Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Perkulator Coffee DopplebockPerkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,027
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark amber color with light brown head. Aroma is really malty with a bit of caramel and coffee notes. Taste starts also malty with a bit of coffee but it's not a pleasant coffee taste, it's somehow bitter and stale. Slightly on the sweet side, just slightly roasty and bitter on the finish. Body is quite light and effervescent and the alcohol is quite present. Not bad but not really my type of beer.

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

Deep in color and almost coffee brown is the body. Head is a creamy fluff of light tan bubbles reaching almost two fingers tall. Retention is nice and leaves a solid wall of lace. Nose is lovely with tones of coffee beans, coco, and mineral based malts. As I take first sip I notice that the coffee feel has faded considerably since it was fresh. Dark malts with some phelonic spice such as graham cracker and mineral notes are more prominent now. Quite hollow in terms of complexity at this point. An odd spice hue stays on the back of the tongue and leaves a dry mouthfeel. This is overall very easy to drink.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” offwhite collar of foam that slowly dissipates to a thick film leaving art noveau lace.
S: a little coffee and bread in the nose.
T: Liquid bread, kettle sugars and coffee with a touch of hop and coffee bitterness on the finish.
M: Medfium body but light for as big as the flavors are. Medium carbonation.
O: An interesting blend of coffee with a doppelbock that works surprisingly well.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This unique coffee dopplebock pours a beautiful mahogany color with a fantastic light tan head and light lacing. Nose of rich DEEPLY roasted coffee, light smoke, brown sugars, and even more coffee. Flavors are up front bitter black coffee, light bready sweet malts and brown sugar to the sides, and a mild smoke character on the back with oily coffee goodness. Very coating wet aftertaste. Never seen one like this before, and truly enjoyed it's flavors of rich coffee being a strong black coffee drinker. A good finisher for an evening.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014-11-23 -- review entered from notes.
12oz bottle poured into a little plastic hotel cup. No date that I could find on the bottle. Lots of sediment caked on the bottom.

Pours translucent brown with little head -- some carbonation. Smell is roasty malt and coffee, a little toffee. Lots of coffee.

Taste is coffee and syrup, slight smoke. Caramel.

Mouthfeel is light but a little oily. Overall, it's not bad. My wife and I agree that there's nothing outstanding or offensive about it.

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Photo of leantom
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

OK, traded my friend for this one. Here goes:

A: Not good or bad. Pours a huge head that leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. However, the beer is pours a cloudy brown that doesn't look too nice.

S: Very nutty coffee smell. Caramel malt, nuts, coffee grinds, etc. Somewhat off, however, as there appears to be some sourness in the background.

T: Good, taste rather follows the smell. Sweet, nutty taste with bitter coffee and caramel.

M: Glides down the tongue rather nicely, but I've tasted more filling beers at the same ABV.

O: A good beer. Probably won't be getting again, though.

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Photo of kkleu357
3/5  rDev -19.4%

From notes on 3/26/14

Medium brown color. Very carbonated pour. Very odd aroma. Reminds me of a hot sauce smell. Tastes fine. A little coffee flavor comes through over the caramel taste if the body. This beer is just ok.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%

Thanks, CorgiDad!

A: Blackish brown with a tan one finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Heavy duty coffee opens the olfactory. Chocolate malts intertwine.

T: Follows nose with huge coffee notes. A great blend of killer coffee and chocolate malts. Hearty and robust. Sweet, smooth.

M: Medium to heavy wit medium, frothy carbonation.

O: This should be called a breakfast doppelbock. The coffee certainly takes the lead before malt heaven shares the dance. Very nice.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Perkulator pours a brown color with a nice lacing head. There is a strong coffee aroma. The taste has a nice roasted malt flavor, with a big coffee flavor. The taste is very full, and complete, with a great feel, perfectly carbonated with nice strong flavors. Overall its a big coffee flavored beer.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Beer comes out of the bottle somewhat light in color, but by the time the glass is full, it's a rich mahogany. Do you know...where you're going to? Head fizzles down fairly quickly, very gentle film of foam on the top, and a nice 1 mm thick ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - VERY nice. Roasted espresso, maybe some vanilla bean, just a touch of earthy hopness.

Taste - Perfect blend of sweet and bitter. The beer is a little colder than it's supposed to be served at - so at first, there is limited flavor. As it warms on the palate, a rich array of flavors dances out. Pipe tobacco, roasted malt, gentle vanilla, espresso, only the slightest hint of hop action.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as it ought to be...although nicely carbonated. It expands on the tongue, and coats the palate with a tasty residue, finishes pretty wet. It would be hard to drink a lot of these.

Overall - I am impressed. I used to disdain bocks in general - this may have reopened my mind to them. Thanks Dark Horse.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 5th 2013 and poured into a shaker pint May 9th 2014. $2.19 single.

Appearance: Initially pours a crystal clear brown color, but near the end of the bottle when all the sediment pours in, it changes into a diarrhea water color that's extremely hazy with a few floaters going around. There's about a finger of tan, soapy head, and no lacing. Head slims down to about half a finger and stays all the way through the drink, which is great, and why I've given this a 4.

Smell: It smells like wet coffee grounds. It really does. There's also a dopplebock-y malt sweetness in it that keeps it from being overbearing. Simple aroma, and also pretty faint -- based on the aroma, you wouldn't expect the bold flavors that come through.

Taste/feel: Oh, man! That's really nice. Coffee ground sort of flavor is strong, but the bitterness is pretty low thanks to a heavy amount of malty sweetness (due in large part to the style itself). Coffee all the way through this beer and almost nothing else but subtle sweet, bready qualities from the malt. No fruitiness that I can tell, no hoppiness -- nothing. The carbonation was a bit unexpected, as the carbonation is high and really prickly on the front of the tongue at first, but then it almost foams up a bit and just adds some more body to a medium bodied beer.

I should have figured Dark Horse wouldn't let me down, despite the disappointing aroma. The coffee grounds as opposed to full coffee beans give an interesting coffee flavor that's not often found in coffee beers -- it's more "gritty" tasting. This really as excellent coffee infused beer combined with a nice choice in style. The dopplebock and coffee combination is brilliant, as the sweet malts and bitter coffee grounds come together to make a beer that drinks awesomely, and tastes even better.

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Pours clear copper-brown with a massive, foamy bone head. It took several pours and some patience to get the whole bottle into the glass.

Unappealing odor, characterized by wet earth, used coffee grinds and wet grains. Similar characterization in 2nd sample: stale coffee grinds.

Followed by a decent flavor with some sweet and roasted malts and a good bit of coffee.

Feel: smooth medium body with a bubbly feel.

O: likely a contaminated bottle; 1st such ever from Dark Horse. Will re-review with another bottle from a different source. / Similar characterization but more positive in 2nd sample: stale coffee grinds in aroma with notably better flavor.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a brownish amber color with a finger head that disappears to leave little lacing around the side

S- smells of roasted malts with hints of peppers, a little like charred habeneros

T- light taste that starts with lighter malty taste with a coffe taste to follow

M- light and easy drinking

O- not my favorite, wasn't really sure what to expect and was left a little disappointed. The coffee was not as present as I would have liked

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Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pour a tawny brown, almost clear. Forms a one inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate and dark fruits.

This one tastes interesting. Lots of coffee up front, that gets a little tangy as the beer warms up. The coffee takes away some of the typical dopplebock character from the beer, but the bready malt and dark fruits keep some vestige of the style. The various flavors mix together pretty well.

Medium bodied, slightly thin at times. The carbonation is good, but sometimes a little distracting from the more rich flavors of the beer.

A good, interesting effort- with some clean up- fill out the body and cut down the carbonation, and make the dopplebock aspects stronger, this could be an amazing beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overflowing plume of khaki head pours into the glass, with a murky body of medium brown.

Coffee dominates the aroma. Sweet, nutty malt pales in comparison.

Sweet, nutty malt dominates the flavor, with chocolate adding complexity. There's an underlying roast coffee character that doesn't overwhelm. A metallic note surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch light, with somewhat light carbonation.

Dopplebock character surfaces far more in flavor than aroma, which pleases me. Took 5 minutes to pour the damn beer, but it was worth it. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but the sweet, nutty malt and chocolate won me over.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown body with decent head and some lace. Aroma is coffee dominant with touches of roasted malts, caramel and bread. Beer is dry and fuller bodied, not so chewy, and while alright to drink with touches of sweetness the coffee is too dominant for my liking. This isn't a criticism of the beer as much as my personal preference since I'm not a regular coffee drinker at all. To me, at least, the balance is off as the coffee aspect of this beer overpowers all the other aspects of the beer (which is sort of the point).

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle with a light brown (almost coffee colored) color and a healthy tan foam head. Has a nice coffee aroma. Flavor is a strong coffee with some dark chocolate and toasted malts. Body has a light to medium feel, but is smooth and goes down nice. This is an excellent coffee brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on information.

A: pours a chestnut hue. dark and muddy. very muddy. slightly off-white head has great retention and lacing. boatloads of lacing.

S: certainly smells of rich dark roast coffee. a lot of coffee, which I find very inviting. maybe some dark chocolate in there too. hard to tell past the coffee which is clearly the dominate aroma.

T: chocolate, roast, and certainly coffee all come into play here. the coffee is much more subdued while the doppelbock flavors come into play. hop flavor is non-existent to me. lingering bittersweet chocolate turns malty cloy into the finish.

M: pretty creamy for a doppel. not that I am hating it, just a little different and it actually works very well here. medium/full body.

D: a good coffee beer without a doubt. interesting use of a doppelbock as the backdrop, but I certainly dig it. the doppel is not overbearing and let's the coffee do most of the shining. give it a go if you dig the coffee brews.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened and a slight bit of head protruded - uh oh. Poured into a tall pint glass, color is brown, opaque, head is big and lingers big with some lacing.

Smell is muddled, coffee is prominent, a bit harsh, malt is subtle slightly sweet, maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste is coffee forward, somewhat harsh, slightly earthy metallic bite, malt comes through in the finish, subtle chocolate, touch of vienna or munich style flavor. I don't like the blend, the coffee flavors seems to harsh and the doppelbock backbone is overtaken by this flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bite biting, harsher flavors and presence around the mouth, flavors linger after the finish with the biting coffee upfront.

Overall, an okay brew, a bit harsh on the coffee flavor and underdone on the doppelbock backbone. Maybe the size of this doppelbock needed to be a bit higher to compensate the coffee.

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/10/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Beautiful clear dark amber with an enormous tan head which dissipated slowly and required additional pours to fill the pint glass. A thick rocky head with very dense lacing followed.

s: Curiously grassy, later more clearly coffeelike.

t: Bitter cold black coffee and smoke. Slightly metallic finish. Graasy notes later.

m: Light to moderate.

o: An unusual brew, tasty but also slightly grating at first due to the bitterness. Smooths out and is more enjoyable. odd that the aroma and taste tended to switch from grassy to coffee and vice versa. Both are pleasant enough. Appearance remains outstanding throughout.

UPDATE 3/30/14: Finally had a second bottle of this, which I am not sure is the one I bought in November when I failed to remember that I had already tried it, or the one I had bought back in May 2013.

a: In any case this one had less clarity and much less head on it,

s & t: but had a good strong coffee aroma and flavor from the gitgo.

m: A bit watery, relative to other coffee beers I have had lately, but then it is a dopplebock and not a stout. Strong carbonation tingle

o: This one was pleasing from the first sip, perhaps in part because I have been on a coffee beer kick of late and have totally gotten used to the flavors. This one is fine, and the relatively light body makes it a better warm weather beer than the stouts like Lagunitas Cappucino, Stone Espresso IRS and Founders Breakfast.

Based on this experience I am altering my ratings thus: a: 4.75-3.75; s: 3/75-4.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No identifiable bottle date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a barely transparent deep garnet hue with a finger and a half of ecrue head. Maintains a thin layer throughout and leaves small specks of lace.

Coffee dominates the nose but I also catch hints of burnt caramel, toffee and Anaheim peppers.

Coffee is the predominant note again in the taste. Much like the smell, there is lots of coffee followed by burnt caramel, subtle toffee and that strange chili pepper flavor. A nice blend. Very different than other dopplebocks.

Medium feel with plenty of carbonation. Caramel infused coffee finish.

Much more coffee than dopplebock. And it's very strange how my senses- both smell and taste- perceive Anaheim chiles in the mix. But all around enjoyable, provided you like coffee.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, even with a careful pour generated a massive amount of head. While the beer is light enough to be noticeably cloudy. Cloudy is not a bad thing by itself but in this case it looks almost muddy.

Smell: Massive amount of coffee, though sadly it comes across as burnt coffee. Some interesting cream and chocolate notes in there as well, so not completely lost. Also an interesting note of pumpernickel bread.

Taste: Nice and very refreshing, coffee adds a nice kick, but for the most part a plethora of hops and spiced dark bread. This beer is predominantly grains and grain sweetness, but incredibly enjoyable, like drinking a very good and hearty bread.

Mouthfeel is almost effervescent, incredibly refreshing and popping the whole time.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, just wish the smell had less burnt coffee and poured with less head. The head has an incredibly burnt coffee taste.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken 1/5/14.

The beer was a murky brown. I poured it to 2 fingers of head. It had good retention with a thick froth and good lace.

Malt and java were the aromas I captured.

I tasted rich malt with a hint of caramel. And java. Java out the wazoo.

The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation was just right, a slight bite.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ruddy reddish brown with a gigantic, foamy almost yellow head that filled the glass on a fairly conservative pour. some sediment left in bottle and some poured into beer unintentionally.

nose is basically coffee grounds with some light toffee and toast in the background.

lots of coffee flavor. very roasty with some hop bitterness as well i think. dry overall.

over-carbonated as head suggested. way too prickly to the point of interfering with flavor. by the time the fizz subsides you are left with a bitterness that is vague in nature. lots of coffee breath after an long coffee linger.

funny that the name is Perkulator because this beer tastes just like my mom's coffee that she made and still makes in her 60's percolator. i really want to like this beer. i think it is probably a good recipe but the carbonation is an issue. hopefully it was just my bottle or my batch and not how the beer is intended. without the fizz it would be a really nice coffee beer.

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Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,027 ratings