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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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559 Ratings

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-05-2001)
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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We miss too many nights. When we started this project, we were going to do one beer a night. It doesn’t take a ton of time to write one of these, but we get busy. Oh well… tonight we are doing two. We are trying to empty the fridge because the researching and buying of the bottles is just as fun! Anyway, tonight we sip a butthead.

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s thick with a syrupy texture… Sheryl said it best; looks like a barleywine. It’s bright and amber, and has a subtle head with tiny bubbles that you expect from a glass of champagne.

Nose: It doesn’t smell like a barleywine. It smells like caramel. It’s got a punch of booze on the nose too, and it has a very sweet aroma. I like a sweet beer. I prefer my wines sweet, but I will take a sweet beer. After a second sniff, I can get a hint of barleywine in there.

Flavor: Whoa… VERY sweet and punches you in the back of the throat with something. Not sure what it was… but I like it. The beer is classified as a doppelbock, but should be a barleywine. The more I think of that and the more I sit here and smell/taste this beer, the more it reminds me of one. I am not a huge fan of barleywines, but the older I get the more I get into them.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel kicks in toward the back of the palate, and on the back of the tongue as and after you swallow. The front half of your mouth doesn’t really feel anything. But that’s okay, because there are a few bubbles toward the front of the palate and you don’t want that going down with a beer this sweet. It’s almost too sweet. Oh wait… here comes the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: Gross. What is that? The aftertaste is like stale bread. It’s horrible. It only lasts for a few minutes, but when it’s there… don’t breathe. It’s horrid. But the burp helps as it brings some of the heat off this big beer back to the surface. The aftertaste isn’t enough to keep me from digging on this beer.

The beer has a cool name. I mean… butthead. Who names a beer butthead? These guys and I like it! I hope to visit their brewpub one day. It would be fun to drink a Butthead from the source. Bottoms up people!

rickyleepotts, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of thufflife
3/5  rDev -17.8%

thufflife, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Sinewave
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Sinewave, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -17.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of bigkingken
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber, almost brown, with little to no head despite a pretty robust pour. Smells of malt apparent from the get go. Maple, sassafras and toast aromas with a hint of floral hops, perhaps a tad oakey. Medium mouth feel – perfect for a lager. Very interesting flavor profile. Almost a root beer flavor to it. Single notes without much depth or complexity, even in the finish. Tastes a tad like cough syrup. What it comes down to is too much alcohol (8.2%) to really enjoy the bock flavors. Overall, not impressed.

bigkingken, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark slighlty hazy amber with a thin tan head, little retention and minor lacing.

Smell had a slightly sweet maltyness with hints of raisons and molasses.

Very mild flavor, semi sweet malts dominate with some hints of oak and a noticeable alcohol taste, some slightly musty hops are present as well.

Mouthfeel is very hot and slightly thin.

The alcohol has to strong of an impact in this beer. Its still drinkable, but I wouldn't make a point of getting more.

bashiba, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of abedenbaugh
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-It has an clear amber color and has been filtered. The head was brownish-white and was average size.
S-The smell was very malty and sweet. The sweetness smelled like caramel malts. Also there was a hint of roasted malts. Didn't notice any hop aroma.
T-The first thing I noticed a heavy sweet taste. Didn't taste much of a hop flavor and the bitterness was low.
MF-The beer felt a little on the heavy side in the mouth.
D-Because of the mouthfeel I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these.

Overall it was an average beer, but nothing impressive.

abedenbaugh, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Sixpack595
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with almost no head. Smells like beer. Tastes a bit malty, a bit of hops sneaks out, but mostly just sweet. I thought it was a bit fruity with a sour aftertaste. I find it hard to believe this beer was around 8% in taste or effect. Way too thin. Won't be a regular, but I may try it again too see if its really as bad as the first 6pack seemed.

Sixpack595, Feb 11, 2003
Photo of beerinator
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish golden, dark amber beer. Off white head with adequate retention.

Aroma: Caramel candy. A lot of sweetness in the aroma with a slight note of fruit.

Taste: Hard core toasty caramel sweetness up front on the taste. Virtually no bitterness on the tongue. Aftertaste is lingeringly sweet. The only bitterness seems to stem from the tingly alcohol content.

Notes: Beer smells like a candy bar, and tastes like one too. Not the best example of it's style, but overall not a terrible beer.

beerinator, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Omnium
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours murky brown, less than a finger of head, and next to no lacing.
S - Caramel and toffee malts, huge alcohol scents, fruit cocktail. Its weird, and I dont like it.
T - This is like a mix of every gross candy you could imagine blended with hand sanitizer. The malt and sweetness is overbearing, even for a doppelbock. There's no hop flavors, which this could really benefit from some bitterness to balance out this syrupy sweet flavor.
M - Sticky yet thin? Poorly carbonated and too sweet on the palate.
O - Go figure, another disgusting beer from Tommyknocker, this is an awful example of the style, completely unbalanced and overwhelming with thick sweet malts and artificial fruit flavors and repulsive alcohol aroma and taste.

Omnium, May 23, 2013
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oaky brown colored brew with a small head of tan. Smells of caramel and and slight sourdough lift off of with a hint of booze. The flavor offers soft pretzels and a nice sweetening as it warms, not too much else. The light medium body isn't as fitting as a thicker build would seem for this beer. Overall an ok version of a dopplebock, nothing I would write home about.

JoeAmerican77, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of mterrence5
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice deep color slight murky. Average head (that's what he said). Smells sweet. Tastes is sweet with a nutty caramel taste. A bit of dark chocolate hints. The high alcohol content ruins the finish on the beer. Power to you if you can hide The booze but this didn't for me. The pleasent mouthfeel and good taste is ruined by its lack of drinkability (for a dopple no less??). I found it hard to finish a six pack (yeah ok fancy boy keep telling yourself your a connoisseur)

mterrence5, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A dark amber with a reddish tinge. Weak khaki head. Weak man. Smells of caramel malt and hint of nuts. Tasted the same, but with a strong underpinning of alcohol. Boo. Medium to full body with an almost chemical finish - maybe the alcohol again. I had this a few years ago and really liked it, but this one is odd. It's even within two months of bottling too. Whatever.

dedrinker, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of sabrills70
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark amber that pours with very little head. Aroma is a fruit, nut, molasses, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is fruit, nut, chocolate malt with an alcohol presence. Not a great deal of hoppiness here. Bock is not my favorite style so to me it's not very drinkable on it's own, but would go great with the right food, possibly a pasta with a nice red sauce.

sabrills70, May 27, 2003
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Ruby brown colour with a small head. Lacing is decent.

S: Smells like crisp fresh caramel malts. Maybe a hint of prune or raisin. The alcohol is also present in the nose.

T: Big sweet and tart malts. A bit like a prune or date. There are also roasted and caramel notes. Strong on alcohol with a bit of earthy flavours mixed in.

M: The beer has a lighter, thinner feel than it should.

D: Like the maple I tried a few hours ago. This beer tastes great at the start and then becomes... less great. I don't usually say this, but... the beer should be consumed quite cold.

EwaldEichstaett, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of molasses, cream, and toffee. The taste has a candy like sweetness that is jolly rancher like, and pervades everything else. There is some caramel that is detectable, but you really have to conscientiously look past the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a poor example of a doppelbock. I will not drink this beer again.

KarlHungus, May 18, 2009
Photo of therica
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= lifeless dirty-dense brown with little carbonation or effervescence, almost no head or lacing.

S= Scent was modest until it sat for about 5 minutes and then smelled like Old English furniture polish, probably the fruity scents coming through with the hops combined.

T= Modest taste, nothing that impresses me up-front. Maybe some caramel and burnt molasses, but a bit on the sweet-saccharin side for my tastes.

M= A bit too fruity-sweet residue for my preferences-- apricot, prune, not sure.

Overall, this beer did not impress me very much. There are far too many other good Doppelbock's to explore and enjoy.

therica, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep amber in color with a tan head. The smell was very sweet, strong hints of the caramel I was about to taste. The caramel malt was a bit strong, almost over powering. There were other flavors in here, but I couldn't quite put my finger on what because all I could taste was the caramel. Very sweet. It was also a bit thick in the mouth, almost syrupy; but my tastebuds may have just been in shock. This was entirely too rich for my tastes; it seemed that the brewers got too involved with making it sweet and pleasing to olfactoral senses and forgot about making pleasant to taste. I won't be buying this one again.

donteatpoop, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of biglite351
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - cloudy golden brown-orange. Quickly vanishing wire head.

S - mild but nice. Maybe a tiny citrus scent.

T - probably the mildest and least sweet doppelbock I have had. Unlike some other mild brews, this is basically bland.

M - too thin and no real feeling.

D - you could probably drink a case of this, but why?

biglite351, May 11, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Notched 10.29.10. Consumed 3.29.11.

A: Against lighting a crimson red color reveals a medium sense of effervesce with a lazy rise. The head is disappointing, diminishing almost as quickly as it rose, sandstone in color and failed to cling and lace to the glass. Overall a fairly boring experience that lacked incentive.

S: The nose was light of cough syrup, cherry flavored, with a mixture of dry apple grains. Medicinal, and again lacked incentive and appeal.

T: For flavor there was sweet caramelized apple and toasted grains mixing with a fruitiness and some alcohol content, again more like cherry cough syrup. Some hops, perhaps noble flowers, yet was vague and hindered by the lingering cough syrup alcohol that was left behind. Overall average flavor, hardly enough to raise and eyebrow to or another glass. Label claimed a gold winner? Must have been a slow year.

M: Pretty good fullness, creamy and lush, one of the few highpoints of this drink. Light carbonation.

D: Yeah sorry, a notch below average here, preference on not having another one and a slow reluctant to finish flavor makes me only happy in the fact that I purchased a single here. Butthead? Yeah I pretty much feel like one for buying this, thankfully it was a cheap learning experience.

beerthulhu, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Rayek
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up as part of Tommyknocker's sampler six-pack.

A: Disappointing, quite honestly. Deep sienna color with nice clarity and minimal carbonation. Even a vigorous pour wouldn't net much of a head. All I could get was a seltzer fizz that disappeared after only a few seconds in the glass. Left no lace.

S: Alcohol was the first thing that hit me. Burnt bakers chocolate, toffee and very nice black cherry aromas came through afterward.

T: A lot of alcohol in the flavor too. The cherry from the nose combined with the alcohol to create a cough syrup flavor once the beer was in my mouth. A pepper bitterness kept the sweetness in check and provided the most pleasant part of the beer's taste. Finishes with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body is flat, but still feels somewhat substantial.

D: Judging from other reviews, I think I may have gotten a bottle from a bad batch. Not a beer I want to revisit.

Rayek, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of redleg64
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

redleg64, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Oester16
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Oester16, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.