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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
75 86 66 6 25 11
Perkulator by Dark Horse Brewing Company
7.50 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 02/21/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$7.99 4-Pack
RT. 6 Liquors

2008 Edition with the Two Headed Beast.

Perkulator is my first coffee infused doppelbock. This beer pours a deep rich brown with garnet highlights flashing around the edges of the glass. The body glows mahogany when backlit and the carbonation rises in streams to the surface. A standard pour produced a fingers worth of beige head that fell rather quickly to a skimming with an island of foam here and there. The collar was slightly thicker and leaves behind tiny patches of lacing after each drink that eventually fall back into the body.

The coffee in this beer is mild, so the nose suggests, but it is the first thing coming from the glass. The coffee gives way to the more malty characteristics. There's a good deal of peppery spiciness but the main component to this beer is a rich rather sweet malty character that centers on toffee and figs. The aroma doesn't really have a great deal of doppelbock but it smells inviting whatever it is.

The flavor varies from the nose in that the malty sweetness hits first. The toffee maltiness leads the way before mild coffee grounds make themselves known mid palate but fade just as quickly to black pepper spiciness. The figs seem more like rum soaked raisins, although the boozy quality is rather dull. Mild leafy hops bring up the rear and add a sense of balance. The coffee comes along once more on the swallow. Not quite a dopplebock but a well crafted beer regardless.

The body feels light as it hits the tip of the tongue but quickly gathers its composure and eventually has a slight viscosity. The carbonation is nice and soft making this beer roll across the tongue.

This is an easy drinking coffee infused beer. I can drink a few of these in a sitting without a problem. The coffee is balanced out nicely by the malt and it makes this beer go down easily.

Perkulator is another well made beer by Dark Horse. The flavor is good and it's nice to find a coffee beer where the coffee acts as a compliment to the beer instead of the main component.

Reviewed: 11/2/08

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pilsner Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2009
Label looks like a Slayer cover...with a touch of coffee...
Deep and murky looking mahogany tone with a slimming khaki colored capping that doesn't stick around long nor stick any lace to the glass. A thin collar ring remains and slippery lace tries to stay in place put slides right back down.

Nice aroma of cold spent coffee, quite black and burnt too, and some black malt sweetness sifts through as does a bit of vanilla and nuts.

Flavors are a lovely meld of all sorts of mildly set sweet and nutty malts with a smooth rounded in tone of clean coffee. Buttered bready centered with a hefty yet soothing whole grain taste with a nice breakfast pastry twist of nuts, vanilla, maple, cinnamon, and capped with a dallop of coffee ice cream. Super complexing nutty and light roasty finish, which I find incredibly yummy and smooth as the malts tie down a dryness that just barely pokes its coffeeish roasty fingers thru the glove of nutty sweet malts. Nice!

Body is fairly full and smooth with a silken creamy abode of nutty sweetness and bready undertone that squeezes in some excellent morning coffee hints as its malty slipperyness finds a chewy cascade across the cheeks and into the gullet. Near perfect length and tone to its flavor and tone the whole way thru and makes a unique and favorable late impression on the palate that keeps you wanting more. Much, much, more...

Yum! Really diggin' the nutty smoothness this creates within its coffee buttering. This is a keeper and I will call Perkulator the bigger brother to Furthermores' Oscura.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by dill on 02/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
66 2 8 13 3 7 2008
thanks, OC. I was curious to try this beer for a while, and I really enjoyed it. It poured a deep brown with a head that quickly dissipated. The smell was of roasted malts and coffee. The taste was of chocolate covered coffee beans. It was lightly carbonated, appropriately so I would say. I had a good time drinking this beer and am happy for the chance to try it.

Served In: Wine Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 11/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 9 16 2 7 2008
Color is dark brown, very minimal foam. not much light getting through, slightly darker than most other doppelbocks I've had. Smell is almost all coffee. Some semi-sweet malts, but not much. Taste is a lot of coffee up front, then a slight malt sweetness and some roasted hints at the end. Coffee and a slight chocolate after-taste lingers a little while. Feel is minimal, as the carbonation doesn't even seem to be there. I think I can count the number of bubbles at the top right now. I count nine of them.

Overall, this one is OK but not great. If you really like coffee then you'll like this one more than me probably. As a doppelbock it misses the mark in terms of the malt sweetness and a true example of the style. One its own, it's pretty good but not great.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 04/24/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 16 3 8 2008
Thanks to hoppymeal for sending this interesting extra.

Pours a muddy amber color with about half an inch of foam.

Coffee aromas upfront. Pretty much just sweet coffee, caramel, toffee, and a few spices. Very interesting, and I can say that I’ve never had a dopplebock like this one. Some bready aromas try to cut through the coffee but so far it’s just suppressed. I’m also getting a bit of raisin.

Coffee dominates the taste again with just a touch of alcohol and some sweet bread flavors in the aftertaste. I’m getting a flavor of toast, sometimes faint and sometimes a little stronger. Strange, as soon as I take a sip I get a glimpse of the malt but as soon as I move the beer farther back the palate the coffee takes over and masks the malt.

Good carbonation, kind of finishes a little thin for a dopplebock but that doesn’t seem to be the problem; it doesn’t taste like your typical dopplebock. I like this beer but I wish the coffee could play as just another flavor in the mix and not overwhelm the malt.

Served In: Other

Review by Organized Chaos on 01/05/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 3 7 0
Pours a light brown/dark amber color with minimal head.

Smell is mostly coffee, some light malts.

taste is pretty much the same, all coffee, all the time. This tastse like a cold coffe with some beer added. Its a nice unique twist to the dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is decent, I think this one needs a little more carbonation.

Overall decent beer, I am not a huge dopplebock fan, but this was a good beer.

Served In: Pint Glass

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