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RATINGS: 627   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a brownish amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of coffee grinds, vegetal and some grains. Flavor of light coffee, kind of thin, caramel, some grains and toasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
(bottle from miketd.)reddish/brown with not much head.nice aroma of coffee,and some nutmeg.flavor is full of coffee.its then followed by some caramel,and chocolate milk.pretty tasty stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle thanks to miketd. Poured a nice copper brown color with a thin beige head. Aroma of roasted coffee. All I really get out of the flavor is roasted coffee also. A bit one dimensional, but definitely different. I have been wanting to try something from this brewery for a while, thanks for hooking me up Mike.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
milewide (2059) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Clear brown color. Thin body. Coffee aroma and taste is upfront, but over-powers the malt and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2736) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a brown with some red highlights and a little bit of a head that leaves just a trace of tiny bubbles. Aromas are sweet and roasted malt... more of a brown sugar smell than coffee, which seems a bit strange. A little bit of a pungent and earthy burnt smell (coffee?) Flavor has a strange mix of sweetness and burnt/old coffee that then transforms into a more reasonable coffee aftertaste. All that said, I was hoping for something a little more interesting. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. I think this beer could be much better... the flavors seem to work together, just needs some help with the fullness and the transitions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Out of the bottle, with a different label. Ruby colored beer with a thin, whispy slick of a head. I expected stronger coffee aroma, but it was a pretty subtle sweet coffee nose that got stronger as it warmed. Sweet toffee and lightly toasted grains over a bitter coffee that only got more intrusive as it warmed. Some acidity and fruitiness, but I’m not sure a coffee doppelbock is a good use of coffee.

   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 hasn’t 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 it’s 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 (3191) - 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.

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