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

Dark, muddy brown with a thin beige head that dissipates quickly and no head retention or cap. Strong coffee aromas with hints of sweet, roasted malt. Medium to full bodied feel. Very smooth with light carbonation. The coffee flavors are dominant in the beginning and taper to a roasted, sweet malt flavor. Just a slight hint of alcoholic strength at the end as reminder that this is a dopplebock. If you're a coffee drinker you'll enjoy this.Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of Soonami
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(On-tap at City Taphouse, Philadelphia)

Dark Horse Perkulator is a beer I was not familiar with, but as I finishing dinner at City Taphouse, I thought this would be a nice beer that would pair well with dessert. The beer is very dark even by doppelbock standards and has a light coffee aroma to go with the strong smell of toasted bread, browning butter and burning sugar. The beer is like a latte with a roasted aroma from coffee and toasted malt upfront, with sweetness and body from the caramelized malt. This paired very well with a rich chocolate cake and bread pudding, both served with fresh strawberries and blueberries.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another cool night in Michigan, so its time for another dark beer.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce sampling mug.

A- Pours a deep brown with a small off white head that dissipated to a thing ring fairly quickly, little lacing also.

S- Pretty much straight coffee on this one, there's a little bit of sweet malts in the back but the coffee pretty much dominates the nose on this one.

T- Just like the nose coffee steals the show once again, the coffee is balanced nicely with that signature sweet malt dopplebock taste at the end. It ends pretty smooth and the coffee taste seem to stay for a while.

M- Nice medium body that is creamy and well carbonated. The coffee part of this beer led me to thing it was gonna be thicker, but this works just fine.

D- This one goes down pretty smooth but i feel like the intense coffee flavor would be too much if u have more then one. Seems like a good morning beer to get the day started with.

Overall this is another good brew by Dark Horse. I was looking for intense coffee and this beer delivered, i would pick this up again next time i go on a coffee beer bender.

Update 6-04-2011- It has been almost a year since I last tried this beer, I recently picked up another single and thought it was just as good as the first time I had it. I did notice that this batch had some spiciness to it that I didn't get in the last one. The nose had a frank red hot sauce like spiciness to it that was different but enjoyable, the spiciness carried on to the taste but was much more subdued and didn't over power the coffee, it actually went well with the coffee flavors. I also noticed this batch had better carbonation and head retention. Its nice to have a coffee flavored beer every once in a while that isn't a porter or a stout. This one also had a really kick ass label that the other one didn't, its got an awesome evil, death metal vibe to it that suits this beer, I like how Dark Horse gets different artists to do different versions of their labels, it shows how free thinking and open minded Dark Horse really is. I recommend it.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info. Was a dark brown color and almost opaque. Good carb streams evident on the surface. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was heavy on coffee with some sweet malt in the background. Really nothing else besides the coffee and some sweet. The taste followed the aroma with coffee flavor from start to finish offset slightly by the sweet malt. Not good but pretty one dimensional. Would have enjoyed some roasted or chocolate malts to go along with the coffee. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall, a good but coffee beer that meets the coffee objective but not much else. Not sure if this is normal or if I have an aged bottle so more mellow SINCE THEY DIDN'T PUT A FREAKIN' DATE ON IT. Mild recommend if you can easily get and want to try something from the brewery. Not avail in TX so shipped back during my IN trip. Rotation - one is enough unless I could get a known to be fresh one just to make sure. [N;N]

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the brewery at the Crawfish Boil

A-pours a dirty muddy brown with an off white head.

S-the nose is lots of coffee, very roasted almost burnt. roasted malt presence behind, very straight forward roasted/burnt malts and coffee.

T-like the nose, lots of roasted coffee, a light coffee bitterness to it, hints of chocolate with a touch of malty dark fruit sweetness in the back.

M-smooth, good body, creamy feel to it, dry crisp finish.

D-pretty tasty, a lot of coffee up front, the flavor ups from the aroma as the taste is not burnt at all, hints of balance and complexity with the malt sweetness in the back. decent beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured a deep brown color with a very thin white ring for a head clinging to the edge of the glass. The thin white ring lasted but didn't leave much for lacing.

The aroma is full of coffee. A little malt sweetness to it but the coffee really seems to be the only thing worth mentioning. Probably the closest beer aroma I've had to matching a straight glass of coffee.

The taste has a strong coffee presence to it throughout the flavor. It has a roasted, bitter quality but also has a a good dose of malty sweetness coming through. The malty sweetness seems to be the thing that separates this from actual coffee. It's definitely more balanced then coffee though.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin for the style with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's pretty close to actual coffee with a little malt sweetness. If you like coffee you will probably like this beer. Personally, I would have preferred a bit more beer flavors to it since I typically love the doppelbock flavor profile.

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Photo of thain709
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is reddish brown in color with a touch of clarity to it...a very light brown head that started at 1.5 fingers and by the end of the beer settled to about .5 fingers...nice retention but where's the lacing?

S - A great nose filled with loads of fresh brewed coffee...smells like iced coffee with a touch of cream...there is a sweetness that backs the bitter coffee aroma

T - The coffee flavor is present from start to finish...it really never stops being there...the coffee with cream flavor starts it off...the sweetness in the middle (provided by caramel malts) never becomes too sweet for me...it's where the dopplebock part of this beer shines...the finish is bitter, roasted coffee beans and maybe a touch of hops

M - Medium bodied...it feels a little thin sometimes which threw me off...the coffee finish is great but I would have like to see some more thickness to top it off

D - This was a very interesting take at a hybrid style...dopplebocks are sweet which there was some cream and caramel sweetness...but the coffee part was really nice...fresh roaste coffee all around...worth the try if you like coffee

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Photo of silentjay
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pour into my sam adams perfect pint glass produces a crimson-hued brown with a thin film of light tan head that leaves a nice film on the glass.

smells strongly of dark brewed coffee that has been sitting for a couple of hours. also some caramel, black strap molasses, and some bitter hops.

Taste has plenty of dark roasted black coffee up front. bitter coffee. Then the sweetness kicks in similar to a traditional doppelbock: caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. the tastes work very well together. a wonderful pairing.

typical mouthfeel for a doppelbock: lager crisp in the finish on a light-medium bodied brew. the coffee flavors had me expecting and almost wanting a thicker, creamer feel, but the crisp finish worked relatively well to isolate the bitter coffee finish.

drinks very well. flavors and aromas work together and accentuate the good aspects of each other. maybe could be a bit stronger in the doppelbock or beery flavors, but its still a wonderful beer.

I don't know how often this has been done before, but it should be done more. Obviously, you have to enjoy coffee for this one, not that it overpowers in any way, but its there from start to finish.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is like fine roast coffee with just a hint of powdery unsweet chocolate. It pours a clear cola brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head that sticks around for a bit. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly of quality coffee with an undertone of chocolate and hints of malt, caramel and nuts. Texture is fairly smooth and has a good tingle to it. A bock? Tastes more like a porter or stout than a bock to me - but whatever they call it, I call it delicious!

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a large snifter. It is a cloudy opaque brown color, thick with minimal head. Smells of dark coffee, semisweet with a dark chocolate presence as well. The taste is more strong dark coffee and chocolate with maybe some caramel mixed in as well. Alcohol is hidden very well.. this is very easily drinkable.

This is very solid, one I'd like to try again.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip

A - Brown with a bubbly tan head

S - Strong espresso smells with a bit of sweetness. Smells just like what you'd want in a coffee beer.

T - Nice espresso flavor dominates with a sweet malt flavor at the end.

M - medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Can really pick up the typical lager mouthfeel.

D - If you like coffee you'll like this one. This is an enjoyable beer and I'd drink it again but wouldn't go crazy trying to find it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is blasphemy. How can you call this a doppelbock when all I'm tasting is coffee syrup? Yeah, this ain't from Germany, but Dark Horse has taken a runny java dump on the Reinheitsgebot with this junk. My fault for not picking up on their extremely lame play-on-words with its name. Ha. Ha. I get it.

People seem to be treating certain styles a little too loosely these days - "black" IPA is another winner. Can't they just shoot off another branch on the already branchy tree of beer styles and just designate these brews otherwise?

(blah blah blah) Looks like a doppelbock in color. Congrats.

Smells like coffee. Tastes like coffee. Feels like a doppelbock infected with coffee - gave me some wicked gas like coffee.

This is not a doppelbock. Call it something else. Javabock? Konabock? I don't care. I'm all for creativity and trying new things. But uh-uh. FtS!

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

Thanks to Gabe for throwing this in as an extra. Poured into my lost abbey collins class.

A- pours a dark amber color. There is tw0 fingers worth of a tan head. There are ruby highlights present when held to the light. Not a lot of retention. The head fades quickly leaving a thin ring in my glass. Some spotty lacing left behind.

A- Coffee is very intense and robust. There is also a hint of caramel in the mix. I'm really not getting anything else.

T- A big punch of in your face coffee. There is a bready malt taste present along with some sweet caramel. The coffee and the sweetness go well together. There is no hint of alcohol at all. The coffee is present throughout. I usually like my coffee brews a little more bitter, but this was nice for a sweeter change of pace.

M- medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Coffee dominates the finish

D- a little sweet but not to sweet to keep me from enjoying a few. This drank very easily. I wouldn't mind tracking a few more down.

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Photo of beerhan
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer starts out as being a coffee lovers dream. Strong notes of dark chocolate and espresso with a crisp creamy after taste. I was amazed after half a bottle. Here's the backlash, this beer becomes incredibly boring after a little bit. I honestly felt sick after my second bottle and was completely turned off on dark horse for a while. Perhaps it was a bad batch because it was only 5.99 a 4 pack at whole foods but I really disliked this beer

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

Poured into a Celebrator glass.

A: A mostly clear, ruby/mahogany with a 1-finger, light tan head that recedes quickly to a cover-no lacing but there are ample carbonation streams.
S: A pronounced coffee aroma is the main feature with some roasted malt at the end of a long inhale.
T: Starts off with a malty & coffee flavor followed by a tanginess and finishes with a lingering coffee taste.
M: A medium/light body with more than normal carbonation.
D: It's pretty easy drinking for a different sort of doppelbock. While it's a decent effort for DH brewing a coffee doppelbock, and I'm fond of coffee stouts & porters, I think I still prefer a more traditional beer of this style. I think it's very much worth a try.

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Photo of bartle
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazelnut brown with rusted red hues, fairly clear and a slightly off white head that fades to a film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is big on roasted coffee beans, a slight nutty aroma blended with some sweet honey and touches of figs and fresh baked bread.

The flavour is super complex with big coffee bitterness up front, balanced by some nice caramel flavours from the malt, rich and syrupy, with dried dark fruit, figs and raisins. Some honey notes really linger on the tongue, a truly quaff-able beer with different sweetness and flavours coming out in each sip. Coffee is always there but never over-powering. It really is defining the beer. A great light roast added to a fantastic doppelbock.

The mouthfeel is pretty slimy, thick, and just full of big sugars! loving it. Medium carbonation to keep it balanced.

This is very complex and beyond drinkable. Beer and coffee a great combination. To put the roast bean in this style of beer, even better combo.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Interesting pour, leaving a nice layer of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Very little head. The aroma is certainly unique. Coffee flavored raisins comes to mind, more specifically raisinettes. I'm curious if anyone else has noted this specific aroma before? Allowing time for warming....pause....Taste is coffee (go figure), raisins and chocolate. Interesting, interesting, interesting. Very easy to drink considering the abv and extremely unique experience. Props.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a small snifter glass.

A: Color is a rich brown with some faint orange or amber tint under light. Pours with a very thing tan head that disappears quickly, leaving a faint ring around the glass.

S: The coffee smell is most noticable, but different than the coffee flavors you get in a stout. Reminds me of smelling really darkly roasted coffee beans. A little harsh. Some faint chocolate and mineral notes as well.

T: I thought the coffee was strong on the smell - just wait to the taste. Heated, this might pass as a coffee with a little something extra added. Getting some roasted malts, maybe a little toffee and cocoa as well. No hops at all. Just lots of coffee. A little heat on the finish, but not bad. Finish is a little bitter, but the warming affect again reminds me of having a coffee with a splash of bourbon or whiskey.

M: Medium body with very low carbonation. Mouthfeel doesn't feel out of place with the rest of the beer, although a touch more carbonation may have been nice.

D: Jury is out. I didn't not like this, but at the same time, it wasn't great either. It went down easy, but I don't think I would drink this on a regular basis. However, it would make a nice breakfast beer...

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Photo of nrbw23
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark reddish color with pretty much no head. Also pretty much no head retention and no lacing.

S- The coffee is the dominant here. Other than the coffee there is some caramel malts, chocolate and maybe a bit of grassy like hops.

T- Overall pretty malty here. Very bready with a nice punch of coffee. A bit of an alcohol warming here too.

M- A lot thinner in body than I expected and carbonation also seemed light. A little dry from the coffee.

D- Pretty easy to drink nothing I'd drink all the time. A good change of pace.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pecan brown with a generous infusion of bright apricot. Backlighting, as it often does with beer of this color, turns the glass contents rusty russet red. A short crown of ecru hued foam looks decent enough... and doesn't deposit much lace.

The nose is rife with roasted coffee beans, although it doesn't smell like this doppel will be a one-trick pony on the palate. The dark maltiness of the base beer is easily appreciated.

The craft beer world is full-to-bursting with coffee stouts/porters. Coffee doppelbocks? Not so much. Dark Horse has managed to brew a beer that tastes exactly like a beer of this sub-style should taste. They've also hit on precisely the right balance, which is far from a given in coffee-added ales.

Flavors include brown bread, sweet-tangy fig jam, bitter black tea leaves, earthy tobacco and several jiggers of cold coffee. This is sneakily complex beer whose various elements are melding even more completely with warming. And they got along like old friends to begin with.

The mouthfeel is a fraction light for the ABV and is slightly too busily bubbled. Time helps here as well and I *almost* went with the next highest score in the end.

Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock may not be Dark Horse's best, but it's an offering that most craft beer lovers should enjoy. Great balance and good drinkability goes a long way. I'm glad that I splurged and bought a sixer.

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Photo of hopdoggiestyle
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a four-pack from my favorite speciakty store today. I have been wanting to try this for awhile.

It pours a dark, rich ruby/brown color into the glass. Not much head, and what is there disappears soon.

I can definitely smell the coffee and a caramel malty sweetness. The first taste reveals a subdued coffee flavor for the the amount noticeable in the aroma. The coffee flavor is noticeable throughout the sip. Caramel and malty sweetness mellow out this brew.

The body is a little light for this style, but this is still a very enjoyable brew. I think I will enjoy another after entering this review.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at City Wide Liquors in South Bend Indiana while out on a road trip for Dark Lord day. Beer manager recommended I give this a try...and I wasn't opposed considering I love most Dark Horse beers. So here we go...poured from a 12oz bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter glass. There's a different label on my bottle then the one shown here on BA, but I'm confident its the same beer. Pours a reddish to golden color out of the bottle...but as it fills the glass...it takes more of a hazy dark ruby red color. Little head appears...but for what comes through is creamy and tan in color. Very little to no lacing.

Aroma is very decent...malty, yeasty, coffee notes...caramel...

Flavor is good...but not great. Not the best dopplebocks out there. Mouthfeel and taste fall a little short due to a lighter than normal feel for style...and flavor isn't as sweet and strong as expected. With that said...its still very good! Has a smooth feel and a good amount of yeast and coffee flavors. Carbonation is mild to high...fits the style. The coffee isn't as strong as some say...but there none-the-less. A very good beer from Dark Horse.

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Photo of dfillius
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: Aggressive pour yields 1/4 finger of tan cream-colored head with decent retention. Hazy dark reddish brown, I would think this should be clearer. I'd also like more head.

S: Coffee is front and center. Some estery alcohol. Desireable.

T: Creamy, slight bitterness. Tasty. The highlight of this beer. Rich, hearty, great balance, not boozy.

M: Slight bitterness, some mild heat, chewy but still a tad thin.

D: Pretty good. I might order another and I might buy again, but not a six pack.

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

A really good beer here for Dark Horse, my only complaint is that it is really one-dimensional in my eyes. Pours a dark brown with some woody highlights, smallish, rapidly fading head. Smell is straight espresso and coffee grinds. Taste follows suit... basically straight espresso. It's cool, considering what it is, but it's a little off-putting considering that it's also a beer. If that makes sense. I just want a little complexity in this one. Nice smooth and pillowy mouthfeel and good drinkability. If you're looking for a nice coffee beer this is your guy.

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Photo of veachster
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a dark copper brownish color. Light offwhite tannish head that dissapeared very quickly. No lacing.

S - Strong in roasted malts and chocolate with a light blend of coffee

T - It's a good blended combination between the chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. It's very good. The taste makes up for the appearance.

M - Heavy bodied with a light bite as it sits on my tongue. It goes down crisp as well leaving a chocolatey coffeeish aftertaste.

D - It's a good tasting brew. You could almost substitute a meal with it as it feels so thick or heavy.

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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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