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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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443 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 443
Hads: 1,026
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.45%
Wants: 45
Gots: 59 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Full of bitter dark roasted coffee with a touch of sweet brown sugar. The coffee dominated the nose, which is very pleasant overall.

T - The bitter coffee hits the tongue first, followed by some typical doppelbock flaovours - some caramel, toffee and bready malts. The bitter coffee returns in the finish and lingers slightly in the finish. Overall, the coffee is predominant but is balanced out well by the other flavours.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge four-inch near-white head atop a dark(!) red/brown beer. Great head retention and lacing.

S- Roasty, coffee. Can't tell whether its a "premium" or merely a "good" coffee. Let's see if I can decipher it with a sip.

T- "Good" coffee, very sweet. I feel the coffee is at the forefront of this dopplebock, almost to a fault. Hard to detect anything else.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated. medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Enjoyed overall but the coffee aspect took away from the token dopplebock flavors that I wanted to find in this Dark horse offering. Would recommend to coffee beer lovers but not to dopplebock lovers.

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

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a dark orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a lot of coffee and sweet malt, but that's about it. On the palate there's coffee of course, with a hint of fruit on the moderately sweet frame. While nice enough, the flavor profile in this beer is pretty simple and one dimensionable. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm just not digging this beer all that much. So drinkability is fair at best.

Ho hum. This beer is really nothing very special.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz inflatablechair brought over tonight.. Thanks Sam!

Pour doesn't reveal too much.. a dark reddish brew that is pretty much crystal clear.. no real head..

Aroma has descent whaffs of coffee and some caramel.. surprisingly clean..

Flavor is pretty damn malty with some lite caramel and the coffee comes in a bunch more but seems light to me... only descent as far as a base beer goes.

The body is medium with a light carbonation...

At first (when chilled) I thought this was a well made dopplebock with coffee... but.. as it warmed I was left sorta flat... only a descent dopplebock with not as much coffee as I was certainly expecting.

Sam said that he had been sitting on this bottle for a while.. but I doubt age helped or hurt it... Coffee doesn't belong in such a clean brew... I will stand by this.... Thanks Amigo, but this did not do it for me.

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

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Opaque dark brown color, yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor follows - a good, almost sweet roasted coffee. $2.95 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown with lighter hues of amber along edges and bottom of the glass. 1/6 inch head of a pale tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, and slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation levels and strong bitterness. Tastes strongly of coffee up front, yeast cleanliness comes through next, some sweet malt faintly, and the finish is roasted malt. Once the bitterness pasts the mouth feel is slightly watery. Overall, the coffee flavor is just too strong and overpowers the other characteristics of a Doppelbock.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of my sister as a Christmas gift.

A: The doppelbock is a dark mahogany color, nearly black in its brown depth. The darkness renders the beer opaque. The ale didn't have an appreciable head.

S: The nose is loaded with sweet coffee aromas, so much so that the grainy doppelbock base is hidden. The aroma is delicious, very similar to Wake n Bake.

T: The coffee is strong up front, sweet with a cold toddy flavor. As the coffee fades, the grains gladly roll in with a concentrated fruity flavor. Doppelbocks are often abrasive with malts but this is nicely muted by the coffee. The finish returns to the bitter coffee flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is coffee, completely dominating and crowding out the doppelbock. The biggest hint of doppelbock is a flourish for fruity malts at the end of each sip.

D: I don't know the alcohol level on this one but the coffee flavor would keep me hanging around.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, muddy amber with a one finger foamy beige head. It smells very strongly of coffee beans and sweet malts. The doppelbock definitely comes out in the flavor. There is little coffee and you get a lot of yeast, sweet malts, bread, and some strange fruit. It's appealing but is kind of odd for a doppel. It drinks fine, it's both fresh and crisp with good carbonation. Despite my ranking, I actually do like this because I'm not a huge fan of traditional doppelbocks. This beer has good flavor and is very drinkable. The alcohol isn't present at all.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer, no lace. Smell is caramel, coffee beans, roast, sweet fruits, chocolate, some alcohol, not bad. Taste is similar, alcohol bite, chocolate, nice raw espresso roast, very intense, some cherries, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. Wasn't a big fan of the body, but a solid beer.

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

Murky looking dark crimson. Thin beige head. Sparse lace. The aroma is thick with coffee. Used coffee grounds. Heavily roasted used coffee grounds. This is thick. The taste is thick with coffee too. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. It's definitely a coffee beer first, dopplebock second. That's not a bad thing. It's a good beer. But not really a dopplebock in flavor. Lingering bitterness from coffee bean. Alcohol is negligible. Decent attempt at an odd combination.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy dark brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, but not much lacing. The aroma is mostly coffee, but I can also smell some caramel malt, chocolate and nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma. Coffee is the strongest taste, but there's also some grain, caramel, raisins and chocolate noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and it's also smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip glass. No bottle date present :(
**Please note that my bottle I purchased is the old label, so this is probably a decently aged brew**

(A)- Pours a light to medium brown (just like coffee!). Head formed a good 2-finger, but quickly disappeared to a very light layer of grey bubbles.

(S)- Tons upon tons of roasted coffee combined with a hint of cream. No joke, it smells exactly like coffee & creamer w/ a packet of sugar!

(T)- It is exactly like drinking a cup of creamed coffee! The sugary sweetness is probably the result of the malts added. Slight hint of smoky/hickory molasses on the finish combined with the tiniest essence of root beer. Man, this is kind of weird but good.

(M)- The easiest drinking doppelbock I have ever tried! Smooth & creamy with just a twinge of carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Where is the 7.5% abv?

(D)- If you are a serious coffee drinker (like me), you will absolutely love this beer! I have no idea how long this was aged due to a lack of bottled date, but however long it was aged for made this a spectacular doppelbock !

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass (part of a 4-pack purchased from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays). The beer was a nice dark chestnut color, with a thin off-white foam that dried into lace on the glass. The smell is just about as I'd expect it, a nice rich malty doppelbock aroma with coffee. The taste even better, this is a nice doppelbock base to begin with, easily as good as German versions I've tried. The coffee complements well, maybe even takes over a little but the sweet malts really hold up well. Nice thick coating mouthfeel as you'd want it from a big beer like a doppelbock. The only question I have is what's the ABV, as it's not listed on the bottle.

Overall a nicely executed novel approach to a coffee beer. Others typically infuse coffee into stouts or maybe porters, but it works with a doppelbock as well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man was I suprised to find all these Dark Horse beers at D's in Swissville!

A - Pours a nice dark copper with a lot of carbonation you can hear. Nice inch of head that forms a moderate lace ring.

S - I got a lot of Doppelbock tones from this: raisin, figs, brown sugar and coffee.

T - Lighter and less coffee than expected but less ABV than most doppelbocks I have had. Slightly bitter coffee and dark fruits along with a pretty sweet brown sugar base. Nice

M - Lighter than expected but still pretty medium bodied.

D - I may have it again if given the option but I could use more body in my doppelbock. Still it was a pretty great beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown body with decent head and some lace. Aroma is coffee dominant with touches of roasted malts, caramel and bread. Beer is dry and fuller bodied, not so chewy, and while alright to drink with touches of sweetness the coffee is too dominant for my liking. This isn't a criticism of the beer as much as my personal preference since I'm not a regular coffee drinker at all. To me, at least, the balance is off as the coffee aspect of this beer overpowers all the other aspects of the beer (which is sort of the point).

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overflowing plume of khaki head pours into the glass, with a murky body of medium brown.

Coffee dominates the aroma. Sweet, nutty malt pales in comparison.

Sweet, nutty malt dominates the flavor, with chocolate adding complexity. There's an underlying roast coffee character that doesn't overwhelm. A metallic note surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch light, with somewhat light carbonation.

Dopplebock character surfaces far more in flavor than aroma, which pleases me. Took 5 minutes to pour the damn beer, but it was worth it. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but the sweet, nutty malt and chocolate won me over.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloud brown hue. A soil deposit at the bottom of the beer bottle has undoubtedly left many tiny floaties swimming around. The head is a thin slash of tan cream. Lots of lacing.

S-The aroma is stunningly similar to real coffee. It truly smells like a cold cup of java. Almost as if you took a used coffee filter still holding the grounds and took a huge huff. Just coffee everywhere. Its awesome.

T-The flavor is definitely more beer than coffee. There is yeast and malt so I am finally pretty certain Dark Horse didn't just bottle carbonated coffee. Its still coffee all over the place though.

M-Feels lighter than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Creamy. Drinkable. Roasty bitterness.

O/D-This beer is flat out awesome. One of the best imitations of coffee I have found in a beer. Take away the bubbles and it could be confused for coffee. Underrated beer for sure.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pour a tawny brown, almost clear. Forms a one inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate and dark fruits.

This one tastes interesting. Lots of coffee up front, that gets a little tangy as the beer warms up. The coffee takes away some of the typical dopplebock character from the beer, but the bready malt and dark fruits keep some vestige of the style. The various flavors mix together pretty well.

Medium bodied, slightly thin at times. The carbonation is good, but sometimes a little distracting from the more rich flavors of the beer.

A good, interesting effort- with some clean up- fill out the body and cut down the carbonation, and make the dopplebock aspects stronger, this could be an amazing beer.

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

Nice find on tap at Maduro on a night where i introduced about 10 new people to this lovely little bar

appearance: served in a bells tulip glass which they appear to have a ton of now...dark mahogany body, not a lot of head or lace to note

smell: nice fresh coffee bean aroma, sweet malts, wood, apple, caramel

taste: the coffee effects reminded me of the Great Dane Coffee Ale - strong current of fresh beans, lots of wood, caramel apple, light cream. cool idea

mouthfeel: smooth, medium-light body

drinkability: good

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.