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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock - Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 184
Gots: 34 | 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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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%

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%

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sgregory, Dec 06, 2013
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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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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 22, 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
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

seavercm, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 29, 2013
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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.

Dope, Aug 28, 2013
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 643 ratings.