Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
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
Ratings:
1,026
Reviews:
444
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
56
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 444
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 BMart
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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 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 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 dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mklisz
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 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 Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,026 ratings.
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