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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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Photo of weatherdog
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a John Smith snifter

It pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a 1 finger head that dies quite quickly. No lacing on the sides of the glass and the beer looks fairly lifeless in the glass.

The nose is immediately strong coffee. Upon deeper smelling and thought I conclude that the coffee, while strong, isn't really that great. The aroma is akin spent coffee grounds after they had sat all day in the coffee machine. You know what I'm talking about, you get up to make a pot in the morning and find that your wife, or more likely you left the old filter in there. It's not unpleasant by any means, but I'm well versed enough in coffee beers to now this isn't the best aroma.

Sadly that stale day old coffee ground type flavor comes through into the flavor. I really love coffee flavored beers and this one isn't doing it for me. It's fairly bitter with just this overwhelming old coffee taste. A positive about the flavor is that the finish has a nice malty sweetness that allows the bitterness to subside.

Mouthfeel is medium and carb level is right where I'd like it and within the style guidelines. Drinkability is average simply for the stale coffee taste. No alcohol flavor or aroma can be detected which is good.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A reddish color, little bit brown/black, clear, but dark enough that you can't see through it. Slight head with just a little bit of lace.

S - Interesting deep coffee smell with a little touch of smoke, and some roasty caramel malts.

T - Not bad, this had a lot of coffee, toffee, and caramel flavor. A bit of smoke that kind of adds to it, some sort of weird sweetness going on here, just a touch grainy, but solid.

M - Pretty decently bodied, nice carbonation bite, not bad.

D - This is solid, fairly enjoyable, and would not refuse it, although wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Phelps
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange-brown, murky to the point of opacity in some spots, with a minuscule head of fizzy light tan that becomes a thin ring within seconds.

S: coffee, medium roast, with a hint of sweet cream. Is this beer? There's not much dopplebock here, but I love the smell of coffee, so I dig it.

T: the flavor is definitely more beer-like. The coffee flavor is still strong, but balanced with it are flavors of raisins, lightly toasted wheat bread and cocoa powder.

M: medium carbonation, medium-light body, but nicely smooth about the palate. The alcohol content is well-hidden amongst the coffee flavors, nearly unnoticeable.

D: A coffee dopplebock is a novel approach, and as beers that utilize my second-favorite brewed beverage go, this is pretty great. A little one-dimensional, but very drinkable and very tasty.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours a deep reddish brown with a bit of clarity and a thin tan head. The head has poor retention as a small color is all that's left after about 5 minutes. Very little lacing.

S: the aroma hits big with spent coffee grounds, bitterness, almost some mustiness from the coffee character, with some sweet and caramel malts underneath

T: Big coffee character on the front, again it has that used coffee grounds flavor as it seems many of the bitter compounds from the coffee are in the beer. The coffee is very strong and dominates the palate. Some sweet malts come through on the back in the form of candied fruits and caramel.

MF: low carbonation, medium body, smooth

D: Interesting pairing- coffee with doppelbock.. can't say that it's my favorite combo, but I'm not sure if that is more due to the stale coffee character or if it is the pairing I'm not the biggest fan of. Either way, the beer is drinkable, but not very well balanced.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice satanic label. No freshness date. Thanks go to newtonty for leaving this at my place last Sunday ;)

Pours a clear, mahogany into my Imperial glass. Served at fridge temp. Great head retention with a small ring of beige head.

The nose is pure, fresh coffee. Sweet and creamy, like you just started a fresh brew.

Taste reflects the nose. Nice, creamy coffee flavor with high carbonation on the mouthfeel. Smooth, creamy tea like flavor in the mix as well.

Very unique with just the right amount of coffee. Very nice!

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Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: ruby red color with a thin tan cap.

S: Pretty much a one trick pony on the nose of this one. Coffee and light coffee at that.

T: a lot more comes through in the mouth. Candy sugared raisins, and coffee. Tons of sweetness.

M: Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: An interesting idea making a coffee dopplebock. Falls a bit short. A tad too much sweetness and not enough coffee. Alcohol is hidden nicely. Very drinkable but not earth shattering.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/19/10

A:Pours a reddish amber color with a fingers worth of white head that falls fairly
quickly, not much lacing on the glass.

S:Not getting much off the nose, a little bit of coffee with some roasted malts in the

T:A lot more comes thru the taste than nose suggest. Up front there is a tart burnt
coffee taste mellowed out by toffee and roasted malts in the middle with the
tartness lingering around on the back of the palate.

M:A medium body with carbonation that is a little on the heavier side

D:Overall this is a pretty interesting brew, taste liking you're biting directly into a
coffee bean. The sour/tartness kinda threw me off this one but other than that it was
very easy to drink with a intriguing take on the style.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this at South Loop Binny's after chatting Chris the hell up. Poured into my Hopleaf pint glass.

A- Decent head formation, quick dissipation to a biofilm with tons of carbonation fueling it, and a small collar. Cola body, you know, that caramel edqed very dark body. There is this awesome bubble formation I have to note. The bubbles rise up the middle, and float from the center to the edge of the glass like a river down-hill. Very unusual.

S- There definitely is coffee here. It is a power-house of coffee actually. There is this acrid, overwhelming combination of coffee, coffeegrounds, cigarettes all in the opening. Its tobacco-esque in how I would rate it. There is also a noticeable sweet twinge to the back of it. Its bready, like the sweetness that starches give off when unlocked.

T- The coffee comes forward as well as the nauseating tobacco flavor. Very unusual.

There is some heavy malt presence, a tad bit of sweetness and smoked grains because of this, but the dominant flavor is the heavy tobacco and coffee flavors.

M- Very carbonated. Distractingly so. I feel like the amount of carbonation here detracts from flavor detection. I have to fight the beer to learn its secrets? Very full body though. Not much else to note other than the lingering flavors are enjoyable on the back of the tongue. Lag time until these are no longer detected is actually longer than some stouts and DIPAs I've had.

D- If I loved smoking, this would be great. Turns out I dislike cigarette smoke.

The alcohol isn't too bad of a problem. It does make itself known in the flavors but nothing to note.

It just isn't the best 'coffee' beer I've had, but it isn't the worst. Its a good representation of the style at least.

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Photo of nova009
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee, a small tan head appears a quickly dissipates, a nice ring clings to the edge of the glass

S- smells exactly like dark roasted coffee and roasted malt, smells like ground coffee beans, the smell if almost a little overpowering

T- dark roasted coffee just like the smell, roasted malt is pretty apparent, there is a smooth creamy flavor that i cant quite place that appears in the aftertaste, the coffee flavor is overpowering to the extent that is covers up most of the doppelbock flavor

M- its a medium to slightly heavy mouthfeel, carbonation isnt bad, possibly a little on the heavy side, it becomes a little creamy as it sits in the mouth

D- not bad, i dont see myself drinking a lot of these, its appropriate for the colder months, overall an decent brew

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep opaque brown with hints of red on the edges. A thin ring of off-white head circles the edge of the glass.

S: Smells like a coffee shop - just like freshly ground coffee beans. Tons of dark roast coffee, a little burnt coffee, and very roasty malt.

T: As with the nose, tons of dark roast coffee up front. The flavor transitions mid-palate to hints of caramel and chocolate. Roasted malt remains throughout each sip. Some hints of dark fruit present themselves as well. very complex!

M: It's on the heavier side of medium bodied. Not quite the characteristically heavy Doppelbock body.

D:I am really impressed by what Dark Horse did here with the coffee beans in this brew. Definitely not a traditional Doppelbock recipe, but very tasty. Definitely doesn't drink like 7.5%.

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Photo of surlytheduff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Deep brown/copper color, got 2 fingers of a really rich & lather-y head. Sticky lacing left on the sides as it subsided.

Smell .. you ever try getting fancy, and repeatedly sticking your nose in the cup, then accidentally inhaling a big whiff of wet beer up your nose? I just did that. But I digress. Very strong sweet coffee/coffee liqueur aroma. Can smell a maltiness to it as well.

The flavor is really great. I've been drinking a fair bit of Founder's breakfast stout, so my mouth wasn't quite ready for the non-stoutiness of the initial drink. Coffee comes right out, but the malt is really pleasant and sweet.

It has a rich and smooth feel in your mouth, creamyily carbonated.

Overall a really satisfying beer. Have one of these instead of your normal morning coffee next time you're at work, and I guarantee the morning will be 150% more pleasant.

Edit: I forgot to comment on the sweet label. It's metal-riffic!

Edit 2: I think this music video is about his beer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GftlkegBeNE

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy deep chestnut hue with two fingers worth of antique ivory head and some good squiggles of lace.

S - Just what I'd expect from a coffee Doppelbock. Raisin is eschewed in favor of aromas of cafe amaretto, coffee (not espresso), and generally big maltiness. As it airs out, the coffee becomes more in-focus and a pleasant booziness eventually develops.

T - Taste is initially better than I expected, and is a standout in any case. Unfortunately the 'wow' factor subsides rather quickly. But then it comes roaring back again. Overall, I get malty impressions of coffee, toffee, roast, chocolate and dark fruit macerated in liqueur. As it develops, the chocolate nuance becomes as prevalent as the coffee.

M - Softly carbonated, albeit abundantly so.

D - Big thanks to BuckeyeNation for the hook-up. Coffee Doppelbock is theoretically one of the most promising and delicious emerging sub-styles, and this is perhaps a cornerstone example.

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4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a standard beer fest mug.
A: This brew pours a deep brown in color, which has a hazy appearance to it. The light tan head foams up with carbonation and makes a loud fizzy sound, before settling back to a thin layer.
S: The aroma, is a bit subtle and hard to pin point any coffee notes. A very nice and mellow dopplebock aroma of nuts and roasted malts is present.
T/M: The taste is when the coffee kicks in. On the front there is a smooth blast of cold coffee tastes, that blend into malts that give it a rich character. Nice finish with vibrant notes of espresso and a smooth nuttiness. This could be the best pairing of dopplebock and coffee I have seen yet. A truly must for anyone who enjoys Java in beer, or for those who don't, you might change you're thoughts.
D: I find the ABV to be very hidden and the notes all expressed very well for the intention and style. This is a very smooth and easy going brew.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown in color, edging towards opaque but not quite there. Small tan head that disappears other than a ring around the glass and a small patch in the middle. Minimal to average lacing on the side of the glass.

S- A lot of roasted coffee and malt invading the nose complimented by dark bitter chocolate. Roasty complexion continues throughout the beer giving this a very rich profile.

T- The coffee taste is almost immediate providing a strong highlight of the beer, but not overpowering. Roasted notes are very much present in the beer along with chocolate, but they are not has overpowering as in the smell. A solid foundation of caramel and bready notes that remind you this is a lager. I like the use of coffee in the doppelbock, just a tad bit overpowering though.

M- Crisp mouthfeel, smooth and a medium body, maybe edging just a bit thicker than medium. Carbonation moderate, refreshing.

D- Nice beer for autumn, makes me wish I would have brewed the style for this season.

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Photo of mfunk9786
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quickie on my Droid. Demonic looking label, no visible exp. date but purchased in-season at my local Whole Foods who seem to have an amicable relationship with Dark Horse, because it's the first time I've seen a seasonal or limited Dark Horse in a 6 (or in this case, 4) pack rather than singles.

This beer looks, smells, and tastes like a café au lait, sort of a milk stout smell and consistency with a heap of coffee mixed in. It's missing a lot of the bready complexity of the professed dopplebock style, but that's replaced with an acidic lactic burn and a sweet quality that's enhanced by the coffee flavor. Sort of closer to Southern Tier Jahva than Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel in terms of coffee flavor. A sweet, candy-like coffee beer when I expected something more earthy and herbally bitter. Despite the fact that it hardly fits the style, it's still highly recommended.

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Photo of Beejay
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish dark brown. Very much like coffee. The head is tan and looks nice, though on the small side.

S: Sweet coffee, perhaps a little oak in the smell as well.

T: Straight up coffee at first. The finish has a bit of malt and a little bit of residual sweetness.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly strong carbonation. There is a lingering slickness to mouthfeel, which goes along with the residual coffee flavor.

D: It is good, but I feel like the coffee is used as a bit of a cover up. Still. Good, tasty, and fairly repeatable.

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Photo of jera1350
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I will preface this by saying I am not a coffee drinker or a big fan of coffee.

Pours a semi transparent dark brown with a big tan head.

The smell is intense. The freshest of roasted coffee bean smell with artisinal bread crust.

My oh my! Absolutely delicious and complex. Fresh roasted coffee, roasted malt, toffee, toasted bread, nuts, and cocoa. Just incredible.

Creamy smooth throughout and medium bodied.

I am blown away by this beer. Has a unique twist on the style, but delivers true to a doppelbock wr the same time. What an experience and what a beer. I will be getting more of this one and could put back a sixer myself I think. A must try.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle with no freshness date but I know it's been cellaring in my basement for at least a year.

Served cool into a pint glass, Perkulator is an almost merky redish brown. I don't think it's disturbed sediment because this one has been sitting still for quite some time. The little bit that was in the bottom I left in there. The head is a creamy off-white color and long lasting.

Aroma is great and really hits the spot for a coffee lover. I'm a little surprised after it sitting for so long that the coffee hasn't faded altogether. The undertones of doppelbock are layered with coffee and chocolate. Very pleasant.

Flavor takes the aroma up one step higher. Big malty sweet backbone of the doppelbock is the perfect accompaniment to dark roasty bitter coffee. They seem to be in perfect balance with eachother. It makes me wonder why more breweries aren't experimenting more with coffee styles other than the obvious stout.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body with a nice low carbonation. It's far from flat but has just enough to perform. Very smooth and balanced.

Overall a great doppelbock and/or coffee beer. No matter how you look at it, if you like coffee and you like this style, you should love this beer.

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Photo of levifunk
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter

a - dark brown with a small light tan head that dies down fairly quick. lower end of carbonation.

s - coffee, brown sugar, and malts.

t - coffee and malt sweetness. bitter chocolate. there is some kind of odd flavor.

m - medium to thick body. lower carbonation.

overall - its pretty decent. its a very smooth and the coffee flavor does very well in it. very easy to drink.

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Photo of Spider889
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bodega.

Dark brown color, no head on my pour.

Smells of coffee and light sweet caramel malts. Slightly bready, but the coffee steals the show.

The taste has a huge coffee character. I never expected so much coffee flavor in a beer that wasn't a stout or porter. So, though it was a big surprise, it was a good one. This was delicious. Sweet but not bitter, dark muddled baker's chocolate, sweet alcohol esters. The flavor profile is almost entirely of coffee though, excellent iced coffee.

Fairly light bodied and very drinkable. This beer has totally reworked my opinion of Dark Horse.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Dark dark red with strong overtones of brown. This pours with little head, but what is there seems nice and foamy.

S - Coffee right up front with a touch of sweet toffee-like malt coming through.

T - Sweet coffee with a hint of alcohol and a bit of the grounds as well. There are some sweet malts that are there in the back end, and maybe a little bit of fruit, but man oh man, this is mostly coffee.

M - This is really the only way I can tell it's a doppelbock, because it is just too light and effervescent to be anything like a porter or stout. The sweetness also makes it stick to your mouth more than a drier ale would.

D - I like coffee flavor, but this stuff might be a little over the top. I'm gonna have a few more and might have to revisit this review. It can't be as strong as Speedway Stout... right... right!?

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

appearence....Minimal head on a body the color of coffee.

aroma....The aroma of coffee,a RICH coffee with some fruit and fruitcake in the back and a smokey hint.

taste...One of the nicer coffee flavors in a beer.. The coffee flavors merge well so there's still the awareness it's coffe AND Bock,but in the mouth theyeach stake out their own territory.
the hops, like the malts are ducking in and out of that coffee charge. For a middleweight " Not-Stout" this is pretty spiffy,two of the major food groups get covered and it tastes great. Technically,not real deep and complex,but I could have one for breakfast any day.

Mouth...Dopplebocks tend to be hard to figure,moment to moment seeming thick or thin. This,seems right for type. I'd like a tad more thick but then it starts turning into stout. I'm thinking that NOT going so heavy on type probably let the coffee flavor really shine more.

Drinkable? Like a cuppa joe !

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Photo of biggerboat88
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown, somewhat copper when held up to the light, with a heavy cream-colored head. It has a strong roasted coffee aroma, I didn't really get any of the familiar bock scents, just coffee. The coffee was much stronger in the nose than it was on the tongue. This beer had a strong malty sweetness, lots of caramel goodness going on here, with the coffee only coming through at the end on the back of the tongue. I liked it a lot, neither flavor was fighting for the spotlight and it turned out to be a well balanced brew. Perkulator was a truly interesting beer, Dark Horse gets some bonus points for trying something new with such an established style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Dammit, I gotta write down who sends me what in a trade! I know I got this as an extra sometime, so, sender, if you read this, let me know so I can give you your earned props.

*sigh* Well, anyway, this guy pours a murky panoply of shades of brown topped by about a half-finger or so of glowing off-white foam. The nose begins with a nostril-stabbing blast of cocoa-drenched coffee beans, sweeter than I've ever beheld such beans before. As this scent slowly fades, some dark toffee, burnt molasses, dark leafy greens, and oak meld together to form a fairly convincing malty backdrop. The taste is pretty much summed up in the smell, though the coffee tapers out a bit into the cocoa, making its inclusion a bit less of an imposition. Unfortunately, everything else is also toned down slightly. The body is a stoic medium, though it seems like its gaining weight, with a light carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, an interesting brew, but nothing I would really jump for again.

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Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with no head whatsoever.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malt.

Taste: Almost like coffee with cream in it. Coffee, roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very smooth.

Drinkability: Definitely will be picking up some more of this in the future. Really digging the coffee flavor on this. By far probably my favorite beer of the ones I've had from Dark Horse.

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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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