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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

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910 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 910
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%

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 rudzud


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark chestnut hue with a good one finger off white head that slumps down to leave a thick, creamy quarter inch blanket. Nice light lacing.

S - Light roasty coffee and malts here with very light nutty aromas and lager yeast.

T - Nice dopplebock notes here accented with good coffee notes, nice and bitter and roasty. My complaint on this is the slight faint metallic not eon the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Not too boozy, almost light. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this was a pretty good dopplebock. Wish it didnt have that faint offputting aftertaste though. Very unfortunate.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:38:39 | More by rudzud
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee doppelbock, really!!

A: great color, great head, great everything, some cloudiness
S: intense roasted coffee, some malt backbone
T: well-made, balanced between malt, hops, and coffee
M: a bit OTT with coffee but decent still
O: interesting and definitely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:20:36 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very dark brown with two fingers of sand colored head that lasts for about two minutes, leaves behind minimal lacing. Body is on the heavier side of medium thickness and carbonation levels are on the lighter side of medium strength.

Smells of freshly dampened coffee grounds and cured tobacco leaves. Tastes heavily of black coffee, but only moderately of bready malt and merely a touch of yeasty / nutty character. There is a modicum of baking chocolate and herbal tea flavor that appears as the glass warms up towards room temperature. The finish is quite dry for a doppelbock and extremely earthy.

My criticisms for this one all revolve around the doppelbock aspects being somewhat obscured by the loudness of the coffee aspects. I would have preferred a bit more doppelbock backbone supporting the coffee rather than getting smothered by it. A coffee doppelbock is a great idea; but in this brew, it feels as though the two ideas are fighting each other rather than working cooperatively. And for better or for worse, the coffee faction is winning, quite decisively.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 10:28:27 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of Fitwitchik


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a snifter

Smell is like brewed coffee grounds. Dang I love that smell!!

Taste is coffe upfront then the follow of dopple. Classic flavor.

Not too thin which is huge relief. This concerned me...

Overall very happy with this years brew. It has been hit or miss in the past but glad 2012 was A O K.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:30:01 | More by Fitwitchik
Photo of jimmah120


3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look is a cloudy, hazy dark brown. smell is roasted coffee grounds, bread rolls, dry leaves. Taste is bitter sweet bread, caramel rolls, dry leaves, roasted coffee beans. Feel is light and crisp, but not watery.

Solid beer, but ultimately forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 22:40:30 | More by jimmah120
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted coffee beans, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong and creamy coffee flavor that is followed by breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better coffee-flavored alternatives out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 03:50:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with a finger of khaki head that recedes into a frothy ring with no lacing.

S: Lots of creamy chocolate and coffee on the nose with some sweet nutty and roasted aromas toward the finish.

T: Similar to the aroma, sweet chocolate and creamy coffee dominate with slightly bitter roasted malt and nutty flavors on the finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is nice and creamy with smooth carbonation.

O: A solid beer overall, if a bit simple. The coffee unfortunately overwhelms the doppelbock aspects, but it's still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 04:42:54 | More by n2185
Photo of AltBock


3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. I had two bottles and both bottles had different labels. I had the one that’s pictured here on BA. That’s the one that’s done by Jared Brownell. The one I’m reviewing has a more sinister label. This bottle had a label done by Joseph Krystofiak. This label depicts the devil (?) as a two headed goat beast with a human body and giant bat wings. This devilish creature is sitting on a throne of fire with his cup of morning Joe in his left hand. His right hand is extended and is making a signal with his fingers. You can also see that his right arm is tattooed with the word “ferment.” Directly below the devil in bold red early 80’s heavy metal font is the name of the beer. Flanking the picture is all the mandatory US information. No best before date or bottle code anywhere.

When poured into a Tuborg Pilsner glass, this devil of a beer was an extremely murky hazelnut brown. This beer was so murky that I could barely see the silhouette of my fingers on the other side of the glass. It could have been the murkiness that caused this beer not to have any highlights. It was just a straight up hazelnut brown color. There was actually a decent sized head of foam on this beer. The initial head of foam was ¼ to ½ inch in height and a faded tan color. I thought the head of foam was going to quickly fade away into the pits of hell, but a small skim of tan foam decided to stick around until the last drop of beer was gone.

The aroma was all about the coffee and less about the Doppelbock. What are you going to expect from a beer named “Perkulator?” The first aroma that came popping out was of course the dry roasted coffee beans. Hiding behind the strong aroma of coffee was a touch of dark chocolate, a few raisins, a whiff of roasted malt, a slice of day old nut bread, and a speck of hazelnut. This beer then finishes up with a subtle grassy hop aroma. I would have liked more Doppelbock aromas shine through the massive coffee wall, but I can’t have everything.

It tasted like the coffee wanted to completely take over the beer, but the Doppelbock aspect of the beer said no to that. Some Doppelbock flavors were able to break through the coffee wall. Just to get it out of the way, the first taste this beer had to offer was the dry roasted coffee beans. The thick coffee taste did a small build it before the Doppelbock came in. The Doppelbock flavors consisted of dry roasted malts, a touch of day old raisin bread, a fig or two, a tiny speck of dark chocolate, and small amount of roasted hops at the finish line. The coffee taste was fine. The Doppelbock flavors were good. But this beer seemed a little too dry for me.

This is a medium to full bodied beer with a decent level of carbonation and a dry roasted aftertaste. The after taste consisted of dry roasted coffee beans, roasted malt, and some more day old raisin bread. It was the taste of roasted coffee beans that lingered on for long time.

Dark Horse certainly wasn’t lying when they labeled this beer as coffee Doppelbock. Did this beer have TOO much coffee? No, I think it had the right amount of coffee in it. It was just the quality of the coffee they put in this beer. The coffee was far too dry. As is, it’s not a bad Doppelbock. If you’re ever in the mood for a dry beer with a strong taste of coffee in it, then pick up a bottle of “Perkulator.”

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 07:13:35 | More by AltBock
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber-brown with red highlights and excellent clarity. There is about a half a finger of a creamy tan head with excellent retention. My bottle had some sediment in the bottle so handle it carefully if you want clear beer.

Wow, you smell the coffee before you've even poured this in the glass although it lean towards the wet grounds aroma. Behind that there is a moderate melanoidin and hint of carmel.

The taste is like coffee and bread crusts with some malt flavors of dark fruit. There is a decent amount of bitterness and a balance of moderate sweetness resulting in a semi dry beer. The crusty flavor lingers into the long finish along with a bit of alcohol warmth.

This is a full bodied beer with a moderately-low level of carbonation.

I love coffee almost as much as beer and this is good example however the wet coffee ground aroma detracts. The flavors really come together as it gets warmer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 23:27:07 | More by MadScientist
Photo of drpimento


3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this at a good temperaturre with a medium size, light tan, foamy head that soon settles and no lace. Color is a clear mahoganey with a plenty of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, coffee, molasses, roast, dark ripe fruit. Flavor's like nose, not overly sweet, slight bitterness, and enough carbonic tang to balance. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor, fairly long, and a liittle boozy. Not entirely convinced that coffee can be used in almost anything.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 01:44:03 | More by drpimento
Photo of Kegatron


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a hazed copper with a couple fingers of creamy light mocha head. This retains with a smooth foaminess that throws up a rich cascade which hangs thick swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. Fresh coffee grounds give the aroma a flavorful kick, which gives way to more of a roasted nuttiness and a sweeter mix of cocoa, toffee, and then some ripe citrus along the back.

The taste has a decent Doppelbock base to it of caramel, roast, nuttiness, and green citrus, with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Rich roasted coffee character mixes in and meshes well with the cocoa and nutty flavors of the base. The finish is fairly dry on the tongue with notes of lingering bitter fruit and roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a chewy sharpness that prickles the tongue a bit but then gets a little easier along the edges and back of the feel. There is a touch of alcohol presence here but it overall isn’t too bad.

For what this is, it isn’t too bad, as it does seem to successfully find that middle ground between coffee beer and Doppelbock. The coffee definitely makes an impression in this though. This one is interesting. I’d be willing to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 19:23:54 | More by Kegatron
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
No date on the bottle or info. Awesome label!

A - Poured much lighter than I expected, it's a murky brown amber color that's on the verge of being an opaque brown. Dense light khaki foam rises to the top and lowers slowly but leaves little lace behind.

S - Coffee grounds are immediately evident on the nose with a background of toasted malts. The aroma has a very earthy feel to it, almost like dirt smell but, with this beer, it works out ok. Very heavily roasted cold coffee overall.

T - The earthy flavors overtake the coffee. The sweetness of the toasted malts are well balanced by the coffee ground bitterness but that fine earthy aroma in the nose doesn't translate well to the tongue. The finish tastes like dirt and...

M - ...has the mouthfeel of dry, crusty dirt. Of course that could be from the coffee. Perkulator is medium-full bodied and bitter on the finish from the cold coffee grounds. It's still got that nice lager character to it though.

O - This beer starts out nicely but the earthy dirt-like flavor stemming from the coffee is bothersome. The idea of a coffee doppelbock is awesome but either this is too old or the idea wasn't executed to the best possible way.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 15:53:43 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of soulfly1492


3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Roasted coffee, sweet cocoa, grains, noble hops, spicy alcohol. Some floral notes, a bit different, some mild fruity esters, apple and pear. Darker hops, very little to no pils or Munich malts. Some lactose?

Appearance: Deep copper. Lots of small and some larger particles in suspension, thus the brew is moderately cloudy. Head pours moderately tall and is light brown in color.

Taste: Mildly bitter and roasty coffee, semi-sweet chocolate syrup, mild grains, mildly bitter pine and floral hops. Mild lactose, which I thought I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Little to no carbonation. Feels a bit numbing on the tongue from the bitter coffee and hops.

Overall: Not sure where this fits within the doppelbock style, but it's a good drink. A bit overdose on the sweet side, but the bitter coffee and hops, floral hops and spicy alcohol counter rather well.

Notes: Drank on 3/28/2012.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 02:15:00 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of Jason


3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brownish amber, good lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Coffee grounds, burnt sugar, mild twang, warming alcohol, faint spice, caramel, toasted bread

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, very bready, dried grass, toasty, mild coffee, fallen apples, chicory, alcohol warmth, dry-ish finish

I can dig this beer, wish the coffee flavor were a bit more pronounced and perhaps not as cooked but it did its job and did not distract from the rest of the beer. Most certainly going to come back to this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 03:54:03 | More by Jason
Photo of budgood1


3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly murky dark mahoghany colour with a slim off white head. that reduces down farily quickly and leaves just some sparse lace. i also notice that this doppel is bottle conditioned, so i'm assuming that i am about to sample something out of the realm of any preconceived style guidelines. the aroma is predominatley coffee, but the spent and burnt kind...lots of ashiness to the overall smell. it sort of overwhelms any malty doppel notes, so commenting on the malt and hop nuances is pretty much impossible. the flavour profile allows some of the maltiness to come through...it's semi sweet, a tad smoky and rather one dimensional. a stabbing alcohol burn is quite noticeable...then there is the coffee profile; astringent, bitter and rather overwhelming in its manner of dominating other respective flavours. for a doppel, this has a relatively light body. the mouthfeel is overly smooth and seemingly on the watery side. strange drinkability...i keep thinking that all these flavours should mesh better, but then they don't.

overall...a good idea that just doesn't work in this concoction. add that into the fact that it seems like this is a weak doppel on its own reduces the enjoyment factor even more. good idea, poor overall result.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 00:45:38 | More by budgood1
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by sprague11, thanks John. 12oz into a tulip.

Murky copper-brown, with a cream coloured head, sticky lace and dense retention. Nose features whole coffee beans, not ground or spent or whathaveyou. Like sticking your nose into a bag of yet-to-be-ground beans. Some caramel and nut notes, but the coffee sticks out immensely. Taste has a weird acidic sourness derived from a vast amount of roast, bitter and raw beans again. Dark breads and gentle caramel. Medium carbonation and an ok body. Coffee was quite interesting but way too raw to make for a great coffee beer in my opinion - however this 'rawness' certainly intrigues me. A curious beer, but I wouldn't actively seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:36:56 | More by liamt07
Photo of NEhophead


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a pilsener glass.

Pours a slightly thin maple in color with some tea and auburn highlights. The head is an off white and built with stable foam; very good retention.

The initial creamy sweetness: molasses with a touch of vanilla, is engulfed by a rough, french roast. A very nice balance in aroma with a very distinctive roasted coffee bean profile.

Flavors are much like the aromas foreshadow: creamy malt sweetness that is overtaken for most of the sip by the freshly roasted espresso. Once the full coffee flavors subside, the vanilla and molasses sweetness seems a bit artificial; maybe just a touch heavy.

Full bodied; roasted and primarily dry; however, a touch of slickness when the sweetness shines through.

It takes a bit of time to really find the 'doppelbock' in the espresso, but very flavorful nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 23:51:39 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very bitter result of all this: Initial coffee taste with a bourbon like secondary. Coffee dominates, its coffee aroma and a pure coffee taste. Copper brown and a nice head. Above average mouthfeel. Hard to finish this one. An idea maybe not the best executed.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:54:17 | More by Sammy
Photo of JRdaSconnie


1.4/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

P: 12oz bottle purchased from The Ale Jail in St. Paul. Chilled briefly and poured into snifter.

A: Deep, clear brown with red hues. 1/2 finger head rapidly drops to ring with small amount of lace when swirled. More brown than the red-brown I'd like to see in a doppel.

S: Strong beans. Some burnt coffee but almost smells more like raw kidney beans to me. That overwhelms all other smells to me. Hope it tastes better than it smells.

T: A blend of flavors similar to the smell hits me right away. A lot going on in here but for my pallet, none of it good. I taste something burnt, maybe some woodiness (not barrel aged though), maybe green treebranches (?) then some hot alcohol on aftertaste.

M: Too busy trying to scrape it off my tongue to get much mouthfeel. Light body, carbonation level is nice.

O: Probably one of the worst beers I've had in a while. I don't get coffee and I don't get doppelbock. Probably dumping this one after about 4 sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:06:31 | More by JRdaSconnie
Photo of secondtooth


4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy, rusty red in color, with a cloudy, opacity, this bock comes out with a minimal head, and equally as minimal with the lace.

Nose is definitely coffee up front, and a hint of chocolate in there, too.

Flavor is heavy on the coffee, with an almost sweet toffee or caramel hint. A solid dopplebock, and one well worthy of purchase.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:47:14 | More by secondtooth
Photo of RyanLigeia

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- 4 Caramel color with a nice looking tan head. Lets a little light through/mild clarity. Visible carbonation bubbles when held up to the light, nice lacing.

Smell- 3.5 Smells mostly just of coffee beans with a touch of alcohol.

Taste- 3.5 Coffee beans again with some slight caramel sweetness followed by a mild bitterness.

MF- 4 Smooth and heavy with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- 4 Unique beer! I'm not getting the "doppelbock" at all, tastes more like a...coffee lager or something. Probably wont buy again but it's worth a try if you havent yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 16:14:18 | More by RyanLigeia
Photo of chugalug06


4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Kinda thin looking... Not too much in the way of tan soapy head. Brew is very dark brown with lots of black and deep purples.

S - I get huge coffee and chilie scents. Mildly bready

T/M - Very smooth coffee and slight chilie and chocolate without the heat. Rather thin and undefined, but still a very enjoyable brew. Perfect carbonation and no heat. A bit thin.

O - A little all over the place, but still quite an enjoyable beer. Thanks Andy for the awesome trade!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:01:31 | More by chugalug06
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange toffeish. White head that cleared quickly. Slightly hazy from bottle conditioning.

S: black espresso. Extremely. Strong bitter coffee. Nuttiness.

T: really sweet with a sharp astringency followed by bitter coffee finish.

M: medium. Balance of sweet and dry.

O: not good. Coffee is too much of an after thought. Stringency is confusing as well. No good.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 20:48:02 | More by JerseyKirk
Photo of ghostwalker


3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy red-brown body with thin white head.

Nose is fresh ground coffee on malt. I'm a sucker for the beans!

Flavor is sweet, but slightly astringent. Coffee mostly shows up as bitterness. The lovely aromatics present in the nose don't seem to make the crossover to flavor as much as I would have liked.

Mouthfeel is thin, with fizzy carbonation. Not as rich as I expected.

Overall is pretty good. I'm enjoying it, but have found that the intensity of flavor is light and the ABV is not really apparent, it drinks like a smaller beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 23:01:51 | More by ghostwalker
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2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aged for 12 months

A- pours a medium dark brown with a thin layer of foam that lingers

S- coffee all day. smells like there are grounds in the beer

T- similar to the 2011. Thin on flavor with heavy coffee on the finish

M- very thin and watery

O- I just tried the 2011 and not much has changed from 2010. i think aging this one only made it worse.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:10:41 | More by Jammies
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.