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RATINGS: 427   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.


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 (6727) - 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 (8598) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Pours a dark murky brown with a thick, dark, cream-colored head. Aroma is full of sweet caramel malt, a touch of tartness, and a smooth German lager yeast profile. Body starts full, thick and sweet hinting at acidity, but turning smoother, sticky and very malty with a touch of bitterness. Finishes with some dark chocolate, floral hints of hops, and hides its alcohol quite well. Definitely a malty brew with some adherance to style, but it doesnít quite have the authentic flavor it could. Many thanks to both boto and SpringsLicker for the bottles of this fine brew!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - SEP 9, 2004
9/8/04. Poured out of hand-bottled 12 oz. bottle, obtained in trade with TAR on RateBeer 9/7/04. Pours with an insanely huge, dark tan-brown, beady, fluffy, and sudsy head. Fizzles and fades rather quickly because of the large size of the bubbles, but itís incredibly active nonetheless. I canít believe how carbonated this bottle is. A bit too much, if you ask me. Itís kind of annoying, however impressive. Dark, inky jet black with a thin dark brown outline. This is a doppelbock?? Wow. Very good head retention after it gets down a bit, like a rootbeer float. Lacing is blotchy and lumpy and hardly there at all because of the suds. Nose is incredibly malty and vicious. Just about had me convinced that this was actually an imperial stout and Jeff had mislabelled the damn bottle. Huge dark malts, very roasty, acidic, and rich. Subtly sweet and woody, with traces of nutmeg. Initial taste is big wood and huge alcohol burn, almost like a wood-aged stout. What the hell is this stuff?!? I approve. Thereís a familiar tingly sensation and brightness like other doppelbocks, but this gives off such sick, almost sour wood and mulchy flavors itís just crazy. Chocolate and almost stinging peaty acidity. I almost have to choke it down, but then I canít stay away from the next taste. Itís like a glass full of that burned skin hanging from the top of your mouth when you eat a piece of scalding hot pizza, in liquid form. Finish is very long and tries mightily to battle a bold dead-and-wet-leaves acidity on the roof of the mouth. Other flavors poke through-- unsweetened chocolate and some hoppy old coffee. Like burnt acidity without any of the charcoal taste. And yeah, there's a hint of sweetness there too, but it's like some asshole was going to give you a spoonfull of sugar to help the medicine go down and decided to torch the sugar and turn it into a black, tarry liquid first. Overall dry and numbing sensation, but incredibly mouth-watering still. This will sit you up straight in your chair and bitchslap you with its malt backhand. Mouthfeel is all over the place-- starts with big and bright carbonation, letting you barely even feel the liquid at all; finishes with sticky dry residue; somewhere in the middle the beer uncovers itself to medium-thin and slightly oily, but by the time you can get through that far your mouth is almost numbed from the fizziness and the acid burn. I may have had this beer too warm. All of the other comments about its "smoothness" and "drinkability" simply do not apply. I mean, Iím a sucker for huge and flavorful beers, so I can definitely dig it, but to call this stuff a doppelbock is pretty ridiculous. Itís not in the same class of beer (for better AND for worse) as Celebrator and Andechser Dunkel. Makes me want to cry. But Iíll still love her in the morning. . . Many thanks, Jeff. You've ruined my palate forever.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2004
The head is a marvel, full at first and slowly lasting as a thin ring. Move the glass and the head sticks in the tiniest bubbles to the sides of the glass lazily. Smell is incredible burnt wood - woodier in the aroma than any dopple Iíve had. A strong smoky, meaty aroma with an undercurrent of raisin is so strong yet subtle. I love the mouthfeel here; a bit thin and very tingly - probably a bit out of style range. Hoppy, with a plasticine, bandagey, piney presence - some nutmeg and a lot of pepper. Very noble hops underlying the whole thing. None of the back of the throat cloying so typical of dopples. When warmer, this sweetens to plum, walnut, and becomes slightly oily, with still tons of roastiness. A bigger, more American dopple - bolder in many ways than Celebrator. A big thanks to TAR for the nip from a swingtop.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - 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!


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