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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 mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Daktyls
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of ms11781
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of CPeterson
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is totally of coffee with the slightest of malt. The taste has much of the coffee within but there is a slight malt background. It's a really odd combination of smooth maltiness. For a doppelbock this is pretty weird. There is the obvious acidity note that really clashes too much for the mouthfeel of a normal doppelbock. I pretty much like this beer, but that's only because I like coffee.

Photo of Bonis
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brownish amber color with a whole lot of cream colored head, which fades fairly quickly to a half inch.

S - Definitely big on the coffee, super malty with a generous dose of burnt sugars.

T - Sweet, caramely, and malty initially. It has a roasty characteristic from the coffee and possibly some other malts, but definitely tastes like a doppelbock spiked with coffee. The bitterness of the coffee and a touch of alcohol linger in the aftertaste. It's really quite subtle for the abv, and delicious at that.

M - Pretty full bodied and a little high on the carbonation, but it is super smooth and goes down easy.

D - Like most other doppelbocks I have encountered, it is an easy drink at a fairly high abv, so be careful, but don't hesitate to try this one.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out amber in color with a tangerine cream/off white colored head. The head itself is initially pretty thick, it sticks around for a little while, however not a whole lot of lacing. Very hazy looking, clearly not filtered.

The aromas coming from this beer truly make up one of the most interesting beers I've ever smelled, certainly not a traditional doppelbock. You can easily detect the dark coffee beans right away. To me there are also notes of chili peppers and some sweet tobacco. Maybe just some slight grain/malt.

The taste is where the dobbelbock characteristics come in a little more. There are plenty of coffee flavors again along with some of the tobacco notes, maybe a little black pepper. There is much more sweetness than I expected, based on the smell. Well malted, some slightly burned chocolate that is detected, bittersweet.

The mouthfeel is good, there's a lot going on, so I think it's fair to give it a bit of a curve. Full bodied and lightly carbonated. Pretty smooth and finishes with a bite. Overall it's very drinkable, not what I expected, in a good way.

This is way better than I really hoped, I just thought it was something trendy or some weird idea just to be different. But I feel like this was a well thought out beer that took multiple attempts to get it how they wanted. Thanks Dark Horse, I'll be back.

Photo of KevinBrewer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Brown color with a reddish tint. Huge, billowing tan head that sticks around but leaves minimal lacing.

N- Dark yeasty esters and aromas of coffee, chocolate, and roasted grains. Alcohol is noticeable as the beer warms up.

T- Sweet roasty malt and brown sugar accented by a light bitter combination of dark hops and coffee. A faint hint of alcohol meshes with a nice spiciness. Roasted grains and dry coffee linger into the aftertaste.

M- Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium-light body with a dry finish.

D- I like the lightness of the body combined with the coffee and roasted malt. This is a solid beer, and I'm looking forward to drinking it again.

Photo of mafeeker
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with decent tan head that fades quickly

S: First impression is a mix between freshly ground coffee and coffee grounds. There is a nice sweet maltiness in the background

T: The taste is very heavy on raw coffee, with almost a burnt or smokey component. The malt character finishes the flavor off and makes this beer much more drinkable

D: Overall, the drinkability is pretty good. I have had coffee beers that have a much smoother coffee flavor, but the malt is able to balance the coffee bitterness in this one.

Photo of readbaron
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark dark amber with plentiful tan head that fades. Nice lacing and a lot of bubbles.

Smells like dark burnt coffee, with malty beer undertones.

Tastes initially like coffee - somewhat smokey or burnt, but quite nice. Quickly fades into a malty lager. Finish is smooth with a pleasant coffee aftertaste.

Feel is light and bubbly - very nice.

D - Tasty beer - but one is enough.

Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a very small, thin head of off-white foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - Java! Cup o' joe! Whatever, you want to call it, coffee dominated the aroma.

T - Rich roastiness of coffee with the sweet caramel maltiness of a dopplebock. It really is a great combo.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious coffee brew. I loved the combo of a dopplebock with coffee. I was stunned at the relatively low rating. It was delicious.

Photo of brendanbeer
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. i like the dark mahogony color. but no head at all, eventually i can generate one by swirling my glass, but it doesnt last long.

s. faint coffee smell, like watered down coffee.

t. like watered down iced coffee. nice coffee bitterness and nice coffee sweetness, but its way too subdued and bland.

m. not much carbonation, doesnt linger much on the palate.

d. very drinkable, but not very enjoyable.

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Very deep brown, almost black in color, with ruby highlights. Thin, light tan head with somewhat poor retention.

Aroma-I get dark, roast coffee bean aroma as the strongest note, with lighter burnt malt notes and some sweet caramel hints. Light cinnamon as well. No fruity esters, and no hops. Often times I get vegetal, green pepper aromas when I smell beers with coffee added, but those are noticeably absent in this one (thank god). Smells like coffee, which I'm thinking is what they were going for.

Flavor-Sweet caramel and roasted malt up front, which quickly is overtaken by strong coffee notes. In the finish, the coffee flavor builds and carries long into the aftertaste. That said, the beer tastes balanced, not overly coffee-like, and very tasty. The roasted malt and coffee provide tempering bitterness to offset the malt as opposed to hop bitterness. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel-rich, medium full body, with moderate carbonation. Relatively smooth but a little bit chalky in the finish from the roast.

Very tasty and good aromatics, but I wouldn't want to drink a ton of this one. They did do a very good job of weaving the coffee flavors and aromas into the beer without totally overpowering all of the other flavors.

Photo of mikereaser
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #3

Dusted off my Pilsner glass for bottle #8 from Khazadum

A - pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby highlights. There was an inch of off white foam that quickly faded into a layer of fine bubbles

S - aroma is a mix of roasted malts, some smoke, brown sugar, an overall earthy aroma

T - really nice flavor to this one. Some nice brown sugar notes along with the roasted malts. I start to pick up some woody smokey flavors coming in and finishing with a touch of charcoal. There is hints of some citrus but not alot. As it warms i'm picking up a touch of cherries as well.

M/D - its a medium bodied beer with an appropriate amount of carbonation. its smooth in the mouth and is very easy to drink. I'm thinking the alcohol might be a bit high, but you can't tell by drinking it.


so I open it up and its Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
wow, really. I swear I had one of these a few weeks back and don't remember it tasting like this. Although my bottle then was at least a year old. I guess the smoke I was thinking I was getting was the roasted coffee. Hmm, well I know i"m bad at reviewing so take it for what its worth. I'll gladly finish this glass. I'm glad I got to do this one blind.

Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice Saturday afternoon kick start, with some nice coffee.

Even with a careful pours, a huge fizzy bubbly 2+ finger head rises up but fades pretty quickly. THe beer is a clear ruby auburn brown color, with lots of bubbles rising from the bottle.

Nose has some toasty brown malts, some brown sugar, dark wheats, plenty of fresh roasted coffee beans, a bit of a juicy but acidic coffee hit, hints of toffee and slightly nutty.

Taste brings more malts, toasty brown malts, some brown sugar, a bit of dark wheats but not as much as I was expecting as it seems to be overshadowed by the sweet malts, and the coffee. The coffee again is fresh roasted beans a bit, but more of the acidic and juicy coffee flavor, but it has a slight bit of brunt coffee (like left on the burner too long). I also get some peanut flavors, as well as a bit of caramel, reminding me somewhat of a snickers bar. A bit of bitterness, mostly from the coffee and roasted malts, fairly sweet at first, but not too much, which dries quite a bit on the finish, leaving a lingering light bitterness, plenty of acid, and remnants of what used to be brown sugar, toffee, and crystal malts. A hint of smoke on the finish as well.

Mouth is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and acidic, and tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is not the greatest, but not bad. A hint of booze is starting to come through as it warms, with some acidicty and some of the sweetness, but it has a drier finish that helps, and the coffee comes in a good proportion, not too heavy that it overpowers the delicate beer, or so light that you can't even detect it.

Photo of in780
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - pours caramel brown with little head, hardly any lacing.

S - Odd. Coffee for sure, but with a citrusy sour aroma too. Certainly unique.

T - Yep, odd. Sweetness from the malts, bitterness from the coffee...should be great, but there's something else that distracts. Could be the hops? Not bad at all, but different for sure.

M - Pretty nice...Appropriately carbonated, a little thinner than some other doppelbocks, but ok

D - Not tough to drink, but I'm not rushing for another

I'll have to try this one again. As it stands, not quite what I was hoping for...I love Dark Horse, and love doppelbocks (and like coffee), but this missed the mark.

Photo of BB1313
2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I must say from my experience, Dark Horse makes some great looking beers. This one pours a beautiful light hazy brown, which turns a hazy burnt orange in the light. This beer just glows. Has a big white fluffy head; lacing ok. Smells like Folgers.. coffee straight up. I was expecting the taste to be overpowering w/ coffee, it ended up being sharp, but mellow considering how strong it smells. There are strong hints of chocolate as well. The mouthfeel was over-carbonated and ended up being a problem; super fizzy. This one starts off strong, but my interest starts to fade a bit as I get into it.. one's good for me.

This beer has potential to be something special.. maybe if they rework it a little, they can have something unique. The carbonation really brought this beer down; too fizzy. Nonetheless, solid brew. If you're into bitter coffee, this one is still worth seeking out.

Photo of EricCioe
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be honest: when I got this four pack, I thought something was wrong with the beer. After reading around, though, it seems to be normal, and just to offend most of my senses as almost no beer has before. I went into this one with high hopes based on the coffee and the Dark Horse beers I've already had, but man, was I ever disappointed.

It pours a Coca-Cola black with little or no head and no lacing in a snifter. On the nose the first thing that comes to mind is mushrooms, but breaking it down it seems to be an overpowering note of old coffee grounds, and not in a good way. This is the worst nose I've ever had on a beer. On the tongue the spent and burnt coffee isn't nearly as bad as it is on the nose. I could almost see it being very pleasant if it weren't for the godawful aroma it gives off. The mouthfeel is thin but nice and sharp, not too bad.

If it weren't for the aroma that I find awful and intolerable, I could see myself drinking this one again. It's sort of out there, but it's nice enough if you can get past the smell. But I can't really do that.

Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown with a fizzy light tan cap that dies down fairly quickly. No lace sticks around from the small ring.

S- Spent coffee grounds are up front with some nutty, cocoa and slight caramel and vanilla notes.

T- Very intense spent coffee ground flavor, almost burnt and somewhat bitter. Some dark fruit in the background and well as nutty malt and caramel. Slight hops. Slightly sour even.

MF- Creamy light-end body with silky high carbonation. Somewhat bitter from the coffee.

DB- The coffee flavor is very intense, I would have to say a bit too much, it feels one dimensional. A strange Doppelbock. The sour, bitter coffee and a bit of alcohol eventually make me tired of this one.

Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a lightly hazed and amber tinted brown color with a short finger of fizzy off white foam that dies quickly to a small collar without leaving any lacing. Rapid streams of bubbles steadily rise throughout the body giving it more of a fizzy appearance on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee with an acrid burntness to it, a bit of charcoal maybe over some earthy aromas. A small amount of sweet, sugary malt comes thru along with some dark fruitiness and a wisp of alcohol. A bit unusual for a doppelbock for sure.

T - Sweet malt with some dark fruits hits immediately. The coffee and earthiness from the aroma arrive next although far from as dominant as they are in the aroma...but the coffee is still a strong flavor component. There is also a bit of a sourness around the edges. This comes in just behind the coffee and I wonder if the coffee addition has created this as a side flavor. Hops are marginal in the flavor too.

M - Highly carbonated giving a fizzy and somewhat foamy feel. Body is full and lifted by the carbonation level too...almost feels a bit airy/foamy sorta like it was whipped...a bit unusual.

D - Ehh...just ok for me. This isn't exactly what I was expecting from a doppelbock...even a coffee one. The coffee takes away much of the rich maltiness that I associate with the style. Seems more like Dark Horse is trying to make a Coffee Bender competitor but can't quite match the way the sophistication of the coffee in that brew. Ultimately, I'd say not a bad beer, but it misses the mark a bit for me.

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