Thomas Hooker’s doppelbock pours clear, mahogany brown with a thin, tan head. The nose is peppered with burnt sugar, soft plums, and rich, smooth alcohol scents. A muscular caramelized malt sweetness (with a touch of bittersweet chocolate) initially introduces the flavor, ensued by moderate hop bitterness and soft, peppery washes. However, this is a complex beer that engages the tongue more as it warms; all of the flavors deepen. Liberator finishes with chocolate notes that sink into the swallow.