Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by FirstMan:
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Thomas Hooker is coming to a festival that my wife is organizing, so I felt obligated to go the other day and buy one of each of their beers to try. It's always good to have an excuse to try beer, you know. This review is for the bottled version, but man am I looking forward to having this on tap.
Comes in a big-ass, heavy flip-top bottle that you could kill someone with. Of course, after drinking this you'll be in such a good mood that you'd never want to do such a thing.
Pours a deep dark burgundy-brown with a full, fluffy head that stays around for nigh on a coon's age.
While you are waiting for the head to go down, stick your nose in the glass (make sure you've got a broad mouth glass for this one) and suck in the raisins, cloves, and woody cherry notes. Lots going on here. As it warms up you really get a noseful of the alcohol-laced ripe fruit. Great smell.
As with a lot of doppelbocks, give this one a bit of time to warm up and you won't be disappointed. There go the cherry and wood notes up front. The alcohol is prominent in this one, but balanced very well with the malty fruit tones. Lots of hops bring up the rear - possibly just a little much when this is colder, but as it warms up the dry bitterness in the finish is much less pronounced.
A big chewy mouthfeel, with more dryness than I was expecting.
I could drink a lot of this if I didn't need to walk. It really sneaks up on you with the abv, which sort of affects the drinkability factor.
Overall just a great beer.
Serving type: bottle
09-01-2005 16:11:22 | More by FirstMan
More User Reviews:
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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