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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Photo of reallyhoppie
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy brown/amber color with a thin, quickly dissipating head.

Smells strongly of sweet malt and coffee. I'd say maybe old coffee, not necessarily appealing.

Tastes a lot better than it smells. Smooth, sweet malt and a very strong coffee finish. There is also some sort of sour/creamy flavor in the finish that is faintly reminiscent of buttermilk.

Decent mouthfeel. Certainly more creamy and smooth than I would assume from looking at it.

Overall, can't see having more than a couple at a time. Not bad, but it uses the coffee flavor more as a novelty than as component to make a good beer.

(I had this once before on draught and enjoyed much more.)

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Photo of Frosty80
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: dark amber

Smell: cold, sweet coffee

Taste: like aroma. like a cup of cold, low strength coffee with a sweetness to balance

Mouthfeel: low carbonation. smooth. low-med body

Notes: this, to me, is a one time beer or special occasion type thing. i dont like coffee enough to sacrifice my beer with the flavor. but overall not bad

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Photo of whiterascal
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick tan head, dark brown
S : coffee!!
T: malt insanity with a heavy coffee taste. But it tastes more like eating whole coffee beans and not like brewed coffee. A slight cocoa taste. I can definitely taste the alcohol at the finish.
M: pretty thick but still smooth
D: good beer for cold weather, but I'd probably only have one

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Photo of ZAP
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting combination that scores with me.

A-Pours a murky brown color...no head..

S-Coffee with cream and sugar added...this is not a big strong raw ground coffee aroma....more of a sweeter coffee mix...

T-Good sweet flavor....again the coffee with cream and sugar is there but also toss in some caramel into the mix...

M-Medium...a little sticky sweet but the coffee notes actually cut into it nicely.

D-Good odd ball beer. For me the combination works nicely...I'd drink it again but it certainly isn't in my Beer Hall of Fame...

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Photo of n811
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

To be fair, this is the first coffee dopplebock I've had.

Poured into a pint glass with a great head, and the color was a gorgeous amber color.

Smell was like - wow - that's definitely coffee flavored!

The coffee flavor was an intense experience. I love good coffee, but this beer tasted like they used Sanka from 1985 for the blend. I was not a fan of the coffee, but I could taste that there was a good bock flavor trying its darndest to get out.

I only bought a single of this, and I have to say I wouldn't by another one if I had the chance. Dark Horse makes some excellent beers, though this one is definitely not for me.

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

Nice cover art, as usual! (Both the rocket and the devil are nice).

Pours out as a slightly hazy brown/amber, with just a faint head. Nose is strong coffee grounds. Taste is acidic malty coffee, with some warming alcohol. A bit abrasive, but not bad. Lots of coffee flavor. Mouthfeel is good. Good brew... not Dark Horse's best, but a pretty unique departure from the typical coffee stout/porter. Nice to see coffee being tried in different styles.

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

A pretty dark brown pour with an off white head. Aroma is mostly coffee with a bit of malt and nut. Flavor, is actually not that different than the aroma. There is not much dopplebock in this one. Roasty coffee accented with some toffee and a hint of mocha. Rather lively carbonation. Just the faintest bit of fuit/lager type flavor in the through. It is a bit light, but is very drinkable, and a lot of flavor compared to most beers this drinkable. Certainly unique, this is the type of brew that isn't going to have too many people in between on.

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Photo of malty
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut color with ruby highlights. The light beige head quickly dissipates to a cream colored halo with sporadic spots on the surface. Looks pretty clear with very little visible carbonation.

The nose is wondrously fragrant with freshly ground gourmet coffee. Some faint dark malts creep in-between the lovely fresh coffee quaffs every once and a while.

Nice flavor balance of toasty and dark roasted malts and the wonderful coffee that I experienced in the nose. That coffee scent translates very accurately into a round, smooth and medium roast coffee with just a tad of bitterness detected on the edges of my tongue. There's an interesting salty flavor at the end that's a little mineral-like.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very low carbonation. The beer doesn't feel flat though, just a nice easy coasting body with a slightly oily texture and long flavorful coffee finish.

Drinkability is crazy. This would be my morning breakfast beer if I were camping on the Lake Michigan shoreline. Not at all intimidating (to noobs) like a Founders Breakfast Stout, but you get all of that coffee goodness in a highly drinkable 'easy' bodied beer.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Wonderful balance with a deliberate and well executed coffee backbone. The malt bill is nice because there is some nice dopplebock 'oomph' in there as well. Great original beer from a great forward thinking brewery from my home state.

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

A-clear, deep, reddish copper with burgundy highlights. A thin yellowish tan head reduced to a thin ring and left no lace.

S-Sweet malt with light fresh coffee aroma and a bit of nuttiness.

T-Black coffee bitterness up front with a cream like sweetness. Nice balance overall with the bitter dark roast coffee winning out in the end.

M-Medium body, very smooth and creamy. Nice lingering mild bitterness.

D-A coffee lovers D-bock. Really fresh coffee flavour with a well-balnced creamy sweetness. Only the second coffee D-bock I have ever had, Ithaca Beer Company's Kaffinator being the onther. I am a fan!

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew from tayner, Thanks Dana!

12oz bottle served in a mug.

L - murky amber color with a small beige head that fell to a ring.

S - caramel malt and coffee.

T - caramel latte-like taste.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - went down fairly easy, but I wouldn't want to drink this all night long.

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

Murky looking dark crimson. Thin beige head. Sparse lace. The aroma is thick with coffee. Used coffee grounds. Heavily roasted used coffee grounds. This is thick. The taste is thick with coffee too. If you like coffee, you'll love this beer. It's definitely a coffee beer first, dopplebock second. That's not a bad thing. It's a good beer. But not really a dopplebock in flavor. Lingering bitterness from coffee bean. Alcohol is negligible. Decent attempt at an odd combination.

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is deep chestnut until light interacts and a burst of ruby shines through. Large head with a chunky chracter of a yellow color leaves great lace and has great retention.

Love the aroma of this beer. Fresh espresso aromas with a heavy caramel and toffee backing showing a sign of milk chocolate. Coffee character if fresh and wonderful smelling.

Gotta say I really dig this beer and the idea. Bold complex flavors very nutty in nature with huge caramel malt. Complex with a generous amount of espresso with cream, compliments the malts nicely. An twinge of milk chocolate, and toffee. Just a fine beer easy drinking and delicous. Creamy mouthfeel and a finish of great length.

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Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a SN Hops tulip. A moderate to hard pour created minimal head which faded to an island of light tan, then nothing. The body was a hazy cola/leather color.

Smell was mild coffee and plums. Sweet grains. Stewed fruits.

Taste was malty. Light coffee flavors that linger with bitterness. Brown sugar. Primarily doppelbock characteristics with a understated coffee presence. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this one at a local store and was intrigued by the idea of putting coffee in a dopplebock.

Pours a brown/redish color with very little head into my wine glass. Perhaps I should have poured it faster.

It smells very strongly of coffee. Wow, that it a strong coffee smell, and I'm not getting anythin else. This could be a cold cup of coffee for all I know.

The taste is great. As expected, the coffee taste is very strong and dominates the palate for almost the entire sip, but the taste of the "beer" shows up at the very last moment in the form of fairly mellow and mild malts. The finish is strong, and it leaves that coffee lingering in your mouth.

Great beer. I love coffee stouts, and this was a good adaptation of that idea, somewhat more drinkable and still delicious. I should start drinking this in the morning!

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Photo of drxandy
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to footed ale glass, pours a heavy dark brown with golden hints, reminds me of the color of coffee, cream colored foamy head fades to lacing

smells of delicious coffee! bitter, sweet, lactose? oats? smells amazing!

taste is of coffee from the start, almost like drinking coffee, never have had a beer infused with coffee so well - roasty, bitter, alcohol, yeast hides in back, bitter hops, complex and delicious, balance leans toward coffee but the style hides behind nicely

mouthfeel is of a good weight, low carbonation, oily, amazing flavor - yum

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Artwork on bottle by Jared Brownell.

A little under a half inch of light tan, rather fizzy head after a normal pour. Not much head or retention to showcase in this pilsner glass. A very cloudy, semi-opaque deep caramel brown color. No lacing.

Smells of dark, almost burnt caramel and sweet, toasted malts. Even hints of expresso and milk chocolate come through. Clean and very well balanced nose. Rather enjoyable and complex for a Dopplebock.

The chocolate with expresso comes out even more in the taste and actually dominates this beverage. Again, caramel, sweet and toasted malts as well. Very enjoyable.

The mouth is mildly creamy, with a nice smooth finish. The aftertaste of chocolate remains for quite a while and is rather pleasant. Medium body. Very drinkable. If I had to guess the ABV, I'd put it in the 4.5-5% range. Recommended.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- It pours with a 1 finger tan head that lingered before falling to a full lace that left sticky spots on the glass. The body was a slightly murky brown. Come to think of it, the body had a pretty good resemblance to a slightly weaker than preferable cup of coffee.

S- Initially it smelled of roasty coffee. Even after warming slightly, I didn't pick up a lot of other aromas. It might be a little one dimensional, but it works for something marketed as a "coffee doppelbock."

T- Initial flavor was very coffee-like too. A second sip opened up hints of nutty flavors (maybe almonds). If pressed to describe it, I'd have to say it was almost like an amaretto coffee combination. There was a slight lingering sweetness. Maybe a packet of sugar was added to the cup of joe.

M- The feel was nice. It had light to medium carbonation with a slight coating sensation.

D- I'm a fan. It's full of flavor, yet not so overwhelming that I couldn't drink a second, or maybe third.

Overall- I was drawn by the idea of a "Coffee Dopplebock." I've seen plenty of coffee stouts, but this style was new to me. It's a pretty big departure from most doppelbocks I've tried, but I'm a pretty big fan. It definitely has solid coffee flavor, but isn't so over-the-top that you wouldn't want another.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a dimpled mug. This dopplebock poured a murky, ruby brown hue with a short-lived head of tan foam that settled into a lasting ring. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma had a very pronouced note of cold pressed coffee. A solid dose of caramel and dark fruit also made an appearance. The flavor contained a smooth coffee note (not bitter like alot of other coffee-infused beers), dark fruit skins, caramel, and a hint of baker's chocolate. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had light carbonation. Filling for sure, but yet quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. Nice to see the guys at Dark Horse give a lager a try.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Dark Horse on 11/28/08. Served in a shaker pint.

A - Very clear, dark brown body with burgundy and hazlenut highlights, no carbonation and a thin, off-white head that transformed into a patchy film. This looks pretty much like a glass of coffee.

S - Nice fresh coffee aroma with roasted malt and a bit of nuttiness. This brew definitely possesses more coffee than dopplebock qualities; however, the bock characteristics emerge more as it warmed up, with some mild dark fruit in the back.

T - Pleasant balance of fresh coffee with hints of sweet cream, chocolate and roasted malt up front, followed by a nutty character in the backend. Finish is a well-balanced blend of coffee and cream with a dose of earthy hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is nowhere to be found for such a big, bold dopplebock. Finish is mildly bitter.

D - Drinks like a champ for an 8% dopplebock. The warmth of the alcohol is non-existent. The coffee character wins out in the end, making for an extremely smooth and drinkable dopplebock. One of the highlights of my recent Mid-west excursion.

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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 jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dark brown bottle this beer is a warm leathery brown. A whimsical tan head settles down to nothing but a firm collar and a sudsy cloud shape in the center of the glass.

The smell is distinctly coffee influenced. It has the smell of spent coffee grounds right after the brewing. Lightly toasted and slightly bitter. It definitely lives up to the java namesake.

The taste is a nice mix of java infused chocolates with a hint molasses. Big malts back up this tasty beverage. A slightly chalky finish is the only downside to this brew.

I like the coffee flavors even if I'm not a big fan of coffee. It works with this style of brew. I'm not a big fan of the finish and that distracts from the overall enjoyment of the brew.

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Photo of b3barron
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

One of the few remaining Dark Horse brews I have yet to try. Poured into a dimple mug.

A - Mahogany colored with a small half-finger head and little retention.

S - Smell is of old coffee grounds up front with a little underlying earthiness.

T - A pretty big coffee taste up front makes a very rich malt backbone take a back seat. I'm getting a little alcohol as this warms, which I like.

M - Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Seems appropriate for this beer.

D - Limited for me because of the strong coffee flavors. I am a fan of coffee beer but wouldn't generally want more than one.

Overall this one is an interesting take on the style and is recommended to any fan of coffee beers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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 notafood
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola color into a pint glass, half inch beige head that lasted about a minute and dissolved into a nice thin cap. Visible carbonation when held up to light.

Caramel malts and a touch of alcohol. A slight nuttiness, but I didn't pick up too much coffee until it warmed a bit.

Coffee, malt, sweet cream. Finish is not unlike an espresso bean bitterness.

Sticky and mouth coating but far from unpleasant. Medium bodied, not chewy, quite smooth.

Another very enjoyable brew from Dark Horse. Initially bought this as a single, will probably grab a four pack tonight or tomorrow.

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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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