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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
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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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Ratings: 1,026 |  Reviews: 444
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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with an off-white head. A ring of retention, and splashy lace in the glass.

Coffee grounds up front, malt and a little alcohol in the nose. The malt has a depth and a brown sugar quality.

A deceptive brew. Initial part of the sip is coffee, but it comes off with a nice smokiness. Then the brew gets a bit odd. Malt comes forward with some depth and a little sugar and fruit, but here is the coffee again. Brew turns acidic and bitter in the end, with mild coffee rounding it out. It is what is promised, but it lacks what I want for the style. Very hard to rate.

Medium bodied. It should be fuller, but isn't. Again, is this wrong? No, as this fits the palatable nature of the brew. Any heavier and you just couldn't drink it.

Not bad, but not sure if I like it. Well made, decent balance, and delivers as promised.

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Photo of BrewerMike
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What I like about this beer:
The aroma is reminiscent of fresh-brewed black coffee. Very nice. This is a relatively well-balanced beer. Nice sweetness, not too bitter. The alcohol is well-hidden, although the beer is nice and warming.

What I don't like about this beer:
The coffee flavor is a bit off-putting. It tastes like cheap, bitter black coffee mixed with beer. It's quite a strong flavor, too; a bit overpowering for the style.

That's about it. Overall I liked this beer enough but I have enjoyed several other coffee beers more. I think this flavor needs to be backed up by a much bigger, maltier beer. Not bigger in alcohol, more so in body and overall flavor. The coffee porters and stouts I've enjoyed have handled the coffee much better. I'm actually curious how they added the coffee, whether it was flavoring, beans, grounds, or straight brewed coffee. Maybe changing the method would work better IMHO.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown with a finger of head that has no retention. The nose is distinctly coffee-like as is the upfront taste. The finish is lingering coffee bitterness. This is a spectacular idea - the blending of coffee with a bock beer. Previously, I have only experienced coffee notes in stouts and porters - and most of them have provided only weak coffee undertones. This dopplebock holds up to the rich java flavor and stands as a unique example of the use of coffee in beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brownish color, smallish light tan color, no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a huge huge coffee presence, the roasted coffee is the primary aroma with a deep caramel malt backing.

Taste starts out with a caramel malt taste, coffee bitterness follows in the aftertaste, the coffee isn't as large as the aroma is but it does have a lingering effect, carbonation is soft and finishes dry.

Very interesting dopplebock, if it was darker and a tad thicker it would seem more like a dry stout with coffee.

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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Murky brown with thin light brown head.

Smell: Cold-pressed coffee, vanilla and caramel. Simple but nice.

Taste: Unique mix of coffee and a malty Doppelbock with caramel, cherry and other fruits. Light vanilla as well. Makes it taste more like flavored coffee. Some spicy noble hops on the finish, along with some lingering coffee. Slightly medicinal aftertaste.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Off-dry finish.

Overall: Bonus points for the unique experience, but ultimately it comes across as flavored coffee with some out-of-place noble hops. I guess there is a reason most add coffee to Porters and Stouts.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a semi hazy dark brown with a 1 finger of off white head. No real lace was left down the glass.

S: Coffee grinds, bready malts, and a touch of cocoa and smoke.

T: Bitter and smokey coffee grinds hit you upfront, but this smooths out into a nice sweet chocolate middle. The finish is a more sweetness with a some vanilla and caramel. Well I'm glad this wasn't infected.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation and sweet finish. With all the flavors going on in the taste I wanted a little more body as well.

O: Very surprised some of the great sweet notes that came out of this guy. A little more body would have added some good depth to help the flavors stick around for a little while longer.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,026 ratings
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