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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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1,018 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 42
Gots: 57 | 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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Ratings: 1,018 | Reviews: 443
Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
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
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, different label than the satanic looking one displayed here.

Hazy, slightly reddish cola colored with a light tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles with dots of lacing. Strong coffee notes in aroma with roasted malt, slightly sweet (caramel-y), no hop presence. Taste is very similar to the nose, a so-so doppelbock with a strong punch of coffee. The bock adds a caramel sweetness that nicely balances out the bitterness of the coffee. The coffee is more of a roasted flavor or anything too intense. Lighter side of medium bodied with strong carbonation results in a very frothy, light body. The addition of coffee to this style isn't doing that much for me. It's nicely balanced but leaves me wanting a good doppelbock or a good coffee stout instead.

Photo of Reneejane
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is an interesting beer! The beer was a hazy brown with a white head. The aroma is most definitely of coffee. The taste follows through with an assertive coffee flavor, you almost feel like you're drinking coffee. Then there is a surprising and completely unexpected chocolate note at the end. It had a very interesting mouthfeel, maybe acidic but it definitely left a tingle on the tongue.

Photo of jaxon53
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for getting me this beer while on business in Michigan.Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock pours out a dark brown color that has some amber highlights. A somewhat hard pour yields about a finger of tannish frothy foam. Head recedes to a thin off white coating atop the beer. Some spotty lace was left behind after each sip. Definitely a good looking beer.

Smell: Great, rich nose on this beer. Strong roasted coffee aromas are noticed first. Touches of caramel around the edges. A big malt backbone makes a great base for this beer.

Taste: Definitely some coffee in this brew. Roasted, and not overpowering. More complimentary than anything. Again, a wonderful malt backbone on which this beer is built. More coffee and caramel in the crisp, clean finish. All alcohol is completely hidden. A tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, and smooth. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Smooth and quite complex.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz inflatablechair brought over tonight.. Thanks Sam!

Pour doesn't reveal too much.. a dark reddish brew that is pretty much crystal clear.. no real head..

Aroma has descent whaffs of coffee and some caramel.. surprisingly clean..

Flavor is pretty damn malty with some lite caramel and the coffee comes in a bunch more but seems light to me... only descent as far as a base beer goes.

The body is medium with a light carbonation...

At first (when chilled) I thought this was a well made dopplebock with coffee... but.. as it warmed I was left sorta flat... only a descent dopplebock with not as much coffee as I was certainly expecting.

Sam said that he had been sitting on this bottle for a while.. but I doubt age helped or hurt it... Coffee doesn't belong in such a clean brew... I will stand by this.... Thanks Amigo, but this did not do it for me.

Photo of Florida9
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker brown in color, but still translucent with light showing through the edges of the glass. Pours with a viscousness that seems to suggest very little carbonation. But a small, unimpressive head does rise only to recede quickly to the rim of the glass. No lacing.

S: Strong aroma of coffee. Some sweet, fruity malts.

T: Sweet and malty with a long finish that is all coffee.

M: Medium in body and medium carbonation (surprising given the flatness that was suggested by the pour). Sweetness coats the tongue.

D: Interesting drink. Seems that it would pair well with certain foods and cheese. However, this beer wears on the taste buds as it warms, becoming overly sweet and syrupy.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a sam adams quasi-tulip glass,this beer is a deep brown with a nice head that left some good lacing.smell's like a cup of black coffee with a hint of sweetness.taste is mostly roasted coffee with a hint of malt sweetness and a bit of nuttiness.mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

overall a pretty interesting beer.worth a shot.

Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Perkulator poured a dark brown with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was coffee. The taste was malty coffee, nothing special. The feel was a little watery to me, with some carbonation to tickle the tongue. This one was an easy drinker.

Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Unclejedi!

Pours a dark, somewhat brackish brown. Tan head that slowly settled down into a very long lasting thin film and crust.

I'm not the hugest coffee fan, so consider that as you read the review. Still, Speedway Stout is highly ranked amongst my reviews, as is Peche Mortel ... so clearly, there's room in my palate for well structured coffee beers that integrate other flavors into the mix.

This beer does not. Smells like coffee. Basically, coffee beans. The taste may add a bit of malt (along with a strange metallic twang), but it is, again, straight coffee. Like drinking a cold cup of java. The only aspect of Doppel Bock I get is a bit of a smooth malt aftertaste and finish that lends some much needed sweetness.

The beer grew on me a bit as I drank, but I couldn't but think that a Bock-lager was just a bizarre choice to add coffee to. You need a real strong backing to prevent the brew from being overwhelmed, which is what happened here.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of bamadog
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle with me... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish/iced tea color and the body is pretty cloud; it comes with a one finger light tan creamy looking head that fades pretty quickly into a uneven and loose looking skim.

Smell: Smells of lightly roasted coffee with some creamer in it -- actually, more reminiscent of a frappuccino from Starbucks; some hints of some warm to burnt sugars in the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell, the coffee is the most dominant flavor and ranges from lightly roasted to a bit of a burnt flavor; the maltiness additionally comes across as a bit of caramel and burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mildlly creamy and there is a very weak carbonation that brings a little bit of life to the body, but I wish it was a little more substantive and chewier; it does leave a bit of a stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability: While it's not a bad tasting beer, I do wish it was a bit more complex as the coffee is really about all there is to it and the body could hold a bit more substance.

Photo of kels
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split one of these with bamadog tonight. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is moderate brown with a reddish cast. It is a little hazy and tons floaties sit in suspension in the liquid. Light carbonation flows throughout, and the 2 finger tan head fades quickly to a skim with a few bubbles breaking the surface. Little to no lacing sticks around.

Smell: The coffee smell is the dominant note in this brew, but it doesn't come across too bitter - mostly creamy and sweet. There's a light roastiness and sweet malty presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is the first really notable thing about this beer. It is really bright and well-carbonated for a beer of this style. The carbonation borders on sharpness. That couples with a syrupy stickiness from the malts. Taste is definitely coffee-dominated. I don't know if I'd know this was a doppelbock if it weren't for the title. There's a slight sweetness from the malts and the alcohol presents as a hot vapor. Aftertaste is slightly sticky and sweet.

Drinkability: Not too bad. Tastes pretty nice, but as for match to style, it's not like any doppelbock I've had before. It's missing that bready attribute that seems common to most I've had. Overall a good beer I'm glad I tried.

Photo of bfields4
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown borderline black with a brown hue. Nice frothy head.

Nice malty head caramel and the roasted coffee.

Lovely roasted coffee and sweet caramel. A light biscuity taste from the malts is also present. Dark fruits come along as delve farther into this guy.

A little, dry nicely carbonated very smooth velvety mouthfeel. I'm really liking this beer wish they could have brought out more of the dark fruity

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a rich chocolate brown with amber highlights and two fingers of rich orangish tan head that retains for a couple minutes and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of roasted coffee up front, with notes of caramel malt and a bit of roasted malt mixed in, albeit buried under the coffee grounds. not much else for the nose, with a pleasant richness in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a slightly more restrained coffee character and and some roasted malt, caramel, and breaded malt character still buried underneath the coffee. the coffee character definitely takes away from the malt character which usually shines in a doppelbock, which is a bit dissapointing, but the overall profile seems to hold together in the end. finishes with residual bitter coffee notes.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and semi-dry texture along with bitter coffee notes throughout. exactly what one would expect from a 'coffee doppelbock'.

drinkability is good. fans of coffee will not find problems with this brew, while those who enjoy coffee flavors only when mixed in with an equal amount of dark malt (this BA) will find it a bit deflating. that beig said, the brew itself does work well.

Photo of Goliath
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown color, but poured with next to no head.

The aroma is delicious. Big coffee notes dominate. Unfortunately it's so strong I don't really get any typical doppelbock aromas. I do get a touch of booze, but nothing else.

The taste is decent. There's definitely a huge coffee presence with a dark roasted malt profile. There's a light bitterness as well. Again I unfortunately don't get too much doppelbock out of this beer. So while they nailed the coffee, the doppelbock is a fail.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. The alcohol is moderately high, however it's well incorporated into the beer. The flavor profile though not completely acurate, is quite pleasing which makes for an easy drinking and enjoyable experience.

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

Pours dark brown with reddish hues. Aroma consists of caramel, roasted coffee, touch of dark fruit, and toffee. The mouthfeel is medium to soft. Roasted coffee flavor with some bitterness from the hops & coffee flavor. Solid malt backbone. Doppelbock characteristics really emerge toward the back when you can taste a rum-soaked raisin fruitiness and caramel.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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

Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
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 !

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Tone
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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