Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up a few weeks back because I've heard so many good things about this beer and because it's on BA's Top 100 list for beers brewed in America. This beer easily lived up to the hype, even though I haven't had very much experience drinking Bocks and Dopplebocks. After having this though, it's pretty easy to see what the fuss is about!
Let's start with the bottle - I don't have a growler jug so this is about the closest I've gotten to one in quite a long time. It's labeled "Bottled in 2006" across the top and when I finally get the 500 ml bottle open, it "pops" as if something great's been going on the whole time it was on the shelf. Sure enough, that's the case! The pour is wonderful as the deep brown hue and creamy head fills my glass up to the top, along with the edges of a rich garnet red. The aroma is that of roasted malt, with chocolate, toffee, molasses , chicory, and aniseete. What really sticks out about this beer is not how all these flavors go together, but how smooth this is. This may have been the most "organic" brew I've had since the Ommegang Abbey - there's no carbonation here and not a lot of lacing. It almost seems as if this was a naturally-occuring liquid and not something that was crafted. Yes, it's that's well put-together!
I can't even taste the alcohol in this, but it's apparent once a bottle this big is finally savored to the very end. The caramel sweetness (albiet, in a fermented form) has coated my mouth nicely as the last few sips remain in my glass. This is one impressive beer and drinking experience - kudos for Thomas Hooker for the best bock I've ever tasted!
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2008 08:29:50 | More by JerzDevl2000
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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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