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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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979 Ratings
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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 41
Gots: 50 | 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 zrab11
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slight red/brown color with no head

S-Has a nutty but sweet aroma to it, with a hint or too of coffee

T- Has a bitter coffee flavor up front then finish's with a kinda tangy spicynees to it

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-This is my firstdoppelbock to have and i wasn't that impressed, ill keep trying this style but this beer just tasted alittle to watery for me and also had alittle too much of a smokey taste for me. Felt alittle unbalanced too.

zrab11, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No discernible date.

A slow pour unleashes a voluminous 2 1/2-finger creamy tan-colored head that takes a good bit of time to settle but never truly recedes past 1/2-finger. The body is a gorgeous red-brown dark mahogany with traces of burnt orange at the edges. Peering through the murky depths, one can see an army of bubbles rushing to reinforce the head. Massive globs of foam cling to the sides of the glass beautifully.

Burnt coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malt aromas flow from the billowing head. A light nuttiness is also detected.

This beer starts out so sweet it strikes the tip of my tongue with a sourness. Watered down mocha flows over the rest of the tongue until a roasted almond and dry malt aftertaste creeps in. The flavors are surprisingly light compared to the nose.

Extremely creamy for a doppelbock, this bear is medium bodied with great carbonation. It coats your mouth well but is not very sticky, making it easily sip-able.

While the appearance is near perfect with excellent retention and lacing, the flavors just were not up to par in my opinion. I would be very interested in trying this beer on tap as I believe the coffee flavors would really help this beer if they were fresher.

output01x, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Appearance: Dark and muddy brown, off white froth forms and a decent amount of lace. Looks the part of a good German dopplebock, but this truly is where this beer and the styles' similarities end.

Smell: Malty, some bread, tinge of funk.

Taste: Toasted bread, light fruityness, alittle sour mash type influence with a tartness layered in the roasted chocolate-y profile. Not quite a malt bomb, alittle sour. Light roasted coffee but it is rather subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and overall pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here. Bock flavors and tart fruityness.

Stinkypuss, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of betsona
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Sweet artwork on the bottle. Caveat, I enjoy coffee as much as I do beer so I had extremely high hopes for this one. Might have judged too harshly.

A- Deep dark hazy auburn. Not a pleasant looking color. Moderate pour produced a non-retaining off-white head of about a finger. Plenty of visible carbonation bubbles. No lacing on the glass.

S- Primarily a sweetish coffee smell. Undertones of bitter chocolate and hints of vanilla. Maybe a french vanilla coffee. A nice smell.

T- I could make this a replacement for my morning coffee. At the front, there is a sweet malt base that becomes coffee dominated. I also am getting some chocolate bitterness. A smidgen of vanilla also comes though in the aftertaste. A lingering of burnt coffee is present.

M- Medium body with a bit too much carbonation. The carbonation makes all the flavors a little too biting. Plenty of bitterness on the cheeks and tongue.

O- Enjoyable. I am not sure I would buy it again, but I did enjoy it. The appearance could be improved, but not if the taste is lost. A very pleasant beer at anytime in the day, just not more than one bottle at a time for me.

betsona, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pedestal style glass I like to use for bocks. Nice dark mahoghany color with substantial head. A nice looking beer. Coffee dominates the nose; not much else. Malty flavors upfront. Where's the coffee? It was so prevalent in the nose, I figured there would be some coffee flavor in the beer.

Very thin, not all that drinkable.

Glad I tried it; had been meaning to try something from Dark Horse. I just won't try this one again.

ProudBeerSnob, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of LairdChisholm
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown. transparent color. There is about a one finger. beige head that leaves little to no lacing.

S - Not too pungent but still good. Chocolate, smoke and coffee.

T - A lot of layers here (seems to be a common theme lately) Upfront there is sweet chocolate mixed with a touch of cream. After that comes a sweet coffee layer. The next layer is that aftertaste that has smokey flavors and dark fruits.

M - Good amount of carbonation that is consistent with this style

D - A good beer at a good price. If you like sweet coffee, go grab this.

LairdChisholm, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A slightly reddish, chocolatey brown, opaque, with a two-finger tan head that withdrw to about a half-finger of foam, and stayed there. Nice streams of bubbles rising up.

S: Like no beer I've ever encountered. The caramel malts are present but a bit subdued, and the coffee is there too, but not overpowering. Nutty, with some sweet fruit. To be honest, it kinda smells like a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich.

T: Coffee flavor is there, but without any bitterness - nice. Again, it's rather nutty and sweet, with a bit of tangy spice. The malts are hiding behind the nuttiness and coffee. I don't get a ton of the doppelbock flavor here.

M: Medium to medium-heavy body, nice carbonation, suits the beer well.

D: Certainly a unique beer. Coffee, nutty flavors, and sweetness. A nice combination, but I was hoping for more of that doppelbock malty sweetness. This is a beer I wanted to love, but it's not quite there for me. The flavors mix in odd ways and just don't mesh well.

zeledonia, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of slvrmon82
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown kind of amber, surprisingly a little more red. Head is nice and thick. Very white for a coffee beer.

S - Not a lot going on here. sweet malty coffee is very faint. a little bready but mostly sweet.

T - Very sweet and malty. Coffee upfront but fades quickly.
Bitter roasty with sweet vanilla at the end.

M - Mouthfeel missing a little. Very light for a bock.

D - Its good but not great, finishes a little warm. Gonna pass next time.

slvrmon82, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark and rich chocolaty burgundy color. It has a slight hint of red, but is primarily brown. The slightest bit of transparency exists. Poured with 3 fingers of head that was quick to diminish.

Smell - Interesting. Hints of vanilla, chocolate and coffee of course. A very light, bitter vanilla and coffee smell. The smell reminds me of a toned down Victory at Sea.

Taste - Coffee presents itself immediately, of course. Hints of dark fruits. A pertinent coffee bitter taste with vanilla in the background. Overall, a very tasty and consistent drink. Slight funky bitters.

Drinkability / Mouthfeel - Very drinkable. Definitely a sipping beer that you'll want to spread your bottles out over the nights. Since I can't get Victory at Sea here, this is my new closest favorite local. My second Dark Horse Beer; and it didn't let me down.

Jesse13713, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass on 09/07. Dark brown body, 1 to 2 finger tan head- dissipates quickly. Nose is filled with dark fruit, a bit of coffee, and caramel. The taste brings more dark fruit, coffee, caramel, and adds some toasty nuts and a bit of roasted malt. A bit of vanilla is also noticeable. Medium body and low carbonation in this one. I'm a fan of Dark Horse and this one doesn't disappoint. Good sipper but a tad too sweet to drink a bunch.

gnemesis, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Soneast
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, dark amber color with ruby edges. Grows a thin, light brown cap, that recedes quickly, leaving little to no lace.

The aroma isn't real strong, probably due to the lack of head, however there is a definite coffee/espresso presence mingled in with the overall brown sugar-like malt aromatics.

The flavor is certainly unique and quite delicious, IMO. There are a lot of dopplebock characteristics, a strong "grainy" malt presence, not too malty sweet but some definite brown sugars and burnt caramel. There is a great coffee flavor throughout, I think the overall clean characteristics of a dopplebock really lend themselves to coffee quite well, the coffee is pretty up front and not hidden at all, yet doesn't overpower the husk-like malt flavors.

Well as a traditional dopplebock, this might not fare so well but as an American interpretation of the style (God knows we American's love to fuck with our beer), I think it tastes very good, although the coffee flavor is intense, maybe a little much for those who aren't a fan of coffee to begin with.

Soneast, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of seeswo. 12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Pours a semi-translucent mahogany with a loose, bubbly, half inch, khaki-colored head that loses half its volume in a matter of seconds and eventually disperses into a band around the shoulders. No lacing on this one. Nose expresses slightly vegetal coffee grounds, a hint of lactose and something sweet. Taste reveals slightly vinous fruit, a sugary character and coffee grounds - less vegetal than in the nose; however, the flavor lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively, almost prickly carbonation. There's also some acidity that stimulates the tip of the tongue and the sides of the cheek. An interesting interpretation of the style; however the coffee grounds flavor gets to be a little much.

Jwale73, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a gift from duffextracold

Ruby red to auburn color that sports the biggest gosh darn head I've ever seen on a doppelbock. Once the head slowly dissolves it doesn't leave much lace nor retention.

Aroma is coffee: really good, well brewed actual coffee as opposed to other candy coffee scented brews. Oddly I'm picking up whipped cream.

Taste again boasts quality coffee but is upset by steely breadiness. Thin, overcarbonated body.

I think it's cool that Dark Horse came up with a new sub-style and almost nailed my best expectations. Get rid of the steelyness and with some tweaks to the body and carbonation this could be great.

donkeyrunner, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Orange body with white head.
S-Smells a little like coffee, but it is very subtle
T-Very subtle coffee. If I hadn't read the name of the beer I wouldn't know it was there. Lots of malt
M-Medium body and smooth
D-Above average, but I would not go back for another.

brew3crew, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

aasher, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of watered down coffee grinds, roasted malts, and ligh chocolate.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Good but the taste seems a bit watered down. A bit too carbonated as well. Would like to have again.

mdfb79, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Spiekerbox
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a burnt red tint. Thin head that dissipates quickly

S- Lots of coffee with a hint of dark malt in there

T- Coffee again with hints of vanilla and malts

M- Way too carbonated to me, almost has the mouthfeel of a citrus soda. The over carbonation really takes away from the flavor for

D- Other than the carbonation issue this is a very good beer, I would definitely drink this one again

Spiekerbox, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Justin for bringing this to a recent tasting.

The color is a brown-crimson hue with reddish highlights. Thin bubbly head, bubbles don't leave much lacing.

The smell has the most coffee roast I've ever smelled in a beer by far. Some hazelnut and malt but coffee (not espresso, coffee) dominates.

Taste has lots of coffee as well, the finish is a bit abrupt but some nice nutty pecan and hazelnut flavors linger. Pure coffee grinds and fresh vanilla.

Mouth is very overcarbonated. Good drinker though.

Dreadnaught33, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Vince.

A rather muddy, ruddy brown with a dense, light brown head that recedes to a ring leaving no lace. The nose is rather simple. Coffee is rather strong up front with plenty of caramel. In some ways, it reminds me of Vietnamese coffee - decocted coffee and condensed milk. Not really a traditional dopplebock, this.

The palate opens with a big coffee character with some dark fruit character - figs in particular - along with some moderately bready flavor. Mildly wheat-like. Drying on the finish with plenty of coffee flavor with very low coffee bitterness or acidity, emphasizing the fruitiness. Moderate caramel sweetness is present, particularly on the mid-palate. All of this really makes this taste like dulce de leche + coffee. Medium in body, this is rather dry. Carbonation is moderate, but the finish is a little disappointing as it doesn't have much lingering flavor, just some carbonic acid. This is a rather terrible dopplebock, but it is a rather enjoyable beer. The purity of the coffee flavor makes me think of fresh Peche Mortel.

DefenCorps, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on-tap served in 10oz glass. appears a slighty opaque chesnutt brown in color with with thin off-white head.

aroma, as expected, is coffee. but a pleasant subtle smell, not too strong or overwhelming. taste is similar in that it's true to the labeling as it basically tastes like a doppelbock with coffee flavor. but again, its more of a secondary flavor. malty, no hop flavor at all.

mouthfeel is smoother tasting that some traditional doppelbocks I've had. lower carbonation. easy to drink, but overall drinkability is maybe limited because it only pairs well with certain foods due to the flavors.

jmdrpi, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark brown color with a one finger head that dissipates to a nice thick lacing that covers the entire top of the beer.

S: Coffee, coffee, coffee. Smells like a bag of just opened whole coffee beans. The coffee is pretty overwhelming, but I also picked up a slight amount of malt.

T: Like the nose, coffee, coffee, coffee. Following the coffee though, there's a few more flavors including as before, roasted malts, dark hops and some graininess. It would be quite possible to confuse this with an iced coffee for someone who didn't know it was a beer.

M: Medium bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation that suits the rest of beer.

D: Drinking one at a time would be great. But I would probably not have another one right away. The flavor is a little on the stronger side, so one at a time would probably be better.

Daktyls, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, dark orange/light brown, rust colored might be a better description with a 2 finger, fizzy off white head that quickly ends up a thin white head that stays.

Aroma is very heavy on the coffee. Maybe a little bit of malt but not much really. The coffee really dominates the nose, not overwhelming but pleasantly powerful.

Not as much coffee in the taste as there was in the nose. A good amount of sweet malts, surprisingly, as the weren't any in the nose. Also some slight chocolate notes and maybe some brown sugar. Infinitely more balanced than the aroma.

Full bodied but not too heavy. Light carbonation gives it a creamier mouthfeel. Something going on in the finish, I wouldn't call it dry but it has a similar characteristic of a beer that dries out at the finish. Can't really put my finger on it.

Good drinkability with this brew. The first whiff of the nose made me think roasted, bitter coffee but it was much more balanced that that. The creamy mouthfeel helps it go down smooth. Definitely not a beer you could have a good amount of but a couple at a time certainly isn't out of the question.

ms11781, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -- Pours a deep mahogany with a small head that settles into a thin skim. Hazy yet translucent, very inviting.

S -- Dark roasted coffee and caramel on the front, fading into burnt sugar and earth.

T -- Almost exactly follows the nose and ends with a light vanilla and smoky essence.

M -- Medium bodied and well carbonated for the style -- lightly. A little dryness on the back.

D -- Solid offering, makes a repeat purchase inevitable. Seems just a touch diluted for what I would expect from the style, but very well constructed.

CPeterson, Jan 14, 2011
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.