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RATINGS: 415   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cottrell (72) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2005
10’s across the board for this one. I’m proud to say that the world’s best doppelbock comes from my home state of CT. This puts Celebrator and Optimator to shame. Roasty aroma and taste, sweet on the palate, with an insanely complex flavor. Caramel, roasted barley, and chocolate all hit the palate at the same time. Well balanced and just a perfect doppelbock. At the halfway point of the bottle, the caramel and chocolate notes really come through, along with a smoky/coffee flavor. Superb

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2004
This was an outstanding doppelbock. The beer poured a dark brown from the one liter swing-top bottle and had a thin cream colored head. The taste was very smooth, malty, and superbly balanced. Highly recommended.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paul9639 (116) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 20, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 all I can say is wow. A guy stocking the shelves at one of my favorite beer stores asked me if I tried it yet. Great suggestion. 1 liter bottle with a nifty re-sealable cap. Poured dark with a nice head. The aroma was nutty and pleasant. The body was medium, but the flavor was nice and full. Very malty, chocolaty, toffee goodness. Great beer.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2005
It pours a nice dark brown to black color with a 2 finger tan head that falls to a finger. The nose is really nice, with a big roasted tone to it. There is a slight chocolate sweetness, but mostly roasty. The flavor is awesome, with a big coffee tone upfront, followed by a sweet chocolate that moves to even more sweet chocolate on the finish. Damn, I like this. The feel is thick and creamy, just robust and awesome. Overall, I will have to seek out this beer again. The flavor and nose and feel just work so well together. Very nice beer here folks.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (934) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
When we opened it, this thing erupted with a caramel colored foam, wanted to towel it up and wring it into my glass, it smelled so good. On pouring I was greeted with a solid 3 inch head that took a good 30 seconds to sink back to around an inch of head. The body is like coffee with a hint of cream, just a meer hint only, with a burnt sienna halo around the outside. The smell is strong with coffee, chocolate, and unsweetened butter. The taste delivers with buttery chocolate, english toffee, cashews, and a creamy finish, it almost gets even better as it warms up. The mouthfeel is slightly bitter, with a light tang. Mild carbonation rounds it out. Over all, this beer is amazing!

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
When I popped the top of this 2006 swing top bottle it opened with a quick “squeak”. Once in my glass, I was a magnificent dark brown and burgundy with an uneven oatmeal-like head. Smells of brown, woody chocolate with a slight lime rind hiding behind it with a pinch of brown sugar. Tastes of a great combination of woody chocolate and barley that winds its way around a welcome alcohol that effervesces up into my nose with a sweet milk chocolate and a light, fantastically paired woody hops that is left in my mouth in the finish. The mouth feel is medium to heavy bodied with a great swarm of micro-bubbles that give this beer a pudding-like feel. The dynamics of this one are off the charts and the chocolate is really something else. I haven’t had a beer this good in ages. Find this one for sure!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Great beer. The dopplebock is my favorite style of beer and this one is near the top. Strong aroma of roasted malt. Pours very dark brown with a slight hint of res and a large brown head. The beer is smooth and taste like roasted game with traces of chocolate, cherries, vanilla, bread,and brandy. Lingering aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
boto (1808) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2004
1 Liter Swing-top Bomber: First off, the bottle is superb. When you pour this one it is an opaque brown color. There is a bit of a tan head. Decent lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is some roastiness: I didn't expect this much in a doppelbock. There is sweetness in the nose also. Caramel, fruits, and maybe a hint of smokiness? The flavor is rich and full. The roastiness is there, but there is a ton of other flavors in here. Complex and extremely tasty. Their beers just keep on getting better with each release.

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.


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