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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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986 Ratings
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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
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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Photo of Strix
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown, minimal head that fades to absolutely nothing.

Slight coffee/dark chocolate note in the nose, that's about all.

Very sweet malts, coffee, and a bit of a woody vanilla note. The taste is an interesting blend, and it is flavorful, gets sweet after awhile though.

Mouthfeel thin and watery.

I have mixed feelings about this one. The taste wasn't bad, but the mouthfeel needs to be thicker, and it could be a bit less cloying.

Strix, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with over an inch of billowing, loose and puffy tan colored foam. the beer is somewhat hazy, dark amber in color. some thin veiled, sticky lacing is left behind.

S - somewhat sweet, heavily creamed coffee. strong presence of toasted almonds and nuts. malts come out and bring some toffee along with dark fruits.

T - at first, a mix of creamed, lightly roasted coffee meshes with assertive toffee and dark fruits. as the initial sweetness dies down, it turns more to the "brown" side with toasted nuts and light caramel malts developing. coffee lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - body is slightly on the lighter side, emphasized by bright and tingly carbonation. pretty creamy through the middle, turning to a slightly unpleasant chalky finish. lingering bitterness from coffee and sticky sweet malts.

D - not sure about the age of this bottle, but i enjoyed it much more out of the tap. the coffee just seems to be a bit off, and sweetness is much more abound this time around. still a really good breakfast beer.

Stigs, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Doppelbocks. I like coffee beers. Trying this one out makes a lot of sense. Had a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown body, but it is clear enough to give it some amber/orange glow in the light. Head dissipated quickly and leave no lacing. Not much to look at here.

Aroma: Right after the pour, the coffee stands out. As is settles and warms, roasted malts and toffee come out. Unique for the style for sure, but smells similar to some coffee porters and brown ales I've had in the past.

Taste: The coffee flavors rush in, but fade quickly. I'm pretty surprised by how well the spicy and malty aspects of this beer cut through the initial bitterness. I think high level of carbonation helps all flavors dance a bit. I'm not too sure how much I like the combination of all flavors, but you can't say it is unbalanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The high carbonation not only helps all of the more subtle flavors come out, but it also keeps a pretty malt forward brew from being too heavy. I found this to be dangerously drinkable at 7.5% as it went down very easy and was smooth.

Overall: Dark Horse did well on this beer, but I'm not sure it is for me. They accomplished what they set out to do, marry a powerful flavor to a subtle and classic style. Mission accomplished.

soze47, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown with an amber tint with two fingers of head that had very good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly coffee. In fact I should say all coffee. I do not get any doppelbock here.

The flavor is dominated by coffee. But as I get through the warming beer, some caramel and toasty elements come out. Coffee bitterness in the finish. Definately more bitter than any other doppelbock I have come across. I like coffee beers so I did not mind its dominance.

The body feels a little thin and it is definately overcarbonated. Could use a little tweaking here. More malt certainly would not hurt this beer in body or taste.

A good beer for those that like coffee infused beers. Coffee haters need not look for this beer as it is the major player in the beer.

morimech, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a yellow/white head.

Nose is sweet carmel and toffee that is assertive and with nice fruit tones.

Thin mouthfeel but with perfect carbonation and nice balance which leaves one wanting more. This is a thin mouth that actually does not detract from the appeal of the beer.

Flavors are sweet burnt toast and bright medium bodied black coffee with light burnt carmel. Flavors are very well integrated and bright. This beer is very appealing and drinker friendly.

Finish is a medium bitter "bright" coffee character.

GRG1313, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.13/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle This is an oddity int he doppelbock realm, not sure how it will work.

It pours very much like coffee, with a dark brownish/caramel hue with some slight hints of mahogany. The head disspiates quickly with no lacing.

Coffee dominates the smell, perhaps too much, the standard doppelbock scents are sadly overshadowed.

The flavor is kind of all over the place. coffee just doesn't work well with doppelbock. This beer is two sided, it ahs an extreme coffee bitterness, and an extreme sweet fruit character. There is no middleground, there is nothing to bind the two.

Dark Horse is one of my favorite brewers but this was a iserable failure.

crossovert, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy brown with a tan head. Very much like a coffee that was left sitting with a head on it.

S: Very dark roasted malts. Unsweetened coffee and nuts. It is certainly a malty brew.

T: Like a cold black coffee with a smoky or maybe burnt finish. Very malty and flat. Not all that beer like in my opinion.

M: Big bodied and flat.

O: Less than average. It's like a loaf of bread in the stomach, the lack of carbonation makes it tough to drink.

bundy462, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of kzoobrew
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy auburn brown body. To be quite honest I would peg this as a Brown Ale and not a Dopplebock by the color. Three finger malted milk color head rests atop. The head slowly dissipates leaving a thick sheet of lacing blanketing the glass.

The aroma is coffee, very similar to sticking your nose into a bag of freshly roasted coffee. Bits of brown bready malt aroma settle in just behind, pleasant but not the aroma I would imagine finding for the style. Hints of caramel peak through momentarily before again being overwhelmed by coffee.

The Dopplebock is finally coming out though it is blanketed heavily with coffee. Pleasant, medium roasted java accompanied once again by the toasted bread flavor are laid on the tongue first. The more traditional flavor, caramel, fig, plumb and slight hints of chocolate emerge from behind. The balance between the flavors works rather well.

Medium to slightly full bodied. The texture is smooth and just under creamy. The flavors dig in leaving a long finish.

One of the few Dark Horse beers I had not previously tried and I am glad to have picked this one up. I do love coffee beers and this is one of the more interesting. A few deductions were taken due to style, some characteristics just did not fit. Very nice beer to nurse but I think one is all I need.

kzoobrew, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as an oddity. A coffee doppelbock, OK I'm curious.

Beer is brown and hazy, looks like dirty dish water. Pathetic head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Not impressed yet.

Whoa....coffee hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. I'm very curious about the aroma. The deeper I inhale the more solvents I get. Its an odd smelling beer, the coffee is like a big heavy curtain that opens on a very bad play.

The flavor is a coffee bomb with a late caramel flavor. This beer is super thin, no carbonation, creamy in the mouth, bitter finish. This is not that much fun to drink, definitely better doppelbocks out there.

drabmuh, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a dirty, hazy brown with a lift tan head. Nose brings an interesting combination of coffee, roast, smoke, and dark fruits with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is more coffee with the other flavors coming in underneath. Good body with a nice coffee bite. Another interesting concept and another success.

Thorpe429, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a 1 finger head that dies quite quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass and the beer looks fairly lifeless in the glass.

The nose is immediately strong coffee. Upon deeper smelling and thought I conclude that the coffee, while strong, isn't really that great. The aroma is akin spent coffee grounds after they had sat all day in the coffee machine. You know what I'm talking about, you get up to make a pot in the morning and find that your wife, or more likely you left the old filter in there. It's not unpleasant by any means, but I'm well versed enough in coffee beers to now this isn't the best aroma.

Sadly that stale day old coffee ground type flavor comes through into the flavor. I really love coffee flavored beers and this one isn't doing it for me. It's fairly bitter with just this overwhelming old coffee taste. A positive about the flavor is that the finish has a nice malty sweetness that allows the bitterness to subside.

Mouthfeel is medium and carb level is right where I'd like it and within the style guidelines. Drinkability is average simply for the stale coffee taste. No alcohol flavor or aroma can be detected which is good.

weatherdog, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish color, little bit brown/black, clear, but dark enough that you can't see through it. Slight head with just a little bit of lace.

S - Interesting deep coffee smell with a little touch of smoke, and some roasty caramel malts.

T - Not bad, this had a lot of coffee, toffee, and caramel flavor. A bit of smoke that kind of adds to it, some sort of weird sweetness going on here, just a touch grainy, but solid.

M - Pretty decently bodied, nice carbonation bite, not bad.

D - This is solid, fairly enjoyable, and would not refuse it, although wouldn't seek it out.

AgentZero, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange-brown, murky to the point of opacity in some spots, with a minuscule head of fizzy light tan that becomes a thin ring within seconds.

S: coffee, medium roast, with a hint of sweet cream. Is this beer? There's not much dopplebock here, but I love the smell of coffee, so I dig it.

T: the flavor is definitely more beer-like. The coffee flavor is still strong, but balanced with it are flavors of raisins, lightly toasted wheat bread and cocoa powder.

M: medium carbonation, medium-light body, but nicely smooth about the palate. The alcohol content is well-hidden amongst the coffee flavors, nearly unnoticeable.

D: A coffee dopplebock is a novel approach, and as beers that utilize my second-favorite brewed beverage go, this is pretty great. A little one-dimensional, but very drinkable and very tasty.

Phelps, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep reddish brown with a bit of clarity and a thin tan head. The head has poor retention as a small color is all that's left after about 5 minutes. Very little lacing.

S: the aroma hits big with spent coffee grounds, bitterness, almost some mustiness from the coffee character, with some sweet and caramel malts underneath

T: Big coffee character on the front, again it has that used coffee grounds flavor as it seems many of the bitter compounds from the coffee are in the beer. The coffee is very strong and dominates the palate. Some sweet malts come through on the back in the form of candied fruits and caramel.

MF: low carbonation, medium body, smooth

D: Interesting pairing- coffee with doppelbock.. can't say that it's my favorite combo, but I'm not sure if that is more due to the stale coffee character or if it is the pairing I'm not the biggest fan of. Either way, the beer is drinkable, but not very well balanced.

homebrew311, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of beachbum1975
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice satanic label. No freshness date. Thanks go to newtonty for leaving this at my place last Sunday ;)

Pours a clear, mahogany into my Imperial glass. Served at fridge temp. Great head retention with a small ring of beige head.

The nose is pure, fresh coffee. Sweet and creamy, like you just started a fresh brew.

Taste reflects the nose. Nice, creamy coffee flavor with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy tea like flavor in the mix as well.

Very unique with just the right amount of coffee. Very nice!

beachbum1975, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruby red color with a thin tan cap.

S: Pretty much a one trick pony on the nose of this one. Coffee and light coffee at that.

T: a lot more comes through in the mouth. Candy sugared raisins, and coffee. Tons of sweetness.

M: Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: An interesting idea making a coffee dopplebock. Falls a bit short. A tad too much sweetness and not enough coffee. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Very drinkable but not earth shattering.

BigMike, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of SuperNova777
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/19/10

A:Pours a reddish amber color with a fingers worth of white head that falls fairly
quickly, not much lacing on the glass.

S:Not getting much off the nose, a little bit of coffee with some roasted malts in the

T:A lot more comes thru the taste than nose suggest. Up front there is a tart burnt
coffee taste mellowed out by toffee and roasted malts in the middle with the
tartness lingering around on the back of the palate.

M:A medium body with carbonation that is a little on the heavier side

D:Overall this is a pretty interesting brew, taste liking you're biting directly into a
coffee bean. The sour/tartness kinda threw me off this one but other than that it was
very easy to drink with a intriguing take on the style.

SuperNova777, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at South Loop Binny's after chatting Chris the hell up. Poured into my Hopleaf pint glass.

A- Decent head formation, quick dissipation to a biofilm with tons of carbonation fueling it, and a small collar. Cola body, you know, that caramel edqed very dark body. There is this awesome bubble formation I have to note. The bubbles rise up the middle, and float from the center to the edge of the glass like a river down-hill. Very unusual.

S- There definitely is coffee here. It is a power-house of coffee actually. There is this acrid, overwhelming combination of coffee, coffeegrounds, cigarettes all in the opening. Its tobacco-esque in how I would rate it. There is also a noticeable sweet twinge to the back of it. Its bready, like the sweetness that starches give off when unlocked.

T- The coffee comes forward as well as the nauseating tobacco flavor. Very unusual.

There is some heavy malt presence, a tad bit of sweetness and smoked grains because of this, but the dominant flavor is the heavy tobacco and coffee flavors.

M- Very carbonated. Distractingly so. I feel like the amount of carbonation here detracts from flavor detection. I have to fight the beer to learn its secrets? Very full body though. Not much else to note other than the lingering flavors are enjoyable on the back of the tongue. Lag time until these are no longer detected is actually longer than some stouts and DIPAs I've had.

D- If I loved smoking, this would be great. Turns out I dislike cigarette smoke.

The alcohol isn't too bad of a problem. It does make itself known in the flavors but nothing to note.

It just isn't the best 'coffee' beer I've had, but it isn't the worst. Its a good representation of the style at least.

Khazadum, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of nova009
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee, a small tan head appears a quickly dissipates, a nice ring clings to the edge of the glass

S- smells exactly like dark roasted coffee and roasted malt, smells like ground coffee beans, the smell if almost a little overpowering

T- dark roasted coffee just like the smell, roasted malt is pretty apparent, there is a smooth creamy flavor that i cant quite place that appears in the aftertaste, the coffee flavor is overpowering to the extent that is covers up most of the doppelbock flavor

M- its a medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, carbonation isnt bad, possibly a little on the heavy side, it becomes a little creamy as it sits in the mouth

D- not bad, i dont see myself drinking a lot of these, its appropriate for the colder months, overall an decent brew

nova009, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of MrDanno96
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with hints of red on the edges. A thin ring of off-white head circles the edge of the glass.

S: Smells like a coffee shop - just like freshly ground coffee beans. Tons of dark roast coffee, a little burnt coffee, and very roasty malt.

T: As with the nose, tons of dark roast coffee up front. The flavor transitions mid-palate to hints of caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt remains throughout each sip. Some hints of dark fruit present themselves as well. very complex!

M: It's on the heavier side of medium bodied. Not quite the characteristically heavy Doppelbock body.

D:I am really impressed by what Dark Horse did here with the coffee beans in this brew. Definitely not a traditional Doppelbock recipe, but very tasty. Definitely doesn't drink like 7.5%.

MrDanno96, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of surlytheduff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Deep brown/copper color, got 2 fingers of a really rich & lather-y head. Sticky lacing left on the sides as it subsided.

Smell .. you ever try getting fancy, and repeatedly sticking your nose in the cup, then accidentally inhaling a big whiff of wet beer up your nose? I just did that. But I digress. Very strong sweet coffee/coffee liqueur aroma. Can smell a maltiness to it as well.

The flavor is really great. I've been drinking a fair bit of Founder's breakfast stout, so my mouth wasn't quite ready for the non-stoutiness of the initial drink. Coffee comes right out, but the malt is really pleasant and sweet.

It has a rich and smooth feel in your mouth, creamyily carbonated.

Overall a really satisfying beer. Have one of these instead of your normal morning coffee next time you're at work, and I guarantee the morning will be 150% more pleasant.

Edit: I forgot to comment on the sweet label. It's metal-riffic!

Edit 2: I think this music video is about his beer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GftlkegBeNE

surlytheduff, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy deep chestnut hue with two fingers worth of antique ivory head and some good squiggles of lace.

S - Just what I'd expect from a coffee Doppelbock. Raisin is eschewed in favor of aromas of cafe amaretto, coffee (not espresso), and generally big maltiness. As it airs out, the coffee becomes more in-focus and a pleasant booziness eventually develops.

T - Taste is initially better than I expected, and is a standout in any case. Unfortunately the 'wow' factor subsides rather quickly. But then it comes roaring back again. Overall, I get malty impressions of coffee, toffee, roast, chocolate and dark fruit macerated in liqueur. As it develops, the chocolate nuance becomes as prevalent as the coffee.

M - Softly carbonated, albeit abundantly so.

D - Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for the hook-up. Coffee Doppelbock is theoretically one of the most promising and delicious emerging sub-styles, and this is perhaps a cornerstone example.

ktrillionaire, Oct 16, 2010
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard beer fest mug.
A: This brew pours a deep brown in color, which has a hazy appearance to it. The light tan head foams up with carbonation and makes a loud fizzy sound, before settling back to a thin layer.
S: The aroma, is a bit subtle and hard to pin point any coffee notes. A very nice and mellow dopplebock aroma of nuts and roasted malts is present.
T/M: The taste is when the coffee kicks in. On the front there is a smooth blast of cold coffee tastes, that blend into malts that give it a rich character. Nice finish with vibrant notes of espresso and a smooth nuttiness. This could be the best pairing of dopplebock and coffee I have seen yet. A truly must for anyone who enjoys Java in beer, or for those who don't, you might change you're thoughts.
D: I find the ABV to be very hidden and the notes all expressed very well for the intention and style. This is a very smooth and easy going brew.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown in color, edging towards opaque but not quite there. Small tan head that disappears other than a ring around the glass and a small patch in the middle. Minimal to average lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A lot of roasted coffee and malt invading the nose complimented by dark bitter chocolate. Roasty complexion continues throughout the beer giving this a very rich profile.

T- The coffee taste is almost immediate providing a strong highlight of the beer, but not overpowering. Roasted notes are very much present in the beer along with chocolate, but they are not has overpowering as in the smell. A solid foundation of caramel and bready notes that remind you this is a lager. I like the use of coffee in the doppelbock, just a tad bit overpowering though.

M- Crisp mouthfeel, smooth and a medium body, maybe edging just a bit thicker than medium. Carbonation moderate, refreshing.

D- Nice beer for autumn, makes me wish I would have brewed the style for this season.

Lolli1315, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of mfunk9786
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quickie on my Droid. Demonic looking label, no visible exp. date but purchased in-season at my local Whole Foods who seem to have an amicable relationship with Dark Horse, because it's the first time I've seen a seasonal or limited Dark Horse in a 6 (or in this case, 4) pack rather than singles.

This beer looks, smells, and tastes like a café au lait, sort of a milk stout smell and consistency with a heap of coffee mixed in. It's missing a lot of the bready complexity of the professed dopplebock style, but that's replaced with an acidic lactic burn and a sweet quality that's enhanced by the coffee flavor. Sort of closer to Southern Tier Jahva than Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel in terms of coffee flavor. A sweet, candy-like coffee beer when I expected something more earthy and herbally bitter. Despite the fact that it hardly fits the style, it's still highly recommended.

mfunk9786, Oct 08, 2010
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.