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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

635 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 635
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 183
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2004 bottling.

This was an excellent looking deep ruby-red beer with a two finger head that looked rocky and full. Promising from the start... although the head dissipated rather quickly to about half a finger, it looked creamy and thick. Another minute and it was gone, leaving lots of lace.

The aroma was a mix of wonderful scents... sweet roasted malt, berries, chocolate, and a hint of roasted malt and caramel..

The flavor was likewise complex...initially slightly bitter roasted malts, then a combination of dark toast, sweet chocolate, coffee, and a very light hint of caramel, with a long roasted coffee-like aftertaste. The alcohol did work its way into the flavor, but in a subtle way. Just like it worked its way into me,,, subtly, but damn, a liter at 8% in an hour and a half did have an effect.

Mouthfeel was just right, chewy and good but not overpoweringly thick.

Drinkability gets a 4.5 only because of the price... if they sold it in smaller bottles it would be much better. But a VERY good beer. I can't compare it to other vintages, since I haven't had any others, but this one I liked a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2005 03:12:04 | More by connecticutpoet
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LuckySevens82

Florida

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

1L bottle courtesy of ppoitras..thanks Pete!
Pours a very nice reddish brown hue with an off-white head. Very good lacing.
Smell is very malty (as to be expected). Caramel, burnt sugars, and sweet bread round this one out. There is a small, spicy, hop addition as well.
Taste is amazing. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee, light hops, burnt sugars, and toasty malts. The balance of this beer is just about perfect.
Overall, this beer is so smooth and well made, it's amazing that it even stays on the shelf long enough for bottles of it to make it all the way down to me in FL.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 02:23:18 | More by LuckySevens82
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

This is one I have wanted to try for over a year now. Appears a very dark brown with a good tall tan head. Lacing was left in rings and clumps around the glass as the head stayed afloat. Scents of sweet berries and chocolate filled my nose. This is huge with malt, roasted malt and caramel aromas round this out. While being super malty it manages to stay balanced and very appetizing. Bitter sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt are the big flavors. Notes of dark berries added a nice twist to it as did the caramel. Other dark fruits a present in small underlying notes. Finishes up with a long lingering roasted malt. Mouthfeel is almost full and as creamy smooth as you could ask for. Simply a treat to drink. Drinkability is up there as well. Easy drinking the alcohol never shows its face and the fact this tastes damn good adds up to a real winner here. Many thanks go to ppoitras for this wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 20:23:27 | More by meathookjones
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One liter brown swingtop bottle. Bottled in 2005.

Deep burgandy in colour. Fluffy off white head that retains rather well.

Toasted malt aromas invite a sip.

Malty sweet toffee surprise. Plenty of caramel flavour as well. Well hopped herbal note running throughout. Medium-full bodied, robust carbonation. Not your average doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2005 18:13:04 | More by xgrigorix
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of my favorites at this years BOSTON EXTREME FEST
Jan. 29, 05. I've been waiting to try this for quite a while and I
wasn't dissapointed. Its got an award winning taste period, makes
you want to keep drinking this stuff! Nice dark reddish brown doppelbock(more like a blending style of some of my favroite
brown ales, porters),tan head with stickey lacing, somewhat on
the sweet, chewy side but such a great job of blending flavors,
one of the many highlights of why this is so good. The coffee/chocolate burnt fruity malt finish and strong alcohol sit back
there but never overpowers this fine beer. Find it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 20:44:44 | More by littlebibs
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown/black beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small dark beige head that leaves some lace. The aroma is evenly sweet and malty with a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavor starts of very rich with a chocolate-cherry character. Followed by an assertive roasted malt bitterness. That leads into a bittersweet coffee finish.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2005 18:05:51 | More by ybnorml
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shippos

New York

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

obtianed through a trade, but I can't remember who. thanks whoever you were.

2004 vintage, 1L swingtop.

As far as reviewing this as a dopplebock, I can't I don't think it's right for the style. To me it's more like a strong brown ale or a robust porter. I'm just reviewing this beer as to what poured out of the bottle, styles be damned!

poured witha thick dense lacy coffee colored head on a dark brown body. sweet rich chocolate aroma lots of malt and sugar with a bit of a yeasty nose. rich and dense chocolate taste witha thick chewy mouthfeel. deepcaramel in the taste chewy and very balanced. finish is full of coffe and esspresso. this was so so drinkable, wished i had another.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 19:10:35 | More by shippos
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2004 Vintage. 1 Liter swingtop bottle.

This doppelbock poured a clear, deep chestnut color with creamy, tan foam that clung to the inside of the glass. The smell was very malty with notes of caramel. The taste was richly malty and complex with notes of grape-skins Munich malt, roasted malts, and a touch of caramel malt. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-full body and good carbonation. The aftertaste was full of malty flavors that lingered pleasantly. This was a very, very good beer. Thanks to Sulldaddy for this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 04:35:32 | More by UncleJimbo
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Billolick

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Happy to procure a bottle of this classy nectar. Large bottle, with swingtop with a sliver of tape indicating this was bottled in 2004. Pours deepest and richest of dark brown/black, murky. Tan head leaves all kinds of sticky lacing. Chocolate, malty nose. This is a big, deeply flavorfull brew. Notes of Chocolate, smoke, dark malts galore. 8% nowhere to be found in this world class quaffer. Wish I had bought more. Seek out and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2005 03:59:21 | More by Billolick
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a lucky bastard to get this one on tap. Yum! It poured a dark, but thin-looking, red-tinged brown into the 10 oz glass. The aroma is of mild sugars, raisins and prunes. Also, faintly yeasty. The flavor was just slightly on the bittersweet side, but with healthy dollop of fruit tones. The fruit flavors came across as dry. Similarly, the mouthfeel was nicely dry and with a very satisfying alcohol burn. It was a very smooth and easily drinkable beer. I was only going to have one glass but could not say no when the bartender asked if I wanted another, and had to drag myself away when he asked if I wanted a third.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2005 19:14:06 | More by MuddyFeet
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sbattert

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my second 1 Liter bottle of liberator. "Brewed in 2004", this is a signature release of Paul Davis. The first bottle I consumed was back in March when it was released. I only bought two, and I couldn't wait any longer.

Porter like mahogony brown with a creamy looking tan head.

The aroma is breathtaking. It is a familiar chocolate like, prune aroma that I have found in a few beloved imperial stouts. I can't get past the heavenly aroma. I don't remember it having this significant of an aroma. I might have to stop my review right here.

Let me pause to describe the label first. There is a breaking chain around a ram being liberated. It says "Doppelbock Lager blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with select dark roasted malts to achieve a rich and creamy brew." The bottle is overwelming 1-Liter size with a plastic swingtop.

Small notes of chocolate and prunes compliment a roated complex malty flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy and gets creamier the longer I hold onto it.

Looking forward to March 2005. Hope Paul is on schedule.

(I want the t-shirt)



Update: 1/31/05 - This years version is missing the chocolaty/prune aroma and flavor I so savored last time. Its really malty, really roasted nutty flavored, and really good. There's a very nice aroma. I'm going to buy a bottle to save for 6 months. Last year, the younger bottle was no where near as good as the one I held for 6 months. Very very good, almost Marley good, but not as good as last years at this point -- that just may be personal preference.

Maybe I'll have some more to see...

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 22:50:08 | More by sbattert
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured brownish black with low amber highlights when held to light. The head was tan, almost brown and rose tall to lace the glass as the beer was consumed. (note - the bottle opened without any hiss at all)

The aroma was well done with a strong malty presence and dark fruit aromas of raisin, plums, and a dark chocolate impression. Also present was a caramel note and a Munich malt impression.

The flavor was not quite as impressive as the aroma. The flavor was somewhat alcoholic and that was a detractant. The beer was rich with Munich malt flavor and the same dark fruits, raisins and prunes/plums permeated the palate. The flavor also contained chocolate and a slight coffee flavor. The bittering level was high enough to keep the maltiness in check.

The finish was just dry with lasting chocolate and caramel and a slight coffee in the aftertaste. The body was above medium full and very creamy. The alcohol warming was very apparent and lasting.

The aroma was rich and complex and the flavor had a good complexity but was lessened by the alcohol presence. A great beer no doubt, but deserving a place higher than Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel, no way.

1L swingtop bottled in 2004. Many thanks to yankeeheel. I see that it is a spring seasonal, the next time I get one I will try to drink it earlier.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:24:52 | More by GCBrewingCo
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Thanks wyllder! This is an exceptional brew. Dopplebocks are not my favorite brew, but thi scould change my mind. Appearance was a dark, dark chocolate with a creamy pillowy head. The smell is rich...burnt malt, candy, molasses, fruit, alcohol hoopy notes too! Taste is rich, mainly malt and molasses...a hint of fruit...a hint of hops on the finish. This reminds me somewhat of a great Imnperial Stout (which is one of my favorite types). Mouthfeel is substantial, chewy, smooth...reminds me of the richness you get in a high fat, premium ice cream (can they freeze this stuff?). This is 8.0 abv? Sure you can get some alcohol hints, but this is way too drinkable....in a very nice way!!! A definite top 10!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 00:31:11 | More by edchicma
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garthwaite

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled as part of a blind doppelbock tasting. This brew along with the Fish Tale's Detonator stood out above the rest when matched with a fine group of doppel's. Scary dark brown approaching black with a gorgeous, full cream-colored head. Rich, decadent nose of German yeast, biscuit/dough & roasted malts mixing with sugar-dipped plum. Full-bodied, meaty, mouth filling bliss. Chewable malty blend of toast & roast meet expected noble hops in an explosion of rich flavors. Dark bready fruit cake topped with licorice syrup and mild roasted vanilla. Hints of chocolate, brandy, and toasted almonds. Masterfully complex and downright delicious. Drink a bottle of this stuff and you won't need to eat for two days. Big time thanks go to pbrian for sending this my way.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 21:04:44 | More by garthwaite
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

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

Serving at room temperature into a tulip, it pours a nice 1/2" creamy head that doesn't move...did I put a sponge on my beer? :) It is dark brown in color and no light passes through the glass. Caramel is distinct in the odor w/ dark roasted chocolate malts w/ a hint of coffee tones as well (SUPERCOMPLEX)

Sweet toffee and coffee is the overall flavor w/ roasted malts and a very slight hops on the finish- reminds me of a dark roast hazelnut coffee. Nice carbonation hits on the front end of this beer w/ a nice full body and a great aftertaste of coffee. I could drink this all night!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 23:34:58 | More by Fish113d
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Wolfsdenbrew

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep reddish-brown, opaque but not hazy, rich brown head that was huge, and left lots of lacing clinging from top to bottom.

Not much aroma but this beer was several months old, just a hint of sweet malts. I had been saving this one to enjoy Christmas Day.

The taste was a cornicopia of flavor: raisins, prunes, a bit of tart fruitiness, roasted and caramel malts, and a big dose of coffee.

It was lightly carbonated but real nice for the style and body of this one. Nice full body.

Great beer, still I think I like Celebrator a bit better, but maybe if I had this one fresh it would change my mind...

Thanks to the BA who sent me this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 14:44:10 | More by Wolfsdenbrew
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown with hints of some reddish brown with a medium sized tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of plums, nuts, roasty and toasty malt, and that standard lagerish finish. Dry, roasted malt, chocolate, mocha and sweet chocolate. Very nice, creamy, full, mouthfeel. A real winner.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 15:19:42 | More by egajdzis
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nogoodreason

Missouri

4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep Brown, approaching black with a tan, retentive head. Nose is roastier than expected (though beautifully so) with sweet marshmallow, chocolate and a clean maltiness that I guessed was vienna (checked the bottle and I was right, Yay!) as it warms the nose turns sweet malty and the marshmallows become cookie dough.

When you drink it, it's ridiculously smooth and creamy, creamy, creamy. There's a rich, bittersweet chocolate some slight tart cherries balanced with a slight roasted bitterness and rounding out with toffee. Ridiculously long chocolate finish leaves you smacking your lips and craving for more. Really stunningly drinkable for such a big, full-flavored beer.

Warmer and with the yeasty dregs poured in it's more bitter and roasty and if possible, with an more delicious lingering finish.


Simply beautiful. There's a lot of hype surrounding this beer and let's let it be said, it's legit. Great stuff. Huge thanks to MJR for sharing this gem.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 23:38:48 | More by nogoodreason
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2004 Bottle Date, Sampled December 2004.
Well Santa delivered this 1 liter bottle of liquid bread, that I have been wanting to try for quite some time. This beer pours an opaque dark amber-brown color. The head is thick and creamy, whipped to an almost mousse like consistency. As I pour the richest, most enticing, malty aromas emanate from my glass. It smells malty sweet, with notes of fresh honey baked biscuits, a hint of molasses, almost a subtle spicy quality reminiscent of a dark cake flavored with molasses, concentrated caramel, and hardly a hint of alcohol is found in the nose.

My first sip, notes a satisfying rich, but not too thick body, that is richly sweet, and has notes of chocolate, and a hint of espresso-like roastiness in the finish. It is well carbonated, and the chocolate & subtle roast notes really combine quite well, don't get me wrong though this is not roasty like a stout or porter, but it has a nice level of bonus roastiness that is not usually found in a Doppelbock. It really adds another dimension on top of the full malty flavors that this beer, and all good Doppelbocks, are redolent of.

I must admit that upon first sip of this beer that I was expecting it to have a fuller, more dense body to it, I have now come to the conclusion that this beer is perfectly situated with the proper heft. The palate is full and creamy, and not so heavy that I will not be able to slowly consume this bottle over the course of my evening. This beer certainly lives up to the monks, oft cited, yet increasingly ignored plan, to create a beer, nah, I mean a liquid bread that will fortify a fasting brother through lent. Yet I cant help but wonder that if I were a monk if I would not feel like this was too easy, it is almost too easy, and satiating, to have a beer such as this to sup on during a period of supposed fasting.

This beer is really smooth and flavorful, it packs a immense amount of malt complexity in each sip, I get notes of caramel, just browned whole wheat toast, a hint of molasses, and sorghum. As it warms up a bit a subtle fruitiness starts to manifest itself, it is funny to me that rich lagers show hints of fruit, which is supposed to be the dominion of the top-dwelling ales, but the concentrated malts in this beer lend it to subtle, yet concentrated fruity notes reminiscent of cherries, figs, quince paste, perhaps a hint of apple butter, and perhaps a bit of dried date as well. I would have to say that, while subtle, the cherry notes are the most dominant fruity notes. And, as the aroma suggested, there are rich notes of dark spice cake here as well.

Even the aroma starts to pick up fruity notes over time, though in this case the dominant notes are a mix of dried fig and dates. What a kick ass beer, I have only finished one glass of the three that I am going to get out of this beer and it has inspired me to pontificate profusely, and certainly quite a bit more than my standard brew review. That in itself should let the reader know that this is a beer worth contemplating, especially on this unusually cold (for a Tucson) night. I am definitely exited and perhaps even giddy (or is that the fact that I have not slept in 36 hours) that I am about to continue my contemplative journey with the middle glass of the three that I am going to enjoy this evening.

My one meager complaint in this absolutely wonderfully malty, malt-lover's cradled chalice of honeydew is that the far finish has a subtle hint astringent graininess, this really is quite subtle though and only recognizable because I enjoy chewing on malted barley of all shades & flavors. This is one outstanding beer, which certainly has not disappointed me, in typical American fashion, a bit of brash arrogance and rebellion has been added to the traditional Doppelbock malt-bill, but luckily the brewer had the sensibility to not over-hop a beer of this style. Let the malt shine on its on complexities and merit, maltophiles rejoice, and make sure you get a bottle of this as soon as possible.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 17:40:30 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A light off-white head stands on a dark nut brown body. Aroma is initially light, hiding, but as it warms, it gains a lot of expression although it remains a bit straightforward. It’s highly malty, almost caramelic with a shadow roastiness, chocolate hints and a luscious earthy profile. Palate is also deeply earthy, like ceoncentrated malt, but still very soft and smooth. Welcomed green hops joins in the finish, rather grassy. It finishes on mild chracoal and potent tobacco notes all around an oily presence, making me think of roasty mazola. Like the other troutbrooks I’ve had, this has this honest medium body which seems a bit dead, mostly from low carbonation and seems to take off from the flavor development and this is really too bad. It’s not close to celebrator and andechs in my mind, but looking at the other doppelbocks I’ve had, this fights weltenburger for #3.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 21:17:22 | More by Rastacouere
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Brent

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful liter swing-top bottle (courtesy of far333, who even secured the top bail wire with a strip of tape to ensure safety in transport). Poured obsidian black - the darkest Russian Imperial Stout would be envious. Soft aroma hinting at milk chocolate. As I sipped my way through the first glass, I had to wonder if this was perhaps the best balanced example of any style I've had. Big roasted malt flavor, with no over-roasted or sugary caramel notes. Firm bittering that does not walk on the malt. Mouthfeel bordering on creamy, but not too much. Sweetness was perfectly balanced.

This was a beer about which I'd heard a lot of good comments, and which I had been hoping to try for some time. It seems that when one is confronted with a beer for which one has high expectations, the impression tends to be magnified - if it does not live up to the expectations, it is a big letdown. Conversely, if the beer comes close to being as good as expected, the positive attributes can seem enhanced. Was I factoring in hype and expectation in my assessment of this beer? I reserved some of the beer for a little test. The next evening, I did a side-by-side comparison with Celebrator, which, for me, is the gold standard for doppelbocks. I also lined up a Salvator, for good measure.

As expected, the Salvator seemed thin and overly caramelized in comparision. The Liberator and Celebrator shared many characteristics, although, side by side, the Celebrator had a detracting degree of caramel in the malt, was a bit harsh in the bittering and the mouthfeel was less full. Liberator was the better beer - the king has fallen, all hail the Liberator.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 15:13:31 | More by Brent
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I wanted my 500th review to be something special and have chosen Liberator Doppelbock for the honor. This large, swing-top bottle certainly looks the part and I'm hoping that the bottle's contents will provide an unforgettable experience. Doppelbock isn't among my favorite styles, but dozens upon dozens of knowledgeable BAs can't be wrong, can they? Thanks in advance to wyllder for answering my plea.

Glossy sorrel suffused with crimson (like a thoroughbred's coat) with brownish amber accents at the margins, topped by a head of sturdy, light brown foam that displays unnatural persistence and eventually leaves gobs of viscid, abstract lace and one thick, chunky ring at midglass.

Gently malty nose of pumpernickel toast, cocoa, dark fruits and (surprisingly) hops. It isn't aroma-intensive, but it more than suffices. Whoa! I do believe Liberator will more than live up to the hype. The flavor intensity is exponentially greater than the nose would suggest. The beer is a concentrated, complex symphony of melted bittersweet chocolate, smoke, sticky dates, cinnamon and citric hops.

There's a lot going on within this toothsome nectar, all of it good. There's also a vinous quality, more along the lines of tawny port than anything else; a rich, decadent, earthy alcohol presence that warms the body and encourages contemplation, preferably in front of a roaring fire. Every bit of the 8% ABV is noticed, but I wouldn't change a thing, it's absolutely perfect.

The body/mouthfeel is ample, lightly creamy and lucious without a trace of heaviness. Sweet without being cloying, it finishes with a slightly slick feel that keeps the flavor in contact with the taste buds so that mere memory will not be taxed with too heavy a burden. If only I could keep this flavor in my memory once the bottle's contents have met their glorious end. I doubt that many bottles will be in my future unless I make a concerted effort to avoid that regrettable fate. And I just might.

This is a special beer. It's everything that I love about beer to the 'nth' degree. Doppelbocks may not have a place in this hophead's heart, but Liberator most certainly does. One of the great ones.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 20:19:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

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

Kick-ass 1 liter bottle courtesy of UnionMade, big up.

Appearance: A nearly opaque dark chestnut-mahogany with cherry highlights around the sides and bottom of the glass. Head was a thick and frothy light tan and fell quickly to just a coating that wouldn't give up.

Smell: Rich, toasted malts, spicy German hops, mild dark fruits and as it warmed, more and more chocolate pastry-like aromas became evident.

Taste: Yow. Rich and decadent, as expected. Perfectly balanced. Big, spicy German hop flavors dominate at first, then sweeter dark fruit flavors (mainly raisin) give way to milk and dark chocolates, only to leave you with an extremely solid, sometimes clean, sometimes burnt-coffee bitterness that lingers in the back of your throat for ages. The bottom eighth of the glass was easily my favorite part; suddenly, the dominating flavor was vanilla cream soda. Warming really does this beer justice.

Mouthfeel: Full, silky, creamy and smooth. Luscious. Like a liquid Chunky bar. Top-notch.

Drinkability: Well, I had planned on only having one glass of this stuff but it's Sunday, I just installed a chair rail in my dining room and I've earned glass number two. This is easily the best dopplebock I've ever had. You lucky Connecticut bastards.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2004 20:20:40 | More by oxmasterscream
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drewbage

California

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a big 1L brown bottle swingtop. Presented and shared dueing a friend's 53rd birthday party. Thanks to the management of the brewpub for allowing us to open the bottle and share amongst friends.

Beer pours dark porter brown into the glass with a finely bubbled soft cafe con leche brown head that holds amazingly well for a beer this potent.

Aroma is like a deeply flavored and subtly scented pudding with plums, toffee, caramel, chocolate and doughy characters rising through the CO2. Just the faintest whiff of an herbal hop.

Flavor is delivered on the waves of a full rounded dancing hips type of body with a full charge of all those seductive glimmers promised on in the nose. Caramel takes a lead with a burnt sugar and roast malt character becoming evident in the finish, the one true glaring off note that points to this being a domestic doppelbock.

Overall a very tasty work of art, but with the roasted tones in the beer this reads as a strong full bodied porter. However, that wouldn't stop be from having another glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 08:19:01 | More by drewbage
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AlexJ

North Carolina

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

Thank you Spencer at New England Bev. for selling me the last of his stash. This dopple pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with a luscious, creamy beige head. Full aromas of medium roasted malts give way to brown sugar, raisins and English toffe. A tease of dark chocolate and powdery truffels adds complexity. A swirl of the goblet releases a pleasant Noblesque hop aroma. HOLY SHIT!!! Every aroma carries through into the initial sip and then some! This is simply awesome, I must have more. A complex array of roasted and caramelized malt flavors leads the way while floral and herbal hops provide the perfect balancing act. Dark pit fruit, toffe, creamy malted milk, Ovalteen. This is the creamiest beer I've ever had. Oh why did I wait so long to buy one of these, now they're gone. I savor every drop of this near-black liquid. All hail Paul Davis for making one of the most delicious beers I have had. Transcendant!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 13:29:36 | More by AlexJ
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