Liberator Doppelbock
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Bock - Doppelbock
4.24 | pDev: 11.32%
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Liberator DoppelbockLiberator Doppelbock
Notes: 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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somehow this one slipped through the cracks when uploading reviews. Dark toffee brown body with a very slight ring of tan bubbles. Smell and taste are the same: tons of malt, decent booze, with some tobacco, soil, dark fruit, toffee, and a hint of chocolate. Feel is spot on for a doppel, with strong maltwork, booze, and incredible smoothness. If you love a good malt bomb, check this out

Jul 05, 2019
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Jan 18, 2018
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Dec 23, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.29/5  rDev -22.4%
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;

Feb 19, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.47/5  rDev -41.7%
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.

Jun 21, 2016
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Dec 04, 2015
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hoppymcgee from Maine

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft.

L: Deep mahogany with a heterogeneous white head.

S: Figs, dark malts, and light caraway.

T: Roasted malt, light fig, slight tobacco, and earthy notes. No unpleasant aftertaste.

F: Very smooth and light-bodied for the style and ABV. No unpleasant stickiness.

O: Very well done brew by Hooker here. Not cloyingly sweet like a lot of doppelbocks.

Sep 19, 2015
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scotorum from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Born on Feb. 14,2014. Valentine's Day. 8 months old.

a: Clear very dark ruby. Half finger thick tan head receded to even surface foam and dense lacing.

s: I'm getting lots of caramel malt. Veddy British.

t: Taste is porterish smoky malt at first with considerable hop/alcohol bite on top. Bitterness lingers but ends up finishing sweet to dry. Later the smoky flavor fades in favor of mild dark caramel malt.

m: Light to medium, good body, plenty of carbonation tingle.

o: A pleasing, flavorful brew, wickedly easy-drinking for an 8.5% . If bitterness is all ascribed to hops rather than alcohol, the high ABV here would be virtually unnoticeable.

Oct 15, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to rorjets for thie mini-vertical on this one. This particular bottle was born 2014-02.

Roasted, mild coffee aroma with a smidgen of hops. Taste starts with that familiar roasted malt then comes caramel and toffee after. Not too sweet, a tame beast but chock full of flavor.

Sep 23, 2014
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Unlike many doppelbocks that angle toward brown, this one leans black. A mocha head crowns the glass.

Smell - The malts jump out and almost border on being coffee-like. The malts are sweet but dark like chocolate.

Taste - The alcohol is apparent on the initial. However, the malts comes out as being initially dark before turning sweet. There is a degree of chewiness to the malts. Notes of burnt sugar, coffee, cola, and perhaps dark fruits enter. There is a degree of spiciness, before the dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a certain chewiness about this doppelbock that really hits the mark. I would like it to be a little thicker.

Overall - Clearly, this is the best domestic doppelbock of the non-barrel aged variety.

Aug 09, 2014
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seedyone from New York

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

07-27-2011 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.

Paraphrased from T. Hooker: "The doppelbock style of lager came into being in Middle Ages era Bavaria.... originally brewed by monks to provide a liquid form of nutrition during Lent when no solid food was allowed. Thus doppelbock is nicknamed “liquid bread”. The Thomas Hooker's take blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with dark roasted malts to achieve a rich and creamy brew. Subtly hopped with noble German and Czech hops and cool fermented with a Bavarian lager yeast, this beer will leave you happy to give up solid food for a while. No dessert necessary."

Quite a claim. Threats of Anorexia Nervosa setting in, aside, I found this to be tasty, tasty, tasty. A bit dense for summer, but a worthy brew nonetheless. Between you & I, I still had lunch.

Jun 05, 2014
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CurtFromHershey from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown, bordering on porter appearance. Minimal tan cap which recedes to nothing in fairly short order.

Smell is top-notch. Typical dark fruit character of a doppelbock with roasty undertones. Very, very nice.

Taste is great, but not what I'm looking for in a doppelbock. Minimal sweetness and moderately strong roasted character, while enjoyable, do not hit the mark for me.

Mouthfeel again is nice but not doppelbock-ish. A bit thin and not as sticky as you'd expect for the style.

Overall this is a great lager, but I'm hesitant to hold this in the same regard as celebrator, troegenator, or other great examples of the style. Style guidelines certainly won't stop me from drinking this beer regularly in the future.

Mar 06, 2014
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dec 22, 2013
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Dope from Massachusetts

4.08/5  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.

Aug 28, 2013
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Aug 01, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Jul 11, 2013
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BlackBelt5112203 from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

May 09, 2013
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SuomiHobbit from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious, solid as a rock, amazing combination of dark fruits and chewy goodness. Just a bit too much carbonation for my liking, I prefer a less-effervescent dopplebock. Regardless, it's always a treat when it's on tap at the Hooker Brewery on their Friday brew sessions.

Mar 26, 2013
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sommersb from Tennessee

3.52/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 02-01-2013
Freshness: Bottled on 10-04-2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black beer, with ruby highlight colors. Retention is fair with a good lace.

S: Dark, bready malts in the nose, plus a smoky quality. Other aromas are of earthy/woody hops.

T: Tastes of heavily roasted grains, with a bitterness like you get in a dark coffee. Just as in the aromas, I taste woody and smoky flavors, which gives it an unpleasant astringent character.

M: Medium-bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Finishes with roasted grain bitterness and woody flavors, plus a slight smoked presence. More astringency as well.

O: The aromas and flavors are not what I expected for this dopplebock, with the dominance of the wood and smoke characteristics. I don't think this is intentional so perhaps this bottle has some quality issues? I have some more bottles in the fridge so I'm curious to see how they fare.

Thanks to davey101 for this one!

Feb 02, 2013
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diddly from New York

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Color is a dark brown, with hints of red. Tan, thin head.

Smells sweet and roasty, with hints of wood from aging.

Tastes fairly sweet, but more roasted. Little to no bittnerness, but some dark fruitiness for a well-balanced flavor. Slight warmth from alcohol.

Mouthfeel is very smooth from sweetness.

Overall pretty good, but it doesn't seem superb. The 4-pack I bought was about 11 months old, so that could certainly play a part. Very rich, and seemingly thick, but it doesn't feel it as you're drinking.

Jan 10, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Marked down to 2 bucks at my local House of 1,000 beers.

A - Must be a tad old but still gave me a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Beer is a very dark shade of Oak brown, very clear at the base.

S - Smells of deep caramel malt, touch of oak and some raisin/plum, very typical for the style. Very deep and very heavy smelling.

T - Has a bit of sour cherry thing going on as others described as a "sour grape". Must be the clash of lager yeasts and caramel malts. Other than that I am just getting sweet malts and a touch of bread.

M - Despite the high ABV it drinks with a medium body.

Overall it's more of a lager than a dopplebock yet it is very drinkable. Worth the price of admission.

Dec 07, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep mahogany with sticky 1/2 finger off white head atop,aromas of dark fruit and molasses,a little alcohol is present as well,just very rich and inviting.Flavors start off with the dark fruit notes dipped in alcohol,deep molasses flavors really take over but never get to sweet,the alcohol is always there but never to much so.I finally got to try this beer and I was not dissapointed,worthy of high marks.

Dec 02, 2012
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acceptmj from Connecticut

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this in a bottle finally for my birthday

A: Pours a white head which disappears quickly. Color is a very dark roasted ruby red. when held up to a light you can barely see through it.

S: The smell is amazing. Very malty with hints of a wine characteristic and also figs or plums. You can smell a hint of the alcohol but not much due to the amount of malted barley that they use.

T: This beer has a subtle sweetness all around from start to finish. You recieve all of the malt flavors and just a hint of bitterness to balance it out. In the after taste you get some raisin or plum again.

M: With all the 8 different malts they use in this recipe it is not filling at all. It is a full bodied beer which coats your mouth completely. But you can drink 2 or 3 of these and still feel like another one if not for the alcohol content.

O: This is the best Doppelbock i have had. I love how even though it is a thick and heavy beer after you finish a bottle you dont feel full or "sluggish". This is a great beer to start expanding your palate with.

Nov 13, 2012
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slim2043 from Connecticut

4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a DFH pint glass. Been meaning to try this from my local Hooker brewery. My first doppelbock besides Spaten but have read the style notes.

A: pours a deep brown w a ruby red hue. Nice off white head w some retention

S: malty sweet smell w grape notes kind of smells like wine or raisins

T: a sweet raisiny grapey taste w nice bitter and sweet notes. Pretty big malt profile. Warming alcohol presence is subtle.

M: very slick and smooth pretty full bodied but easy to drink

O: makes me want to explore doppelbocks (hence the high rating) a strong beer w beautifully strong flavors. A showcase for this style.

Oct 07, 2012
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DrinkSlurm from New York

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pours a nice deep brown color and red hue, with a good amount of off white head. Aromas of sweet malts, with a small bit of dried fruit/date. Taste is malty, with hints of slight hop and dried fruit notes. Its a bit bitter, but mellow. Alcohol is present, again; mellow.
Its a bit macro or ordinary, but it had some good finishing qualities. Overall, a pretty good doppelbock.

Jun 28, 2012
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