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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (4979) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
12 oz bottle, via lb4lb. Pours a slightly cloudy amber body under a one finger fizzy off-white head that faded to a partial covering. A good bit of carbonation. Nice light-roast coffee with nutty toasted husky malt. Some light hops. Not as intense with the coffee as I was hoping, but it’s still nice. The flavor is quite unique, the coffee really balances the Doppelbock sweetness to make it extremely drinkable. Burnt caramel, chalky yeast, a touch of alcohol and cereal grains. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very slight clinginess on the finish and lots of fizzy carbonation. I liked this, a little unusual, but it works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3336) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2008
Tap at Sugar Maple. The beer pours to a dark ruby red body with a thin white head. The aroma is strongly coffee laden dark malts. The flavor is a sweet brown sugar malt with a strong black coffee back. The beer definitely has a long lasting lingering sweetness on the palate. The coffee isn’t too bitter or acetic. A nicely balanced beer but it was definitely a sipper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2008
Bottle: Very interesting beer. Aroma and flavor of malt and coffee. Some nut aroma and flavor mixed in. Pretty good, but not something that I would drink a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Bottle from Pepsican. Strong fresh coffee aroma with light smoke is the aroma. This beer had good maliness to it. Light dark fruit and grape juice notes followed by a nice fresh coffee finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lb4lb (2546) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 18, 2008
bottle courtesy of alexgash. Thanks!
Pours dark maroon with a large medium sized beige head. Smell is of sweet maltiness and nice strong coffee. Taste is about what I’d expect from the name. Rich and malty as expected from a dopplebock with a nice coffee flavor as well. Finishes more malty with little coffee flavor at the end. Pretty nice and drinkable. Medium to slightly rich body with good carbonation. Fairly noticeable tartness in the finish that detracted somewhat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Tea colored pour with a 1 finger off-white head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Roasty chocolate and coffee aroma with notes of bread, toffee, a hint of dark fruit and some spices. Coffee dominates the flavor with a hint of dark fruits, spice, smoke, bread and a little nuttiness. Medium-thin body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 28, 2008
Pours light brown with a dissipating white head. Smell is dominated by coffee. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, some caramel, dark fruit, lots of spice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with a finish that is roasty. This was a nice experiment even if the nose of the coffee overwhelmed everything else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Date: 01/25/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: dark caramel malt aroma with a touch of sweetness, lots of roasted and coffee comes in to take over the initial sweetness,
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor balanced with a smokey coffee character, light earthyness, caramel sweetness fights back for dominance,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz Bottle. Heavy caramel and toffee musk. A dusting of espresso powder and cologne. Nuanced. Lightly sweet and sweeping through the browns. Pours a rather ruddy brown, with a soapy edge in tan. Flavor charges through with a big malt profile, lots of sugars and light fruit, then a flash of coffee in the pan and it doesn’t really come together all that well. Malt plays shallow and the coffee is a little washed out. Finishes on a bright hop edge. Not as stunning as it should have been.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 Pours a very light looking coffee color. Aroma smells like coffee, too. Add some ice and I may have a iced perkulator coffee doppelbock. Or better yet blend it with some ice for a perkulator frappacino. I digress. Flavor profile is mostly coffee and body is very light. There was no head. Overall I liked this beer probably because I really like beer and coffee. If you fall into this category you’ll probably like this beer, too.

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