Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by Bung:
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. Got this one from mob2332.
Fairly dark amber/brown pour. Massive light tan head, almost to the point I thought there might be a problem. Obviously retention was not a problem.
Aroma has quite a bit of fruit, a little tart and some caramel, chocolate and even some roast, coffee as it warms a bit.
Taste relieves my worries of a troubled bottle. Solid malt, currant and a bready fruitcake. Fades very nicely into a slight char and chocolates. Finishes with some light citrus hops and more prevelent coffee.
Drinks like a champ. Very creamy while being light side of mid bodied. No alcohol presence anywhere.
The only thing holding this back was the aroma, which also kept the drinkability a 4.5 for me. Possibly a little age on this one, one of the few times I'd say that maybe I should try a fresh one. Still very good and deserving of its standing.
2nd bottle I had of this was better on the aroma and outstanding on all other fronts.
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2011 03:37:33 | More by Bung
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3.44/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
07-27-2011 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.
Tasty, tasty, tasty. A bit dense for summer, but a worthy brew nonetheless.
They say: "The doppelbock style of lager came into being in Middle Ages era Bavaria in what is today southern Germany. It was originally brewed by monks to provide themselves with a liquid form of nutrition during the fasting period of Lent when no solid food was allowed. This has earned the doppelbock the nickname “liquid bread” because of its rich and filling capacity. The Thomas Hooker Doppelbock Lager blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with select dark roasted malts to achieve a malt lover’s dream of 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."
Who am I to argue?
Serving type: on-tap
06-04-2014 23:58:36 | More by seedyone
3.86/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 00:47:01 | More by CurtFromHershey
4.06/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle date: 10/22/13
Poured a 1/2 finger head in a Pilsner glass: deep dark brown coffee-like color.
The aroma is interesting: I was expecting malt and figs- instead there is a strong coffee roast aroma from the head which fades with warming.
Mouth feel is moderate as in the character of the style.
The taste is also different than other Doppelbocks I have tasted. Strong roast character, nuts, and coffee which fades with warming. There isn't a big maltiness as mentioned in other reviews.
Perhaps after two months the beer loses some of its malt character.
Overall, a very good Doppelbock, but different than other beers in the same style. I was looking for more of a bready and malty presence. The taste profile also diminishes with warming. This could be due to the bottle date.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 02:18:01 | More by brureview
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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