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Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock



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RATINGS: 421   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1392) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Bottle; Pour is cola brown with amber highlights, with a modest khaki head that retains on the average side into this dimpled mug. Spotty lacing presence here. The nose is initial caramel and toffee sweet, with toasted oak , brown sugar, and molasses here. Malt lovers dream indeed - It’s initial sweet, perhaps overly so, but I am very impressed as expected. The rich malt body moves to more of the roast and burnt sugars, which move to the caramel and toffee notes fused with an undertone of noble hops here, with some dark fruit presence, finishing somewhat yeasty, with sweet bread character here as well. This is nearly as good as it gets

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (1692) - - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Dark cola with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, toast, licorice, fudge and roasted malt. Taste follows closely but really emphasizes the fudge and fruity sweetness. Big rich sticky mouthfeel. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (13722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Dark clear chestnut color. Aroma of huge caramel and candi sugar. Taste is sticky sweet burnt caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10249) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small, fizzy and quickly vanishing beige head. Aroma is caramel, cookie and toast malt with dates and figs. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, light chocolate notes, faint alcohol, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1052) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
At my place on a Wednesday afternoon while working from home. Pours brown black with no head. Aroma is toasty sweet malt, cotton candy. Taste is very nice full flavored medium malt notes. Drinkable chewy smooth. This is a fantastic lager.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Sweet, chocolate notes, hints of caramels and a bit of plummy fruit notes. Very drinkable, creamy beer, a defining example of the style from a surprisingly little-known brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1492) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Strong alcohol infused coffee, chocolate and liquid smoke aroma. Dunkel doppel for sure. Blackish red color, thin head film. Grainy, smokey, bitter and dark fruit sweet at once. Much better than the aroma suggests. Thick ans syrupy, but only slightly cloying. Third best doppel per RB, already tried the other two and founf this to be on par. Bottled 10/22/13.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pour is a deep murky dark amber, almost black with a modest tan head, alcohol legs and minimal lacing. Smell is roasted caramel and dark chocolate, toffee, brown sugar. Taste is sweet up front with caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes, definitely some dark chocolate, a touch of coffee bitterness, hint of plum as it warms. Finish is clean for the most part which you expect from a lager. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very enjoyable sipper that you can savor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3400) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Huge thanks to Homer321 for sending this along way back in his pre LOL days!
Pours a very dark brown with some reddish hues when held up to light. It’s got a big head and a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is very rich with caramel, coffee drinks, and especially a fair dose of tootsie rolls. Very pungent & nice smelling… I mean the tootsie roll thing is mildly off putting, but everything else is really extraordinarily inviting, rich, and aromatic that it’s pretty forgivable.

Flavor has a lot going on, the sweetness level is right where I like it for Dopplebock, which is to say that it tastes less sweet than it smells, but has a nice caramelly bit that works wonders with everything else. There is a nice cheap coffe flavor… that sucks when it’s with coffe but is aight in beer sometimes, aside from that it’s got some light bitterness, some chocolate, it’s mildly boozy and even has a real chitl port wine flavor…. geeze I don’t mind this here brew.

It’s got like a medium mouthfeel with low carbonation that carries a beer of this size well.



   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1303) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Pours a dark reddish brown. Aroma of chocolate coffee and roasted malt with a bready yeasty aroma. Taste is syrupy and chocolate with a roasted smoked flavor accented by noble hops. Not too sweet which is a bit more of the norm for the style. One here or there if the occasion presents itself. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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