Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4.06/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
12-22-2013 02:18:01 | More by brureview
4.06/5 rDev -3.8%
Born on 2011-11-29. Coming up on 2 years old.
A: Pours a deep dark red-brown. Big and effervescent light brown head.Head fades out slowly with a nice island remaining. Substantial checkered lacing.
S: Big maltiness - sugary sweet. Mainly sweet caramel with some brown sugar. Decent figs and raisin. Very pleasant.
T: More malty goodness but not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggested. Toffee is prominent up front. Very bready, like dark bread crusts. Syrupy, burnt and heavy caramel helps sweeten it up a little in the finish. Some molasses maybe even? Bitterness is fairly substantial on the back end for a doppelbock. Gotta be some heavier american-style hopping going on here. More lingering breadcrusts in the aftertaste.
M: Pretty medium bodied and smooth.
O: Excellent doppelbock. Very malty - bready type malts. Grainy to the core. It's quite good but just doesn't do it for me compared to some traditional german doppelbocks like Celebrator or Korbinian.
08-28-2013 02:33:43 | More by Dope
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.