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 | website

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

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444
Ratings:
1,026
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
21.45%
 
 
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Photo of SerialTicker
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled September 5th 2013 and poured into a shaker pint May 9th 2014. $2.19 single.

Appearance: Initially pours a crystal clear brown color, but near the end of the bottle when all the sediment pours in, it changes into a diarrhea water color that's extremely hazy with a few floaters going around. There's about a finger of tan, soapy head, and no lacing. Head slims down to about half a finger and stays all the way through the drink, which is great, and why I've given this a 4.

Smell: It smells like wet coffee grounds. It really does. There's also a dopplebock-y malt sweetness in it that keeps it from being overbearing. Simple aroma, and also pretty faint -- based on the aroma, you wouldn't expect the bold flavors that come through.

Taste/feel: Oh, man! That's really nice. Coffee ground sort of flavor is strong, but the bitterness is pretty low thanks to a heavy amount of malty sweetness (due in large part to the style itself). Coffee all the way through this beer and almost nothing else but subtle sweet, bready qualities from the malt. No fruitiness that I can tell, no hoppiness -- nothing. The carbonation was a bit unexpected, as the carbonation is high and really prickly on the front of the tongue at first, but then it almost foams up a bit and just adds some more body to a medium bodied beer.

I should have figured Dark Horse wouldn't let me down, despite the disappointing aroma. The coffee grounds as opposed to full coffee beans give an interesting coffee flavor that's not often found in coffee beers -- it's more "gritty" tasting. This really as excellent coffee infused beer combined with a nice choice in style. The dopplebock and coffee combination is brilliant, as the sweet malts and bitter coffee grounds come together to make a beer that drinks awesomely, and tastes even better.

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Photo of chinchill
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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 Stu_Grimson
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a brownish amber color with a finger head that disappears to leave little lacing around the side

S- smells of roasted malts with hints of peppers, a little like charred habeneros

T- light taste that starts with lighter malty taste with a coffe taste to follow

M- light and easy drinking

O- not my favorite, wasn't really sure what to expect and was left a little disappointed. The coffee was not as present as I would have liked

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Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky, mahogany color in body. Head is an inch and a beige/cream color. Lacing and head retention are wonderful.

Smell is of roasted/burnt dark malts and coffee. Smoky wood or roasted chiles is also oddly detected. Sweet caramel candy/butterscotch balance the bitter coffee. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

Initially tastes more like a standard bock rather than doppelbock. Lighter in sweetness and alcohol strength. Strong, sweet fruit/prune flavors are replaced by lighter malts and a serious bitter coffee kick. Smoky/burnt mesquite wood or fire roasted chiles leave a strange aftertaste. At 7% alcohol, it is incredibly smooth.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. Head added some texture to the beer.

Overall, I think this was a refreshing take on an old style of beer. Wouldn't say this was the best doppelbock out there but I am slightly biased towards coffee beers. Drinks easily for 7% abv, not available locally but hoping to revisit this one in the future

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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 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 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 brutusmuktuk
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle with a light brown (almost coffee colored) color and a healthy tan foam head. Has a nice coffee aroma. Flavor is a strong coffee with some dark chocolate and toasted malts. Body has a light to medium feel, but is smooth and goes down nice. This is an excellent coffee brew.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on information.

A: pours a chestnut hue. dark and muddy. very muddy. slightly off-white head has great retention and lacing. boatloads of lacing.

S: certainly smells of rich dark roast coffee. a lot of coffee, which I find very inviting. maybe some dark chocolate in there too. hard to tell past the coffee which is clearly the dominate aroma.

T: chocolate, roast, and certainly coffee all come into play here. the coffee is much more subdued while the doppelbock flavors come into play. hop flavor is non-existent to me. lingering bittersweet chocolate turns malty cloy into the finish.

M: pretty creamy for a doppel. not that I am hating it, just a little different and it actually works very well here. medium/full body.

D: a good coffee beer without a doubt. interesting use of a doppelbock as the backdrop, but I certainly dig it. the doppel is not overbearing and let's the coffee do most of the shining. give it a go if you dig the coffee brews.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle opened and a slight bit of head protruded - uh oh. Poured into a tall pint glass, color is brown, opaque, head is big and lingers big with some lacing.

Smell is muddled, coffee is prominent, a bit harsh, malt is subtle slightly sweet, maybe a touch of chocolate.

Taste is coffee forward, somewhat harsh, slightly earthy metallic bite, malt comes through in the finish, subtle chocolate, touch of vienna or munich style flavor. I don't like the blend, the coffee flavors seems to harsh and the doppelbock backbone is overtaken by this flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bite biting, harsher flavors and presence around the mouth, flavors linger after the finish with the biting coffee upfront.

Overall, an okay brew, a bit harsh on the coffee flavor and underdone on the doppelbock backbone. Maybe the size of this doppelbock needed to be a bit higher to compensate the coffee.

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/10/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint.

a: Beautiful clear dark amber with an enormous tan head which dissipated slowly and required additional pours to fill the pint glass. A thick rocky head with very dense lacing followed.

s: Curiously grassy, later more clearly coffeelike.

t: Bitter cold black coffee and smoke. Slightly metallic finish. Graasy notes later.

m: Light to moderate.

o: An unusual brew, tasty but also slightly grating at first due to the bitterness. Smooths out and is more enjoyable. odd that the aroma and taste tended to switch from grassy to coffee and vice versa. Both are pleasant enough. Appearance remains outstanding throughout.

UPDATE 3/30/14: Finally had a second bottle of this, which I am not sure is the one I bought in November when I failed to remember that I had already tried it, or the one I had bought back in May 2013.

a: In any case this one had less clarity and much less head on it,

s & t: but had a good strong coffee aroma and flavor from the gitgo.

m: A bit watery, relative to other coffee beers I have had lately, but then it is a dopplebock and not a stout. Strong carbonation tingle

o: This one was pleasing from the first sip, perhaps in part because I have been on a coffee beer kick of late and have totally gotten used to the flavors. This one is fine, and the relatively light body makes it a better warm weather beer than the stouts like Lagunitas Cappucino, Stone Espresso IRS and Founders Breakfast.

Based on this experience I am altering my ratings thus: a: 4.75-3.75; s: 3/75-4.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (thanks man!). No identifiable bottle date. Served in my trusty Phish snifter.

Pours a barely transparent deep garnet hue with a finger and a half of ecrue head. Maintains a thin layer throughout and leaves small specks of lace.

Coffee dominates the nose but I also catch hints of burnt caramel, toffee and Anaheim peppers.

Coffee is the predominant note again in the taste. Much like the smell, there is lots of coffee followed by burnt caramel, subtle toffee and that strange chili pepper flavor. A nice blend. Very different than other dopplebocks.

Medium feel with plenty of carbonation. Caramel infused coffee finish.

Much more coffee than dopplebock. And it's very strange how my senses- both smell and taste- perceive Anaheim chiles in the mix. But all around enjoyable, provided you like coffee.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, even with a careful pour generated a massive amount of head. While the beer is light enough to be noticeably cloudy. Cloudy is not a bad thing by itself but in this case it looks almost muddy.

Smell: Massive amount of coffee, though sadly it comes across as burnt coffee. Some interesting cream and chocolate notes in there as well, so not completely lost. Also an interesting note of pumpernickel bread.

Taste: Nice and very refreshing, coffee adds a nice kick, but for the most part a plethora of hops and spiced dark bread. This beer is predominantly grains and grain sweetness, but incredibly enjoyable, like drinking a very good and hearty bread.

Mouthfeel is almost effervescent, incredibly refreshing and popping the whole time.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, just wish the smell had less burnt coffee and poured with less head. The head has an incredibly burnt coffee taste.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken 1/5/14.

The beer was a murky brown. I poured it to 2 fingers of head. It had good retention with a thick froth and good lace.

Malt and java were the aromas I captured.

I tasted rich malt with a hint of caramel. And java. Java out the wazoo.

The mouthfeel was smooth and medium bodied. Carbonation was just right, a slight bite.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

ruddy reddish brown with a gigantic, foamy almost yellow head that filled the glass on a fairly conservative pour. some sediment left in bottle and some poured into beer unintentionally.

nose is basically coffee grounds with some light toffee and toast in the background.

lots of coffee flavor. very roasty with some hop bitterness as well i think. dry overall.

over-carbonated as head suggested. way too prickly to the point of interfering with flavor. by the time the fizz subsides you are left with a bitterness that is vague in nature. lots of coffee breath after an long coffee linger.

funny that the name is Perkulator because this beer tastes just like my mom's coffee that she made and still makes in her 60's percolator. i really want to like this beer. i think it is probably a good recipe but the carbonation is an issue. hopefully it was just my bottle or my batch and not how the beer is intended. without the fizz it would be a really nice coffee beer.

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

Pour, be careful with this one foam everywhere so pour gentle. Murky brown color with a hug foamy light tan head that falls really slow with gobs of lace.

Aroma is coffee but lighter type of coffee then i drink, some good brown sugary malt notes with light nut aroma mingle through out.

Taste is dominated by the coffee, big coffee on a brown sugar malt base that tries to sneak out from the coffee notes. Finish is lingering astringent coffee notes along with some nut hints. Taste is not as good as nose little one sided to the coffee.

Mouthfeel is little light for the style which may be due to the carbonation that's little to peppy for me.

Overall might be hard to improve on a great style like a dopplebock, though it did smell pretty nice.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep amber to medium brown in color with a very large, dense head. Retention is very good, as is the lacing. The head is so dense that it looks like it could have been on nitro. Translucent when held to light despite the darker color.

S- This beer smells almost entirely of cold coffee. Just a hint of dark and biscuity malts make it through the coffee. Coffee scent isn't of a terribly dark roast, but rather a light to medium coffee.

T- Starts with a big dose of coffee that doesn't go away anytime soon. There is just a little bit of biscuity malts under the coffee, mainly detectable with just a bit of a metallic taste. This beer's flavor is fairly one dimensional in the coffee department, with just the smallest amount of brown malts.

M- Rather light in body for a dopplebock and a medium level of carbonation. Alcohol is undetectable and coffee isn't overwhelming, so this is rather easy to drink. The dense, frothy head smooths this one out a little bit, would just like this one to be a little thicker.

Overall, this is a coffee lover's beer. You can drink this repeatedly and get a steady dose of coffee flavor that is usually reserved for breakfast and coffee stouts, and best of all, you get it with only 7% ABV.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of lakeviewmike
1.8/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is the worst coffee flavored beer I have ever had. It was over-carbonated. You could tell as soon as the cap came off. It produced a too large head. I love good rich, roasty coffee. The coffee flavor and aroma in this beer was like the stuff at the office that was bad coffee to begin with and then has been sitting on the warming pad too long. Was this awful flavor covering up a good malty doppelbock? Who could tell?

Horrible. I did not finish the bottle. Unfortunately I have another bottle that I bought at Woodman's in the $1 per bottle mix six-pack pile. Hopefully it is from a better batch.

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Photo of cavedave
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Very thick looking brown pour topped with a tall hat of light tan foam, that pretty well settles in, and takes minutes to fully recede. Nice look in the pint glass for sure.

Coffee the main attraction, neutral sweet the supporting cast, with some other aromas I swear reminded me of a bit of cream, and bitter chocolate in that coffee. Really nice, just wanna leave my nose near rim and enjoy.

Woaahh, wish I knew my coffees well enough to describe the roast of this flavor, leave it to say it is even more prevalent in the taste. Neutral sweet with lightest caramel try to balance, admirably. There are some other roasty notes in there, from the malt, I believe, maybe hops? They come out as the sip ends, but make no mistake this is all about the coffee, and riffing on a theme with the other flavors.

Medium body, carb. a touch high , with a finish that is extremely strong, not always as clean as possible. Beer's worst feature.

Not traditional by any stretch, but an easy recommend for the strong coffee stout lover. If you like 'em to be all about the coffee, as do I, you will love this one.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a medium brown color, a bit thick so as to give it a somewhat murky look, with a red tint in it. The head, a lighter tan shade, is neither impressive nor unimpressive in stature or composition, though the quantity and heaviness of the lacing is fairly impressive.
Malts hold a good structure, caramel and toast, with coffee grounds pulling in. Underneath is a bit of char and something like baked sugar (?), and there's just a ghost of something like grains. it's on the unusual side, Americanized in its own way. Coffee is pretty fresh, though not as much as in the flavor
A bit more hops come through with a grassy note on the tongue, but there remains a very malty base to this beer. It's a bit breadier, toasty really, with coffee coming in at moderate strength. Dark fruits make their way in, eventually more like tart apple flesh, under a slight heat.
I like the body to be bigger in a doppel, but it holds its own. Ultimately, it's about medium in strength, fairly dry, not overly crisp but slightly more than it is smooth.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12/8/13
Dark Horse Perkulator
1L Growler

Pours a hazy, deep ruby hue. Great color. Head retention and lacing are minimal. (3.5)

Aroma is malty, has some coffee and a hint of DMS. Good specialty malt aroma of biscuit and chocolate. (3.5)

Flavor is malty and rich, with a strong coffee component coming through. The more I drink, the more I realize that the coffee flavor is too strong, manifesting itself as a cheap, stale coffee flavor rather than something more nuanced. At least it's not too sweet. Moutfheel is full-bodied and slick. (2.5, 3.5)

Decent Doppelbock that is ruined by the coffee gimmick. Some breweries just don't get it. Don't mess with classic styles. The Doppelbock style is about MALT, not added spices and flavorings. At least don't try to call it a Doppelbock if you're going to brew something as mediocre as this beer. (2)

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Photo of roadhouse
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a mostly clear reddish brown. Seems a bit too carbonated, had to give it a slow pour.

Aroma is exploding with wonderful smells of coffee. It's hard to get much more since the coffee is so dominant but there's charred wood and I think I might be picking up some slight caramel notes way beneath the coffee.

The taste is again dominated by the coffee. However I am now definitely picking up some caramel notes and a bit of dark fruit hidden in the back. Coffee lasts throughout into the linger where some of the more subtle notes make themselves known.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty clean, and somewhat creamy. Pretty easy to drink, but you have to like coffee.

As a traditional Doppelbock this was not even close but as a coffee beer this stuff is the tops. If you are into coffee beers this is a must.

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Photo of Pencible
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like jalapeno peppers and tobacco ash, with a little coffee grounds and earthy nuts and rusty copper.
T: It tasted like jalapeno peppers and tobacco ash, with a little copper hops and nutty malt. It had a dirty aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was gross. Not sure if it was just a bad bottle or if this beer is always nasty. But I didn't like anything about the scent or taste or body. Tough to choke this down, might be a drain pour.

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Photo of mc4z
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of a few random Dark Horse bottles that I picked up without having tried before. Served in a Pilsener glass. Pours a medium-dark brown color with an opaque body. There was a crazy amount of head development as I poured, but that dissipated after about 10 minutes and there wound up being not much lacing. The smell is mild, with the coffee and malt coming through in equal proportions. The taste leans heavily to the coffee - and I really enjoy that aspect. It's not terribly complex but it doesn't need to be. The mouthfeel is a little odd, but it's hard to put my finger on the reason. Overall I really enjoyed this beer. Dopplebocks can be rather unassuming, but I think the coffee addition makes this beer stand out.

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.
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