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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

643 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 183
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hopped with German and Czech hops and fermented with Bavarian lager yeast, this traditional doppelbock blends an extensive amount of select dark malts to achieve its rich and creamy character. Rich and filling, this brew is a malt lovers dream.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2004)
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Norseman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-31-2014 22:13:28 | More by Norseman
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

08-20-2014 03:57:53 | More by crowsnest
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malfunxion

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-19-2014 04:21:43 | More by malfunxion
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sswillard

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-18-2014 00:01:44 | More by sswillard
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-13-2014 09:47:10 | More by zestar
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vonnerbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-12-2014 20:25:30 | More by vonnerbeer
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

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
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-17-2014 23:22:08 | More by Doomcifer
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Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-29-2014 17:23:51 | More by Jmbbabson
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seedyone

New York

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
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-28-2014 01:12:57 | More by Latarnik
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neil2me

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-27-2014 02:49:13 | More by neil2me
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Magery

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-20-2014 02:40:50 | More by Magery
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GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-12-2014 04:22:06 | More by GinjaSlice
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diverite

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-06-2014 00:14:45 | More by diverite
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -28.9%

05-03-2014 22:28:16 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-29-2014 15:45:36 | More by ChrisChagnon
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-23-2014 22:56:08 | More by Kegatron
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Sweffin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-28-2014 02:09:12 | More by Sweffin
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-08-2014 06:22:34 | More by tobelerone
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

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
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-05-2014 01:18:16 | More by jp312
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beast464

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-28-2014 22:24:59 | More by beast464
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TBuikus

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-17-2014 03:26:56 | More by TBuikus
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2014 23:41:20 | More by SHerninko
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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.