Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by oberon on 10-18-2007

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloud brown hue. A soil deposit at the bottom of the beer bottle has undoubtedly left many tiny floaties swimming around. The head is a thin slash of tan cream. Lots of lacing.

S-The aroma is stunningly similar to real coffee. It truly smells like a cold cup of java. Almost as if you took a used coffee filter still holding the grounds and took a huge huff. Just coffee everywhere. Its awesome.

T-The flavor is definitely more beer than coffee. There is yeast and malt so I am finally pretty certain Dark Horse didn't just bottle carbonated coffee. Its still coffee all over the place though.

M-Feels lighter than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Creamy. Drinkable. Roasty bitterness.

O/D-This beer is flat out awesome. One of the best imitations of coffee I have found in a beer. Take away the bubbles and it could be confused for coffee. Underrated beer for sure.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep chestnut until light interacts and a burst of ruby shines through. Large head with a chunky chracter of a yellow color leaves great lace and has great retention.

Love the aroma of this beer. Fresh espresso aromas with a heavy caramel and toffee backing showing a sign of milk chocolate. Coffee character if fresh and wonderful smelling.

Gotta say I really dig this beer and the idea. Bold complex flavors very nutty in nature with huge caramel malt. Complex with a generous amount of espresso with cream, compliments the malts nicely. An twinge of milk chocolate, and toffee. Just a fine beer easy drinking and delicous. Creamy mouthfeel and a finish of great length.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with hints of red on the edges. A thin ring of off-white head circles the edge of the glass.

S: Smells like a coffee shop - just like freshly ground coffee beans. Tons of dark roast coffee, a little burnt coffee, and very roasty malt.

T: As with the nose, tons of dark roast coffee up front. The flavor transitions mid-palate to hints of caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt remains throughout each sip. Some hints of dark fruit present themselves as well. very complex!

M: It's on the heavier side of medium bodied. Not quite the characteristically heavy Doppelbock body.

D:I am really impressed by what Dark Horse did here with the coffee beans in this brew. Definitely not a traditional Doppelbock recipe, but very tasty. Definitely doesn't drink like 7.5%.

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Photo of IronLover
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, muddy brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly and no head retention or cap. Strong coffee aromas with hints of sweet, roasted malt. Medium to full bodied feel. Very smooth with light carbonation. The coffee flavors are dominant in the beginning and taper to a roasted, sweet malt flavor. Just a slight hint of alcoholic strength at the end as reminder that this is a dopplebock. If you're a coffee drinker you'll enjoy this.Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark burgundy color with a very small, thin head of off-white foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - Java! Cup o' joe! Whatever, you want to call it, coffee dominated the aroma.

T - Rich roastiness of coffee with the sweet caramel maltiness of a dopplebock. It really is a great combo.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious coffee brew. I loved the combo of a dopplebock with coffee. I was stunned at the relatively low rating. It was delicious.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with no head whatsoever.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt.

Taste: Almost like coffee with cream in it. Coffee, roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely will be picking up some more of this in the future. Really digging the coffee flavor on this. By far probably my favorite beer of the ones I've had from Dark Horse.

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Photo of Bonis
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brownish amber color with a whole lot of cream colored head, which fades fairly quickly to a half inch.

S - Definitely big on the coffee, super malty with a generous dose of burnt sugars.

T - Sweet, caramely, and malty initially. It has a roasty characteristic from the coffee and possibly some other malts, but definitely tastes like a doppelbock spiked with coffee. The bitterness of the coffee and a touch of alcohol linger in the aftertaste. It's really quite subtle for the abv, and delicious at that.

M - Pretty full bodied and a little high on the carbonation, but it is super smooth and goes down easy.

D - Like most other doppelbocks I have encountered, it is an easy drink at a fairly high abv, so be careful, but don't hesitate to try this one.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard beer fest mug.
A: This brew pours a deep brown in color, which has a hazy appearance to it. The light tan head foams up with carbonation and makes a loud fizzy sound, before settling back to a thin layer.
S: The aroma, is a bit subtle and hard to pin point any coffee notes. A very nice and mellow dopplebock aroma of nuts and roasted malts is present.
T/M: The taste is when the coffee kicks in. On the front there is a smooth blast of cold coffee tastes, that blend into malts that give it a rich character. Nice finish with vibrant notes of espresso and a smooth nuttiness. This could be the best pairing of dopplebock and coffee I have seen yet. A truly must for anyone who enjoys Java in beer, or for those who don't, you might change you're thoughts.
D: I find the ABV to be very hidden and the notes all expressed very well for the intention and style. This is a very smooth and easy going brew.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
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 alcstradamus
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks kind of like a cola when poured complete with effervescent carbonation and light brown color.

The smell is very intriguing. At first there is a big coffee explosion, but further review shows a nice sweetness underneath that lets you know that there is an awesome dopplebock underneath. A bit of alcohol is apparent, but it is at a healthy level.

The taste is similarly interesting. That same contrast between the coffee roastiness and the dopplebock sweetness is present, and in the end I think the sweetness is the victor. A very nice caramel and dark fruit combination.

This one is a bit light bodied for my palate, but the carbonation levels are light enough that it doesn't get too spritzy. This is definitely the only weak point in this beer.

Overall this is definitely a great beer and one that I would drink again in a heartbeat. A bit more body could put this over the hump from very good to outstanding.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner.

A- Some head, not much. Not much retention either. Im also not getting any lacing. The beer is a dark reddish brown. Light passes through but only just.

S- Wet Coffee. The coffee is the dominant trait here. Its interesting and different coming from a beer like this. Behind the coffee is a grassyness as well as big caramel malts and a faint chocolate presence. Just what you want in a doppel.

T- Malty. I definitely wanted a big malt bomb out of this beer. It come pretty close to being that. There is still some of that bready, doughy, malty goodness that doppelbocks are known for, theres just a twist of coffee at the end. It serves to balance this beer nicely.

M- Thinner body than other doppels (ie the almighty Celebrator). Dry finish from the coffee, it seems.

D- This is quite good. Out of the ordinary and thats what drew me to buy it. It goes down smooth, but has an ever so alcoholic warming characteristic that makes this not ideal for sessioning. (but who ever said doppelbocks were for sessioning?)

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 bartle
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazelnut brown with rusted red hues, fairly clear and a slightly off white head that fades to a film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is big on roasted coffee beans, a slight nutty aroma blended with some sweet honey and touches of figs and fresh baked bread.

The flavour is super complex with big coffee bitterness up front, balanced by some nice caramel flavours from the malt, rich and syrupy, with dried dark fruit, figs and raisins. Some honey notes really linger on the tongue, a truly quaff-able beer with different sweetness and flavours coming out in each sip. Coffee is always there but never over-powering. It really is defining the beer. A great light roast added to a fantastic doppelbock.

The mouthfeel is pretty slimy, thick, and just full of big sugars! loving it. Medium carbonation to keep it balanced.

This is very complex and beyond drinkable. Beer and coffee a great combination. To put the roast bean in this style of beer, even better combo.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Real nice looker off the pour. Deep reddish brown, and opaque, with large amounts of thin carbonation. Head forms majestically, large with perfect even bubbles throughout it's four and three finger tall construction. Lots of soapy retention, but eventually settles, great looking beer.

Good ripping coffee bean on the nose. Mellow hop angle perhaps a little earth but highly malt forward with caramel as to be expected. Coffee angle on this is quite fresh and pipping real nice example.

Palate brings light coffee richness on first sip. Finish is a little bit metallic. Playful carbonation with a little bit of grapefruit hop citrus quenching qualities. Juicy strangely, with a muted malt caramel and a good coffee angle that turns to milk chocolate.

Overall a real fun example of coffee in a doppelbock, probably the best one I've had to date.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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 DIM
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark, murky, brownish mahogany color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy off-white cap.

s: Superb balance here. The coffee aromas are what jumped out at me first, but the beer in backround was easilt identifiable as a doppelbock. I got some dark, roasty chocolate and a little raisin. I'm amazed at how well this combination works.

t: I love coffee beers, but I wasn't sure about a coffee doppelbock. I'm glad my doubts were unfounded, this was great! The coffee flavors come first. Fresh and moderately bitter, nothing off or acidic about them. The finish tastes like a great doppelbock. Roasty chocolate with hints of peat, vanilla, and raisin.

m: I gave this a 4.0 at first, but the carbonation all but disappeared half way through the glass. Kind of disappointing, that.

d: Docked .5 from here as well. I loved the brew, but it wasn't as good once it was still. Aside from that, this was extremely well done. I need to find some more of these.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
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 webmanspidey
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter. It is a cloudy opaque brown color, thick with minimal head. Smells of dark coffee, semisweet with a dark chocolate presence as well. The taste is more strong dark coffee and chocolate with maybe some caramel mixed in as well. Alcohol is hidden very well.. this is very easily drinkable.

This is very solid, one I'd like to try again.

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Photo of montageman
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown with a small amount of light brown head.

S - Full of bitter dark roasted coffee with a touch of sweet brown sugar. The coffee dominated the nose, which is very pleasant overall.

T - The bitter coffee hits the tongue first, followed by some typical doppelbock flaovours - some caramel, toffee and bready malts. The bitter coffee returns in the finish and lingers slightly in the finish. Overall, the coffee is predominant but is balanced out well by the other flavours.

M - Light to medium body; light carbonation.

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Photo of gford217
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle generously shared by dmunroe.

Poured a dark cola color with a small beige head that fades to a collar fairly quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Big roasted coffee smell to start with a little bit of malts underneath. Hops are barely detectable. It's definitely all about the coffee in the nose.

The taste is a bit sweeter and more balanced than the aroma with coffee still playing a major role but with the sweet caramel malts forming a strong backbone. Hops are a bit more present than in the aroma.

The mouthfeel is smooth with strong carbonation.

This is an extremely unique doppelbock and as a big coffee lover, this one really worked well for me. A great beer.

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to akorsak who included this as an extra in a recent trade.

Murky brown when held up to the light with a soft white one fingered head.

Smells of Costa Rican coffee with notes of caramel and deep colored fruits (plums, prunes, etc.)

Tastes of strongly brewed coffee, deep roasted malt and brown sugar. A slight sultana raison component.

A nice feel in the mouth with an appropriate thickness for a 7.5 percent brew.

On the high end of drinkability as I finished this off in no time and was left wanting more.

A very nice beer that is a first for me as I was skeptical that a coffee infused doublebock would float my boat.

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Photo of biggerboat88
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown, somewhat copper when held up to the light, with a heavy cream-colored head. It has a strong roasted coffee aroma, I didn't really get any of the familiar bock scents, just coffee. The coffee was much stronger in the nose than it was on the tongue. This beer had a strong malty sweetness, lots of caramel goodness going on here, with the coffee only coming through at the end on the back of the tongue. I liked it a lot, neither flavor was fighting for the spotlight and it turned out to be a well balanced brew. Perkulator was a truly interesting beer, Dark Horse gets some bonus points for trying something new with such an established style.

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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