Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,021 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,021
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
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 Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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 MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquor - no date on the bottle, but they just got it in so I'm guessing it's fairly fresh. Used a pilsener glass for this one...

A - Pours with a thick serving of head that dissipates quickly. Rich dark amber color, with small amount of carbonation present.

S - Mmm...coffee. There's a little bit of caramel and malt underneath.

T - It's like drinking an iced coffee with a lot of cream, and malt used instead of sugar. It's hard to look past the coffee flavor as it overwhelms pretty much everything. A little one-dimensional...

M - Creamy and rich - lingers in your mouth. Carbonation is just right.

D - No idea how strong this guy is but it doesn't taste overly strong. If I were in a coffee mood I could have a couple of these.

It was nice to see a doppelbock getting in on the coffee action that seems mostly limited to porters and stouts. The malty nature of the doppelbock really complements the coffee flavor and makes it drink like an alcoholic iced coffee - which is both a strength and a weakness, as it makes this brew a little shallow.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock. No further information on the label, aside from the typical legalities, and the name of the guest artist.

Dark brown body, head starts large, cocoa-tinged, and dwindles down to slimness.

Aromatics, sweet, dark malt, swiftly smothered by coffee. Bittersweet roast, quickly met with dark fruits, then raisin, plum, brown sugar become more prominent.

Taste: Spicy and hoppy at first, malty, for sure. And not much more, I'm afraid. The coffee flavor is nowhere near as strong as in the nose, and the doppelbock character that lies below is severely lacking. Incoherent and lackluster. Spicy malt, meager coffee taste does deliver somewhat on each returning sip, but I feel this is an unwise marriage, and the combination of coffee and doppelbock does not create a greater goodness.

Body is medium, finish is long, but flavor is severely disappointing. There's little joy in this one, and you won't see me drinking another, sorry.

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of watered down coffee grinds, roasted malts, and ligh chocolate.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Good but the taste seems a bit watered down. A bit too carbonated as well. Would like to have again.

Photo of drabmuh
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as an oddity. A coffee doppelbock, OK I'm curious.

Beer is brown and hazy, looks like dirty dish water. Pathetic head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Not impressed yet.

Whoa....coffee hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. I'm very curious about the aroma. The deeper I inhale the more solvents I get. Its an odd smelling beer, the coffee is like a big heavy curtain that opens on a very bad play.

The flavor is a coffee bomb with a late caramel flavor. This beer is super thin, no carbonation, creamy in the mouth, bitter finish. This is not that much fun to drink, definitely better doppelbocks out there.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown bread, light raisin, light apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of coffee, malt, and yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, apple, raisin, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, roast, toast, toffee, apple, raisin, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt, coffee, and yeast notes; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good; could use more body though. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of coffee, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. Not as malty robust as I was hoping for, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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 Rochefort10nh
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to akorsak who included this as an extra in a recent trade.

Murky brown when held up to the light with a soft white one fingered head.

Smells of Costa Rican coffee with notes of caramel and deep colored fruits (plums, prunes, etc.)

Tastes of strongly brewed coffee, deep roasted malt and brown sugar. A slight sultana raison component.

A nice feel in the mouth with an appropriate thickness for a 7.5 percent brew.

On the high end of drinkability as I finished this off in no time and was left wanting more.

A very nice beer that is a first for me as I was skeptical that a coffee infused doublebock would float my boat.

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid burnt toffee scent with a nice roasted malt and coffee aroma. It's dry with some underlying caramel sweetness. The taste is decent as well. I has a dry coffee flavor as well as sweet caramel feel, but there seems to be something wrong here. The flavors don't mix well. The coffee and roasted flavors are incredibly dry, almost musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I like the concept here, but the end result is flawed.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque but cloudy deep amber in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation, some dark yeast particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly burnt coffee (like the coffee that has been left on the burner way too long - usually at someplace like a gas station) over roasted malts and some hints of peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a solid malt body with some hints of caramel sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of slightly burnt coffee. Light hints of peppery yeast towards the finish with a hint of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for quite a while but fade away.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: I had high hopes for this beer but having tried it twice now, I guess it is just not the beer for me. I really get the taste of coffee that has been left on the burner for way too long (and not great coffee at that). The mouthfeel is really light for the doppelbock style and other comparable beers - almost like iced coffee was poured into the beer.

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

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours hardly any khaki colored head. Fades to a ring. Color is a hazed copper brown.

Aroma: Tons of coffee and lightly roasted malt. Some caramel, but mainly a massive amount of coffee.

Taste: Coffee and then more coffee. Roasted malts, light caramel. Very dry. Not to much other than the coffee. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this just wasn't my type of beer. It just doesn't compete with a lot of the other coffee beers I have had. I also enjoy doppelbocks and it wrecked that part of the beer as well. So this beer is two 'styles' that I normally enjoy, but not when combined.

Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle without a freshness date and a brown/black/white label that is significantly less interesting than the one featured. This one boasts: "guest artist Jared Brownell" with a bunch of large scale coffee pots taking off into outer space...

Pours an amber color that is for the most part clear but boasts a certain hue of color that is somewhere inbetween redish and brown. Continuous amount of bubbles rise to the surface providing support for an offwhite colored head. Initially poured more than a finger thick of big white bubbles that receeded back to a thin layer covering the beer. Aroma of this beer has a mix of roasty coffee and malt/alcohol that almost comes across as being musty. Taste of this beer is...well, a doppelbock. I know it sounds unoriginal and uninspiring but that is it. Nothing immediately strikes outside of the norm other than a noticable amount of alcohol warmth and an aftertaste that includes a bit of the coffee and just a slight bit of the roasted coffee that is reminding me of something musty comes through in the finish of the taste as well. The coffee is a nice little addition to this beer, not an out of control and a dominating amount but just subtle enough to throw a mix into the style. It has a nice amount of alcohol warmth in the finish. Feel of this beer is medium to light. Feel is a little light due to a high amount of carbonation.

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

Another bottle shared by Lunch What time is it?

The beer is dark copper to ruby hued with a quarter inch of light tan head that leaves random lacing on the glass. The aroma offers coffee, chocolate, malt. Nice smelling beer. The flavor brings milk chocolate, lager malt. Really nice. Lots of chocolate milk flavors. Pretty straightforward. Decent beer. I would have this again.

Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark amber with a large, thick, foamy, fizzing head that has good retention

S - coffee beans, faint toffee, some lager-y aromas

T - big coffee notes up front followed by some toffee and dark fruit, there may be some caramel throughout as well

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is definitely what it promises to be; a doppelbock with coffee. The problem for me is that this beer is dominated by coffee which almost completely covers up what could have been a solid, stand-alone doppelbock. It's not that the coffee is bad, but I wish there was a bit more balance allowing each flavor to come through. This was nice to have once, but the next time I'm in the mood for a doppelbock I'll probably go for a classic.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Perkulator looks like caramel liquid and some light brown color and ruby red when up to some light. A quickly fading vanilla cap and no lacing to be seen. Coffee is the main scent and it's big. Not really espresso like just str8 coffee. Under that is a Dopple with some sweet malts and a bit of a roast/burnt thing too. The dopplebock portion of this beer comes out more in taste with caramel malt among others ans some dark fruit with pear. Coffee is not as big as expected from the smell. Goes down smooth with a slightly lighter than medium body with light and effective carb, spot on. Not the most balanced beer but a good attempt. A bit high in ABV for a few but it's not all that high.

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 yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, different label than the satanic looking one displayed here.

Hazy, slightly reddish cola colored with a light tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles with dots of lacing. Strong coffee notes in aroma with roasted malt, slightly sweet (caramel-y), no hop presence. Taste is very similar to the nose, a so-so doppelbock with a strong punch of coffee. The bock adds a caramel sweetness that nicely balances out the bitterness of the coffee. The coffee is more of a roasted flavor or anything too intense. Lighter side of medium bodied with strong carbonation results in a very frothy, light body. The addition of coffee to this style isn't doing that much for me. It's nicely balanced but leaves me wanting a good doppelbock or a good coffee stout instead.

Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured a deep brown color with a very thin white ring for a head clinging to the edge of the glass. The thin white ring lasted but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma is full of coffee. A little malt sweetness to it but the coffee really seems to be the only thing worth mentioning. Probably the closest beer aroma I've had to matching a straight glass of coffee.

The taste has a strong coffee presence to it throughout the flavor. It has a roasted, bitter quality but also has a a good dose of malty sweetness coming through. The malty sweetness seems to be the thing that separates this from actual coffee. It's definitely more balanced then coffee though.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's pretty close to actual coffee with a little malt sweetness. If you like coffee you will probably like this beer. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more beer flavors to it since I typically love the doppelbock flavor profile.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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

Picked up a single at the Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI.

This is a great coffee beer for it's balance. In my opinion, too many coffee beers are all about the beans, with beer just acting as a prop. Perkulator pairs the smooth malty caramel of a doppelbock with fresh, dark-roasted coffee and I'm loving it. Easy to drink from the not-too-thick (for a doppel) body and delicious. A must-try for fans of coffee beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looker off the pour. Deep reddish brown, and opaque, with large amounts of thin carbonation. Head forms majestically, large with perfect even bubbles throughout it's four and three finger tall construction. Lots of soapy retention, but eventually settles, great looking beer.

Good ripping coffee bean on the nose. Mellow hop angle perhaps a little earth but highly malt forward with caramel as to be expected. Coffee angle on this is quite fresh and pipping real nice example.

Palate brings light coffee richness on first sip. Finish is a little bit metallic. Playful carbonation with a little bit of grapefruit hop citrus quenching qualities. Juicy strangely, with a muted malt caramel and a good coffee angle that turns to milk chocolate.

Overall a real fun example of coffee in a doppelbock, probably the best one I've had to date.

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark hazelnut brown with coffee colored edgesand a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Deep roasted cofee aroma with roasted taost notes, nut, milk chocolate and slight lactic creaminess.

Rich roasty flavor that becomes a bit more prominent as it warms up. Roasted smokey toasted nut with some slight lactic creaminess. Hazlenut, smoked malt, creamy milk chocolate, slight spice character and subtle hops. A bit thin for my liking but not to where is has too much of an affect on the beer. Nice balance of coffee, dark fruit notes and chocolate. The roasted character is not overbearing, which is a nice change of ace, adding complexity and avoiding the one dimensionality of many coffee beers. ABV well masked makng it pretty easy to drink.

Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one.
What a kickass label with a two-headed goat version of Lucifer(reminiscent of Slayer's Reign in Blood & Show No Mercy album covers...but with gnarly bat wings) sitting in a flame thrown with the extended two fingers and thumb facing down signifying the anti-trilogy. On the forearm is tattood, "Ferment". An obvious showing that this Doppelbock is not the typical nod to Jesus, as the original Salvator was when the monks brewed it. No, friends, this is something wicked with darkness brooding...and brewing for that matter. A coffee infused Doppelbock. I give these guys a lot of credit for trying something other than a coffee stout, or porter.

Appears a dark amber with a light tan head that slowly fades into a a mild cap of fluff. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of smokey java, nuts, caramel, and vanilla with a mild raisin aroma buried behind the other goodness.
Taste is of the same aromas with some smokey java pulling ahead of the typical doppelbock toffee flavors that are hidden way in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium boded, semi-sweet up front, with a dry, roasty java finish.

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.

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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