Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by rabidawg:
4.97/5 rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Appearance: Deep, glowing ruby that makes me think of fire in a glass. Viscous and syrupy, with a moderate tan head. Sticky, lacquered spots and lines of lacing. This beer screams high carbs . . . hell yeah!
Smell: An incredible blend of hops and malt. One doesn't so much fade away and turn into the other so much as both constantly vie for your attention. The base malts are luxuriously sweet and toasty without being overpowering, the dark malts hint at acidity, and the noble hops add perfect spice to the bouquet. Killer nose on this one.
Taste: Initial prickling on the tongue from the carbonation, and then a huge rush of malt flavor. Sweet yet toasty, and absolutely creamy in the mouth. Not cloying at any time, but when the hops kick in after the swallow the genius of this beer truly shines; you'll know the meaning of a drinkable doppelbock. Finish is heavily dominated by a taste strikingly similar to chewing the skin of a nearly-ripe plum. Alcohol is absolutely hidden from the palate, showing up only in a gentle warming of the face.
Notes: Absolutely outstanding in every respect, and a credit to the style. This is a doppel for lovers of malt and hops alike, and is certainly one of the driest of the style I've sampled. You know a beer geek who claims not to enjoy lagers? Let him taste this one.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2004 01:11:40 | More by rabidawg
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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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