Liberator Doppelbock
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,374
4.24 | pDev: 11.32%
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
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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Boto from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1 Liter Swing-top Bomber: First off, the bottle is superb. When you pour this one it is an opaque brown color. There is a bit of a tan head. Decent lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is some roastiness: I didn't expect this much in a doppelbock. There is sweetness in the nose also. Caramel, fruits, and maybe a hint of smokiness? The flavor is rich and full. The roastiness is there, but there is a ton of other flavors in here. Complex and extremely tasty. Their beers just keep on getting better with each release.

Mar 20, 2004
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 1L swingtop bottle into a Celebrator glass. The color was black, with a bubbly beige head. The smell was chocolatey, with a slight raisin/plum character and slight alcohol. The taste was strong chocolate sweetness, with a slight raisiny malt character, and just a bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was nice and chewy. As for drinkability, I felt like I could have several of these.

Thank you to counselor and BIF 7.0 for this bottle. I was quite excited when the package came and I pulled this bottle out. I have to admit, though, that when we opened the bottle, it was slightly disappointing due to all the hype. After getting over that, we realized that this is indeed a great beer. I thought that this beer had more of a porter quality to it than a dopplebock, but I like porter so that's not too bad. After having both the Liberator and Imperial Porter (and having the Old Marley in the fridge), I'm very impressed with Troutbrook, and I hope to have many of their offerings (including this one) in the future!

Jul 18, 2004
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younger35 from Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Received this tremendous brew from gpcollen1 for winning his Beer Advocate Suicide Pool. This will be my first brew from Thomas Hooker. Poured from a 500mL swing top bottle into my snifter while watching the Bronco’s vs. Chargers game.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown with hues of dark purple and a huge one finger foamy dark tan head. The head slowly recedes and when it does it leaves a nice thick cap and thick foamy collar. Random specs of lacing are left throughout.
Smell- Huge nose that exploded out of the bottle upon opening and only gets better when poured. Lots of overly ripe luscious dark fruits such as plums, figs, raisins and black cherries. Malty to the core; reminiscent of burnt sugars/caramel and toasted bread. A bit smoky mixed with dark roasted coffee.
Taste- Loaded with dark roasted malt that is toasty and doughy all at once. Bitter baker’s chocolate and sweet caramel corn contradicts nicely to make for a balanced base. Hints of smoke and dark fruits add a bit of complexity that shines. Finishes with a light coffee aftertaste that is almost nutty.
Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy with light tight carbonation and a bit of warming from the alcohol.
Drinkability- When I first took a sip of this beauty it really reminded me of a winterfest brew that is made by a local brewpub. This one remains sweet while not being cloying and is really well balanced. Full of huge flavors and a super creamy mouthfeel. This is a hell of a beer to drink on Christmas Eve and I’m glad I picked this one. Big thanks again to gpcollen1.

Dec 25, 2007
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THECPJ from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 1/18/2011

A: malts, sweetness, roasted, slight sourness

Ap: dark brown with a red hue, 2 finger mocha head

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, sticky

Af: malts, caramel, sweetness, raisins and/or figs, doesn't linger

O: not overly flavorul, but easy to drink, not exactly my style of beer


Jan 19, 2011
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chickencoop from California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big booze, big malts, that is the first impression. This is for sure a sipper on a cold night. My only problem is that the booze overpowers the beer a tad, get more of the 8% than the malty backbone that comes through on the taste. Big caramel, burnt fruit, but overall booze-town. solid beer, not by style.

Nov 10, 2010
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rsgcwhite from New Mexico

4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown with a frothy head the color of roasted marshmallow.

My first instinct was that the aroma was very faint; but as I adjusted,the roasted malts smell followed by a yeasty, brown bread and caramel odors.

The first was a rush of liquid bread, then a strong sensation of fruity flavors -dark cherries, plum, a raspberry thrown in for good measure. Think deep, red and purple fruits, and the musky essence of their fermentation. It almost has a Madeira raisin-wine sort of sweetness, the sort of thing that develops in a lot of beers only after aging. The malts and hops are there, of course, but the plethora of other flavors can distract you. What an interesting, complex assortment of flavors to contemplate.

The mouthfeel is creamy and 'big'; you get the essence of the 8.00% ABV, but it does not detract from the quality of a beer.

Dec 02, 2010
SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An inch and a half of very active speckled bubbles are a nice dark brownish tan in color. You would expect dark brown body but what you get is a jet black body. Nose has high amounts of minerals and spicey sweet malt, dark fruits and a hint of roasted toffee. There are even some soured fruit notes. As I take first sip I am taken by the uniqueness of this flavor profile. You get an initial burnt malt sweetness and toffee richness. This is followed by a candied apple feel with hints of carmel and sour fruit. The spice line on this beer is complex and well balanced with a just right mixture of sweet, rich, sour, and bitter. The bitter feeel comes in the form of crisp burnt feel on the finish. Nice belly warmer with very well hidden alchol. Mouthfeel is thick and complex all in itself as you would expect. Lovely, drinkable, unique.

Mar 02, 2008
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 7ways for the chance to try this one.

Poured from the bottle a deep dark mahogany color with a thin layer of beige head on top.

Aroma of sweet malts, green apple, and raisins.

Tastes of toasted caramel malts, dark ripe fruit, raisins, dark chocolate and coffee. Toasted malts and coffee linger through the finish.

Thinner bodied, smooth and silky, and mildly carbonated.

Surely, one of the better doppelbocks out there. I really enjoyed this one. Try one if you can.

Dec 20, 2008
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celticfutblclub from Massachusetts

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

12 oz bottle poured into celebrator glass

A - dark brown body with a thin wisp of a head. whats there stays there all the way down with some great lacing as well.

S - lots of dark fruit in there as well as some hints of cherry as well. molasses and sweet malty goodness sit behind the fruit.

T - dark fruit again plum raisins some tartness (raspberries but faint) molasses brown sugar ride out behind.

M - medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. as mentioned there is some tartness in there as well as a tiny bit of a hop bite.

O - a superb take on the style.

Feb 21, 2012
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Bierguy5 from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Liter bottle, bottled in 2006. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black liquid, with a thick creamy tan head. Head retention is great, as it lingered the enitre life of the beer. Roasty, chocolate aroma, maybe a bit nutty. Creamy, and full, the flavors are a great caramel, chocolate, and roasty blend. Even though there is a good amount of roasty flavors, it lacks the bitter bite that some roasty flavors have. This baby is smooth. Great body, and a lower amount of carbonation. This thing is solid. Great flavors, creamy feel to it, and the alcohol is hidden all too well. This is such a smooth dopplebock. Very well made, excellent choice.

Nov 15, 2006
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dnichols from Washington

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My beer buddy and BA member imacoug shared this with me after he scored a great trade...thanks for sharing with you poor deprived beer buddy. We poured a 2006 vintage 500 ml swing topped bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a murky dark brown with a massive three finger head that was a creamy, dense mass of tan bubbles. The head lingered before settling into a even coating over the surface. The head fed an abundant lacing that clung in clumps along the side of the galss untill the last drop was consumed. This beer is a visual work of art.

S: The densely packed malts gave of a pleasant aroma of dark bready yeasts, dark fruits (raisins and plums) and a blast of caramel that was a joy to my nows. The big, juicy malts have a nice molasses undertone.

T: The malts are smooth and creamy. The flavors included caramel, dark fruits and yeast. There was a nice bite on the back side from the alcohol that cleaned the palate and left a warm glow in my mouth. The taste started rough but grew steadily more impressive until the end when I wanted to lick the last drops from the glass so I could enjoy every morsel of joy this brew had to offer.

M: This beer is a meal...heavy body and full of flavor. Its rich and sweet with a nice clean and warm finish.

D: This is a brew to sip and enjoy in moderate volumes. Great desert beer or one to enjoy late at night while sitting in front of a fireplace.

Feb 21, 2008
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ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 26, 2015
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wyllder from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, chocolate brown with ruby hilights and a small, tan head.

Rich, dark fruits on the nose. Too many here for me to identify. Black cherry, plum, and others, perhaps mixed with a mild chocolate?

First hit on the palate is smooth, ever so slightly fruity. Bitterness is there and gone as smooth, roasted malts move in to stroke the palate. Black cherry and plum play in behind the malts and the finish is mild, with very little aftertaste. You are left with just a memory of something smooth and creamy, willing you to take another taste.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. The carbonation is perfectly balanced and the body is smooth and creamy while avoiding being thick or syrupy.

Immensely quaffable. The lack of any harshness combined with the perfect mouthfeel makes this oh-so-easy to just keep drinking.

My first dopplebock, and I've gone ahead and spoiled myself. It certainly seems worthy of its reputation.


Jul 21, 2004
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ThirstyBird from England

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From vintage swing-top. Yellow band on top probably 2006 or 2007?

Appears deep, dark brown. Loose tan head slowly falls to a big ring and a wispy layer. Minimal lacing.The aroma is huge upon opening! I can smell the rich, dark malt from two feet away. Toffee, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, bready too. The taste has the above flavors but added to the mix is dark fruit, black licorice. A little dry charcoal hop finish. The mouthfeel is superb - Medium body and richly smooth. Fine carbonation which is fairly mild. Overall it is really something special even with several years on it. Rich and delicious though I could probably not drink much more than one because of that.

Nov 17, 2010
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doof116 from Connecticut

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 11, 2011
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kmo1030 from Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark barely opaque brown from a swing top liter bottle. thick brown head.
the smell is dominated by roasted coffee and chocolate aromas. grainy and a bit bready. hints of floral hops are noticable. a strange smoky rich aroma is there as well, something like a faint wiff of cigar. a rich dark fruit aroma, predominantly prune and red grape is there as well.
the taste goes something like this... sweet complex maltiness is the first thing you notice, coffee, chocolate, caramel. a bit of a vinous fruity character begins mid tongue and becomes more predominant as the beer warms. more hop presence than expected, it shows up with an herbal character and pretty stiff bitterness. smoky notes towards the back of the tongue, with a graininess that sort of cleans things up before the bitter hops and burnt nutty coffee aftertaste.
rich full mouthfeel with delicate carbonation makes this silky smooth and a pleasure to drink. achieves a sort of creamy dryness.
i'm pretty impressed. this isn't just good, it achieves things i haven't experienced in a beer before, the creamy dryness, with the mellow somewhat understated but complex taste, really unique and really good.

Jul 06, 2004
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Swingtop 500ml bottle into my Sam Smith imperial pint glass.

A: Despite a terribly weak pop, this one has a decent one-finger thick light brown head capping hazy red body. Some lacework as the head fizzles out rather quickly.

S: Mildly metallic, bready, caramel and as it warms up, some sour cherries are apparent. There is some funk that is clearly the infection i feared. Still smells interesting, though, nothing like a dopplebock, should.

T: Opens up with a curious mix of bread and sourness that's got the caramel and the fruit character from the dopplebock and the sourness and a rather strange funk that doesn't really go well with the rest of the beer. Strange, compelling and interesting, 500 ml is a bit much, though

M: Carbonation is solid and the body is still rather big, strange given the infection. The finish is sour and funky

D: Glad I got to try this, I'd probably give it another go 5 years from now to see what the infection has done to it - but not at the cost of a slot in my cellar

Jan 05, 2009
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troegaarden from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%

Jan 04, 2013
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mikeys01 from Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been Liberated!...and hope to be many more times in the furture, Paul Davis has done another great one. Served from an amply sized 1L brown bottle, beautiful glossy label graphics. Pours from the bottle a very chocolatey opaque brown, capped with just enough tan head to appreciate before it sinks into the murky depths. Aroma is full of toasty and roasty malt, caramel sweetness, and perfect spicy hop notes as an accent. Taste is wonderfully full of complexity, leaving you at first wading through the roasty malt flavors, then basking in a myriad mix of fermenting fruit, crisp and spicy hops, and fresh roasted hazelnuts, among others. Full bodied but exceptionally smooth, alcohol is very well concealed and only became apparent to me in the finish once I was halfway through the glass. Excellent local offering, those who can't get it should be jealous!

Apr 04, 2004
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jophish17 from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Dec 09, 2011
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ElijahCSkuggs from Massachusetts

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

Will Mr. Thomas Hooker set me free? Or will he imprison me in a cell of Doppelbockish hell?

Pours dark cherry/ruby, and settles in a pitch dark that when held up to the light makes the middle appear to glow as the sides reshow the dark cherry color. Thick, tan 2 finger head that's now but only a floating skim.

For some reason or another I'm having a tough time even tracing anything here. I'm really sniffing hard. Gimme a second...ah, here they come. Let me be like everyone else and call it complex. Roasty, raisins, malts....a nice and warming beer.

Taste and mouthfeel is where this beer shines brightest. At 8%, this is a damn shock. I can't taste any booze here. For a dark strong beer, this has got to be one of the smoothest beers I've had. Nice hints of dark fruit, with a tiny bite that makes you notice how creamy it is. Nothing here is over-powering, and akin to the nose, it's very varied. This is a great dessert beer.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer because of the rather sheepish cover art, but I was very much surprised at how friendly and delicious this beer was. I know for certain if I'm planning to cozy up to warm fire nibbling on some bon-bons....I'll be sure to have some Liberator to set me and my loins free.

Nov 29, 2010
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WesWes from New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of dark roasted malts and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is great. It has a very smooth roasted and black malt flavor that is rich, yet easy drinking. It goes down with ease and finishes warm with some residual sweetness and a bit of dryness at the end. This is a very good beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is just another outstanding beer from Hooker. It's solid and well brewed; a fine drinker.

Jul 05, 2007
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LostHighway from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

Dec 01, 2011
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RMoeNay from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 16, 2012
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark brown/black beer with mahogony highlights. Has a small dark beige head that leaves some lace. The aroma is evenly sweet and malty with a hint of vanilla in the background. The flavor starts of very rich with a chocolate-cherry character. Followed by an assertive roasted malt bitterness. That leads into a bittersweet coffee finish.

Feb 12, 2005
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