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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
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444 Reviews
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 10-18-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,026
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,026
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very bitter result of all this: Initial coffee taste with a bourbon like secondary. Coffee dominates, its coffee aroma and a pure coffee taste. Copper brown and a nice head. Above average mouthfeel. Hard to finish this one. An idea maybe not the best executed.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a yellow/white head.

Nose is sweet carmel and toffee that is assertive and with nice fruit tones.

Thin mouthfeel but with perfect carbonation and nice balance which leaves one wanting more. This is a thin mouth that actually does not detract from the appeal of the beer.

Flavors are sweet burnt toast and bright medium bodied black coffee with light burnt carmel. Flavors are very well integrated and bright. This beer is very appealing and drinker friendly.

Finish is a medium bitter "bright" coffee character.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a brown ale base to a dopplebock lager with a boatload of coffee flavor, how can you go wrong? on tap at j ryans in at least a partial dark horse tap takeover, this was one of my favorite beers from them. pale caramel brown color with a bit of yeast in suspension and an inch of cream foam. the nose is coffee heavy, with some darker german malts and chocolate malts, smells like a brown ale more than a dopplebock, but its a good fusion on the malt front. the coffee isn't a dominant flavor, while its prominent, its also in balance with the sweeter grain bill and with the other elements at work here, which are earthy and dusty and wintery, all feelings more than flavors, but present to varying degrees as clear as day. no acidity at all form the coffee, plenty of cocoa notes in the finish too, a great combination of flavors a little more nuanced than a lot of coffee beers. a little sweet, and a little too much body to be all day drinkable, but I really like whats going on here.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out as a brownish orange color without much head. The beer is a bit lighter in color than I expected. The smell is heavy with coffee. I'm not really able to pull much more from this. The taste has a big and bold coffee flavor to it. There isn't much depth here. It's like drinking a chilled black coffee to me. I wasn't able to get much malt of hop flavors at all. The coffee just really over powers everything in this beer. The mouthfeel in medium and doesn't have much carbonation. Overall this was a little disappointing.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are aromas of coffee grounds in the nose.
T: Bitter flavors of burnt, over-percolated coffee grounds in the taste along with hints of pepper and the underlying malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The body is definitely a lot lighter compared to other beers in the style.
O: The beer is an interesting take on the style but the coffee taste somewhat resembles convenience store coffee that has been lingering for several hours.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drawing inspiration from the savory, malty-rich bocks of Germany, the Dark Horse Brewing Company immulates these flavors with common grains of American microbrewing along with artistic additions of coffee that seems to emphasize the earthen roast and bitterness already exhibited in the base beer.

Perkulator opens with a firm brown appearance that's mostly clean. Only a mild haze casts ruby highlights beyond the brown hue. Building a creamy tanish head, the beer retains and laces fairly- where the beer doesn't dissapoint, I'm looking for better foam character as well.

Caramel and coffee floods the olfactory senses along with peripheral notes of lightly scorched toffee, bread, and lighter nuttier coffee attributes similar to Kona. Lightly fruity, mild notes of cherry, dates, and figs round out the scent with a twinge of alcohol lurking behind.

Malty-sweet to taste, the overt malt taste carries bold caramel, molasses, and toffee- some on the lightly burnt side. It's these flavors that bridge into the coffee additions seamlessly. The earthy char of toasted malts reach into the pungent, herbal, and chocolaty notes of coffee and pull out a more moderate java tone of spent coffee grounds. A late arriving palate shows the fruity bock notes of burnt currant, dates, and cherries just before the alcohol taste gives mild tawny vinous taste to finish.

Medium bodied, but seemingly fuller because of the relatively high residual sweetness, the bock starts and ends with a semi-sugary texture. An extended middle palate delays the finish, making the beer much more of a sipper that drinking beer. Alcohol warmth and malt-balanced finish signal closure but extends well into the next sip.

Although Perkulator is inspired by traditional dopplebocks, I would prefer more adherence to the malt richness rather than caramel sweet taste. The base beer favors the sweet tooth rather than the savory fullness and bready textures. As the coffee registers with the taste buds, they seem a bit strained and lacking the freshness or silkiness of the classy coffee shop. This version is a satisfying beer but becomes a bit ambiguous.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark amber color with a rocky beige head that dots the pint glass with lace

Smell: Caramel aroma with hints of coffee; much more restrained than expected

Taste: Opens with a combination of caramel and coffee with cinnamon and cream - sort of an odd combination that tastes a bit better after the swallow; a bit peppery in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; slightly creamy

Drinkability: Sometimes you like beers better than you think you will and sometimes you don't; this time I don't, although I like coffee beers and I like doppelbocks; I drink my coffee black and don't like sweet coffee combinations and that is the problem I have with this beer

Thanks, hoppymeal, for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep copper color bock with a small foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium coffee notes with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet caramel malt base with some nice medium notes of dry coffee. Average body with some OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not extremely complex but well done and interesting take on the doppelbock style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time for the Perkulator...

This has to be a fresh bottle, it was released just a month or two ago. Looks like there are no other bottle reviews from IL at the moment. Found this at Logli in Love's Park, IL.

Really cool guest artwork on the label(s), one depicts coffee perculator rocketships, the other is a a 2-headed, winged goatman. Both labels were in the same 4-pack.

Deep scarlet color in the light, noticeably lighter than some other Doppels out there. Some light white foam that reduces to a skim with a starburst of bubbles in the center.

Aroma straight from the bottle of coffee and strangely peanut butter when the last sediment is swirled. In the glass, faint coffee candy is detected. Subdued and pleasant.

Light astringent coffee taste, followed by some toffee/caramel character. Malty and medium-bodied, but still light enough to drink effortlessly. Very low level roast bitterness surfaces only in the aftertaste. Coffee flavor reminds me of a dialed-down Breakfast Stout, with much more malt presence.

I'm praying for an imperialized/super-sized version someday in the future. Nice creative execution guys, well done...

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a dirty, hazy brown with a lift tan head. Nose brings an interesting combination of coffee, roast, smoke, and dark fruits with a bit of caramel malt. Taste is more coffee with the other flavors coming in underneath. Good body with a nice coffee bite. Another interesting concept and another success.

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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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo,came to the table in a standard pint glass a deep clear mahogany brown with a thinner slight off white head,the coffee is light in the nose with hints of brown sugar and molasses.Well rounded flavors starting with a little molasses-like sweetness and sweet dough the coffee is reserved a big leafy presence wich isnt found in many of the style comes through late.Its a coffee dopplebock but the coffee isnt overdone its nice and its very drinkable for the style no doubt.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice Saturday afternoon kick start, with some nice coffee.

Even with a careful pours, a huge fizzy bubbly 2+ finger head rises up but fades pretty quickly. THe beer is a clear ruby auburn brown color, with lots of bubbles rising from the bottle.

Nose has some toasty brown malts, some brown sugar, dark wheats, plenty of fresh roasted coffee beans, a bit of a juicy but acidic coffee hit, hints of toffee and slightly nutty.

Taste brings more malts, toasty brown malts, some brown sugar, a bit of dark wheats but not as much as I was expecting as it seems to be overshadowed by the sweet malts, and the coffee. The coffee again is fresh roasted beans a bit, but more of the acidic and juicy coffee flavor, but it has a slight bit of brunt coffee (like left on the burner too long). I also get some peanut flavors, as well as a bit of caramel, reminding me somewhat of a snickers bar. A bit of bitterness, mostly from the coffee and roasted malts, fairly sweet at first, but not too much, which dries quite a bit on the finish, leaving a lingering light bitterness, plenty of acid, and remnants of what used to be brown sugar, toffee, and crystal malts. A hint of smoke on the finish as well.

Mouth is medium bodied, slightly syrupy and acidic, and tons of carbonation.

Drinkability is not the greatest, but not bad. A hint of booze is starting to come through as it warms, with some acidicty and some of the sweetness, but it has a drier finish that helps, and the coffee comes in a good proportion, not too heavy that it overpowers the delicate beer, or so light that you can't even detect it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pecan brown with a generous infusion of bright apricot. Backlighting, as it often does with beer of this color, turns the glass contents rusty russet red. A short crown of ecru hued foam looks decent enough... and doesn't deposit much lace.

The nose is rife with roasted coffee beans, although it doesn't smell like this doppel will be a one-trick pony on the palate. The dark maltiness of the base beer is easily appreciated.

The craft beer world is full-to-bursting with coffee stouts/porters. Coffee doppelbocks? Not so much. Dark Horse has managed to brew a beer that tastes exactly like a beer of this sub-style should taste. They've also hit on precisely the right balance, which is far from a given in coffee-added ales.

Flavors include brown bread, sweet-tangy fig jam, bitter black tea leaves, earthy tobacco and several jiggers of cold coffee. This is sneakily complex beer whose various elements are melding even more completely with warming. And they got along like old friends to begin with.

The mouthfeel is a fraction light for the ABV and is slightly too busily bubbled. Time helps here as well and I *almost* went with the next highest score in the end.

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock may not be Dark Horse's best, but it's an offering that most craft beer lovers should enjoy. Great balance and good drinkability goes a long way. I'm glad that I splurged and bought a sixer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a hazed copper with a couple fingers of creamy light mocha head. This retains with a smooth foaminess that throws up a rich cascade which hangs thick swathes of lacing up on the sides of the glass. Fresh coffee grounds give the aroma a flavorful kick, which gives way to more of a roasted nuttiness and a sweeter mix of cocoa, toffee, and then some ripe citrus along the back.

The taste has a decent Doppelbock base to it of caramel, roast, nuttiness, and green citrus, with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Rich roasted coffee character mixes in and meshes well with the cocoa and nutty flavors of the base. The finish is fairly dry on the tongue with notes of lingering bitter fruit and roast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a touch fuller, with a chewy sharpness that prickles the tongue a bit but then gets a little easier along the edges and back of the feel. There is a touch of alcohol presence here but it overall isn’t too bad.

For what this is, it isn’t too bad, as it does seem to successfully find that middle ground between coffee beer and Doppelbock. The coffee definitely makes an impression in this though. This one is interesting. I’d be willing to have it again.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A "coffelbock," what'll they think of next?

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy off-white head.

Smell: Dark malts and raisins bookended by the sharp scent of used coffee grounds.

Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of caramel and dark fruits tenuously co-mingle with the rehydrated coffee grinds. Subdued sweetness throughout. Mild acidity. Not much in the way of hops. Sweetish coffee-marinated fruit finish with a touch of booziness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slight stickiness.

Drinkability: True, I was more than a bit wary of this combination, but it turned out alright.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had never even heard of this one when it came down to me as an extra in a recent trade. Some nice BA just knows how much I love my coffee! I grabbed this one out of the fridge last night after dinner for a nice little pick me up. Served cold and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 11/17/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich looking, light hazelnut brown color, with a good amount of clarity to it. Nice hints of ruby red coming through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A small, light tan head of foam, maybe a half inch crept up the sides and sat on the top of the glass throughout the session.

The aroma was as rich as I would have expected. Deep notes of brewed Arabic coffee just coming up from the glass. Bitter, with a touch of caramel malts thrown in for balance, but not nearly as sweet as you would see in a coffee stout or porter. Then came the sip, this is exactly what I needed. Not too heavy, with a light to medium bodied feel and a decent level of carbonation that allowed it to go down smoothly and evenly. The initial rush of coffee flavor mellowed over a few minutes and started to combine with an earthy hop note and a deep bready malt. Interesting mixture, and again staying away from being too sweet, it definitely retained that bitter edge to it.

Overall I really liked this and thought it was a rather interesting concept to say the least. I would love to get another actually as it was a welcome change of pace for me and fit in nicely with the German styles I have been trying as of late.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted coffee beans, caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste likewise starts out with a strong and creamy coffee flavor that is followed by breadiness from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better coffee-flavored alternatives out there.

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/5/2013. Pours lightly hazy deep ruby red color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a ton of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, brown bread, light raisin, light apple, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of coffee, malt, and yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of dark roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, apple, raisin, brown bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of coffee, chocolate, roast, toast, toffee, apple, raisin, brown bread, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt, coffee, and yeast notes; with a fair amount of robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is good; could use more body though. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good doppelbock style. Good balance and complexity of coffee, malt, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. Not as malty robust as I was hoping for, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Greg. Thanks for sending me this one, it sounded very interesting.

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with pretty much no head.

S: The coffee is fairly faint in the nose, but definitely there. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt and some raisins and other dark fruits.

T: I was happy to find that the coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor of this beer. The strong coffee character does not leave all that much room for the sweet malt and fruit flavors to come through.

M: A medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this as coffee is not usually something you see in a doppelbock. It worked out fairly nicely though and I'd try this again.

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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 mothman
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bruery snifter.

Pours hardly any khaki colored head. Fades to a ring. Color is a hazed copper brown.

Aroma: Tons of coffee and lightly roasted malt. Some caramel, but mainly a massive amount of coffee.

Taste: Coffee and then more coffee. Roasted malts, light caramel. Very dry. Not to much other than the coffee. Lots of malts.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and relatively smooth. Medium bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this just wasn't my type of beer. It just doesn't compete with a lot of the other coffee beers I have had. I also enjoy doppelbocks and it wrecked that part of the beer as well. So this beer is two 'styles' that I normally enjoy, but not when combined.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12oz into a sampler
A - dark chestnut brown w/ light cream cap, gently hazed w/ tight bead. The retention is average and little lace remains

S - Spicy w/ a malty fruity nose w/ mild acidity noted from the beans w/ mild hop aroma which is peppery

M - earthy smooth med body beany roasted texture w/ dry finish and spiced back

T - The taste has mild coffee roasted notes w/ light sweet caramel maltiness and light spicy hop w/ hints of cocoa from the beans and the taste is slightly fruit oriented w/ subtle stone fruit taste. The peppery earthy note is slightly distracting as you continue drinking

D - A tasty beer, but not one I would think of fast when it comes to coffee infused beers. The base beer is tastybut I don't think the coffee really enhances the overall flavor

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
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