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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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1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 1,018 | Reviews: 443
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Pours a deep cloudy nutty brown, yellowish head is pretty much a lacing.

Smells of milk chocolate, roasted coffee and mild nuttiness.

Tastes of mild oak nuttiness, milk chocolate and mildly acidic roasted coffee.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A tasty stout-ish coffee brew, good robust flavor and goes down easy. A bit odd for a bock maybe, but worth trying and pretty easy to like.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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