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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of clint1019
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Am I the only person who tastes and smells cayenne pepper in this beer?

A - Pours a amber brown color with a slight orange tint to it. Has a caramel colored head that dissapated almost immediantly and no lacing what so ever.

S - Cayenne Pepper with a slight hint of coffee.

T - Has a stong taste of cayenne pepper. Also, taste a hint of coffee flavor, but picking up more of the acidity from the coffee.

M - Light bodied. A little thin for a dopplebock.

O - Didn't really enjoy this beer. I can certainly taste the coffee flavor especially in the aftertaste, but it's that spicy cayenne pepper flavor that dominates most of the other flavors in this beer.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fairly aggressive pour produces an opaque, dark copper-brown beer with plenty of visible carbonation near the top. Head is very light brown in color, about 1cm high, and quickly descends to a moderate ring around the glass. No lacing present.

Scent is predominantly of stale coffee that's been left out for some time that drowns out most of the malt sweetness here. Perhaps very slight hints of walnuts under everything else...maybe. Very one-dimensional, despite the possibilities.

Tastes mostly of malt sweetness mixed with stale, sour coffee and the slightest hint of bitter chocolate. Aftertaste of sour coffee and baker's chocolate.

Medium to heavy-bodied with adequate carbonation to keep things interesting and moving along. Finish is dry and slightly sticky, but not saccharine or annoying.

An interesting take on the doppelbock, but this version completely drowns out most of the doppelbock nature and therefore primarily fails, in my opinion. This is more of a coffee bock than a doppelbock (and the coffee doesn't even taste particularly good).

Photo of capeannbass36
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an almost clear reddish brown. Looks sort of like watered down cola. One finger head that disappated quickly. Light lacing throughout.

S- Sweet coffee, plain and simple. A slight hint of sweet malt.

T- Slightly weak black coffee with extra sugar.
Slightly dry with only a hint of alcohol finish.

M- Medium carbonation. Light tingle. Slightly creamy.

O- First try was 5-6 months ago. It was rather forgettable. This bottle has been hanging around in cellar since. Seems like it sort of aged well.
I honestly cannot say this tastes anything like a dopplebock, let alone even beer. But..I like it. Simply a sweet coffee flavored brew. Will probably purchase again.

Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown and cloudy with a tan head. Poured into 2 sample glasses to split between my husband and I so can't really get a sense for how the head measures or lasts.

The scent is sour coffee and hazelnut. Sour? Yes. Sour.

Taste is medium roast coffee fading into a sweet dark caramel to a sweet malty taste.

Ends tingly on the tongue and a little sour.

I'm unsure about this one. As much as I do LIKE deliberately sour beers, I'm not sure if I feel the sour characteristic goes with this one. Either an interesting yeast was added to it, or the coffee was roasted to deliberately or not include sour characteristics.

I'd love to love this one more, but I have to say the sour in this particular beer isn't my preference.

Photo of BBP
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- You'd think it was nitro-tap. Full frothy head, thick lacing. Almost like a root beer float.

S- Coffee and very little else. Slightly roasty.

T- Not the nicest coffee, but still a good blend. It tastes a bit too much like cold coffee, but still comes around. The malt bill does a great job of making it work. Caramel sweetness comes in initially, and there's some bready malts shortly after.

It has a bit too much bitterness in the beginning from the coffee, and then a bit too much sweetness from the malt. I can tell they were trying to sweeten it up, and it tastes more like a coffee with cream and sugar because of that.

It has some slight spice to it like a specialty drink as well. I found the taste to be overdone, and think they could have done better if they kept it simple.

M- Creamy with a medium body. Carbonation fills it up, but isn't abrasive. Very dry finish.

O- This is no doubt a good drink and well crafted, but it's not really to my tastes. I'm not into the coffee with cream taste. If you are, check this out.

Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into glass

Pours a hazed oaky color with some auburn and reddish tones. A thick beige head retains throughout most of the pour with some streaky lacing on the glass.

Big time coffee notes in the nose with roasted beans and malts, touches of chocolate as well. Some undertones of dark fruit with raisins, along with some sweetness.

Much smaller coffee flavor up front, slightly roasted. Thicker malt base with caramel and some notes of bittersweet chocolate. A few dark fruit flairs with a bit of burnt sugar. The coffee returns again towards the finish, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy and pretty smooth on the palate. Definitely a pretty strange beer, although it pretty much delivers what the name implies.

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out as a brownish orange color without much head. The beer is a bit lighter in color than I expected. The smell is heavy with coffee. I'm not really able to pull much more from this. The taste has a big and bold coffee flavor to it. There isn't much depth here. It's like drinking a chilled black coffee to me. I wasn't able to get much malt of hop flavors at all. The coffee just really over powers everything in this beer. The mouthfeel in medium and doesn't have much carbonation. Overall this was a little disappointing.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is probably the best part of this bottle. nice reddish orange color with a small head. just coffee on the nose. coffee at first with the taste, then sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of a cherry blowpop. Unique flavor, but not very impressed. Once is enough for me.

Photo of seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin brown with a small head. Smell is pretty reserved coffee, not much else. Tastes like a cold coffee poured into a Sam Adams. Finishes with just a hint of sourness. As it warms, more coffee, bitterness and sweetness comes out. It's a bit odd tasting and not particularly enjoyable. This is a bit thinner than expected for a doppelbock. Overall, I don't think this is a very successful experiment. It seems like they toned down a Doppelbock's sweetness and body to allow the coffee to come through to neither's benefit. Not undrinkable by any means, but not nearly my favorite.

Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I only had a sample of this to see what it was, and it was...okay. I don't like coffee at all, although I can and do occasionally drink coffee-style brews (uh, beer that is), mostly in porter and stout form. I'm sure this would be worth a try to people who like this style. The bartender thought it was actually a porter, and though I suspected otherwise, I didn't place it as a doppelbock until I came home and looked it up.

I had a more proper tasting of this just recently on tap at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. As above, I still recommend this beer for coffee-lovers...and ONLY for coffee-lovers. Pours clear, dark brown, with a thin, wispy head. Big aroma of coffee grounds, and not much else. Taste was almost pure coffee, almost like drinking a cold, thin cup of the stuff. There may have been some other subtle complexities present, but the coffee pretty much overwhelms everything. If that's your thing, then great, you'll love it. But it's not really my thing, so I didn't love it.

Photo of zrab11
3.47/5  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.

Photo of output01x
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of betsona
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of LairdChisholm
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of slvrmon82
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Soneast
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.