Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

1,026 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oberon on 10-18-2007

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Ruddy rusty copper. Head is almost non-existent. Small creamy collar is white with some larger bubbles interspersed. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with coffee. Roasted beans. Vaguely nutty with a fresh roasted aroma. Some citrus. Bready, sweet malts. Caramel malts as well. Toasted with some grass notes underneath. Smells creamy...Some old stale coffee as it warms. Something vaguely spicy.

Taste: Light toasted malt with some backing caramel malt sweetness. Bready and slightly roasted. Backing nuttiness. Dustings of citrus. Some grass. Underlying vague spiciness. A bit woody. Coffee beans and slightly old coffee. Finish is husky and grassy. Warms to a bit of chocolate on the back. Slight warming alcohol. Building caramel candy sweetness that never gets overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a moderate carbonation. A touch creamy with some backing dry elements.

Overall: Not badass enough for the "k".

Follows the trajectory of most Dark Hose beer I've encountered. It's solid, but not great. Drinkable with enough flavor to remain interesting. A good use of coffee coupled with a rich sweet malt base. A little unbalanced in the end and that hurts in this case, but it's par for Dark Horse.

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Photo of Chaney
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a doppel in a while. Nice bottle art, great idea.

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel brown color, with a slightly reddish hue, and a soft white ring around the brew. Very murky.

S: I only got a hint of coffee here. I got more caramel than anything. After a few whiffs, I got a few grounds on the snoot.

T: I actually got a fair amount of coffee now. I found it neat to drink a brew without out roast along with the coffee for a change. It was like a melted caramel kiss with added coffee.

M: Mild prickle from the carbonation, and I wouldn't actually call the coffee bitter at all... just present. Minimal lacing.

O: I liked this one better than most. Cool beer.

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Photo of Dbot
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jmendels
2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There is a reason certain beers are brewed under the Reinheitsgebot. The doppelbock is by far my favorite beer style, so I was naturally skeptical that a brewery would seek to alter such a strong and already flavorful style. My skepticism was well founded. I picked up a four pack of this brew, in hopes that it would be a nice marriage of dark beer styles. Sadly, it was not. The coffee grounds did not mesh well with the strong flavors of the doppelbock style. The nose smells of rich malt but then diminishes with the coffee smells. The taste also exhibits a conflicted character with the strong maltiness and caramel notes competing with the coffee notes. This one is a unique experience, but not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Oakenator
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker brown with a small head at pour which disappates to around the rim of the glass. Unfiltered look - very - almost too much. No real lacing present. Aroma is sweet malts - brown sugar - with a strong backbone of coffee. Taste is great - coffee is a bit more forward - deeper roast along with a good dose of malt flavoring. Heavier. Great combintation.

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Photo of bizzy54
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of americanjones
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of cradke
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Foggy brown. First thought is that it's much lighter brown than most dopplebocks. A thin head when poured with some streaming carbonation for a while. Not very homogenous.

Smell: A nice sweet coffee/chocolate latte note especially as the beer warms. Very sweet grain notes. Very little ABV in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and coffee. Very little ABV presence. This beer has very little in common with a dopplebock, Much more like a coffee porter, but still a very enjoyable beer. Aftertaste is pure sweet coffee beans not artificial coffee like FMB.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very thin for the style. Probably the biggest turn off of the beer, just add some meat to the very enjoyable flavor profile.

Overall: Solid beer. A nice spin on the dopplebock but it doesn't taste anything like a dopplebock in all honesty. Very nice solid beer for the price, but the lack of thickness is a huge turnoff.

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Photo of Lugenbeast
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jman005
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Sparky44
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of mccallisters_dali
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of skaboom420
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of idResponse
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Coffee dopplebock? What?!? This is certainly a strange pairing, but somehow these people have made it work well. It's malty, but not robust. It's got the coffee kick of bittersweetness and it actually compliments the dopple style brew. It smells malty and a little of coffee. It tastes really good! The bottle I have does not look like this picture but has a big goat headed man on it and looks like it came from a metal video. I think this packaging better reflects what this beer is truly about as it is a pretty unholy union of flavor to create something compelling and interesting and new. This is a high alcohol brew with an easy drinkability. You should try it out, it's not for everyone but it sure is interesting!

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Photo of match1112
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Muddy brown color. Very hazy. Particles in suspension. Head is very short-lived. Sparse spotty lacing. Not very appealing to behold.

S: Earthy coffee. Hazelnut, caramel, toffee, and bread. Very subtle figgy fruit scent. Slight spicy alcohol.

T: Coffee grounds, hazelnut, sugary sweet, caramel, bread. Controlled hints of bruised apple and fig. Hit of spicy alcohol toward the finish. Nothing but coffee on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Watery and thin in the mouth. Mild carbonation does nothing to save it.

O: All coffee, no doppelbock. This was a disappointment. A very dirty and haphazard beer, and it completely lacks depth.

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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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