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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 50 | 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 sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +4%

bottle into goblet.

Cloudy mahogany, ruby highlights, thin head falls fast and leaves no lacing.

Caramel malty, chocolate, but not really any of the stated coffee. My brother says the same about the coffee in the nose and the taste.

More complex than the nose. Toasty caramel malty, chocolate, vanilla. Smooth and balanced.

Light carbonation, some warning and dryness, med body, benignly pleasant texture.

Easy drinking, very enjoyable. Sessionable. Didn't get the coffee, though. Not very complex.

sprucetip, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%

Bottle generously shared by dmunroe.

Poured a dark cola color with a small beige head that fades to a collar fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Big roasted coffee smell to start with a little bit of malts underneath. Hops are barely detectable. It's definitely all about the coffee in the nose.

The taste is a bit sweeter and more balanced than the aroma with coffee still playing a major role but with the sweet caramel malts forming a strong backbone. Hops are a bit more present than in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth with strong carbonation.

This is an extremely unique doppelbock and as a big coffee lover, this one really worked well for me. A great beer.

gford217, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer pours a deep brown and forms a 1 inch off-white head that reduces to a minimal lacing at the edges. It is almost opaque when held to the light, unless you drink some and then it is a nice deep amber.

The aroma includes coffee and malt. A mild level of hoppiness is noted, which accents the coffee nicely.

The taste also includes coffee and malts with a mild hops. However, there are also notes of leather and an earthy taste that lingers. A mild bitterness also lingers with a creaminess.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. For the taste, I think it could have been thicker. It sits on your palate fairly smoothly and finishes as above.

Overall, this is another good beer from the Dark Horse Brewing. I think it is quite drinkable although it would be hard to have more than 2. I think this is a good addition to the dopplebocks, as it is quite unique and quite good.

SykDoc, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Atricapilla
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a dark caramel color with a one finger dirty white foamy head. Ample carbonation comes from the beer. Smells like coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is strongly of coffee (surprise!), caramel and malt. Has a bit of chicory in the aftertaste and not overly sweet like some doppelbocks.

Atricapilla, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of akokandy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Dark, dark brown with a 1-finger head which fades fast. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. About average for a lager.

S- Smells like coffee straight up and maybe a little caramel.

T- Coffee dominates the flavor, along with a sweet note of red fruit and a caramel taste. Coffee is the king of this one, though. Crisp finish, with only coffee bitterness.

M- Very, very carbonated; lots of bubbles rising all the time. Smooth, and medium body.

D- In-your-face taste and (guessing) higher than average abv make this beer good for a couple, but not good for a whole night.

akokandy, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

Poured into a mug, unfrosted of course.

A: Pours a mostly clear, dark reddish-brown color. Head was light tan and settled to about half a finger for the duration.

S: Lots of roasted malts and its namesake coffee. Small bit of chocolate poking through the mix as well. If I weren't certain this were a beer, I might mistake it for a mocha. Delicious though.

T: The very upfront coffee is quickly followed up by a pleasant malt sweetness. Light hints of toffee and caramel, but coffee is the overriding flavor. Bitter coffee aftertaste as well. I can only hazard that this brew was minimally hopped, but I'm fine with that.

M: Surprisingly medium mouthfeel. Pretty well constructed to go down smooth. Contained just enough carbonation to keep from lingering too long.

D: Seems quite drinkable, though I found it to be a rewarding sipping beer.

Admittedly, I do not have much experience in the realm of dopplebocks. The coffee flavor was certainly present, but by no means overwhelming, and I found this to be an odd, yet charming brew overall. However, if you dislike coffee-flavored beers, then this is probably not gonna be your thing. I bought a four-pack out of curiosity, and I'm pleased to say that I would definitely buy it again.

PirateUlf73, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

12 oz bottle

A: Deep brown body under a small creamy, slightly off white head. Decent lace and OK retention.

S: Coffee. Some malty sweetness behind the coffee, but mostly coffee.

T: Coffee again, but more of a malt presence then in the aroma. Some sweetness and toasted character. Bit of bitterness in the finish. Sort of a nutty character. Slight hint of warming alcohol.

M/D: Full bodied, bit over carbonated but slightly smooth. Drinkability is OK. A pretty complex beer. More of a sipper than anything.

NCSUdo, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Gehrig
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Enjoyed while watching the inauguration, 1/20/09.

Cloudy brown with burnt orange highlights, topped with two fleeting fingers of tan foam; little lacing. A good deal of coffee on the nose, to be sure, but not obtrusively or exclusively so. Some cinnamon nudges through with caramel--good smell overall.

It's interesting that this is a dopplebock, for the coffee rules the taste first and foremost. It's certainly delicious beer, but it lacks the spicy, fruity, diverse malt of good dopplebock. It's a fine coffee beer, well worth enjoying. As dopplebock, it's a fine coffee beer, thus the lower taste score--not because it isn't enjoyable, but rather because its distinct feature(s) aren't as emblematic of the dopplebock style as I had hoped.

However, its creamy smooth mouthfeel is a genuine pleasure, making this hard not to quaff. If purchasers are expecting dopplebock, be forewarned that this is coffee front and center, dopplebock down the road. Yet others might find this a truer representative of dopplebock than I did, and should enjoy it regardless. Good stuff.

Gehrig, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Roasty dark brown, nice tan head, good looking.

Nose is coffee and malt, deep but needs more.

Taste is a great match of coffee up front, dopplemalt in the back, finish is balanced, very nice.

Easy drinker, mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice. Goes down easy with cookies or chocolate, very good.

robbyc1, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of reallyhoppie
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy brown/amber color with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

Smells strongly of sweet malt and coffee. I'd say maybe old coffee, not necessarily appealing.

Tastes a lot better than it smells. Smooth, sweet malt and a very strong coffee finish. There is also some sort of sour/creamy flavor in the finish that is faintly reminiscent of buttermilk.

Decent mouthfeel. Certainly more creamy and smooth than I would assume from looking at it.

Overall, can't see having more than a couple at a time. Not bad, but it uses the coffee flavor more as a novelty than as component to make a good beer.

(I had this once before on draught and enjoyed much more.)

reallyhoppie, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Color: dark amber

Smell: cold, sweet coffee

Taste: like aroma. like a cup of cold, low strength coffee with a sweetness to balance

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. smooth. low-med body

Notes: this, to me, is a one time beer or special occasion type thing. i dont like coffee enough to sacrifice my beer with the flavor. but overall not bad

Frosty80, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of whiterascal
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Thick tan head, dark brown
S : coffee!!
T: malt insanity with a heavy coffee taste. But it tastes more like eating whole coffee beans and not like brewed coffee. A slight cocoa taste. I can definitely taste the alcohol at the finish.
M: pretty thick but still smooth
D: good beer for cold weather, but I'd probably only have one

whiterascal, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of ZAP
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

An interesting combination that scores with me.

A-Pours a murky brown color...no head..

S-Coffee with cream and sugar added...this is not a big strong raw ground coffee aroma....more of a sweeter coffee mix...

T-Good sweet flavor....again the coffee with cream and sugar is there but also toss in some caramel into the mix...

M-Medium...a little sticky sweet but the coffee notes actually cut into it nicely.

D-Good odd ball beer. For me the combination works nicely...I'd drink it again but it certainly isn't in my Beer Hall of Fame...

ZAP, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of n811
2.55/5  rDev -31.6%

To be fair, this is the first coffee dopplebock I've had.

Poured into a pint glass with a great head, and the color was a gorgeous amber color.

Smell was like - wow - that's definitely coffee flavored!

The coffee flavor was an intense experience. I love good coffee, but this beer tasted like they used Sanka from 1985 for the blend. I was not a fan of the coffee, but I could taste that there was a good bock flavor trying its darndest to get out.

I only bought a single of this, and I have to say I wouldn't by another one if I had the chance. Dark Horse makes some excellent beers, though this one is definitely not for me.

n811, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

Nice cover art, as usual! (Both the rocket and the devil are nice).

Pours out as a slightly hazy brown/amber, with just a faint head. Nose is strong coffee grounds. Taste is acidic malty coffee, with some warming alcohol. A bit abrasive, but not bad. Lots of coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is good. Good brew... not Dark Horse's best, but a pretty unique departure from the typical coffee stout/porter. Nice to see coffee being tried in different styles.

shivtim, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

A pretty dark brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is mostly coffee with a bit of malt and nut. Flavor, is actually not that different than the aroma. There is not much dopplebock in this one. Roasty coffee accented with some toffee and a hint of mocha. Rather lively carbonation. Just the faintest bit of fuit/lager type flavor in the through. It is a bit light, but is very drinkable, and a lot of flavor compared to most beers this drinkable. Certainly unique, this is the type of brew that isn't going to have too many people in between on.

Bung, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of malty
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a chestnut color with ruby highlights. The light beige head quickly dissipates to a cream colored halo with sporadic spots on the surface. Looks pretty clear with very little visible carbonation.

The nose is wondrously fragrant with freshly ground gourmet coffee. Some faint dark malts creep in-between the lovely fresh coffee quaffs every once and a while.

Nice flavor balance of toasty and dark roasted malts and the wonderful coffee that I experienced in the nose. That coffee scent translates very accurately into a round, smooth and medium roast coffee with just a tad of bitterness detected on the edges of my tongue. There's an interesting salty flavor at the end that's a little mineral-like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very low carbonation. The beer doesn't feel flat though, just a nice easy coasting body with a slightly oily texture and long flavorful coffee finish.

Drinkability is crazy. This would be my morning breakfast beer if I were camping on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Not at all intimidating (to noobs) like a Founders Breakfast Stout, but you get all of that coffee goodness in a highly drinkable 'easy' bodied beer.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Wonderful balance with a deliberate and well executed coffee backbone. The malt bill is nice because there is some nice dopplebock 'oomph' in there as well. Great original beer from a great forward thinking brewery from my home state.

malty, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%

A-clear, deep, reddish copper with burgundy highlights. A thin yellowish tan head reduced to a thin ring and left no lace.

S-Sweet malt with light fresh coffee aroma and a bit of nuttiness.

T-Black coffee bitterness up front with a cream like sweetness. Nice balance overall with the bitter dark roast coffee winning out in the end.

M-Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Nice lingering mild bitterness.

D-A coffee lovers D-bock. Really fresh coffee flavour with a well-balnced creamy sweetness. Only the second coffee D-bock I have ever had, Ithaca Beer Company's Kaffinator being the onther. I am a fan!

Deuane, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +4%

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of my sister as a Christmas gift.

A: The doppelbock is a dark mahogany color, nearly black in its brown depth. The darkness renders the beer opaque. The ale didn't have an appreciable head.

S: The nose is loaded with sweet coffee aromas, so much so that the grainy doppelbock base is hidden. The aroma is delicious, very similar to Wake n Bake.

T: The coffee is strong up front, sweet with a cold toddy flavor. As the coffee fades, the grains gladly roll in with a concentrated fruity flavor. Doppelbocks are often abrasive with malts but this is nicely muted by the coffee. The finish returns to the bitter coffee flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is coffee, completely dominating and crowding out the doppelbock. The biggest hint of doppelbock is a flourish for fruity malts at the end of each sip.

D: I don't know the alcohol level on this one but the coffee flavor would keep me hanging around.

akorsak, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

I got this brew from tayner, Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle served in a mug.

L - murky amber color with a small beige head that fell to a ring.

S - caramel malt and coffee.

T - caramel latte-like taste.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - went down fairly easy, but I wouldn't want to drink this all night long.

JoeyBeerBelly, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

Murky looking dark crimson. Thin beige head. Sparse lace. The aroma is thick with coffee. Used coffee grounds. Heavily roasted used coffee grounds. This is thick. The taste is thick with coffee too. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. It's definitely a coffee beer first, dopplebock second. That's not a bad thing. It's a good beer. But not really a dopplebock in flavor. Lingering bitterness from coffee bean. Alcohol is negligible. Decent attempt at an odd combination.

Bighuge, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Appearance is deep chestnut until light interacts and a burst of ruby shines through. Large head with a chunky chracter of a yellow color leaves great lace and has great retention.

Love the aroma of this beer. Fresh espresso aromas with a heavy caramel and toffee backing showing a sign of milk chocolate. Coffee character if fresh and wonderful smelling.

Gotta say I really dig this beer and the idea. Bold complex flavors very nutty in nature with huge caramel malt. Complex with a generous amount of espresso with cream, compliments the malts nicely. An twinge of milk chocolate, and toffee. Just a fine beer easy drinking and delicous. Creamy mouthfeel and a finish of great length.

mcallister, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -19.6%

poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a SN Hops tulip. A moderate to hard pour created minimal head which faded to an island of light tan, then nothing. The body was a hazy cola/leather color.

Smell was mild coffee and plums. Sweet grains. Stewed fruits.

Taste was malty. Light coffee flavors that linger with bitterness. Brown sugar. Primarily doppelbock characteristics with a understated coffee presence. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Cresant, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

I saw this one at a local store and was intrigued by the idea of putting coffee in a dopplebock.

Pours a brown/redish color with very little head into my wine glass. Perhaps I should have poured it faster.

It smells very strongly of coffee. Wow, that it a strong coffee smell, and I'm not getting anythin else. This could be a cold cup of coffee for all I know.

The taste is great. As expected, the coffee taste is very strong and dominates the palate for almost the entire sip, but the taste of the "beer" shows up at the very last moment in the form of fairly mellow and mild malts. The finish is strong, and it leaves that coffee lingering in your mouth.

Great beer. I love coffee stouts, and this was a good adaptation of that idea, somewhat more drinkable and still delicious. I should start drinking this in the morning!

bassmantin, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of drxandy
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

12oz to footed ale glass, pours a heavy dark brown with golden hints, reminds me of the color of coffee, cream colored foamy head fades to lacing

smells of delicious coffee! bitter, sweet, lactose? oats? smells amazing!

taste is of coffee from the start, almost like drinking coffee, never have had a beer infused with coffee so well - roasty, bitter, alcohol, yeast hides in back, bitter hops, complex and delicious, balance leans toward coffee but the style hides behind nicely

mouthfeel is of a good weight, low carbonation, oily, amazing flavor - yum

drxandy, Dec 11, 2008
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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