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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,026
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 444 | Ratings: 1,026
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 russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this one, cheers Jeff! Could've swore I've had this before. Well my review never made it here & it's a dopplebock, so this is a win-win IMO! Near satanic looking label, doubt this would ever get approved for sale here...

Pours a brown tinged ebony with a thumb of tan colored head. Zero head retention & lacing (this beer achilles heel)

S: Coffee & not much else

T: Much coffee up front along with some dulce de leche & a touch of orchard fruit up front. Dryness, a whisper of booze & coffee are all there as this warms, plus some caramel squeezes through to represent the dopplebock. Finishes dry with much coffee, creamy & with nice toffee, dang near pulled a 4.5

MF: Semi-chewy, fairly vigirous carbonation, semi sticky

Drinks a tad slow, the heft & coffee presence, a better breakfast beer than a dopple per se; but would happily down a few of these at breakfast!

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Photo of Jason
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brownish amber, good lacing on the glass.

SMELL: Coffee grounds, burnt sugar, mild twang, warming alcohol, faint spice, caramel, toasted bread

TASTE: Creamy, smooth, very bready, dried grass, toasty, mild coffee, fallen apples, chicory, alcohol warmth, dry-ish finish

I can dig this beer, wish the coffee flavor were a bit more pronounced and perhaps not as cooked but it did its job and did not distract from the rest of the beer. Most certainly going to come back to this beer again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Dammit, I gotta write down who sends me what in a trade! I know I got this as an extra sometime, so, sender, if you read this, let me know so I can give you your earned props.

*sigh* Well, anyway, this guy pours a murky panoply of shades of brown topped by about a half-finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose begins with a nostril-stabbing blast of cocoa-drenched coffee beans, sweeter than I've ever beheld such beans before. As this scent slowly fades, some dark toffee, burnt molasses, dark leafy greens, and oak meld together to form a fairly convincing malty backdrop. The taste is pretty much summed up in the smell, though the coffee tapers out a bit into the cocoa, making its inclusion a bit less of an imposition. Unfortunately, everything else is also toned down slightly. The body is a stoic medium, though it seems like its gaining weight, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an interesting brew, but nothing I would really jump for again.

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Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured a deep brown color with a very thin white ring for a head clinging to the edge of the glass. The thin white ring lasted but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma is full of coffee. A little malt sweetness to it but the coffee really seems to be the only thing worth mentioning. Probably the closest beer aroma I've had to matching a straight glass of coffee.

The taste has a strong coffee presence to it throughout the flavor. It has a roasted, bitter quality but also has a a good dose of malty sweetness coming through. The malty sweetness seems to be the thing that separates this from actual coffee. It's definitely more balanced then coffee though.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's pretty close to actual coffee with a little malt sweetness. If you like coffee you will probably like this beer. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more beer flavors to it since I typically love the doppelbock flavor profile.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by jslot38; thanks Justin.

a - Pours a dark amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, and vanilla.

t - Tastes of watered down coffee grinds, roasted malts, and ligh chocolate.

m - Medium body and high carbonation that stings the tongue.

d - Good but the taste seems a bit watered down. A bit too carbonated as well. Would like to have again.

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

Hazy dark amber color with light brown head. Aroma is really malty with a bit of caramel and coffee notes. Taste starts also malty with a bit of coffee but it's not a pleasant coffee taste, it's somehow bitter and stale. Slightly on the sweet side, just slightly roasty and bitter on the finish. Body is quite light and effervescent and the alcohol is quite present. Not bad but not really my type of beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby muddled thin khaki head forms with minimal lacing, another Dark Horse brew with some carbonation issues. Fizzy head dwindles quick as hell. The beer is a coffee infused doppelbock guess what gets overshadowed here, yep the malts from the doppelbock. Pure coffee the nose is does have a deep malty robust caramel nutty edged coffee infusion going on, I like the play on words with the Perkulator and a demon two headed goat sitting on his trone...that's pretty metal boys and girls. Flavor is strong robust nutty coffee with a touch of dark cocoa and sweet underlying fruit again the sweetness is played way down by the deep coffee additions a really roasty brew, you had better like coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight syrupy texture, carbonation slighly fizzy, and a bit cloying at times for me. Drinkability, much like most of the Dark Horse brewing solid expressive creativity at it's best I enjoyed it for what it was not as a doppelbock, extreme beer at it's best.

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

Another bottle shared by Lunch What time is it?

The beer is dark copper to ruby hued with a quarter inch of light tan head that leaves random lacing on the glass. The aroma offers coffee, chocolate, malt. Nice smelling beer. The flavor brings milk chocolate, lager malt. Really nice. Lots of chocolate milk flavors. Pretty straightforward. Decent beer. I would have this again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown. Nose is pure coffee. Flavor brings a lot of the same. Not really much complexity, but coffee, yes indeed. As one sided as it is, it's still enjoyable. Feel is a bit thick on the liquid and the carbonation is middle of the road with a slight bite on the tongue. A nice coffee beer (above it being a doppelbock really.)

Thanks to aqsprint for this one.

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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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown with lots of carb bubbles rising toward a bubbly tan cap on top. Lots of coffee on the nose would be an understatement. I think I find hints of chocolate and caramel underneath but honestly I can't smell past the coffee. If its any consolation its a very pleasant coffee aroma not harsh or acrid like some have made. Taste is coffee right up front, and in the finish. There is some melanoid and caramel flavors about midway through but they are quickly displaced by java. Medium body and carbonation level, slick bubbly mouthfeel. Nice drinking beer flavored coffee, oh wait its the other way around. I liked this one but at times had trouble finding a dopplebock in my glass.

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Photo of tdm168
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark amber with a large, thick, foamy, fizzing head that has good retention

S - coffee beans, faint toffee, some lager-y aromas

T - big coffee notes up front followed by some toffee and dark fruit, there may be some caramel throughout as well

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I'm not sure how I feel about this. It is definitely what it promises to be; a doppelbock with coffee. The problem for me is that this beer is dominated by coffee which almost completely covers up what could have been a solid, stand-alone doppelbock. It's not that the coffee is bad, but I wish there was a bit more balance allowing each flavor to come through. This was nice to have once, but the next time I'm in the mood for a doppelbock I'll probably go for a classic.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock. No further information on the label, aside from the typical legalities, and the name of the guest artist.

Dark brown body, head starts large, cocoa-tinged, and dwindles down to slimness.

Aromatics, sweet, dark malt, swiftly smothered by coffee. Bittersweet roast, quickly met with dark fruits, then raisin, plum, brown sugar become more prominent.

Taste: Spicy and hoppy at first, malty, for sure. And not much more, I'm afraid. The coffee flavor is nowhere near as strong as in the nose, and the doppelbock character that lies below is severely lacking. Incoherent and lackluster. Spicy malt, meager coffee taste does deliver somewhat on each returning sip, but I feel this is an unwise marriage, and the combination of coffee and doppelbock does not create a greater goodness.

Body is medium, finish is long, but flavor is severely disappointing. There's little joy in this one, and you won't see me drinking another, sorry.

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

Bottle purchased from West Lakeview Liquor - no date on the bottle, but they just got it in so I'm guessing it's fairly fresh. Used a pilsener glass for this one...

A - Pours with a thick serving of head that dissipates quickly. Rich dark amber color, with small amount of carbonation present.

S - Mmm...coffee. There's a little bit of caramel and malt underneath.

T - It's like drinking an iced coffee with a lot of cream, and malt used instead of sugar. It's hard to look past the coffee flavor as it overwhelms pretty much everything. A little one-dimensional...

M - Creamy and rich - lingers in your mouth. Carbonation is just right.

D - No idea how strong this guy is but it doesn't taste overly strong. If I were in a coffee mood I could have a couple of these.

It was nice to see a doppelbock getting in on the coffee action that seems mostly limited to porters and stouts. The malty nature of the doppelbock really complements the coffee flavor and makes it drink like an alcoholic iced coffee - which is both a strength and a weakness, as it makes this brew a little shallow.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy, traditional looking amber doppelbock body. A creamy, sturdy beige head ontop. Looks like it has a viscous body.

S - Tons of fresh coffee notes. Sweet, roasted cofee, bitter coffee beans, and a malty backdrop.

T - Again, the coffee is prominent. A mouthful of delicious ground coffee, some roasted, some bitter, some black. A sweetness like lactose. Some faint malt character in the finish but the coffee is overpowering here.

M - Medium bodied, bitter and drying. A light carbonation to help the balance.

O - This is a good beer. Excellent if youre looking for or like full coffee flavors. This isn't nearly a traditional doppelbock for me, but an interesting twist if you accept it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info.

Pours dark muddy brown, under a long lasting and frothy mocha head. Head leaves low sheeting and decent bands of lace.

Dark malts and just a hint of chocolate on the nose.

Malty and sweet , with notes of milk chocolate and cafe au lait on the palate.

Decent, but there is something about the mouthfeel that is holding me back from rating this one higher.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as an oddity. A coffee doppelbock, OK I'm curious.

Beer is brown and hazy, looks like dirty dish water. Pathetic head, minimal lacing, low carbonation. Not impressed yet.

Whoa....coffee hits you in the face like a ton of bricks. I'm very curious about the aroma. The deeper I inhale the more solvents I get. Its an odd smelling beer, the coffee is like a big heavy curtain that opens on a very bad play.

The flavor is a coffee bomb with a late caramel flavor. This beer is super thin, no carbonation, creamy in the mouth, bitter finish. This is not that much fun to drink, definitely better doppelbocks out there.

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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 Tone
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown with lighter hues of amber along edges and bottom of the glass. 1/6 inch head of a pale tan color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, and slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation levels and strong bitterness. Tastes strongly of coffee up front, yeast cleanliness comes through next, some sweet malt faintly, and the finish is roasted malt. Once the bitterness pasts the mouth feel is slightly watery. Overall, the coffee flavor is just too strong and overpowers the other characteristics of a Doppelbock.

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

Picked up a single at the Main Party Store in Ann Arbor, MI.

This is a great coffee beer for it's balance. In my opinion, too many coffee beers are all about the beans, with beer just acting as a prop. Perkulator pairs the smooth malty caramel of a doppelbock with fresh, dark-roasted coffee and I'm loving it. Easy to drink from the not-too-thick (for a doppel) body and delicious. A must-try for fans of coffee beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge four-inch near-white head atop a dark(!) red/brown beer. Great head retention and lacing.

S- Roasty, coffee. Can't tell whether its a "premium" or merely a "good" coffee. Let's see if I can decipher it with a sip.

T- "Good" coffee, very sweet. I feel the coffee is at the forefront of this dopplebock, almost to a fault. Hard to detect anything else.

M- Smooth, very well carbonated. medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Enjoyed overall but the coffee aspect took away from the token dopplebock flavors that I wanted to find in this Dark horse offering. Would recommend to coffee beer lovers but not to dopplebock lovers.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid burnt toffee scent with a nice roasted malt and coffee aroma. It's dry with some underlying caramel sweetness. The taste is decent as well. I has a dry coffee flavor as well as sweet caramel feel, but there seems to be something wrong here. The flavors don't mix well. The coffee and roasted flavors are incredibly dry, almost musty. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I like the concept here, but the end result is flawed.

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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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