fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle thanks to StFun, pours hazy dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, sweet coffee.....very nice aroma. Flavor is complex with green raisin, brown sugar, coffee, nuts, bitter cocoa. This is a great beer, very flavorful and the coffee adds a neat backbone to the classic doppelbock flavors without dominating. ISO more!!!
BeerBuss (11) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Outstanding! Great to have a coffee beer that is not a porter or stout. Dark Horse is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. Nice, deep, dark roasty nose. Light and bouncy on the palate with a black coffee impact (give me this on a Friday night after a long week and I can go for hours!).
maxwelldeux (2697) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Damn... this is good. Huge coffee notes in the nose that really come through in the taste. My fiance said "Ooh... this is like coffee AND beer. I should drink this in the morning!" I can’t disagree with her. Light and smooth with an easy finish.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy mahogany with fair tan head / Rich nose of wine, coffee, and tobacco / Medium body, chewy, moderately sweet, with good balance of big malts and hops, and with long finish / Winey flavors of coffee, oak, semisweet chocolate, and apple / Terrific.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2009 i do not like dopplebocks, so i was not expecting good things from this new Dark Horse brew. thankfully, i was surprised. pours dark brown with off-white head. nose is coffee all the way, perhaps chased by a bit of sweetness. palate is crisp and refreshing. taste is heavy coffee and resembles nothing like a dopplebock. this delicious brew is a bit sweet and certainly one of my absolutely favorite beers. similar to furthermore’s obscura, but with more coffee notes. there are only a few coffee beers better than this one.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most pronounced flavors in this full bodied dopplebock are malt, coffee, and a roasted finish. Super delicious lager- the way I wish more lagers were crafted.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. served into Duvel tulip glass. Pour is deep brown with small quick deminishing caramel colored head. Aromas of coffee, caramel, and some molasses. Flavor is upfront with loads of coffee, roasted malts, and finishing with a small amount of warming alcohol. I would say this one is a straight up coffee bomb. I could drink this right when I wake up every morning. Very impressed.
Cybercat (2770) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rich aroma is like fine roast coffee with just a hint of powdery unsweet chocolate. It pours a clear cola brown with a fine-bubbled pale tan head that sticks around for a bit. Mouth-filling flavor is mainly of quality coffee with an undertone of chocolate and hints of malt, caramel and nuts. Texture is fairly smooth and has a good tingle to it. A bock? Tastes more like a porter or stout than a bock to me - but whatever they call it, I call it delicious!
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The coffee used in this brew is top shelf. Very rich aroma and taste. Moderatly sweet, creamy and smooth. You must like coffee in this one, as that dominates most everything. Melds nice with the dopplebock base.
Overml01 (225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nom, nom, nom... mmm. Had a pint of this on tap at the Trion, bought a growler, then proceeded to take the growler home and polish that off as well. Robust coffee nose, so delicious that its one of the very few I’ve ever given a 10. Cloudy brown pour with little to no head, a true quality coffee beer. I found out around 4am that it has roughly 60mg of caffeen per serving. Perhaps a mistake to drink the whole growler, but oh so good. It truely rivals Surly’s coffee bender, you must try this!