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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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575 Ratings

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 7 | 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 StoneTSR
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark brown and completely transparent with a slight red tint all underneath a fluffy, off-white head. The robust pour out of my growler led to a reasonably thick head with moderate retention. The lacing was outstanding.

SMELL: When the growler was first popped the aroma was quite strong, but it faded over time. Nuttiness with a mild milk chocolate backbone dominates and a slight grassy, hoppy aroma lingers behind it along with a touch of caramel.

TASTE: The caramel from the nose moved from the background to the main stage in the taste. There was also a ton of malt here which provided a sweet (and ever so slightly smoky) raison and fig flavor. Nuts and fruits also danced around and helped to mute the little hop flavor that tried to push through.

MOUTHFEEL: The Butt Head was creamy and smooth with a nice sweet feel. It dried as it went down, but the sweetness dominated. Rich and luxurious, but not as full-bodied as might be expected from the sweet, sugary richness.

OVERALL: Prior to our trip to the Tommyknocker Brewpub last night my experience with them had been limited. The bar I work at served their Cocoa Porter (which I liked quite a bit) and the Amber Lager (which was fine, but nothing terribly special). I didn’t really know what to expect when we sat down, but Sean, our bartender, was very friendly and informative. The flight he poured also impressed me. They did a lot of styles very well that I don’t normally love (like the Maple Nut Brown and Imperial Brown) and they had some styles not seen as often in the American Craft seen (like a Rye Porter and the Doppelbock) that were done very well. It isn’t easy to find a great Doppelbock in the U.S. and this was an impressively strong example. After sampling 14 different beers this was what we chose to bring home.

Photo of aahynick
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

45F in a pilsner glass

A- bronze with a fast dissipating head

S- strong caramel aroma

T- rich caramel and nutty character

M - medium body with exceptional smoothness

D- wonderful overall and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

Sometimes I wonder about the marketing folks. Butthead for a brew name?

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this feller into a beveled glass mug. Paired him with some prosciutto wrapped mozzarella. Not much of a head but it left and decent amount of lace. Smelled awesome- caramel, malt, sweet. Taste doesn't have the body or the real malty finish I really like in these beers, but it's pleasant. Hops shine through on this guy more than some other doppels, maybe thats why I think the malt isnt prominent enough? Who knows. Kind of a steal at 6.99 a six pack at specs though, would buy this again.

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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 BKotch
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second good American doppelbock I've had in the last six weeks (Saxer Jack Frost was the first). Nice dark color with a decent head that leaves a fair amount of lace down the glass. Sweet malty nose and palate with just enough of a hop balance to stay on style. Medium to heavy body that really hides the alcohol content -- is it really 7.9%? I'm going to have to take back what I've said about American lagers . . .

Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a three inch beige head that leaves splashy lacing

Smell: Not too much aroma, but I detect some caramel malt and maple tones

Taste: Chocolate and caramel up front (almost like a German Chocolate Cake, just not as sweet); the sweetness is well-restrained with a slight hop flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: I like this interpretation of the style; lots of interesting flavor but never cloyingly sweet; well-balanced

Photo of norinco
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of kylemckinnis
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of CWhite
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Beer is a about 14 months old, which is 10 months longer than Tommyknocker suggests.

3.5 A: Motor oil color. Couldn't get much of a head to form. Light brown lace forms.

4.0 S: Really sweet smelling. Flowers and toasted grains. The alcohol is also noticeable.

4.5 T: Very nice flavor. Sweet with toasted malt. Toffee and earthy tones. Complexity is there, which is noticeable after each sip. Basically, you keep getting flavors in a long drawn-out aftertaste.

2.5 M: For as good as the taste is, it would be so much better with a little more carbonation.

5.0 D: I could drink these babies all night and love it.

I have to disagree with Tommyknocker on their freshness date. This beer ages damn well. I've had a fresh one, so I have something to compare it to, but there was nothing holding me back from fully enjoying the old one. Hopefully one day I'll get around to reviewing a fresh one.

Photo of Flyboyman
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of battlekow
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Butthead pours a viscous, opaque brown with almost no head. It smells more alcoholic than it should, even given the 7.9% ABV. There's also a lot of sweet caramel maltiness. The flavor is surprisingly chocolately, and very pleasingly so, with some toffee as well. Doesn't taste very alcoholic at all. Mouthfeel is extremely thick. I wasn't expecting this doppelbock to be anywhere near as good as Autumnal Fire or Thomas Hooker Liberator, given that I really disliked Tommyknocker's Maple Nut Brown, but Butthead was pretty damn good. I'm still hung up on the sweet, subtle chocolate flavor--really good. I could easily have several of these and be smashed before I knew it.

Photo of Brewsed
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of mattsucks
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jaybags
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of benito
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a December 2005 bottle, aged carefully for 9 months and paired with a traditional Mexican lunch.

From the outset, it is clear that this brew has aged well. It pours a handsome and slightly hazy amber with a thick off-white head. The bouquet has the complexity of a high-end barley wine, a strong malt
and alcohol presence offset with a hint of sour cherry. Blindfolded, I might mistake this for a red wine.

Unlike a barley wine; however, this has maintained a light freshness to it. It is still a mid-day beer and not merely a nightcap. Malts dominate the palate which has a nice cinnamon touch to the finish and a refreshing effervescence throughout. What's more, the finish is clean and crisp, with a very spritzy aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Butthead Bock, but this slightly-aged version has converted me to a fanatic and devout follower. I'll go and pick up a six pack (and start the eight month wait) as soon as I can. Kudos to one of the best doppelbocks in Colorado. Highly recommended.

Photo of KLHBB
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of maltlikker
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of KGOSU
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Hallce2
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of honkey
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, small off white head. Smell is sweet, some dark fruit smell, trace of alcohol, and caramel. Taste follows the smell with dark fruit and a slight bit of alcohol. A little on the low side for carbonation and a slightly thick mouthfeel.

This bottle is a little over 6 months old and is less alcoholic tasting than fresher bottles. I prefer it this way.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Some of the beers in my Tommyknocker variety pack have lacked something in the taste (and mouthfeel) department. This one was an exception and, except for the limts on drinkability posed by the higher ABV, it's a very tasty offering.

Nice bold, dark amber in the glass with a low, foamy head. Heavy (slightly roasted) malt in the nose; decent mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a wonderful, rich malt flavor. Unlike another doppelbock I tasted recently, this one was all malt and flavor--not alcohol. It's one of those that snuck up on me a bit as I enjoyed the flavor. Next thing I know I had a nice buzz. But this one tasted great getting there.

Photo of DNICE555
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan B served in a pint glass on a hot spring day outside on the deck.

A - Caramel Colored body, Off-White Head, Decorative Lacing

S - Hints of malts, not very much going on here.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts, Sweet yet perfectly balanced with hop undertones.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation.

D - Tommyknocker has an interesting take on the syle here, very pleasant. Well balanced and very tasty in my opinion. Very nice on a warm day - would have never guessed the 8.2 ABV.

Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 575 ratings.