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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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908 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 908
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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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Photo of StonedTrippin


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

a brown ale base to a dopplebock lager with a boatload of coffee flavor, how can you go wrong? on tap at j ryans in at least a partial dark horse tap takeover, this was one of my favorite beers from them. pale caramel brown color with a bit of yeast in suspension and an inch of cream foam. the nose is coffee heavy, with some darker german malts and chocolate malts, smells like a brown ale more than a dopplebock, but its a good fusion on the malt front. the coffee isn't a dominant flavor, while its prominent, its also in balance with the sweeter grain bill and with the other elements at work here, which are earthy and dusty and wintery, all feelings more than flavors, but present to varying degrees as clear as day. no acidity at all form the coffee, plenty of cocoa notes in the finish too, a great combination of flavors a little more nuanced than a lot of coffee beers. a little sweet, and a little too much body to be all day drinkable, but I really like whats going on here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2013 17:30:04 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Brenden


3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 20:36:42 | More by Brenden
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: clear light brown, decent sustaining creamy head
S: absolutely like brewing coffee. Obviously that's probably not typical of the general doppelbock style, but considering it's a coffee beer, it nails it
T: tastes like a weak coffee, or maybe even a little bit like an old-time coffee house (including the cigarettes). That probably sounds worse than I mean it, because it is very interesting. I assume it's an attempt to be a coffee-stoudt equivalent in lager form. Tall order, but not badly done, in my opinion.
M: not much here, there is a lingering bitterness, coffee-twinged but I can sense some earthy hops as well. Better than expected, but weak in the grand scheme.
O: I liked this beer as a novelty. Even though it's listed as a doppelbock, I'm not sure it really belongs there given its characteristics. Then again, I'm not sure what it would fit into.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 23:23:42 | More by cjgiant
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've long been afraid of bocks. Considered them the bitter German dregs of already bitter German beer. Basically the beer equivalent of marijuana resin....er, so I hear. Despite mild intrigued, I've passed this by in the store many times. After seeing on tap at Dusty's and giving a 1/2 oz pour a test drive, hey, this ain't so bad! Let's try it.

Coffee bomb. If you don't like coffee, or don't like it in your beer, this is not the drink for you. Fortunately I love coffee in nearly everything. The small is Folger's or something. Malt and grains follow meekly in the background. For me, this is a good thing. Goes down dangerously easy. But is also very sweet. I suspect that might contribute to the drinkability and get tiresome after a while.

I have been down on Dark Horse lately. I've sent some bottles out in trades to people who expressed mild disappointment in them, and while I like PT5 and BBPT5, I don't like them as much as the masses and don't see what the fuss is all about. I really enjoyed this beer, though and it has me reconsidering DH as an upper-echelon brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2013 15:26:22 | More by lurpy1
Photo of BEERchitect


3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drawing inspiration from the savory, malty-rich bocks of Germany, the Dark Horse Brewing Company immulates these flavors with common grains of American microbrewing along with artistic additions of coffee that seems to emphasize the earthen roast and bitterness already exhibited in the base beer.

Perkulator opens with a firm brown appearance that's mostly clean. Only a mild haze casts ruby highlights beyond the brown hue. Building a creamy tanish head, the beer retains and laces fairly- where the beer doesn't dissapoint, I'm looking for better foam character as well.

Caramel and coffee floods the olfactory senses along with peripheral notes of lightly scorched toffee, bread, and lighter nuttier coffee attributes similar to Kona. Lightly fruity, mild notes of cherry, dates, and figs round out the scent with a twinge of alcohol lurking behind.

Malty-sweet to taste, the overt malt taste carries bold caramel, molasses, and toffee- some on the lightly burnt side. It's these flavors that bridge into the coffee additions seamlessly. The earthy char of toasted malts reach into the pungent, herbal, and chocolaty notes of coffee and pull out a more moderate java tone of spent coffee grounds. A late arriving palate shows the fruity bock notes of burnt currant, dates, and cherries just before the alcohol taste gives mild tawny vinous taste to finish.

Medium bodied, but seemingly fuller because of the relatively high residual sweetness, the bock starts and ends with a semi-sugary texture. An extended middle palate delays the finish, making the beer much more of a sipper that drinking beer. Alcohol warmth and malt-balanced finish signal closure but extends well into the next sip.

Although Perkulator is inspired by traditional dopplebocks, I would prefer more adherence to the malt richness rather than caramel sweet taste. The base beer favors the sweet tooth rather than the savory fullness and bready textures. As the coffee registers with the taste buds, they seem a bit strained and lacking the freshness or silkiness of the classy coffee shop. This version is a satisfying beer but becomes a bit ambiguous.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2012 17:05:27 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of TwelveOunces


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

Served on tap in a 12 oz glass

This beer is hazy amber brown with very little of an off white head. The nose is slightly roasty and rather bland. The beer starts out with a smooth feel with toffee and caramelized dark fruits. It follows up with some roasted notes. The last taste of the beer is all coffee, strong, roasty and dry coffee flavors stick on the palate. The beer sounds like an unusual blend but somehow works and doesn't really taste as strange as you may expect. This is a well done and unique brew. Definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 15:15:00 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of deebo


3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.


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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 01:31:29 | More by deebo
Photo of robwestcott


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

cold from jerod's tap at the uptown a deep cola black / brown to an imperial bells pint with a full finger tan head

aroma of sweetened black coffee

great big sweet coffee forward, molasses, graham cracker.

medium bodied, super sweet, medium carbonation.

overall: great example of a coffee beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 23:36:41 | More by robwestcott
Photo of HosP


3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking on tap at dark horse now during 4 elf release party. Poured into pint glass.

Dark, murky brown in color. Light head with a small amount of lace. Get mostly coffee in the nose. Gets a bit sweet caramel malt aroma at the end. Taste is like the nose. Coffee taste up front. Turns sweet very quickly. Very sweet malts take over. A little bitter at the end. But fairly nice. A little burnt taste too. Thinner drink in the mouth. Not bad drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 16:51:57 | More by HosP
Photo of shipcamein


4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If I were to review this beer, it would touch on everything everyone else said which would leave me effectively quoting everyone and not contributing my own points -- that is no good. What I WOULD like to make clear is that it was difficult for me to not compare this beer to Furthermore Oscura, a beer that I LOVE. Is it bad to compare? Maybe.
As I said, since I LOVE Oscura, I was shocked to find that this completely blew it out of the water. This has WAY more character, and body (the body difference, of course due to the style difference). I will now forever tell people that Oscura is great... BUT..."
The flavors are very similar -- that "fresh cut green pepper" smell and sting.


Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2011 00:22:45 | More by shipcamein
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy, traditional looking amber doppelbock body. A creamy, sturdy beige head ontop. Looks like it has a viscous body.

S - Tons of fresh coffee notes. Sweet, roasted cofee, bitter coffee beans, and a malty backdrop.

T - Again, the coffee is prominent. A mouthful of delicious ground coffee, some roasted, some bitter, some black. A sweetness like lactose. Some faint malt character in the finish but the coffee is overpowering here.

M - Medium bodied, bitter and drying. A light carbonation to help the balance.

O - This is a good beer. Excellent if youre looking for or like full coffee flavors. This isn't nearly a traditional doppelbock for me, but an interesting twist if you accept it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 19:09:28 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of rtepiak


4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lager and coffee... hmmm these guys know what they're doing. good with PH experimentation and adding something like that to a extremely hight gravity wort i'm sure makes for something fun. the beer shines after a bit of air. the coffee the quick drop of a malty lager and the feel pays. but fluffy coffee is a bit redundant. there is balance the abv is unbelievable smooth. a bit of toastiness ... not roasted coffee notes. a nice drop. a nice mineral coffee hint. great great blend. i can see some interesting forrest fruit coming out of a the mix if tweaked a bit. still can't complain. innovative brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 05:08:34 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Rifugium


2.38/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I only had a sample of this to see what it was, and it was...okay. I don't like coffee at all, although I can and do occasionally drink coffee-style brews (uh, beer that is), mostly in porter and stout form. I'm sure this would be worth a try to people who like this style. The bartender thought it was actually a porter, and though I suspected otherwise, I didn't place it as a doppelbock until I came home and looked it up.

I had a more proper tasting of this just recently on tap at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. As above, I still recommend this beer for coffee-lovers...and ONLY for coffee-lovers. Pours clear, dark brown, with a thin, wispy head. Big aroma of coffee grounds, and not much else. Taste was almost pure coffee, almost like drinking a cold, thin cup of the stuff. There may have been some other subtle complexities present, but the coffee pretty much overwhelms everything. If that's your thing, then great, you'll love it. But it's not really my thing, so I didn't love it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 18:52:01 | More by Rifugium
Photo of zrab11


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slight red/brown color with no head

S-Has a nutty but sweet aroma to it, with a hint or too of coffee

T- Has a bitter coffee flavor up front then finish's with a kinda tangy spicynees to it

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-This is my firstdoppelbock to have and i wasn't that impressed, ill keep trying this style but this beer just tasted alittle to watery for me and also had alittle too much of a smokey taste for me. Felt alittle unbalanced too.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 22:23:53 | More by zrab11
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Appearance: Dark and muddy brown, off white froth forms and a decent amount of lace. Looks the part of a good German dopplebock, but this truly is where this beer and the styles' similarities end.

Smell: Malty, some bread, tinge of funk.

Taste: Toasted bread, light fruityness, alittle sour mash type influence with a tartness layered in the roasted chocolate-y profile. Not quite a malt bomb, alittle sour. Light roasted coffee but it is rather subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and overall pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here. Bock flavors and tart fruityness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 02:05:34 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of brew3crew


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Orange body with white head.
S-Smells a little like coffee, but it is very subtle
T-Very subtle coffee. If I hadn't read the name of the beer I wouldn't know it was there. Lots of malt
M-Medium body and smooth
D-Above average, but I would not go back for another.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 15:26:18 | More by brew3crew
Photo of jmdrpi


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on-tap served in 10oz glass. appears a slighty opaque chesnutt brown in color with with thin off-white head.

aroma, as expected, is coffee. but a pleasant subtle smell, not too strong or overwhelming. taste is similar in that it's true to the labeling as it basically tastes like a doppelbock with coffee flavor. but again, its more of a secondary flavor. malty, no hop flavor at all.

mouthfeel is smoother tasting that some traditional doppelbocks I've had. lower carbonation. easy to drink, but overall drinkability is maybe limited because it only pairs well with certain foods due to the flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 15:23:14 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of AgentZero


3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish color, little bit brown/black, clear, but dark enough that you can't see through it. Slight head with just a little bit of lace.

S - Interesting deep coffee smell with a little touch of smoke, and some roasty caramel malts.

T - Not bad, this had a lot of coffee, toffee, and caramel flavor. A bit of smoke that kind of adds to it, some sort of weird sweetness going on here, just a touch grainy, but solid.

M - Pretty decently bodied, nice carbonation bite, not bad.

D - This is solid, fairly enjoyable, and would not refuse it, although wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 05:57:01 | More by AgentZero
Photo of MrDanno96


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with hints of red on the edges. A thin ring of off-white head circles the edge of the glass.

S: Smells like a coffee shop - just like freshly ground coffee beans. Tons of dark roast coffee, a little burnt coffee, and very roasty malt.

T: As with the nose, tons of dark roast coffee up front. The flavor transitions mid-palate to hints of caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt remains throughout each sip. Some hints of dark fruit present themselves as well. very complex!

M: It's on the heavier side of medium bodied. Not quite the characteristically heavy Doppelbock body.

D:I am really impressed by what Dark Horse did here with the coffee beans in this brew. Definitely not a traditional Doppelbock recipe, but very tasty. Definitely doesn't drink like 7.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2010 01:15:48 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of Spider889


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega.

Dark brown color, no head on my pour.

Smells of coffee and light sweet caramel malts. Slightly bready, but the coffee steals the show.

The taste has a huge coffee character. I never expected so much coffee flavor in a beer that wasn't a stout or porter. So, though it was a big surprise, it was a good one. This was delicious. Sweet but not bitter, dark muddled baker's chocolate, sweet alcohol esters. The flavor profile is almost entirely of coffee though, excellent iced coffee.

Fairly light bodied and very drinkable. This beer has totally reworked my opinion of Dark Horse.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 23:06:36 | More by Spider889
Photo of biggerboat88


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown, somewhat copper when held up to the light, with a heavy cream-colored head. It has a strong roasted coffee aroma, I didn't really get any of the familiar bock scents, just coffee. The coffee was much stronger in the nose than it was on the tongue. This beer had a strong malty sweetness, lots of caramel goodness going on here, with the coffee only coming through at the end on the back of the tongue. I liked it a lot, neither flavor was fighting for the spotlight and it turned out to be a well balanced brew. Perkulator was a truly interesting beer, Dark Horse gets some bonus points for trying something new with such an established style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 01:18:26 | More by biggerboat88
Photo of IronLover


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, muddy brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly and no head retention or cap. Strong coffee aromas with hints of sweet, roasted malt. Medium to full bodied feel. Very smooth with light carbonation. The coffee flavors are dominant in the beginning and taper to a roasted, sweet malt flavor. Just a slight hint of alcoholic strength at the end as reminder that this is a dopplebock. If you're a coffee drinker you'll enjoy this.Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2010 18:15:59 | More by IronLover
Photo of Soonami


4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 20:51:12 | More by Soonami
Photo of cpetrone84


3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery at the Crawfish Boil

A-pours a dirty muddy brown with an off white head.

S-the nose is lots of coffee, very roasted almost burnt. roasted malt presence behind, very straight forward roasted/burnt malts and coffee.

T-like the nose, lots of roasted coffee, a light coffee bitterness to it, hints of chocolate with a touch of malty dark fruit sweetness in the back.

M-smooth, good body, creamy feel to it, dry crisp finish.

D-pretty tasty, a lot of coffee up front, the flavor ups from the aroma as the taste is not burnt at all, hints of balance and complexity with the malt sweetness in the back. decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:30:41 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Bouleboubier


2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is blasphemy. How can you call this a doppelbock when all I'm tasting is coffee syrup? Yeah, this ain't from Germany, but Dark Horse has taken a runny java dump on the Reinheitsgebot with this junk. My fault for not picking up on their extremely lame play-on-words with its name. Ha. Ha. I get it.

People seem to be treating certain styles a little too loosely these days - "black" IPA is another winner. Can't they just shoot off another branch on the already branchy tree of beer styles and just designate these brews otherwise?

(blah blah blah) Looks like a doppelbock in color. Congrats.

Smells like coffee. Tastes like coffee. Feels like a doppelbock infected with coffee - gave me some wicked gas like coffee.

This is not a doppelbock. Call it something else. Javabock? Konabock? I don't care. I'm all for creativity and trying new things. But uh-uh. FtS!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2010 04:26:53 | More by Bouleboubier
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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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