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: 40
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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Photo of fakedelight
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap this is a strange one. Pours a dark brown. Even an aggressive pour won't get you a head on this one. It smells like coffee! There are also hints of dark fruit and other things that can't really be deciphered because of the overwhelming coffee aroma. This beer tastes exactly how you would imagine a dopplebock if you dumped a bunch of dark, strong coffe in it. The most dissapointing things about this beer are the lack of head and the thin, watery mouthfeel. The best thing about this beer is the finish. It leaves a very pleasant coffee taste that lingers forever. Although I think coffee is better in a stout or porter, this is interesting and certainly worth trying.

Photo of jampics2
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip.

Murky brown, next to no head.

Coffee, prunes, hops; honestly, the smell just isn't appetizing to me. But the coffee smells nice.

This is a wild ride. Starts with some dark, sticky bitterness that may be hops or stale coffee rinds then fades into a coffee roast,.

Good for a dopplebox in terms of m/f. A subtle sting from the carb makes the taste much brighter!

OK drinkability but not for my personal taste. Kinda a one trick pony IMO.

Photo of mmva321
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: This has a real nice dark brown/nut color to the body. Unfortunately, this is let down by a heavy amount of carbonation and a nearly nonexistant head.

S: A pretty complex smell, though coffee beans tend to be the dominant auroma. The coffee and hops create a real nice roasted kind of bitterness to the scent. It's nicely accented by a faint hint of sweet chocolate.

T: There's a real bright fruitiness that I don't really pick up on in the scent that compliments (but not well) the coffee flavor that isn't so much roasted anymore as it is just kind of bitter. Both are underwhelming to say the least, but this taste isn't as bad as it is disappointing. I just don't really see these flavors coexisting in perfect harmony. There's obvious dischord on my taste buds.

M: This really pops in the mouth with a lot of carbonation and the bright fruity flavor. Maybe a bit on the watery side, but really a good consistencey.

D: It's like these guys were swinging for the fences but instead got an infield single. I know you were hoping for a lot more, and it is all anti-climatic, but thanks to a little luck you still came out slightly ahead.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a straight-sided mug)
A- This beer has a dark dense brown body with strands of carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. The head is a thin white film of tan swirling around the middle of the glass.
S- This beer has a dry prune hint that turns more nougat and a big cold coffee grounds aroma that dominates.
T- This beer has a soft dry dark roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to a big cold coffee ground flavor that lingers a bit. M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish. D- The stale coffee ground dominates the flavor and aroma and is tough to get through a full beer.

Photo of birchstick
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL

A - pours dark brown, almost like a nut brown ale, with a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly

S - this is a pretty one-dimensional smell - coffee, coffee, coffee.

T - taste follows the nose. This is mostly all coffee, which is balanced slightly with a little bit of wheat and some grape. Not overly complex, however pretty delicious.

M - this had a thin body and had little carbonation. However, the abv is very well masked.

D - This was an interesting take on a doppelbock - I have never heard of a coffee doppelbock, and Dark Horse has yet to steer me wrong. This is definitely worth trying, however I would pick up one of their stouts over this if I had to decide between Dark Horse brews.

Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown that's maple syrup colored around the edges, no head and no lacing. Nice aroma of fresh ground coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. There's a touch of earthiness in the nose, as is light chocolate. Flavor is predominately coffee with more of the sugary caramel in the background. There's a light hop presence that's buried underneath all the malts and coffee, but they're there. There's a light spiciness, and slight warming alcohol on the finish. Body is fantastic on this beer, thick, chewy, tongue-coating, and light carbonation. All in all a good coffee beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12oz into a sampler
A - dark chestnut brown w/ light cream cap, gently hazed w/ tight bead. The retention is average and little lace remains

S - Spicy w/ a malty fruity nose w/ mild acidity noted from the beans w/ mild hop aroma which is peppery

M - earthy smooth med body beany roasted texture w/ dry finish and spiced back

T - The taste has mild coffee roasted notes w/ light sweet caramel maltiness and light spicy hop w/ hints of cocoa from the beans and the taste is slightly fruit oriented w/ subtle stone fruit taste. The peppery earthy note is slightly distracting as you continue drinking

D - A tasty beer, but not one I would think of fast when it comes to coffee infused beers. The base beer is tastybut I don't think the coffee really enhances the overall flavor

Photo of Vonerichs
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and coffee colored... to sum it up it looks just like coffee. The head was short lived with no resulting lacing.

The nose is strong bitter coffee, a brief tease of chocolate, and I also picked up a little tobacco.

The taste wasn't as layered as the smell. This was all coffee, and pretty stale coffee at that. The doppelbock is overpowered by it to the point it was strenuous to try and pull out any semblance. The finish has a soy-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is flat and burnt-coffee-bitter. It very much feels like a cold cup of coffee that was brewed in the morning and left unfinished until a couple hours later.

This is an interesting beer, but it's a one trick pony and I quickly lose interest. I'm glad I tried it once but at the same time am glad it was only a 4-pack and not a 6-pack.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany pour that falls flat quickly

Smells heavily of charred coffee

Extremely coffee forward and rather one dimensional. I don't really pull much sweetness from the doppleback. Beer mimics the coffee pot that has been left to sit a few hours.

Mouthfeel is rather flat and weakly, if at all, carbonated.

It's enjoyable, but not in a I-want-this-often type of way.

Edit: My caffeine riddled heart actually attempted to jump out of my chest in the middle of the night and throttle me stupid.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Old bottle about 2 years old. Guest artist Joseph Krystofiak label.

Beautiful color. Smells of toffee scented coffee. Sludge on the bottom of the bottle. Some fizz still left in it. Ring of fine lace.

Solid dopple, beautiful red copper color.

Spectacular coffee taste with roasted malt. Creamy. Warming.

Dry, vanilla hints. All this from a chilled bottle. Long flavor.

I remember this being heavier.

I think it's really comparable to a coffee celebrator.

Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark, murky, brownish mahogany color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy off-white cap.

s: Superb balance here. The coffee aromas are what jumped out at me first, but the beer in backround was easilt identifiable as a doppelbock. I got some dark, roasty chocolate and a little raisin. I'm amazed at how well this combination works.

t: I love coffee beers, but I wasn't sure about a coffee doppelbock. I'm glad my doubts were unfounded, this was great! The coffee flavors come first. Fresh and moderately bitter, nothing off or acidic about them. The finish tastes like a great doppelbock. Roasty chocolate with hints of peat, vanilla, and raisin.

m: I gave this a 4.0 at first, but the carbonation all but disappeared half way through the glass. Kind of disappointing, that.

d: Docked .5 from here as well. I loved the brew, but it wasn't as good once it was still. Aside from that, this was extremely well done. I need to find some more of these.

Photo of trbergman
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a deep chestnut colors with ruby highlights and one finger of tan foam that quickly disappears.

S - Lots of espresso in the nose, with some sweet, bready malt and dark fruits.

T - Black bread, chocolate, espresso, raisin. Moderate bitterness that lingers into the short finish. Very clean, with flavors well integrated, though not as much coffee as expected.

M - Medium body, silky, with good carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, with no hint of alcohol. It's always nice to find a coffee beer that isn't a stout or porter. I think it works well here, in the absence of roasted grain flavors and esters. I'd pick this up again.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber with an off-white foam ring that leaves no lacing.

Huge nose of slightly sweet and bitter coffee. It kind of burns the nose a little. Hand me a cold coffee and I'd have a hard time telling the difference.

Like coffee ice cream goes from creamy to coffee, this coffee beer goes from beer to coffee. There are slight hints of sweetness perhaps from malt but thats the only real trace of beer.

Very smooth with almost no carbonation. Medium bodied very typical of a dopplebock.

I typically like hints of coffee in beer and am also a fan of espresso. This is, however, in nearly all regards drinking a cup of coffee and I didn't particularly enjoy it as a replacement to beer.

I could see a coffee junkie pulling this in for the night shift. Not bad, just not my favorite.

Photo of Katahdin
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow is the first reaction on tatsing thsi beer. I am a coffee lover so the deep, rich taste of a full body coffee shone through on every taste of this beer. It was surprisngly smooth for a Dopplebock but had many subtle taste complexities. The cafeeniene from the cofee could almost be felt. A buddy suggested it was the perfect balnace between a caffeine rush and the soothing nature of beer, I would agree.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is coffee, and hints of malt. Really though it is all coffee. Very pleasant, but very simple. Luckily there is a lot more malt in the taste than there is in the aroma. There is still a ton of coffee though. Maybe too much....yes, too much. Way too much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer has the biggest coffee character of any coffee beer I've yet tasted. Until now I never thought I would think a beer had too much coffee, but this one certainly does. Although I am a huge coffee beer fan I have never been a coffee drinker. This beer is more like drinking coffee to me than drinking a coffee beer.

Photo of capra12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed with Speedwayjim and stephy at Capone's on 11/7/09.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy mohagundy with light creme head.

Smell: Musty and earthy wood

Taste: Opens with a rich and full coffee as it mellows out with malts in the finish leaving a malty and coffee aftertaste.There is an off flavor which I cant really put my finger on it but it doesnt really entice me to have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: I wouldnt have this again. I would recommend this to someone who seeks a strong open of rich coffee and a malty finish despite the off flavor.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Perkulator looks like caramel liquid and some light brown color and ruby red when up to some light. A quickly fading vanilla cap and no lacing to be seen. Coffee is the main scent and it's big. Not really espresso like just str8 coffee. Under that is a Dopple with some sweet malts and a bit of a roast/burnt thing too. The dopplebock portion of this beer comes out more in taste with caramel malt among others ans some dark fruit with pear. Coffee is not as big as expected from the smell. Goes down smooth with a slightly lighter than medium body with light and effective carb, spot on. Not the most balanced beer but a good attempt. A bit high in ABV for a few but it's not all that high.

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a dark orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a lot of coffee and sweet malt, but that's about it. On the palate there's coffee of course, with a hint of fruit on the moderately sweet frame. While nice enough, the flavor profile in this beer is pretty simple and one dimensionable. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm just not digging this beer all that much. So drinkability is fair at best.

Ho hum. This beer is really nothing very special.

Photo of eljefe21
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Sizzling soda-like pour forms a two-finger head that is gone in a flash. Beer is brown in color with constant tiny bubbles rising to the top. No lacing at all.

S: Smells strongly like a somewhat weak coffee, but a bit sweetish too. Nothing much else as the coffee overpowers everything.

T: A sweet coffee taste coats the mouth. Too sweet for my liking. I really like coffee flavored beers, but this one is just off to me.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin which detracts from the coffee flavors. An oily sweetness coats the tongue, which is off putting too.

D: This one won't kill you, but it's not going to wow you either. I managed to make it through the 4-pack after a couple of weeks, one beer a night when I found myself with little else on hand.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 11/7/09.

Photo of Buebie
4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will have to be my first coffee doopple. Its interesting, the beer has two lables, one with a winged evil looking creature and the other with goofy drawings and kegs on it.
I got the mystic creature.

Off the pour a foam filled 2'' head forms up, quick to recede, leaving a thin collar of retention and no lace.
The beer itself is a murky fig brown, with glowing red and brown highlights when held to the sun.

Aroma is filled with fresh ground coffee beans, peanut butter, chocolate and some caramel maltyness with a touch of grain and sweet rolls.

Flavors are an amazing semi sweet chocolate with roasted coffee, grain, and sweet caramel malts. The chocolate is like a dusting almost of sweet cocoa powder beneath the coffee. Its just an added dimention of this beer that I found to be very surprising and also very delicious. This is a terrific beer that I highly recommend.

Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with some carbonation tickle.


Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark hazelnut brown with coffee colored edgesand a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Deep roasted cofee aroma with roasted taost notes, nut, milk chocolate and slight lactic creaminess.

Rich roasty flavor that becomes a bit more prominent as it warms up. Roasted smokey toasted nut with some slight lactic creaminess. Hazlenut, smoked malt, creamy milk chocolate, slight spice character and subtle hops. A bit thin for my liking but not to where is has too much of an affect on the beer. Nice balance of coffee, dark fruit notes and chocolate. The roasted character is not overbearing, which is a nice change of ace, adding complexity and avoiding the one dimensionality of many coffee beers. ABV well masked makng it pretty easy to drink.

Photo of BierFan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: No head. hazy brown body. Certainly doesn't look impressive.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee. Real amazing smell.

Taste: Coffee and doppelbock seems to be a match made in heaven. Coffee is definitely the strongest flavor going on but it isn't overpowering the drinker or completely masking the doppelbock.

Forget Founders Breakfast Stout, this is the real beer for coffee lovers.

Photo of maximum12
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHobo for this extra. I have trouble looking at a Dark Horse brew now without imagining that headless, naked plastic woman in the courtyard outside their tasting room. I'm sure there's a story behind that.

On to the beer. Never had a coffee dopplebock before, so my expectations are a clean running river. Pours amberesque. Fresh roasted coffee is the sole smell blasting forth from my faded Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Perkulator isn't quite the coffee bomb that the nose promised. The dopplebock part of the equation tries valiantly to cut through the coffee - & does a fair job. The sweet, sweet malts balance out the bitter coffee, with a dash of caramel poured in. Pretty simply, but it works well. Gotta give this one its props, for a coffee beer this is pretty drinkable.

Very good brew. Wasn't sure how a non-stout-brown coffee beer was going to be, but this might be a better idea given the sweet/balancing act. And not something I'd reach for every day, but if you're in the mood for a coffee beer that's got some balance - reach here.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nkersten for this bottle. The bottle I currently am enjoying has a goat/devil type figure on the bottle. No dating is noticeable.

Pours into my pint glass a slightly hazy, chocolate maroon color with a small, light mocha colored head. The head is a half figure in size but recedes abrputly, leaving only a foamy collar.

Aroma is pure coffee bliss. The nose isnt typical of most doppelbocks, but with the coffee distinction, the paramaters have changed in my book. The coffee aroma is certainly front and center here. Actually, its all coffee. I love the coffee aromas but would like a little more aroma to indicate the underlying style.

Flavor is coffee-centric as well. Fresh brewed coffee with a slightly sweet and sticky, figgy type sweetness. I really love the fresh coffee flavor; no harshness at all. The sweetness gives this one a slight bit of cloying quality which is not my cup of tea. Still, tastes great.

Although it has some sweetness, the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Finishes rather dry for the style as well. Easy to drink.

If you like coffee, you will love this beer. Coffee is the main component and may be overwhleming for some, so keep that in mind. I really liked this one.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. No freshness date or abv listed. Pours a murky brown color, a bit of chestnut hue. Tan head disappears rather quickly, leaving no traces of lace.

Aroma of fresh brewed coffee, along with a bit of toffee. Nose suggests that this will have a good amount of malt. Only slight undertones of earthy hops. Coffee and slightly bready malt. Pretty simple.

Toffee-like malt, but not overly robust. A slight bready flavor. Good amount of coffee comes through, not overly strong. Seems to meld well into this beer, despite how unusual it sounds. Perhaps the coffee takes away from the malt character a bit, but it is interesting none the less.

Good mouthfeel. Pretty smoth, soft carbonation. Some suggestion of alcohol, but not hot or boozy. This is a pretty nice beer here. Interesting twist on a classic style.

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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