Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a muddy brown with tan edges and a thin layer of head. The nose had the essence of dark malt and a tart note, as well. The flavor was smooth and malty. The body may be a bit light for the style, but this beer is still plenty tasty. There is a slight sweetness on the finish that is accompanied by a touch of hop bitterness as well.
The alcohol essence on the finish became more apparent as the beer warmed. This is not meant as a criticism, as I think overall the alcohol bite was kept well in check.
This is a very well balance beer and ranks at or near the top for its style.
Note: This bottle had some age on it - 10 months to be precise. This was my first taste of this offering, so I cannot say how this aged version compares to a freshy. Given that, the age may very well have smoothed out this beer, because it was VERY smooth for a Doppelbock.
08-01-2013 03:16:31 | More by 57md
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with amber highlights and a 1 inch head. Smell is bready, malts, some alcohol. Taste is dark fruits, caramel malts, some alcohol, a touch of sweetness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer worth seeking out.
07-11-2013 06:29:20 | More by tone77
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Huge thanks to beersndrums for this one!
12 oz bottle poured into a mug at cellar temperature.
L – Ruby brown color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, tan head that fades fairly rapidly into a ring of bubbles that hangs around for a while.
S – A blast of malty aromas including caramel, molasses, dark fruits like plums and currants, and a touch of chocolate. This has everything you could want in a doppelbock.
T – Just like the aroma, the taste is brimming with maltiness. It’s sweet all the way through with bready, caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, and juicy dark fruits. There may be just a touch of earthy, spicy, and mildly bitter hops at the finish that pair well with the rich dark fruits. Man, this is tasty.
F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet, dry finish. Sweet malt flavors linger along with a mild throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.
O – This is an awesome beer and a fantastic doppelbock. It’s just loaded with brilliant malty aromas and flavors, is extraordinarily tasty, and is frighteningly drinkable for clocking in at 8.5% ABV. Jared, thank you so much for giving me the chance to try this!
05-09-2013 02:39:14 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.