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RATINGS: 419   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 loverís 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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3137) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2004
1 Liter swing top bottled in 2004. This pours opaque black with an appropriately sized tan head. The aroma is malty with hints of dark fruits. The flavor is rich and full and a spicy smoky note makes this Doppelbock different from others Iíve had. I suppose I have been spoiled by drinking some outstanding homebrewed Doppelbocks which have all been superior to any commercial Doppelbock Iíve tried, but this is the best commercial brew of the style that Iíve had to date.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
Appearance is terminaly opaque, fully black, much more impressive than your everyday doppelbock, with a large, lush head, with resilient, creamy froth, very appealing, setting standards high from this auspicious image. Aroma is fresh, full of yeast, malt, doughy, even, cookie-dough, can we say? Bread, ginger, and other spices, but still light, airy, creamy, very eggnoggy, and very, very nice. Taste is complex and delicious, a wonderful blend, with an excellent presence in the mouth, a masterful marriage of beery parts, perfectly blended, nothing lacks or wants, nothing weighs heavy, either. Chocolate and dark fruit dominate the palate, with palpable malt on the mouthfeel, a sturdy, even tenacious presence occurs on the tongue and parts of the senses. Starts to feel a touch like brandy, even port wine, with nutty, cocoa flavors never far behind, getting even a bit candyish, with a hint of licorice. Iíve had several dopelbocks in my day,each a bit of itís own, some good, some great, and I even had the Andescher before this sample, and you know what? I have to say, TH knocks the socks off the competition, anyway, anywhere, anyhow! Itís just got so much more, and then some! Best doppelbock Iíve ever had, when all is told, just a great sum of itís parts!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (953) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - SEP 4, 2004
Big 1 liter bottle with a ceramic swing top was an imposing sight. The top came out with a nice popping sound effect, and the beer was poured into the goblet. The color was dark reddish black with an inner glow that exuded charm. The head was small and fleeting, and the lace was minimal. The aroma was sweet and roasty malt that gave off delicate fig, and chocolate notes. The hops had that distinctly Germanic grassy tone to them. The taste was sweet and malty, like a dopplebock should be. There were raisin, fig, apple, and toffee flavors to be enjoyed here. There was also an earthy herbal spiciness to the hops. Creamy and dry at the same time, the mouthfeel was enticing and the drinkability was enormous. This was a very beautiful part of a package that came to me from mikeys01 of beeradvocate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2004
Poured dark brown with hints of some reddish brown with a medium sized tan head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of plums, nuts, roasty and toasty malt, and that standard lagerish finish. Dry, roasted malt, chocolate, mocha and sweet chocolate. Very nice, creamy, full, mouthfeel. A real winner.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
magruffltd (10) - USA - AUG 19, 2004
Had a few of the large bottles. They aged like a fine wine! After about a month they had a nice snooth flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottle from a Growler. Big beer here, thanks TAR. Very dark color almost stout like, very dark brown colored,oíso slight brown head rims the glass. Aroma is malty, carmel,sweet, maple, and slightly burnt. Sweet flavor. Mix of sweetness and noble hops bitterness on the finish. Excellent beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Dark blackberry cobbler, covered with a rich crumb topping aroma. Toasty, dark caramel tones. Maple syrup and cocoa in bitter, understated finish. Not a lot of evident hops, just enough for balance, "Malt bomb" sums up but does not do the beer justice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 24, 2004
Poured from bottle at VT Brewers Fest - Poured a dark red color with a light tan head. Aroma was of malt dark fruit. Flavor was complex mix of heavy malt, fruit, vanilla and some smokiness. Finish was slightly sweet with some hop bitterness. Very nice!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 From the bottle at Vermont Brewers Fest. 3 oz sample. Raisin, toffee, licorice hints in the nose. A touch of smoke in there too. Grogeous moderatly hazy mahogany color with an off-white head. Very smooth taste. Slightly sweet malty start turning to a little ethanol bitter sensation then finishing with some sweet smokiness. Very very smooth and drinkable. The gem of the brewfest!------ now that Iím in CT...Had this stuff in the bottle and this is easily one of the top 3 or 4 enjoyable beers I have had to date. This has lots of sweetness to it--almost like a sweet stout, but not cloying. This stuff is just amazing.----2005 Version-----The new version is much maltier and not as sweet. New recipe is poor compared to the old one. The 3rd bottle Iíve had was infected of the 2005. Quality has gone down dramatically. Find yourself an 04 if at all possible.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2004
Sampled at the VT brewers fest out of a corked bomber that the brewer cracked for us. Reddish pour with a little off white head. Grassy aroma, some raisin, some alcohol. Grassy to start, kinda plain. Some alcohol noted in the middle, sweet raisin, plum alcohol to finish. A very nice offering.


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