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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | 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 Berticus


4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:23:37 | More by Berticus
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 18:12:44 | More by soupyman10
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 15:11:47 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of ffejherb


3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 23:40:41 | More by ffejherb
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 23:06:08 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of WJVII


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 01:13:57 | More by WJVII
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hard pour into a 16 oz. mug. Nice two finger tan head develops over a slightly hazy deep orange body. Head falls back into the beer slightly, leaving a nice thick covering. Decent lacing. Very inviting.

Lots of big aromas here to wade through. Dominated by a huge malty sweetness that hides a nice alcoholic warmth. Hints of raisins and rich grapes waft in and out.

Nice big quaff and, whoa! Huge malty sweetness hits you up front with some gentle toastiness and rich grape/raisin esters. Nice alcoholic warmth and burn ease on in and come through as the beer is swallowed, followed by nice toasted malts. Lingering sweetness on the tongue is balanced nicely by toasted grains and a delicious spicy hop flavor, definitly my favorite part of the beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a nice gentle carbonation that lets the beer gently roll around the palate.

A great example of the style. I don't drink this style too often so it caught me off guard at first, but it definitly settled out and was a delicious drinker. This is a big beer; drinking more than two is just asking for it, lol. I would like to see more of those delicious spicy hops, but it would throw it out of style.

This would be a great beer to sip on when it cools off a bit, I'll definitly be letting at least 2 of the bottles rest for a few months to see how well they age. Overall, excellent beer! Don't hesitate to try!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 21:34:36 | More by danny013
Photo of BeerSox


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

12oz bottle into Scandanavian mug.

Clear deep copper hue with a deep red tint. A thin light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Aromas of caramel along with a little bit of alcohol. Some light candy in there.

The candy aroma is repeated in the flavor. There is verry little bitterness, mostly sweet flavors. Full bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is lingering caramel.

An okay doppelbock, but it seemed like the candy flavor in it wasn't what should be there.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 04:14:49 | More by BeerSox
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Redish-brown pour with a one finger head. Slightly hazy with sediment on the bottom of bottle. Nice looking beer.

S: Figs, some floral scent, brown sugar, and earthy woodiness. A touch of alcohol in there too.

T: Not exactly what I was expecting. More of a fruity sweet earthiness up front with a sharp bite in the finish. I like it but it's not my favorite doppelbock.

M: Smooth, silkyness. Right on the money for the mouthfeel.

D: Ok, I said this isn't what I had expected but it is a very good beer. Smooth, fresh, and friendly on the palate. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 20:55:50 | More by Saunapoika
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nutty Brown color with a tannish head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - It kind of has a bitter malty smell, kind of like a tinge of hops on the edge of the malt. Slightly nutty as well as slightly smoky.

Taste - Nutty, malty, caramelly. Finishes a little bitter with a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Very light and dry. Finishes like I would expect a Budweiser or something to finish.

Drinkability - Not great overall here, loses some kudos due to the finish. Overall its not too bad, the flavors present are good, just needs a little polish.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 08:01:38 | More by sevopie
Photo of beermanbrian


3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color. Thin film of a head, zero lace. Smell is molasses syrup sticky sweet. Some alcohol in the background. Taste is just as sweet as the smell. Even with the huge malt sweetness this somehow is a little thin and watery on the mouth. Just a so so beer, nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 00:12:34 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Butthead

A- Good ruddy brown with a huge thick head. Small lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Thick caramel/ molasses malt with a touch of spices and alcohol.
T- Sweet thick malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses dominate. Slight vanilla and clove bite with a touch of medicinal alcohol.
M- Very sweet and cough syrupy. Thick and cloying, phlemy!

Overall- just too syrupy and sweet. A pint is fine but I'll move on.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:03:52 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As in the guy with Bevis? Arrived a mostly cloudy chestnut brown color. A off white head and come larger bubbles with a rocky head. Not surprising a quick fading head and not much lace.

The nose is mostly malt with a more generic aroma. Some lighter kettle caramel and toffee notes that come out more as it warms. There is a typical sugary aroma but this has more of a maple smell. Some minor yeast notes and a touch of DMS as well.

The taste is a bit convoluted. At first there is a sweet malt flavor with big caramel flavors. There is a cloying sweetness on the back end that leaves a sugary finish. Not really complex just malty. As the beer warms, more of the kettle flavors come out but so do some off yeasty notes. I picked up cloves mostly, almost along the lines of a hefe. There was a slight mineral finish as well but hidden somewhat by the sweetness. The maple also is more noticeable as it warms.

The body is moderate but with the sweetness on the back end, kind of gives it a fuller feel. It has a boarder line unattenuated feel. Carbonation is light but ok. Overall I was hoping for more complexity, less generic malt, and some lighter yeast notes. Oh well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2008 21:55:56 | More by Oxymoron
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Opaque, deep brown. Very rich looking. One inch tan rocky head, that leaves nice lacing down the glass

S: Sweet carmel, molasses, brown sugar. Very sweet smelling brew.

T: Taste matches the aroma, sweet. Some toasted malt, carmel, and a bit of alcohol on the backend.

M: Mild carbonation, a little watery.

D: Overall a very nice beer. I've had a few different offerings from this brewer and this one was by far my favorite. Goes down easy but the high ABV catches up with you.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 19:43:55 | More by JMD
Photo of UnionMade


3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy brown color, nice ruby highlights with the clarity, topped with a thin misting of ivory head.
Smells mostly of malt. Some dark roastiness, but mostly caramel and molasses.
My first impression on the flavor is that it's quite malty, and the aftertaste reminds me of japanese rice, the kind you'd find packed into a rectanglular shape with a piece of raw seafood on top. Strange, I know, but that's what I'm getting. Luckily, I really enjoy sushi, sashimi, and all that accompanies it. Beyond that, that one is malty all the way through, but lacking in complexity. Lots of sweet caramel, finishing with molasses, a pinch of herbal, floral german hops and some light roasty character. Fairly clean, with minimal esters and off flavors. Some raisin and date fruitiness. Full, richly textured mouthfeel, with modest carbonation levels. An enjoyable glass of lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 05:48:19 | More by UnionMade
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Beer Zoo variety pack

A- pours a nice deep red amber color. Very little lacing and no head. I can smell the aroma as i pour though.

S- a toasted type of caramel flavoring if you can call it that. Malt and some earthy wheaty smells.

T- a roasted sugary sweet flavor on the palate. Slightly hoppy and some kick to the caramel malt at the end.

M- smooth yet feels thick in the mouth but not on the way down. Alcohol rounds out the flavoring in the mouth. a nice coating of the roasted/toasted flavoring.

D- a nice beer and fairly easy to drink. However, the alcohol afteraste with the roasted malt is a tad too much just for me. I know some people enjoy that though. good brew overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 17:31:42 | More by Dodo2step
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head that won't leave with a rich brown color.

Smell is of thick caramel malts. A tiny bit of earth hops are underneath, but you have to look for them.

Nice caramel malting with some mild hops to balance and a slight earthy grassy tone underneath that is very slight and balances the sweetness of the malts.

Mouthfeel was a little bit creamy and very smooth. The malting oould feel just a tiny bit better for the style.

This is a nicely done double bock and isn't overdone and syrupy or overly boozy like other double bocks. I didn't notice the 8.2% abv at all.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 23:42:51 | More by jasonjlewis
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4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle from Dave of Western Beverage. Thanks man!

A-Deep rich mahogany color, slightly murky. Nice head that shrinks but always leaves nice lacing.

S-Malty caramel, slight grassy backbone, grain.

T- Nice! In the past all of the Tommyknocker beers I have were good session beers while this is really one to appreciate. Great complex malt profile with a noticeable earthy hop flavor and a yeasty bready hint. If the label wasn't so cartoonish, this would be a beer to be taken seriously.

M-Could use a slight bit more gas, other than that smooth, rich, pretty nice.

D-It is slightly sweet. With that said, I like malty beers so a single would do me good on Monday night and a six pack would do me well on Friday night. The best of Tommyknocker for me thus far. Don't let the labels fool you; this is really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 08:47:17 | More by MinorThreat
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4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich Aroma! Rich Taste! Malt is very well-balanced with a toasted nutty tone. Hop taste is a light and grassy delivery. The white frothy head diminshed quickly but didn't completely disappear. Reddish Brown color with moderate weight. This is a truly delicious beer with moderate sweetness at first with a slightly bitter finish but very clean. This is a winner, especially at the price. (about 1.60 a bottle at a national liquor store)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:27:25 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of meatyard


3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appears a slightly hazy, reddish amber with a small white head that falls to a covering. Plenty of carbonation rising through the glass.

Smells of sweet malt and an unidentified dried fruit.

The taste is lightly roasted and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel is light with consistent carbonation.

Drinkability is very good even at 8+%. A couple of these is pleasant drinking, nothing special but good.

A decent doppelbock not comparable to the better ones but OK.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 18:54:56 | More by meatyard
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a pint glass. this beer is a clear amber brown. Head is about 1/2 inch when poured. Settles to a nice ring lining the inside of the glass. Good lacing. Aromas of malt and caramel not not much else. Simple, but good. The taste is pretty similar, sweet caramel and malt along with dark fruit. Good but nothing special. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 01:58:08 | More by neenerzig
Photo of happygnome


3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: pours a nice hazy copper color with about a half inch of head that dissapears quickly leaving a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass as well as spotty lacing on the top of the beer
s: caramel malts dominate tale nose of this one also playing are faint piny hops and the aroma of alcohol
t: strong caramel malts hints of hop bitterness and alcohol
m: medium bodied beer with some lacing

overall, this isnt a beer that i think that i will buy again

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 16:00:22 | More by happygnome
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 18:43:45 | More by Conrad
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3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark-brown with the faintest hint of red. No lasting head. Smell is good, refreshing. Taste is just a touch too bitter with distinct alcohol overtone. Mouthfeel is pleasant, almost buttery with not too much fizz. Would gain a lot in the drinkability department with less bitter taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 01:39:49 | More by apratsunrthd
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3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one the other night. An average dopplebock that started off with a mahogany color and a weak tan head. Nothing special in the nose department. Some dried fruits and sweet malts. The taste was a little better. Sweet and malty but not much complexity. The body was a bit light. Overall, a decent drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 18:53:51 | More by rye726
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