Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 25
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Ratings: 589 | Reviews: 380
Reviews by bernardus1212:
Photo of bernardus1212
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in a St Bernardus glass.

Pours an amer reddish brown color. Nice white head on this guy.

Smell of cherry, malts, caramel. Candy like essence.

Taste is the same. The candy cherry flavors, sweet malts. Pretty predictable Doppelbock. Good though

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mverity
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kingjames1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TKEbeerman
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep amber brown body with a ring of head around the edge and a tiny slow carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark sweet malt aroma with notes of roasted malt, a faint port wine, and earthy raisin hints. There are some light notes of caramel in as it warms but it is still a pretty clean aroma.

T- The taste of sweet dark malt has a light pot caramel note but it is not to strong. There is a faint bitterness with a dark roasted malt taste in the finish. The bitterness doesn't have any flavors of hops and taste more like bitterness from grain.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors but they have some off taste that interfere with there flavor.

Photo of pwoods
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Deep murky bronze pour. 1 finger of frothy, off white head. Takes a minute to die to a thick skim. Decent patching.

S: Roasted malts and sweet toffee. Reminds me of chocolate taffy.

T/M: Robust roasted oats and grains. Nice sweet touch of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Medium heavy body that's nicely creamy. About halfway through I start t get a raw potato smell and taste that is not pleasing in the slightly.

D: Started off a decent brew but turned bad at the midway point.

Photo of Nibbley
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a pint glass that came to me with little to no head.
The beer had a nice molasses smell with a hint of dark fruit,maybe raisin? Medium dark ruby color.
The mouthfeel was very nice and would make for great drinkability.
Taste was malty and smooth with almost no hop bitterness.
A nice offering from TommyKnocker and definitley worth a try.


Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely garnet red hue with a thin fuzzy head that dissipates quickly. Clear but thick enough to make it difficult to see through completely. A good looking brew poured from a brown bottle with a label that can be considered humorous, if you like leprechauns riding headbutting rams for fun.

The scent is of scorched caramels and light malts. Not a prominent smell but very nice.

The taste hits the spot especially in the malt department. Big sweet malty flavors that has a mask of caramels and some light smoky flavors. Everything else in the flavor department is eclipsed by the big malt flavors.

A nice beer but one that has too much sweetness to the finish. To me this medium bodied beer is thick in the sugar department and that translates to a poorer finish and mouthfeel.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apon pouring it into the glass one notices an almost amberish brown appearance...

Smoky vanilla...

Stout!...wonderful chocolate biscuits...steeped in vanilla creme...

A medium feel to this beer...almost as if the ether is wrapped in robes of silk...toasty malty aftertaste!...

One must have two or maybe three...a true bargain...while my buds were sucking down Bud Lights I was in a different world...they were smoking and drinking and I was off to the side contemplating...enjoying every burp!...

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2010 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. Surprisingly, there are a lot of particulates and sediments floating in the beer. Is that normal?

Aroma: Pretty nice aromas of bready, toasted malt and dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates, mingled with some brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some strong flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates, followed by some toffee, dark molasses, and brown sugar-like sweetness, as well as by some honey-roasted peanut nuttiness. Finally, the beer finishes with a slightly vinegary sourness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is just a touch of an alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good, American version of a German Doppelbock! It has great flavors of bready, toasted malt, dried stone fruit, sweetness, nuttiness and slight sourness, which nicely stood up to 4 years of aging! The only knock I have against this specific beer is the floating sediment/particulates. I’m not sure if that is normal or an unfortunate side-effect of being aged for 4 years.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Butthead

A- Good ruddy brown with a huge thick head. Small lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Thick caramel/ molasses malt with a touch of spices and alcohol.
T- Sweet thick malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses dominate. Slight vanilla and clove bite with a touch of medicinal alcohol.
M- Very sweet and cough syrupy. Thick and cloying, phlemy!

Overall- just too syrupy and sweet. A pint is fine but I'll move on.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around choice bier...a solid candidate for an American doppelbock.
Throws a deep, rich ruby color with a surprisingly creamy, lasting head. Actually, this is one of the creamiest doppels I've had....yet pretty low carbonation in the body.
Smells like a good DB should...dark fruit, sort of raisiny. And hugely malty.
Taste follows suit with some big raisin bread flavors. Malty, and tasty. Quite sweet. A touch of hop bitterness keeps this from becoming too much.
A surprising winner here. Not among the elite of the style, but quite nice nonetheless.

Photo of Guardian
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A solid offering. I bought the Tommyknocker 12 pack and found them all to be decent beers. This is a heavy hitter at 8.2% and tastes/feels surprisingly less than that. The taste is slightly chocolate and coffee with very little aftertaste. My wife hated it it, but hey she married me so what does that say about her tastes.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 589 ratings.