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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock - Dark Horse Brewing Company

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978 Ratings
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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 41
Gots: 50 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oberon on 10-18-2007)
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Photo of vfalstad
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Appearance: dark rusty brown color, very little head that fades fast and little lacing

Smell: strong coffee predominantly, sweet and malty, it almost smells like a caramel macchiato with a wif of alcohol

Taste: coffee, as suggested is the predominant flavor. I also pick up the malt, sweetness, and a stronger alcoholic presence as typical of the style. There's very little bitterness as you would get with old coffee that's sat around or old iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Overall: the coffee leads this beer and the dopplebock takes a back set, not that this is bad.

vfalstad, May 27, 2013
Photo of Infamous7100
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A: Pours a deep carmel to mahogany that is mostly transparent. A thin brownish head forms and is quick to disappear except for around the inside edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.
S: an insane amount of ground coffee jumps out of the class. It dominates the aroma, but for some burnt malt and barley notes.
T: Follows the nose, but turned up to 11! Coffee coats the tongue along with a pleasant roastiness. I can detect some of the sweet malt toward the finish that does a decent job of balancing the coffee and roasted flavors.
M: more carbonated a than expected but it does mellow. Fantastically smooth and creamy and not as heavy as I thought. A long and outstanding aftertaste.
O: a very interesting and unique brew. Most dopples are malt bombs, but this turns them on their head with the addition of the coffee. I love thier interpretation and willingness to up the ante on the style. Big fan of Dark Horse and this does nothing to change my opinion.

Infamous7100, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of ibbjamin
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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 womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Bottle courtesy of Greg. Thanks for sending me this one, it sounded very interesting.

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with pretty much no head.

S: The coffee is fairly faint in the nose, but definitely there. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt and some raisins and other dark fruits.

T: I was happy to find that the coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor of this beer. The strong coffee character does not leave all that much room for the sweet malt and fruit flavors to come through.

M: A medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this as coffee is not usually something you see in a doppelbock. It worked out fairly nicely though and I'd try this again.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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 BedetheVenerable
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

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

BedetheVenerable, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is totally of coffee with the slightest of malt. The taste has much of the coffee within but there is a slight malt background. It's a really odd combination of smooth maltiness. For a doppelbock this is pretty weird. There is the obvious acidity note that really clashes too much for the mouthfeel of a normal doppelbock. I pretty much like this beer, but that's only because I like coffee.

Vdubb86, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears the color of cloudy iced tea with barely a finger of off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Nose and flavors consist of dark brewed coffee, coffee grounds, a bit of alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, nuts. Just about medium bodied with decent carbonation and a mild alcohol burn following each sip. Pretty tasty. The coffee is in check, not over the top.

ClockworkOrange, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

Pecan brown with a generous infusion of bright apricot. Backlighting, as it often does with beer of this color, turns the glass contents rusty russet red. A short crown of ecru hued foam looks decent enough... and doesn't deposit much lace.

The nose is rife with roasted coffee beans, although it doesn't smell like this doppel will be a one-trick pony on the palate. The dark maltiness of the base beer is easily appreciated.

The craft beer world is full-to-bursting with coffee stouts/porters. Coffee doppelbocks? Not so much. Dark Horse has managed to brew a beer that tastes exactly like a beer of this sub-style should taste. They've also hit on precisely the right balance, which is far from a given in coffee-added ales.

Flavors include brown bread, sweet-tangy fig jam, bitter black tea leaves, earthy tobacco and several jiggers of cold coffee. This is sneakily complex beer whose various elements are melding even more completely with warming. And they got along like old friends to begin with.

The mouthfeel is a fraction light for the ABV and is slightly too busily bubbled. Time helps here as well and I *almost* went with the next highest score in the end.

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock may not be Dark Horse's best, but it's an offering that most craft beer lovers should enjoy. Great balance and good drinkability goes a long way. I'm glad that I splurged and bought a sixer.

BuckeyeNation, May 03, 2010
Photo of akokandy
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%

A- Dark, dark brown with a 1-finger head which fades fast. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. About average for a lager.

S- Smells like coffee straight up and maybe a little caramel.

T- Coffee dominates the flavor, along with a sweet note of red fruit and a caramel taste. Coffee is the king of this one, though. Crisp finish, with only coffee bitterness.

M- Very, very carbonated; lots of bubbles rising all the time. Smooth, and medium body.

D- In-your-face taste and (guessing) higher than average abv make this beer good for a couple, but not good for a whole night.

akokandy, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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 jmerloni
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

A - dark brown to black coloration with light brown head which is fairly large and sticks decently.

S - Coffee. Dark chocolate. Not much malt backbone on the nose.

T - A lot of coffee. Good coffee, too - dark roast Kenya or something fantastic like that. Nice light brown sugar malt, but I wish it was a molasses-based malt a bit.

M - Medium to thick-bodied. Pretty dry. Somewhat grainy.

D - Nicely drinkable. Good winter beer. Will be getting this again; this is nice.

jmerloni, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of optimistictour
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

First off I'll just say that I am a coffee drinker, I enjoy espresso, and always have it black. This is a 'coffee' doppelbock. If you aren't a fan as I am, make sure to take my judgement on taste with a grain of salt!

It looks entirely decent, maybe a little thin for a doppelbock. Or at least thinner than I like to see. There's a tiny layer of head at first, but virtually no lacing, nothing on the glass once it recedes. Still, it looks like it means business.

Smells like coffee with a little hint of nuts and fruits. It's basically as expected, given the style and especially the name. Not the most coffee-tinted smell around (that would probably be a breakfast stout...) but strong enough to already justify its title.

Tastes almost - dare I say - refreshing. It's not so much carbonation really, but there's a zing - not a bite, mind you - to this flavor on the tip of my tongue and it's beyond that straight up coffee taste. It's also rich enough to deepen over time, winding up as quite the well rounded taste in the end.

Mouthfeel almost shows more carbonation and sheer fizziness than is really here. It's rich but thin, pleasant but nothing truly special.

I could probably drink these all night, owing as much to its welll hidden abv as to the experience of consuming it. It's got enough flavor to keep knocking 'em back and feels much lighter going down than it truly is.

I'd drink it again!

optimistictour, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured mahogany with a half-finger of foam that dissipated quickly and leaves no lacing. Smell is coffee, light roasted caramelly malts. Taste is similar, good medium coffee, light bitterness, caramel and roasted malt, some biscuit, and light sweetness. Coffee flavor carries through from smell to taste and finish. Medium body. Light carbonation. Hits the right notes when you're in the mood for a coffee-forward beer.

JackieTH, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of surlytheduff
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into pint glass. Deep brown/copper color, got 2 fingers of a really rich & lather-y head. Sticky lacing left on the sides as it subsided.

Smell .. you ever try getting fancy, and repeatedly sticking your nose in the cup, then accidentally inhaling a big whiff of wet beer up your nose? I just did that. But I digress. Very strong sweet coffee/coffee liqueur aroma. Can smell a maltiness to it as well.

The flavor is really great. I've been drinking a fair bit of Founder's breakfast stout, so my mouth wasn't quite ready for the non-stoutiness of the initial drink. Coffee comes right out, but the malt is really pleasant and sweet.

It has a rich and smooth feel in your mouth, creamyily carbonated.

Overall a really satisfying beer. Have one of these instead of your normal morning coffee next time you're at work, and I guarantee the morning will be 150% more pleasant.

Edit: I forgot to comment on the sweet label. It's metal-riffic!

Edit 2: I think this music video is about his beer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GftlkegBeNE

surlytheduff, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Served on tap in a 12 oz glass

This beer is hazy amber brown with very little of an off white head. The nose is slightly roasty and rather bland. The beer starts out with a smooth feel with toffee and caramelized dark fruits. It follows up with some roasted notes. The last taste of the beer is all coffee, strong, roasty and dry coffee flavors stick on the palate. The beer sounds like an unusual blend but somehow works and doesn't really taste as strange as you may expect. This is a well done and unique brew. Definitely worth checking out.

TwelveOunces, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of urwithdave
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Thanks to Gabe for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into my lost abbey collins class.

A- pours a dark amber color. There is tw0 fingers worth of a tan head. There are ruby highlights present when held to the light. Not a lot of retention. The head fades quickly leaving a thin ring in my glass. Some spotty lacing left behind.

A- Coffee is very intense and robust. There is also a hint of caramel in the mix. I'm really not getting anything else.

T- A big punch of in your face coffee. There is a bready malt taste present along with some sweet caramel. The coffee and the sweetness go well together. There is no hint of alcohol at all. The coffee is present throughout. I usually like my coffee brews a little more bitter, but this was nice for a sweeter change of pace.

M- medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Coffee dominates the finish

D- a little sweet but not to sweet to keep me from enjoying a few. This drank very easily. I wouldn't mind tracking a few more down.

urwithdave, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%


Perkulator looks like caramel liquid and some light brown color and ruby red when up to some light. A quickly fading vanilla cap and no lacing to be seen. Coffee is the main scent and it's big. Not really espresso like just str8 coffee. Under that is a Dopple with some sweet malts and a bit of a roast/burnt thing too. The dopplebock portion of this beer comes out more in taste with caramel malt among others ans some dark fruit with pear. Coffee is not as big as expected from the smell. Goes down smooth with a slightly lighter than medium body with light and effective carb, spot on. Not the most balanced beer but a good attempt. A bit high in ABV for a few but it's not all that high.

BARFLYB, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of PeterIngemi
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a dfh snifter

A: pours a medly brown with a ruby hint to it.... Can see a bunch of yeast particles and such floating around in the beer, about half a finger of tan head, no lacing to speak of.

S: wow... Stanks like coffee, burnt and toasty grain, and a giant touch of sweetness that keeps oddly reminding me of soy sauce, although my girlfriend says I'm crazy and that it just smells like coffee and coffee rinds... Seems like more of the malt starts to come through as this brew warms.

T: again loads of coffee and coffee rind flavor, I get light notes of caramel/toffee, brown sugar an even a vague cholalte popping there head through. Very nice balance and tasty.

M: light/medium body with lower carbonation, a bit dry on the finish with a touch of sweetness and bitterness from the coffee rines. Very drinkable. I feel like this beer could have used a hit more heft.

O: this is a tasty brew, particuarly if you like the use of coffee in your beer, the sweet malt backbone balances out the bitterness of the coffe rines, very nice.

PeterIngemi, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a murky, mahogany color in body. Head is an inch and a beige/cream color. Lacing and head retention are wonderful.

Smell is of roasted/burnt dark malts and coffee. Smoky wood or roasted chiles is also oddly detected. Sweet caramel candy/butterscotch balance the bitter coffee. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

Initially tastes more like a standard bock rather than doppelbock. Lighter in sweetness and alcohol strength. Strong, sweet fruit/prune flavors are replaced by lighter malts and a serious bitter coffee kick. Smoky/burnt mesquite wood or fire roasted chiles leave a strange aftertaste. At 7% alcohol, it is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. Head added some texture to the beer.

Overall, I think this was a refreshing take on an old style of beer. Wouldn't say this was the best doppelbock out there but I am slightly biased towards coffee beers. Drinks easily for 7% abv, not available locally but hoping to revisit this one in the future

angelmonster, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of cradke
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Appearance: Foggy brown. First thought is that it's much lighter brown than most dopplebocks. A thin head when poured with some streaming carbonation for a while. Not very homogenous.

Smell: A nice sweet coffee/chocolate latte note especially as the beer warms. Very sweet grain notes. Very little ABV in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and coffee. Very little ABV presence. This beer has very little in common with a dopplebock, Much more like a coffee porter, but still a very enjoyable beer. Aftertaste is pure sweet coffee beans not artificial coffee like FMB.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very thin for the style. Probably the biggest turn off of the beer, just add some meat to the very enjoyable flavor profile.

Overall: Solid beer. A nice spin on the dopplebock but it doesn't taste anything like a dopplebock in all honesty. Very nice solid beer for the price, but the lack of thickness is a huge turnoff.

cradke, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of littlekidlover
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

When I picked this up I didn't look that closely at it, I expected to be drinking a strait up Dopplebock. The appearance is similar to tea with very little head. Strait up coffee on the nose with just a bit of fruity maltyness. Flavor is the same, the coffee flavor is slightly burnt, it's almost like chewing a coffee bean and washing it down with sparkling water. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, not too much dopplebock stickiness. I wouldn't call this a session beer, but certainly one that won't slow you down if you're mixing and matching.

littlekidlover, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Atricapilla
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a dark caramel color with a one finger dirty white foamy head. Ample carbonation comes from the beer. Smells like coffee, chocolate and malt. Taste is strongly of coffee (surprise!), caramel and malt. Has a bit of chicory in the aftertaste and not overly sweet like some doppelbocks.

Atricapilla, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%

A- Pours a deep amber to medium brown in color with a very large, dense head. Retention is very good, as is the lacing. The head is so dense that it looks like it could have been on nitro. Translucent when held to light despite the darker color.

S- This beer smells almost entirely of cold coffee. Just a hint of dark and biscuity malts make it through the coffee. Coffee scent isn't of a terribly dark roast, but rather a light to medium coffee.

T- Starts with a big dose of coffee that doesn't go away anytime soon. There is just a little bit of biscuity malts under the coffee, mainly detectable with just a bit of a metallic taste. This beer's flavor is fairly one dimensional in the coffee department, with just the smallest amount of brown malts.

M- Rather light in body for a dopplebock and a medium level of carbonation. Alcohol is undetectable and coffee isn't overwhelming, so this is rather easy to drink. The dense, frothy head smooths this one out a little bit, would just like this one to be a little thicker.

Overall, this is a coffee lover's beer. You can drink this repeatedly and get a steady dose of coffee flavor that is usually reserved for breakfast and coffee stouts, and best of all, you get it with only 7% ABV.

boilermakerbrew, Dec 28, 2013
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.