Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
Dark Horse Brewing Company

Perkulator Coffee DopplebockPerkulator Coffee Dopplebock
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German Doppelbock
Ranked #178
Ranked #32,236
3.75 | pDev: 14.13%
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Perkulator Coffee DopplebockPerkulator Coffee Dopplebock
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Reviews by dancinwillie:
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4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Looks dark amber, with light gold highlights. The head is gone almost immediately.

Smells like a light roast coffee. Light caramel and nutty. Berries.

Solid coffee flavor. The fruit from the nose is way more pronounced here. Chocolate, bitter roasted grain. I would have liked to let it warm a bit more, and try for some more subtle attributes, but this was just too tasty.

A little on the thin side, but the same holds true for the lighter coffee's, so I guess it evens out. Warming seemed to greatly enhance the chewiness.

A very enjoyable beer. I'm thinking of pairing this with a nice coffeecake. And when I find a recipe for one, I'll do just that. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this one, cheers Jeff! Could've swore I've had this before. Well my review never made it here & it's a dopplebock, so this is a win-win IMO! Near satanic looking label, doubt this would ever get approved for sale here...

Pours a brown tinged ebony with a thumb of tan colored head. Zero head retention & lacing (this beer achilles heel)

S: Coffee & not much else

T: Much coffee up front along with some dulce de leche & a touch of orchard fruit up front. Dryness, a whisper of booze & coffee are all there as this warms, plus some caramel squeezes through to represent the dopplebock. Finishes dry with much coffee, creamy & with nice toffee, dang near pulled a 4.5

MF: Semi-chewy, fairly vigirous carbonation, semi sticky

Drinks a tad slow, the heft & coffee presence, a better breakfast beer than a dopple per se; but would happily down a few of these at breakfast!

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Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer pours a deep brown and forms a 1 inch off-white head that reduces to a minimal lacing at the edges. It is almost opaque when held to the light, unless you drink some and then it is a nice deep amber.

The aroma includes coffee and malt. A mild level of hoppiness is noted, which accents the coffee nicely.

The taste also includes coffee and malts with a mild hops. However, there are also notes of leather and an earthy taste that lingers. A mild bitterness also lingers with a creaminess.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. For the taste, I think it could have been thicker. It sits on your palate fairly smoothly and finishes as above.

Overall, this is another good beer from the Dark Horse Brewing. I think it is quite drinkable although it would be hard to have more than 2. I think this is a good addition to the dopplebocks, as it is quite unique and quite good.

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Photo of rembrant
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearence....Minimal head on a body the color of coffee.

aroma....The aroma of coffee,a RICH coffee with some fruit and fruitcake in the back and a smokey hint.

taste...One of the nicer coffee flavors in a beer.. The coffee flavors merge well so there's still the awareness it's coffe AND Bock,but in the mouth theyeach stake out their own territory.
the hops, like the malts are ducking in and out of that coffee charge. For a middleweight " Not-Stout" this is pretty spiffy,two of the major food groups get covered and it tastes great. Technically,not real deep and complex,but I could have one for breakfast any day.

Mouth...Dopplebocks tend to be hard to figure,moment to moment seeming thick or thin. This,seems right for type. I'd like a tad more thick but then it starts turning into stout. I'm thinking that NOT going so heavy on type probably let the coffee flavor really shine more.

Drinkable? Like a cuppa joe !

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BierFan
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: No head. hazy brown body. Certainly doesn't look impressive.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee. Real amazing smell.

Taste: Coffee and doppelbock seems to be a match made in heaven. Coffee is definitely the strongest flavor going on but it isn't overpowering the drinker or completely masking the doppelbock.

Forget Founders Breakfast Stout, this is the real beer for coffee lovers.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of littlekidlover
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of meatyard
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator glass.

A: A mostly clear, ruby/mahogany with a 1-finger, light tan head that recedes quickly to a cover-no lacing but there are ample carbonation streams.
S: A pronounced coffee aroma is the main feature with some roasted malt at the end of a long inhale.
T: Starts off with a malty & coffee flavor followed by a tanginess and finishes with a lingering coffee taste.
M: A medium/light body with more than normal carbonation.
D: It's pretty easy drinking for a different sort of doppelbock. While it's a decent effort for DH brewing a coffee doppelbock, and I'm fond of coffee stouts & porters, I think I still prefer a more traditional beer of this style. I think it's very much worth a try.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a gift from duffextracold

Ruby red to auburn color that sports the biggest gosh darn head I've ever seen on a doppelbock. Once the head slowly dissolves it doesn't leave much lace nor retention.

Aroma is coffee: really good, well brewed actual coffee as opposed to other candy coffee scented brews. Oddly I'm picking up whipped cream.

Taste again boasts quality coffee but is upset by steely breadiness. Thin, overcarbonated body.

I think it's cool that Dark Horse came up with a new sub-style and almost nailed my best expectations. Get rid of the steelyness and with some tweaks to the body and carbonation this could be great.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown beer with a finger of beige head

S: a true coffee smell, as opposed to the more common espresso smells

T: bready malts and fresh brewed coffee, some toffee and musky, woodsy tones

M: medium body, medium carbonation, little chalky coffee on the aftertaste

O: an average brew - not bad, but nothing really stood out about the beer; not being a devotee of the style, I tried to score it a little higher than my initial impressions would have dictated. My bias: I think I am partial to the notion that coffee flavors in beer are best suited to porters and stouts. This was not a beer I'd return to, but I would not discourage someone else from trying it.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of notafood
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Stigs
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a Stone Levitation glass

A - pours with over an inch of billowing, loose and puffy tan colored foam. the beer is somewhat hazy, dark amber in color. some thin veiled, sticky lacing is left behind.

S - somewhat sweet, heavily creamed coffee. strong presence of toasted almonds and nuts. malts come out and bring some toffee along with dark fruits.

T - at first, a mix of creamed, lightly roasted coffee meshes with assertive toffee and dark fruits. as the initial sweetness dies down, it turns more to the "brown" side with toasted nuts and light caramel malts developing. coffee lingers well into the aftertaste.

M - body is slightly on the lighter side, emphasized by bright and tingly carbonation. pretty creamy through the middle, turning to a slightly unpleasant chalky finish. lingering bitterness from coffee and sticky sweet malts.

D - not sure about the age of this bottle, but i enjoyed it much more out of the tap. the coffee just seems to be a bit off, and sweetness is much more abound this time around. still a really good breakfast beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A- Dark, murky brown. ~1 finger of tan head, which fades rapidly into a thin smattering of a ring of bubbles. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Huge roasty, earthy, slightly acrid coffee....and coffee....and some malty sweetness slips in. As a coffee lover who has intentionally purchased this coffee beer, I am quite pleased...

T- Lots of coffee, packing a solidly bitter punch. A surprising amount of fruit and caramel sweetness slips in on the back end.

M- Moderately low carbonation and fairly thin feel.

D- Decent. Goes down pretty easy with no real hint of the ABV, but the coffee seems to be fairly palette smashing, so I'm not sure I'd want multiples of this.

Future outlook: Hmm....interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried, but probably won't be seeking out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1028 ratings