Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4.79/5 rDev +13.5%
Appearance - Unlike many doppelbocks that angle toward brown, this one leans black. A mocha head crowns the glass.
Smell - The malts jump out and almost border on being coffee-like. The malts are sweet but dark like chocolate.
Taste - The alcohol is apparent on the initial. However, the malts comes out as being initially dark before turning sweet. There is a degree of chewiness to the malts. Notes of burnt sugar, coffee, cola, and perhaps dark fruits enter. There is a degree of spiciness, before the dark chocolate aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - There is a certain chewiness about this doppelbock that really hits the mark. I would like it to be a little thicker.
Overall - Clearly, this is the best domestic doppelbock of the non-barrel aged variety.
08-09-2014 21:05:42 | More by JohnnyHopps
3.89/5 rDev -7.8%
07-27-2011 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.
Paraphrased from T. Hooker: "The doppelbock style of lager came into being in Middle Ages era Bavaria.... originally brewed by monks to provide a liquid form of nutrition during Lent when no solid food was allowed. Thus doppelbock is nicknamed “liquid bread”. The Thomas Hooker's take blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with dark roasted malts to achieve a rich and creamy brew. Subtly hopped with noble German and Czech hops and cool fermented with a Bavarian lager yeast, this beer will leave you happy to give up solid food for a while. No dessert necessary."
Quite a claim. Threats of Anorexia Nervosa setting in, aside, I found this to be tasty, tasty, tasty. A bit dense for summer, but a worthy brew nonetheless. Between you & I, I still had lunch.
06-04-2014 23:58:36 | More by seedyone
3.86/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a dark brown, bordering on porter appearance. Minimal tan cap which recedes to nothing in fairly short order.
Smell is top-notch. Typical dark fruit character of a doppelbock with roasty undertones. Very, very nice.
Taste is great, but not what I'm looking for in a doppelbock. Minimal sweetness and moderately strong roasted character, while enjoyable, do not hit the mark for me.
Mouthfeel again is nice but not doppelbock-ish. A bit thin and not as sticky as you'd expect for the style.
Overall this is a great lager, but I'm hesitant to hold this in the same regard as celebrator, troegenator, or other great examples of the style. Style guidelines certainly won't stop me from drinking this beer regularly in the future.
03-06-2014 00:47:01 | More by CurtFromHershey
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.