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This is a true dopplebock and Dark Horse Brewingís only publicly distributed lager. It was so normal that we couldnít 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 couldnít 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
On-tap, served in a dimpled mug. Poured a dark ruby with some bronze highlights, small pale beige head of sudsy foam, minimal amount of laced sticking. An interesting nose of lightly roasted nutty coffee with caramel and toffee in the background. Further whiffs reveal a subtle sweet fruitiness, purple grapes and raisins. Smooth moderate body with a enough carbonation to give it a light creaminess. The roasted light coffee provides a mild nutty bitterness to this doppelbock, that mellow bitterness you find at the bottom of a pot of properly brewed coffee, one that hasnít been over boiled to death (a problem in my workplace). The coffee flavor is offset by the sweet maltiness, caramelized sugar and toffee. A light fruitiness, namely dried raisins, helps add a soften sweetness to the taste. The acidity is pretty mild overall and the finish is dry with just a briefly lingering taste of coffee and caramel. This is better than I was expecting, I would have never thought to infuse a doppelbock with coffee, but this works. I do think the coffee infusion somewhat limits the drinkability though, I can only drink so much coffee before wanting to switch to something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2007
A wispy light tan head barely forms, then disappears. The body is a murk caramel brown and when backlit has awesome glowing blood red hues beneath. Looks pretty lively and spot-on for the style, pretty overall. The nose is startling, with grassy hops boldly jumping the crest of coffee and caramel malt breaching the rim of the glass. Doughy bread, scorched caramel, cream, wet coffee grounds and earthiness are all reserved but steady. This is a strange concoction. Alcohol is very lightly detectable. Cereal grain brings in the rear. Grain and graham cracker notes lead in the flavor. Light spice and hoppiness follow, a sweet tasting blend. Coffee is only of mild to medium power and is just an interesting flavor addition. this tastes like an early test batch that still needs tweaking. Different is great but this is rather uninteresting. The palate is lightly prickly with spice and nicely and evenly carbonated, lightly sticky and justy shy of medium bodied. The finish is bready, coffee grounds and vanilla lingering. The mouthfeel is great and I could drink this all day but itís not a very agreeable aromatic or flavor profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Pours a deep brown, redolent of a South American coffee. Aroma is coffee dominant, no surprise, but there is a biting acidity, balanced with grains and a slight hop component. Slight smoke note. Flavor is a continuation of the aroma, but is more subtle. Very smooth and mellow flavor, with the coffee flavor becoming more noticeable on the end of the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2007
On tap at Radio Maria, Champaign, IL. Deep translucent red-brown body, thin buff head. Coffee nose. Coffee makes the first impression on the palate, and lingers before giving way to sweet brown sugars and burnt caramels. Earthy finish. Lacks the heavy, dull breads and toffee of most doppelbocks. In fact, nothing about this beer really screams "doppelbock." That said, I found Perkulator tasty, but it will probably be a disappointment for those looking for something true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Chestnut color with a head that fades quickly to just a few bubbles around the rim and a oil slick gathering of bubbles in the middle of the glass. Heavy aromas mocha. Light caramel, dough and a hint of charred oak. A mix of dark coffee and darker malts seem to transcend all flavors. It seems at times that they are fighting each other for attention rather than come together in one balanced brew. Iím not a confessed coffee brew lover, but a dopplebock lover. Tell me this is a strong coffee brew and Iím ok with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Coffee didnít come blowing through in the aroma,more of a slight roast malt,and right at the end a touch of coffee bean, taste was that a mildy sweetened coffee that had a very satisfying non bitter finish,taste and felt more like an ale then a bock,smooth palate enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at Radio Maria in Champaign. Sampled from a friendís shaker. Dark but still transparent orange pour. No head to speak of. Coffee aroma all the way. Just a hint of some caramel malt in the background, but I had to search for it. Flavor was similar, all coffee. I like a beer to have some roasty character to it, but this was too over the top for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 13, 2007
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Bello Vino, Ann Arbor MI, 11/27/07. Pours a mostly transparent, ruddy tea color with a thin layer of quickly dissipating, filmy off-white head. Aromas of medium roast coffee beans and light dry chocolate. The coffee notes definitely have some of that dried up, damp coffee grounds character that Iíve obtained everytime Iíve added crushed beans directly to the secondary. Itís not offensive, but distinct to many coffee beers. Some light strawberry esters add some subtle complexity. Medium full bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Needs a bit more carbonation and attenuation, although some of the malt sweetness keeps the coffee roast bitterness and acidity from being too strong. The coffee flavors are prominent in the finish, bringing out this burned Starbuckís French Roast flavor. The middle of the palate brings out some enjoyable prune and pumpernickel bread notes. Finishes roasty, with a slight alcoholic sting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
I really appreciated this beer for what it was, experimental and over the top. Tasted a lot like a quality iced coffee with some nice fruity/floral notes to go with the heavy coffee. I presume they utilized an island coffee like Kona or Sumatra. Very nice flavor that finishes very clean. tasty, though calling this a doppelbock may be a stretch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ford9719 (371) - Vilseck, GERMANY - NOV 23, 2007
Tap at brewery. Poured a very dark orange color. Aroma of nothing but coffe. Taste is smooth with a very heavy coffe finish.

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