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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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours dirty hazy brown w/ no head. Aroma has lots of coffee and almond with a hint of vanilla. Caramel is also quite strong in there. Palate is a bit thin. Taste starts kinda of nice with a lot of coffee and some nutty, chocolatey caramel, but unfortunately a touch of booze comes in and knocks those taste profiles down leaving them in a nasty mess throughout the finish. If this beer had some more body, it might stand up to the medley of flavors mixed in there, but as is, it’s a bit rough. Unfortunately, I think the lack of body will hurt it’s cellarability, which would otherwise show some potential, but we’ll see.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hillfiiiiire (323) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2008
It pours a dark, almost opaque black with a small, creamy head. The flavor is really strong with the coffee coming through most prominently. The flavor is a little bit boring though with a bit of malty sweetness, but lacking with any bitter that you would expect from the coffee. Beyond that, the palate is quite lacking with a very thin mouthfeel that just doesn’t excite me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2008
On tap at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Poured a bronze/brown color. Up front is caramel, a little chocolate, then fading into a light coffee finish. This came together better than I expected. Nice job.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
I love the picture on this thing and the vibe at the brewery that matches it. This is very malty , thick caramel and some coffee overtones. Prolly my favorite beer from dark horse. The hops and alcohol come through right towards the end, but it is really blended well with the maltiness for a grand drinking experience.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 5, 2008
12oz bottle, courtesy of a trade from a while ago?? Thanks! Pours a clear, bright orange-amber color; light tan head with patchy fine-bubbled lacing. Tons of coffee and caramel in the aroma, though the coffee dominates: decently roasted with chocolate notes; slight greenness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: pleasant, chewy caramel and nougat beneath a strong roasted coffee presence; nice balance between the coffee and the creamy doppelbock character, though the coffee itself could be better: slightly green and closer to Folger’s than anything more intricate. Still, reasonably tasty stuff, and I don’t normally care all that much for coffee-infused beers. Medium finish showing caramel and dough; coffee coming through as roast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4280) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
A "coffelbock," what’ll they think of next? Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a thin, wispy off-white head. Smell: Dark malts and raisins bookended by the sharp scent of used coffee grounds. Taste: Dark maltiness with flavors of caramel and dark fruits tenuously co-mingle with the rehydrated coffee grinds. Subdued sweetness throughout. Mild acidity. Not much in the way of hops. Sweetish coffee-marinated fruit finish with a touch of booziness. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Slight stickiness. Drinkability: True, I was more than a bit wary of this combination, but it turned out alright.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3239) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Thanks to Mike for sharing this. Vegetal, smoky, cinnamon, calm caramel flavor, with a heady smack of liquid smoke. Only a little coffee. A bit muddy, yeasty, dirty. Not the best.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2008 Not much head and a nice day espresso aroma. Although it’s pretty transparent, the flavor is pretty spot on. Roasty without being too malty or sweet. The coffee is the star of the show here. Nice stuff but lacing any real head (arent we all)?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Pours a transparent dark copper ruby with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel malt with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate complexity. Starts fairly full-bodied and caramely sweet with a nice coffee complexity before a drier bready German lager yeasty finish. A pretty nicely balanced and authentic coffee doppelbock.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Thanks MikeTD. Dark mahogany pour, medium white head that stays and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is coffee and more straight coffee beans. Flavor is coffee beans upfront, really roasty tasting with a touch of caramel in the background and some munich malt. This is a coffee beer and it really overides everything but I like it in a different style of beer and not just an aggressive stout, it really works for this beer. Medium bodied which could be fuller with a cloying sweetness in the finish. Really is a nice coffe brew, just straight beans.


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