Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
hookerbeer.com

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,077
Reviews:
510
Ratings:
700
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
Wants:
236
Gots:
41
Trade:
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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 510
Photo of Wizzle32
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hozersr
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobstockwell
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color. Chocolate, dark fruits, figs, walnuts and dark malts. Malt driven. Medium bodied. Lower in carb. Some bitterness on the finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of hopsputin
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: deep dark brown color. Thin tan head.

S: caramel, brown sugar, oak, sweet berries, and just the faintest earthy hop character

T: thick caramel, brown sugar, milk chocolate up Front. A touch of alcohol, and those sweet berries follow that. Towards the end is just the faintest herbal hop note to counter the sweetness. Maybe a touch too much chocolate in here for a dopplebock

M: thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Low carbonation

O: this is a solid doppelbock here. A touch heavier on the mouthfeel than some others, but a generous sipper

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Photo of CTHomer
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: medium dark brown; very little head that quickly receded to a thin ring; no lacing;

S: molasses is most prevalent, with dark fruit in the background;

T: dark fruit is most noticeable up front, but gets overwhelmed by molasses from mid-palate through the finish;

M: medium bodied; medium carbonation:

O: interesting, but not as complex as I hoped;

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Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sam_The_Elder
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.74/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

9-9-16 - On tap at Nektar in New

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.47/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mostly brown liquid, some aspect of deep red running to the edge of the glass. Plenty of chunky yeast particles floating throughout. Couldn't hold a head. Aroma was a blast of alcohol, toffee, caramel, and sealant.

Lots of dark fruit, licorice, pruno notes. Alcohol too hot to call it smooth, dark fruit too pronounced to not give it a hefty bitterness.

Would be nice to get some of that malt smoothness people talk about, all I got was a hot alcohol experience with lots of raisins, prunes and licorice. Pass.

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Photo of Shawnspl
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tregan_20
3.84/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelf66
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of newbeeraday
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TomMorris
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gconashevick
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in December 2015. The bottled date on the bottle was 4/2/2015.

Appearance: Deep black with dark tan head. Beer is not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a thin film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with mix of roasted malt, sweet caramel, and some hops. Nice variety and balance

Taste: There is a nice mix of sweetness from the malt and bite from the hops. There is a little roasted coffee flavor, and I also get nice caramel flavors, balanced with a bit of hops. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Strong alcohol, which confirms the 8.5% on the bottle.

This is a smooth full-bodied Doppelbock. It is an interesting combination of flavors, and I would drink this again.

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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of KJ2013
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 700 ratings