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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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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.16%
Wants: 199
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2004

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
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Ratings: 665 | Reviews: 504
Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to warriorsoul for this 1 Liter fliptop...
2005 edition

Appears a dark mahogany, bordering black with a 1 finger, creamy tan head. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of roasted nuts, toffee, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, and cocoa.
Taste is of the same aromas but perhaps toned down slightly from the anticipated goodness that was expected. It's good but not the best of the style by a long shot.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly astringent, along with moderate smoothness, cream, and sugar.
I'll be sure to check out this years version soon enough.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.8/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Truly an exceptional dopplebock. Pours very dark with ruby highlights and a good head that leaves some lacing as well. Smells of wine and chocolate and some orange citrus. Taste is phenomenal- bitter chocolate, orange, rich malt, and incredibly creamy. Nice bitter aftertaste that is very pleasing. Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with a good body but not heavy. Wonderful! I could drink these all night.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.91/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A: Thomas Hooker has a bad rep with me. Poor carbonation in all of their swing tops. I have given them my last chance. This beer poured flat as Hell like very other beer I have had from them.

S: Some fruits, caramel, and musty

T: Flat and old caramel, dark fruits which were masked by the cardboard flavor. Drain our.

M: Flat, no carbonation, syrupy, no taste

D: Dont waste your money on this crap.

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Zorro
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review possible only because of Brewfan and Brews 'n' Tunes BIF.

One Liter flip-top bottle with a cap seal that says bottled in 2006. When it is opened there is a powerful blast of CO2 from the bottle.

Poured in a tall Pilsner glass this is an exceptionally dark brown lager with a good brown head. The darkness of this beer rivals that of a dark Porter and it does block all light near the top of the glass.

Smell is rich and full of candied fruit and chocolate. There is a faint pumpkin bread aroma here but this really doesn't smell spicy.

Taste starts with chocolate and espresso with a long lasting char aftertaste. The strong chocolate and espresso taste keeps going on and it starts strong chocolate and ends coffee. None of the nutty flavors I expect in a bock are in this one.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite drinkable. Thing is this doesn't really taste like a bock it tastes like a sweet stout. Not that is bad but not what I expected. Still this is way easy to drink.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Served in a dimple mug)
Thanks to Goodbyeohio for this gem.

A- This beer has a dark opaque body with a hint of red glow around the base of the glass. There was a bubbly tan head supported by a strong carbonation.

S- The smell of dark malt with a slight almost dried fruit note turned into a dry dark toffee smell as it warmed a bit. There was a soft spicy hop note in the finish.

T- This beer has a nice dark toasted malt taste with a faint earthy note to the malt. There were also some hints of very dark roasted malt, dry chocolate nibs and a light cream hint. The finish had a spicy hop finish which was mellow with a nice soft alcohol taste to it. As it warmed there was some caramel notes to the malt and the hops brightened up a bit.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice clean finish but not much of an alcohol heat.

D- This beer has nice dry malt flavors that were big but smooth and the hops and alcohol did a great job of supporting the malt flavor. Very drinkable.

Photo of akorsak
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL swing-top from a trade with goodbyeohio.

A: The bock is a deep brown, almost black color, that has ruby red highlights when held to light. The head is never very thick and settles to a small off-white patch in the glass.

S: The nose is malty, thick and grainy, with some chocolate and roasted chewy notes.

T: The lager has a rich flavor, full of biscuity, thick with some roasted burnt malts and toasted bread. There are toffee, anise, dry cherry and brown sugar flavors that pop up throughout the glass. The varying flavors mix nicely, never overpowering each other or making the beer to thick to enjoy. There is a prominent alcohol presence that comes through at the end of the sip and is well-mixed with the malts.

M: The mouthfeel provides a wide array of flavors, providing a a wide spectrum to enjoy.

D: This is an excellent doppelbock, full of malty strength and subtle flavors. It is certainly up there with Weihenstephane's Korbinian in my book.

Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ml swing top bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a dark brown color with a frothy half inch tan head. It had a lot of tan colored carbonation bubbles clinging to the side of the glass at first, but released quickly as I started to drink it. The head faded to a very thin ring around the edge of the glass after a few minutes, and left little lacing.

The aroma has a good amount of sweet, malty, plum, raisin, and fig qualities to it. A little cocoa and chocolate comes through as well. Pretty nice sweet and malty flavor in the nose overall.

Like the nose, the taste shows a lot of the sweet, malty, dark fruit qualities to it. Chocolate and cocoa really play a big part of the flavor as well, which I really liked. The malty and sweet flavors really shine, but aren't cloyingly sweet. A little bitterness in the finish really help balance it a bit. Really liked the flavor a lot.

The mouthfeel is above medium bodied, but I wouldn't call it thick. The carbonation is moderate, and thankfully lower then I expected after seeing how many bubbles were in the pour. Pretty good mouthfeel for the style.

The drinkability is very good, I really enjoyed drinking it and would gladly drink this often. I thought It really showcases how good malt flavors can really be perfectly. Definitely one of the top of the style that I've had, if not the top.

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to leftmindedrighty for this treat!
500ml swingtop, bottled in 2006.
A dark, sully brown colour, no transparency, a bubbly (slightly) off white head that mostly fades out. A malty aroma with notes of grapes, roast and caramel. To this point the appearance and the aroma have disappointed. The flavour, on the other hand, seems to offer up something special. Notes of great chocolate, anise, licorice and various malts. Nothing seems to stick out, and no aspects seem to come together. I don't get any depth, I don't taste any complexities, I'm sorry to say, but terribly disappoints.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Deep brown body that looks red when held up to the light. Off-white frothy head that leaves some lacing.

Smell - Dark fruit aroma followed by caramel and some chocolate. It smells like a Belgian Strong Dark Lager, without the yeast. Nice.

Taste - Not quite as impressive as the smell, but very nice nonetheless. Dark fruits and caramel malts. Some burnt toast in the back end, but it's not unappealing. Hardly sweet, despite the maltiness.

Mouthfeel - Good body. Not quite heavy, but certainly not light. Doesn't feel like a wimpy beer, despite that you can't taste the ABV. Medium-low carbonation makes it feel smooth and creamy.

Overall - The best doppelbock I've had. Better than Celebrator (gasp!). This is one of the few lager styles I really enjoy.

Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to nouseforotacon for this brew.

Bottled in 2006/SwingTop

Poured into a chalice a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, an an amazing creamy one-finger plus tan head, which lasted forever, now some nice little islands and sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is of sweet malts, vanilla, and toffee/caramel. The taste is sweet and slightly bitter malts, nice touch of vanilla, lots of toffee/caramel. Medium body, smooth/thick with a nice chewy body. Very drinkable, man this is an awesome Doppelbock, probably the best I've had to date, quite different, highly recommended.

Photo of sendbeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle puchased from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a Mayflower nonic, formed a 1/2" tan head above a clear burgundy brown brew. Head lasts well, with lasting legs but average lacing. Aroma is minimal but sweet.

Taste is malty to start, lightly fruity in the middle, and a rich and lightly alcoholic close. Mouthfeel is thick but bubbly, and drinkability is alright. As the Imp Porter, not as good as it was.

8/11/04 - 5/4/5/5/5
1L bottle obtained via trade with Sulldaddy. Many thanks for the opportunity...

First imperial pint glass pours with a 1" dark tan head, which laces tremendously. Oh-so-barely translucently dark dark brown, mahogany if you will, with a nice roasted malt aroma, just not quite as intense as I would like. Taste is lightly chocolately dark malts initially, which almost melt in your mouth. Then it slowly segues into a bit more intense dopple flavor, with just the slighest tinge of alcohol. The flavor is one of the best constructed I think I have ever had. Mouthfeel is and drinkability are both incredible. You locals, stop talking up the Liberator, leave it in-state for the locals and neighboring states. :-)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of alpinebryant, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid almost black with the faintest of garnet highlights when held to light. Bubbly off white head rises to the occasion before slowly receding to a ring on top. Smells of malt in spades. Smokey, dark sugar, fig, raisin, caramel, chocolates, soy, they are all there. Taste is a malt bomb as well. Rich dark malts fill my palette with tastes of caramel, fig, date, and hints of alcohol and a slightly earthy hop bite that keeps everything in check. Medium carbonation, thick body, syrupy mouthfeel. I really enjoyed this one. Sweet malty goodness with a burnt edge that keeps it from being cloying. If this were more available I would drink this a lot!

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Poured a dark mahogany red with a slight bubbly beige head.

S: dark fruit (raisins), dark chocolate and a nice roasted maltiness.

T: There was also some fresh cherries and dark burnt sugars adding sweetness. There were bitter traces of fresh coffee beans, and dry pine. Big doughy bread texture, and earthy hoppiness in the finish.

M: rich and creamy, with a medium-full body.

D: Nice drinkability and really enjoyable flavor for a double bock.

Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of DrJay
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2006: Very dark brown with faint, deep amber highlights when held to the light. Looks clear too, but it's pretty dark so it's hard to tell. Short, fluffy tan head off the pour, which settled to a thin skim and rocky ring. Good retention with spotty lacing throughout. Rich aroma with lots of toasted malt, hints of chocolate, plum and raisin. Also a bit of subtle smoke character as it warms. The flavour starts off with lots of malt and fruit - caramel, cocoa, biscuit, raisin and prune. Light bitterness that lets the sweetness show, plus mild hops at the mid. There's a fair bit of alcohol presence in the finish, a little flavour and lingering warmth - it ends up being just a little much. Excellent texture with refined carbonation that leads to a pleasant creaminess. Very nice. This is a really enjoyable beer and I'm glad I found a bottle.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter swingtop courtesy of DrJay, thanks man!

Pours a hazy brown/red, thick tan head forms, nice lace spots, head really sticks for the long haul, settles to a nice layer. Smell is sweet, tons of toffee and chocolate, bread, some citrus, really nice, bit of roast. Taste is sweet up front, huge toffee and chocolate, little bit of coffee, bready chocolate after taste, some alcohol, nice bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very smooth, definately a fine drink. Thanks Jay!

Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off. What a magnificient fucking bottle. A big 1 Liter shaft of glass sporting a tough ass looking Goat. And a flip-top to cap it off. I wish more breweries had the balls to put their special offerings in Huge-Ass bottles like this.

Boy, this beer is almost black. It's a deep russet brown that seems impenetrable to UV. A nice crop of bubbly light brown foam recedes ever so slowly to a nice, thick bubbly coating with a thick collar. The lacing comes in spots and patches. And it is quite full. Very sound nose. Wood and smoke. Rum and molasses. Bread and yeast. Cocoa. A little roasted malt. The mouthfeel is perfect. Just the right amount of prickly carbonation (fairly low) and a big, round body. Almost as viscous as some of the bigger bodied Imperial Stouts I've had. The taste is nirvana in a bottle. Just perfect. Sweet molasses and brown sugar blend with a Munich like breadiness and a Vienna malt derived graininess. Some slight fruity sensations blend with rummy and very subtle smokey notes. And chocolate. Yes, chocolate adds that final touch. And there's just a hint of a lingering alcohol-derived bitterness. Not a lot of alcohol noted otherwise though.

This stuff is killer. Easily the best Dopplebock my tongue has ever been blessed with.

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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
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