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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 378
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 24
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Loogs
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass during the second intermission of Sharks/Flames Game 6. A darkish amber brew with zero head retention. Intriguing aroma of wood, smoke, mixed with carmel malt and a general meatiness.

Strong malt flavor up front with notes of smoke, cherries, molasses. Not quite what I was expecting and somewhat unusual but it grows on you.

Despite its thin appearance the mouthfeel is actually full and slightly syrupy. Slightly harsher carbonation than I'd prefer, but only slightly.

A unique brew, though not necessarily one I'd rush to have again.

Photo of kingjames1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber in color, with a decent laching. Interesting dopplebock - definitely has the sweet malts (hints of maple and chocolate), but also has some clear hops-kick to it, changing its character from a typical dopplebock This is well balanced on the palate, though the finish is a little too dry for the style, and overall is pretty drinkable. I like it. Good American version.

Photo of eporter66
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a brownish red, hardly any head to speak of. Rich malty aroma, hearty, very good taste with light carbonation. Not heavy, and a nice alcohol kick. After having a few of these it seemed that the alcohol can take over the flavor a bit, the beer should have a little more balance to it

Photo of Hallce2
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apon pouring it into the glass one notices an almost amberish brown appearance...

Smoky vanilla...

Stout!...wonderful chocolate biscuits...steeped in vanilla creme...

A medium feel to this beer...almost as if the ether is wrapped in robes of silk...toasty malty aftertaste!...

One must have two or maybe three...a true bargain...while my buds were sucking down Bud Lights I was in a different world...they were smoking and drinking and I was off to the side contemplating...enjoying every burp!...

Photo of bpw28
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Two finger bone white head, deep amber (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing, lots of carb.

Smell: Big malt, caramel, carmalized sugar, some alcohol on the nose, rum soaked dark fruits, very light earthy/floral.

Taste: Big smooth malt, milk chocolate,caramelized sugar, dark fruits (big prune), chewy full mouthfeel, big carb,warming, sweet, big alcohol on the end.

Final Thoughts: Simple, yet beautiful. Perfect beer for when theres a slight chill in the air (mid fall or early spring; everyone knows bocks and spring). I really like this one.

Photo of mcowgill
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber, almost ruby, color. Not much of head at all. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S - Really nice sweet, malty aroma. I can smell the alcohol on this one.

T - I enjoy the taste of this beer. I get a sweet caramel, maybe toffee, flavor. There is raisin in there too....and alcohol. It has a slight burning aftertaste which takes away from the beer slightly.

M - I would say the beer feels creamy with low carbonation.

D - Not the most drinkable beer in the world due to the out front alcoholic nature of it but it's a good one and I would definitely have more.

Photo of Conrad
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky copper color, has a thin head that dies quickly and leaves a thin lace that also dies as the beer is consumed. There are fine floaties in my beer. Is this normal? I thought they were slow moving bubbles, but on closer inspection, they are suspended floaties.

S: The aroma is too faint for me to pick out variations, but there is some fruit, lager yeast some hops, and a healthy dose of caramel.

T: Up front:sweets as in caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits, such as plum and raisins. The malt r is right up there as you would expect with a bock. I could not pick up a balance with hops. The malt overpowers any hops. Still, it tastes just fine.

M: Crisp at the start, but then is loses it's punch. Smooth, medium body, low carbonation. The finish is drier than I would have thought for a sweetish brew.

D: Very tasty. It has a good buzz factor, not too filling, in keeping with other dopplebocks that I have had, so no surprises. Yes, I would have another.

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed November 15, 2011. Poured a 355 mL bottle into a Tulip.

A: Poured a half finger head. On the pour the sweet aroma hits my nose even from afar. Pours almost a Russet Brown, but it does lighten red around the edges. The head thins quite quickly, but carbonation rises slowly up to what head is left.
This does not lace.

S: I was actually surprised that a dark fruit smell came here, figs & raisins. A definite alcohol does come up and it smells quite light with a sweetness behind it.

T: To me the sweet dark fruit dominates the taste of this beer. The alcohol taste almost slides on the tongue on its way down and it's different, it doesn't all come strong instead it feels more spaced out.
The more this warms up the more prominent the alcohol becomes.

M: Almost feels sticky. Smooth, medium to high carbonation.

O: This just really didn't feel like a pleasant drink. Dark fruits are nice and all, but this drink simply needs to be more balanced. I would personally avoid this in the future.

Photo of chaunur
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a puny off white head. Another try with a very hard pour yielded only slightly better results. Neither displayed any retention and only minimal lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a very slight floral hint and a whiff of alcohol. The taste was also mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness.

While not a bad beer I just didn't care for the overall taste. Friend likes it, we'll trade for something.

Photo of RossCain
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottling date of August 19, 2010 was clearly noted on the back (beer was consumed 'a few days' after the suggested 4 months)

A: Poured with a pretty average appearance for the style. Medium amber body with an opaque characteristic. Very small, 1/2" white head which quickly dissipated as if it was never there. No legging, webbing, lacing detected.

S: Buttery upfront with dominant notes of toffee, caramel, and a slight beady malt profile.

T: At first sip, I picked up a very interesting taste of Lipton iced tea upfront. Not disagreeable but I could definitely taste similarities. What followed was more agreeable; the beer was not robust but had a toasty and buttery palate with a strong, sweet malt backbone in the finish. Dominant notes of raisins/grapes, prunes, and a lingering biscuity finish with an undercurrent of booziness.

M: Medium-light body with lively but slightly underwhelming carbonation. After sipping, the flavor lightly coats the palate and lingers for while after the initial alcohol bite subsides on the back of the throat. Overall, a rather smooth and agreeable finish.

D: Easily drinkable as I had no problems finish the glass. The unique note of tea I caught upfront was interesting (not bad) and did not detract from the overall experience. In all, I was satisfied upon finishing the beer and could likely have had another, but it was nothing that left a lasting impression upon me.

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of hooligan
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours to a clear ruby with practically no head retention whatsoever. What foam is there clings for dear life to the side of the glass as you sip.

I smell fermented fruit, rum raisin, cane syrup, and black pepper. Slight grassy hop at the back end.

Taste is big and complex, an sharp alcoholic bite upfront with characters coming and going throughout, roasted pecans, dried fruits, green pepper, even hints of tropical fruits, and the more obvious toasted grain... maybe even a spot of chocolate malt (I can taste a bit of heavy roasting at the back end).

Mouthfeel is thick, sweet, and a tad syrupy. Probably wouldn't be too easy to thin this one out due to the initial gravity.

Not a beer that I could session easily due to the powerful flavors and alc. content, but nonetheless an enjoyable brew.

Photo of beaubarnett10
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Soozy
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/red. Expected it to be a little bit darker, but hey, not complaining. A lot of fruit coming in the smells, raisins, maybe a little plum, malt. Kinda surprises me, didn't really expect it to smell or look like this so. Very sweet malt with hints of raisins and caramel and bitter end.

I feel it's a bit too bitter, but it's to the point where you want another sip right away, making it way amazingly drinkable for 8%.

Photo of hangh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice red/amber colored with a white/tan head about 1" thick that dissapates pretty quickly leaving a small halo and a little bit of fine lacing. It's got a few carbonation bubbles still. It smells very sweet and bready. Some chocolate is defintiely amongst a few other malty smells. I can't smell much if any hoppy smells but it may be because of the malts overpowering them. Taste is very creamy, that's the first thought. It's got some caramel and chocolate malt upfront with a very subtle and quick hop finish. Overall the taste itself is pretty quick but good. Aftertaste is mild and earthy. Medium bodied, a little thick at times, and lightly carbonated. It's a decent doppelbock, and cheaper than several others in its class.

Photo of jporf911
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a snifter. Date notched on the back label could be either Drink By or Bottled On; it doesn't specify.

Appearance- 4 out of 5. Contrary to its crude name, Butthead has a very regal color. It pours a deep ruby-brown mahogany that is reminiscent of freshly-polished fine wooden furniture. The one-finger beige head quickly dissipates but leaves fine rings of lace and a few clumps floating atop the brew.

Smell- 3 out of 5. The smell of this beer is very uncharacteristic of Doppelbocks because its primary notes are of pine-tree-scented hops. Underneath those come the more typical toasted malt, dark fruit (especially plums), and fruity alcohol esters along with straight up alcohol. It smells okay, but it does neither the beer nor the style itself justice; however, I noticed later that the pine scent disappears once it warms up, to be replaced instead by the sweet malt.

Taste- 4 out of 5. The first thing I notice is that it's rather sweet (some beers I swear could give you diabetes) with hints of caramel, toffee, bing cherries, and a bit of earthy tobacco (prior to being smoked; just sniffed in its dried leaf form). Perhaps they refrained from filtering out the residual sugars; regardless, along with the sweetness comes robust toasted malt, a bit of bite from the piney hops, and an aftertaste of warming alcohol to finish it off.

Mouthfeel- 4.5 out of 5. Thick, fat, and chewy best sum up this beer's mouthfeel. It's not so bad that you'd need a steak knife, but it almost feels like I'm taking a bite out of the glass. No wonder monks considered this a meal in a bottle!

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. The sweetness keeps this from being a truly drinkable beer. I could have two and call it a night; still, for an 8.2% ABV beer, that's not bad considering how well it disguises that high alcohol content. It's great for a nightcap, but if you want a night of Doppelbocks, opt for Troegenator or Samuel Adams Double Bock instead.

Photo of metallistout
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of dustylong
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with little head or retention (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a very "winey" smell to it, and you can actually smell the alcohol in it. Has a very toasty malt taste to it with a small hoppy bitterness to end it. I think it kind of has the "winey" taste to it as well...you can definately taste the alcohol in it. Feels good in the mouth...goes down easy for being high in alcohol, and the carbonation is perfect. I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and I would easily tell others to "give it a day in court".

Photo of grs8313
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received four bottles as part of a beer of the month club birthday gift.

Appearance: 12oz bottle with a bottling date of 8/8/2008. Pours a dark red color with a tan head that settles to about a half inch covering.

Smell: Alcohol, soap, plums, malts, caramelized sugars, and citrus notes.

Taste: Warming alcohol, toasted malts, caramel, grains, raisins, toffee, and hops and citrus at the end. This beer has an amazing array of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but not thick. Very little carbonation, and the mouth is left feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: I would have never guessed this beer has an ABV of 8.2% had I not gone to BA. This beer is really drinkable for such a high ABV, but the alcohol is subtle enough that you can drink this beer and not just sip it. I really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it to anyone who has not tried it. I am really glad the pack came with four bottles.

Photo of denflyr
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a very deep copper/amber color with very little if any head. There is no lacing that I can see, but the beer is nonetheless very viscous.

A sweet maltiness is there, but overall not a terribly aromatic beer.

For me, I love the taste of this Doppelbock. It has a nice sweet toffee/caramel nut (almost walnut) taste to it. That stays with you all the way through the brew. I did not detect any other major flavors, but that toffee component was VERY nice.

The mouthfeel was alright as well. Not any carbonation if at all. This is not a negative though.

It a drinkable beer, but is does have a fairly high ABV as one would expect with a doppelbock. As such you can't drink to much or you know what happens next!

Photo of aahynick
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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?

Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.