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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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Photo of sudsface69
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: light mahogany brown, good clarity, off-white head that quickly dissipates, very little lacing

Smell: banana nut bread, brown sugar, sugar cookie, alcohol, malt sweetness, very little hop aroma

Taste: very sweet, tons of malt, faint alcohol burn, dried fruit, pound cake, ripe banana, pinch of spice, low bitterness. The carbonation is a bit low for me, and the absence of any sort of head is a real downer. The beer finishes clean and I can't detect any real off flavors, but I would really like more carbonation. Also, to me, the malts come across a little too sweet. Obviously, this is a malt bomb according to style, but other doppels that I've really enjoyed have had a roasty character behind the sweetness that really keeps the beer in a nice balance. Here, the malts lack depth and, to me, leave the beer with a bit of a one-dimensional sweetness.

Not a bad beer, but I can't put it on the list of my favs.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber/red color with a noisy, fizzy beige head that fades to nothingness in about 15 seconds. Nothing too exciting to look at.

Very caramely, sweet malty smelling beer. Reminds me of butter honey-maple syrup. No discernable hops or yeast in the nose.

A bit less sweet in the flavor, but still a tad more than I would like. Lack of carbonation seems to accentuate the caramely syrup taste. Alcohol is evident in a good way, as is a hint of toastiness and bittering hops. Surprisingly, a month or two in my cellar seems to have served this beer well. The flavors have melded together better and it is drinking quite smooth. Not exactly miles away from being able to hang with the big dawgs from Germany and its certainly better than most American doppelbock attempts.

Photo of bowersdm
2.78/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a german pilsner

A - ruby color with a small (<1cm) head

S - alcohol, yeast, fruity, tangy smell

T - malt with a pronounced fruit flavor, some alcohol, mild hops and a tangy flavor that borders on weakly sour.

M - weird mouthfeel, I can't describe it.

D - I did not enjoy this beer.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.99/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Not quite within four months of date notched, but here we go.

Flat crack of the cap. Murky honey brown pour. An inch of off-white head with no retention. Dregs sitting tight at the bottom of the bottle.

Incredibly rich. Riesen Chocolate Caramels, rumcake, dates macerating in stiff brandy. Sloppy. Way too much.

It drinks a little better. Lots of toffee & bread pudding. A ton of residual sugars. Mild tangy hop bite. Maybe a little bitterness from the perceived clove. Some smoke. Significant alcohol burn & brown sugar on the finish.

Slippery mouthfeel. Downright thin & greasy. Carbonation gives an effort.

I had a two of these. I guess I was just in a ugly mood. Why did I drink two of these?!

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber-brown color that let the light in, plus a light-tan 1-finger head that slowly moved to lace across the top. Smell was big and malty, full of bread, biscuits, and something sweet too. There was a tangy smell in there as well, which ended up being alcohol. The taste was less malty and dark than I expected: the malts were light and toasted-flavored, but still a little bready. The taste ended off with a touch of sweetness and a big dose of alcohol. Not much hop presence to be found. I found the beer to be a little bit thin and runny on the mouthfeel. All in all, I wasn't the biggest fan, and I like the other Tommyknocker beers I've had more than this one.

Photo of fostwal
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer with a funny name. The appearance is a dark and clear amber. The scent is pleasant, fairly light and malty. The flavor is pleasing to the palate. A little bit of caramel and chocolate, and a hint of bittering hops that comes through in the finish. I can't wait for the next one.

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

My first Doppelbock.

Pours with surprisingly little carbonation. I don't really know how much a doppelbock should have, but I'm betting its more than this. Head exists for less than a minute.

This beer smells much better than it looks. Sweet toffee maltiness, a little hint of something sulfury, and mild hops comprise the aroma.

Taste is unimpressive, but certainly not bad. Nice balance between hops and malt, but no terribly distinctive flavors. While the beer is definitely in balance, I was actually hoping for less balance and more malt.

Mouthfeel is full and even a little sticky, without being overly sweet.

Drinkability is great. The lack of significant residual sugar makes this one drink quite well.

Overall, not bad, but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of hiikeeba
2.47/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Received as a gift.

A - Poured up clear amber with ruby highlights, and a practically nonexistent head, even pouring straight into the bottom of the glass

S - Smell of dark malt, with dark fruit notes

T - Some caramel malt, but overall bland. Some alcohol in the finish.

M - Thin with a light carbonation bite.

D - Nothing offensive, just nothing memorable enough to make me want another one.

This has to be a bad bottle.

Photo of KeefD
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper color with a small off-white head and no lacing. Aroma of some good caramel malts. Taste is of some thick caramel malts, odd fruitiness, a little smokiness, with a light grassy herbal hop flavor in the background. Some metallic notes can be detected and become even more noticeable as it warms. Also, a slight acidic wine taste in the background that I can't get past. Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Alcohol is warming and can be a bit much at times. I didn't enjoy this one too much. Maybe it's just not favorite style, but the flavors seem off to me. Would not drink again.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with nice clarity. Virtually no visible carbonation, just a touch of bubbles leisurely making their way to the top of the glass. The head was short loved and off white/foamy. It vanished before I knew it. No real lacing to speak of. Deep amber with mostly ruby highlights

Aroma was of toasted grains and slightly malty. Not much fruit to speak of.

I actually enjoy the flavor. I get a burst of sweet malt/caramel, then some dark bread grains.. After this I get some nice spice and some pepper. Real smooth and nice flavor. Works together well. There is a chewy caramel quality towards the end. A bit creamy as caramel can be. Not too shabby.

Mouth feel is bog and this is clearly big bodied. Just shy of syrupy.

This is almost a meal and not one you could drink several of. Big, thick and satisfying.

Try it. I like it.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Moderate pour into a New Belgium goblet yields a nice dark amber semi-cloudy body beneath a small off-white head that fades quickly to a ring.

Smell is really good. Raisin bread dough, prunes, lots of chocolate malt. Sweet cherries. Grass. A hint of citrus hops. I hope it tastes this good.

Taste is fairly good, and somewhat in line with the aroma, but not as intense or as rich.

Mouthfeel is really a bit of a let-down: pretty thin for a D-b.

Easy to drink. I'll have some more of this. For what it is, it's pretty accessible and inexpensive.

Photo of sjohansen
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber. Clear. Head quickly dissipates. Leaves a wisp on the top of the beer.

Hints of syrup. Sweet citric; orange zest maybe. Candy sugar. Some metallic lager yeast.

When it was first poured, I couldn't find the alcohol. Pretty impressive for a lager topping 8% abv. Then it warms a bit... It shows itself as a heavy breath from the aftertaste. Peppery, but not in an over the top way. It's definitely potent though. I get most of the flavors from the nose. Syrup and caramel. Sweet brown sugar. Slight toasted rye bread. It's sweet. There's not too much that's bitter about this beer. Hops and bitterness seem to be hidden by the alcohol.

Full body. Decent carbonation scrubs the palate. Finish is full, leaves a desirable aftertaste from the alcohol, that's like a shot of spiced rum. Heavy mouthfeel, just short of chewing at times.

I've had several of the Tommyknocker beers in the past, each one has been better then th last. This one's made me a pretty big fan.

Photo of colts9016
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown hazy with hues of red
Nose: Caramel Malt, yeast, molasses, and floral.
Taste: Caramel malt, hints of chocolate, yeast, and molasses hops are on the end but only slightly
Body: Thin bit watery
Finish: Slightly acidic. I felt the beer was missing something.

Photo of garcia2a
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This tasty poured a nice golden amber with an ever so slight haze. The head was alonost non-existent. Carbonation was light, just enought to ad to the visual appeal.

The bouquet was heavy on sweet yet earthy malts. I picked up hints of caramel and baker's chocolate. The taste was pleasing with the sweet caramel style malts enveloping the tongue. The beer had a slightly dry finish, that didn't leave a heavy aftertaste of cloy the back of the mouth.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style, but beer does cloy the tongue. This is a friendly drinkable beer that to have more than 1 or 2 at a time wiuld destroy the relaxing tastes. A nice beer for around the fireplace!

Photo of Rayek
2.86/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up as part of Tommyknocker's sampler six-pack.

A: Disappointing, quite honestly. Deep sienna color with nice clarity and minimal carbonation. Even a vigorous pour wouldn't net much of a head. All I could get was a seltzer fizz that disappeared after only a few seconds in the glass. Left no lace.

S: Alcohol was the first thing that hit me. Burnt bakers chocolate, toffee and very nice black cherry aromas came through afterward.

T: A lot of alcohol in the flavor too. The cherry from the nose combined with the alcohol to create a cough syrup flavor once the beer was in my mouth. A pepper bitterness kept the sweetness in check and provided the most pleasant part of the beer's taste. Finishes with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body is flat, but still feels somewhat substantial.

D: Judging from other reviews, I think I may have gotten a bottle from a bad batch. Not a beer I want to revisit.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with a small light tan head. In the aroma, roasty, caramel, licorice, anise, and small fruity presence. In the taste, licorice, sweet roastiness, and caramel. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel and a small dry, sticky sweet caramel aftertaste. A bit watery, licorice, caramel and anise was a bit different, ok for a doppelbock.

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 argock
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils (I don't know why) and received a copper, ruddy body with decent head and livly carbonation. Mild smells of sweet malts and dark fruit. Smooth, easy drinking, ABV hidden well as there is only a minimal drying sensation on the backend. There is a fruit taste in this beer, something akin to cherries, but the malts take hold. Strong balance of caramel and some other sweet malts along with a good dose of roaste and toasted malts. A pretty good DB but I think I'll stick with the Germans on this style.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lovely garnet red hue with a thin fuzzy head that dissipates quickly. Clear but thick enough to make it difficult to see through completely. A good looking brew poured from a brown bottle with a label that can be considered humorous, if you like leprechauns riding headbutting rams for fun.

The scent is of scorched caramels and light malts. Not a prominent smell but very nice.

The taste hits the spot especially in the malt department. Big sweet malty flavors that has a mask of caramels and some light smoky flavors. Everything else in the flavor department is eclipsed by the big malt flavors.

A nice beer but one that has too much sweetness to the finish. To me this medium bodied beer is thick in the sugar department and that translates to a poorer finish and mouthfeel.

Photo of brewjones
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So, this is actually a pretty nice beer. Good maltiness tha is expected of a doppelbock. Poured a dark amber with great clarity and a nice off white creamy head with good retention. Nice sweet malt nose with a hint of hops but nothing overpowering. Clean yeast. Good flavors of sweet malt and a slight hop bitterness to help balance. Yeast lends to a slight creaminess. Pretty easy to drink. Good beer.

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 TheMistler
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the coloration on this beer, a well-highlighted (with a bright maroon) brown. Displayed an off-white, millet-y head, without much lacing. Nor retention.

A heady, malty nose. Lots of malt, and a whiff of alcohol. Caramelized sugars and bread, with maybe some maple, as well.

Toasty and grainy taste, with a dash of caramel. Not at all overly sweet. Residual taste and mouthfeel of having just eaten toast. No charred taste, but a dry finish. Hops, maybe with a hint of citrus, bring up the rear and compliment the dry finish.

Medium-bodied, and - to me - more easy drinking than it probably should be at this ABV. Definitely a malty brew, but well-balanced.

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 mterrence5
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice deep color slight murky. Average head (that's what he said). Smells sweet. Tastes is sweet with a nutty caramel taste. A bit of dark chocolate hints. The high alcohol content ruins the finish on the beer. Power to you if you can hide The booze but this didn't for me. The pleasent mouthfeel and good taste is ruined by its lack of drinkability (for a dopple no less??). I found it hard to finish a six pack (yeah ok fancy boy keep telling yourself your a connoisseur)

Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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