Live Oak Liberator - Live Oak Brewing Company
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4.61/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
On tap at Barley Swine in Austin. I was surprised by this in many ways. First, that Live Oak made a Dopplebock, and second that it was such a low ABV (5.4). Normally, I do not complain about low ABV, though with this style I had to take a step back. This is almost lighter than regular Bock territory. I was not surprised at how awesome the beer turned out to be however...
A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown color. A two finger beige head forms with excellent retention. Sticky lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: A big old malt bomb. Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Cereal grains. Light chocolate flavors. Very nice.
T: The malt takes on a whole new level here. Almost more roasted malts than toasted. A bit of sweetness, chocolate and caramel. Bread, biscuit and cereal grains. The middle is a bit sweet, but ends dry. Amazing, for more reasons than one. I am amazed they got Ayinger flavor with a much lower alcohol.
M/D: A full body and fine carbonation. So velvety smooth and creamy. This is like silk. I can drink this by the gallons. Just amazing.
While Ayinger is not a full on high alcohol bomb in the least. It is very impressive that Live Oak got the same big full flavors of that beer in particular with a much lower ABV. I am so happy to have come across this, and with DR 13, an early candidate for Texas beer of the year.
Note: I sent in the update to have Liberator and the Dopplebock listing I made a few days ago merged.
Serving type: on-tap
03-27-2013 13:41:25 | More by champ103
4.08/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A new addition to the Live Oak lineup (though I think it was around several years ago). It's easy to overlook it, if you mistake it for the regular winter seasonal ("Liberation").
The beer is a nice, rich, clear brown with a yellowy-cream head. Sweet malty, nutty, grape juice aroma. The beer is full, rich, malty-syrupy and fruity. Some light chocolate. Finishes lightly bitter with a touch of alcohol sourness. It's a more aggressive style for Live Oak and they've pulled off a winner, I think.
Serving type: on-tap
12-31-2005 00:09:18 | More by kbub6f
Live Oak Liberator from Live Oak Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 10 user ratings.