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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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999 Ratings
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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 41
Gots: 54 | 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 BedetheVenerable
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with cool, quirky label typical of DH

Appearance: Very hazy amber/brown beer with dark ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Light, delicate fresh coffee aromas; this is not as dark/bitter and espresso-like as many coffee beers, and it has a bit of sweet roasted nuttiness to it as well

Taste: Big bitter fresh-brewed cofree kick in the teeth, followed up by sweet hazelnut creme...it ends with a bit of bitter coffee astringency...this is a nice and unique coffee beer, bold but not unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty good, though this is definitely one I'd probably seek to pair with some kind of food...dessert, perhaps?

Conclusion: This is an enjoyable (and different) take on a coffee beer...pretty nice

BedetheVenerable, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip glass. No bottle date present :(
**Please note that my bottle I purchased is the old label, so this is probably a decently aged brew**

(A)- Pours a light to medium brown (just like coffee!). Head formed a good 2-finger, but quickly disappeared to a very light layer of grey bubbles.

(S)- Tons upon tons of roasted coffee combined with a hint of cream. No joke, it smells exactly like coffee & creamer w/ a packet of sugar!

(T)- It is exactly like drinking a cup of creamed coffee! The sugary sweetness is probably the result of the malts added. Slight hint of smoky/hickory molasses on the finish combined with the tiniest essence of root beer. Man, this is kind of weird but good.

(M)- The easiest drinking doppelbock I have ever tried! Smooth & creamy with just a twinge of carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Where is the 7.5% abv?

(D)- If you are a serious coffee drinker (like me), you will absolutely love this beer! I have no idea how long this was aged due to a lack of bottled date, but however long it was aged for made this a spectacular doppelbock !

sweemzander, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this one, cheers Jeff! Could've swore I've had this before. Well my review never made it here & it's a dopplebock, so this is a win-win IMO! Near satanic looking label, doubt this would ever get approved for sale here...

Pours a brown tinged ebony with a thumb of tan colored head. Zero head retention & lacing (this beer achilles heel)

S: Coffee & not much else

T: Much coffee up front along with some dulce de leche & a touch of orchard fruit up front. Dryness, a whisper of booze & coffee are all there as this warms, plus some caramel squeezes through to represent the dopplebock. Finishes dry with much coffee, creamy & with nice toffee, dang near pulled a 4.5

MF: Semi-chewy, fairly vigirous carbonation, semi sticky

Drinks a tad slow, the heft & coffee presence, a better breakfast beer than a dopple per se; but would happily down a few of these at breakfast!

russpowell, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to akorsak who included this as an extra in a recent trade.

Murky brown when held up to the light with a soft white one fingered head.

Smells of Costa Rican coffee with notes of caramel and deep colored fruits (plums, prunes, etc.)

Tastes of strongly brewed coffee, deep roasted malt and brown sugar. A slight sultana raison component.

A nice feel in the mouth with an appropriate thickness for a 7.5 percent brew.

On the high end of drinkability as I finished this off in no time and was left wanting more.

A very nice beer that is a first for me as I was skeptical that a coffee infused doublebock would float my boat.

Rochefort10nh, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of mjl21
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh! 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info or abv info is present.

A-Pours a dark brown that is very hazy when put up to light. Has a miniscule tan head that dissolves into a small ring.

S-When cracked and poured, the coffee is very present along with roast malt. As it warms the coffee becomes more pronounced. The best way to describe the smell is used coffee grounds.

T-The coffee taste hits fast. It tastes like coffee that would come out of a can. It is a little acidic in the middle. Some chocolate and carmael tastes also come out in the middle. It finishes with a strong coffee flavor. It gets more roasty tasting as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and has good carbonation.

D-Probably wouldn't drink more than one in a session. The coffee tasted too much like the stuff my folks drink.

An interesting take on the style. I think a sixer would take quite a long time to go through.

mjl21, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown with lighter hues of amber along edges and bottom of the glass. 1/6 inch head of a pale tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, and slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation levels and strong bitterness. Tastes strongly of coffee up front, yeast cleanliness comes through next, some sweet malt faintly, and the finish is roasted malt. Once the bitterness pasts the mouth feel is slightly watery. Overall, the coffee flavor is just too strong and overpowers the other characteristics of a Doppelbock.

Tone, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy dark brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, but not much lacing. The aroma is mostly coffee, but I can also smell some caramel malt, chocolate and nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma. Coffee is the strongest taste, but there's also some grain, caramel, raisins and chocolate noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and it's also smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again.

bluejacket74, May 30, 2009
Photo of blackearth
2.68/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a very dark brown with a thin, white head that quickly fades to nothing. Metallic coffee aroma with strong coffee flavor from start to finish. Some sweet malt flavor is slightly detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is basically a chilled coffee with alcohol. Good thing I like iced coffee, or this would get a worse review. Bonus points for having the most "metal" beer label I've ever seen. m/

blackearth, May 20, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy dark copper pour with a small off white head,spotty lacing,madium carbonation. Aroma is spicy and malty,lots of coffee and a bit of chocolate and smoke. Flavor is So fucking good, huge malty,grainy roasty notes with a bit of coffee and hop bitterness,toffee,nuts,and earthy rasins, medium sweet,full creamy mouthfeel,super drinkable, long malty spicy coffee finish.

I love Dark Horse.

WakeandBake, May 15, 2009
Photo of rye726
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark woody brown with a thin tan head. The nose has freshly roasted coffee over fruity malts, caramel and spices. Taste has sweet malts, figs, carmelized sugars which are all well balanced by the bitter coffe flavors. Medium body matches style well. Good session beer.

rye726, May 09, 2009
Photo of CoalCellar
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my goblet.

A: Pours a murky dark brown with a thin chestnut colored head.

S: Smells like good coffee.

T: Some dominant coffee flavors, and a sweet malty aftertaste consistent with a good bock.

M: Thin and average for the style.

D: Good. This is a pretty tasty brew, but not too thick or overpowering, especially if you like coffee. I'd have another....

CoalCellar, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Looks dark amber, with light gold highlights. The head is gone almost immediately.

Smells like a light roast coffee. Light caramel and nutty. Berries.

Solid coffee flavor. The fruit from the nose is way more pronounced here. Chocolate, bitter roasted grain. I would have liked to let it warm a bit more, and try for some more subtle attributes, but this was just too tasty.

A little on the thin side, but the same holds true for the lighter coffee's, so I guess it evens out. Warming seemed to greatly enhance the chewiness.

A very enjoyable beer. I'm thinking of pairing this with a nice coffeecake. And when I find a recipe for one, I'll do just that. Cheers!

dancinwillie, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of brewandbbq
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours murky mahogany with barely a trace of a cola-like head. A placid surface with zero lacework throughout the glass.

Aromatics lead off with coffee, malt, and a hint of chocolate. The coffee smells pretty mainstream and not too robust, and the malt is a bit subdued for a Dopplebock.

Medium bodied with a slightly crisp edge. Slickish otherwise.

Roasted coffee beans, chocolate-laced malt, and caramel start the palate. A hint of alcohol and a building roast character follow through.

Finishes with lingering coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of smoke.

An interesting beer but lacking the large malt character typically found in a good Dopple, and the coffee overpowers it a bit as a result.

brewandbbq, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of BrewerB
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to DIPA for the hookup on this beer!

A - Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Medium copper color with a thin, off-white, persistent head. Good clarity.

S - Brewed coffee, moderately intense. Moderate-light presence of some grape-like maltiness. Mild toffee.

T - More coffee comes forward in the taste. Moderate bitterness that doesn't necessarily taste hop-derived. Light chocolate.

M - Medium bodied/moderate to moderate-light carbonation. Smooth.

D - Rich and malty doppelbock with an interesting coffee component. I'd refrain from a second of this but overall a decent tasting brew.

BrewerB, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip glass.

Poured a brown with a thin, slightly off-white head with a distinct contrast.

Coffee and malt sweetness in the aroma. Spending some time with the aroma. Something crazy going on. Currants or soy sauce, I can't quite figure it out. Something more than coffee.

No description of the beer on their site. A shame as I'd like to read something official on this one.

Flavor is clean lager profile with sweet coffee on the finish. This qualifies as a unique, well-done beer. Before I decide if I like it, I've decided that I can appreciate it.

Back to the unusual aroma. It's a September beer which I'm consuming six months later in March. Flavor seems good and I have no reason to suspect it's gone bad. I'm stuggling to put my finger on the berry aroma and struggling to decide how I rate the aroma.

Mellows out as it warms to room temp and I'm loosing some of that unique and sharp aroma.

Yetiman420, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark, slightly hazy red-amber color with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Deep coffee aroma along with sweet malts, berry, and vanilla.

The taste is roasted malts and a definite coffee vibe but not as much as I expected. A bit of berry fruitiness is also present.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

A good-but sadly, not great doppelbock. I expected more of a coffee kick to the teeth which never came.

Monkeyknife, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
2.6/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Hey, what happened to the evil bottle artwork? I used to wear Slayer T-shirts that looked a lot like that back in high school. The new label is a little less metal, and a little more new-school hipster, but I still like it. The beer itself is a nice dark brown color with red-russet highlights, and the head is a fluffy two fingers of deep beige foam. Thick sheets of foam slide down the sides of the glass. This is a decent looking beer.

S - Freshly ground french roast beans and that's about it. I like coffee ground aroma, but it comes at the expense of everything else. This doesn't smell a damn thing like a doppelbock, it just smells like really strong super-dark roast coffee. Which is darker French roast or Italian roast? This is like the darker of the two anyhow.

T - More beeriness comes out on the tongue. Where the nose was just straight coffee beans (not brewed coffee mind you... just ground coffee beans, and extremely potent ones at that ), this is sweeter and slightly more chocolaty. There are notes of dark baker's chocolate and bitter chicory. Interesting, but not all that great.

M - Medium bodied, slighlty sweet, and extremely bitter on the finish. A second after swallowing, I can feel a good deal of alcohol heat, and a nice "hot chocolate halved with espresso" flavor comes around. The aftertaste is oddly much, much better than the initial flavor!

D - Eh, not for me. I'm not gonna slam this one, because it's doing what it is intended to do and all of the flavors and aromas are authentic and well done. I probably wouldn't seek this out again. Oddly, I've never been able to find a coffee beer that I like despite that I drink so much espresso that I bleed black. I love coffee in all of it's incarnations, except beer. And I love beer in all of it's varioius presentations except when its with coffee. What's up with that?

pmcadamis, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Looks like iced tea. The coffee flavor is definitely there, and as a fan of coffee, that was a big plus. It had a nice, creamy feel to it, and for the first half I was really enjoying it.

Then, I began tasting a more and more sour flavor. It was like sour milk. It wasn't overwhelming, but seriously hurt my overall perception toward the brew. It was a bold and unique offering, just not a great beer.

ElGrecoVerde, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of JoeST
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pores a Amberly brown with minimal head. The smell is of sweet malt & a odd coffee almost like some dried out dark roast grinds left in the pot overnight. This one is very interesting as the first drink is of sweet malts with some light carmel sweetness followed by again the odd coffee flavor. Its very thin & the coffee flavor still strikes me as a very dark roasted bean that has been used over a few times or even used & left to dry & used again. It's not bad at all but the flavors are just very different for what I was expecting out of a coffee beer.
I could drink it again but wont go outta my way for it.

JoeST, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of littlekidlover
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I picked this up I didn't look that closely at it, I expected to be drinking a strait up Dopplebock. The appearance is similar to tea with very little head. Strait up coffee on the nose with just a bit of fruity maltyness. Flavor is the same, the coffee flavor is slightly burnt, it's almost like chewing a coffee bean and washing it down with sparkling water. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, not too much dopplebock stickiness. I wouldn't call this a session beer, but certainly one that won't slow you down if you're mixing and matching.

littlekidlover, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of geoffsaidso
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 12oz bottle to mug.

a little put off by appearance, light almost weak coffee appearance, absolutley no head retention, weird. aroma is off the charts fantastic, smells like a bag full of freah coffee beans. taste is spot on coffee as well, the sweet malts of a doppelbock come through in a delicate manner allowing the coffee flavor to shine. the mouthfeel is smooth, not thin like coffee, again the doppelbock. overall a phenomenal collaboration between two of my favorite beverages. would love to get more info on the technical aspects (how to) of this fantastic brew.

geoffsaidso, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of sprucetip
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.