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RATINGS: 620   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4987) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Got this 12oz bottle as an extra in a trade with mtdshn. Thanks Mark! Pours a translucent, nearly opaque deep brown with a thin cream colored head. If not for the tight bubbles you might think it was a cappuccino. Very sugary aroma that has a bit of nuts and brown sugar and faint coffee. Flavor is very sweet, a little sour with flavors of brown sugar, caramel and coffee. The coffee flavors are only a compliment and certainly aren’t the whole show. Finish has some lasting coffee bitterness and is fairly dry. If not for the name it might be possible to miss the coffee component of this beer entirely. That said, this was still enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at the brewery, 2007. Like great coffee with extra sugar in it. Malty, sweety, a great mouthfeel. After taste is a solid coffee flavor. A great, great blend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2008
Pours brown in color with a nice quarter inch head that recedes quickly to nothing. Not a whole lot going on in the nose, barely detectable slight coffee.
This is a very interesting combination. Decent doppelbock with just a slight amount of coffee. I’m liking it. Decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2008
3-18-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to alexgash
Thick dense caramel mud in color with little head. Smell is mild and sweet and a hint of smoky malt. Taste is very sweet and bock-like but mostly watery overall. Smoky flavor and finish. Pretty decent but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5034) - 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 (3338) - 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 (2548) - 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.

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