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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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1,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 55 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a dark tannish brown with a creamy head on top. Interesting trails of sticky lacings cling to the side glass.

Strong whiffs of coffee grinds and chocolate.

Chewy chocolate malt base, caramel sweetness with intense flavors of roasted coffee. Perhaps a touch of brown sugar. Heavy malt flavors with moderate carbonation.

5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of HosP
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of PerHops
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't have super high expectations prior to drinking this beer. It poured a murkey almost, but not quite opaque brown with very little head, or carbonation visible. Smell was minerally, biscuity, and just a trace of coffee. Taste was predominately coffee, with some cocoa in the background. Tasted like an iced mocha. Carbonation lightened it up a little bit. Overall, i wouldn't buy this again, but I did drink the whole thing, if that's sayin anything.

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours dark brow with half a finger of light tan head.

S- smells of coffee bean, nutty peanut butter and dry taffy like malt.

T- taste is coffee, nut dry dark fruit and a taffy dry finish with a lingering French press coffee.

MF- bready light mouthfeel with a light body and low carbonation.

D- very drinkable and unique.

Photo of shipcamein
4.83/5  rDev +29.8%
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.


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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with an off-white head. A ring of retention, and splashy lace in the glass.

Coffee grounds up front, malt and a little alcohol in the nose. The malt has a depth and a brown sugar quality.

A deceptive brew. Initial part of the sip is coffee, but it comes off with a nice smokiness. Then the brew gets a bit odd. Malt comes forward with some depth and a little sugar and fruit, but here is the coffee again. Brew turns acidic and bitter in the end, with mild coffee rounding it out. It is what is promised, but it lacks what I want for the style. Very hard to rate.

Medium bodied. It should be fuller, but isn't. Again, is this wrong? No, as this fits the palatable nature of the brew. Any heavier and you just couldn't drink it.

Not bad, but not sure if I like it. Well made, decent balance, and delivers as promised.

Photo of BrewerMike
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What I like about this beer:
The aroma is reminiscent of fresh-brewed black coffee. Very nice. This is a relatively well-balanced beer. Nice sweetness, not too bitter. The alcohol is well-hidden, although the beer is nice and warming.

What I don't like about this beer:
The coffee flavor is a bit off-putting. It tastes like cheap, bitter black coffee mixed with beer. It's quite a strong flavor, too; a bit overpowering for the style.

That's about it. Overall I liked this beer enough but I have enjoyed several other coffee beers more. I think this flavor needs to be backed up by a much bigger, maltier beer. Not bigger in alcohol, more so in body and overall flavor. The coffee porters and stouts I've enjoyed have handled the coffee much better. I'm actually curious how they added the coffee, whether it was flavoring, beans, grounds, or straight brewed coffee. Maybe changing the method would work better IMHO.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of 57md
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a finger of head that has no retention. The nose is distinctly coffee-like as is the upfront taste. The finish is lingering coffee bitterness. This is a spectacular idea - the blending of coffee with a bock beer. Previously, I have only experienced coffee notes in stouts and porters - and most of them have provided only weak coffee undertones. This dopplebock holds up to the rich java flavor and stands as a unique example of the use of coffee in beer.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of MeisterSmudge
5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brownish color, smallish light tan color, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a huge huge coffee presence, the roasted coffee is the primary aroma with a deep caramel malt backing.

Taste starts out with a caramel malt taste, coffee bitterness follows in the aftertaste, the coffee isn't as large as the aroma is but it does have a lingering effect, carbonation is soft and finishes dry.

Very interesting dopplebock, if it was darker and a tad thicker it would seem more like a dry stout with coffee.

Photo of bsp77
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Murky brown with thin light brown head.

Smell: Cold-pressed coffee, vanilla and caramel. Simple but nice.

Taste: Unique mix of coffee and a malty Doppelbock with caramel, cherry and other fruits. Light vanilla as well. Makes it taste more like flavored coffee. Some spicy noble hops on the finish, along with some lingering coffee. Slightly medicinal aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Off-dry finish.

Overall: Bonus points for the unique experience, but ultimately it comes across as flavored coffee with some out-of-place noble hops. I guess there is a reason most add coffee to Porters and Stouts.

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.