Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock | Dark Horse Brewing Company

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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee DopplebockDark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dark Horse Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
darkhorsebrewery.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oberon on 10-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,026
Reviews:
444
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
14.21%
 
 
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46
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Photo of Magpie14
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: it looks a fuzzy reddish color with dusty orange streaks throughout. A strong pour and it struggled to gain much of a head. All that is left is a light layer of fizzy cream holding tight to the perimeter of the glass

S: the noes lends a smell of day old damp coffee grounds with some dark fruits and a few darkened malts. Nose is a unique melding of smells with the pungent coffee stealing the show, nothing "bock-like" really stands out

T: my first sip unlocked a stronger malt character than the nose revealed, more bock-like in taste. Second to this is a bowl full of day old crushed coffee beans mixed with raisins and figs. Some caramel flavors can be detected but mostly they piggyback with the dark fruity esters moving around. On another note, towards the finish, a light tang hangs for a momentary period taking on a ripe fruitiness in flavor. Interesting brew...

M: the body is medium with ample slickness and a good zip of carbonation. Warming allows the flavor profile to sweeten up a bit

D: not as much depth as I was hoping for but kudos for the flavor conglomeration within the style. I have mixed feelings about this one. I probably will not get it again...but you never know

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

Pours a murky brown color with minimal head. Smell is of freshly brewed medium roast coffee, maybe slightly watered down. Excellent taste of medium roasted black coffee with a somewhat nutty background. Slight herbal/floral thing going on in there, kiss of booze noted. Thinner body for the style, good carbonation. Interesting brew, verry good tasting but the lack of complexity and character coupled with the thin body keep it from being top notch.

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Photo of tipnsip
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There seems to be a flood of coffee inspired brews out there. Perkulator by far is the most drinkable one that I've come across.

It pours murky dark brown into the glass & the short head that rises is tan. Sharp aroma - not very strong - but sharp bite of coffee.

The coffee flavor is very natural & finishes crisply. I find it light-medium bodied and not all that sweet. I think that's why I like it so much compared to other coffee brews. There's no molassassy sweetness coating your mouth after you swallow a sip that seems to accompany the other coffee brews I've had.

The simplest way I can think of to describe the Perkulator is that it's like chewing a dark roast coffee bean or two while sipping a bottled (non-widget) Guiness.

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Photo of drizzam
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Label depicts a rather Satanic looking scene with a two headed beast with "Ferment" tattooed on his forearm enjoying his beer. Cool artwork, but he does seem to have some varicose vein issues going on with his legs...

A - Opaque dark brown body with a tiny cap of beige head. I'm a little disappointed by the lack of head on this beast...especially since I expected at least two heads from what the label depicted.

S - Big dark roasted coffee nose, smells like freshly ground coffee beans. LOVE the way it smells!

T & M - Very tasty brew! The big coffee front end plays nicely with the hint of dark bitter chocolate. This is a coffee lovers beer to be sure! The mouthfeel is a little on the light side and slightly coarse from the carbonation. It does finish nicely though.

D - I love coffee beers and this one did not disappoint. You would have to have an affinity for coffee to enjoy this one, as the coffee flavor is big. I could drink this all day, and I think it would be a perfect "breakfast beer". I'll have a hard time sharing this with my friends. Delicious!

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

Ruby muddled thin khaki head forms with minimal lacing, another Dark Horse brew with some carbonation issues. Fizzy head dwindles quick as hell. The beer is a coffee infused doppelbock guess what gets overshadowed here, yep the malts from the doppelbock. Pure coffee the nose is does have a deep malty robust caramel nutty edged coffee infusion going on, I like the play on words with the Perkulator and a demon two headed goat sitting on his trone...that's pretty metal boys and girls. Flavor is strong robust nutty coffee with a touch of dark cocoa and sweet underlying fruit again the sweetness is played way down by the deep coffee additions a really roasty brew, you had better like coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slight syrupy texture, carbonation slighly fizzy, and a bit cloying at times for me. Drinkability, much like most of the Dark Horse brewing solid expressive creativity at it's best I enjoyed it for what it was not as a doppelbock, extreme beer at it's best.

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

I am a big fan of Dark Horse brewery because they seem to do a lot of really different beers. This beer is no different. The combination of coffee notes and a dopplebock doesn't seem like it'd mix very well, but it really does. The caramel notes form the doppelbock and the coffee notes mix perfectly. The beer is very one dimensional, but it's still very tasty. the nose on the beer is a slight chocolate/coffee note but first and foremost it's a coffee flavour. I like the coffee flavour a lot, and the coffee flavour is very strong, so if you're not a coffee fan, I wouldnt' recommend this beer. Other than that, I really enjoy the beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A- Dark, murky brown. ~1 finger of tan head, which fades rapidly into a thin smattering of a ring of bubbles. Fair amount of lacing.

S- Huge roasty, earthy, slightly acrid coffee....and coffee....and some malty sweetness slips in. As a coffee lover who has intentionally purchased this coffee beer, I am quite pleased...

T- Lots of coffee, packing a solidly bitter punch. A surprising amount of fruit and caramel sweetness slips in on the back end.

M- Moderately low carbonation and fairly thin feel.

D- Decent. Goes down pretty easy with no real hint of the ABV, but the coffee seems to be fairly palette smashing, so I'm not sure I'd want multiples of this.

Future outlook: Hmm....interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried, but probably won't be seeking out again.

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Photo of jjanega08
2.78/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A= pours a nice dark brown color with mahongony highlights and no head. No head means no lacing. The beer looks like a coffee in general.

S= coffee is in it for sure but also some chili peppers? I'm getting peppers for some reason. Not sure if this was brewed with peppers or not. Perhaps it has something to do with the coffee they used. Other than that I notice a small amount of chocolatey sweet malt.

T= no as much with the peppers but I do get some. Loads of coffee of course. I almost feel like I got a little spice bite on my tongue from the peppers. Odd. I get a little chocolate but it is all masked by the coffee and peppers.

M= smooth and delicious. Feels like a good doppelbock. The burps coming up even remind me of a doppelbock.

D= interesting beer I guess. Not that great. I haven't read any reviews on it so I'm not sure if other people get peppers but I wasn't expecting it and to say the least its sort of a turn off in the coffee.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great extra received from brian23456. Thanks!

Poured into my pilsner glass. Pours a tawny amber with a light tan head on top. Retention is lacking. Leaves no lace at all. Scents of molasses, sweet malts, and freshly roasted coffee.

The body is silky and smooth. Light buttery feel left in the mouth. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, with a slight sour note in the middle. Coffee presence is not as bold as I expected. Some light ground coffee flavor, but mild at that. Not sure the age on this beer. Wondering if it wore off a bit? Finishes with a sweet milk chocolate flavor as it warms. Still, this is quite good. I consumed this one no problem and wouldn't mind another. Thanks again for the opportunity, Brian.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another quality Dark Horse beer. They are quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers as of late. Here is my review of their coffee Doppelbock.

A: Pours a murky brown color. Head and lacing are very minimal. Looks like most Doppelbocks I have had.

S/T: The aroma is very heavy on coffee. Its a very fresh, roasted coffee bean flavor. It smells very nice. Taste is also quite heavy on the fresh, roasted coffee. There is also quite a bit of that earthy, sweet malt flavor commonly found in the style. Its not a complex beer, but it is flavorful throughout.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Coats the mouth somewhat. Carbonation is pretty low. Drinks good for the style, but definetly not something to slam. The strong coffee presence will perk you up.

This is a very satisfactory beer. Its got one of the freshest and most flavorful coffee flavors I have ever had in a beer, however that nice flavor comes with a lack of complexity I am used to. This would be an excellent breakfast beer. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock pours a finger of foam over an opaque coffee-colored brew. Carbonation is moderate- and the nose is coffee beans. The flavor is sweet rich malt up front, with notes of molasses and rum, with sharp coffee beans off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is round and full, drying a bit because of the coffee. An interesting approach- there's a green sort of a something in the aftertaste, so I know there's hops in this thing, but the really heavy bittering duties here are carried by the coffee in it. Not for everyone, this might be interesting with a sticky dessert.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Label looks like a Slayer cover...with a touch of coffee...
Deep and murky looking mahogany tone with a slimming khaki colored capping that doesn't stick around long nor stick any lace to the glass. A thin collar ring remains and slippery lace tries to stay in place put slides right back down.

Nice aroma of cold spent coffee, quite black and burnt too, and some black malt sweetness sifts through as does a bit of vanilla and nuts.

Flavors are a lovely meld of all sorts of mildly set sweet and nutty malts with a smooth rounded in tone of clean coffee. Buttered bready centered with a hefty yet soothing whole grain taste with a nice breakfast pastry twist of nuts, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, and capped with a dallop of coffee ice cream. Super complexing nutty and light roasty finish, which I find incredibly yummy and smooth as the malts tie down a dryness that just barely pokes its coffeeish roasty fingers thru the glove of nutty sweet malts. Nice!

Body is fairly full and smooth with a silken creamy abode of nutty sweetness and bready undertone that squeezes in some excellent morning coffee hints as its malty slipperyness finds a chewy cascade across the cheeks and into the gullet. Near perfect length and tone to its flavor and tone the whole way thru and makes a unique and favorable late impression on the palate that keeps you wanting more. Much, much, more...

Yum! Really diggin' the nutty smoothness this creates within its coffee buttering. This is a keeper and I will call Perkulator the bigger brother to Furthermores' Oscura.

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Photo of MPLS
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minneapolis to my knowledge just got distribution for this particular offering from the Dark Horse Brewery not too long ago. I have typically been satisfied with this brewery and hopefully my love of coffee will guide me through this doppelbock journey.

A: Hazelnut/medium brown in color. Head was a quick whisp with little retention that left me asking, "Where yo head at!?". I can see carbonation billow from the bottom of the glass. Lace is pretty abscent.

S: C O F F E E & C O F F E E? To anyone drinking a coffee beer that doesn't like coffee, why would you the nose of this beer that is dominated by coffee? The coffee roasted somewhat stale coffee grounds. The rest of this beer's is earthy and can smell some of the malt's sweetness breaking through the coffee's bitterness.

T: Unfortunately this beer doesn't taste quite as good as the nose, coffee is the dominant flavor starting with it's bitterness and working it's way across the tongue. The beer that is masked by the coffee starts to come through in the finish: earthy, spicy, toffee, hint of cocoa perhaps.

M: Upon my first pour the carbonation looked strong, but it is now left with a sort of flat mouthfeel that should be a little beefier.

D: The best thing about this beer is smelling it and giggling at the Satanic label. I found the taste did not match up with the aroma and was a good beer to drink because I like coffee, but found cannot run with the big coffee beers.

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Photo of fakedelight
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Holy crap this is a strange one. Pours a dark brown. Even an aggressive pour won't get you a head on this one. It smells like coffee! There are also hints of dark fruit and other things that can't really be deciphered because of the overwhelming coffee aroma. This beer tastes exactly how you would imagine a dopplebock if you dumped a bunch of dark, strong coffe in it. The most dissapointing things about this beer are the lack of head and the thin, watery mouthfeel. The best thing about this beer is the finish. It leaves a very pleasant coffee taste that lingers forever. Although I think coffee is better in a stout or porter, this is interesting and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of jampics2
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip.

Murky brown, next to no head.

Coffee, prunes, hops; honestly, the smell just isn't appetizing to me. But the coffee smells nice.

This is a wild ride. Starts with some dark, sticky bitterness that may be hops or stale coffee rinds then fades into a coffee roast,.

Good for a dopplebox in terms of m/f. A subtle sting from the carb makes the taste much brighter!

OK drinkability but not for my personal taste. Kinda a one trick pony IMO.

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Photo of mmva321
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: This has a real nice dark brown/nut color to the body. Unfortunately, this is let down by a heavy amount of carbonation and a nearly nonexistant head.

S: A pretty complex smell, though coffee beans tend to be the dominant auroma. The coffee and hops create a real nice roasted kind of bitterness to the scent. It's nicely accented by a faint hint of sweet chocolate.

T: There's a real bright fruitiness that I don't really pick up on in the scent that compliments (but not well) the coffee flavor that isn't so much roasted anymore as it is just kind of bitter. Both are underwhelming to say the least, but this taste isn't as bad as it is disappointing. I just don't really see these flavors coexisting in perfect harmony. There's obvious dischord on my taste buds.

M: This really pops in the mouth with a lot of carbonation and the bright fruity flavor. Maybe a bit on the watery side, but really a good consistencey.

D: It's like these guys were swinging for the fences but instead got an infield single. I know you were hoping for a lot more, and it is all anti-climatic, but thanks to a little luck you still came out slightly ahead.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a straight-sided mug)
A- This beer has a dark dense brown body with strands of carbonation trailing up the sides of the glass. The head is a thin white film of tan swirling around the middle of the glass.
S- This beer has a dry prune hint that turns more nougat and a big cold coffee grounds aroma that dominates.
T- This beer has a soft dry dark roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to a big cold coffee ground flavor that lingers a bit. M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight little fizzy finish. D- The stale coffee ground dominates the flavor and aroma and is tough to get through a full beer.

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Photo of birchstick
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Kelleher's in Peoria, IL

A - pours dark brown, almost like a nut brown ale, with a 1/2 finger head that fades quickly

S - this is a pretty one-dimensional smell - coffee, coffee, coffee.

T - taste follows the nose. This is mostly all coffee, which is balanced slightly with a little bit of wheat and some grape. Not overly complex, however pretty delicious.

M - this had a thin body and had little carbonation. However, the abv is very well masked.

D - This was an interesting take on a doppelbock - I have never heard of a coffee doppelbock, and Dark Horse has yet to steer me wrong. This is definitely worth trying, however I would pick up one of their stouts over this if I had to decide between Dark Horse brews.

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

Dark brown that's maple syrup colored around the edges, no head and no lacing. Nice aroma of fresh ground coffee, caramel, and dark fruit. There's a touch of earthiness in the nose, as is light chocolate. Flavor is predominately coffee with more of the sugary caramel in the background. There's a light hop presence that's buried underneath all the malts and coffee, but they're there. There's a light spiciness, and slight warming alcohol on the finish. Body is fantastic on this beer, thick, chewy, tongue-coating, and light carbonation. All in all a good coffee beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from a 12oz into a sampler
A - dark chestnut brown w/ light cream cap, gently hazed w/ tight bead. The retention is average and little lace remains

S - Spicy w/ a malty fruity nose w/ mild acidity noted from the beans w/ mild hop aroma which is peppery

M - earthy smooth med body beany roasted texture w/ dry finish and spiced back

T - The taste has mild coffee roasted notes w/ light sweet caramel maltiness and light spicy hop w/ hints of cocoa from the beans and the taste is slightly fruit oriented w/ subtle stone fruit taste. The peppery earthy note is slightly distracting as you continue drinking

D - A tasty beer, but not one I would think of fast when it comes to coffee infused beers. The base beer is tastybut I don't think the coffee really enhances the overall flavor

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

Slightly cloudy and coffee colored... to sum it up it looks just like coffee. The head was short lived with no resulting lacing.

The nose is strong bitter coffee, a brief tease of chocolate, and I also picked up a little tobacco.

The taste wasn't as layered as the smell. This was all coffee, and pretty stale coffee at that. The doppelbock is overpowered by it to the point it was strenuous to try and pull out any semblance. The finish has a soy-like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is flat and burnt-coffee-bitter. It very much feels like a cold cup of coffee that was brewed in the morning and left unfinished until a couple hours later.

This is an interesting beer, but it's a one trick pony and I quickly lose interest. I'm glad I tried it once but at the same time am glad it was only a 4-pack and not a 6-pack.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany pour that falls flat quickly

Smells heavily of charred coffee

Extremely coffee forward and rather one dimensional. I don't really pull much sweetness from the doppleback. Beer mimics the coffee pot that has been left to sit a few hours.

Mouthfeel is rather flat and weakly, if at all, carbonated.

It's enjoyable, but not in a I-want-this-often type of way.

Edit: My caffeine riddled heart actually attempted to jump out of my chest in the middle of the night and throttle me stupid.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Old bottle about 2 years old. Guest artist Joseph Krystofiak label.

Beautiful color. Smells of toffee scented coffee. Sludge on the bottom of the bottle. Some fizz still left in it. Ring of fine lace.

Solid dopple, beautiful red copper color.

Spectacular coffee taste with roasted malt. Creamy. Warming.

Dry, vanilla hints. All this from a chilled bottle. Long flavor.

I remember this being heavier.

I think it's really comparable to a coffee celebrator.

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Photo of DIM
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark, murky, brownish mahogany color. It poured with a short lived, fizzy off-white cap.

s: Superb balance here. The coffee aromas are what jumped out at me first, but the beer in backround was easilt identifiable as a doppelbock. I got some dark, roasty chocolate and a little raisin. I'm amazed at how well this combination works.

t: I love coffee beers, but I wasn't sure about a coffee doppelbock. I'm glad my doubts were unfounded, this was great! The coffee flavors come first. Fresh and moderately bitter, nothing off or acidic about them. The finish tastes like a great doppelbock. Roasty chocolate with hints of peat, vanilla, and raisin.

m: I gave this a 4.0 at first, but the carbonation all but disappeared half way through the glass. Kind of disappointing, that.

d: Docked .5 from here as well. I loved the brew, but it wasn't as good once it was still. Aside from that, this was extremely well done. I need to find some more of these.

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Photo of trbergman
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a deep chestnut colors with ruby highlights and one finger of tan foam that quickly disappears.

S - Lots of espresso in the nose, with some sweet, bready malt and dark fruits.

T - Black bread, chocolate, espresso, raisin. Moderate bitterness that lingers into the short finish. Very clean, with flavors well integrated, though not as much coffee as expected.

M - Medium body, silky, with good carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, with no hint of alcohol. It's always nice to find a coffee beer that isn't a stout or porter. I think it works well here, in the absence of roasted grain flavors and esters. I'd pick this up again.

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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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