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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 592
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 26
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Best by 2/4/13.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit-flavored medicinal quality on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste is somewhat odd.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has some clumps of yeast visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of prunes and raisins in the nose along with notes of brown sugar and caramel.
T: The flavors are similar to the smell and also have some hints of alcohol, although this doesn’t detract from the taste. There are also some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer isn’t phenomenal, but it grows on you and makes for a pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

more like a barleywine to me. this beer pours a clear and surprisingly light shade of orange, crystal clear, with a lazy tan head. smells like german malts, caramel, and booze. there is some more hops in the flavor, and im surprised that this isnt over the top malty. there are notes of honey and oak in the flavor as well. feel is a little thin on the body for this style, it feels a tad watered down and the carbonation is too mellow to bring it back to life at all. its not bad, and is in fact rather drinkable, but it could be bolstered by a fuller body. aftertaste is nice too, and lasts awhile. overall a solid big bock, and worth a try at the brewpub.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep amber looking brown color with a tan head on top. The aroma is loaded with malts and a little bit of spice. The flavor of this beer is pretty strong but it's mostly all malts and not much else to balance the brew out. It packs a boozey punch too which isn't too bad. The mouthfeel is a little thick but it's nothing oily. The beer is a little above average and I'd try it again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too shabby, but a typical of Micro Dopplebocks. Certainly has a malty rich profile that shows a lot of promise. But it lacks maturity, complexity, roundness, and togetherness. The malts show large syrup, caramel, nuttiness, and a light roated / toastedness. Never really shows the deep dark fruit flavors or the warming alcohol sensation. Finishes a little too sweet and lacks boldness. Nothing really wrong with it, it's just not as good as the style suggests.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent blood orange with ripe tangerine trim, a truly gorgeous color when backlit with bright sunlight. Still though, it's strange to see a dopplebock with no hint of brown. The pale caramel cap is creamy enough to persist and is beginning to lay down a slurred collar of lace as it deflates (too bad it doesn't last). This is a good looking, lighter portion of the color spectrum doppelbock.

The nose is better than decent, but needs more power and more presence. Munich malt is at least as prominent as the cocoa-like notes from chocolate malt. All in all though, the beer smells at least as darkly fruity as it does heavily toasted. Nothing wrong with that.

Butthead is good beer. The most important requirement when it comes to doppels (for me at least) is that the brewers use enough malt. Tommyknocker has done just that. The malt backbone is firm, yet supple, and provides a flavor that can best be described as chocolate covered dark caramels.

There's plenty of sweetness to be had, although cloying doesn't even enter the picture. That's because Hallertau hops have been added in an amount that allows their bitterness to dovetail nicely with the malty sweetness and allows their flavor to be considered a welcome contributor to a surprisingly deep flavor profile.

The body/mouthfeel is more ale-like than lager-like due to all of the residual malt sugars. Even though it may rub style sticklers the wrong way, I love its fullness and borderline stickiness. This is one of the more viscous lagers that you're likely to run across.

After sampling the lion's share of the Tommyknocker lineup, at least the widely released beers, I have to say that I'm impressed with this brewery. They don't brew world-class beer, but then few do. Butthead is one of the better, more drinkable domestic doppelbocks that I've had in many a month.

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Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy dark amber color with a very bubbly, tan, two-finger head. It left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet roasted malt and was lightly hopped.

T - It tasted of burnt toasty malt and caramel. There was also a subtle bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good dopplebock. Certainly worth a try and it doesn't feel like it is 8.2% ABV.

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Photo of oberon
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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?

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish

Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable. Overall just a nice smooth feel. Very very nice.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a darkened mahogany body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, toasty maltiness with distinct rummy, raisiny fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet maltiness with a fair amount of toasted caramel. Medium, spicy hop character does what it can to counter the malty sweetness. Plenty of golden raisin fruitiness. Lil' pinch from the alcohol near the overall sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. A slight syrupiness to the body, but only slightly.

Drinkability: Fair enough for an American-made doppelbock. Let's just leave it at that.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a murky orange-brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains dark fruit, caramel, some lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. The malt character is hearty as you would expect and there's a mild hops presence that provides a little balance. A mild alcoholic sting sneaks in as well. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are definitely others within the style that I would prefer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Wow.. this one was a big miss for me. Just way too much of an alcohol taste, so much that it ruins the whole beer. I could only stomach through half of this before I had to pour it out. It tasted like a poorly made mixed drink. The alcohol taste isn't bad in small quantities (like any DIPA/RIS) but this almost induced a gag reflex. It's this breweries highest rated beer but I think it's their worst.. take it as you will. Just because it has a high ABV doesn't mean its good...

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +22%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, golden raisin, caramel, toast, molasses, brown bread, floral, light chocolate, toasted earthiness, and yeast ester fruitiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity ester notes. Taste of apple, pear, raisin, caramel, toast, chocolate, molasses, brown bread, floral, toasted earthiness, light nuttiness, and yeast ester fruitiness. Slightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of dark malt and fruity esters; with a solid malt/fruity flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. A little too fruity, but has good malt complexity; and is very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark brown color, hinting on violet, almost prunish, even, with a short, quick head.
Aroma: vibrant and fruity (grapes, raisins, dates), very nice.
Taste: big mouthfeel, warm, generous texture, and overloaded with malt. Very little hops that I can taste. Syrupy sweet at times, thickly coated, almost medicinal. Halfway in, that large presence on the palate seriously thins out, still substantial, but losing some ground. Overall, though, the bright, fruity flavor, with the ample alcoholic content, provides sufficient punch and rings in on every subsequent swallow, making this a very satisfactory, memorable doppelbock.
Thanks to morris729 for the sample.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of four months after January 07 (missed by a day, but still seems fresh to me):

Pours ruby brown with a thin off-white head.

The smell is of caramel, light toast, some dark fruitiness. A touch of spicy alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel - very malty - roasted dark maltiness.
Some dark fruits in the back. Lightly toasted bread. A touch of warming alcohol mixes with the sweet malt in the long finish.

Rich and creamy feel. Lingering malt sweetness and spicy alcohol linger on the tongue.

A delicious brew to sip on. I like it and glad that bitterbill included it in our trade!

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderfully malt scent that boasts of crystal, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's dry and quite warming. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty flavor that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts along with a dry lager yeast. It's smooth on the way down and warm on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the warm, malty aroma as well as the full flavored taste; a good drinker.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a decent, deep-tan/light-brown head with low retention. The color was a cloudy deep amber. The nose was rich and sweet, sugary, with a big presence of alcohol heat. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy with a caramel-like sweetness on the tongue. The finish was lingeringly, cloyingly sweet with a caramel and molasses-like sweetness. I probably would not want more than a couple of these at a time.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date December 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a hazy, hints of purple, dark, dark amber color. It is topped by a thin, frothy head that does not quite cover the beer from the get go. The aroma is entirely malt focused, which is as it should be. Sweet malt notes of caramel, toffee, figs and prunes all mix together to form a nice Doppelbock. This beer hides the alcohol quite well underneath all of the malt. There is perhaps a touch of smokiness to the aroma as well, but the aroma can basically be described as a mix of toasty malt and rich fruit character.

Certainly a chewy brew, perhaps not as thick as some, but it is rich and mouth coating. The beer is not quite as sweet as I was expecting, but there is a ton of malt character here. The malt almost has a rich meaty quality to it. Tons of toasted malt character is here and it is rounded out by some caramalized grain notes and just a hint of roasted grain character in the finish. There is only a touch of the fruit notes that were found in the aroma; hints of figs and some raisins are all I get if I search. Mostly this is a giant malt bomb, with perhaps a touch of alcohol in the finish. This beer is rich and chewy, and quite a good example of a Doppelbock.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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