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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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989 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 989
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 40
Gots: 51 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

rjvanston, Nov 16, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

DocDownUnder, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of minterro
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sixer mixer from oades in Lansing

pretty interesting label (i dont really like it, but its interesting). It looks like a bad metal bands cd cover (different then from the one shown in the ba picture)

A & S: roasty malts, dark chocolate, something smells a little sour also. Pours about a finger of fizzy off-white head. Semi-clear dark red colored beer. Head doesn’t retent well (its down to nothing really soon) and the lacing isn’t relevant.

T & M: not super rich for a doppelbock. Its quite pleasant, very similar to the nose only with less of that sourness that was present in the scent. The malts have a good balance of sweet and toasty. A bit of a bitter nuttiness to the finish. Chewy feel to this beer, full bodied and sharp carbonation even later in the taste. Really filling but fairly easy to drink.

O: I was good for the style, but not super good, I liked it but pretty forgettable.

minterro, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with lots of carb bubbles rising toward a bubbly tan cap on top. Lots of coffee on the nose would be an understatement. I think I find hints of chocolate and caramel underneath but honestly I can't smell past the coffee. If its any consolation its a very pleasant coffee aroma not harsh or acrid like some have made. Taste is coffee right up front, and in the finish. There is some melanoid and caramel flavors about midway through but they are quickly displaced by java. Medium body and carbonation level, slick bubbly mouthfeel. Nice drinking beer flavored coffee, oh wait its the other way around. I liked this one but at times had trouble finding a dopplebock in my glass.

johnnnniee, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance started off with me popping the cap, walking to get a glass, and when i returned a slight and slow rise of bubbles rising up from the bottle, like a very minor infection has started. This was just released again and these are new bottles so now i have to decide if i should drink them before it grows or let them grow and see what it does. haha. After i pored it into the glass it slowly settled into a still brown body that looks like flat coke. This is getting odd.
The aroma smells like a scorched perkulator! It smells like coffee that was burnt over and over for hours and then picked up the next morning while cold. Acrid paper, bleh.
Flavors are less acrid, the coffee notes are fuller and better tasting, there is more of a richness in here as the malts are able to provide a bit of backup.
The low carbonation is a bit, low. The mouthfeel is glassy, streaky.

I am going to leave the other ones sit in a warm place and see what happens, i have no worry of ruining these bottles.

ChadQuest, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of jmerloni
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to black coloration with light brown head which is fairly large and sticks decently.

S - Coffee. Dark chocolate. Not much malt backbone on the nose.

T - A lot of coffee. Good coffee, too - dark roast Kenya or something fantastic like that. Nice light brown sugar malt, but I wish it was a molasses-based malt a bit.

M - Medium to thick-bodied. Pretty dry. Somewhat grainy.

D - Nicely drinkable. Good winter beer. Will be getting this again; this is nice.

jmerloni, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of coffee, but it tastes more like scorched green chiles. Kind of a burnt over the campfire flavor. Thinner body than expected but fairly malty. Sharp and a touch of the sour. Smokey nose. Old vegetable broth with chocolate cherries. Nice golden brown color with long-lasting lacing.

mactrail, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass...

A- Pours a deep brown with maroon tints. Has a dense cm of creamy white head that settles to a film quickly.

S- Stale ground coffee beans right upfront. The background lurks a big sweet, malty beer. Toffee and nutty all the way.

T/M- The coffee is still a little old tasting, but not as much as the nose alluded. Nutty, caramel, hazelnut, and a touch of milk chocolate. The finish is extremely smooth. Nice medium body, slick feel. Carbonation is tingly, but low.

O- Good, but not great. Coffee was a great conceptual component for this style, but a bit old. Maybe this would be awesome on tap? I did love the nuttiness of the base doppelbock. I would drink again, but probably not buy another 4pk

TheGordianKnot, Oct 28, 2011
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Tulip glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Dark copper in color.Beige lasting foam.Small bubbled crown.Toasted caramel malt,sweet coffee & yeast to the nose.Sweet flavor,dark fruit notes & hints of cocoa.Gentle bitterness.Medium body,soft carbonation.Mildy coffee aftertaste.ABV is felt. Even though drinkability is good.

GONZALOYANNA, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lager and coffee... hmmm these guys know what they're doing. good with PH experimentation and adding something like that to a extremely hight gravity wort i'm sure makes for something fun. the beer shines after a bit of air. the coffee the quick drop of a malty lager and the feel pays. but fluffy coffee is a bit redundant. there is balance the abv is unbelievable smooth. a bit of toastiness ... not roasted coffee notes. a nice drop. a nice mineral coffee hint. great great blend. i can see some interesting forrest fruit coming out of a the mix if tweaked a bit. still can't complain. innovative brewery.

rtepiak, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A very dark amber/mahogany pour. Big fluffy chocolate milk head. Retention is good. Lacing is ok.

S: Smells like coffee. Can't even discern anything else.

T: More coffee as expected, but not as strong as the nose. A bit of sweetness helps balance the coffee bitterness. A little bit of toffee and molasses but it's pretty much all coffee.

M: Pretty thin but otherwise smooth.

O: A simple coffee beer. Definitely one to try if you love coffee because there isn't much more to this one. It's not like a coffee porter or stout where there are other aspects, this literally tastes 95% like cold coffee with a bit of alcohol in it.

Dope, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy pour into a bruery snifter and very little head, just a lacing that quickly reseeds. Dark, murky brown, like muddy water but thinner.
Not much of a smell to the bottle that I have. Small amount of coffee, watered down and old coffee. Minimal malts, bit of sweetness that could come from fruit
The coffee is a bit more noticeable in the taste, old coffee. Small amount of tree fruit in the finish, banana a little bit. Coffee sticks around in the finish
Mouth feel is very nice, this is the best part of this beer. Nice carbonation that holds through out the beer. Medium bodied with a fine well balanced finish

There was not that much to the smell and taste with this, I like a coffee beer to really pack a punch. I could taste a bit of fruit and coffee, so it seems on for the style but just not what I was looking for

GradyS1, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of clareo
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Large amount of carbonation in the head on the pour, dissipates quickly; very distinct coffee-caramel color.

S - Brewed coffee, hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Smooth, sweet coffee flavor, toffee on the finish.

M - Thin and light, with effervescence lending body.

O - Tasty and smooth, a refreshing coffee beer; a nice change from coffee porters and stouts. Probably great around a campfire.

clareo, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. I'm always a sucker for a coffee beer. Plus, I'm hungover after a long fantasy draft from last night, so a coffee beer just sounds like maybe the only thing that will pick me up.

Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter. No date on the bottle. Pours a rich dark dark brown/black color. Nice off-white head fills the glass, decent retention to about 1 finger. Smell- iced coffee, tea leaves, some mocha notes in there. Its clear that this one is all about the coffee. Taste- roasty coffee notes, dark chocolate in the back of the throat. Perfect balance between the coffee flavors and the dopplebock flavors you would expect. Awesome carbonation here- its on the rich side in terms of carbonation, and it actually does wonders for this beer in making it a refreshing experience. Overall, I really like this one. I would seek out again- a good coffee beer is pretty valuable to me, and I don't get many good ones locally.

lnashsig, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of cosmonick
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

Appearance: Murky brown with some red tones. It poured with a medium sized, thick bubbly brown head.

Aroma: Super strong coffee aroma with a little vanilla.

Taste: Sour coffee with a little bit of roasted malt and slight dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a little bit thicker than water

The warmer it gets, the more sour it smells and tastes. Definitely worth trying but I think the aroma is much better than the taste.

Eis Igian,

cosmonick, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of duffcalifornia
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 0253 poured into a shaker pint.

A: A deep burnt orange with a one finger head that looks like milk with a bit of coffee poured in. The head fades quickly and provides little to any lacing.

S: Smells like my morning cup of coffee and sweet roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruits. I'm really hoping the aroma doesn't disappoint.

T: The taste doesn't. Huge coffee flavor upfront even though the bottle appears to be about a year old. Big malty backbone, dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate throughout. Everything I could want from a coffee dopplebock. Finishes with just a touch of dryness that makes you want another sip immediately.

M: Dare I say this is perhaps a bit more carbonated than it should be for the style? I prefer my bocks a bit on the chewier side, and this has a medium mouthfeel at best. It's not *bad* mind you, but it's not how I'd make it if it was my own creation. Also, for having 7.5% alcohol, absolutely none of it shows up in the drinking of this beer, even as it warms.

O: Mouthfeel aside, this is pretty much exactly what I would want out of a coffee dopplebock. Easy to drink, substantive without being overbearing. If this had a bit better head, this would be up there with NG's Uff Da for my favorite bock. As it is, it is just half a step below. Truly recommended.

duffcalifornia, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Duff27, Aug 23, 2011
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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