffee beer. Small spots of lacing with silky-smooth beige retention.

S: A hell of a lot of coffee: hazelnut-flavored cream and spent grounds waft huge from the body, sweet and creamy rather than bitter and roasty. Luscious vanilla and half-and-half aromas continue, resting atop the fruity date, mineral water, and buttery caramel of dopplebock character.

T: From first sip, you can taste both the bock and the coffee flavors – very well-balanced. Sweet cookies and cream, vanilla, sugar cookie, and Irish cream with a medium-bodied fruit underbelly of fig and date. Bock notes continue with bread, burnt sugar, semisweet chocolate, and tangy, brandy-like alcohol, sprinkled lightly by a watery coffee flavor. There’s a bitter kick as the coffee fades, but it happens rather fast, like the coffee was added more for aroma than for flavor. Finishes a tad dry from the coffee roasts, with lingering malt syrups that are common in dopplebocks and Scotch ales.

M: Medium body, right in between thin and thick. It goes down smooth but refreshingly drinkable. It’s like milk: I’d rather drink it cold, but that’s not because it needs it to compensate for wateriness. Yep; milky.

O: This has a coffee character much unlike most dark coffee beers: it’s light, it’s aromatic, and it’s much more like coffee and cream than fresh-ground java. I enjoyed it immensely. I could see myself drinking this is in the morning or after dinner, though I think I’ll keep the pre-noon drinking to a minimum…at least until the weekend.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 05:30:02 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this because it sounded interesting. Not many coffee doppelbocks out there. 12oz bottle...

A: A murky brown brew with a small 1/4 inch tan head that fades quickly to thread sized lace around the edges of the top of the brew. Decent.

S: I smell some malty coffee upfront which gives way to a bready chocolate roast. Decent.

T: Opens with a mildy boozy roast which quickly opens up to a mild coffee roastiness. The middle features some caramel toffee notes quickly followed by a mild booze / hop bite leaving a boozy coffee roast in the finish on your palate. Good.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation level. A sweet roasty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a good brew. Nothing really spectacular going on but worth a try if you like coffee beer. It features mild coffee with overall mild flavors capped off with an alcohol bite. This one would be a good substitute for coffee on a late fall morning in the woods of Maine.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:34:22 | More by steve8robin
Photo of peabody


3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear and amber brown with two fingers of off white small suds that dissapate really quickly.Lacing on the glass.
Smell is fruit and malt. Raisin and date and strong malt/hop/yeast burn in the nose.
Taste is mellow malt and sugar caramel with a hint of coffee. Very little coffee here.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but the sugary malts take over after the alcohol leaves the palate.
Very light on all the flavors and the alcohol is way too prevelant.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:22:06 | More by peabody
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4-pack from Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Pours a dark, muddy, grainy brown with a thick, 1-finger dirty beige head. Light retention and lighter lace.

Coffee grounds, light caramel malt, and an earthy aroma of tilled earth come to mind. Very rich.

Coffee hits up front and carries well through the finish. Caramel malt competes well with the coffee flavor. Smooth, sweet finish with hint of bitters mainly from the coffee.

Thick, chewy body. The coffee flavor and the heavy body go well together.

Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 01:36:21 | More by beer2day
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with less than a finger thick off-white creamy looking head. Low on carbonation. Decent to good lacing. Color is brown to copper with slight ruby hues. Opaque and hazy.

Smell :Roasted malts and coffee. Slight caramel and bready notes.

Flavor : Very much like the nose. Coffee is extremely prominent and looks like a ground coffee powder was added during the brewing process. Coffee provides it characteristic bitterness of coffee powder and it is certainly overbearing the malt. Coffee dominates the sip upfront and towards the end. Malts in the middle fail to provide the balance.

Mouth feel: Medium to slightly full body. Low on carbonation. Dry on palate. Not very easy to drink to overpowering presence of coffee.

Good brew nonetheless. Style wise a 4. With a personal bias: 3. Would i buy it again :No, But was definitely worth a try.

After note : Some dark coffee powder like thing settled down at the end of glass.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 00:49:16 | More by AmitC
Photo of Scotchboy


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle sent from laymansbeerfan (thanks man!) poured into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold, nearly brown...the head is small and relatively short lived, decent lacing.

S: Hearty coffee with a prominent malt backbone...caramel, toasted bread...roasted coffee and toasted malt, sweet bready notes.

T: Taste follows the nose, great balance since the coffee flavor is great but it doesn't overwhelm the rest of the beer or the bready Dopplebock notes underneath. Just enough sweetness (caramel maybe?) blends with the flavors as well.

MF: Medium bodied full flavored beer, lower carbonation.

O: An impressive and enjoyable beer. I like how the bready, toasty Dopplebock notes work in harmony with the coffee.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 13:56:51 | More by Scotchboy
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass on 10/7/12

Dark, stained mahogany brown with one horizontal finger's worth of smooth foam. Lots of rising bubbles. Thin retention. There are a few thick arcs of drippy lace.

I'm surprised coffee isn't stronger in the aroma, though I'm not complaining. Coffee beans and a light amount of roast are mix amid notes of dark bread, caramel and earthy hops.

Likewise, the coffee flavor is modest and even more integrated than in the aroma. The hops are moderate, too. Both of these are good things as perceived bitterness is very low. There is a lot of toasted bread and grains going on here, making a plenty robust malt profile.

The body is full, moving slowly with a languid granular feel. Carbonation is on the low side. All in all, the feel is pretty easy going to a fairly big beer such as this.

I've passed over this many times. It's now on my radar. Definitely worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:52:50 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Holland


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light brown with a thick tan head

S: coffee, sweet malt

T: coffee, sweet malt

M: medium body, heavier carbonation, smooth but cut by the fine bubbles

O: not really complex, but it's good at what it does went for. Unfortunately the coffee drowns out any flavors the doppelbock base would have provided. $12 for a 4-pack at Super Liquor IV in Ann Arbor.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 00:16:24 | More by Holland
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark chestnut hue with a good one finger off white head that slumps down to leave a thick, creamy quarter inch blanket. Nice light lacing.

S - Light roasty coffee and malts here with very light nutty aromas and lager yeast.

T - Nice dopplebock notes here accented with good coffee notes, nice and bitter and roasty. My complaint on this is the slight faint metallic not eon the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Not too boozy, almost light. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this was a pretty good dopplebock. Wish it didnt have that faint offputting aftertaste though. Very unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:38:39 | More by rudzud
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee doppelbock, really!!

A: great color, great head, great everything, some cloudiness
S: intense roasted coffee, some malt backbone
T: well-made, balanced between malt, hops, and coffee
M: a bit OTT with coffee but decent still
O: interesting and definitely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:20:36 | More by wisrarebeer
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very dark brown with two fingers of sand colored head that lasts for about two minutes, leaves behind minimal lacing. Body is on the heavier side of medium thickness and carbonation levels are on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of freshly dampened coffee grounds and cured tobacco leaves. Tastes heavily of black coffee, but only moderately of bready malt and merely a touch of yeasty / nutty character. There is a modicum of baking chocolate and herbal tea flavor that appears as the glass warms up towards room temperature. The finish is quite dry for a doppelbock and extremely earthy.

My criticisms for this one all revolve around the doppelbock aspects being somewhat obscured by the loudness of the coffee aspects. I would have preferred a bit more doppelbock backbone supporting the coffee rather than getting smothered by it. A coffee doppelbock is a great idea; but in this brew, it feels as though the two ideas are fighting each other rather than working cooperatively. And for better or for worse, the coffee faction is winning, quite decisively.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 10:28:27 | More by WastingFreetime
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a snifter

Smell is like brewed coffee grounds. Dang I love that smell!!

Taste is coffe upfront then the follow of dopple. Classic flavor.

Not too thin which is huge relief. This concerned me...

Overall very happy with this years brew. It has been hit or miss in the past but glad 2012 was A O K.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:30:01 | More by Fitwitchik
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3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look is a cloudy, hazy dark brown. smell is roasted coffee grounds, bread rolls, dry leaves. Taste is bitter sweet bread, caramel rolls, dry leaves, roasted coffee beans. Feel is light and crisp, but not watery.

Solid beer, but ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:40:30 | More by jimmah120
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Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains roasted coffee beans, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong and creamy coffee flavor that is followed by breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better coffee-flavored alternatives out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:50:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of khaki head that recedes into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of creamy chocolate and coffee on the nose with some sweet nutty and roasted aromas toward the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet chocolate and creamy coffee dominate with slightly bitter roasted malt and nutty flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy with smooth carbonation.

O: A solid beer overall, if a bit simple. The coffee unfortunately overwhelms the doppelbock aspects, but it's still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:42:54 | More by n2185
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.