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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Thomas Hooker Liberator DoppelbockThomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock

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647 Ratings

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 189
Gots: 34 | 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:
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)
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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Born on Feb. 14,2014. Valentine's Day. 8 months old.

a: Clear very dark ruby. Half finger thick tan head receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: I'm getting lots of caramel malt. Veddy British.

t: Taste is porterish smoky malt at first with considerable hop/alcohol bite on top. Bitterness lingers but ends up finishing sweet to dry. Later the smoky flavor fades in favor of mild dark caramel malt.

m: Light to medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasing, flavorful brew, wickedly easy-drinking for an 8.5% . If bitterness is all ascribed to hops rather than alcohol, the high ABV here would be virtually unnoticeable.

scotorum, Oct 15, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

wmardis, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of wtfisthisnerdsht
5/5  rDev +18.5%

wtfisthisnerdsht, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to rorjets for thie mini-vertical on this one. This particular bottle was born 2014-02.

Roasted, mild coffee aroma with a smidgen of hops. Taste starts with that familiar roasted malt then comes caramel and toffee after. Not too sweet, a tame beast but chock full of flavor.

papat444, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of Norseman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Norseman, Aug 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

crowsnest, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev -5.2%

malfunxion, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

sswillard, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.2%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of vonnerbeer
4/5  rDev -5.2%

vonnerbeer, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Unlike many doppelbocks that angle toward brown, this one leans black. A mocha head crowns the glass.

Smell - The malts jump out and almost border on being coffee-like. The malts are sweet but dark like chocolate.

Taste - The alcohol is apparent on the initial. However, the malts comes out as being initially dark before turning sweet. There is a degree of chewiness to the malts. Notes of burnt sugar, coffee, cola, and perhaps dark fruits enter. There is a degree of spiciness, before the dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a certain chewiness about this doppelbock that really hits the mark. I would like it to be a little thicker.

Overall - Clearly, this is the best domestic doppelbock of the non-barrel aged variety.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Doomcifer, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Jmbbabson, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of seedyone
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.

seedyone, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Latarnik, May 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

neil2me, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Magery, May 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

GinjaSlice, May 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

diverite, May 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ChrisChagnon, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Kegatron, Apr 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Sweffin, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

tobelerone, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of CurtFromHershey
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.

CurtFromHershey, Mar 06, 2014
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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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