Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by Kaiser81:
4/5 rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Mora2000, who sent this to me just because it was on my wants list.
I've had it, oh, 9 months or so in my closet...maybe a bit longer.
It's a swing top, 500 mL bottle. It looks like some beer or something might have come through the gasket above the red o ring, but it could just be the color of the glue.
Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery snifter.
A - Opens with a nice little pop, so it seems like there is plenty of carbonation. It pours a very very dark brown, with maybe a touch of mahogany. There is a small, mocha colored head that formed, and dissipated quickly. No real lacing on the glass.
S - Nice chocolate smells, like cocoa powder, with a touch of biscuity sweetness. It's not that complex, but it's rich.
T - It's pretty much like the nose. Chocolate powder taste dominates, with some biscuity sweetness. I also get roast, and maybe a touch of coffee bean or espresso on the end. In finishing off the 2nd pour to top off my glass after a few sips, I got a metallic tinge the taste...kind of found in stale chocolate, I guess. It's not bad, but it's there.
M - Medium body with above average carbonation at first, but it settles nicely.
D - It's good, but I'm not one to drink tons of doppelbocks. I was glad to try it though.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2010 03:46:29 | More by Kaiser81
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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