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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2862) - Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown color with a quickly dissipating tan head. Strong aroma of burnt grain and espresso. Lots of coffee in the taste. Cocoa, cream and unrefined dark sugar notes as well. Slightly astringent. Surprisingly drinkable, with the body being lighter than expected. Not something I’d like to drink every day, but pretty good regardless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2008
brown pour, off white head. aroma is old coffee grounds and the flavor is too. this one went overboard on the coffee. beer has a nice overall quality to it, but there was just too much coffee for me and I LOVE coffee!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2008
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a dark brown with a slightly reddish hue and a small white froth that dissipates quickly. Aroma is somewhat surprising. The coffee is there but is very muddled with sweetness like cream and sugar was added to black coffee. There are also some prominent fruits like plum and some nuts as well. Flavor is very coffee oriented too. Starts and finishes with coffee but it tastes like coffee that has been sitting in the pot all day, a little old. Not as much fruitiness in the flavor but some definite nuttiness and sweet malts. Bitterness in the middle but a fairly sweet finish. Medium body and fairly minimal carbonation. Strange beer. It is a bit like Surly coffee bender but with less complexity and character. The fruitiness in the nose threw me off too. Definitely very easy to drink though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From a 12oz bottle - Pours a clear root beer color with small quickly dissipating head. Below average carbonation. Smells only of coffee and not much else in the nose. First sip is all coffee and more coffee. There is a fairly nice malt backbone. Very nice, very drinkable. Excellent bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2008
2 12 oz bottles shared at a beer tasting / monopoly game with my girlfriend and close friends. This brew was an interesting one. This brew pours a very nice. A very nice hazy brown, with barely a light shining through, with red notes mixed about. Head is nice and laces well. Aroma is powerful, coffee, but ground coffee, almost like the coffee aisle at Jewel-Osco. That kind of coffee. Taste is similar up front, masked by coffee largely, hiding a lot or any complexities there may be. A bit of a bitter finish, some hops or maybe just the coffee. Some light but potent darker roasted malts shine through in stages, that shine through touches of sweetness, almost like additives to a cup of coffee (Sweetener, etc.). Ligher side of medium bodied. Decent, not necessarily my think. I think the beer is good, but personally don’t like coffee masking my beers to hell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2008
12 oz. into Duvel tulip. I couldn’t not buy this when I saw it in the store. I’m always up for new flavors in beer, and I’ve never seen a coffee doppelbock. Deep shining ruby in the glass with creamy tan head; looks like a Fuller’s vintage. Used coffee ground aroma over powdery cracker malts. Some nice arching foam lace and relatively deep and slow racing. Mmmm, tasty; the crackery and nicely sweet malts provide a great floor for the light roasty coffee to play on top as just more than an accent. The combination has a vaguely milk chocolate flavor as well, probably just an unintended effect of the roast mixing with the sweetness (but a nice integrator). I was afraid the coffee would stick out like a thin sore thumb, but it doesn’t -- it melds very well with the overall flavor profile. Just a bit too powerful in the alcohol department to be mistaken for a session beer, but the softness of the flavor makes this seem very quaffable. Despite medium body, this is light on the palate. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2008
The bottle has one of the sharpest labels I’ve seen (the demonic version), which also happens to have been executed by RateBeerian frankenkitty - skilled artist, fellow member of The LoSBD, and friend.
The beer from the bottle (pictured on the beer’s page, I might add) pours a slightly hazed chestnut body capped by a tall tan head that soon dwindles to less than a finger in height. The aroma is all about fresh coffee - not bad, but I’d like smell the malts a bit. They come out in the flavor, lightly roasted, chocolatey (bittersweet), and complemented by a dab of caramel (or toffee?) and a hit of alcohol. I don’t know the ABV of this, but the burn lingers at the back of my throat. Dry coffee finish. Pretty decent... and warming.

Binny’s Beverage Depot, Orland Park, IL

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Muddy mahogany with fair tan head / Rich nose of wine, coffee, and tobacco / Medium body, chewy, moderately sweet, with good balance of big malts and hops, and with long finish / Winey flavors of coffee, oak, semisweet chocolate, and apple / Terrific.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2008
bottle. has a strong coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate. has a dark brown color with little head. has a bit of an old coffee taste at first but a nice dark chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2013 12oz from mibirder - thanks, Sean! My bottle doesn’t have the death metal label, alas. The pour is dark amber, with only modest carbonation that yields a faint head and only a hint of lacing. Slightly dusty cinnamon seems to mix in with the strong chocolate malts in the nose and the relatively understated coffee smells. Nice soft toffee and biscuity malts in the taste. But, much like Ithaca’s Kaffinator, this just doesn’t seem like a doppelbock. An enjoyable beer for what it is.

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