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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 Lolli1315
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of mfunk9786
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

A: Reddish dark brown. Very much like coffee. The head is tan and looks nice, though on the small side.

S: Sweet coffee, perhaps a little oak in the smell as well.

T: Straight up coffee at first. The finish has a bit of malt and a little bit of residual sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly strong carbonation. There is a lingering slickness to mouthfeel, which goes along with the residual coffee flavor.

D: It is good, but I feel like the coffee is used as a bit of a cover up. Still. Good, tasty, and fairly repeatable.

Photo of jera1350
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will preface this by saying I am not a coffee drinker or a big fan of coffee.

Pours a semi transparent dark brown with a big tan head.

The smell is intense. The freshest of roasted coffee bean smell with artisinal bread crust.

My oh my! Absolutely delicious and complex. Fresh roasted coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toasted bread, nuts, and cocoa. Just incredible.

Creamy smooth throughout and medium bodied.

I am blown away by this beer. Has a unique twist on the style, but delivers true to a doppelbock wr the same time. What an experience and what a beer. I will be getting more of this one and could put back a sixer myself I think. A must try.

Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with no freshness date but I know it's been cellaring in my basement for at least a year.

Served cool into a pint glass, Perkulator is an almost merky redish brown. I don't think it's disturbed sediment because this one has been sitting still for quite some time. The little bit that was in the bottom I left in there. The head is a creamy off-white color and long lasting.

Aroma is great and really hits the spot for a coffee lover. I'm a little surprised after it sitting for so long that the coffee hasn't faded altogether. The undertones of doppelbock are layered with coffee and chocolate. Very pleasant.

Flavor takes the aroma up one step higher. Big malty sweet backbone of the doppelbock is the perfect accompaniment to dark roasty bitter coffee. They seem to be in perfect balance with eachother. It makes me wonder why more breweries aren't experimenting more with coffee styles other than the obvious stout.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with a nice low carbonation. It's far from flat but has just enough to perform. Very smooth and balanced.

Overall a great doppelbock and/or coffee beer. No matter how you look at it, if you like coffee and you like this style, you should love this beer.

Photo of levifunk
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter

a - dark brown with a small light tan head that dies down fairly quick. lower end of carbonation.

s - coffee, brown sugar, and malts.

t - coffee and malt sweetness. bitter chocolate. there is some kind of odd flavor.

m - medium to thick body. lower carbonation.

overall - its pretty decent. its a very smooth and the coffee flavor does very well in it. very easy to drink.

Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega.

Dark brown color, no head on my pour.

Smells of coffee and light sweet caramel malts. Slightly bready, but the coffee steals the show.

The taste has a huge coffee character. I never expected so much coffee flavor in a beer that wasn't a stout or porter. So, though it was a big surprise, it was a good one. This was delicious. Sweet but not bitter, dark muddled baker's chocolate, sweet alcohol esters. The flavor profile is almost entirely of coffee though, excellent iced coffee.

Fairly light bodied and very drinkable. This beer has totally reworked my opinion of Dark Horse.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark dark red with strong overtones of brown. This pours with little head, but what is there seems nice and foamy.

S - Coffee right up front with a touch of sweet toffee-like malt coming through.

T - Sweet coffee with a hint of alcohol and a bit of the grounds as well. There are some sweet malts that are there in the back end, and maybe a little bit of fruit, but man oh man, this is mostly coffee.

M - This is really the only way I can tell it's a doppelbock, because it is just too light and effervescent to be anything like a porter or stout. The sweetness also makes it stick to your mouth more than a drier ale would.

D - I like coffee flavor, but this stuff might be a little over the top. I'm gonna have a few more and might have to revisit this review. It can't be as strong as Speedway Stout... right... right!?

Photo of rembrant
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence....Minimal head on a body the color of coffee.

aroma....The aroma of coffee,a RICH coffee with some fruit and fruitcake in the back and a smokey hint.

taste...One of the nicer coffee flavors in a beer.. The coffee flavors merge well so there's still the awareness it's coffe AND Bock,but in the mouth theyeach stake out their own territory.
the hops, like the malts are ducking in and out of that coffee charge. For a middleweight " Not-Stout" this is pretty spiffy,two of the major food groups get covered and it tastes great. Technically,not real deep and complex,but I could have one for breakfast any day.

Mouth...Dopplebocks tend to be hard to figure,moment to moment seeming thick or thin. This,seems right for type. I'd like a tad more thick but then it starts turning into stout. I'm thinking that NOT going so heavy on type probably let the coffee flavor really shine more.

Drinkable? Like a cuppa joe !

Photo of biggerboat88
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown, somewhat copper when held up to the light, with a heavy cream-colored head. It has a strong roasted coffee aroma, I didn't really get any of the familiar bock scents, just coffee. The coffee was much stronger in the nose than it was on the tongue. This beer had a strong malty sweetness, lots of caramel goodness going on here, with the coffee only coming through at the end on the back of the tongue. I liked it a lot, neither flavor was fighting for the spotlight and it turned out to be a well balanced brew. Perkulator was a truly interesting beer, Dark Horse gets some bonus points for trying something new with such an established style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Dammit, I gotta write down who sends me what in a trade! I know I got this as an extra sometime, so, sender, if you read this, let me know so I can give you your earned props.

*sigh* Well, anyway, this guy pours a murky panoply of shades of brown topped by about a half-finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose begins with a nostril-stabbing blast of cocoa-drenched coffee beans, sweeter than I've ever beheld such beans before. As this scent slowly fades, some dark toffee, burnt molasses, dark leafy greens, and oak meld together to form a fairly convincing malty backdrop. The taste is pretty much summed up in the smell, though the coffee tapers out a bit into the cocoa, making its inclusion a bit less of an imposition. Unfortunately, everything else is also toned down slightly. The body is a stoic medium, though it seems like its gaining weight, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an interesting brew, but nothing I would really jump for again.

Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with no head whatsoever.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt.

Taste: Almost like coffee with cream in it. Coffee, roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely will be picking up some more of this in the future. Really digging the coffee flavor on this. By far probably my favorite beer of the ones I've had from Dark Horse.

Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, muddy brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly and no head retention or cap. Strong coffee aromas with hints of sweet, roasted malt. Medium to full bodied feel. Very smooth with light carbonation. The coffee flavors are dominant in the beginning and taper to a roasted, sweet malt flavor. Just a slight hint of alcoholic strength at the end as reminder that this is a dopplebock. If you're a coffee drinker you'll enjoy this.Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(On-tap at City Taphouse, Philadelphia)

Dark Horse Perkulator is a beer I was not familiar with, but as I finishing dinner at City Taphouse, I thought this would be a nice beer that would pair well with dessert. The beer is very dark even by doppelbock standards and has a light coffee aroma to go with the strong smell of toasted bread, browning butter and burning sugar. The beer is like a latte with a roasted aroma from coffee and toasted malt upfront, with sweetness and body from the caramelized malt. This paired very well with a rich chocolate cake and bread pudding, both served with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another cool night in Michigan, so its time for another dark beer.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- Pours a deep brown with a small off white head that dissipated to a thing ring fairly quickly, little lacing also.

S- Pretty much straight coffee on this one, there's a little bit of sweet malts in the back but the coffee pretty much dominates the nose on this one.

T- Just like the nose coffee steals the show once again, the coffee is balanced nicely with that signature sweet malt dopplebock taste at the end. It ends pretty smooth and the coffee taste seem to stay for a while.

M- Nice medium body that is creamy and well carbonated. The coffee part of this beer led me to thing it was gonna be thicker, but this works just fine.

D- This one goes down pretty smooth but i feel like the intense coffee flavor would be too much if u have more then one. Seems like a good morning beer to get the day started with.

Overall this is another good brew by Dark Horse. I was looking for intense coffee and this beer delivered, i would pick this up again next time i go on a coffee beer bender.

Update 6-04-2011- It has been almost a year since I last tried this beer, I recently picked up another single and thought it was just as good as the first time I had it. I did notice that this batch had some spiciness to it that I didn't get in the last one. The nose had a frank red hot sauce like spiciness to it that was different but enjoyable, the spiciness carried on to the taste but was much more subdued and didn't over power the coffee, it actually went well with the coffee flavors. I also noticed this batch had better carbonation and head retention. Its nice to have a coffee flavored beer every once in a while that isn't a porter or a stout. This one also had a really kick ass label that the other one didn't, its got an awesome evil, death metal vibe to it that suits this beer, I like how Dark Horse gets different artists to do different versions of their labels, it shows how free thinking and open minded Dark Horse really is. I recommend it.

Photo of TexIndy
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. Was a dark brown color and almost opaque. Good carb streams evident on the surface. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee with some sweet malt in the background. Really nothing else besides the coffee and some sweet. The taste followed the aroma with coffee flavor from start to finish offset slightly by the sweet malt. Not good but pretty one dimensional. Would have enjoyed some roasted or chocolate malts to go along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall, a good but coffee beer that meets the coffee objective but not much else. Not sure if this is normal or if I have an aged bottle so more mellow SINCE THEY DIDN'T PUT A FREAKIN' DATE ON IT. Mild recommend if you can easily get and want to try something from the brewery. Not avail in TX so shipped back during my IN trip. Rotation - one is enough unless I could get a known to be fresh one just to make sure. [N;N]

Photo of cpetrone84
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery at the Crawfish Boil

A-pours a dirty muddy brown with an off white head.

S-the nose is lots of coffee, very roasted almost burnt. roasted malt presence behind, very straight forward roasted/burnt malts and coffee.

T-like the nose, lots of roasted coffee, a light coffee bitterness to it, hints of chocolate with a touch of malty dark fruit sweetness in the back.

M-smooth, good body, creamy feel to it, dry crisp finish.

D-pretty tasty, a lot of coffee up front, the flavor ups from the aroma as the taste is not burnt at all, hints of balance and complexity with the malt sweetness in the back. decent beer.

Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured a deep brown color with a very thin white ring for a head clinging to the edge of the glass. The thin white ring lasted but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma is full of coffee. A little malt sweetness to it but the coffee really seems to be the only thing worth mentioning. Probably the closest beer aroma I've had to matching a straight glass of coffee.

The taste has a strong coffee presence to it throughout the flavor. It has a roasted, bitter quality but also has a a good dose of malty sweetness coming through. The malty sweetness seems to be the thing that separates this from actual coffee. It's definitely more balanced then coffee though.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's pretty close to actual coffee with a little malt sweetness. If you like coffee you will probably like this beer. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more beer flavors to it since I typically love the doppelbock flavor profile.

Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is reddish brown in color with a touch of clarity to it...a very light brown head that started at 1.5 fingers and by the end of the beer settled to about .5 fingers...nice retention but where's the lacing?

S - A great nose filled with loads of fresh brewed coffee...smells like iced coffee with a touch of cream...there is a sweetness that backs the bitter coffee aroma

T - The coffee flavor is present from start to finish...it really never stops being there...the coffee with cream flavor starts it off...the sweetness in the middle (provided by caramel malts) never becomes too sweet for me...it's where the dopplebock part of this beer shines...the finish is bitter, roasted coffee beans and maybe a touch of hops

M - Medium bodied...it feels a little thin sometimes which threw me off...the coffee finish is great but I would have like to see some more thickness to top it off

D - This was a very interesting take at a hybrid style...dopplebocks are sweet which there was some cream and caramel sweetness...but the coffee part was really nice...fresh roaste coffee all around...worth the try if you like coffee

Photo of silentjay
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pour into my sam adams perfect pint glass produces a crimson-hued brown with a thin film of light tan head that leaves a nice film on the glass.

smells strongly of dark brewed coffee that has been sitting for a couple of hours. also some caramel, black strap molasses, and some bitter hops.

Taste has plenty of dark roasted black coffee up front. bitter coffee. Then the sweetness kicks in similar to a traditional doppelbock: caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. the tastes work very well together. a wonderful pairing.

typical mouthfeel for a doppelbock: lager crisp in the finish on a light-medium bodied brew. the coffee flavors had me expecting and almost wanting a thicker, creamer feel, but the crisp finish worked relatively well to isolate the bitter coffee finish.

drinks very well. flavors and aromas work together and accentuate the good aspects of each other. maybe could be a bit stronger in the doppelbock or beery flavors, but its still a wonderful beer.

I don't know how often this has been done before, but it should be done more. Obviously, you have to enjoy coffee for this one, not that it overpowers in any way, but its there from start to finish.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is like fine roast coffee with just a hint of powdery unsweet chocolate. It pours a clear cola brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head that sticks around for a bit. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly of quality coffee with an undertone of chocolate and hints of malt, caramel and nuts. Texture is fairly smooth and has a good tingle to it. A bock? Tastes more like a porter or stout than a bock to me - but whatever they call it, I call it delicious!

Photo of webmanspidey
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter. It is a cloudy opaque brown color, thick with minimal head. Smells of dark coffee, semisweet with a dark chocolate presence as well. The taste is more strong dark coffee and chocolate with maybe some caramel mixed in as well. Alcohol is hidden very well.. this is very easily drinkable.

This is very solid, one I'd like to try again.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A - Brown with a bubbly tan head

S - Strong espresso smells with a bit of sweetness. Smells just like what you'd want in a coffee beer.

T - Nice espresso flavor dominates with a sweet malt flavor at the end.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Can really pick up the typical lager mouthfeel.

D - If you like coffee you'll like this one. This is an enjoyable beer and I'd drink it again but wouldn't go crazy trying to find it.

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is blasphemy. How can you call this a doppelbock when all I'm tasting is coffee syrup? Yeah, this ain't from Germany, but Dark Horse has taken a runny java dump on the Reinheitsgebot with this junk. My fault for not picking up on their extremely lame play-on-words with its name. Ha. Ha. I get it.

People seem to be treating certain styles a little too loosely these days - "black" IPA is another winner. Can't they just shoot off another branch on the already branchy tree of beer styles and just designate these brews otherwise?

(blah blah blah) Looks like a doppelbock in color. Congrats.

Smells like coffee. Tastes like coffee. Feels like a doppelbock infected with coffee - gave me some wicked gas like coffee.

This is not a doppelbock. Call it something else. Javabock? Konabock? I don't care. I'm all for creativity and trying new things. But uh-uh. FtS!

Photo of urwithdave
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gabe for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into my lost abbey collins class.

A- pours a dark amber color. There is tw0 fingers worth of a tan head. There are ruby highlights present when held to the light. Not a lot of retention. The head fades quickly leaving a thin ring in my glass. Some spotty lacing left behind.

A- Coffee is very intense and robust. There is also a hint of caramel in the mix. I'm really not getting anything else.

T- A big punch of in your face coffee. There is a bready malt taste present along with some sweet caramel. The coffee and the sweetness go well together. There is no hint of alcohol at all. The coffee is present throughout. I usually like my coffee brews a little more bitter, but this was nice for a sweeter change of pace.

M- medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Coffee dominates the finish

D- a little sweet but not to sweet to keep me from enjoying a few. This drank very easily. I wouldn't mind tracking a few more down.

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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