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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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963 Ratings
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 41
Gots: 48 | 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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3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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...

10-26-2008 22:36:53 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

10-26-2008 13:13:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Windigstadt


3.83/5  rDev +2.7%

A- Pours a hazy, deep chestnut with an ample but quickly dissipating off-white head.
S- As one would expect, a burnt coffee aroma dominates. While I'm not so sure the coffee aroma works as well with the bready sweet aroma of a Doppelbock as it does with a roasty stout or porter, it's not bad.
T- A hint of coffee tinges the malty sweetness of the Doppelbock that immediately hits your tongue. The malt profile of the Doppelbock is excellent. Not very roasty or chocolatey (perhaps so it doesn't compete with the coffee) but nice molasses and honey notes. Finishes sweet with more coffee bitterness providing the counterpoint. The hops are virtually non-existent.
M- The body is exactly where you want it to be for a Doppelbock... full but not thick.
D- While fans of most American Doppelbocks might find this perfectly drinkable, I subscribe to the German philosophy that you should be able to drink your Doppelbock a half-liter at a time, and that's not the case with this beer.

Overall: This is a noble experiment and for the most part executed well. However, it seems to rely too much on the coffee to provide bitterness and the end result is a slightly unbalanced brew. Coffee fans should definitely try this but overall I'd rather have a four-pack of Dark Horse's non-caffeinated Doppelbock offering.

10-21-2008 02:40:10 | More by Windigstadt
Photo of MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquor - no date on the bottle, but they just got it in so I'm guessing it's fairly fresh. Used a pilsener glass for this one...

A - Pours with a thick serving of head that dissipates quickly. Rich dark amber color, with small amount of carbonation present.

S - Mmm...coffee. There's a little bit of caramel and malt underneath.

T - It's like drinking an iced coffee with a lot of cream, and malt used instead of sugar. It's hard to look past the coffee flavor as it overwhelms pretty much everything. A little one-dimensional...

M - Creamy and rich - lingers in your mouth. Carbonation is just right.

D - No idea how strong this guy is but it doesn't taste overly strong. If I were in a coffee mood I could have a couple of these.

It was nice to see a doppelbock getting in on the coffee action that seems mostly limited to porters and stouts. The malty nature of the doppelbock really complements the coffee flavor and makes it drink like an alcoholic iced coffee - which is both a strength and a weakness, as it makes this brew a little shallow.

10-20-2008 19:34:25 | More by MasterSki
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass

A: Pours a clear, almost glowing cherry wood, looks a bit like fresh brewed iced tea for those familar with the look of that beveredge. The beer is topped with a inch of foamy, bubbly, sandy brown head which could benefit from a bit more staying power.

S: This beer brings the coffee to doppelbock. Rich, almost woody aromas mix with fresh ground coffee with just the slightest bit of malty sweetness hidden in the back end.

T/MF: From the look of this beer I was expecting the body to be a bit on the lighter side, but the first sip I took threw all of those thoughts out the window. This beer is thick, on the fuller side of medium bodied and just about the chewiest thing ever. Beginning is much like Surly's Coffee Bender, in that ever aspect of the beer's inital taste is coffe, coffee and more coffee, midway through the beer begins to show some of its sweetness and the malts begin to shine through. The finish is nice and grainy and leaves behind remnants of coffee flavors on the tongue, which last and last after the sip is gone.

D: While this beer does not seem to match up with traditional doppelbocks in terms of fitting into style guidelines, the beer still tastes and feels great and drinks way, way too easy. I could drink this all night, but then again I am a coffee lover. Could look a bit better though.

10-19-2008 03:03:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown color. A small tan head forms and leaves patchy lace.
S: Coffee and some smoky wood aroma. I mean tons of coffee, like you are sticking your nose in a cup of dark roasted coffee.
T: Again, deep and dark roasted coffee dominates. Some wood and smoke that follows the nose. I am talking about straight black coffee here, and the flavor lingers on forever.
M/D: A full body that is very rich. Carbonation that is just right. Not that the alcohol shows, but the heavy coffee flavor takes away just a bit from the drinkability.

This is very unique. I really enjoyed this beer, and something I would recommend to coffee lovers and those that want something different.

09-27-2008 05:32:50 | More by champ103
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz bottle received in a trade.

Damn i wish i got the cool evil looking label instead.

Perkulator pours a mahogany brown color with some orange/red highlights and a small tan head. The nose and taste share similar notes of bourbon, wet wood, sweet molasses, coffee bean, whiskey malt or corn mash, and very musky, cherry vanilla sweetness. The alcohol content is not threatening. Coffee doesnt come through as bright as had been expected but it plays a critical role in its bitterness and overall texture. Full bodied, this is a large brew great stuff though, very drinkable.

09-21-2008 15:30:19 | More by ATPete
Photo of tempest


4.15/5  rDev +11.3%

Picked up a single at the Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI.

This is a great coffee beer for it's balance. In my opinion, too many coffee beers are all about the beans, with beer just acting as a prop. Perkulator pairs the smooth malty caramel of a doppelbock with fresh, dark-roasted coffee and I'm loving it. Easy to drink from the not-too-thick (for a doppel) body and delicious. A must-try for fans of coffee beer.

08-31-2008 15:39:27 | More by tempest
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours a deep mahogany brown with not so much a head as a mild fizzing that sticks around on the edges of the glass. Smells of coffee and a malty sweetness and a mild bread-like smell. Taste is malty, chocolaty coffee with the coffee dominating the finish. Notes of cinnamon poke out as the glass warms a bit. The coffee has definitely toned down in the 6 months or so since I purchased it, but I think that is actually an improvement as the other flavors of the beverage are allowed to come forward. Overall, another solid, well-balanced brew from Darkhorse that I could sit and drink all evening and probably will.

07-12-2008 01:32:17 | More by FrognutUnl
Photo of mentor


3.18/5  rDev -14.7%

Pours a dark brown mildly cloudy liquid with a small tan head. Smells like a bag of freshly ground fine coffee beans. With searching some toffee.

Tastes refined coffee. Clena leaves fresh ground coffee flavor hanging in aftertaste. Caramel with deep searching. Decent sweet to counter the coffee, but pretty one-dimensional. Mild sting from carbonation. Clean lager that avoids off-flavors. Md body with clean alcohol sting. Decent beer, but very simple.

07-06-2008 20:07:31 | More by mentor
Photo of BMoney575


2.53/5  rDev -32.2%

Sampled on 6-17-08

Pours a very deep reddish brown, with a filmy off-white head and super thick lacing.

Smell is stale coffee, with just a little malty sweetness in the back.

Taste is alot like the smell, with grassy, stale coffee in the front. It continues into the middle, with a stale coffee bitterness to finish things up.

Mouthfeel much too thin to be a good doppel.

Drinkability is poor, the stale coffee flavor becomes gross after awhile.

Overall, not a good coffee beer, and not a good doppelbock.

06-17-2008 23:25:01 | More by BMoney575
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep copper color bock with a small foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium coffee notes with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet caramel malt base with some nice medium notes of dry coffee. Average body with some OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not extremely complex but well done and interesting take on the doppelbock style.

06-09-2008 19:24:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mully


4/5  rDev +7.2%

Dark brown with a thin brown head that leaves no lacing

coffee, carmel and sweet no hop structure of note

coffee some blended bitterness with some coffee and some hop - good malt but not as much sweetness as the nose would indicate. more mild than I expected, in a good, balanced well crafted way.

a little light, but im not sure what I was expecting, I think the coffee thins out the bock but, im used to the coffee in syrupy stouts so this is a refreshing change.

very drinkable but I think I would get weirdly drunk with the coffee and alcohol mix, who knows

good, balanced beer

06-04-2008 04:12:07 | More by mully
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a rocky beige head that dots the pint glass with lace

Smell: Caramel aroma with hints of coffee; much more restrained than expected

Taste: Opens with a combination of caramel and coffee with cinnamon and cream - sort of an odd combination that tastes a bit better after the swallow; a bit peppery in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly creamy

Drinkability: Sometimes you like beers better than you think you will and sometimes you don't; this time I don't, although I like coffee beers and I like doppelbocks; I drink my coffee black and don't like sweet coffee combinations and that is the problem I have with this beer

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the opportunity

05-16-2008 00:26:12 | More by brentk56
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours brown in color with a nice quarter inch head that recedes quickly to nothing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, barely detectable slight coffee.
This is a very interesting combination. Decent doppelbock with just a slight amount of coffee. I'm liking it. Decent mouthfeel.

05-16-2008 00:14:28 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Another brew from knight84

A: Pours a dark brownish light blackish color with hints of red showing thru. The half finger head quickly rises only to die just as fast. Several small spots of lacing.

S: Perkulator is a fitting name. This one is coffee, coffee, and more coffee. A bit of toasted caramel malt as well.

T: Matches aroma. Tons of nice fresh coffee. The coffee taste starts a bit strong and bitter only to be overtaken by a wave of sweetness. The sweetness sort of lingers at which time a creamyness comes out. A bit of hops and bitter chocolate peek thru in the finish.

M: Very light brew with light carbonation.

D: The taste makes this one very drinkable for me.

Overall: I love coffee brews. This one has a nice level of coffee flavor with a perfect amount of sweetness. I am not a huge fan of dopplebocks, but this is my third coffee dopplebock. When you add coffee to this style of brew I reaaallly like it.

Thanks knight84.

04-27-2008 19:02:22 | More by tpd975
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3.73/5  rDev 0%

Thanks to hoppymeal for sending this interesting extra.

Pours a muddy amber color with about half an inch of foam.

Coffee aromas upfront. Pretty much just sweet coffee, caramel, toffee, and a few spices. Very interesting, and I can say that I've never had a dopplebock like this one. Some bready aromas try to cut through the coffee but so far it's just suppressed. I'm also getting a bit of raisin.

Coffee dominates the taste again with just a touch of alcohol and some sweet bread flavors in the aftertaste. I'm getting a flavor of toast, sometimes faint and sometimes a little stronger. Strange, as soon as I take a sip I get a glimpse of the malt but as soon as I move the beer farther back the palate the coffee takes over and masks the malt.

Good carbonation, kind of finishes a little thin for a dopplebock but that doesn't seem to be the problem; it doesn't taste like your typical dopplebock. I like this beer but I wish the coffee could play as just another flavor in the mix and not overwhelm the malt.

04-24-2008 22:02:57 | More by seaoflament
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

bottle courtesy of alexgash. Thanks!
Pours dark maroon with a large medium sized beige head. Smell is of sweet maltiness and nice strong coffee. Taste is about what I'd expect from the name. Rich and malty as expected from a dopplebock with a nice coffee flavor as well. Finishes more malty with little coffee flavor at the end. Pretty nice and drinkable. Medium to slightly rich body with good carbonation. Fairly noticeable tartness in the finish that detracted somewhat.

04-06-2008 18:50:07 | More by JDV
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%

Received this brew as an extra from the very generous Hoppymeal. So far I've been super impressed with Dark Horse and I love coffee in my beer. Drank from my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a dark reddish brown with a decent half finger light tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Leaves behind a super light cap and a fairly thin collar and zero lacing.
Smell- Coffee, coffee, coffee and a bit more coffee. If I didn't know that it was a reddish brown color I'd swear that it was jet black just from the nose. A bit of sweet caramel malt mixes with the coffee and is a bit reminiscent of hazelnut Starbucks.
Taste- Starts lightly sweet with a bit of warm caramel and some chocolate. The coffee is always around but definitely not as dominant as the nose. A lightly citrus twang is evident on the way down before the alcohol has a chance to kick in. The aftertaste is of lightly toasted coffee grinds.
Mouthfeel- A bit thin but smooth and slick with lightly crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Yet again Dark Horse blows me away. My main man tpd975 was right when he sang the praises of this brewery. This is a great brew if you like coffee but if you don't, it probably won't be your favorite. The aftertaste can be slightly sweet but that is about the only negative. Big thanks again to Derek!

04-03-2008 04:16:10 | More by younger35
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to northernbrews and Kan for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark amber with a fluffy one finger light khaki colored head that takes its time to die down. A small layer of foam sticks to the sides. Bubbles rising to the top throughout the entire tasting. Smell is coffee grinds and bitter chocolate up front. Sweet caramel malt underneath with a woody scent as well. Alcohol is present, but not over the top. Very enjoyable in the nose, I could whiff this all day (and morning). Slight bitterness on the first sip with a big coffee backbone. I was hoping for more sweet caramel malt, but the coffee flavor all over the tongue. Some smokey wood flavors and a bit of molasses in the aftertaste. Medium grainy body with a good amount of carbonation. Not as creamy as I'd like with the style, but I'll take it. Interesting twist on the doppelbock, not sure I like it though. Definitely give this a try if you love your mornin' cup-a-joe, if not, I wouldn't go out of your way getting your hands on it.

03-28-2008 00:42:28 | More by BeerTruth
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours into my glass a deep garnet color with brown accents and a solid half inch of light tan foam on top. Nearly opaque. Aromas start off with coffee grounds and chocolate accents. Sorta like opening one of those big cans of Folgers and taking a big whiff. Sweet caramel, somewhat bready malt appears underneath. A touch of nuttiness in the background. The coffee grounds lead the way.

The first sip brings a sweet bready, caramel infused malt upfront that carries in a big ground coffee flavor alongside notes of chocolate and an underlying nutty quality as well. Flows down with a bit of smoke and spiciness and finishes with a lingering sweetness and a coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a good steady carbonation. Goes down fairly easy but it doesn't have the chewiness I was somewhat expecting. Overall, an interesting experiment of a beer, but nothing really ends up drawing me in. As far as coffee beers goes it's not my cup of tea.

03-16-2008 22:55:56 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

Deep, transparent brown with a thin but sturdy layer of head across the top. No real lacing to speak of but that's not really a must for most bocks in my book.

Oh, man...What a one-two-punch that is! Strong roasted coffee beans and sweet, dark malt abound on the nose.

Well, that's just plain good. Coffee is steady throughout but never manages to overpower the malt to the degree that you forget that it is a doppelbock. Molasses and cacao are hinted at but it always comes back to the coffee around the edges. All bitterness (of which there is plenty) seems to be derived from coffee and not hops.

Mouthfeel is spot-on with even carbonation and absolutely no unwanted syrupy qualities or listlessness. Still, it should be a tad thicker for what it claims to be. I'm not sure how drinkable this would be all the time, but I'm downing this before noon (I work early, don't giggle) so it works great for me. Almost makes me want a donut...

Thanks to emerge077

03-06-2008 17:14:35 | More by malcontent
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%

Pour is standard for a doppelbock, darkish brown with a modest head on top. The nose is heavy on the coffee and malts.

The flavour is essentially a standard, though unremarkable doppelbock with caramel malts being prominent, and then pairs it up with coffee. I think the combination works, but that it isn't particularly remarkable.

The mouthfeel on this: purely average given the style. Doppelbocks are big beers, they need to be at least moderately thick, and this is. The drinkability: also average: if you're looking for a coffee beer you can do much worse than this, but I don't think it's amazing either.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has done a decent job pairing up the classic doppelbock flavour with java. I would personally prefer the full-on malts of a pure doppelbock, or the aggressive coffee flavour of a stout or coffee tinted porter personally, but you can do worse.

02-23-2008 01:03:46 | More by CortexBomb
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

On tap at Coles in Buffalo.

Pours a slightly hazy orange/brown, thin off white head forms, settles down to a thin ring and layer, no lace. Smell is caramel, coffee beans, roast, sweet fruits, chocolate, some alcohol, not bad. Taste is similar, alcohol bite, chocolate, nice raw espresso roast, very intense, some cherries, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, some warmth. Wasn't a big fan of the body, but a solid beer.

02-19-2008 06:59:43 | More by Viggo
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A "coffelbock," what'll they think of next?

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy off-white head.

Smell: Dark malts and raisins bookended by the sharp scent of used coffee grounds.

Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of caramel and dark fruits tenuously co-mingle with the rehydrated coffee grinds. Subdued sweetness throughout. Mild acidity. Not much in the way of hops. Sweetish coffee-marinated fruit finish with a touch of booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: True, I was more than a bit wary of this combination, but it turned out alright.

02-06-2008 00:17:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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