1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thomas Hooker Liberator DoppelbockThomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

636 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 636
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 636 | Reviews: 501 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Stubbie1:
Photo of Stubbie1
Stubbie1

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2006 Vintage

This dopplebock pours deep dark brown with a thick tight tan head on top of the glass. The head slowly fades to a thick ring around my glass. The smell is sweet malt, toffee and caramel with a hint of a roasted feel in the air. Taste is sweet and sticky with an all malt front. Not a syrup type of sweet but a well rounded malt sweetness. There is that bit of a roasted flavor washed in the middle but it ends up sweet in the finish. I enjoyed this beer. This is what a dopplebock should be.

Overall a well done dopplebock that I will try and enjoy again and again

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 18:06:42 | More by Stubbie1
More User Reviews:
Photo of Doomcifer
Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-17-2014 23:22:08 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Jmbbabson
Jmbbabson

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

06-29-2014 17:23:51 | More by Jmbbabson
Photo of seedyone
seedyone

New York

3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07-27-2011 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Paraphrased from T. Hooker: "The doppelbock style of lager came into being in Middle Ages era Bavaria.... originally brewed by monks to provide a liquid form of nutrition during Lent when no solid food was allowed. Thus doppelbock is nicknamed “liquid bread”. The Thomas Hooker's take blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with dark roasted malts to achieve 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."

Quite a claim. Threats of Anorexia Nervosa setting in, aside, I found this to be tasty, tasty, tasty. A bit dense for summer, but a worthy brew nonetheless. Between you & I, I still had lunch.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2014 23:58:36 | More by seedyone
Photo of Latarnik
Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-28-2014 01:12:57 | More by Latarnik
Photo of neil2me
neil2me

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

05-27-2014 02:49:13 | More by neil2me
Photo of Magery
Magery

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-20-2014 02:40:50 | More by Magery
Photo of GinjaSlice
GinjaSlice

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

05-12-2014 04:22:06 | More by GinjaSlice
Photo of diverite
diverite

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

05-06-2014 00:14:45 | More by diverite
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
davidwhatshisnam

New York

3/5  rDev -28.9%

05-03-2014 22:28:16 | More by davidwhatshisnam
Photo of ChrisChagnon
ChrisChagnon

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

04-29-2014 15:45:36 | More by ChrisChagnon
Photo of Kegatron
Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-23-2014 22:56:08 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Sweffin
Sweffin

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-28-2014 02:09:12 | More by Sweffin
Photo of tobelerone
tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-08-2014 06:22:34 | More by tobelerone
Photo of CurtFromHershey
CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

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
Photo of jp312
jp312

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-05-2014 01:18:16 | More by jp312
Photo of beast464
beast464

Maryland

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-28-2014 22:24:59 | More by beast464
Photo of TBuikus
TBuikus

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-17-2014 03:26:56 | More by TBuikus
Photo of SHerninko
SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

02-16-2014 23:41:20 | More by SHerninko
Photo of jwps214
jwps214

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-16-2014 03:09:37 | More by jwps214
Photo of Smarty_Pints
Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-01-2014 05:30:59 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of rolltide8425
rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

01-31-2014 20:08:29 | More by rolltide8425
Photo of BigMike
BigMike

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-10-2014 00:09:53 | More by BigMike
Photo of wattoclone
wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-22-2013 17:56:11 | More by wattoclone
Photo of brureview
brureview

Massachusetts

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
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.