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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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546 Ratings

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-05-2001)
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4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an oversized clear wine glass. Freshness date clearly notched on back label.

A: Blackberry brandy-like brown-scarlet hue with scant head that merely caps the beer. Some arcs of lace appear.

S: Malty and musty are the two adjectives that leap to mind. Heavy dark bread aromas with a hint of medicinal alcohol followed by a leathery, musty scents. Very vinous and has a barleywine-lite aroma profile.

T: An exceptionally flavored double bock with major malt loads backing the mellow dark fruit and bready taste with definite alcoholic kick which is pleasant and warming. Plenty of toasted malt, toffee, and caramel flavors enhance the complex profile, which compares well to good barleywines.

M: I like the feel of this beer as it is medium-to-full bodied but smooth and easier to drink than most beers with this much flavor. I like the low carbonation even if it doesn't keep strictly with the style. Aftertaste is vinous mainly of dark fruits and slightly burned caramel.

D: A great surprise from Tommyknocker as their beers to date for me have been a bit hit or miss. This is a double bock that compares nicely to some of the premium German originals.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 04:52:51 | More by argock
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4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first time I've tried anything from the Tommyknocker Brewery and I must say I am impressed. I'm not as hardcore of a beer drinker as most folks on here, but I do enjoy the finer beers in life.

I'm going from memory here, but the appearance was very nice. It seemed pretty thick and was light brown in color.

The smell, again, was very nice. Not too strong, and definitely a compliment to the nose, I enjoyed it.

The taste was amazing. The first (and last) time I had a Doppelbock, it disgusted me. This was probably about a year ago, so whether my tastes have just changed greatly since then, or this beer is just THAT good, I cannot yet say. Nonetheless, I enjoyed every flavor this beer laid down on my tongue.

The mouthfeel was very pleasurable. Like I said, it was on the thicker side, so it coats the tongue really well, as to let you enjoy the full flavor.

As far as drinkability goes, it was exceptional. The beer was very lightly carbonated, almost undetectable in the mouth. This made the aftermath of drinking it very settling, there was no full feeling as you would get from drinking highly carbonated beverages.

This is my first review and I don't exactly know what I'm doing, so take this with a grain of salt. As I said, my beer background for the most part greatly differs from most of the pros on here, but I enjoy good hearty beers, so if you're somewhat new to trying different beers, maybe our tastes coincide with each others. (And hey, the guy below me gave it a B and he had it a year past it's 'best by' date..so it's definitely a good beer!)

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 04:33:42 | More by RaiseMyGlass
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hard pour into a 16 oz. mug. Nice two finger tan head develops over a slightly hazy deep orange body. Head falls back into the beer slightly, leaving a nice thick covering. Decent lacing. Very inviting.

Lots of big aromas here to wade through. Dominated by a huge malty sweetness that hides a nice alcoholic warmth. Hints of raisins and rich grapes waft in and out.

Nice big quaff and, whoa! Huge malty sweetness hits you up front with some gentle toastiness and rich grape/raisin esters. Nice alcoholic warmth and burn ease on in and come through as the beer is swallowed, followed by nice toasted malts. Lingering sweetness on the tongue is balanced nicely by toasted grains and a delicious spicy hop flavor, definitly my favorite part of the beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a nice gentle carbonation that lets the beer gently roll around the palate.

A great example of the style. I don't drink this style too often so it caught me off guard at first, but it definitly settled out and was a delicious drinker. This is a big beer; drinking more than two is just asking for it, lol. I would like to see more of those delicious spicy hops, but it would throw it out of style.

This would be a great beer to sip on when it cools off a bit, I'll definitly be letting at least 2 of the bottles rest for a few months to see how well they age. Overall, excellent beer! Don't hesitate to try!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:34:36 | More by danny013
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby color with a small tan head, probably due to high alcohol content.

Smells very malty,sweet and fruity. Smell Like it's going to be a good one.

Tastes very malty and strong of alcohol. Reminds me of a strong ale, even though it is a bock and is lagered. Very little hops, mostly sweet, fruity malt flavor.

Dry on the finish. Good mouthfeel..

I would say that I would definately buy another 6 pack or so. A very good beeer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:46:04 | More by metallistout
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a light tan one-finger head over a crystal clear dark bronze-reddish liquid. Beauty to look at with a couple tiny streamers rising up through the beer. Smells potently of complex caramel. Sweet dark musty. Some toasty qualities, a hint of chocolate, a barely noticable alcohol burn, as well as that musty smell (which I think is a noble hop). Smells delicious. Taste is rich caramel with some chocolate and some toasted grains. Very sweet...too much so, IMO. A wood character comes in with a late alcohol. Can't decide if that wood is from hops or part of the alcohol. After the alcohol is a tinge of sour, like grapes (not cherries). The aftertaste is rich in chocolate and is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is mild. It's a bit too heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but I like it a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 04:33:04 | More by mentor
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.


Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2007 21:56:52 | More by Nibbley
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Bottle dated Jan. 3, 2011 (this one has held up well...see below).
A: Pours a fairly dark and muddy brown with a fair amount of sediment. Murky. Essentially no head...too low on the carbonation.
S: Quite nice and strong roasted caramel malt notes. Hints of candi sugar, black pepper, toffee, and sweet alcohol.
T: Strong and fresh roasted caramel malt up front. Sweet banana-caramel and toffee notes back that up. Hints of spice and pepper. Mild hop element lingers in the background.
M: Smooth with slightly oily and sticky sweet feel. Medium body, but surprisingly rich and full presence. Very mild hop bitterness to balance a bit.
D: This brew was a pleasant surprise and very nice, especially for style. Definitely seek this one out! Good session brew; ABV is very well hidden (but will eventually catch up with you!).
Thanks to my father-in-law for picking this one up!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 04:40:31 | More by mwilbur
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has plenty of eye appeal, with a dark reddish brown color and a moderate head with lots of lace. Very strong roasted malt and caramel flavors, slightly sweet, with moderate hoppiness at the finish and a solid malty aroma . Incredibly smooth, rich mouth feel, the low carbonation compliments this beer. Simply put, this is a superb double bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2002 19:07:01 | More by Pegasus
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby amber and clear with a big three finger head that eventually reduces to a tight cap. Decent spotty lacing.

S - Thickly malted chocolate cake aromas with rootbeer and caramel notes.

T - Big malt presence that has chocolate, caramel, ginger, and cinnamon elements. Much bigger hop profile that I would have imagined.

M - Full bodied, slick at first with a dry and hoppy finsh. Excellent

D - Very good. An excellently drinkable winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 18:40:53 | More by pmcadamis
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-red, somewhat murky, a thin white-ring head. Some caramel malts, spices, apples and hints of alcohol. A first impression is generally a good one—sweet malts, chestnuts and some sugary pasty alcohol; there are hints of chocolate. The body is slightly acidic, yet somewhat sticky at the same time. Alcohol notes are come-and-go, borders on medium bodied. A doughy and pancake loaded with syrup palate; fulfilling, very rich and sweet. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 01:54:48 | More by GeoffRizzo
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great taste! Great Flavor! Great Dopplebock! When poured into my glass this brew had a small tan head with small-medium bubbles that quickly diminished. The lacing was fair and there was carbonation with this brew. It had an excellent aroma of caramel and malt. The body was reddish brown in hue. The taste was very smooth and very enjoyable to drink. What a great drink!!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 07:36:48 | More by hotstuff
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle from Dave of Western Beverage. Thanks man!

A-Deep rich mahogany color, slightly murky. Nice head that shrinks but always leaves nice lacing.

S-Malty caramel, slight grassy backbone, grain.

T- Nice! In the past all of the Tommyknocker beers I have were good session beers while this is really one to appreciate. Great complex malt profile with a noticeable earthy hop flavor and a yeasty bready hint. If the label wasn't so cartoonish, this would be a beer to be taken seriously.

M-Could use a slight bit more gas, other than that smooth, rich, pretty nice.

D-It is slightly sweet. With that said, I like malty beers so a single would do me good on Monday night and a six pack would do me well on Friday night. The best of Tommyknocker for me thus far. Don't let the labels fool you; this is really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 08:47:17 | More by MinorThreat
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber, nut brown head. Lace hangs around a bit.

Smells of dark fruit ( cherry? ) and a bit grassy.

Taste, at first, wow. Has malt, fruit, a a bit of a sour taste. Even taste a nice shot of hop spice to it.

Mouthfeel is great, finish is clean with a shot of ABV being apparent.

This, and the 2007 AB Brewmasters Private Reserve are the best domestic dopples I have yet to have, with this being my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 01:48:45 | More by KI9A
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy (bottle conditioned) chestnut body is capped by a short head of light tan froth that dissipates almost immediately (probably due in part to its high alcohol content) and leaves no lace. The rich aroma displays a sugary, toasted malt with notes of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and even subtle cocoa. The body is medium-full and its very fine, moderate carbonation leaves itlightly creamy and smooth in the mouth. Some alcohol is clearly noticeable in the flavor but it doesn't really distract from the delicate yeasty fruitiness and rich malt that includes everything found in the nose plus a note of maple syrup. It well balanced, however, by a solid bitterness, and it finishes surprisingly dry for such a rich beer with just some lingering maple syrup and alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 04:03:20 | More by NeroFiddled
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Left me preface this review by saying this is my favorite style of bottom fermented beer and when done right stands up well against IPAs, ESBs and Big Ales of various stripes.

Appearance: Lovely clear marroon color with a massive tan to light brown head that left a clingy ring all the way down the glass.

Smell: Malts, raisuns, fruit and alcohol all are there ti enjoy

Taste: Fruitty bready taste makes me think of hawaiian sweet bread or a fresh-baked muffin. Bitterness and sweetness are present on the tounge and throat, alocohol taste is present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: syrupy yet smooth, bleies it's strength

Despite the wallop it packs this is a moreish beer and ceratanally this best American dopplebock I've tasted

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 02:05:30 | More by russpowell
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, doppelbock. Havent had one for a while. Dark copper colored body, tan head doesnt last long. Very thick caramel malt scent. Hints of chocolate, maybe some fruit tones too. The taste is pretty much all about the caramel malt. Nice thick syrupy caramel malts. Bit of fruitiness and some spice from the alcohol. Nice thick mouth. Definitely the highlight of the Tommyknocker sampler pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 03:49:08 | More by Tballz420
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4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish-copper color. Good sized head but drops fizzily (that's a word, right?) and quickly. Kind of like root beer. Head drops to almost nothing and leaves no lace at all.
Smell is very malty, strong alcohol note, then wheat, green apple, raisins, oak, whiskey, hint of smoke and caramel. Good complexity and the balance is great.
Taste is all the above with lots of alcohol, spice with a slightly bitter bite that wasn't from hops. Alcohol is not overpowering.
A good effervescence all over actually overcomes the underlying smoothness somewhat. Medium body, fairly smooth with a nice mellow aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 18:03:25 | More by PorterLambic
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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like the child of a fine sherry and Steel Reserve high gravity lager.
Drink it a bit colder than usual because the taste changes a bit as it takes on room temperature.
It has a really distinct caramel malty flavor to it and a surprisingly smooth aftertaste.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the great price

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:23:37 | More by Berticus
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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Beautiful Sunburst color with amazing aromas consisting of mainly dried fruit.

T&M - Crisp and tart mouthfeel with a medium bodied fruit taste empowered with alcohol.

O - An amazing beer. One of the best lager.

Right off the bat an amazing color. I've have never had to use the word "Sunburst" to describe a beer. Then the taste is amazing. So much fruit and alcohol. It almost feels likes your drinking wine. If you can get your hands on some and get past the ABV you will not be disappointed. Not much more to say, Just go pick some up. Stay thirsty my friends!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 06:07:58 | More by NickRivers
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-09-2012 19:26:32 | More by tfsimpkins
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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

crazy old jim koch at sam adams has come up with a new "perfect pint" glass, almost hourglass-thistle shaped with etchings in the bottom for head retention and i gotta say, it really is perfect. it was meant for boston lager, but i'll break it in with a butthead.

A- nice clear shimmering copper-garnet with rising bubbles (from the etching) head was 1/2in beige and foamy but retention was lackluster despite my perfect glass. i didn't expect much from a bock, although i still got some nice lace.

S- mineral water, maybe even lake water? smells alive as if there were algae in it...caramel and fresh from the field unmalted barley and lots of it. maybe a bit of spicy hop in there but it may also be my imagination. it wouldn't surprise me though, because the shape of this glass brings out every nuance of aroma.

T- very sweet caramel malt and milk chocolate, malt complexities are outer space and gradually change and morph from start to finish. a little lake water/wet dog is still present but somehow seems to fit in with all the malt about half way through. toffee, rum cake, and a nice soft pear/red plum/pomegranate yeast fruitiness toward the end as the malt goes from cocoa to coffee. a bit of spicy hop in the woodsy sweet finish makes for a nice balance on the ride out.

MF- fully loaded, thick and rich. could be perceived as being a little syrupy but the medium-low carbonation keeps things in check. never cloying despite its sweetness, the soft hallertau bitterness lingers on the sides of my tongue creating a constant struggle between bitter and sweet.

D- i'm an ale guy, all the way, but this lager has enough fruity complex to go around and that extra bit of hops is much appreciated though it may be non-traditional.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:45:09 | More by hustlesworth
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