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 JRdaSconnie
1.44/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

P: 12oz bottle purchased from The Ale Jail in St. Paul. Chilled briefly and poured into snifter.

A: Deep, clear brown with red hues. 1/2 finger head rapidly drops to ring with small amount of lace when swirled. More brown than the red-brown I'd like to see in a doppel.

S: Strong beans. Some burnt coffee but almost smells more like raw kidney beans to me. That overwhelms all other smells to me. Hope it tastes better than it smells.

T: A blend of flavors similar to the smell hits me right away. A lot going on in here but for my pallet, none of it good. I taste something burnt, maybe some woodiness (not barrel aged though), maybe green treebranches (?) then some hot alcohol on aftertaste.

M: Too busy trying to scrape it off my tongue to get much mouthfeel. Light body, carbonation level is nice.

O: Probably one of the worst beers I've had in a while. I don't get coffee and I don't get doppelbock. Probably dumping this one after about 4 sips.

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Photo of lakeviewmike
1.8/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is the worst coffee flavored beer I have ever had. It was over-carbonated. You could tell as soon as the cap came off. It produced a too large head. I love good rich, roasty coffee. The coffee flavor and aroma in this beer was like the stuff at the office that was bad coffee to begin with and then has been sitting on the warming pad too long. Was this awful flavor covering up a good malty doppelbock? Who could tell?

Horrible. I did not finish the bottle. Unfortunately I have another bottle that I bought at Woodman's in the $1 per bottle mix six-pack pile. Hopefully it is from a better batch.

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Photo of crossovert
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle This is an oddity int he doppelbock realm, not sure how it will work.

It pours very much like coffee, with a dark brownish/caramel hue with some slight hints of mahogany. The head disspiates quickly with no lacing.

Coffee dominates the smell, perhaps too much, the standard doppelbock scents are sadly overshadowed.

The flavor is kind of all over the place. coffee just doesn't work well with doppelbock. This beer is two sided, it ahs an extreme coffee bitterness, and an extreme sweet fruit character. There is no middleground, there is nothing to bind the two.

Dark Horse is one of my favorite brewers but this was a iserable failure.

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Photo of Pencible
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like jalapeno peppers and tobacco ash, with a little coffee grounds and earthy nuts and rusty copper.
T: It tasted like jalapeno peppers and tobacco ash, with a little copper hops and nutty malt. It had a dirty aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was gross. Not sure if it was just a bad bottle or if this beer is always nasty. But I didn't like anything about the scent or taste or body. Tough to choke this down, might be a drain pour.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The appearance started off with me popping the cap, walking to get a glass, and when i returned a slight and slow rise of bubbles rising up from the bottle, like a very minor infection has started. This was just released again and these are new bottles so now i have to decide if i should drink them before it grows or let them grow and see what it does. haha. After i pored it into the glass it slowly settled into a still brown body that looks like flat coke. This is getting odd.
The aroma smells like a scorched perkulator! It smells like coffee that was burnt over and over for hours and then picked up the next morning while cold. Acrid paper, bleh.
Flavors are less acrid, the coffee notes are fuller and better tasting, there is more of a richness in here as the malts are able to provide a bit of backup.
The low carbonation is a bit, low. The mouthfeel is glassy, streaky.

I am going to leave the other ones sit in a warm place and see what happens, i have no worry of ruining these bottles.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is blasphemy. How can you call this a doppelbock when all I'm tasting is coffee syrup? Yeah, this ain't from Germany, but Dark Horse has taken a runny java dump on the Reinheitsgebot with this junk. My fault for not picking up on their extremely lame play-on-words with its name. Ha. Ha. I get it.

People seem to be treating certain styles a little too loosely these days - "black" IPA is another winner. Can't they just shoot off another branch on the already branchy tree of beer styles and just designate these brews otherwise?

(blah blah blah) Looks like a doppelbock in color. Congrats.

Smells like coffee. Tastes like coffee. Feels like a doppelbock infected with coffee - gave me some wicked gas like coffee.

This is not a doppelbock. Call it something else. Javabock? Konabock? I don't care. I'm all for creativity and trying new things. But uh-uh. FtS!

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Photo of schusterbauer
2.35/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of tykees88
2.37/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- This is crystal clear. Caramel crystal colored light cream soda colored. It however, also has a soda pop type carbonation. Coca cola head that fizzles and fades.

S- Smells like sweet fruity malt and a little hint of coffee.

T-Taste is pretty bad. The presence of the dark fruit raisiny dopplebock is there. But the coffee flavor... oh my. It is like when you have chewed up a coffee bean and it gives you that astringent coffee bean dry mouth and oily feeling all at the same time. It is disgusting with beer.

M-Soda pop. enough said.

O-Major letdown from these guys. I've had some pretty good offerings from them, but this one really let me down in a major way. I was really excited to try this too

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Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I only had a sample of this to see what it was, and it was...okay. I don't like coffee at all, although I can and do occasionally drink coffee-style brews (uh, beer that is), mostly in porter and stout form. I'm sure this would be worth a try to people who like this style. The bartender thought it was actually a porter, and though I suspected otherwise, I didn't place it as a doppelbock until I came home and looked it up.

I had a more proper tasting of this just recently on tap at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. As above, I still recommend this beer for coffee-lovers...and ONLY for coffee-lovers. Pours clear, dark brown, with a thin, wispy head. Big aroma of coffee grounds, and not much else. Taste was almost pure coffee, almost like drinking a cold, thin cup of the stuff. There may have been some other subtle complexities present, but the coffee pretty much overwhelms everything. If that's your thing, then great, you'll love it. But it's not really my thing, so I didn't love it.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 6-17-08

Pours a very deep reddish brown, with a filmy off-white head and super thick lacing.

Smell is stale coffee, with just a little malty sweetness in the back.

Taste is alot like the smell, with grassy, stale coffee in the front. It continues into the middle, with a stale coffee bitterness to finish things up.

Mouthfeel much too thin to be a good doppel.

Drinkability is poor, the stale coffee flavor becomes gross after awhile.

Overall, not a good coffee beer, and not a good doppelbock.

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Photo of n811
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be fair, this is the first coffee dopplebock I've had.

Poured into a pint glass with a great head, and the color was a gorgeous amber color.

Smell was like - wow - that's definitely coffee flavored!

The coffee flavor was an intense experience. I love good coffee, but this beer tasted like they used Sanka from 1985 for the blend. I was not a fan of the coffee, but I could taste that there was a good bock flavor trying its darndest to get out.

I only bought a single of this, and I have to say I wouldn't by another one if I had the chance. Dark Horse makes some excellent beers, though this one is definitely not for me.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Hey, what happened to the evil bottle artwork? I used to wear Slayer T-shirts that looked a lot like that back in high school. The new label is a little less metal, and a little more new-school hipster, but I still like it. The beer itself is a nice dark brown color with red-russet highlights, and the head is a fluffy two fingers of deep beige foam. Thick sheets of foam slide down the sides of the glass. This is a decent looking beer.

S - Freshly ground french roast beans and that's about it. I like coffee ground aroma, but it comes at the expense of everything else. This doesn't smell a damn thing like a doppelbock, it just smells like really strong super-dark roast coffee. Which is darker French roast or Italian roast? This is like the darker of the two anyhow.

T - More beeriness comes out on the tongue. Where the nose was just straight coffee beans (not brewed coffee mind you... just ground coffee beans, and extremely potent ones at that ), this is sweeter and slightly more chocolaty. There are notes of dark baker's chocolate and bitter chicory. Interesting, but not all that great.

M - Medium bodied, slighlty sweet, and extremely bitter on the finish. A second after swallowing, I can feel a good deal of alcohol heat, and a nice "hot chocolate halved with espresso" flavor comes around. The aftertaste is oddly much, much better than the initial flavor!

D - Eh, not for me. I'm not gonna slam this one, because it's doing what it is intended to do and all of the flavors and aromas are authentic and well done. I probably wouldn't seek this out again. Oddly, I've never been able to find a coffee beer that I like despite that I drink so much espresso that I bleed black. I love coffee in all of it's incarnations, except beer. And I love beer in all of it's varioius presentations except when its with coffee. What's up with that?

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Photo of reallyhoppie
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy brown/amber color with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

Smells strongly of sweet malt and coffee. I'd say maybe old coffee, not necessarily appealing.

Tastes a lot better than it smells. Smooth, sweet malt and a very strong coffee finish. There is also some sort of sour/creamy flavor in the finish that is faintly reminiscent of buttermilk.

Decent mouthfeel. Certainly more creamy and smooth than I would assume from looking at it.

Overall, can't see having more than a couple at a time. Not bad, but it uses the coffee flavor more as a novelty than as component to make a good beer.

(I had this once before on draught and enjoyed much more.)

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Photo of JerseyKirk
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange toffeish. White head that cleared quickly. Slightly hazy from bottle conditioning.

S: black espresso. Extremely. Strong bitter coffee. Nuttiness.

T: really sweet with a sharp astringency followed by bitter coffee finish.

M: medium. Balance of sweet and dry.

O: not good. Coffee is too much of an after thought. Stringency is confusing as well. No good.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber with an off-white foam ring that leaves no lacing.

Huge nose of slightly sweet and bitter coffee. It kind of burns the nose a little. Hand me a cold coffee and I'd have a hard time telling the difference.

Like coffee ice cream goes from creamy to coffee, this coffee beer goes from beer to coffee. There are slight hints of sweetness perhaps from malt but thats the only real trace of beer.

Very smooth with almost no carbonation. Medium bodied very typical of a dopplebock.

I typically like hints of coffee in beer and am also a fan of espresso. This is, however, in nearly all regards drinking a cup of coffee and I didn't particularly enjoy it as a replacement to beer.

I could see a coffee junkie pulling this in for the night shift. Not bad, just not my favorite.

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Photo of blackearth
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a very dark brown with a thin, white head that quickly fades to nothing. Metallic coffee aroma with strong coffee flavor from start to finish. Some sweet malt flavor is slightly detectable. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This is basically a chilled coffee with alcohol. Good thing I like iced coffee, or this would get a worse review. Bonus points for having the most "metal" beer label I've ever seen. m/

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Photo of Jammies
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aged for 12 months

A- pours a medium dark brown with a thin layer of foam that lingers

S- coffee all day. smells like there are grounds in the beer

T- similar to the 2011. Thin on flavor with heavy coffee on the finish

M- very thin and watery

O- I just tried the 2011 and not much has changed from 2010. i think aging this one only made it worse.

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Photo of EricCioe
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'll be honest: when I got this four pack, I thought something was wrong with the beer. After reading around, though, it seems to be normal, and just to offend most of my senses as almost no beer has before. I went into this one with high hopes based on the coffee and the Dark Horse beers I've already had, but man, was I ever disappointed.

It pours a Coca-Cola black with little or no head and no lacing in a snifter. On the nose the first thing that comes to mind is mushrooms, but breaking it down it seems to be an overpowering note of old coffee grounds, and not in a good way. This is the worst nose I've ever had on a beer. On the tongue the spent and burnt coffee isn't nearly as bad as it is on the nose. I could almost see it being very pleasant if it weren't for the godawful aroma it gives off. The mouthfeel is thin but nice and sharp, not too bad.

If it weren't for the aroma that I find awful and intolerable, I could see myself drinking this one again. It's sort of out there, but it's nice enough if you can get past the smell. But I can't really do that.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= pours a nice dark brown color with mahongony highlights and no head. No head means no lacing. The beer looks like a coffee in general.

S= coffee is in it for sure but also some chili peppers? I'm getting peppers for some reason. Not sure if this was brewed with peppers or not. Perhaps it has something to do with the coffee they used. Other than that I notice a small amount of chocolatey sweet malt.

T= no as much with the peppers but I do get some. Loads of coffee of course. I almost feel like I got a little spice bite on my tongue from the peppers. Odd. I get a little chocolate but it is all masked by the coffee and peppers.

M= smooth and delicious. Feels like a good doppelbock. The burps coming up even remind me of a doppelbock.

D= interesting beer I guess. Not that great. I haven't read any reviews on it so I'm not sure if other people get peppers but I wasn't expecting it and to say the least its sort of a turn off in the coffee.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is probably the best part of this bottle. nice reddish orange color with a small head. just coffee on the nose. coffee at first with the taste, then sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of a cherry blowpop. Unique flavor, but not very impressed. Once is enough for me.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Dark Horse Perkulator
1L Growler

Pours a hazy, deep ruby hue. Great color. Head retention and lacing are minimal. (3.5)

Aroma is malty, has some coffee and a hint of DMS. Good specialty malt aroma of biscuit and chocolate. (3.5)

Flavor is malty and rich, with a strong coffee component coming through. The more I drink, the more I realize that the coffee flavor is too strong, manifesting itself as a cheap, stale coffee flavor rather than something more nuanced. At least it's not too sweet. Moutfheel is full-bodied and slick. (2.5, 3.5)

Decent Doppelbock that is ruined by the coffee gimmick. Some breweries just don't get it. Don't mess with classic styles. The Doppelbock style is about MALT, not added spices and flavorings. At least don't try to call it a Doppelbock if you're going to brew something as mediocre as this beer. (2)

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Photo of BB1313
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I must say from my experience, Dark Horse makes some great looking beers. This one pours a beautiful light hazy brown, which turns a hazy burnt orange in the light. This beer just glows. Has a big white fluffy head; lacing ok. Smells like Folgers.. coffee straight up. I was expecting the taste to be overpowering w/ coffee, it ended up being sharp, but mellow considering how strong it smells. There are strong hints of chocolate as well. The mouthfeel was over-carbonated and ended up being a problem; super fizzy. This one starts off strong, but my interest starts to fade a bit as I get into it.. one's good for me.

This beer has potential to be something special.. maybe if they rework it a little, they can have something unique. The carbonation really brought this beer down; too fizzy. Nonetheless, solid brew. If you're into bitter coffee, this one is still worth seeking out.

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Photo of in780
2.86/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Here we go:

A - pours caramel brown with little head, hardly any lacing.

S - Odd. Coffee for sure, but with a citrusy sour aroma too. Certainly unique.

T - Yep, odd. Sweetness from the malts, bitterness from the coffee...should be great, but there's something else that distracts. Could be the hops? Not bad at all, but different for sure.

M - Pretty nice...Appropriately carbonated, a little thinner than some other doppelbocks, but ok

D - Not tough to drink, but I'm not rushing for another

I'll have to try this one again. As it stands, not quite what I was hoping for...I love Dark Horse, and love doppelbocks (and like coffee), but this missed the mark.

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Photo of eljefe21
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Sizzling soda-like pour forms a two-finger head that is gone in a flash. Beer is brown in color with constant tiny bubbles rising to the top. No lacing at all.

S: Smells strongly like a somewhat weak coffee, but a bit sweetish too. Nothing much else as the coffee overpowers everything.

T: A sweet coffee taste coats the mouth. Too sweet for my liking. I really like coffee flavored beers, but this one is just off to me.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin which detracts from the coffee flavors. An oily sweetness coats the tongue, which is off putting too.

D: This one won't kill you, but it's not going to wow you either. I managed to make it through the 4-pack after a couple of weeks, one beer a night when I found myself with little else on hand.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 11/7/09.

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Photo of jmendels
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There is a reason certain beers are brewed under the Reinheitsgebot. The doppelbock is by far my favorite beer style, so I was naturally skeptical that a brewery would seek to alter such a strong and already flavorful style. My skepticism was well founded. I picked up a four pack of this brew, in hopes that it would be a nice marriage of dark beer styles. Sadly, it was not. The coffee grounds did not mesh well with the strong flavors of the doppelbock style. The nose smells of rich malt but then diminishes with the coffee smells. The taste also exhibits a conflicted character with the strong maltiness and caramel notes competing with the coffee notes. This one is a unique experience, but not one I'd seek out again.

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