Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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Reviews by sraimondi:
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured this one from the brand new 12 oz. packaging.
A-Nice beige head which hung around for a bit. Decent lacing for a higher ABV brew. The color of this one is very nice, dark ruby when held up to the light. Right on style.
S-It's all about the malt. Sweet malt with some notes of dried fruit (figs??). Some notable bread tones as well, with some faint yeast.
T-The taste is absolutely wonderful. Sweet malt hits you immediately at the front, but with no cloying, at all. Very faint hops in the middle and finish, which is what balances this one; almost perfectly. Upon further sipping, I'm picking up some other complexities, dried fruit and some slight cherry notes. The yeast character in the smell is not present in the flavor.
MF-A very full and chewy feel. No real alcohol burn, despite the elevated ABV. The carbonation is almost perfect.
D-I have given this one a 4.5 even with the 8.0% ABV. While this beer is not for everyone, if you are a malt head; this might be the best US produced Doppelbock I have had in recent memory. The balance of this beer is what sets it apart from many other US versions. The lack of alcohol harshness is also telling of an outstanding doppelbock brew. I also appreciate the fact that THB has kept the price of the 4 pack within reason. Great job.
In closing, I recently conducted a tasting of this one vs. Sam Adams Double Bock at my local brewpub; no contest. The THB version blew away SA's version, the latter being an alcohol bomb, quite unbalanced and harsh in comparison. I'll soon be conducting a similar vertical tasting vs. some of the seminal German Doppelbocks available in the USA, including my fave, Korbinian. I think it will hold up quite well.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2010 01:16:34 | More by sraimondi
More User Reviews:
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
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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