Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery
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3.1/5 rDev -15.1%
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.
01-07-2013 01:49:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
05-26-2012 12:19:14 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
09-20-2006 15:26:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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
04-21-2006 03:41:32 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-07-2006 19:53:47 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
08-07-2011 04:47:23 | More by mikesgroove
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
05-03-2008 00:12:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
04-16-2011 00:20:30 | More by Knapp85
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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?
02-03-2011 22:02:02 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-21-2008 04:14:09 | More by zeff80
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
11-30-2003 04:03:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
04-24-2008 03:48:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
07-11-2010 16:57:05 | More by WVbeergeek
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
01-29-2002 00:30:16 | More by Jason
4.45/5 rDev +21.9%
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
09-27-2005 02:05:30 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
11-05-2003 20:54:00 | More by feloniousmonk
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-30-2012 17:09:59 | More by StonedTrippin
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
03-14-2006 19:04:59 | More by WesWes
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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