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RATINGS: 432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (32942) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 A hazy red-brown beer with a disappearing light brown head. The aroma is sweet and very spicy combined with notes of berries. The flavor is sweet malty with lots of berry and wood notes as well as hints of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Dark Ruby. Subtle, earthy noble hop variety with notes of currants, plums, slight smoke and chocolate in the nose. Aroma was severely lacking. Deep Dark fruitiness (plums, grapes), chalk, smoke and chocolate in the flavor. Well hidden alcohol but lacking in both aroma and taste. Not very complex. Overrated.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Very malty and quite powerful. A little smoked. However, it is nothing compared to the real Doppelbocks from southern Germany.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Intense malty aroma, caramel, some hops. Dark brown body, small tan head. Very malty flavor, some toffee and ends with a slight bitterness. A bit disappointing, too one-dimensional.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11255) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled: Since I got my package from egajdzis, I’ve been looking forward to this. Thanks for trading, Eric. Pours a dark amber light dusty colour under a huge light chocolate brown head. Really nearly perfect to look at. Berries, fruit, light yeast and malt in the nose. Flavour is fruity, maltish and has light cocoanotes. Has a pleasant fruitbitterness in the end. Quite good beer, but not in the same class as the great german doppelbocks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Dark ruby. Thin grey head. Aroma is sweet plumbs. Solid creamy mouthfeel, not too fizzy. Malty, chocolate taste in a chewy palate. Rich. Hints of bittering. Some yeastiness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7125) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2004
2004 bottle, 1 liter. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (sweat, dough), with a light note of brown sugar. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic. A big let-down based on its Top 50 status. Not a bad beer, mind you, just lackluster for the style...light and simple aroma with some rather unpleasant raw yeast character, adequate flavor balance but not all that clean.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8962) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Deep brown appearance with a tan head. Spicy dark fruit and brown sugar aroma and flavor, a little bit of a bite throughout the drink. Medium-thick texture, with (I think it's the yeast) a strong, pasty stinging, spicy quality.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2007 GABF 2004 and many subsequent samplings. Pretty dark caramel brown body and light tan head. Fruity elements of dark fruits including plums and raisins plus chocolate tones and some nice smokiness too. Big, full-flavor in a medium-full palate. Dark and malty, almost like a porter. Great beer. I immediately fell in love with this beer at GABF and could not get enough despite repeated samples. Later encounters with a big one litre bottle toned down my initial impression slightly, but still a great beer in my book.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2004
As good as it gets when it comes to doppelbocks. Dark red in color with subtle aroma of german malts? and caramel. Great malty flavor with lager characteristics to balance. Creamy and med-full bodied. Well done.


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