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 Blakaeris
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark mahogany in color that holds plenty of tan yeasty bits. Off-white creamy head quickly changes to a slight ring, then disappears altogether.

Aroma is dominated by stale coffee, however there is an underlying brown sugar sweetness.

Taste is much more balanced than the nose. Strong caramel malt has a sticky, brown sugar sweetness that brings balance to the coffee bitterness. Surprisingly full of light fruitiness. Finish is woody and quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. Slightly chewy.

This is an interesting and unusual beer. I thought the nose was unbalanced with coffee but the flavor is balanced; and is both interesting and subtle. I have no idea what the ABV may be, but I suspect that there is a high ABV that is well hidden. Go out and get this tasty treat.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours far brown with a 2 finger light tan head and lots of carbonation.

Nose has huge caramel malt sweet smell to it that is well balanced out with a good amount of roasted coffe notes that work very well together. Clean yeast lets the ingredients really come through.

Taste has a good amount of sweet caramel malt malt that blends very nicely with the roasted notes from the coffee. Some very sligh herbal hops come in at the end along with a little bit of residue sweetness.

Mouthfeel is interesting. Very high carbonation and a medium body leaves this very drinkable yet not too thin. Perfect for fall.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good finger of head on a dark amber body. Standard.

S - Smells like coffee grinds! I didn't really pick up much else, just lots of glorious coffee grinds.

T - Ah, there are the doppelbock qualities... Caramel and fruit sweetness accents the malt at the entry, soon followed by, you guested it, roasted coffee flavors! It starts mild, and slowly takes over the mouth. Esters and alcohol mix with the roastyness to make a nice, enjoyable finish.

M - Full and crisp, with some nice prikley qualities from the alcohol.

D - This is what it is, a beer dominated by coffee. Fun experiment, not exactly one for the purists. I will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured a deep copper color bock with a small foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of medium coffee notes with a lightly sweet caramel malt base. Taste is also a mix between a lightly sweet caramel malt base with some nice medium notes of dry coffee. Average body with some OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not extremely complex but well done and interesting take on the doppelbock style.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. This beer pours a deep brown and forms a 1 inch off-white head that reduces to a minimal lacing at the edges. It is almost opaque when held to the light, unless you drink some and then it is a nice deep amber.

The aroma includes coffee and malt. A mild level of hoppiness is noted, which accents the coffee nicely.

The taste also includes coffee and malts with a mild hops. However, there are also notes of leather and an earthy taste that lingers. A mild bitterness also lingers with a creaminess.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. For the taste, I think it could have been thicker. It sits on your palate fairly smoothly and finishes as above.

Overall, this is another good beer from the Dark Horse Brewing. I think it is quite drinkable although it would be hard to have more than 2. I think this is a good addition to the dopplebocks, as it is quite unique and quite good.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Roasted coffee, sweet cocoa, grains, noble hops, spicy alcohol. Some floral notes, a bit different, some mild fruity esters, apple and pear. Darker hops, very little to no pils or Munich malts. Some lactose?

Appearance: Deep copper. Lots of small and some larger particles in suspension, thus the brew is moderately cloudy. Head pours moderately tall and is light brown in color.

Taste: Mildly bitter and roasty coffee, semi-sweet chocolate syrup, mild grains, mildly bitter pine and floral hops. Mild lactose, which I thought I got in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Little to no carbonation. Feels a bit numbing on the tongue from the bitter coffee and hops.

Overall: Not sure where this fits within the doppelbock style, but it's a good drink. A bit overdose on the sweet side, but the bitter coffee and hops, floral hops and spicy alcohol counter rather well.

Notes: Drank on 3/28/2012.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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 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 Chaney
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a doppel in a while. Nice bottle art, great idea.

Served in a Port City snifter.

A: Poured a caramel brown color, with a slightly reddish hue, and a soft white ring around the brew. Very murky.

S: I only got a hint of coffee here. I got more caramel than anything. After a few whiffs, I got a few grounds on the snoot.

T: I actually got a fair amount of coffee now. I found it neat to drink a brew without out roast along with the coffee for a change. It was like a melted caramel kiss with added coffee.

M: Mild prickle from the carbonation, and I wouldn't actually call the coffee bitter at all... just present. Minimal lacing.

O: I liked this one better than most. Cool beer.

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Photo of akokandy
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark, dark brown with a 1-finger head which fades fast. Doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. About average for a lager.

S- Smells like coffee straight up and maybe a little caramel.

T- Coffee dominates the flavor, along with a sweet note of red fruit and a caramel taste. Coffee is the king of this one, though. Crisp finish, with only coffee bitterness.

M- Very, very carbonated; lots of bubbles rising all the time. Smooth, and medium body.

D- In-your-face taste and (guessing) higher than average abv make this beer good for a couple, but not good for a whole night.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a beer I was looking forward to. I liked the idea of mixing coffee with a dopplebock. Scores don't seem to reflect outstanding success, but not all ideas turn out the best. Nonetheless, I give the brewers kudos for creativity.
Aroma is full of coffee, in fact little else. Which leads to the observation that most coffee beers have the quality of limited scope in smell due to the dominance and strength of coffee aroma. <sigh> Too bad, it would be nice to pick up other aspects especially with a style like dopplebock.
Very dark beer with dark reds and dark brown scrunched in rest of the darkness. Tan head with slow decay.
Coffee is tempered some in flavor, but not enough to bring out some nice malt flavors <double sigh>. Boy I pick up nice little pieces, but so briefly as to almost be undetectable. Shot of alcohol, certainly. Hint of sweetness up front. Dryness that lays on the tongue flat in the end extending the ground coffee flavors extensively.
Holds a lager feel. Slightly heavy with a cleanliness that aids in drinking. Enough carbonation to slow the drinking and create some fullness inside.
You know, in the end, I like this. It's enjoyable. I wish for less coffee, but I'll enjoy my remaining bottles. A good winter drink.

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Photo of aasher
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, muddy amber with a one finger foamy beige head. It smells very strongly of coffee beans and sweet malts. The doppelbock definitely comes out in the flavor. There is little coffee and you get a lot of yeast, sweet malts, bread, and some strange fruit. It's appealing but is kind of odd for a doppel. It drinks fine, it's both fresh and crisp with good carbonation. Despite my ranking, I actually do like this because I'm not a huge fan of traditional doppelbocks. This beer has good flavor and is very drinkable. The alcohol isn't present at all.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Greg. Thanks for sending me this one, it sounded very interesting.

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with pretty much no head.

S: The coffee is fairly faint in the nose, but definitely there. There is plenty of sweet caramel malt and some raisins and other dark fruits.

T: I was happy to find that the coffee is much more pronounced in the flavor of this beer. The strong coffee character does not leave all that much room for the sweet malt and fruit flavors to come through.

M: A medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really sure what to expect from this as coffee is not usually something you see in a doppelbock. It worked out fairly nicely though and I'd try this again.

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Photo of soze47
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Doppelbocks. I like coffee beers. Trying this one out makes a lot of sense. Had a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Brown body, but it is clear enough to give it some amber/orange glow in the light. Head dissipated quickly and leave no lacing. Not much to look at here.

Aroma: Right after the pour, the coffee stands out. As is settles and warms, roasted malts and toffee come out. Unique for the style for sure, but smells similar to some coffee porters and brown ales I've had in the past.

Taste: The coffee flavors rush in, but fade quickly. I'm pretty surprised by how well the spicy and malty aspects of this beer cut through the initial bitterness. I think high level of carbonation helps all flavors dance a bit. I'm not too sure how much I like the combination of all flavors, but you can't say it is unbalanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The high carbonation not only helps all of the more subtle flavors come out, but it also keeps a pretty malt forward brew from being too heavy. I found this to be dangerously drinkable at 7.5% as it went down very easy and was smooth.

Overall: Dark Horse did well on this beer, but I'm not sure it is for me. They accomplished what they set out to do, marry a powerful flavor to a subtle and classic style. Mission accomplished.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top bottle with cool, quirky label typical of DH

Appearance: Very hazy amber/brown beer with dark ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film

Smell: Light, delicate fresh coffee aromas; this is not as dark/bitter and espresso-like as many coffee beers, and it has a bit of sweet roasted nuttiness to it as well

Taste: Big bitter fresh-brewed cofree kick in the teeth, followed up by sweet hazelnut creme...it ends with a bit of bitter coffee astringency...this is a nice and unique coffee beer, bold but not unbalanced

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty good, though this is definitely one I'd probably seek to pair with some kind of food...dessert, perhaps?

Conclusion: This is an enjoyable (and different) take on a coffee beer...pretty nice

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

This beer pours a murky brown with an off-white head. The aroma is totally of coffee with the slightest of malt. The taste has much of the coffee within but there is a slight malt background. It's a really odd combination of smooth maltiness. For a doppelbock this is pretty weird. There is the obvious acidity note that really clashes too much for the mouthfeel of a normal doppelbock. I pretty much like this beer, but that's only because I like coffee.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for around $1.75. Poured into my nonic pint glass. Appears the color of cloudy iced tea with barely a finger of off white foam. No lacing to speak of. Nose and flavors consist of dark brewed coffee, coffee grounds, a bit of alcohol, caramel, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, nuts. Just about medium bodied with decent carbonation and a mild alcohol burn following each sip. Pretty tasty. The coffee is in check, not over the top.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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 vfalstad
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark rusty brown color, very little head that fades fast and little lacing

Smell: strong coffee predominantly, sweet and malty, it almost smells like a caramel macchiato with a wif of alcohol

Taste: coffee, as suggested is the predominant flavor. I also pick up the malt, sweetness, and a stronger alcoholic presence as typical of the style. There's very little bitterness as you would get with old coffee that's sat around or old iced coffee.

Mouthfeel: smooth with little carbonation

Overall: the coffee leads this beer and the dopplebock takes a back set, not that this is bad.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for a 12 oz bottle from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Artwork on bottle by Jared Brownell.

A little under a half inch of light tan, rather fizzy head after a normal pour. Not much head or retention to showcase in this pilsner glass. A very cloudy, semi-opaque deep caramel brown color. No lacing.

Smells of dark, almost burnt caramel and sweet, toasted malts. Even hints of expresso and milk chocolate come through. Clean and very well balanced nose. Rather enjoyable and complex for a Dopplebock.

The chocolate with expresso comes out even more in the taste and actually dominates this beverage. Again, caramel, sweet and toasted malts as well. Very enjoyable.

The mouth is mildly creamy, with a nice smooth finish. The aftertaste of chocolate remains for quite a while and is rather pleasant. Medium body. Very drinkable. If I had to guess the ABV, I'd put it in the 4.5-5% range. Recommended.

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Photo of AdamMY
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance, even with a careful pour generated a massive amount of head. While the beer is light enough to be noticeably cloudy. Cloudy is not a bad thing by itself but in this case it looks almost muddy.

Smell: Massive amount of coffee, though sadly it comes across as burnt coffee. Some interesting cream and chocolate notes in there as well, so not completely lost. Also an interesting note of pumpernickel bread.

Taste: Nice and very refreshing, coffee adds a nice kick, but for the most part a plethora of hops and spiced dark bread. This beer is predominantly grains and grain sweetness, but incredibly enjoyable, like drinking a very good and hearty bread.

Mouthfeel is almost effervescent, incredibly refreshing and popping the whole time.

Overall a very enjoyable beer, just wish the smell had less burnt coffee and poured with less head. The head has an incredibly burnt coffee taste.

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Photo of cradke
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Foggy brown. First thought is that it's much lighter brown than most dopplebocks. A thin head when poured with some streaming carbonation for a while. Not very homogenous.

Smell: A nice sweet coffee/chocolate latte note especially as the beer warms. Very sweet grain notes. Very little ABV in the nose.

Taste: Sweet and coffee. Very little ABV presence. This beer has very little in common with a dopplebock, Much more like a coffee porter, but still a very enjoyable beer. Aftertaste is pure sweet coffee beans not artificial coffee like FMB.

Mouthfeel: Thin, very thin for the style. Probably the biggest turn off of the beer, just add some meat to the very enjoyable flavor profile.

Overall: Solid beer. A nice spin on the dopplebock but it doesn't taste anything like a dopplebock in all honesty. Very nice solid beer for the price, but the lack of thickness is a huge turnoff.

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

Pours to a muddy auburn with a inch of khaki suds, which diminish over a minute or so to a collar with modest lacing.
The cocoa-imbued coffee beans are the hallmark of the nose. Mild-medium roasted, with lurking plum, fig, and burnt peach maltiness. A port-like vinous alcohol concludes each sniff.
The bean are first across the tongue, moderately roasted with accompanying bitterness. Dry cocoa ensues, as the backing malts begin to unfold, still dripping with coffee, and ever will be. Plums, concord grapes, carob, and fig are the more identifiably traits, but some suggestions of grilled pineapple and peaches are deeper within. Interwoven through it all is a blanket of scorched caramel and vanilla beans. The finish is peppery and dry, and while hops probably have some say in this, the beans are the louder culprit. Alcohol comes through less in the taste than the nose. It's brings just traces of vinousness. You know it's here, but it's also not here.
Medium bodied, perhaps a touch thinner than might me expected from a brawny doppelbock. Carbonation is minor and sedate, leading to a fluid, silky texture.
It's more than a novel approach to a d'bock. The coffee is prominent without totally overshadowing the base malt characteristics. It works, and is plenty tasty...but in order to have more than 1 in a sitting, I'd like a decaf version. Over time, the coffee comes close to getting in the way, and there's a very solid regular doppelbock underneath it all.

Oh, and the artwork is killer, especially the evil version.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep carmel to mahogany that is mostly transparent. A thin brownish head forms and is quick to disappear except for around the inside edge of the glass. Minimal lacing.
S: an insane amount of ground coffee jumps out of the class. It dominates the aroma, but for some burnt malt and barley notes.
T: Follows the nose, but turned up to 11! Coffee coats the tongue along with a pleasant roastiness. I can detect some of the sweet malt toward the finish that does a decent job of balancing the coffee and roasted flavors.
M: more carbonated a than expected but it does mellow. Fantastically smooth and creamy and not as heavy as I thought. A long and outstanding aftertaste.
O: a very interesting and unique brew. Most dopples are malt bombs, but this turns them on their head with the addition of the coffee. I love thier interpretation and willingness to up the ante on the style. Big fan of Dark Horse and this does nothing to change my opinion.

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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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Dark Horse Perkulator Coffee Dopplebock from Dark Horse Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1,027 ratings
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