Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery
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Reviews by Josievan:
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearance: Butthead pours an appetizing burnt siena-mahogany color. There's not a lot of head, but I'll forgive this fault since the color is so great.
Smell: The aroma is pure sweet malty goodness, with a hint of caramel.
Taste: There's lots of caramel malt flavor, with maybe a little biscuit malt for good measure. Also, there's an ever-so-slight ethanol taste. There seems to be a little spice going on, maybe a touch of cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Butthead has a bit of a bite, but it's only noticeable if you're consciously thinking about it. In that regard, the alcohol is well-hidden.
Drinkability: It tastes and feels sessionable... But wait, 8.2%?!? No way!! Be careful with this one, people.
Notes: This is only my second American doppelbock, but I can already tell this is a great style of lager, whether brewed in America or Bavaria. Since comparing Bavarian doppelbocks to American ones in like comparing apples to oranges, I can really only compare this to the one other American version of the style that I've had, Capital Autumnal Fire. Although this beer has slightly more alcohol than Autumnal Fire, it lacks the kick that makes that beer so special. Butthead doesn't quite live up to that high standard, but it's still darn good.
Before drinking Butthead, I would have said I haven't had a doppelbock I didn't like. Post Butthead, that statement is as true as ever!
03-10-2010 22:56:44 | More by Josievan
More User Reviews:
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Poured into a stein a deep amber with a well defined off white crown,quite fluffy with good lasting power,broken globs of lace left behind.Alcohol dipped dark fruit dominated the aromas,pretty boozy for the style,nothing really keeps it is check,just to one sided.Sweet caramel doughy flavors with big sweet alcohol,its warming but a little to much alcohol driven sweetness to make it really drinkable.Its rich and it is warming but maybe a little to much of both?
02-03-2011 22:02:02 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured a brownish red color,, very little head, aroma was malty and sour, upon quaffing you get a soft sweet roasted malt taste, with a little bitterness in the back of the throat. Pretty much stayed this way till the end. Simple, non-complex. Beer is ok but doppels should be a little more complex.
11-03-2003 11:07:06 | More by grynder33
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
The Butthead Doppelbock poured a thick reddish-brown with a smallish head that quickly dissipated to a thin lacing. It had a nice malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee and alcohol. It has a nice full-bodied taste but was a little syrupy. It has a strong toffee and roasted malt flavor with some spiciness and fruitiness to it and a little medicinal probably due to the alcohol.
12-05-2003 05:51:20 | More by Beaver13
3.49/5 rDev -4.6%
Perfect amber brown in color with almost no head and a thin white collar. Aroma is caramel malt and toasted nuts. Taste is a good crisp caramel maltiness, toffee, and nuttiness again. Light body and low to medium carbonation. Pretty good, but not what I think of in a doppelbock.
05-25-2014 02:49:05 | More by mverity
4.22/5 rDev +15.3%
Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.
Appearance: Deep dark redish brown ... almost ruby in colour with a well retaing tan lace.
Smell: Rich robust malty nose with a heavy hand of alcohol also.
Taste: Big fat chewy malt mouth feel with a semi slick creamy feel to it. Smooth carbonation ... a bit to under carbonated for our liking. Lots of toasted and toffee malt flavours with a small pinching hop bitterness that balances just enough while the sweetish alcohol seem to warm the body with no problem. Lots more toasted malt character in the finish with hints of carob and dark bread.
Notes: Wow ... nice work on this one. Other than the carbonation being a tad to low, this makes for a great Double Bock with its massive malt backbone ... no off flavour detected. Certainly goes down as one of the best American brewed Double Bocks also.
01-29-2002 00:30:16 | More by Jason
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
Body pours an attractive, clear, chestnut color with ruby hues when held to the light. Small, beige head on an aggressive pour has little retention. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is decent, with malty notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses and a hint of floral hop.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with moderate carbonation.
Taste is malty sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses. A soft, floral hops bitterness does little to counter the sweetness. Finish is more sweet maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the grain bill.
This one was the best of the Tommyknocker sampler box, but I was not very impressed with the brewery's bottled offerings.
01-31-2005 11:26:01 | More by merlin48
3.85/5 rDev +5.2%
12 ouncer, with freshness info neatly notched onto the rear label. Allowed to warm up, and then pours, dark honey amber, murky, under a slight, medium khaki head, that has minimal re tentative energy. and then whats left on the glass is some fine and splattered lace. A minor sniff of smoke and chocolate in the nose. Nice take on an enjoyable style. Nicely rounded on the edges, smooth on the tongue, more light smoke, chocolate and dark ripe fruit noted picked up. Malty and flavorful. Not endowed with the complexity and intrigue of the all stars of the style, but a valiant effort by the Tommy knocker crew, making this one worth a try
01-30-2009 02:27:02 | More by Billolick
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown, hazy
Smell: deep caramel malt and chocolate
Taste: really nice mix of milk chocolate and caramel malt with a touch of earthy hops at the end
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, sweet with just a touch of bitterness at the end
Overall: Not near the German classics yet, one of the best American takes on the style. The chocolate caramel mix is sweet, yet not cloying. I could have a couple. One of the best Tommyknocker brews.
11-17-2011 14:37:50 | More by tigg924
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle: Some rams butting heads , some info and history of the elvin "Tommyknockers" on back label.
Appearance: Poured a darker , clear , reddish brown , with a thin off white head.
Smell: Aroma is deeply malty , with some rum like alcohol and a fair amount of medicinal smell.
Taste: Much caramel , rich maltiness , slight roastiness to the edges , Finishes slightly sweet with some alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Slick and viscous.
Overall a pretty good dopplebock , a little on the falt side though.
07-24-2006 04:35:20 | More by Byeast
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Nice deep amber in color, with a decent laching. Interesting dopplebock - definitely has the sweet malts (hints of maple and chocolate), but also has some clear hops-kick to it, changing its character from a typical dopplebock This is well balanced on the palate, though the finish is a little too dry for the style, and overall is pretty drinkable. I like it. Good American version.
03-04-2006 03:59:17 | More by kingjames1
3.88/5 rDev +6%
Poured into my pint glass this beer pours a brownish amber color with a beige head that is quick to dissipate.
The aroma consists of toasted malt, caramel notes, and bruised fruit. Raisins and figs.
The flavor can improve with more malt. Caramel is the main flavor note along with sweet malt and little hop tingle a few seconds after this brew makes its way down. I didn't realize this, but this beer is over 8%, however, you would have never guessed....it's hidden well.
Mouth feel is full, carbonation is medium.
Overall, not the most impressive Doppelbock I've had, but certainly not the worst.
06-04-2010 18:59:29 | More by TKEbeerman
3.2/5 rDev -12.6%
Brown pour, thin mostly white head. Nice nutty, bitter chocolate type of sweet aroma going on, enjoyable, hid the alcohol well.
Taste, more sweetness, the alcohol pops up finally, tad of smoke, light touch with the fig, raisin and prune type of fruit flavor. Substantial enough malt contribution to allow it to hold up underneath the alcohol and slight metallic bitter finish. Maybe more malt would have been even better. A precipient amount of toffee flavor. Oily.
Decent enough stuff from Tommyknocker, if you like doppels, I'd recommend this.
01-22-2012 22:29:58 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
Part of a six beer sample pack...
Orange-tinged brown color, clear in presentation. Middling head of foam, but with good staying power. Wide horizontal laces. Lightyl caramel nose, a bit of raisin comes through as well. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body with carbonation on the low side. Predominantly malty flavor, dark maple syrup but with some more complex notes, fruity cherry and a bitter unsweetened chocolate sense comes on about midway through the profile. A little bite and alcohol to the finish. Works pretty well with a couple of things going on to give you something to think about -- I enjoyed this one.
03-18-2006 23:31:55 | More by ADR
3.15/5 rDev -13.9%
Pours a deep amber mahogany nut brown really, light beige head forms nicely with even fine lacing around my chalice. Aroma has super sweet raisin and green apple notes going on. A hint of earthy tobacco leaf and minty herbal hops. Flavor is super sweet with toffee and simple syrup tones a bit of harshness from the earthy herbal tobacco leaf tones I was commenting on. Nothing like a German doppelbock this one induces diabetes, the malts seem like they never fermented out all of the big time residual sugars going on and it still weighs in at 8.2% abv. Mouthfeel is super thin absolutely no body for such a big brew, this is a doppelbock light lager. Drinkability is okay but why buy this one you can have a Celebrator or a Salvator. Easy to consume well hidden alcohol semi enjoyable beer that I won't be seeking out any time soon.
07-11-2010 16:57:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
12 oz.bottle dated March 25 2011
Pours a dark reddish brown, more or less clear, with a finger thick light tan head. Head reduces quickly but then lasts.
Smell: Dark fruit with bready malt and hints of higher ABV. Slightly earthy.
Taste: Rather floral and a bit yeasty with hints of hop bitterness and toffee but rather little malt presence. Rather sweet despite recognizable bitter and sour components.
Medium body with some bite and crispness from the alcohol and carbonation.
O - Not bad, but not appealing enough to be a session beer.
10-12-2011 23:31:39 | More by chinchill
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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