Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
BA SCORE
60.2%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 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:
#24,814
Reviews:
444
Ratings:
1,026
Liked:
618
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
14.25%
Alströms:
3.76
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
56
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 444
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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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque but cloudy deep amber in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation, some dark yeast particles in suspension near the bottom of the glass, and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly burnt coffee (like the coffee that has been left on the burner way too long - usually at someplace like a gas station) over roasted malts and some hints of peppery yeast.

T: Upfront there is a solid malt body with some hints of caramel sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the moderate to strong flavors of slightly burnt coffee. Light hints of peppery yeast towards the finish with a hint of earthy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness which linger for quite a while but fade away.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: I had high hopes for this beer but having tried it twice now, I guess it is just not the beer for me. I really get the taste of coffee that has been left on the burner for way too long (and not great coffee at that). The mouthfeel is really light for the doppelbock style and other comparable beers - almost like iced coffee was poured into the beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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 mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11%
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 Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 billab914
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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 nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Jason
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
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 ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 orangesol
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60.2% out of 100 with 1,026 ratings
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