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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

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 liamt07
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by sprague11, thanks John. 12oz into a tulip.

Murky copper-brown, with a cream coloured head, sticky lace and dense retention. Nose features whole coffee beans, not ground or spent or whathaveyou. Like sticking your nose into a bag of yet-to-be-ground beans. Some caramel and nut notes, but the coffee sticks out immensely. Taste has a weird acidic sourness derived from a vast amount of roast, bitter and raw beans again. Dark breads and gentle caramel. Medium carbonation and an ok body. Coffee was quite interesting but way too raw to make for a great coffee beer in my opinion - however this 'rawness' certainly intrigues me. A curious beer, but I wouldn't actively seek this out again.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, muddy amber with a one finger foamy beige head. It smells very strongly of coffee beans and sweet malts. The doppelbock definitely comes out in the flavor. There is little coffee and you get a lot of yeast, sweet malts, bread, and some strange fruit. It's appealing but is kind of odd for a doppel. It drinks fine, it's both fresh and crisp with good carbonation. Despite my ranking, I actually do like this because I'm not a huge fan of traditional doppelbocks. This beer has good flavor and is very drinkable. The alcohol isn't present at all.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Perkulator looks like caramel liquid and some light brown color and ruby red when up to some light. A quickly fading vanilla cap and no lacing to be seen. Coffee is the main scent and it's big. Not really espresso like just str8 coffee. Under that is a Dopple with some sweet malts and a bit of a roast/burnt thing too. The dopplebock portion of this beer comes out more in taste with caramel malt among others ans some dark fruit with pear. Coffee is not as big as expected from the smell. Goes down smooth with a slightly lighter than medium body with light and effective carb, spot on. Not the most balanced beer but a good attempt. A bit high in ABV for a few but it's not all that high.

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

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock

Appearance: Dark and muddy brown, off white froth forms and a decent amount of lace. Looks the part of a good German dopplebock, but this truly is where this beer and the styles' similarities end.

Smell: Malty, some bread, tinge of funk.

Taste: Toasted bread, light fruityness, alittle sour mash type influence with a tartness layered in the roasted chocolate-y profile. Not quite a malt bomb, alittle sour. Light roasted coffee but it is rather subtle.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent level of carbonation and overall pretty smooth.

Drinkability: Interesting beer here. Bock flavors and tart fruityness.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz inflatablechair brought over tonight.. Thanks Sam!

Pour doesn't reveal too much.. a dark reddish brew that is pretty much crystal clear.. no real head..

Aroma has descent whaffs of coffee and some caramel.. surprisingly clean..

Flavor is pretty damn malty with some lite caramel and the coffee comes in a bunch more but seems light to me... only descent as far as a base beer goes.

The body is medium with a light carbonation...

At first (when chilled) I thought this was a well made dopplebock with coffee... but.. as it warmed I was left sorta flat... only a descent dopplebock with not as much coffee as I was certainly expecting.

Sam said that he had been sitting on this bottle for a while.. but I doubt age helped or hurt it... Coffee doesn't belong in such a clean brew... I will stand by this.... Thanks Amigo, but this did not do it for me.

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

12 oz bottle, different label than the satanic looking one displayed here.

Hazy, slightly reddish cola colored with a light tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles with dots of lacing. Strong coffee notes in aroma with roasted malt, slightly sweet (caramel-y), no hop presence. Taste is very similar to the nose, a so-so doppelbock with a strong punch of coffee. The bock adds a caramel sweetness that nicely balances out the bitterness of the coffee. The coffee is more of a roasted flavor or anything too intense. Lighter side of medium bodied with strong carbonation results in a very frothy, light body. The addition of coffee to this style isn't doing that much for me. It's nicely balanced but leaves me wanting a good doppelbock or a good coffee stout instead.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's in Albany, NY.

Pour a tawny brown, almost clear. Forms a one inch head, not much lacing.

Smells like dark roasted coffee, with some chocolate and dark fruits.

This one tastes interesting. Lots of coffee up front, that gets a little tangy as the beer warms up. The coffee takes away some of the typical dopplebock character from the beer, but the bready malt and dark fruits keep some vestige of the style. The various flavors mix together pretty well.

Medium bodied, slightly thin at times. The carbonation is good, but sometimes a little distracting from the more rich flavors of the beer.

A good, interesting effort- with some clean up- fill out the body and cut down the carbonation, and make the dopplebock aspects stronger, this could be an amazing beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a dark orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a lot of coffee and sweet malt, but that's about it. On the palate there's coffee of course, with a hint of fruit on the moderately sweet frame. While nice enough, the flavor profile in this beer is pretty simple and one dimensionable. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm just not digging this beer all that much. So drinkability is fair at best.

Ho hum. This beer is really nothing very special.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one.
What a kickass label with a two-headed goat version of Lucifer(reminiscent of Slayer's Reign in Blood & Show No Mercy album covers...but with gnarly bat wings) sitting in a flame thrown with the extended two fingers and thumb facing down signifying the anti-trilogy. On the forearm is tattood, "Ferment". An obvious showing that this Doppelbock is not the typical nod to Jesus, as the original Salvator was when the monks brewed it. No, friends, this is something wicked with darkness brooding...and brewing for that matter. A coffee infused Doppelbock. I give these guys a lot of credit for trying something other than a coffee stout, or porter.

Appears a dark amber with a light tan head that slowly fades into a a mild cap of fluff. Scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of smokey java, nuts, caramel, and vanilla with a mild raisin aroma buried behind the other goodness.
Taste is of the same aromas with some smokey java pulling ahead of the typical doppelbock toffee flavors that are hidden way in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium boded, semi-sweet up front, with a dry, roasty java finish.

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

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Opaque dark brown color, yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor follows - a good, almost sweet roasted coffee. $2.95 for a 12oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, Ma.

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Photo of rudzud
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark chestnut hue with a good one finger off white head that slumps down to leave a thick, creamy quarter inch blanket. Nice light lacing.

S - Light roasty coffee and malts here with very light nutty aromas and lager yeast.

T - Nice dopplebock notes here accented with good coffee notes, nice and bitter and roasty. My complaint on this is the slight faint metallic not eon the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is very good. Not too boozy, almost light. Very drinkable.

O - Overall this was a pretty good dopplebock. Wish it didnt have that faint offputting aftertaste though. Very unfortunate.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark hazelnut brown with coffee colored edgesand a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Deep roasted cofee aroma with roasted taost notes, nut, milk chocolate and slight lactic creaminess.

Rich roasty flavor that becomes a bit more prominent as it warms up. Roasted smokey toasted nut with some slight lactic creaminess. Hazlenut, smoked malt, creamy milk chocolate, slight spice character and subtle hops. A bit thin for my liking but not to where is has too much of an affect on the beer. Nice balance of coffee, dark fruit notes and chocolate. The roasted character is not overbearing, which is a nice change of ace, adding complexity and avoiding the one dimensionality of many coffee beers. ABV well masked makng it pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown body with decent head and some lace. Aroma is coffee dominant with touches of roasted malts, caramel and bread. Beer is dry and fuller bodied, not so chewy, and while alright to drink with touches of sweetness the coffee is too dominant for my liking. This isn't a criticism of the beer as much as my personal preference since I'm not a regular coffee drinker at all. To me, at least, the balance is off as the coffee aspect of this beer overpowers all the other aspects of the beer (which is sort of the point).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a straight-sided mug)
A- This beer has a dark dense brown body with strands of carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. The head is a thin white film of tan swirling around the middle of the glass.
S- This beer has a dry prune hint that turns more nougat and a big cold coffee grounds aroma that dominates.
T- This beer has a soft dry dark roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to a big cold coffee ground flavor that lingers a bit. M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish. D- The stale coffee ground dominates the flavor and aroma and is tough to get through a full beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of my sister as a Christmas gift.

A: The doppelbock is a dark mahogany color, nearly black in its brown depth. The darkness renders the beer opaque. The ale didn't have an appreciable head.

S: The nose is loaded with sweet coffee aromas, so much so that the grainy doppelbock base is hidden. The aroma is delicious, very similar to Wake n Bake.

T: The coffee is strong up front, sweet with a cold toddy flavor. As the coffee fades, the grains gladly roll in with a concentrated fruity flavor. Doppelbocks are often abrasive with malts but this is nicely muted by the coffee. The finish returns to the bitter coffee flavors.

M: The mouthfeel is coffee, completely dominating and crowding out the doppelbock. The biggest hint of doppelbock is a flourish for fruity malts at the end of each sip.

D: I don't know the alcohol level on this one but the coffee flavor would keep me hanging around.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brilliant chestnut under a 1” offwhite collar of foam that slowly dissipates to a thick film leaving art noveau lace.
S: a little coffee and bread in the nose.
T: Liquid bread, kettle sugars and coffee with a touch of hop and coffee bitterness on the finish.
M: Medfium body but light for as big as the flavors are. Medium carbonation.
O: An interesting blend of coffee with a doppelbock that works surprisingly well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a cloud brown hue. A soil deposit at the bottom of the beer bottle has undoubtedly left many tiny floaties swimming around. The head is a thin slash of tan cream. Lots of lacing.

S-The aroma is stunningly similar to real coffee. It truly smells like a cold cup of java. Almost as if you took a used coffee filter still holding the grounds and took a huge huff. Just coffee everywhere. Its awesome.

T-The flavor is definitely more beer than coffee. There is yeast and malt so I am finally pretty certain Dark Horse didn't just bottle carbonated coffee. Its still coffee all over the place though.

M-Feels lighter than I was anticipating. Soft carbonation. Creamy. Drinkable. Roasty bitterness.

O/D-This beer is flat out awesome. One of the best imitations of coffee I have found in a beer. Take away the bubbles and it could be confused for coffee. Underrated beer for sure.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overflowing plume of khaki head pours into the glass, with a murky body of medium brown.

Coffee dominates the aroma. Sweet, nutty malt pales in comparison.

Sweet, nutty malt dominates the flavor, with chocolate adding complexity. There's an underlying roast coffee character that doesn't overwhelm. A metallic note surfaces in the aftertaste.

Body is a touch light, with somewhat light carbonation.

Dopplebock character surfaces far more in flavor than aroma, which pleases me. Took 5 minutes to pour the damn beer, but it was worth it. I'm not a huge coffee fan, but the sweet, nutty malt and chocolate won me over.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy dark brown color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention is OK, but not much lacing. The aroma is mostly coffee, but I can also smell some caramel malt, chocolate and nuts. Taste is similar to the aroma. Coffee is the strongest taste, but there's also some grain, caramel, raisins and chocolate noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy, and it's also smooth and has a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd pick this one up again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Man was I suprised to find all these Dark Horse beers at D's in Swissville!

A - Pours a nice dark copper with a lot of carbonation you can hear. Nice inch of head that forms a moderate lace ring.

S - I got a lot of Doppelbock tones from this: raisin, figs, brown sugar and coffee.

T - Lighter and less coffee than expected but less ABV than most doppelbocks I have had. Slightly bitter coffee and dark fruits along with a pretty sweet brown sugar base. Nice

M - Lighter than expected but still pretty medium bodied.

D - I may have it again if given the option but I could use more body in my doppelbock. Still it was a pretty great beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cola and ruby brown with practically no head or foam. Can't see any bubbling in this dark brew. Smells like when you just break open a Folgers tin and take a whiff. Plus the sweet, dark toasted malts and fruits add a little complexity to the nose. The taste starts with undeniable coffee. You then get some of that signature dopplebock malt character. Toasted and sweet with some woody plums. t to metion a toucof smokiness too. Is that from the coffee or malt??? Chewy sweet palate that is complex and different from the norm. A good beer to drink and think, contemplate, and enjoy.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate-high carbonation, orange-brown brown, hazy

Smell: coffee and faint pale malt

Taste: coffee and nut at the beginning and the end, sweet toasted malt in the body

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium carbonation, sweet

Overall: My biggest fear when drinking coffee beers is that it will feel like I am drinking a coffee with alcohol instead of tasting some beer. I am very pleased to say that Dark Horse does it right. Here the coffee accentuates the beer and gives the dopplebock style a different flair. The dopplebock side is very solid. The coffee is far from overpowering and it really works well here. This shoots up to be one of my favorite beers from the brewery because of that. Kudos to Dark Horse to a job well done. I will be picking more of this up.

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

Pours a murky brown color with minimal head. Smell is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee, maybe slightly watered down. Excellent taste of medium roasted black coffee with a somewhat nutty background. Slight herbal/floral thing going on in there, kiss of booze noted. Thinner body for the style, good carbonation. Interesting brew, verry good tasting but the lack of complexity and character coupled with the thin body keep it from being top notch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Vince.

A rather muddy, ruddy brown with a dense, light brown head that recedes to a ring leaving no lace. The nose is rather simple. Coffee is rather strong up front with plenty of caramel. In some ways, it reminds me of Vietnamese coffee - decocted coffee and condensed milk. Not really a traditional dopplebock, this.

The palate opens with a big coffee character with some dark fruit character - figs in particular - along with some moderately bready flavor. Mildly wheat-like. Drying on the finish with plenty of coffee flavor with very low coffee bitterness or acidity, emphasizing the fruitiness. Moderate caramel sweetness is present, particularly on the mid-palate. All of this really makes this taste like dulce de leche + coffee. Medium in body, this is rather dry. Carbonation is moderate, but the finish is a little disappointing as it doesn't have much lingering flavor, just some carbonic acid. This is a rather terrible dopplebock, but it is a rather enjoyable beer. The purity of the coffee flavor makes me think of fresh Peche Mortel.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.51/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into my Unibroue tulip glass. No bottle date present :(
**Please note that my bottle I purchased is the old label, so this is probably a decently aged brew**

(A)- Pours a light to medium brown (just like coffee!). Head formed a good 2-finger, but quickly disappeared to a very light layer of grey bubbles.

(S)- Tons upon tons of roasted coffee combined with a hint of cream. No joke, it smells exactly like coffee & creamer w/ a packet of sugar!

(T)- It is exactly like drinking a cup of creamed coffee! The sugary sweetness is probably the result of the malts added. Slight hint of smoky/hickory molasses on the finish combined with the tiniest essence of root beer. Man, this is kind of weird but good.

(M)- The easiest drinking doppelbock I have ever tried! Smooth & creamy with just a twinge of carbonation bubbles on the tongue. Where is the 7.5% abv?

(D)- If you are a serious coffee drinker (like me), you will absolutely love this beer! I have no idea how long this was aged due to a lack of bottled date, but however long it was aged for made this a spectacular doppelbock !

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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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