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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Thomas Hooker Liberator DoppelbockThomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

625 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 625
Reviews: 500
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 11.35%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by BeerRun13:
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BeerRun13

California

3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Third time I've received this gem in a BIF or through a trade... time to review it. Unfortunately the little sticker across the swingtop is missing from this one, so I have no idea as of to the vintage.
Pours a very dark reddish brown into my mug. A thick cream to tan colored head isn't going anywhere.
Caramel notes and some a little heat in the nose.
Much more bitter than I remember the previous versions. It might be a little off... maybe from the trek it took to get here. I remember this being much more on the caramel, creamy, smooth, side. It gradually gets better as it warms up.
Still has a medium-full creamy body. and goes down well, the bitterness I'm getting on this one could be played down a bit.
Not as good as the previous bottles I've tried. A little more of an alcohol kick than I would expect for an 8% brew. I'll score it fair from past experience. I'd love to see another one of these come my way for a re-review.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 05:42:37 | More by BeerRun13
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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.

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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 625 ratings.