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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: 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:
#1,226
Reviews:
508
Ratings:
694
pDev:
11.43%
Bros Score:
4.65
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 694 |  Reviews: 508
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MKrauss
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of malfunxion
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of seedyone
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock from Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 694 ratings
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