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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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660 Ratings

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Ratings: 660
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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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