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RATINGS: 433   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The doppelbock style of lager came into being in Middle Ages era Bavaria in what is today southern Germany. It was originally brewed by monks to provide themselves with a liquid form of nutrition during the fasting period of Lent when no solid food was allowed. This has earned the doppelbock the nickname "liquid bread" because of its rich and filling capacity. The Thomas Hooker Doppelbock Lager blends huge amounts of imported Munich, Vienna and Moravian malts with select dark roasted malts to achieve a malt lover’s dream of 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5814) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 3, 2016
Bottle. I was excited to finally try this one! It pours a dark reddish brown color with a small, fizzy light brown head. The aroma has hints of cherry cola, rich toasted melanoidens, light caramel and hints of spicy/herbal hops. The flavor is the same. Pretty rich with well developed carmelized malt, toasted melanoidens and some low earthy/spicy bitterness. Medium bodied. Pretty traditional in character. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ctipping (1411) - Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Originally reviewed 6/2/2011. Deep brown body that looks red when held up to the light. Off-white frothy head that leaves some lacing. Dark fruit aroma followed by caramel and some chocolate. Nice. Taste is 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. 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. One of the better doppelbocks I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlindGuardianco (77) - - MAR 28, 2016
Solid beer but it felt a bit flat, Malty and nice color, not too bitter and good overall, will try another one to see if the flatness was just a one off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (2341) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2016
12oz bottle picked up at the source about a year ago. Aroma is molasses, raisin, date. Tastes just like it smells. Rich molasses, raisins, date. Perfectly on style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1063) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Poured from bottle thanks Willrunforbeer murky reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aromas of toasty malt dark fruit and bread. Taste is smooth and has a great balance with the roasted malt fruit and a nice alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mfhennig (281) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2015
Poured from "howler" almost 2 weeks old transported almost 900 miles! Very nice murky reddish brown pour, minimal beige head. Understandable. Aroma is certainly malty, and brewery with some fruitiness. Taste is candy and bread. Overall I enjoyed this and would like to try it freshly poured. I also have one bottle to try. Thank you Sharon for dragging this one third of the way across country!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (4251) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2015
Une bouteille au Saint-Bock. Une bière brune acajou foncée avec une mousse beige. Un nez bien malté de noix et de caramel. Elle semble manqué de fraicheur. La bouche est sucrée, maltée à souhait avec des saveurs de chocolat, de caramel et de noisette. Correct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5387) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle (12 oz). Shared with JulienHuxley and SlovakSniper @ Le Saint-Bock.

Appearance: Hazy brown with a small tan head and little lacing.

Aroma: Dried raisins, toasted malts, caramel and light fruitiness. Borderline cardboard, but it’s not enough to be problematic,

Taste: Medium sweetness. Toasted malts, dried raisins, caramel, light fruitiness and som dust. A bit of alcohol too.

Palate: Medium to full body. Moderate to medium carbonation. Dried fruits finish. Nice alcohol warmth.

Overall: Tasty and well balanced Dopplebock. True to style. Not too sugary. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (5180) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bouteille partagée. Robe qui fait le style. Arômes et saveurs de caramel et de grains toastés avec une touche fruitée. Beau corps qui facilite le travail d’absorption. Finale fruitée assez longue qui n’est jamais trop sucrée. Il y a quelque chose qui me dit que cette bière possède quelques rides.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (5640) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2015
Bottle shared at Saint Bock. Copper brown pour with thin tan foam. Aroma is really malty, toasty notes. Taste is malty, light caramel, light alcohol notes. Palate is full bodied, nice alcohol warmth. Good.

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