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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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647 Ratings

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Ratings: 647
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

apasternak, Sep 10, 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
Photo of Dope
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

rlgard1, Aug 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Tiernan, Aug 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

rorjets, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

57md, Aug 01, 2013
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

WOLFGANG, Jul 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

quirk6, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of tone77
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tone77, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

jaxon53, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Kelp, May 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

metalgdog, May 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

jimbuck, May 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ScottieD, May 11, 2013
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BlackBelt5112203, May 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +18.5%

ODBRIP, May 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

potownbill, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

SuomiHobbit, Mar 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

miadw3, Mar 19, 2013
Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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