1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

Not Rated.
Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

550 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 550
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Butthead Doppelbock Alström Bros
Ratings: 550 | Reviews: 375 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cjgator3
cjgator3

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is a malty one with some caramel and raisens. The taste much like the nose is dominated by a large malt presence that is slightly sweet but overall pretty enjoyable. Overall, this is a solid brew that is definately one of Tommyknocker's best offerings.

12-22-2006 04:56:14 | More by cjgator3
Photo of scruffwhor
scruffwhor

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

Looks like watered down maple syrup with its rich ambers. No bubbles though, not the best start for a lager. OHHHH wait, theres some very vague bubbles noticed when you close one eye and put it an inch away from the glass. The aroma is a little stinky. Starts with alcohol and malts of a sweet brown sugar and medium roasted malts throughout the entire beer. The alcohol gives the brew a bit of a flat taste though. Levases the palate feeling a little tinny for a dopplebock.

12-18-2006 05:50:30 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of jettjon
jettjon

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a mahogany-cherry wood clear color with a small amount of tiny bubbles. Aggressive pour yields a small brown-tan head that quickly fades leaving a thin film. A straight-line pour yields a fluffy cap that fades much slower, leaving plenty of lacing behind. Nose is pleasantly malty, a bit bready, and more or less in line with the dopplebock style. Taste is a bit weaker, with malty sweetness up front, a bit of chocolate malt, a mild bitter character, and a slight burn toward the end. Fades away with a mild plain malt-liquor taste. Mouth is on the heavier side of thin, but still too thin for my taste. Drinkability is good; it goes down easy and is fairly tasty and smooth. However, there’s much better out there.

Overall: A substandard representation of the style. Worth a try.

12-16-2006 23:37:15 | More by jettjon
Photo of dfried
dfried

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Murky redish orange in color, tan ring for a head. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but the aroma was terrible. I smelled like blush red box wine, cloyingly sweet. Some dark fruits, dark grapes and plum, welches grape juice, some molasses and caramel malt. The taste redeemed the aroma a bit, raspberries, strawberries, grapes and plums, but still on the little too sweet side. Thin cloying body.

Verdict: next! Not a "pour outer" but not your deepest doppel, too sweet.

12-06-2006 23:02:24 | More by dfried
Photo of jdhilt
jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts with a sweet caramel/molasses flavor that hides the high ABV, hops make a balanced finish. It would be easy to drink more than one of these. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

12-04-2006 23:29:49 | More by jdhilt
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%

Appearance - a deep caramel amber beer. A large fluffy, light tan head forms up to about 2 fingers and is rather sticky and slow to recede.

Aroma - lightly toasted caramel malt nose. Fairly straightforward but well-done.

Taste - a sweet, malty, slightly doughy start. Some good roasted malt flavors appear mid-palate. The swallow brings on some ever so slight alcohol warmth to go with some late balancing bitterness, mild but present. A little bit of everything here, a rather good doppelbock.

Mouthfeel - solid, to the heavy side. Somewhat mouth-coating.

Drinkability - delicious beer. Another above-average selection from TK.

11-21-2006 15:59:27 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of CWiggins
CWiggins

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6%

After a lackluster experience with most of Tommyknocker's offerings, I'm happy to report an excellent brew with their Butthead Doppelbock. This one's very nice. It poured a dark copper into my Sam Smith pint glass, forming a petit head that disappeared quite hastily. The aroma is mainly of malts with some coffee and chocolate undertones.

The flavor is really nice. I detect dark fruits, along with a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar, and caramel. The finish is filled with alcohol and a surprise of bittersweet chocolate.

Speaking of the alcohol, this one really sneaks up on you. The ABV wasn't on the label, but after the first big gulp I realized this was big. I had to notice the listing on this website for the 8.2% ABV. It makes it feel bigger than it is!

It isn't really as thick and cloying as many of the doppelbock beers I've tried, and maybe that's why I like this so much; it's full of flavor without the overfull characteristic of many in this style. For an American version of doppelbock, I think it stands up very well.

11-11-2006 04:42:18 | More by CWiggins
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -3%

Light pour for a Doppelbock, more of a dark red than a reddish dark. The head is tiny, which is forgiveable with so much alcohol, and it sticks around until the beer is done.

Smells the same distinctive sour-ish malt that the rest of Tommyknocker's beers have, along with caramel and chocolate. The sourness really isn't bad, but it just doesn't go all that well with the other, more tradtional doppelbock flavors.

Sweet cherries (!) start everything out, which moves into a more sour middle, and ends on a big rush of strong alcohol, caramel, and a little bit of chocolate.

Not bad at all, but not great, either.

11-06-2006 06:01:16 | More by mynie
Photo of sulldaddy
sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

I was given this beer by my brother when he came back from living in Denver. I am sampling at room temp and pouring into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with heavy crimson highlights. A thin fizzy beige head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a surface layer quickly.
The aroma is sweet caramel malt and a bit of toffee as well. I get just a bit of herbal hops in the background.
The first sip reveals a thicker than average body with slightly syrupy texture. The carbonation is fine and very fizzy.
Flavor is sweet through and through with toffee and brown sugar mixing with the prevelant caramel notes. I get just a hint of peppery alcohol on the finish.

Overall the beer is sweet and malty and very easy to drink. The 8.2 would sneak up on you for sure. Would buy if I saw a bottle.

10-14-2006 02:11:00 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy dark redish orange. The carbonation is a bit low, results in a one finger head that leave a nice lace.

The smell is good, fruity with a carmel not.

the taste follows medium dark fruit plum, fig and dates with a bit of carmel topping, yet dry not real sweet. It gets nicer as it warms.

Mouthfeel is not bad, the carbonation works nice as it warms medium body.

The drinkability is good, This beer is growing on me, I do like it and it is hard to find fault. Kind of pedestrian, nothing bold or big just a solid Doppelbock, or maybe not quite. Maybe a bock and 3/4. Give it a chance. Prosit, MK

10-13-2006 04:31:17 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of hanco005
hanco005

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours light tea brown with a sand colored ½ inch foamy head that collapses after several minutes, laces in spots

S—sweet caramel, very malty, a little sourness is faint in the nose, some dark fruity (plum, prune, maybe) aromas are in here, too

T—very malty, bready, mild burnt flavor, sweet, the dark fruits that I smelled come out in the finish, not bad

M—smooth, medium bodied, a little flat on the carbonation

D—not bad. I got this in a mixed six pack of Tommyknocker brews. I’d have another if offered.

10-12-2006 17:05:31 | More by hanco005
Photo of tgbljb
tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured a deep chestnut briown color with modeat tannish head. No lacing. Smell is strong on malt, with a nice fruity sweetness. Taste is also strong on malt with a distinct presebce of alcohol also noted. Finish is even more malt, with an also syrup-ilke texture to the beer. Though I could detect the alcohol, I was still suprised at how high it was. A nice beer for cool autumn evening.

09-27-2006 00:00:37 | More by tgbljb
Photo of uwmgdman
uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

A real beauty in the glass, this doppelbock pours a brilliantly clear, deep ruby red color with a thin white head. The head settles after pouring to just a rim around the glass with a very small amount of lacing. The aroma is very malty sweet, definitely on the high end with almost a bready aroma. The initial taste of the Butthead is highly sweet, with an element of toasted grains and/or a bit of alcohol. There is no perceived hop flavor or aroma. The bitterness is very low, with a full bodied sweetness shinning through. The carbonation is moderate with a surprisingly decent drinkability for such a full-bodied, malty treat. The sweetness is the definite message of the beer, but it is balanced enough, by more of the toastiness of the grains than hop bitterness to make it not overwhelming. A very tasty doppelbock that I will have to enjoy again, perhaps some other Tommyknocker beers are in order.

09-22-2006 23:26:28 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

Lucent blood orange with ripe tangerine trim, a truly gorgeous color when backlit with bright sunlight. Still though, it's strange to see a dopplebock with no hint of brown. The pale caramel cap is creamy enough to persist and is beginning to lay down a slurred collar of lace as it deflates (too bad it doesn't last). This is a good looking, lighter portion of the color spectrum doppelbock.

The nose is better than decent, but needs more power and more presence. Munich malt is at least as prominent as the cocoa-like notes from chocolate malt. All in all though, the beer smells at least as darkly fruity as it does heavily toasted. Nothing wrong with that.

Butthead is good beer. The most important requirement when it comes to doppels (for me at least) is that the brewers use enough malt. Tommyknocker has done just that. The malt backbone is firm, yet supple, and provides a flavor that can best be described as chocolate covered dark caramels.

There's plenty of sweetness to be had, although cloying doesn't even enter the picture. That's because Hallertau hops have been added in an amount that allows their bitterness to dovetail nicely with the malty sweetness and allows their flavor to be considered a welcome contributor to a surprisingly deep flavor profile.

The body/mouthfeel is more ale-like than lager-like due to all of the residual malt sugars. Even though it may rub style sticklers the wrong way, I love its fullness and borderline stickiness. This is one of the more viscous lagers that you're likely to run across.

After sampling the lion's share of the Tommyknocker lineup, at least the widely released beers, I have to say that I'm impressed with this brewery. They don't brew world-class beer, but then few do. Butthead is one of the better, more drinkable domestic doppelbocks that I've had in many a month.

09-20-2006 15:26:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of arnulfooxblood
arnulfooxblood

Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearence--Deep reddish brown, with 1cm head.

Smell--Not a very strong scent at all, having a tough time even describing it.

Taste--Smooth and rich, with a vague citrusy aftertaste that I'm not too fond of; there is a faint taste of alcohol as well.

Drinkability--The taste is killing it for me, I couldn't imagine downing more than a couple of these

Notes--at least the alcohol content will get you somewhere nice. I won't by this one again, but if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

08-22-2006 01:18:10 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of benito
benito

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

From a December 2005 bottle, aged carefully for 9 months and paired with a traditional Mexican lunch.

From the outset, it is clear that this brew has aged well. It pours a handsome and slightly hazy amber with a thick off-white head. The bouquet has the complexity of a high-end barley wine, a strong malt
and alcohol presence offset with a hint of sour cherry. Blindfolded, I might mistake this for a red wine.

Unlike a barley wine; however, this has maintained a light freshness to it. It is still a mid-day beer and not merely a nightcap. Malts dominate the palate which has a nice cinnamon touch to the finish and a refreshing effervescence throughout. What's more, the finish is clean and crisp, with a very spritzy aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Butthead Bock, but this slightly-aged version has converted me to a fanatic and devout follower. I'll go and pick up a six pack (and start the eight month wait) as soon as I can. Kudos to one of the best doppelbocks in Colorado. Highly recommended.

08-20-2006 23:50:09 | More by benito
Photo of Toddv29424
Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

This beer pours with a standard brown color with a moderate head. Smell is strong, although the malt is hard to discern, mostly its just pungent alcohol. The taste is the same way, with mostly alcohol and a malt flavor that never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Leaves a pretty commanding aftertaste on the tongue, but again it’s mostly made up of alcohol and only hints of actual flavor.

08-20-2006 20:58:45 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of sacfly
sacfly

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12oz, part of a mix pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched- 30 June 06, drank Aug 19, 06.
Pours a clear ruby red color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Smell is very malty sweet. Dried fruit, apricot and dates. Taste is more subtle than expected. Alcohol is apparent. A bit thin. Muted fruit. Aftertaste starts sticky and sweet but fades into extreme bitterness (for the style). Astringency perhaps? Looks and smells great, but the light body and odd aftertaste detract from this one.

08-19-2006 16:51:03 | More by sacfly
Photo of dustylong
dustylong

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%

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".

08-16-2006 03:25:23 | More by dustylong
Photo of bashiba
bashiba

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured a dark slighlty hazy amber with a thin tan head, little retention and minor lacing.

Smell had a slightly sweet maltyness with hints of raisons and molasses.

Very mild flavor, semi sweet malts dominate with some hints of oak and a noticeable alcohol taste, some slightly musty hops are present as well.

Mouthfeel is very hot and slightly thin.

The alcohol has to strong of an impact in this beer. Its still drinkable, but I wouldn't make a point of getting more.

08-10-2006 18:32:38 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris
Blakaeris

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours clear, with a rich dark auburn hue. Tan head dissipates to a thin sheen leaving slight lacing.

Smell is caramel malt with a hint of dark fruit and slight alcohol notes.

Taste is more subdued than the nose led me to expect. Flavor is dominated by toasted caramel malt, hints of chocolate and toffee. Definite dark fruit presence, notably fig and raisin. Slight syrupy sweetness. The finish lacks a hop bite and just kind of fades out with lingering alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and 'sticky'. I am surprised at the near complete lack of carbonation.

Flavor is not as full and rich as I would normally expect from a dopple bock. Not a bad beer. Just underwhelming.

08-03-2006 01:59:27 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Westsidethreat
Westsidethreat

California

3.4/5  rDev -7.1%

A: Interesting murky, raisiny brown color. Head fell extremely quickly with only some stray wisps hanging out.

S: Very malt oriented; some caramel, dark fruits and an overall dustiness

T: Lightly sweet with molasses, some brown sugar and watery caramel. Bit of dried fruits, toasted grains and cooked yams. Finishes slightly malty but not cloying.

M: Medium body with a decent mouthfeel

D: Flavors don't last long enough and trail off fairly quickly.

08-02-2006 04:09:32 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of Dithyramb
Dithyramb

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -12.6%

Toffee brown, chill hazed, with not much head. Great lacing throughout. Aroma of raisins and bready malts.
There is some roasted malts and nuttiness to it, but a bit too much alcohol bite to understand any sort of complexity. Medium mouthfeel, finishing sweet and warm.

Overall, the drinkability gets downgraded due to the harsh alcohol bite. Might be more going on there, but I can't detect through the burn.

07-26-2006 12:40:53 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Bottle Date December 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a hazy, hints of purple, dark, dark amber color. It is topped by a thin, frothy head that does not quite cover the beer from the get go. The aroma is entirely malt focused, which is as it should be. Sweet malt notes of caramel, toffee, figs and prunes all mix together to form a nice Doppelbock. This beer hides the alcohol quite well underneath all of the malt. There is perhaps a touch of smokiness to the aroma as well, but the aroma can basically be described as a mix of toasty malt and rich fruit character.

Certainly a chewy brew, perhaps not as thick as some, but it is rich and mouth coating. The beer is not quite as sweet as I was expecting, but there is a ton of malt character here. The malt almost has a rich meaty quality to it. Tons of toasted malt character is here and it is rounded out by some caramalized grain notes and just a hint of roasted grain character in the finish. There is only a touch of the fruit notes that were found in the aroma; hints of figs and some raisins are all I get if I search. Mostly this is a giant malt bomb, with perhaps a touch of alcohol in the finish. This beer is rich and chewy, and quite a good example of a Doppelbock.

07-26-2006 01:27:22 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Byeast
Byeast

Florida

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Bottle: Some rams butting heads , some info and history of the elvin "Tommyknockers" on back label.

Appearance: Poured a darker , clear , reddish brown , with a thin off white head.

Smell: Aroma is deeply malty , with some rum like alcohol and a fair amount of medicinal smell.

Taste: Much caramel , rich maltiness , slight roastiness to the edges , Finishes slightly sweet with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Slick and viscous.

Overall a pretty good dopplebock , a little on the falt side though.

07-24-2006 04:35:20 | More by Byeast
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.