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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

566 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 22
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-05-2001)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of eporter66
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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

eporter66, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

argock, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

jbphoto88, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of brewjones
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

brewjones, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of grs8313
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

grs8313, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

TheMistler, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of mcowgill
3.98/5  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.

mcowgill, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of mterrence5
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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)

mterrence5, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: Amber body and a thin off-white head.

s: Sweet and robust caramel malt aroma.

t: Rich caramel malt with notes of chocolate and toffee and mild hop bitterness.

m: smooth and slightly creamy.

d: Easy drinking, not too sweet. More chocolate flavor than most Doppelbocks. Pretty good brew, my favorite of the beers I tasted at the brewery, the only one I had seconds of.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of scoobybrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear ruby amber color with a thick foamy head that settles somewhat but is fairly well retained

S - strong malty aroma

T - up front sweet caramel like malts; some hop flavor on the finish, which is largely sweet; alcohol is also noticeable but in balance for the style

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a decent doppelbock. It tends to be a little one-dimensional in nature, but enjoyable.

scoobybrew, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
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...

oriolesfan4, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells like caramel with molasses and sweet malt. Hints of cinnamon. Pours to a light golden brown with a little macro bubble head. Mouthfeel is syrupy thick with good carbonation. Taste is very well balanced but with both maltiness and bitterness standing out. A good balance that highlights both. Starts slightly more bitter and finishes more sweet. This is a very heavy brew. A good starter beer, not something I could drink all night. The sweetness gets to overpower a bit. I would drink again but not seek out.

mooseisloose, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky red amber color with a decent yellow tinted head. decent lacing. in the nose, i detect a wild yeast aroma. something kinda funky yet sweet. sweet malts, toffee, subtle cocoa, a lil brown sugar. this bottle is starting to slightly turn. i taste sweet malts, roastyness, fruits like subtle candied cherries. medium bodied, low nice carbo, sweet start to a dry finish. I wish I had a fresh bottle to review. If I can remember well enough, I'm pretty sure this review is right on the money.

stumac, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of nicdub
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a decent finger width off white head, nice looking amber color almost red really. really nice looking beer

s- a bit of molasses, and some smoky scent.. a good preview of the taste

T - wow really malty, nice.. some bread flavors and again the definate molasses(the same flavor as in Sam Smith's stoud only no so pronounced)... the smoke comes in at the end... and a bit of alchohal and slight hops bite at the end..

m- immediate twinge when it hits my tounge, nice thiick feel. but not too thick..

d - I like this beer one of if not the best from tommyknocker..I couldnt drink a ton of these but i could have 3 with ease and aybe four..

I like this beer, some of tommyknockers stuff seems just above average or even average but this is their best IMO.. I won't rush out to get some but if I'm ever having bbq or i'll definatly give it a thought..

Edit: I take that back. I was browsing my reviews and it made me want some of this. I'll definatly buy some of this if I get the chance. good stuff

nicdub, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of denflyr
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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!

denflyr, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
2.4/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12-ounce bottle carefully decanted into a snifter (to avoid getting all the fluffy crud at the bottom of the bottle in the drink) yields a clear dark amber body with a thin cap of ivory foam that departs in a flash and leaves no lacing.

The smell is faintly grainy and fruity.

The taste is musky sweet and somewhat metallic, with caramel-drizzled prunes and alcohol masquerading as weird dry fruitiness. The finish is somewhat astringent with a lingering metallic dryness.

Thick and a tad syrupy, the bottle is in-date, from a reputable dealer, and has been in my fridge since I got it. I'm pouring this one in the sink where it belongs. Awful.

cvstrickland, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

hooligan, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Berticus
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW!
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

Berticus, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one was definitely better than I expected, although I'm not sure why I have low expectations of Tommyknocker brews (I've only had one other, and it was solid). In any case, it's kind of a run of the mill, solid American doppelbock. Flavors are big (although the nose was a little milder than expected), but not particularly complex. A lot of chocolate, some dried fruit, and sugar. Solid feel, quite tasty. I'd have one again if I was in the mood for something sweet and big.

soupyman10, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Poured a deep, rich amber red color with ruby highlights and a sticky thin head of slick foam which left some nice lacing.

S: Smells of a load of sugary fruits and bread malts with almost no hops detected. A little bit of phenol alcohol in the nose.

T: Oh, how sweet and coating those malts can be. This one has a faint flavor of raisin bread and caramel mixed with a mess of sticky, sweet brewed sugars. A faint herbal hop balances the finish pretty well. A heavy handed, sweet alcohol flavor is shown as the brew warms.

M: A medium-full bodied bock with a disappointing level of carbonation, leaving the sticky sweet mouthfeel.

D: A pretty well-crafted American dopplebock with a great big sweet alcohol flavor. Because of the ABV and strong flavors of this bigger brew, srick to one or two then move away.

A supposed gold medalist brew and probably the only one off the pack I'd get again. It's a solid dopplebock which will satiate the big, sugary beer fan in you.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear mahogany with lots of burnt reddish coloration and just a bit of graininess to the body. Thin beige head settles into a swirly ring of retention around the glass and left some sparse lacing. Carbonation is very minimal.

S - Waft of caramel malt with a nice dose of spiciness in the nose. There's also a dark fruit aspect reminiscent of plum, figs and dates as well as a bit of sweetness akin to molasses and burnt sugar. Underneath it all is a mild alcohol presence.

T - Opens with a spicy character with hints of cinnamon and gingersnaps. Finishes with plenty of caramel malt sweetness, molasses and dark fruity esters. While there's not much of a hop presence, it is replaced by a mild boozy character.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture that's perhaps a little thin overall. Carbonation is light and soft, with only a bit of prickle developing in the finish. The alcohol emits a warm and tingly feeling the longer it sits on the palate.

D - According to the date on the bottle, this one's well past its prime. Surprisingly, this one drinks quite nicely. I'd definitely be open to trying other offerings from the Tommyknocker lineup based on this selection.

ffejherb, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass. Beer is a about 14 months old, which is 10 months longer than Tommyknocker suggests.

3.5 A: Motor oil color. Couldn't get much of a head to form. Light brown lace forms.

4.0 S: Really sweet smelling. Flowers and toasted grains. The alcohol is also noticeable.

4.5 T: Very nice flavor. Sweet with toasted malt. Toffee and earthy tones. Complexity is there, which is noticeable after each sip. Basically, you keep getting flavors in a long drawn-out aftertaste.

2.5 M: For as good as the taste is, it would be so much better with a little more carbonation.

5.0 D: I could drink these babies all night and love it.

I have to disagree with Tommyknocker on their freshness date. This beer ages damn well. I've had a fresh one, so I have something to compare it to, but there was nothing holding me back from fully enjoying the old one. Hopefully one day I'll get around to reviewing a fresh one.

DavoleBomb, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice copper color with a deep red tint when held to the light. There was a decent 1 in tan head that left good lacing on the glass. The smell was slightly sweet and a little floral. The taste was slightly more overpowering than expected. There is a taste of nutmeg, fig, and some clove with a finish of alcohol. This brew is medium body with light carbonation. Not my favorite style, but seems like a decent built brew.

WJVII, Aug 17, 2008
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.