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This is a true dopplebock and Dark Horse Brewing’s only publicly distributed lager. It was so normal that we couldn’t stand it so we made it into a coffee dopplebock. Ha, take that Germany, with your Reinheitsgebot purity law! Anyway, we use fair trade organic coffee from our friends at The Ugly Mug Cafe in Ypsilanti, MI We did a label contest and opened it up to the public for this beer. We had so many awesome entries that we couldn’t just pick one winner so we have 2 labels for this beer. We stagger the bottles in the six packs but with no order in mind.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2008
Pours a brownish color with thin off white head. Aroma is roasted coffee, sweet malt, and a light spiciness. Taste is intense roasted coffee with the sweet malt and light fruitiness coming in the end. Easy drinking if you are into coffee. It is funny how well coffee goes with a doppelbock compared to a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bellmyer (41) - EAST MOLINE, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pour is a deep coffee brown with an off white head that does not hang around too long. Smell is, you guessed it, heavy on the coffee. Flavor is, amazingly, coffee. There is some malt in there as well, but it is definitely a coffee flavor. This brew goes down surprisingly easy for a coffee beer. If you are in the mood for coffee with alcohol but mixing a cup of joe with some Baileys is too much work, I would recommend this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2008
tap at the Dark Horse 4 Elf festival - It is hard to get past my prior experience that a coffee beer should be a stout or a porter, but this dark amber beer works. The aroma is heavy on the coffee with some rich malt lurking underneath. The coffee flavor is assertive without completely overwhelming the malty dopplebock goodness. It is full bodied, lightly carbonated, and rather interesting. Granted I have to say that I still would prefer a good coffee stout/porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4444) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2008
12 oz bottle from KingpinIPA, thanks man. Pours a deep mahogany with a medium size frothy beige head. Aroma on this one is all coffe upfront with sweetness, honey and molasses, in the background. Flavor on this is similar to the aroma with the coffee stealing the show and then fruity sweetness coming in. This one is just a mess. Combining coffee with some things good. Combining coffee with a fruity sweet dopplebock not so good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours dark reddish copper with fizzy tan head. Aroma is strong with coffee, malt, caramel and touch of chocolate. Flavor is malty with coffee dominating palate with notes of caramel, chocolate and light alcohol. Light mouthfeel and light carbonation. I really do not care for coffee beers in general but this is better than what I expected it to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Bottle shared by emacgee. Thanks Ethan. Pours a deep ruby brown with a small ring of lace that fades quickly. Nose is big malts, coffee, alcohol, some earthy notes. Flavor has some hefty alcohol warmth up front with some coffee, hops, and sweet malt notes. Pretty thin mouth feel. Not the best I have had from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4244) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Thanks JCB. Pours a ruby copper with a thin fizzy tan head. The nose has a nice smooth coffee aroma, light alcohol, malty, sweet, raisiny, caramel, develops a nice malty complexity with warmth. The flavor is sharp and spicy, prominent alcoholic warmth, some hop bitterness, sweet malty background, coffee flavor is a little more subdued than the aroma. Prominent alcoholic warmth on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2008
Initially pours what looks like a black and tan; mahogany bottom and black top. Generally is a dark mahogany color with a medium mocha head that fades to a thin bubbly ring. Aroma is caramel and espresso, with maybe a hint of vanilla sweetness. The taste is not what I expected.....a bitter and dry coffee note up front, with some dark fruit and caramel malt sweetness. Up front it tastes like a coffee brew, but then fades into a doppelbock, which I guess is probably the intent. Taste is almost like Furthermore Oscura.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in a dimpled mug. This dopplebock poured a murky, ruby brown hue with a short-lived head of tan foam that settled into a lasting ring. A small amount of slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma had a very pronouced note of cold pressed coffee. A solid dose of caramel and dark fruit also made an appearance. The flavor contained a smooth coffee note (not bitter like alot of other coffee-infused beers), dark fruit skins, caramel, and a hint of baker’s chocolate. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had light carbonation. Filling for sure, but yet quite drinkable. Very enjoyable. Nice to see the guys at Dark Horse give a lager a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
valpoaj (659) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Thanks to Russ for sending me home with one of these...pours a deep brown with a reddish tinge...thin beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma is a mix of bitter coffee and sweet malts with, well, something else in there, and it just is not working for me. As for the flavor, I will just say that I am usually one who likes contrasting flavors to keep things interesting, but the combination of the extremely strong sweet, caramel malts and the bitter, almost old tasting coffee was just, well, not real good. This beer is more sweet than bitter, and the sweetness is somewhat repelling.I am typically a fan of coffee beers, but this one has the flavor of day old coffee. Palate is thick and oily. I can only hope that Dark Horse gave this one a try, and figured that they might as well bottle it since they had it. Not one of their better offerings. On a side note, I hate rating without the use of the apostrophe...

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