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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
garthicus (2745) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 29, 2008
HogTownHarrys bottle, shared with Harry and Blankboy. App: Cloudy red with zero head. Aroma: Toffee - alcohol - malt. Flavour - coffee and malt, quite thin, I didn’t overly care for it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2008
brown pour with small head...aroma of coffee, hints of vanilla, and caramel...flavor of coffee, cocoa powder, and sweet malt (brown sugar perhaps)..a tad thin

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (534) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Brownish body with a thin ring of white bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aroma of coffee, malts, some smoke. Flavors of coffee, caramel, dark bread, and a lingering bitterness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2008
It’s time for the perkulator-It’s time for the perkulator! The dude who was pouring this beer had never even heard of that song, can you believe that? Pours a deep black opaque colour with an enormous khaki head. Many different aromas, Hersheys chocolate, cocoa, and roasted coffee beans. Flavors of chocolate milk and cofee as well as a little smoke. Nice tasting, just released brew, with two different labels. Im waiting for it to hit the shelves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4920) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2008
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2647) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2008
A murky brown color with a small beige head. The aroma contains some caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and chocolate. The flavor contains alot of caramel along with some toffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is rather syrupy with a sweet finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2008
Bottle: The nose showed off the coffee along with a mineral edge and overall was not as expressive as I was expecting. The palate was carbonated and refreshing showing off the flavors from the nose. In my opinion, this is a step down from the stout series from Dark Horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7203) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottled. Poured brilliant coppery-orange with a short-lived cap of tan head. The aroma picked up day-old, but still yummy coffee grounds first with rich, drawn caramel not too far behind.. light wafts of sour oak and earth on the back. The flavor showed a little more of that sourness which wasn’t necessarily bad, but was kind of annoying.. sweet caramel, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness at the core with a dry, ashy coffee impression on the sides.. tacky and warm at the finish with more caramel and a medium-skinned fruit bouquet. Heavier-bodied and sour on the palate with low carbonation.. light smoke and a longer finish. This was decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Bottle: Courtesy of major0429...pours a cloudy amber with no head. This was very surprising...the coffee seems to hit right off the bat, some notes of caramel malt and a bit of brown sugar noted as well. Very coffee dominant flavor with dark malts, toffee and the brown sugar coming through nicely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Thanks to pepsican for the bottle. I was sorry to see that the bottle art seems to have discontinued the ’spawn of satan’ artwork for a more modern perkulator/rocketship design.
Hazy burnt orange color with a medium head. From the aroma, I would have been convinced that this was a smoked in a blind tasting; reminiscent of bacon and caramel. (Doesn’t sound too bad for those of us who like our breakfast meats with plenty of maple syrup).
.This flavor combo works less well in beer. The smoke is less evident In the taste, and there’s some coffee, but overall, this is a mess.

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