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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: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007

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Photo of mtitus6
1/5  rDev -73.1%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perkulator was poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. In appearance, the beer poured a reddish brown color with a healthy lacing of foam. A very pleasant aroma followed which included a hints of oak with a strong coffee scent. The initial taste was dark coffee with hints of smooth sweetness. The tastebuds were reminded of expresso beans covered in dark chocolate. The coffee flavor grows stronger in the aftertaste. While the aftertaste was tart, it was also very pleasant. I would the pleasantness would be strongest among those of us that still drink coffee black. The smooth mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker, though it is surprisingly thin.

A fellow drinker noted that this is the first "coffee beer" he has had that actually tastes like coffee.

Photo of robwestcott
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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 philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Just the slightest of off-white head which quickly fizzes away leaving a completely laceless offering with only a very slight collar... The color is a murky mix of brown and red... A slight bit of mixed paced carbonation can be seen rising along the sides of the glass...

S - As the name would imply this one is coffee forward and then some... There is also a good bit a tobacco mixed in... Perhaps some light cedar notes... Some very subtle fruity notes - perhaps the slightest touch of strawberry and/or raspberry...

T - The nose was perfectly representative of what presents itself on the palette... The french pressed coffee notes are first and foremost... A very pleasant inviting tobacco character emerges next... Just a touch of sweetness that reminds me of molasses... Very good flavor and complexity...

M - Medium bodied... Very lightly carbonated... Slightly syrupy... Smooth... Even and consistent...

D - A very interesting and well executed offering from the fine folks at Dark Horse... Quite unique and slightly different from almost anything else that I've experienced... A must try for true beer lovers and something that I'll gladly invest in another 40pack in the future...

Photo of dragomni
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of derricksmalls
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of coffee grounds in the nose.
T: Bitter flavors of burnt, over-percolated coffee grounds in the taste along with hints of pepper and the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The body is definitely a lot lighter compared to other beers in the style.
O: The beer is an interesting take on the style but the coffee taste somewhat resembles convenience store coffee that has been lingering for several hours.

Photo of jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ElectricWizkid
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of kirkse
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rhoer06
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate-high carbonation, orange-brown brown, hazy

Smell: coffee and faint pale malt

Taste: coffee and nut at the beginning and the end, sweet toasted malt in the body

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet

Overall: My biggest fear when drinking coffee beers is that it will feel like I am drinking a coffee with alcohol instead of tasting some beer. I am very pleased to say that Dark Horse does it right. Here the coffee accentuates the beer and gives the dopplebock style a different flair. The dopplebock side is very solid. The coffee is far from overpowering and it really works well here. This shoots up to be one of my favorite beers from the brewery because of that. Kudos to Dark Horse to a job well done. I will be picking more of this up.

Photo of NvMyBeer
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KuehneBe
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of discord257
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours clear red/copper with a small light beige head that leaves a few spots of lacing and recedes to a light cap.

Aroma is coffee, dark fruit, caramel & toffee, a little molasses and bread. Very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, brown sugar, coffee, some dark fruit, fair sweetness but not cloying like some other doppelbocks can be. Minimal alcohol, very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy, good carbonation.

Very good Doppelbock. This one is very well balanced, not too sweet, very drinkable, and the coffee adds a nice layer of complexity.

Photo of phlegon
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy a good cup of coffee and a good brew so I thought I'd give this a try. This brew poured smooth and had an excellent appearance. I really liked the smell but the taste was simply too much coffee for me. The coffee taste overpowered the dopplebock. It's very unique. This was like drinking cold coffee infused with beer. I don't know if this has any caffeine in it or not. If you're a coffee lover give it a try!

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.