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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Photo of jmerloni
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark brown to black coloration with light brown head which is fairly large and sticks decently.

S - Coffee. Dark chocolate. Not much malt backbone on the nose.

T - A lot of coffee. Good coffee, too - dark roast Kenya or something fantastic like that. Nice light brown sugar malt, but I wish it was a molasses-based malt a bit.

M - Medium to thick-bodied. Pretty dry. Somewhat grainy.

D - Nicely drinkable. Good winter beer. Will be getting this again; this is nice.

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Photo of mactrail
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lots of coffee, but it tastes more like scorched green chiles. Kind of a burnt over the campfire flavor. Thinner body than expected but fairly malty. Sharp and a touch of the sour. Smokey nose. Old vegetable broth with chocolate cherries. Nice golden brown color with long-lasting lacing.

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3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Tulip glass.Enjoyed on may´11.
Dark copper in color.Beige lasting foam.Small bubbled crown.Toasted caramel malt,sweet coffee & yeast to the nose.Sweet flavor,dark fruit notes & hints of cocoa.Gentle bitterness.Medium body,soft carbonation.Mildy coffee aftertaste.ABV is felt. Even though drinkability is good.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

lager and coffee... hmmm these guys know what they're doing. good with PH experimentation and adding something like that to a extremely hight gravity wort i'm sure makes for something fun. the beer shines after a bit of air. the coffee the quick drop of a malty lager and the feel pays. but fluffy coffee is a bit redundant. there is balance the abv is unbelievable smooth. a bit of toastiness ... not roasted coffee notes. a nice drop. a nice mineral coffee hint. great great blend. i can see some interesting forrest fruit coming out of a the mix if tweaked a bit. still can't complain. innovative brewery.

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Photo of Dope
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A very dark amber/mahogany pour. Big fluffy chocolate milk head. Retention is good. Lacing is ok.

S: Smells like coffee. Can't even discern anything else.

T: More coffee as expected, but not as strong as the nose. A bit of sweetness helps balance the coffee bitterness. A little bit of toffee and molasses but it's pretty much all coffee.

M: Pretty thin but otherwise smooth.

O: A simple coffee beer. Definitely one to try if you love coffee because there isn't much more to this one. It's not like a coffee porter or stout where there are other aspects, this literally tastes 95% like cold coffee with a bit of alcohol in it.

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Photo of GradyS1
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heavy pour into a bruery snifter and very little head, just a lacing that quickly reseeds. Dark, murky brown, like muddy water but thinner.
Not much of a smell to the bottle that I have. Small amount of coffee, watered down and old coffee. Minimal malts, bit of sweetness that could come from fruit
The coffee is a bit more noticeable in the taste, old coffee. Small amount of tree fruit in the finish, banana a little bit. Coffee sticks around in the finish
Mouth feel is very nice, this is the best part of this beer. Nice carbonation that holds through out the beer. Medium bodied with a fine well balanced finish

There was not that much to the smell and taste with this, I like a coffee beer to really pack a punch. I could taste a bit of fruit and coffee, so it seems on for the style but just not what I was looking for

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Photo of clareo
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Large amount of carbonation in the head on the pour, dissipates quickly; very distinct coffee-caramel color.

S - Brewed coffee, hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Smooth, sweet coffee flavor, toffee on the finish.

M - Thin and light, with effervescence lending body.

O - Tasty and smooth, a refreshing coffee beer; a nice change from coffee porters and stouts. Probably great around a campfire.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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 lnashsig
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to GordianKnot for the chance to taste this one. I'm always a sucker for a coffee beer. Plus, I'm hungover after a long fantasy draft from last night, so a coffee beer just sounds like maybe the only thing that will pick me up.

Poured from bottle into my DFH snifter. No date on the bottle. Pours a rich dark dark brown/black color. Nice off-white head fills the glass, decent retention to about 1 finger. Smell- iced coffee, tea leaves, some mocha notes in there. Its clear that this one is all about the coffee. Taste- roasty coffee notes, dark chocolate in the back of the throat. Perfect balance between the coffee flavors and the dopplebock flavors you would expect. Awesome carbonation here- its on the rich side in terms of carbonation, and it actually does wonders for this beer in making it a refreshing experience. Overall, I really like this one. I would seek out again- a good coffee beer is pretty valuable to me, and I don't get many good ones locally.

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Photo of cosmonick
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a mug

Appearance: Murky brown with some red tones. It poured with a medium sized, thick bubbly brown head.

Aroma: Super strong coffee aroma with a little vanilla.

Taste: Sour coffee with a little bit of roasted malt and slight dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a little bit thicker than water

The warmer it gets, the more sour it smells and tastes. Definitely worth trying but I think the aroma is much better than the taste.

Eis Igian,

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 0253 poured into a shaker pint.

A: A deep burnt orange with a one finger head that looks like milk with a bit of coffee poured in. The head fades quickly and provides little to any lacing.

S: Smells like my morning cup of coffee and sweet roasted malts, with a hint of dark fruits. I'm really hoping the aroma doesn't disappoint.

T: The taste doesn't. Huge coffee flavor upfront even though the bottle appears to be about a year old. Big malty backbone, dark fruits and hints of dark chocolate throughout. Everything I could want from a coffee dopplebock. Finishes with just a touch of dryness that makes you want another sip immediately.

M: Dare I say this is perhaps a bit more carbonated than it should be for the style? I prefer my bocks a bit on the chewier side, and this has a medium mouthfeel at best. It's not *bad* mind you, but it's not how I'd make it if it was my own creation. Also, for having 7.5% alcohol, absolutely none of it shows up in the drinking of this beer, even as it warms.

O: Mouthfeel aside, this is pretty much exactly what I would want out of a coffee dopplebock. Easy to drink, substantive without being overbearing. If this had a bit better head, this would be up there with NG's Uff Da for my favorite bock. As it is, it is just half a step below. Truly recommended.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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 papat444
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Capone's last fall.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a light brown body but in the glass it appears a more dark, reddish-brown. Head is barely 3 fingers and reduces to a thin ring in less than 2 minutes.

Smell: Chocolate, bread, cloves(!) and coffee grinds.

Taste: Immediate coffee hit. Different than usual, like trying a new brand of coffee. A spice-like feel in the background and some bread with the malt laying it thick.

Mouthfeel: Barely medium-body. Very low carbonation, chewy a bit. A mixed bag. Lacks the thick richness but certainly not too weak either.

Overall: I liked it but at the same time i was also a bit indifferent to it. I enjoyed the flavor but the overall impression left me wanting. Wanted a fuller, meal-like beer.

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Photo of clint1019
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Am I the only person who tastes and smells cayenne pepper in this beer?

A - Pours a amber brown color with a slight orange tint to it. Has a caramel colored head that dissapated almost immediantly and no lacing what so ever.

S - Cayenne Pepper with a slight hint of coffee.

T - Has a stong taste of cayenne pepper. Also, taste a hint of coffee flavor, but picking up more of the acidity from the coffee.

M - Light bodied. A little thin for a dopplebock.

O - Didn't really enjoy this beer. I can certainly taste the coffee flavor especially in the aftertaste, but it's that spicy cayenne pepper flavor that dominates most of the other flavors in this beer.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fairly aggressive pour produces an opaque, dark copper-brown beer with plenty of visible carbonation near the top. Head is very light brown in color, about 1cm high, and quickly descends to a moderate ring around the glass. No lacing present.

Scent is predominantly of stale coffee that's been left out for some time that drowns out most of the malt sweetness here. Perhaps very slight hints of walnuts under everything else...maybe. Very one-dimensional, despite the possibilities.

Tastes mostly of malt sweetness mixed with stale, sour coffee and the slightest hint of bitter chocolate. Aftertaste of sour coffee and baker's chocolate.

Medium to heavy-bodied with adequate carbonation to keep things interesting and moving along. Finish is dry and slightly sticky, but not saccharine or annoying.

An interesting take on the doppelbock, but this version completely drowns out most of the doppelbock nature and therefore primarily fails, in my opinion. This is more of a coffee bock than a doppelbock (and the coffee doesn't even taste particularly good).

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an almost clear reddish brown. Looks sort of like watered down cola. One finger head that disappated quickly. Light lacing throughout.

S- Sweet coffee, plain and simple. A slight hint of sweet malt.

T- Slightly weak black coffee with extra sugar.
Slightly dry with only a hint of alcohol finish.

M- Medium carbonation. Light tingle. Slightly creamy.

O- First try was 5-6 months ago. It was rather forgettable. This bottle has been hanging around in cellar since. Seems like it sort of aged well.
I honestly cannot say this tastes anything like a dopplebock, let alone even beer. But..I like it. Simply a sweet coffee flavored brew. Will probably purchase again.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown and cloudy with a tan head. Poured into 2 sample glasses to split between my husband and I so can't really get a sense for how the head measures or lasts.

The scent is sour coffee and hazelnut. Sour? Yes. Sour.

Taste is medium roast coffee fading into a sweet dark caramel to a sweet malty taste.

Ends tingly on the tongue and a little sour.

I'm unsure about this one. As much as I do LIKE deliberately sour beers, I'm not sure if I feel the sour characteristic goes with this one. Either an interesting yeast was added to it, or the coffee was roasted to deliberately or not include sour characteristics.

I'd love to love this one more, but I have to say the sour in this particular beer isn't my preference.

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Photo of BBP
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- You'd think it was nitro-tap. Full frothy head, thick lacing. Almost like a root beer float.

S- Coffee and very little else. Slightly roasty.

T- Not the nicest coffee, but still a good blend. It tastes a bit too much like cold coffee, but still comes around. The malt bill does a great job of making it work. Caramel sweetness comes in initially, and there's some bready malts shortly after.

It has a bit too much bitterness in the beginning from the coffee, and then a bit too much sweetness from the malt. I can tell they were trying to sweeten it up, and it tastes more like a coffee with cream and sugar because of that.

It has some slight spice to it like a specialty drink as well. I found the taste to be overdone, and think they could have done better if they kept it simple.

M- Creamy with a medium body. Carbonation fills it up, but isn't abrasive. Very dry finish.

O- This is no doubt a good drink and well crafted, but it's not really to my tastes. I'm not into the coffee with cream taste. If you are, check this out.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into glass

Pours a hazed oaky color with some auburn and reddish tones. A thick beige head retains throughout most of the pour with some streaky lacing on the glass.

Big time coffee notes in the nose with roasted beans and malts, touches of chocolate as well. Some undertones of dark fruit with raisins, along with some sweetness.

Much smaller coffee flavor up front, slightly roasted. Thicker malt base with caramel and some notes of bittersweet chocolate. A few dark fruit flairs with a bit of burnt sugar. The coffee returns again towards the finish, as well as a touch of alcohol.

Fuller medium body, a bit creamy and pretty smooth on the palate. Definitely a pretty strange beer, although it pretty much delivers what the name implies.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out as a brownish orange color without much head. The beer is a bit lighter in color than I expected. The smell is heavy with coffee. I'm not really able to pull much more from this. The taste has a big and bold coffee flavor to it. There isn't much depth here. It's like drinking a chilled black coffee to me. I wasn't able to get much malt of hop flavors at all. The coffee just really over powers everything in this beer. The mouthfeel in medium and doesn't have much carbonation. Overall this was a little disappointing.

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Photo of 1Adam12
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is probably the best part of this bottle. nice reddish orange color with a small head. just coffee on the nose. coffee at first with the taste, then sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of a cherry blowpop. Unique flavor, but not very impressed. Once is enough for me.

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Photo of seeswo
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thin brown with a small head. Smell is pretty reserved coffee, not much else. Tastes like a cold coffee poured into a Sam Adams. Finishes with just a hint of sourness. As it warms, more coffee, bitterness and sweetness comes out. It's a bit odd tasting and not particularly enjoyable. This is a bit thinner than expected for a doppelbock. Overall, I don't think this is a very successful experiment. It seems like they toned down a Doppelbock's sweetness and body to allow the coffee to come through to neither's benefit. Not undrinkable by any means, but not nearly my favorite.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: on tap at Johnny Brenda's, Philly, PA

I only had a sample of this to see what it was, and it was...okay. I don't like coffee at all, although I can and do occasionally drink coffee-style brews (uh, beer that is), mostly in porter and stout form. I'm sure this would be worth a try to people who like this style. The bartender thought it was actually a porter, and though I suspected otherwise, I didn't place it as a doppelbock until I came home and looked it up.

I had a more proper tasting of this just recently on tap at the Trapp Door in Emmaus, PA. As above, I still recommend this beer for coffee-lovers...and ONLY for coffee-lovers. Pours clear, dark brown, with a thin, wispy head. Big aroma of coffee grounds, and not much else. Taste was almost pure coffee, almost like drinking a cold, thin cup of the stuff. There may have been some other subtle complexities present, but the coffee pretty much overwhelms everything. If that's your thing, then great, you'll love it. But it's not really my thing, so I didn't love it.

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Photo of zrab11
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slight red/brown color with no head

S-Has a nutty but sweet aroma to it, with a hint or too of coffee

T- Has a bitter coffee flavor up front then finish's with a kinda tangy spicynees to it

M- Light bodied with ok carbonation

D-This is my firstdoppelbock to have and i wasn't that impressed, ill keep trying this style but this beer just tasted alittle to watery for me and also had alittle too much of a smokey taste for me. Felt alittle unbalanced too.

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Photo of output01x
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. No discernible date.

A slow pour unleashes a voluminous 2 1/2-finger creamy tan-colored head that takes a good bit of time to settle but never truly recedes past 1/2-finger. The body is a gorgeous red-brown dark mahogany with traces of burnt orange at the edges. Peering through the murky depths, one can see an army of bubbles rushing to reinforce the head. Massive globs of foam cling to the sides of the glass beautifully.

Burnt coffee beans, espresso, dark chocolate, and roasted malt aromas flow from the billowing head. A light nuttiness is also detected.

This beer starts out so sweet it strikes the tip of my tongue with a sourness. Watered down mocha flows over the rest of the tongue until a roasted almond and dry malt aftertaste creeps in. The flavors are surprisingly light compared to the nose.

Extremely creamy for a doppelbock, this bear is medium bodied with great carbonation. It coats your mouth well but is not very sticky, making it easily sip-able.

While the appearance is near perfect with excellent retention and lacing, the flavors just were not up to par in my opinion. I would be very interested in trying this beer on tap as I believe the coffee flavors would really help this beer if they were fresher.

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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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