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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

636 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 182
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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Xadoor

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from Boston by a friend in a 1L swingtop bottle. Poured a very dark brown with reddish edges and a tan head. Aroma was slightly sweet with traces of roasted malts. A overlying sweetness carried through from start to finish with flavours of caramel, chocolate, roasted grains and a slight fruitiness.

I don't get a chance to drink many doppelbocks and this one was definitely a treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2005 13:46:44 | More by Xadoor
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Morris729

Texas

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A “bottled in 2004” label is across the top of the 1-liter impressive looking flip-top bottle. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black, color with a tall and very creamy tan head that dissipates at a very slow rate. Lots of sweet bready malts and a roasted nuttiness dominate the aroma along with some scents of cocoa and dark fruit. Fairly full in body with a quite silky texture and just the right amount of carbonation. Taste begins with a very nice roasted maltiness along with a bit of hazelnut cappuccino and notes of candied plums. A dry coffee-like bitterness then helps to cleanse the palate a bit as the next wave of flavors come along with notes of chocolate liqueur and a touch of fine brandy to round out the finish. A truly magnificent beer, and one of the finest doppelbocks I’ve had the privilege to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 00:56:50 | More by Morris729
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Dogbrick

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing. Dark brown (almost black) color with a thin dark beige head that diminishes slowly. Thin film of lacing. Strong roasted aroma bursts through immediately, with a touch of malt underneath. Rich body and more bitter and roasty than expected. However it smooths out pretty quickly. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee and a touch of spice and hops. The finish is tasty with an array of hops, spice and nuts. Really this Doppelbock is on the other end of the spectrum from the smoother and creamier types, but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2005 14:01:47 | More by Dogbrick
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thin to medium blackness with crimson brown lit edges. Stocky, firm, billowing, dark sandy brown cap grows at a wonderfully slow pace to a thick despenseful foam of chocolate milk bubbly froth. Dense thickness proceeds to keep its position whilst engaging the liquid. The lacing is placed in creamy patches.

Aroma is delicate and lofty with a robust tangy malt base heeding to molasses and dark cherry/plum. Sensitive dark chocolate cookies and toasted spiced breads linger over the top with some nuts, cinnamon, seasame, and fresh clove. Turns a bit woodsy and oily after its been sitting along with a note of farmhouse yeasty must. The delicacies this has on the nose are outstanding. Its no beast mind you. Its soft and frail to the point of memory. Lovely!

Taste has a big malty start with a large portion of molasses and dark cherry bringing a sweet intial shock to the palate. Loaded and full of high and sweet tang. Levels off after some time in the glass and after the first few minutes of sipping. Middle reveals a slight chocolate underlay with a cookie dough sweetness keeping it a tad buttery and vanillafied. Turns darker with roasty malts and slight smokey earth as the chocolate helps lead away from the intial tang of sweetness. Finish smooths out with more delicate mannerisms then the front and middle. Nicely melded spices of nuts, cinnamon, ginger, herbal hops, and fig cross and mend the rest of it together as it floats off with a ghostly dignified dryness. It grows in complexity, which is by far the most intriguing thing about this beer. Sip to sip it keeps bringing more fragile layers within.

Body of this beer is huge. Continuingly full. Big on malts with tang at first, then toast and roast, then spices and smoothness. Has a unique Belgian-like crispness in with the tangy front that twists and drops into smoothened silky rich wonderment of malt complexities and airy spice. Wow, what a ride! This doesn't seem like 8% at all, it has a much bigger presense, without any alcoholic hints what so ever. The drinkabilty, however, is a bit more slowed down and appreciable. A damn fine Dopple.

A Dopple-dandy thanks to danadeny for the samples!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 17:22:11 | More by tavernjef
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown..small tan head...nice roasted malt aroma...good choice of malt...first impression on the taste is chocolate..not so much sweet milk chocolate but more of a high quality chocolate bordering on dark chocolate...more chocolate flavor than any other DB I've had....also some really nice roasted malt flavors...

Full bodied...medium carbonation...finishes a little dry....alochol is hidden until it begins to warm my belly up....extremely drinkable..

Personlly I think this is a very unique doppelbock and a very good doppelbock....Not nearly as sticky and heavy as Sam Adams DB or Optimator...Probably closer in line with Celebrator...such a strong dose of chocolate is very unique and tasty..I love the roasted malt and the malt selection...tastes like high quality materials were used...

Overall this would rate in the top tier of Doppels for me...

Big Zap thanks to Warrior soul for this dandy

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 04:27:01 | More by ZAP
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Excalibur33

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

All I can say is, Wow! Not my favorite style, but some beers are just this good regardless of type. For a "heavy" beer, it's remarkably drinkable, with a wonderful, smooth carbonation. This is an all-around fantastic beer. The color is a deep brown with a small hint of red, and a full, tan head that hangs on forever. The slightly sweet aftertaste leaves me craving more.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 02:13:33 | More by Excalibur33
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JackTheRipper

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I try not to give strait fives anymore, but dayum, this beer deserves every last one.
HUGE thanks to fdrich29 for this sweet nectar of the gods.
Bottled in 2005 on the label across the top. Fresh beer! Yum!

A: Nearly opaque brown color with some faint reddish tinge. Head is a big pillow of tan suds that lasts forever and just lays down the lacing like there's no tomorrow. Uber cool bottle design.

S: Heaven. Dark malty aroma. Big aroma of home baked bread crust. Faint chocolate smell. Putting my nose way down into the oversized wine glass I'm using I get a bit of a spicy alcohol smell. Faint fruit smell in there. Wow does this smell good. If it didn't taste at all good, I could be satisfied just inhaling this heady aroma.

T: Thick chewy malt flavor just cascades all over. Toasted biscuity flavor. A delicate kiss of chocolate. Spicy alcohol taste that is just barely there. A touch of rum soaked fruits. So much going on here and all of it is not only good, but compliments the other flavors. Unreal.

M: Big full body that isn't at all too heavy. Carbonation is low and seems to give this an almost creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is smooth and warming, hard to believe that this one is 8%.

D&N: By far, this is the absolute greatest beer I've ever had. There is nothing about this beer that is anything less than exceptional. Better than a Westy 12? For me, yes. Perfection in a bottle, heaven in a glass. If you haven't tried this beer yet, do whatever it takes to get your hands on a bottle. Beg. Borrow. Trade. You won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 12:24:59 | More by JackTheRipper
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side-by-side reviews of the 2004 and 2005, thanks to Casey (DYCSoccer17) sharing. I liked the 2005 better, and its qualities may be entirely attruibuted to freshness, bolder flavour,bitterness, tabacco, cocoa creaminess, bigger head. A joy. The 2004 was more of a malt experience, with generous chocolate malts and a barleywine taste, little hops, slightly oxidized which others may enjoy. My rating is based on the higher 2005.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 02:26:09 | More by Sammy
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OStrungT

California

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark red. It has a very thick fluffy light brown, tan head. It fades very slowly leaving a very good amount of laces. It smells spicy, and malty. It also has a very strong hop aroma. It also smells of chocolate, and slightly of caramel. It aroma of alcohol is very faintly present. It tastes quite spicy. It sweet malts. It is very sweet. The roasted malts give it a very appealing flavor. It has a slight hop flavor, but nothing to strong. It leaves a caramel sweet flavor on the palate. It goes down quite smoothly. I think that this beer might be a little overcarbonated. Not so much that it detracts from the flavor though. I think this beer would make a pretty good session beer. It is not too high in alcohol, so that wouldnt be a problem. The flavor, though slightly aggressive, is mild enough as to not become overbearing. I would recomend this one to anyone that likes Doppelbock's. If I had access to this beer, I would definately drink it again. Thanks to goodbyeohio for hooking me up with this great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 02:07:51 | More by OStrungT
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UncleFlip

Alabama

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in my cup with a nice deep ruby colour; rather beautiful. The smell seemed a bit airy, yet nicely sweet, with tones of orange and molasses.

The flavour seeemed just a bit thinner than I had expected. It was nicely spicy, with a healthy maltiness and hints of fruit.

Mouth-feel was even and predictable. No real surprises here.

I found this one very nice and enjoyable. I look forward to getting my taste buds around more of it.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 02:47:50 | More by UncleFlip
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Higravity

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well for the hype on this beer it easily lives up to everything. It pours a black beauty of a body and a off white head that laces my half liter glass the whole way down. I took this to poker night on Friday and with the women there it turned it to a game of trival pursuit. This beer was a pleasent distraction if for the few sips I lost to the curious. It smelled of fresh pulled wort that was already infused with noble hops. It was a real palate buster, of sweet carmalized wort but a silkyness that is close to heaven. There is a little alcohol in the finish and it coats your mouth with an aftertaste that invites you back. I had no problem finishing the whole 1L, a very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 18:45:09 | More by Higravity
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a five-finger light tan head, fades slowly and leaves some lace. Black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Taste is more like a porter/stout, some sweetness, slight hints of alcohol in aftertaste. Very different dopplebock but its good. $8.75 for a 1000ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 23:07:00 | More by jdhilt
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Not your typical dopplebock. I had been looking all over for the beer, then BAM, there it is on of all things the clearance rack ant Ryan and Casey in Greenfield. Came in a huge bottle with a swing cap. Initially the beer reminds me of a porter, if anyone is reading this remember that.

Out of all the beers that I have reviewed on BA this one maintains itself the best. Literally, lacing from the top of the glass on down. Held up to the light reveals that it actually is a lager and not a porter, deep crimson color.

Taste is smokey followed by mild hops and crawfish boil spice; an extremely interesting mix. This is all followed by a pillowed front to back in its taste. Very good, very drinkable, holds up to BA reviews "standards".

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2005 02:27:42 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From notes. Pours a very dark color with a medium head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is almost totally comprised of roasted malts. They take the forefront and keep it. The flavor is a mix of large amounts of roasted malts and chocolate. Very little hops can be found here. This beer has a thick body and mouthfeel, but could probably use a little more. Drinkability is great on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 15:30:15 | More by clvand0
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow, sometimes my scores are all over the place, but what are ya gonna do. Had on tap at 'bones in the past week or so. Goblet pour was very very dark brown with a frothy coffee like head. Aroma was low, and had some chocolate/malty notes. Tastewise, there's some prickly malt, with some alcohol showing through. What I found with this brew was the flavor was all up front, and then bottomed out quickly. What I also found was that the warmer the beer became, the less enjoyable it was. Sorry to be so harsh. It definitely wasn't awful, but I guess I expected more.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2005 18:43:41 | More by PatandDavid
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1L poptop, bottled 2005, purchased about 2 miles from the brewery. probably fresh. drank this beer so many f*ng times and just havent reviewed it. probably because a 1L bottle puts me in the sleep coffin.

pours a beautiful, active crimson with tightly packed head into a warsteiner flute. very carbonated body, champagne-like. bubbly with quick movement predicting a medium body.

aroma is a sweet and spicy candied malt with faint traces of hops. pleasant and unique.

taste is similar, heavy malt base with a real hop kick. sweetness coats everything and balances the bitter and smoky flavors. definitely some berry notes in the aftertaste of repeated sips. tingly going down reminding you of the well-hidden abv.

drinkability? mouthfeel? smooth. rich. goes down easy. dangerous. bewitching.. hey, now i'm picking up some chocolate. complex in flavor but masterfully even. not too thick, not thin. not too bitter or sweet. an exercise in perfection with that 56/100 % of play that makes or breaks a bottle (yes, there have been batches that would rate a whole .5 lower, at least)

05 is good. 05 must die, long live 05.

*gulp*

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 00:11:04 | More by goodbyeohio
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mentor

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 liter flip-top bottle provided by Sulldaddy (bottled in 2004). Bock is one of my favorite styles. Having review the Hooker Imperial Porter (ranked just 26 on BA) as a 4.9...I'm eager to try the Hooker Doppelbock (ranked 6 on BA). Poured an amazing three finger head over a dark caramel red liquid. Formation of the head proceeded with guiness-like qualities, a mesh of fine bubbles in the liquid settled slowly, jumbled about, to work their way to the top. While typing, the head has settled in clumpy lushious boulders of foam that have left incredible lacing on the inside of the glass. Goodness, what have I gotten myself into? The smell is actually disappointing. Has a rich noble hop character (Tettanger, I have little doubt), but that's about it. The beer is cold from the fridge and that may have subdued the caramel which can be found only with searching.

Taste is very interesting. Yes, has bock qualities, but this is a hop bomb the likes no German would make. The caramelly bock starts early and teasing allows a crisp rum-y alcohol to rise, only to be knocked down again. The bock character persists throughout, even when the alcohol drops out of site late to allow a strong caramel and light chocolate and molasses to come forward. A hint of wood-char with flat malty munich malts. The aftertaste is wet malty sweet with a balance hop bitter and flavor. Tettnanger hops stick throughout as a consistent main player upon which the changing malt, sweet, caramel, and bock characters play.

The smell has changed as the beer has warmed, allowing some chocolate and sugar character to arise. Munich (or Vienna) malt can now be detected beneath the very floral aromatic hops.

Whoa, what a silky smooth mouthfeel. A really fantastic 'oatmeal stout' mouthfeel, although I think it's actually only medium to med-light bodied. Carbonation is mild, but there is some acrid bubble formation on my tongue that persists well into the aftertaste. As the carbonation and hop bitter mix very well, it's hard to determine which I'm detecting (especially after drinking this glass on top of two other beers..my word, how is my spelling?).

Overall assessment: This is the first time I would classify a beer a American doppelbock. It's *way* too hoppy to be a classic sweet caramelly German doppelbock. It's very intriguing, has incredible depth of flavor, and is well-balance in regards to the flavors. A year of aging to settle the hops and alcohol seems like this beer would be much improved.

Whoa, I wrote alot, which says there is alot in this beer. Complex and difficult to dissect. Definitely one for you to seek out and try.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2005 07:41:02 | More by mentor
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carln26

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been able to try this beer in the past at a couple of festivals, but as many people have written, beer fests are not the best place for serious tasting. I was pretty excited to see this on the board today at RedBones. After all, this is the highest ranked dopple on the books. Deep black and clear, with a nice sized tan head. Subtle mahogany highlights. Mmmm malt. The aroma has sweet toffee, dates, caramel. Just a touch of espresso. The taste is like milk chocolate. Rich with a light roasted malt flavor. More fig flavor on the finish. Very smooth rich mouth feel, very drinkable. I’m still a believer that Celebrator is the best of this style, but what a great beer!

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2005 17:36:35 | More by carln26
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Truh

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stormed the gates and freed some prisoners with this one on 4/7/2005. 10.5-oz. goblet pour at Redbones.

Nice 1/8-inch head coating at start that degrades to a scrimshaw covering with some celestial-action. Deep, dark delicious brown hue with some sheeting action here and there. Roasted malt on nose with caramel and toffee notes, along with a cool alcohol smokiness. Char coat on mouth with just a tiny bit of fungal presence that gets wiped out quickly by the big malt bill. Very drinkable, true, but was thrown by the odd fungal/metal presence.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2005 17:41:26 | More by Truh
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks to cmaruschak for the opportunity to sample this beer. Truly a selfless BA.

Presentation: 1 L swingtop bottle with a "Bottled in 2005" label across the cap. They have the greatest bottles.

Appearance: Pours a deep crystal clear crimson with ruby edges. A fluffy tan head develops that is nice and thick.

Smell: Huge malts and some yeasty background notes. I also pick up some hints of cinnamon and cocoa powder. Nicely blended.

Taste: Strong malt presence perfectly balanced with cloves, some wheat bread notes, powdered sugar, some alcohol popping up here and there, carmel, and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Medium and crispy with nice carbonation. A nice clean, dry finish.

Drinkability: Dangerously drinkable. I found myself wanting more.

Notes: I've had some doppelbocks that were enjoyable but on the sweet side. This is not one of those beers. This definitely is a malt lovers dream but there is so much going on here and it is blended so well that I can see this appealing to all. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 19:27:13 | More by mattcrill
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter Swingtop.

Creamy tan head with amazing retention. Perfect ringed lacing that doesn't budge. Almost opaque, dark brown with a dullish red hue.

Milk and dark chocolate with hints of vanilla. Vinous aromas; grapes, dark cherries. Hints of caramel, toffee, and whaffs of alcohol.

Dark cherries, dark chocolate; Big roasted malt character. Delicate balance between chocolate and nut-like malt qualities. Vinous fruit; red grapes/cherries. Finishes very dry, moderately bitter. Aftertaste of toffee, warming alcohol, chocolate, and a touch of ripe fruit.

Full bodied; coats the palate well, but very dry. Regarding mouthfeel: I can't wait to try this on tap or after it has aged for a while.

Very drinkable at 8% abv. A very solid beer that could become an even better beer if you let it age a bit. My guess is that once this beer matures it will become even more mellow as its flavors become more well rounded. Nonetheless a great treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 02:05:52 | More by NEhophead
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1 qt. 1.8 oz flip-top bottle with a “bottle in 2004” tap across the top.

Appearance: Big frothy tan head, dense and sticky. Excellent retention. Ruby brown highlights with a black center … clarity seems fine.

Smell: A very rich malty aroma, lots of toasted biscuit … faint chicory and mild charred husk. No fruitiness or steely crystal malt in the nose …

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very smooth and creamy with a laid back crispness that rolls over the full body. Wow, a very sturdy malt character … no syrupy sweetness or odd malt flavors. Lots of dry toasted malt flavor with a light burnt husk in the back ground. Hops are modest and balance well, kiss of herbal hop middle to end. More complex malt flavors though the drying finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Surprisingly this is very very drinkable and very clean. Hard to taste the 8% abv and the smoothness feigns the full body a bit. Quite an amazing brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 22:16:56 | More by Jason
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown almost black pour with a bubbly khaki head on top. Looks like a nice doppelbock to me. A big roasty dark maltiness upfront with some nutty character and a nice sweetness. Some alcohol esters as well. I like it.

First sip has a huge tasty roasty, caramel chocolate malt with hints of roasted nuts and a nice mellow sweetness. There seems to be a hint of dark fruit as well...really robust and bursting full of great malt flavors. Just a damn fine doppel....awesome.

A nice full mouthfeel that is creamy and smooth. Goes down so easy and is wonderfully drinkable. Easily the best doppelbock I've ever sampled. Many many many thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing this great bottle with me!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 03:12:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ppoitras for this one. It pours a nice dark brown to black color with a 2 finger tan head that falls to a finger. The nose is really nice, with a big roasted tone to it. There is a slight chocolate sweetness, but mostly roasty. The flavor is awesome, with a big coffee tone upfront, followed by a sweet chocolate that moves to even more sweet chocolate on the finish. Damn, I like this. The feel is thick and creamy, just robust and awesome. Overall, I will have to seek out this beer again. The flavor and nose and feel just work so well together. Very nice beer here folks.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2005 03:05:50 | More by kmpitz2
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swamiswamu

Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much fantastic. The swingtop pops and I pour into a Sammy Smith pint glass. A large, bubbly head dissapates slowly leaving some lacing. The body is a deep, dark brownish magenta. The nose is one of the best I've experienced. It had a floral, orangish aroma, not unlike a walk through a summer garden. The flavor is simply full, no better way to describe it. There's the rich roasted malt, with just enough hops to make you know that it is from this side of the pond. It is very drinkable, which is good considering the size of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 00:08:28 | More by swamiswamu
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.