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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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986 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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 -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Artwork on bottle by Jared Brownell.

A little under a half inch of light tan, rather fizzy head after a normal pour. Not much head or retention to showcase in this pilsner glass. A very cloudy, semi-opaque deep caramel brown color. No lacing.

Smells of dark, almost burnt caramel and sweet, toasted malts. Even hints of expresso and milk chocolate come through. Clean and very well balanced nose. Rather enjoyable and complex for a Dopplebock.

The chocolate with expresso comes out even more in the taste and actually dominates this beverage. Again, caramel, sweet and toasted malts as well. Very enjoyable.

The mouth is mildly creamy, with a nice smooth finish. The aftertaste of chocolate remains for quite a while and is rather pleasant. Medium body. Very drinkable. If I had to guess the ABV, I'd put it in the 4.5-5% range. Recommended.

ibbjamin, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It pours with a 1 finger tan head that lingered before falling to a full lace that left sticky spots on the glass. The body was a slightly murky brown. Come to think of it, the body had a pretty good resemblance to a slightly weaker than preferable cup of coffee.

S- Initially it smelled of roasty coffee. Even after warming slightly, I didn't pick up a lot of other aromas. It might be a little one dimensional, but it works for something marketed as a "coffee doppelbock."

T- Initial flavor was very coffee-like too. A second sip opened up hints of nutty flavors (maybe almonds). If pressed to describe it, I'd have to say it was almost like an amaretto coffee combination. There was a slight lingering sweetness. Maybe a packet of sugar was added to the cup of joe.

M- The feel was nice. It had light to medium carbonation with a slight coating sensation.

D- I'm a fan. It's full of flavor, yet not so overwhelming that I couldn't drink a second, or maybe third.

Overall- I was drawn by the idea of a "Coffee Dopplebock." I've seen plenty of coffee stouts, but this style was new to me. It's a pretty big departure from most doppelbocks I've tried, but I'm a pretty big fan. It definitely has solid coffee flavor, but isn't so over-the-top that you wouldn't want another.

GRPunk, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a dimpled mug. This dopplebock poured a murky, ruby brown hue with a short-lived head of tan foam that settled into a lasting ring. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma had a very pronouced note of cold pressed coffee. A solid dose of caramel and dark fruit also made an appearance. The flavor contained a smooth coffee note (not bitter like alot of other coffee-infused beers), dark fruit skins, caramel, and a hint of baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had light carbonation. Filling for sure, but yet quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. Nice to see the guys at Dark Horse give a lager a try.

mdm46410, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Horse on 11/28/08. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Very clear, dark brown body with burgundy and hazlenut highlights, no carbonation and a thin, off-white head that transformed into a patchy film. This looks pretty much like a glass of coffee.

S - Nice fresh coffee aroma with roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness. This brew definitely possesses more coffee than dopplebock qualities; however, the bock characteristics emerge more as it warmed up, with some mild dark fruit in the back.

T - Pleasant balance of fresh coffee with hints of sweet cream, chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by a nutty character in the backend. Finish is a well-balanced blend of coffee and cream with a dose of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is nowhere to be found for such a big, bold dopplebock. Finish is mildly bitter.

D - Drinks like a champ for an 8% dopplebock. The warmth of the alcohol is non-existent. The coffee character wins out in the end, making for an extremely smooth and drinkable dopplebock. One of the highlights of my recent Mid-west excursion.

ffejherb, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola and ruby brown with practically no head or foam. Can't see any bubbling in this dark brew. Smells like when you just break open a Folgers tin and take a whiff. Plus the sweet, dark toasted malts and fruits add a little complexity to the nose. The taste starts with undeniable coffee. You then get some of that signature dopplebock malt character. Toasted and sweet with some woody plums. t to metion a toucof smokiness too. Is that from the coffee or malt??? Chewy sweet palate that is complex and different from the norm. A good beer to drink and think, contemplate, and enjoy.

scruffwhor, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dark brown bottle this beer is a warm leathery brown. A whimsical tan head settles down to nothing but a firm collar and a sudsy cloud shape in the center of the glass.

The smell is distinctly coffee influenced. It has the smell of spent coffee grounds right after the brewing. Lightly toasted and slightly bitter. It definitely lives up to the java namesake.

The taste is a nice mix of java infused chocolates with a hint molasses. Big malts back up this tasty beverage. A slightly chalky finish is the only downside to this brew.

I like the coffee flavors even if I'm not a big fan of coffee. It works with this style of brew. I'm not a big fan of the finish and that distracts from the overall enjoyment of the brew.

jbphoto88, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of b3barron
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the few remaining Dark Horse brews I have yet to try. Poured into a dimple mug.

A - Mahogany colored with a small half-finger head and little retention.

S - Smell is of old coffee grounds up front with a little underlying earthiness.

T - A pretty big coffee taste up front makes a very rich malt backbone take a back seat. I'm getting a little alcohol as this warms, which I like.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Seems appropriate for this beer.

D - Limited for me because of the strong coffee flavors. I am a fan of coffee beer but wouldn't generally want more than one.

Overall this one is an interesting take on the style and is recommended to any fan of coffee beers.

b3barron, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never even heard of this one when it came down to me as an extra in a recent trade. Some nice BA just knows how much I love my coffee! I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night after dinner for a nice little pick me up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/17/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich looking, light hazelnut brown color, with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice hints of ruby red coming through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A small, light tan head of foam, maybe a half inch crept up the sides and sat on the top of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was as rich as I would have expected. Deep notes of brewed Arabic coffee just coming up from the glass. Bitter, with a touch of caramel malts thrown in for balance, but not nearly as sweet as you would see in a coffee stout or porter. Then came the sip, this is exactly what I needed. Not too heavy, with a light to medium bodied feel and a decent level of carbonation that allowed it to go down smoothly and evenly. The initial rush of coffee flavor mellowed over a few minutes and started to combine with an earthy hop note and a deep bready malt. Interesting mixture, and again staying away from being too sweet, it definitely retained that bitter edge to it.

Overall I really liked this and thought it was a rather interesting concept to say the least. I would love to get another actually as it was a welcome change of pace for me and fit in nicely with the German styles I have been trying as of late.

mikesgroove, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of notafood
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola color into a pint glass, half inch beige head that lasted about a minute and dissolved into a nice thin cap. Visible carbonation when held up to light.

Caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. A slight nuttiness, but I didn't pick up too much coffee until it warmed a bit.

Coffee, malt, sweet cream. Finish is not unlike an espresso bean bitterness.

Sticky and mouth coating but far from unpleasant. Medium bodied, not chewy, quite smooth.

Another very enjoyable brew from Dark Horse. Initially bought this as a single, will probably grab a four pack tonight or tomorrow.

notafood, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of MacDomer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my standard pint glass.

A - Pours a nice dark-roast brown. Hit of red when held to the light. 1-finger head to start, quickly diminished to a thin off-white ring within 2 minutes. No lace to speak of. A really nice beer to look at!

S - Surprisingly, coffee! Rasted malts and dark fruit. Cake batter, too - almost a sweet milky smell. Quite appealing, not overly intense.

T - Cafe au lait, accented by some caramel, malt of course, and dark cherries. Good, not great length relative to doppelbocks.

M - Quite nice! Tiny effervescent carbonation. Medium, but not heavy body. Brown sugar in here as well. Excellent coffee bitterness on the finish, dry.

D - Yes, please. I could do two of these easily. After that, on to the next adventure. Kudos on the attempt at something new here.

Overall, recommended, especially as a one-off purchase. A 4-pack would be sufficient for me.

MacDomer, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a muddy auburn with a inch of khaki suds, which diminish over a minute or so to a collar with modest lacing.
The cocoa-imbued coffee beans are the hallmark of the nose. Mild-medium roasted, with lurking plum, fig, and burnt peach maltiness. A port-like vinous alcohol concludes each sniff.
The bean are first across the tongue, moderately roasted with accompanying bitterness. Dry cocoa ensues, as the backing malts begin to unfold, still dripping with coffee, and ever will be. Plums, concord grapes, carob, and fig are the more identifiably traits, but some suggestions of grilled pineapple and peaches are deeper within. Interwoven through it all is a blanket of scorched caramel and vanilla beans. The finish is peppery and dry, and while hops probably have some say in this, the beans are the louder culprit. Alcohol comes through less in the taste than the nose. It's brings just traces of vinousness. You know it's here, but it's also not here.
Medium bodied, perhaps a touch thinner than might me expected from a brawny doppelbock. Carbonation is minor and sedate, leading to a fluid, silky texture.
It's more than a novel approach to a d'bock. The coffee is prominent without totally overshadowing the base malt characteristics. It works, and is plenty tasty...but in order to have more than 1 in a sitting, I'd like a decaf version. Over time, the coffee comes close to getting in the way, and there's a very solid regular doppelbock underneath it all.

Oh, and the artwork is killer, especially the evil version.

cokes, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 4-Pack
RT. 6 Liquors

2008 Edition with the Two Headed Beast.

Perkulator is my first coffee infused doppelbock. This beer pours a deep rich brown with garnet highlights flashing around the edges of the glass. The body glows mahogany when backlit and the carbonation rises in streams to the surface. A standard pour produced a fingers worth of beige head that fell rather quickly to a skimming with an island of foam here and there. The collar was slightly thicker and leaves behind tiny patches of lacing after each drink that eventually fall back into the body.

The coffee in this beer is mild, so the nose suggests, but it is the first thing coming from the glass. The coffee gives way to the more malty characteristics. There's a good deal of peppery spiciness but the main component to this beer is a rich rather sweet malty character that centers on toffee and figs. The aroma doesn't really have a great deal of doppelbock but it smells inviting whatever it is.

The flavor varies from the nose in that the malty sweetness hits first. The toffee maltiness leads the way before mild coffee grounds make themselves known mid palate but fade just as quickly to black pepper spiciness. The figs seem more like rum soaked raisins, although the boozy quality is rather dull. Mild leafy hops bring up the rear and add a sense of balance. The coffee comes along once more on the swallow. Not quite a dopplebock but a well crafted beer regardless.

The body feels light as it hits the tip of the tongue but quickly gathers its composure and eventually has a slight viscosity. The carbonation is nice and soft making this beer roll across the tongue.

This is an easy drinking coffee infused beer. I can drink a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The coffee is balanced out nicely by the malt and it makes this beer go down easily.

Perkulator is another well made beer by Dark Horse. The flavor is good and it's nice to find a coffee beer where the coffee acts as a compliment to the beer instead of the main component.

joe1510, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a clear root beer color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells only of coffee and not much else in the nose. First sip is all coffee and more coffee. There is a fairly nice malt backbone. Very nice, very drinkable. Excellent bitter finish.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- brown body thats slightly see through around the edges under a finger of creamy beige colored head that leaves little to no lacing

S- toffee and a faint smell of coffee.

T- woah, way more coffee than in the nose! in fact, way more of the toffee as well. no trace of booze.

M- light but not too thin. very crisp and refreshing

D- more of a novelty, i doubt i would want more than one of these in a sitting. a must try for the coffee lovers out there. dark horse wins again.

jwinship83, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Roeters
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a Pint glass

Deep dark brown with a redish tint to it little to no head, no lacing.

Strong coffee aroma with a mild roasted malt aroma that slightly hidden behind it.

nice coffee flavor in the front and in the back with a great coffee after taste but allows bock to come out in the middle with some nice roasted flavors and a hint of hops

light on the mouth with a good level of carbonation.

refreshing, not over powering.

Roeters, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good finger of head on a dark amber body. Standard.

S - Smells like coffee grinds! I didn't really pick up much else, just lots of glorious coffee grinds.

T - Ah, there are the doppelbock qualities... Caramel and fruit sweetness accents the malt at the entry, soon followed by, you guested it, roasted coffee flavors! It starts mild, and slowly takes over the mouth. Esters and alcohol mix with the roastyness to make a nice, enjoyable finish.

M - Full and crisp, with some nice prikley qualities from the alcohol.

D - This is what it is, a beer dominated by coffee. Fun experiment, not exactly one for the purists. I will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack...

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown. Nose is pure coffee. Flavor brings a lot of the same. Not really much complexity, but coffee, yes indeed. As one sided as it is, it's still enjoyable. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road with a slight bite on the tongue. A nice coffee beer (above it being a doppelbock really.)

Thanks to aqsprint for this one.

RblWthACoz, Oct 26, 2008
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.