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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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3.72/5
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1,026 Ratings
Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

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
Ranking:
#25,976
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,026
pDev:
14.25%
Bros Score:
3.76
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
56
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 444
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 zeff80
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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 zestar
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mothman
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,026 ratings
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