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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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952 Ratings
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Ratings: 952
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 38
Gots: 47 | FT: 3
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 Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 04:12:07 | More by mully
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 00:26:12 | More by brentk56
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 00:14:28 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of tpd975


4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 19:02:22 | More by tpd975
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 22:02:57 | More by seaoflament
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:50:07 | More by JDV
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 04:16:10 | More by younger35
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:42:28 | More by BeerTruth
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3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 22:55:56 | More by orbitalr0x
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 17:14:35 | More by malcontent
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2008 01:03:46 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 06:59:43 | More by Viggo
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:17:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one.
What a kickass label with a two-headed goat version of Lucifer(reminiscent of Slayer's Reign in Blood & Show No Mercy album covers...but with gnarly bat wings) sitting in a flame thrown with the extended two fingers and thumb facing down signifying the anti-trilogy. On the forearm is tattood, "Ferment". An obvious showing that this Doppelbock is not the typical nod to Jesus, as the original Salvator was when the monks brewed it. No, friends, this is something wicked with darkness brooding...and brewing for that matter. A coffee infused Doppelbock. I give these guys a lot of credit for trying something other than a coffee stout, or porter.

Appears a dark amber with a light tan head that slowly fades into a a mild cap of fluff. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of smokey java, nuts, caramel, and vanilla with a mild raisin aroma buried behind the other goodness.
Taste is of the same aromas with some smokey java pulling ahead of the typical doppelbock toffee flavors that are hidden way in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium boded, semi-sweet up front, with a dry, roasty java finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 17:08:04 | More by weeare138
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4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy, medium-roast coffee brown with the tiniest of off-white heads. Not too much in the lace department.

S: Coffee, brown sugar, roasted malt, and dark fruit.

T: See above. Also noted was spicy caramel, more roasted malt, tangy cherry, and more medium-roast coffee.

M: Slightly thin, with excellent coffee bitterness.

D: Extremely nice. I loved the mixture of coffee and doppelbock. Leave it to Dark Horse!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 00:34:04 | More by GbVDave
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass (part of a 4-pack purchased from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor before the holidays). The beer was a nice dark chestnut color, with a thin off-white foam that dried into lace on the glass. The smell is just about as I'd expect it, a nice rich malty doppelbock aroma with coffee. The taste even better, this is a nice doppelbock base to begin with, easily as good as German versions I've tried. The coffee complements well, maybe even takes over a little but the sweet malts really hold up well. Nice thick coating mouthfeel as you'd want it from a big beer like a doppelbock. The only question I have is what's the ABV, as it's not listed on the bottle.

Overall a nicely executed novel approach to a coffee beer. Others typically infuse coffee into stouts or maybe porters, but it works with a doppelbock as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 18:42:50 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

I went to the beer store a couple weeks back in the hopes of picking up some Breakfast Stout, but the price had gone up from 9.99 to 14.99. I look around a little more and I notice a four pack of this stuff for only $6.99! I really like Dark Horse and given my current monetary situation, this was the perfect beer.

Pours a nice clear dark amber color with a vibrant white head that leaves some sturdy lacing that goes away as the beer warms. The smell is dominated by roasted coffee and some caramel sweetness. The taste is mildly sweet with some prominent coffee flavor and bit of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is nice and syrupy, which suits this style well. I really like this beer, especially for the price. The sweetness lends itself well as an after dinner drink - an easy slow sipper here. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 01:38:52 | More by montageman
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4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time for the Perkulator...

This has to be a fresh bottle, it was released just a month or two ago. Looks like there are no other bottle reviews from IL at the moment. Found this at Logli in Love's Park, IL.

Really cool guest artwork on the label(s), one depicts coffee perculator rocketships, the other is a a 2-headed, winged goatman. Both labels were in the same 4-pack.

Deep scarlet color in the light, noticeably lighter than some other Doppels out there. Some light white foam that reduces to a skim with a starburst of bubbles in the center.

Aroma straight from the bottle of coffee and strangely peanut butter when the last sediment is swirled. In the glass, faint coffee candy is detected. Subdued and pleasant.

Light astringent coffee taste, followed by some toffee/caramel character. Malty and medium-bodied, but still light enough to drink effortlessly. Very low level roast bitterness surfaces only in the aftertaste. Coffee flavor reminds me of a dialed-down Breakfast Stout, with much more malt presence.

I'm praying for an imperialized/super-sized version someday in the future. Nice creative execution guys, well done...

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 01:34:23 | More by emerge077
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle - no dates.

Glowing mahogany colour. Topped by a thin off white head. Patchy lacing.

Coffee aroma is present, along with some subtle earthiness.

Rich & roasty. Malty caramel, earthy, coffee. Medium-full bodied, very smooth. Despite the coffee flavour, it does not drink anything like a big stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 02:43:22 | More by xgrigorix
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark mahogany in color that holds plenty of tan yeasty bits. Off-white creamy head quickly changes to a slight ring, then disappears altogether.

Aroma is dominated by stale coffee, however there is an underlying brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is much more balanced than the nose. Strong caramel malt has a sticky, brown sugar sweetness that brings balance to the coffee bitterness. Surprisingly full of light fruitiness. Finish is woody and quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. Slightly chewy.

This is an interesting and unusual beer. I thought the nose was unbalanced with coffee but the flavor is balanced; and is both interesting and subtle. I have no idea what the ABV may be, but I suspect that there is a high ABV that is well hidden. Go out and get this tasty treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 00:53:23 | More by Blakaeris
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A murky brown/ amber beer with not much of a head to speak of at all.

S- Coffee for sure with a little bit of cinnamon. A little earthy and sweet. Not too bad, not too bad at all.

T- Very sweet coffee with a little bit of nutty and cinnamon aftertaste. As it warmed up, the nuttiness became much more apparent. Everything seems really well balanced though.

M- Creamy and smooth. Very well done for a coffee beer thats not a stout.

D- A very interesting beer for a doppelbock. I did not find this to be overly rich or anything. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 04:45:11 | More by david131
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3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've been on a bit of a coffee beer kick lately, and I was excited to add a new base style to the list of coffee-infused brews that I had had...a doppelbock...unusual I thought at first, but the bursting malt body makes sense, like a brown, this might be a perfect match for coffee. How did the folks at Dark Horse do with this creative experiment?

Light, ruddy, reddish brown with a thin, fixxy head that sticks around as an ever-present ring. Aromas of coffee and brown sugar; the initial coffee flavor gives way to a juicy, malty middle and an abruptly dry finish. There's a hint of alcohol warming, and the aftertaste has a very bitter bite. Had I not known the base style, I would never have guessed that this was a doppelbock.

What's best about this beer is the way the coffee flavors are both assertive and balanced. I wish that the beer tasted more true to the doppelbock style--more malts, greater length, heavier feel and less bite.

Overall, this is an above average coffee beer and a mediocre bock; though, I'm glad Dark Horse went for this experiment and eschewed the porters/stouts-only path for its java brew--there's great potential still with this combination.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 21:50:32 | More by benito
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2.33/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin brown beer, virtually no head. Flimsy looking.

The smell of the beer brings me back to the very few memories I have of my Grandpa's mobile home. I was very young when we would visit, and it always smelled like old couch, cold coffee, scrambled eggs, and cigarettes. The remnants of breakfast. Odd memories don't always bode well for beer.
I don't mind, well, in fact I often enjoy, some coffee flavor in my beer. But this beer's structure is too light to handle it, and so it ends up tasting like a cold fermented cup of coffee. Not good cold-brewed coffee, but regular coffee that got cold. It comes complete with that low-quality coffee sour aftertaste.

I give credit to Dark Horse for their willingness to experiment, but this one just didn't work out.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 15:48:59 | More by schusterbauer
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4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this on-tap at Ashley's. Very intriguing. Caramelly brown sugar bronze body with a small, off-white head that sticks around. Smells like a "coffee doppelbock" should: fresh coffee grounds mixed with sweet stewed fruits, caramel, brown sugar, and cookie dough. Taste is similar with a front load of acidic roasted, nutty coffee bitterness, but just enough--not too much. Sweet, doppelbocky malts come in right away. Sweet fruits, caramel, and cookie dough before a vegetal hop and coffee finish. Medium-full body with a syrupy feel. Interesting concept and it works pretty well.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2007 14:51:33 | More by alexgash
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 952 ratings.