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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

986 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 986
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 40
Gots: 52 | 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 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
Photo of akokandy
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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 +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.