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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by the strong dark lagers of Germany, Live Oak Liberator Doppelbock is brewed for the last days of winter. Liberator pours deep brown, almost black with layer upon layer of rich malt flavor. The hops are present to gently support and balance the expressive malt character. While the beer sleeps the winter away in a conditioning tank, our lager yeast continues to work to assure a very clean and dry finish.

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4.2
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 On Tap at Lovejoy’s. This is from the last 5 gallon keg on earth of this beer. Vintage 1999. It really held up well. Not much head. Great prune/raisin notes in the nose. Great malty dopplebock flavor with a little raisin. Slight oxidation. A good beer that I will miss.
Update: Liberator is back and better than ever! Good job Steve!

4
fly (1486) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2004
This was one of the first Live Oak offerings I ever had and it thoroughly impressed me. Full, malty, complex to a degree for the style, chewy, just plain delicious. Now I find that there's a two year old cornelius keg or two that's been found and I'm itching to try it. Word I've heard is that it has aged very well and has only improved.

4
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Excellent beverage. Thick copper. Massive bubbles. Dies away. Cherries and currants. A litle bit of rum. Slight cheddar cheese. Flavors are powerful. Big bold rum raisin kick, with a much more subdued saltiness than most doppels I’ve had. This was appealing. Excellent flavors per the style. Great beer.

4
Likerighteous (120) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2006
Gingerman. My favorite from Live Oak. Big crunchy head hints of wheat or rice. Rich with dates and sasparilla notes. Caramel coated biscuits with a pleasant finish, a fantastic attempt and easier than Ayinger.

3.9
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2006
Delicious looking brown body with a thick and creamy beige head. smelled rich, vinous, and fruity. Taste was bready, fruity, and alcoholic. Mouthfeel was rich and chewy. Seems a bit undeveloped, but good nonetheless.

3.9
legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Probably my favorite of their’s so far, though I did not check my previous ratings. Very full bodied with, as stated before, nice malty chewiness. In fact excellent malting on their part.

3.8
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Tap. Dark amber, a bit hazy, beige head. Powerfully alcoholic, pungent aroma of perfume/flowers. Cherries, chocolate...the alcohol could be better; it somehow makes it immature tasting. Interestingly firm mouthfeel and less malt-forward than most dopplebocks.

3.8
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
On tap at Jack’s. Can’t believe I had never rated this one. Brown pour with a white head. The aroma is fairly malty with some strong caramel and biscuit notes as well as a hint of dark fruit. The flavor is similar. The big malt notes stand out, but they are accompanied by a bit of dark fruit, orange and grapes. I also get a bit of alcohol, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.8
dfinney23 (3395) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2015
Rich brown with a finger of off-white head. Caramel malt, brown sugar, dark fruit.

3.7
blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Tap, cloudy orange pour with creamy light tan foam, aroma of fruity pineapple, flavor of good clean pineapple with a nice finish


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