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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

505 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 505
Hads: 675
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 212
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2004

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
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Photo of bultrey
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Liter bottle courtesy of Venom at this summer's Ommegang fest... finally decided to break this puppy out with a meal of roquefort-stuffed pork chops. First off, this beer was a gusher -- when I popped the grolsch-style bottle top I had foam everywhere, and had I known how good the beer I was losing precious ounces of was, I would have wept openly.
Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a gorgeous raw umber color (remember those crazy Crayola colors?) with a thick and creamy tan head. Smells so vinous, along with some real plummy dark fruit, and even a hint of anise -- very much like a Belgian double. I could smell it all night. The taste is so complex, it takes a while to sort things out -- tannic grape skins, tobacco, cocoa nibs, chocolate covered dark fruits, plums, and then a little nuttiness, like almonds or hazlenuts. The finish is oh-so-dry and exceptionally smooth, the alcohol is... well... what alcohol? Drinkability is sky-high -- You could do it up in the tulip glass and savor each and every flavor, or you could be just as happy pouring the whole damn thing into a liter mug and guzzling it down with some bratwurst.
I have been Liberated. Thank you Loren. (1,185 characters)

Photo of Excalibur33
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is, Wow! Not my favorite style, but some beers are just this good regardless of type. For a "heavy" beer, it's remarkably drinkable, with a wonderful, smooth carbonation. This is an all-around fantastic beer. The color is a deep brown with a small hint of red, and a full, tan head that hangs on forever. The slightly sweet aftertaste leaves me craving more. (372 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I try not to give strait fives anymore, but dayum, this beer deserves every last one.
HUGE thanks to fdrich29 for this sweet nectar of the gods.
Bottled in 2005 on the label across the top. Fresh beer! Yum!

A: Nearly opaque brown color with some faint reddish tinge. Head is a big pillow of tan suds that lasts forever and just lays down the lacing like there's no tomorrow. Uber cool bottle design.

S: Heaven. Dark malty aroma. Big aroma of home baked bread crust. Faint chocolate smell. Putting my nose way down into the oversized wine glass I'm using I get a bit of a spicy alcohol smell. Faint fruit smell in there. Wow does this smell good. If it didn't taste at all good, I could be satisfied just inhaling this heady aroma.

T: Thick chewy malt flavor just cascades all over. Toasted biscuity flavor. A delicate kiss of chocolate. Spicy alcohol taste that is just barely there. A touch of rum soaked fruits. So much going on here and all of it is not only good, but compliments the other flavors. Unreal.

M: Big full body that isn't at all too heavy. Carbonation is low and seems to give this an almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is smooth and warming, hard to believe that this one is 8%.

D&N: By far, this is the absolute greatest beer I've ever had. There is nothing about this beer that is anything less than exceptional. Better than a Westy 12? For me, yes. Perfection in a bottle, heaven in a glass. If you haven't tried this beer yet, do whatever it takes to get your hands on a bottle. Beg. Borrow. Trade. You won't be disappointed. (1,562 characters)

Photo of necoadam
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh yeah, it was time to open up the Liberator today. Big 1 liter bottle of goodness. Love the bottle and the label design they put on this bottle. That little yellow tape you see on the top mentions what year the beer was brewed in. Poured out black, but there was some dark to medium brown in there. Looked like dark milk chocolate. There was a thin layer of head on there, I thought it was going to go away but stayed all the way through. Smell was quite malty. Some cocoa in there, perhaps a touch of nuts and dark fruit (plums mostly). Caramel and chocolate also hit the nose. Quite complex. Taste was just as complex as the smell was. Big chewy malty base sets the foundation of this brew. Some plums and caramel hit the palate gently, with some chocolate and hop undertones. Finishes dry which makes you want to sip a little more everytime. This beer will wow you for sure. My only complaint is that I shared this with people, but that's ok. I'm just spreading the love around me. What a stunning beer. (1,008 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Barrel aged version. Buffalo Trace bourbon cask.

Dark, dark brown, topped with a frothy mound of cream colored head. Very similar in aroma to regular Liberator, of course, but with a very subtle, elegant touch of vanilla, wood and bourbon. Plenty of roastiness, noticable hops, and rich pruney fruit. The flavor opens with that blast of refined roastiness I love in this beer, extra, extra creamy and smooth with the touch of vanilla and cream the barrel aging provides. I mean, I don't know how this beer can get any smoother or more luscious on the palate. Full bodied, creamy feeling like it were a nitro pour, but with all the flavor. Plenty of prune fruitiness, with a bit of an exotic fig flavor. Excellent with the light bourbon quality. Headstrong hops in the finish, very floral with a not-so-subtle hint of pine. Plenty of roastiness, although no charry burnt flavors. For all the woody quality, the actual bourbon is very tame. I like that, as it doesn't threaten to override the beer. Just a hint of booze in the finish. Everything you like in Liberator, with an extra bit of fine detail. Stunning.
My one complaint is that this beer goes down WAY too easy, and you'll find yourself drinking more than you probably should. Hey, that's what a designated driver's for, right? (1,290 characters)

Photo of FrankJ1982
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unreal. This one is definitley an A+ American take on a German classic. More aggressive than Celebrator, which I think would be an obvious assumption. Bold but not overwhelming, I'd say another big win for Hooker and Hartford area brewing. If you haven't tried it, you should. (276 characters)

Photo of govtmule
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First, I love the 1 Liter bottle. If I ever brewed my own beer, this is the bottle I'd use.

It pours a beautiful black tar color, very thick in appearance. It poured with an inch and a half of thick, tan head.

The aroma was wonderful. There is so much going on there that it's hard to put into words. Yeast, malt, fruit, chocolate, coffee, tobbacco.

The first sip was all it took and I knew. Again, it's so rich and lovely that it's hard to describe. Malty, chocolate and raisiny fruitiness. Some hints of lighter (even citrus) fruits and a nice fresh tobacco. It reminded me of some fresh cigars I bought from a local tobacco roller in the Dominican Republic...just rich, complex yet balanced. Not overpowering in any one aspect. Very rich and tasty.

I drank the liter with no problem. The alcohol is present but not really at the front of my mind when drinking it. You could have told me it was 5% ABV and I would not have blinked. It's amazing how rich and strong it is, but I felt like I could have drank another liter.

Makes me want to cuss it's so good. The best doppelbock I ever expect to have. It went straight to number one on my chart.

I only hope it becomes a regular for Troutbrook. It easily could be their flagship brew.

Bravo! (1,263 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thank you Spencer at New England Bev. for selling me the last of his stash. This dopple pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a luscious, creamy beige head. Full aromas of medium roasted malts give way to brown sugar, raisins and English toffe. A tease of dark chocolate and powdery truffels adds complexity. A swirl of the goblet releases a pleasant Noblesque hop aroma. HOLY SHIT!!! Every aroma carries through into the initial sip and then some! This is simply awesome, I must have more. A complex array of roasted and caramelized malt flavors leads the way while floral and herbal hops provide the perfect balancing act. Dark pit fruit, toffe, creamy malted milk, Ovalteen. This is the creamiest beer I've ever had. Oh why did I wait so long to buy one of these, now they're gone. I savor every drop of this near-black liquid. All hail Paul Davis for making one of the most delicious beers I have had. Transcendant! (920 characters)

Photo of 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. (1,324 characters)

Photo of acceptmj
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a bottle finally for my birthday

A: Pours a white head which disappears quickly. Color is a very dark roasted ruby red. when held up to a light you can barely see through it.

S: The smell is amazing. Very malty with hints of a wine characteristic and also figs or plums. You can smell a hint of the alcohol but not much due to the amount of malted barley that they use.

T: This beer has a subtle sweetness all around from start to finish. You recieve all of the malt flavors and just a hint of bitterness to balance it out. In the after taste you get some raisin or plum again.

M: With all the 8 different malts they use in this recipe it is not filling at all. It is a full bodied beer which coats your mouth completely. But you can drink 2 or 3 of these and still feel like another one if not for the alcohol content.

O: This is the best Doppelbock i have had. I love how even though it is a thick and heavy beer after you finish a bottle you dont feel full or "sluggish". This is a great beer to start expanding your palate with. (1,049 characters)

Photo of TimHoss
4.95/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent Dopplebock from the Nutmeg State. Purcahsed it on a recomendation and I was not let down. Take some time to smell the beverage immidiately after you open the bottle for sweet notes. Great dark body with a thin tan head that disperses realtively quick. Great spicey taste and ends with a slightly chocolate malt. Great beverage for any occasion. (354 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many, many thanks to a gentlemanly BA for hooking me up with this bona fide masterpiece.

A fantastic looking brew out of the bottle, this dopplebock produced a this and bubbly head that hung around for a good while. The aroma was all about the deep and rich roasted malt, with some background sweetness of bittersweet chocolate. An a amazing flavor, with rich and creamy smoothness on the palate and not-too-heavy chocolate notes on the tongue.

An amazing Bier, and a fantastic representation of this style. It went very well with a piece of homemade chocolate torte. You must at least try to get your hands on this classic!

Zum wohl! (651 characters)

Photo of nogoodreason
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Brown, approaching black with a tan, retentive head. Nose is roastier than expected (though beautifully so) with sweet marshmallow, chocolate and a clean maltiness that I guessed was vienna (checked the bottle and I was right, Yay!) as it warms the nose turns sweet malty and the marshmallows become cookie dough.

When you drink it, it's ridiculously smooth and creamy, creamy, creamy. There's a rich, bittersweet chocolate some slight tart cherries balanced with a slight roasted bitterness and rounding out with toffee. Ridiculously long chocolate finish leaves you smacking your lips and craving for more. Really stunningly drinkable for such a big, full-flavored beer.

Warmer and with the yeasty dregs poured in it's more bitter and roasty and if possible, with an more delicious lingering finish.


Simply beautiful. There's a lot of hype surrounding this beer and let's let it be said, it's legit. Great stuff. Huge thanks to MJR for sharing this gem. (974 characters)

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, huge thanks to pbrian for the special BIF 6 brew! This d-bock arrived in a one-liter swing-top capped bottle with a thin strip of tape across the top stating it was bottled in 2004.
The appearance of Liberator belied its nature. It had an impenetrable dark chocolate brown color topped by a diminutive, creamy mocha-hued head that sputtered down to a thin ring and left no lace. Tipping the glass and quickly righting it resulted in lots of fine carbonation being released to slowly crawl up the walls to briefly form a head.
The nose was a complex bouquet of roasted earthy malt, molasses, hints of chocolate, and a noticeable herbal hoppiness. Some nuts and a light wafting of alcohol also were evident. Liberator definitely has a blend of aromas designed to lure one in!
The taste is the coup de grace - very well-tailored with all the flavors complementing each other. Lots of sweet molasses and some plum notes overlying a huge yeasty malt base. Chocolate and raisin bread flavors in there, too. This doppelbock is big in all manners of taste, including its use of hops. There's a real herbal hops build-up as each taste rolls to the back of the palate, leaving a wonderful counterpoint to all the hearty roasted malt flavor. The feel was full, creamy, and seductively smooth with a dry finish. Liberator doesn't possess the syrupy sweet, cloying feel that any number of other doppelbocks seem burdened with.
The exquisite taste and nose, the silky feel and somewhat foreboding appearance made Liberator amazingly drinkable. Add that the 8% alcohol content is very well masked and it gets downright dangerous. All in all, Liberator struck me not so much as being a doppelbock as being a doppelbock borne of a barleywine, such was its complexity and breadth of hops character. Easily the finest doppelbock I've had and worth picking up on sight or working out a trade for. (1,887 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Bottled in 2006/SwingTop

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, an an amazing creamy one-finger plus tan head, which lasted forever, now some nice little islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and toffee/caramel. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter malts, nice touch of vanilla, lots of toffee/caramel. Medium body, smooth/thick with a nice chewy body. Very drinkable, man this is an awesome Doppelbock, probably the best I've had to date, quite different, highly recommended. (606 characters)

Photo of Knuckles
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So my buddy FirstMan had to move out to Worcester last spring, as his wife (darlinclementine) got a badass job at a badass museum that deals in badass weapons (this is the Higgins Armory, and she was responsible for the badass beerfest held there, the Higgins Festival of Ale). And he's been a little sad about it, mostly because he now cannot get all of his favorite beers on a regular basis (other than what I send or give to him). He was out for a few days, just last month, and brought me this Liberator from Thomas Hooker, in a bottle that looks like he stole it off of a telephone pole back in 1932. I've been putting off drinking it, trying to be disciplined, but tonight I just couldn't wait any longer.

Appearance: Wow. This truly looks like a brown sugar reduction. You can almost see the undissolved grains of sugar floating around in there. Just this gorgeously deep, unfilitered brown that borders on opaque. Ok, it actually is opaque, unless you happen to have a dive light that you can shine through it. Then it's just murky.

Smell: Even cold, you can smell the malts. Just this incredible sweetness attacks the nose. I'm roasting a chicken at the moment, so it's sort of overwhelming the aroma (but smells damn good), but the malty sweetness is still very evident. There is also just a hint of graininess.

Taste: Jesus eatin' beans, I think I'm in love. Cold, this is a very different beast than warm, as you can really taste the roasted malts in the finish. I don't know if they are using blown malt or what, but it's so roasty it almost tastes like a proper porter. You are met at the door with a sweet, sugary introduction, and then the roasted dryness takes over. However, as it warms, those sweet malts release themselves, and really overwhelm the roasted character. That is not a bad thing in the slightest. This is a goddam beautiful beer. I wish I had the words to do it justice. Zero lingering yeast flavor, just this teasing sweetness hugging the tongue, with a subtle roasted chaperone. Magnificent.

Mouthfeel: I'm just going to leave it at this: My mouth is a much lesser place when the Liberator has left the building.

Drinkability: Liberator, my ass. This is a conqueror. If you don't want to drink this bottle in one sitting, you need to go back to beer school. This is a spectacular beer, and one I need more of. Now. Immediately.

This is an 8% beer, so I could have cellared this bad boy and let it stew for some time. I'm glad I didn't. But dammit, I sure wish I had another bottle so I could lock it in the cellar and not let it out to play until it promises never to use any more wire coathangers. (2,652 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off. What a magnificient fucking bottle. A big 1 Liter shaft of glass sporting a tough ass looking Goat. And a flip-top to cap it off. I wish more breweries had the balls to put their special offerings in Huge-Ass bottles like this.

Boy, this beer is almost black. It's a deep russet brown that seems impenetrable to UV. A nice crop of bubbly light brown foam recedes ever so slowly to a nice, thick bubbly coating with a thick collar. The lacing comes in spots and patches. And it is quite full. Very sound nose. Wood and smoke. Rum and molasses. Bread and yeast. Cocoa. A little roasted malt. The mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right amount of prickly carbonation (fairly low) and a big, round body. Almost as viscous as some of the bigger bodied Imperial Stouts I've had. The taste is nirvana in a bottle. Just perfect. Sweet molasses and brown sugar blend with a Munich like breadiness and a Vienna malt derived graininess. Some slight fruity sensations blend with rummy and very subtle smokey notes. And chocolate. Yes, chocolate adds that final touch. And there's just a hint of a lingering alcohol-derived bitterness. Not a lot of alcohol noted otherwise though.

This stuff is killer. Easily the best Dopplebock my tongue has ever been blessed with. (1,270 characters)

Photo of Homebrew35
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle from early 2010.

Pours one fingers worth of creamy light brown, mocha, colored head. Clear deep dark brown body with hints of ruby red in the corners of the glass. Nice cap of head remains for a while, as well as good lacing.

Smells of dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lager yeasty notes, touch of alcohol phenols. This is quite complex and very plesant.

Tastes complex and plesant. Chocolate, dark fruits and roasted malts are the main flavors. Bready malts and subtle yeasty flavors are mixed in. A touch of alcohol and a very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very balanced. Medium bodied, light carbonation, slight sticky, oily finish. Very well balanced.

Overall this is an awesome brew. I was apprehensive about having this, after waiting so long to open it and expecting it to be not so good. This was not the case. I was surprised and glad I waited. I'll definitely get more of this to lay down to age.

$3 a single at the time. (973 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kick-ass 1 liter bottle courtesy of UnionMade, big up.

Appearance: A nearly opaque dark chestnut-mahogany with cherry highlights around the sides and bottom of the glass. Head was a thick and frothy light tan and fell quickly to just a coating that wouldn't give up.

Smell: Rich, toasted malts, spicy German hops, mild dark fruits and as it warmed, more and more chocolate pastry-like aromas became evident.

Taste: Yow. Rich and decadent, as expected. Perfectly balanced. Big, spicy German hop flavors dominate at first, then sweeter dark fruit flavors (mainly raisin) give way to milk and dark chocolates, only to leave you with an extremely solid, sometimes clean, sometimes burnt-coffee bitterness that lingers in the back of your throat for ages. The bottom eighth of the glass was easily my favorite part; suddenly, the dominating flavor was vanilla cream soda. Warming really does this beer justice.

Mouthfeel: Full, silky, creamy and smooth. Luscious. Like a liquid Chunky bar. Top-notch.

Drinkability: Well, I had planned on only having one glass of this stuff but it's Sunday, I just installed a chair rail in my dining room and I've earned glass number two. This is easily the best dopplebock I've ever had. You lucky Connecticut bastards. (1,265 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one I have wanted to try for over a year now. Appears a very dark brown with a good tall tan head. Lacing was left in rings and clumps around the glass as the head stayed afloat. Scents of sweet berries and chocolate filled my nose. This is huge with malt, roasted malt and caramel aromas round this out. While being super malty it manages to stay balanced and very appetizing. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt are the big flavors. Notes of dark berries added a nice twist to it as did the caramel. Other dark fruits a present in small underlying notes. Finishes up with a long lingering roasted malt. Mouthfeel is almost full and as creamy smooth as you could ask for. Simply a treat to drink. Drinkability is up there as well. Easy drinking the alcohol never shows its face and the fact this tastes damn good adds up to a real winner here. Many thanks go to ppoitras for this wonderful brew. (913 characters)

Photo of villainchiwwin
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 liter, poured in Aventinus glass, then poured again, and again....
deep mahogany with a massive head demonstrating gradations of tan, slowly fell but left audacious, chunky clumps of lacing. sharp attack, nicely subdued chocalety sweet with dark bready smells. delicious rich blend of roasted dark coffee, faint chocolate, and hazlenut tastes---molasses. palate has fine carbonation full big malty richness like heaven. delicious.easy to delight in. i'm very happy. (468 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this bottle for a few months now and decided to crack it. I am serving it slightly chilled in a pint glass.

The brew pours a rich cola brown color and a tan fluffy head foams up easilyand exhibits great staying power. The aroma is a little hoppier than I expected with some grassy and floral notes mixed with light chocolate hints, faint smokiness develops as it warms.

First sip, NICE! THe brew exhibits a smooth creamy texture with a gentle rolling carbonation. Flavor is malty up front with chocolate and roasted malt flavors popping up and rolling smoothly to a coffee flavored crisp refreshing finish. No hint of the 8.0 ABV anywhere.

I will buy more of these and recommend you try it if you can! (722 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ppoitras for this one. It pours a nice dark brown to black color with a 2 finger tan head that falls to a finger. The nose is really nice, with a big roasted tone to it. There is a slight chocolate sweetness, but mostly roasty. The flavor is awesome, with a big coffee tone upfront, followed by a sweet chocolate that moves to even more sweet chocolate on the finish. Damn, I like this. The feel is thick and creamy, just robust and awesome. Overall, I will have to seek out this beer again. The flavor and nose and feel just work so well together. Very nice beer here folks. (585 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1L bottle courtesy of ppoitras..thanks Pete!
Pours a very nice reddish brown hue with an off-white head. Very good lacing.
Smell is very malty (as to be expected). Caramel, burnt sugars, and sweet bread round this one out. There is a small, spicy, hop addition as well.
Taste is amazing. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, light hops, burnt sugars, and toasty malts. The balance of this beer is just about perfect.
Overall, this beer is so smooth and well made, it's amazing that it even stays on the shelf long enough for bottles of it to make it all the way down to me in FL. (582 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A “bottled in 2004” label is across the top of the 1-liter impressive looking flip-top bottle. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black, color with a tall and very creamy tan head that dissipates at a very slow rate. Lots of sweet bready malts and a roasted nuttiness dominate the aroma along with some scents of cocoa and dark fruit. Fairly full in body with a quite silky texture and just the right amount of carbonation. Taste begins with a very nice roasted maltiness along with a bit of hazelnut cappuccino and notes of candied plums. A dry coffee-like bitterness then helps to cleanse the palate a bit as the next wave of flavors come along with notes of chocolate liqueur and a touch of fine brandy to round out the finish. A truly magnificent beer, and one of the finest doppelbocks I’ve had the privilege to enjoy. (822 characters)

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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.