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 phlegon
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I enjoy a good cup of coffee and a good brew so I thought I'd give this a try. This brew poured smooth and had an excellent appearance. I really liked the smell but the taste was simply too much coffee for me. The coffee taste overpowered the dopplebock. It's very unique. This was like drinking cold coffee infused with beer. I don't know if this has any caffeine in it or not. If you're a coffee lover give it a try!

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Photo of TomTown
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Deschutes Tulip.

Pours a deep brown that's nice and clear.

Smells pretty faintly of coffee and some caramelly malt sweetness.

Flavor is of old and over-roasted coffee. I'm wondering if I just got a hold of an old bottle but there's no date to be found on the bottle. Slight dark fruit character but also an odd vegetal character ever few sips. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and doesn't linger as long as I'd expect from a doppelbock.

Overall, would like to try at the brewery to see if it's better fresh. I'm hoping this is simply the byproduct of a poorly stored bottle.

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Photo of PerHops
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I didn't have super high expectations prior to drinking this beer. It poured a murkey almost, but not quite opaque brown with very little head, or carbonation visible. Smell was minerally, biscuity, and just a trace of coffee. Taste was predominately coffee, with some cocoa in the background. Tasted like an iced mocha. Carbonation lightened it up a little bit. Overall, i wouldn't buy this again, but I did drink the whole thing, if that's sayin anything.

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Photo of clint1019
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Am I the only person who tastes and smells cayenne pepper in this beer?

A - Pours a amber brown color with a slight orange tint to it. Has a caramel colored head that dissapated almost immediantly and no lacing what so ever.

S - Cayenne Pepper with a slight hint of coffee.

T - Has a stong taste of cayenne pepper. Also, taste a hint of coffee flavor, but picking up more of the acidity from the coffee.

M - Light bodied. A little thin for a dopplebock.

O - Didn't really enjoy this beer. I can certainly taste the coffee flavor especially in the aftertaste, but it's that spicy cayenne pepper flavor that dominates most of the other flavors in this beer.

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Photo of brendanbeer
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a. i like the dark mahogony color. but no head at all, eventually i can generate one by swirling my glass, but it doesnt last long.

s. faint coffee smell, like watered down coffee.

t. like watered down iced coffee. nice coffee bitterness and nice coffee sweetness, but its way too subdued and bland.

m. not much carbonation, doesnt linger much on the palate.

d. very drinkable, but not very enjoyable.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A slightly reddish, chocolatey brown, opaque, with a two-finger tan head that withdrw to about a half-finger of foam, and stayed there. Nice streams of bubbles rising up.

S: Like no beer I've ever encountered. The caramel malts are present but a bit subdued, and the coffee is there too, but not overpowering. Nutty, with some sweet fruit. To be honest, it kinda smells like a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich.

T: Coffee flavor is there, but without any bitterness - nice. Again, it's rather nutty and sweet, with a bit of tangy spice. The malts are hiding behind the nuttiness and coffee. I don't get a ton of the doppelbock flavor here.

M: Medium to medium-heavy body, nice carbonation, suits the beer well.

D: Certainly a unique beer. Coffee, nutty flavors, and sweetness. A nice combination, but I was hoping for more of that doppelbock malty sweetness. This is a beer I wanted to love, but it's not quite there for me. The flavors mix in odd ways and just don't mesh well.

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Photo of Stu_Grimson
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
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 beerwolf77
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown with a decent dose of red highlights. The sand hued head struggles to reach one finger. Light soapy lace can be acheived form a swish around the glass.

The aroma is black coffee grounds right out of the gate. It has a black dirt like hint to it. I can't pick much else out. The nose is just totally overwhelmed by black coffee.

The flavor seems to mirror the nose. All black coffee with a hint of earthy black dirt. Maybe a hint of malt but i'm struggling to pick it out. The coffee seems to just throw this beer out of whack.

The body seems a bit thin with light carbonation.

Overall the beer is just to disjointed for me. All coffee and no malt to balance it out. Not what I was looking for in a Dopplebock.

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Photo of peabody
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very clear and amber brown with two fingers of off white small suds that dissapate really quickly.Lacing on the glass.
Smell is fruit and malt. Raisin and date and strong malt/hop/yeast burn in the nose.
Taste is mellow malt and sugar caramel with a hint of coffee. Very little coffee here.
Mouthfeel is clean for the most part but the sugary malts take over after the alcohol leaves the palate.
Very light on all the flavors and the alcohol is way too prevelant.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a coffee colored brown with a thick bubbly head

Smell is of coffee, cold coffee grinds and subtle malt scents as well.

Taste it like cold bubbly coffee. Pretty good but it needs a little more something.

Mouthfeel thin and bubbly, this beer has quite a bit of carbonation.

Average drinkability, average beer. Worth trying though if you are in to the whole coffee beer thing.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
No date on the bottle or info. Awesome label!

A - Poured much lighter than I expected, it's a murky brown amber color that's on the verge of being an opaque brown. Dense light khaki foam rises to the top and lowers slowly but leaves little lace behind.

S - Coffee grounds are immediately evident on the nose with a background of toasted malts. The aroma has a very earthy feel to it, almost like dirt smell but, with this beer, it works out ok. Very heavily roasted cold coffee overall.

T - The earthy flavors overtake the coffee. The sweetness of the toasted malts are well balanced by the coffee ground bitterness but that fine earthy aroma in the nose doesn't translate well to the tongue. The finish tastes like dirt and...

M - ...has the mouthfeel of dry, crusty dirt. Of course that could be from the coffee. Perkulator is medium-full bodied and bitter on the finish from the cold coffee grounds. It's still got that nice lager character to it though.

O - This beer starts out nicely but the earthy dirt-like flavor stemming from the coffee is bothersome. The idea of a coffee doppelbock is awesome but either this is too old or the idea wasn't executed to the best possible way.

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Photo of cbutova
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Red-brown with a fizzy light tan cap that dies down fairly quickly. No lace sticks around from the small ring.

S- Spent coffee grounds are up front with some nutty, cocoa and slight caramel and vanilla notes.

T- Very intense spent coffee ground flavor, almost burnt and somewhat bitter. Some dark fruit in the background and well as nutty malt and caramel. Slight hops. Slightly sour even.

MF- Creamy light-end body with silky high carbonation. Somewhat bitter from the coffee.

DB- The coffee flavor is very intense, I would have to say a bit too much, it feels one dimensional. A strange Doppelbock. The sour, bitter coffee and a bit of alcohol eventually make me tired of this one.

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Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip.

Murky brown, next to no head.

Coffee, prunes, hops; honestly, the smell just isn't appetizing to me. But the coffee smells nice.

This is a wild ride. Starts with some dark, sticky bitterness that may be hops or stale coffee rinds then fades into a coffee roast,.

Good for a dopplebox in terms of m/f. A subtle sting from the carb makes the taste much brighter!

OK drinkability but not for my personal taste. Kinda a one trick pony IMO.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown and cloudy with a tan head. Poured into 2 sample glasses to split between my husband and I so can't really get a sense for how the head measures or lasts.

The scent is sour coffee and hazelnut. Sour? Yes. Sour.

Taste is medium roast coffee fading into a sweet dark caramel to a sweet malty taste.

Ends tingly on the tongue and a little sour.

I'm unsure about this one. As much as I do LIKE deliberately sour beers, I'm not sure if I feel the sour characteristic goes with this one. Either an interesting yeast was added to it, or the coffee was roasted to deliberately or not include sour characteristics.

I'd love to love this one more, but I have to say the sour in this particular beer isn't my preference.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of coffee, but it tastes more like scorched green chiles. Kind of a burnt over the campfire flavor. Thinner body than expected but fairly malty. Sharp and a touch of the sour. Smokey nose. Old vegetable broth with chocolate cherries. Nice golden brown color with long-lasting lacing.

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Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Dense white head. Clear with dark reddish brown color.

S-Sweet dark roasted coffee (slightly burnt) malt bomb.

T-Heavy on the coffee. Slightly bitter. Quick finish. Coffee flavor takes away from the beer-ness.

M-Smooth with a bit of coffee bitter astringency.


O-A pretty nice beer, only complaint is a little heavy on the coffee bitter astringent bite. If you like coffee- this is your beer.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is standard for a doppelbock, darkish brown with a modest head on top. The nose is heavy on the coffee and malts.

The flavour is essentially a standard, though unremarkable doppelbock with caramel malts being prominent, and then pairs it up with coffee. I think the combination works, but that it isn't particularly remarkable.

The mouthfeel on this: purely average given the style. Doppelbocks are big beers, they need to be at least moderately thick, and this is. The drinkability: also average: if you're looking for a coffee beer you can do much worse than this, but I don't think it's amazing either.

The bottom line: Dark Horse has done a decent job pairing up the classic doppelbock flavour with java. I would personally prefer the full-on malts of a pure doppelbock, or the aggressive coffee flavour of a stout or coffee tinted porter personally, but you can do worse.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Orange body with white head.
S-Smells a little like coffee, but it is very subtle
T-Very subtle coffee. If I hadn't read the name of the beer I wouldn't know it was there. Lots of malt
M-Medium body and smooth
D-Above average, but I would not go back for another.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Dark brown and mahogany. Some ruby highlights. 1 inch head dies fast. Moderate carbonation.

S: Strong, coffee aromas at first. Almost dirt-like. Not terribly roasty. Followed up by some dark fruits. Figs and cherries. Some acidity in the end.

T: First you get a strong coffee flavor. Once again, it isn't the most roasty of coffees. I get an almost earthy or dirt-like flavor. This is followed by a bit of bittersweet chocolate. It isn't my favorite coffee blend, but it is ok. The rest of the beer is a faint dopplebock. Plenty of dark fruitiness with figs, prunes, and cherries in the in. There is some tartness in the end, perhaps provided by the acidity from the coffee paired with the dark malts. The downside for this beer was that there was too much coffee flavor and too little dopplebock.

M: Light to medium bodied. Smooth, yet dry. Nice carbonation.

D: An above average coffee beer. I'm not sure if I'm sold on a coffee dopplebock yet. I like my dopples without a roasted, coffee component and prefer them as a malt bomb. It was interesting nontheless. Worth a try, but not worth getting a whole 4-pack.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. Was a dark brown color and almost opaque. Good carb streams evident on the surface. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee with some sweet malt in the background. Really nothing else besides the coffee and some sweet. The taste followed the aroma with coffee flavor from start to finish offset slightly by the sweet malt. Not good but pretty one dimensional. Would have enjoyed some roasted or chocolate malts to go along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall, a good but coffee beer that meets the coffee objective but not much else. Not sure if this is normal or if I have an aged bottle so more mellow SINCE THEY DIDN'T PUT A FREAKIN' DATE ON IT. Mild recommend if you can easily get and want to try something from the brewery. Not avail in TX so shipped back during my IN trip. Rotation - one is enough unless I could get a known to be fresh one just to make sure. [N;N]

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Photo of Strix
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin dark brown, minimal head that fades to absolutely nothing.

Slight coffee/dark chocolate note in the nose, that's about all.

Very sweet malts, coffee, and a bit of a woody vanilla note. The taste is an interesting blend, and it is flavorful, gets sweet after awhile though.

Mouthfeel thin and watery.

I have mixed feelings about this one. The taste wasn't bad, but the mouthfeel needs to be thicker, and it could be a bit less cloying.

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Photo of mafeeker
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with decent tan head that fades quickly

S: First impression is a mix between freshly ground coffee and coffee grounds. There is a nice sweet maltiness in the background

T: The taste is very heavy on raw coffee, with almost a burnt or smokey component. The malt character finishes the flavor off and makes this beer much more drinkable

D: Overall, the drinkability is pretty good. I have had coffee beers that have a much smoother coffee flavor, but the malt is able to balance the coffee bitterness in this one.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look is a cloudy, hazy dark brown. smell is roasted coffee grounds, bread rolls, dry leaves. Taste is bitter sweet bread, caramel rolls, dry leaves, roasted coffee beans. Feel is light and crisp, but not watery.

Solid beer, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of portia99
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours a lightly hazed and amber tinted brown color with a short finger of fizzy off white foam that dies quickly to a small collar without leaving any lacing. Rapid streams of bubbles steadily rise throughout the body giving it more of a fizzy appearance on the surface.

S - Dark roasted coffee with an acrid burntness to it, a bit of charcoal maybe over some earthy aromas. A small amount of sweet, sugary malt comes thru along with some dark fruitiness and a wisp of alcohol. A bit unusual for a doppelbock for sure.

T - Sweet malt with some dark fruits hits immediately. The coffee and earthiness from the aroma arrive next although far from as dominant as they are in the aroma...but the coffee is still a strong flavor component. There is also a bit of a sourness around the edges. This comes in just behind the coffee and I wonder if the coffee addition has created this as a side flavor. Hops are marginal in the flavor too.

M - Highly carbonated giving a fizzy and somewhat foamy feel. Body is full and lifted by the carbonation level too...almost feels a bit airy/foamy sorta like it was whipped...a bit unusual.

D - Ehh...just ok for me. This isn't exactly what I was expecting from a doppelbock...even a coffee one. The coffee takes away much of the rich maltiness that I associate with the style. Seems more like Dark Horse is trying to make a Coffee Bender competitor but can't quite match the way the sophistication of the coffee in that brew. Ultimately, I'd say not a bad beer, but it misses the mark a bit for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle without a freshness date and a brown/black/white label that is significantly less interesting than the one featured. This one boasts: "guest artist Jared Brownell" with a bunch of large scale coffee pots taking off into outer space...

Pours an amber color that is for the most part clear but boasts a certain hue of color that is somewhere inbetween redish and brown. Continuous amount of bubbles rise to the surface providing support for an offwhite colored head. Initially poured more than a finger thick of big white bubbles that receeded back to a thin layer covering the beer. Aroma of this beer has a mix of roasty coffee and malt/alcohol that almost comes across as being musty. Taste of this beer is...well, a doppelbock. I know it sounds unoriginal and uninspiring but that is it. Nothing immediately strikes outside of the norm other than a noticable amount of alcohol warmth and an aftertaste that includes a bit of the coffee and just a slight bit of the roasted coffee that is reminding me of something musty comes through in the finish of the taste as well. The coffee is a nice little addition to this beer, not an out of control and a dominating amount but just subtle enough to throw a mix into the style. It has a nice amount of alcohol warmth in the finish. Feel of this beer is medium to light. Feel is a little light due to a high amount of carbonation.

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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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