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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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559 Ratings

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
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 TheMistler
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 06, 2008
Photo of mooseisloose
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 25, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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 21, 2008
Photo of WJVII
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

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
Photo of danny013
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%

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!

danny013, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

BeerSox, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
4.05/5  rDev +11%

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.

Saunapoika, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of sevopie
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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.

sevopie, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

beermanbrian, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

NJpadreFan, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Oxymoron, Jul 09, 2008
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.