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%
 
 
Wants:
46
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56
For Trade:
1
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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Pours out a dark amber with an off-white foam ring that leaves no lacing.

Smell:
Huge nose of slightly sweet and bitter coffee. It kind of burns the nose a little. Hand me a cold coffee and I'd have a hard time telling the difference.

Taste:
Like coffee ice cream goes from creamy to coffee, this coffee beer goes from beer to coffee. There are slight hints of sweetness perhaps from malt but thats the only real trace of beer.

Mouthfeel:
Very smooth with almost no carbonation. Medium bodied very typical of a dopplebock.

Drinkability:
I typically like hints of coffee in beer and am also a fan of espresso. This is, however, in nearly all regards drinking a cup of coffee and I didn't particularly enjoy it as a replacement to beer.

Comment:
I could see a coffee junkie pulling this in for the night shift. Not bad, just not my favorite.

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Photo of Katahdin
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow is the first reaction on tatsing thsi beer. I am a coffee lover so the deep, rich taste of a full body coffee shone through on every taste of this beer. It was surprisngly smooth for a Dopplebock but had many subtle taste complexities. The cafeeniene from the cofee could almost be felt. A buddy suggested it was the perfect balnace between a caffeine rush and the soothing nature of beer, I would agree.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is coffee, and hints of malt. Really though it is all coffee. Very pleasant, but very simple. Luckily there is a lot more malt in the taste than there is in the aroma. There is still a ton of coffee though. Maybe too much....yes, too much. Way too much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this beer has the biggest coffee character of any coffee beer I've yet tasted. Until now I never thought I would think a beer had too much coffee, but this one certainly does. Although I am a huge coffee beer fan I have never been a coffee drinker. This beer is more like drinking coffee to me than drinking a coffee beer.

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Photo of capra12
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed with Speedwayjim and stephy at Capone's on 11/7/09.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy mohagundy with light creme head.

Smell: Musty and earthy wood

Taste: Opens with a rich and full coffee as it mellows out with malts in the finish leaving a malty and coffee aftertaste.There is an off flavor which I cant really put my finger on it but it doesnt really entice me to have another.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and coarse.

Drinkability: I wouldnt have this again. I would recommend this to someone who seeks a strong open of rich coffee and a malty finish despite the off flavor.

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

On-Tap

Perkulator looks like caramel liquid and some light brown color and ruby red when up to some light. A quickly fading vanilla cap and no lacing to be seen. Coffee is the main scent and it's big. Not really espresso like just str8 coffee. Under that is a Dopple with some sweet malts and a bit of a roast/burnt thing too. The dopplebock portion of this beer comes out more in taste with caramel malt among others ans some dark fruit with pear. Coffee is not as big as expected from the smell. Goes down smooth with a slightly lighter than medium body with light and effective carb, spot on. Not the most balanced beer but a good attempt. A bit high in ABV for a few but it's not all that high.

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

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a dark orange color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose I get a lot of coffee and sweet malt, but that's about it. On the palate there's coffee of course, with a hint of fruit on the moderately sweet frame. While nice enough, the flavor profile in this beer is pretty simple and one dimensionable. The beer is fairly smooth on the palate, with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well disguised, but I'm just not digging this beer all that much. So drinkability is fair at best.

Ho hum. This beer is really nothing very special.

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Photo of eljefe21
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Sizzling soda-like pour forms a two-finger head that is gone in a flash. Beer is brown in color with constant tiny bubbles rising to the top. No lacing at all.

S: Smells strongly like a somewhat weak coffee, but a bit sweetish too. Nothing much else as the coffee overpowers everything.

T: A sweet coffee taste coats the mouth. Too sweet for my liking. I really like coffee flavored beers, but this one is just off to me.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit thin which detracts from the coffee flavors. An oily sweetness coats the tongue, which is off putting too.

D: This one won't kill you, but it's not going to wow you either. I managed to make it through the 4-pack after a couple of weeks, one beer a night when I found myself with little else on hand.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 11/7/09.

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Photo of Buebie
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This will have to be my first coffee doopple. Its interesting, the beer has two lables, one with a winged evil looking creature and the other with goofy drawings and kegs on it.
I got the mystic creature.

Off the pour a foam filled 2'' head forms up, quick to recede, leaving a thin collar of retention and no lace.
The beer itself is a murky fig brown, with glowing red and brown highlights when held to the sun.

Aroma is filled with fresh ground coffee beans, peanut butter, chocolate and some caramel maltyness with a touch of grain and sweet rolls.

Flavors are an amazing semi sweet chocolate with roasted coffee, grain, and sweet caramel malts. The chocolate is like a dusting almost of sweet cocoa powder beneath the coffee. Its just an added dimention of this beer that I found to be very surprising and also very delicious. This is a terrific beer that I highly recommend.

Mouthfeel is mildly creamy with some carbonation tickle.

Excellent!

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark hazelnut brown with coffee colored edgesand a 1.5 finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a thin lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Deep roasted cofee aroma with roasted taost notes, nut, milk chocolate and slight lactic creaminess.

Rich roasty flavor that becomes a bit more prominent as it warms up. Roasted smokey toasted nut with some slight lactic creaminess. Hazlenut, smoked malt, creamy milk chocolate, slight spice character and subtle hops. A bit thin for my liking but not to where is has too much of an affect on the beer. Nice balance of coffee, dark fruit notes and chocolate. The roasted character is not overbearing, which is a nice change of ace, adding complexity and avoiding the one dimensionality of many coffee beers. ABV well masked makng it pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of BierFan
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: No head. hazy brown body. Certainly doesn't look impressive.

Smell: Fresh ground coffee. Real amazing smell.

Taste: Coffee and doppelbock seems to be a match made in heaven. Coffee is definitely the strongest flavor going on but it isn't overpowering the drinker or completely masking the doppelbock.

Forget Founders Breakfast Stout, this is the real beer for coffee lovers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HopHobo for this extra. I have trouble looking at a Dark Horse brew now without imagining that headless, naked plastic woman in the courtyard outside their tasting room. I'm sure there's a story behind that.

On to the beer. Never had a coffee dopplebock before, so my expectations are a clean running river. Pours amberesque. Fresh roasted coffee is the sole smell blasting forth from my faded Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Perkulator isn't quite the coffee bomb that the nose promised. The dopplebock part of the equation tries valiantly to cut through the coffee - & does a fair job. The sweet, sweet malts balance out the bitter coffee, with a dash of caramel poured in. Pretty simply, but it works well. Gotta give this one its props, for a coffee beer this is pretty drinkable.

Very good brew. Wasn't sure how a non-stout-brown coffee beer was going to be, but this might be a better idea given the sweet/balancing act. And not something I'd reach for every day, but if you're in the mood for a coffee beer that's got some balance - reach here.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nkersten for this bottle. The bottle I currently am enjoying has a goat/devil type figure on the bottle. No dating is noticeable.

Pours into my pint glass a slightly hazy, chocolate maroon color with a small, light mocha colored head. The head is a half figure in size but recedes abrputly, leaving only a foamy collar.

Aroma is pure coffee bliss. The nose isnt typical of most doppelbocks, but with the coffee distinction, the paramaters have changed in my book. The coffee aroma is certainly front and center here. Actually, its all coffee. I love the coffee aromas but would like a little more aroma to indicate the underlying style.

Flavor is coffee-centric as well. Fresh brewed coffee with a slightly sweet and sticky, figgy type sweetness. I really love the fresh coffee flavor; no harshness at all. The sweetness gives this one a slight bit of cloying quality which is not my cup of tea. Still, tastes great.

Although it has some sweetness, the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Finishes rather dry for the style as well. Easy to drink.

If you like coffee, you will love this beer. Coffee is the main component and may be overwhleming for some, so keep that in mind. I really liked this one.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. No freshness date or abv listed. Pours a murky brown color, a bit of chestnut hue. Tan head disappears rather quickly, leaving no traces of lace.

Aroma of fresh brewed coffee, along with a bit of toffee. Nose suggests that this will have a good amount of malt. Only slight undertones of earthy hops. Coffee and slightly bready malt. Pretty simple.

Toffee-like malt, but not overly robust. A slight bready flavor. Good amount of coffee comes through, not overly strong. Seems to meld well into this beer, despite how unusual it sounds. Perhaps the coffee takes away from the malt character a bit, but it is interesting none the less.

Good mouthfeel. Pretty smoth, soft carbonation. Some suggestion of alcohol, but not hot or boozy. This is a pretty nice beer here. Interesting twist on a classic style.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, different label than the satanic looking one displayed here.

Hazy, slightly reddish cola colored with a light tan head that quickly recedes to a ring of tiny bubbles with dots of lacing. Strong coffee notes in aroma with roasted malt, slightly sweet (caramel-y), no hop presence. Taste is very similar to the nose, a so-so doppelbock with a strong punch of coffee. The bock adds a caramel sweetness that nicely balances out the bitterness of the coffee. The coffee is more of a roasted flavor or anything too intense. Lighter side of medium bodied with strong carbonation results in a very frothy, light body. The addition of coffee to this style isn't doing that much for me. It's nicely balanced but leaves me wanting a good doppelbock or a good coffee stout instead.

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Photo of Reneejane
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now this is an interesting beer! The beer was a hazy brown with a white head. The aroma is most definitely of coffee. The taste follows through with an assertive coffee flavor, you almost feel like you're drinking coffee. Then there is a surprising and completely unexpected chocolate note at the end. It had a very interesting mouthfeel, maybe acidic but it definitely left a tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father for getting me this beer while on business in Michigan.Served this chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Perkulator Coffee Doppelbock pours out a dark brown color that has some amber highlights. A somewhat hard pour yields about a finger of tannish frothy foam. Head recedes to a thin off white coating atop the beer. Some spotty lace was left behind after each sip. Definitely a good looking beer.

Smell: Great, rich nose on this beer. Strong roasted coffee aromas are noticed first. Touches of caramel around the edges. A big malt backbone makes a great base for this beer.

Taste: Definitely some coffee in this brew. Roasted, and not overpowering. More complimentary than anything. Again, a wonderful malt backbone on which this beer is built. More coffee and caramel in the crisp, clean finish. All alcohol is completely hidden. A tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Crisp, clean, and smooth. Carbonation is a bit on the lower side.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew. Smooth and quite complex.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz inflatablechair brought over tonight.. Thanks Sam!

Pour doesn't reveal too much.. a dark reddish brew that is pretty much crystal clear.. no real head..

Aroma has descent whaffs of coffee and some caramel.. surprisingly clean..

Flavor is pretty damn malty with some lite caramel and the coffee comes in a bunch more but seems light to me... only descent as far as a base beer goes.

The body is medium with a light carbonation...

At first (when chilled) I thought this was a well made dopplebock with coffee... but.. as it warmed I was left sorta flat... only a descent dopplebock with not as much coffee as I was certainly expecting.

Sam said that he had been sitting on this bottle for a while.. but I doubt age helped or hurt it... Coffee doesn't belong in such a clean brew... I will stand by this.... Thanks Amigo, but this did not do it for me.

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Photo of Florida9
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker brown in color, but still translucent with light showing through the edges of the glass. Pours with a viscousness that seems to suggest very little carbonation. But a small, unimpressive head does rise only to recede quickly to the rim of the glass. No lacing.

S: Strong aroma of coffee. Some sweet, fruity malts.

T: Sweet and malty with a long finish that is all coffee.

M: Medium in body and medium carbonation (surprising given the flatness that was suggested by the pour). Sweetness coats the tongue.

D: Interesting drink. Seems that it would pair well with certain foods and cheese. However, this beer wears on the taste buds as it warms, becoming overly sweet and syrupy.

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

poured into a sam adams quasi-tulip glass,this beer is a deep brown with a nice head that left some good lacing.smell's like a cup of black coffee with a hint of sweetness.taste is mostly roasted coffee with a hint of malt sweetness and a bit of nuttiness.mouthfeel is medium bodied with a low amount of carbonation.

overall a pretty interesting beer.worth a shot.

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Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark Horse Perkulator poured a dark brown with a tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was coffee. The taste was malty coffee, nothing special. The feel was a little watery to me, with some carbonation to tickle the tongue. This one was an easy drinker.

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Photo of Overlord
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks Unclejedi!

Pours a dark, somewhat brackish brown. Tan head that slowly settled down into a very long lasting thin film and crust.

I'm not the hugest coffee fan, so consider that as you read the review. Still, Speedway Stout is highly ranked amongst my reviews, as is Peche Mortel ... so clearly, there's room in my palate for well structured coffee beers that integrate other flavors into the mix.

This beer does not. Smells like coffee. Basically, coffee beans. The taste may add a bit of malt (along with a strange metallic twang), but it is, again, straight coffee. Like drinking a cold cup of java. The only aspect of Doppel Bock I get is a bit of a smooth malt aftertaste and finish that lends some much needed sweetness.

The beer grew on me a bit as I drank, but I couldn't but think that a Bock-lager was just a bizarre choice to add coffee to. You need a real strong backing to prevent the brew from being overwhelmed, which is what happened here.

Nice creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of bamadog
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kels for splitting the bottle with me... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brownish/iced tea color and the body is pretty cloud; it comes with a one finger light tan creamy looking head that fades pretty quickly into a uneven and loose looking skim.

Smell: Smells of lightly roasted coffee with some creamer in it -- actually, more reminiscent of a frappuccino from Starbucks; some hints of some warm to burnt sugars in the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell, the coffee is the most dominant flavor and ranges from lightly roasted to a bit of a burnt flavor; the maltiness additionally comes across as a bit of caramel and burnt sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mildlly creamy and there is a very weak carbonation that brings a little bit of life to the body, but I wish it was a little more substantive and chewier; it does leave a bit of a stickiness on the tongue.

Drinkability: While it's not a bad tasting beer, I do wish it was a bit more complex as the coffee is really about all there is to it and the body could hold a bit more substance.

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Photo of kels
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split one of these with bamadog tonight. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is moderate brown with a reddish cast. It is a little hazy and tons floaties sit in suspension in the liquid. Light carbonation flows throughout, and the 2 finger tan head fades quickly to a skim with a few bubbles breaking the surface. Little to no lacing sticks around.

Smell: The coffee smell is the dominant note in this brew, but it doesn't come across too bitter - mostly creamy and sweet. There's a light roastiness and sweet malty presence.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The feel is the first really notable thing about this beer. It is really bright and well-carbonated for a beer of this style. The carbonation borders on sharpness. That couples with a syrupy stickiness from the malts. Taste is definitely coffee-dominated. I don't know if I'd know this was a doppelbock if it weren't for the title. There's a slight sweetness from the malts and the alcohol presents as a hot vapor. Aftertaste is slightly sticky and sweet.

Drinkability: Not too bad. Tastes pretty nice, but as for match to style, it's not like any doppelbock I've had before. It's missing that bready attribute that seems common to most I've had. Overall a good beer I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of bfields4
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown borderline black with a brown hue. Nice frothy head.

Nice malty head caramel and the roasted coffee.

Lovely roasted coffee and sweet caramel. A light biscuity taste from the malts is also present. Dark fruits come along as delve farther into this guy.

A little, dry nicely carbonated very smooth velvety mouthfeel. I'm really liking this beer wish they could have brought out more of the dark fruity

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a rich chocolate brown with amber highlights and two fingers of rich orangish tan head that retains for a couple minutes and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of roasted coffee up front, with notes of caramel malt and a bit of roasted malt mixed in, albeit buried under the coffee grounds. not much else for the nose, with a pleasant richness in the nose.

taste follows the nose with a slightly more restrained coffee character and and some roasted malt, caramel, and breaded malt character still buried underneath the coffee. the coffee character definitely takes away from the malt character which usually shines in a doppelbock, which is a bit dissapointing, but the overall profile seems to hold together in the end. finishes with residual bitter coffee notes.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish and semi-dry texture along with bitter coffee notes throughout. exactly what one would expect from a 'coffee doppelbock'.

drinkability is good. fans of coffee will not find problems with this brew, while those who enjoy coffee flavors only when mixed in with an equal amount of dark malt (this BA) will find it a bit deflating. that beig said, the brew itself does work well.

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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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