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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

648 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 648
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 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
Photo of jp312
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

jp312, Mar 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

beast464, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

TBuikus, Feb 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

SHerninko, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jwps214, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Smarty_Pints, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rolltide8425, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

BigMike, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

wattoclone, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of brureview
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.

brureview, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

dlindsay79, Dec 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

LagersAndAles, Dec 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

CTJman, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

liquorpig, Dec 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

sgregory, Dec 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

kmos27, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JKV96, Dec 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Balvenie, Nov 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

AnitaBrewski, Nov 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jryanj927, Oct 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

oriolesfan4, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Buck6196, Sep 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

ystazi, Sep 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

clevelandhops, Sep 15, 2013
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.