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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 22
Gots: 7 | 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 Golden2wenty1
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode Sampler 12-pack.

Pours a dark ruby brown with minimal head. Looks nice. Nose is of chocolate and toffee with some maltiness. Taste is chocolate and coffee with a strong alcoholic bite. Not off-putting, but it's there. My first dopplebock and not a bad brew. Mouthfeel is creamy, with medium carbonation. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. It'll kick your butt after a couple, so enjoyable in moderation. I love coffee and chocolate flavors in beer, andI was surprised by that in this brew. Good offering from Tommyknocker.

Golden2wenty1, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with absolutely no head, not a trace, dark brown body, still lets light thourhg, but not a large amount. Smell is brown sugary and malty, but doesn't stand out a lot. Taste has a lot of alcohol warming in it, which is accented by rich sweet malty flavors. Kind of one note, and lacking depth. Slick mouthfeel, but this is not a top notch dopplebock by any means.

TastyTaste, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of budsboy
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, sickly brown without a head - none. Odd swirling masses of bubble-like matter in there, below the surface. Seems like bubbles anyway.

Smells like apple and other over-ripe fruit. A hint of allspice as it warms.

Taste is alright, rather bland. A mix of sharp berry, cough syrup and a wee bit of bread ... might not sound so good, but oddly it's fairly nice all together. Unimpressive, inoffensive. Is that good?

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this brew. Dull. Flat. Dead.

Not so great, not so bad. I really have mixed thoughts about this guy. I'll give it another go. The very low (non-existent) carbonation seems a bit suspect.

budsboy, May 18, 2005
Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with red on the sides. Head is minimal and lacing is moderate. I like the color though. Aroma is really nice with a caramel/toffee nut mix. Slightly sweet but a little alcohol sting is in there as well. Flavor begins with the traditional dopplebock taste of carmel and nuts and is nice and creamy and rich. But there's no chocolate or other malts in there to balance the strong caramel flavors or give complexity. A roasted bitterness is there but its weak. The finish leans toward acidic notes, which I didn't really care for, and is quite abrupt. This beer starts out good but loses steam the further I go. One and done, but decent nonetheless.

granger10, May 04, 2005
Photo of mntlover
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with reddish burgandy highlights small tan head fades fast not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is malty with a mixture of caramel and molasses with some nutty aromas with hints of spicey hops.
Taste is malty molassses brown sugar some caramel mix together finish is malty and slightly nutty with hints of spicey herbal like hops. Overall nothing exciting or as nice as a good Doppelbock.
Mouthfeel is right around medium carbonation adding a little zest to the feel in the finish.
Drinkability is ok for a beer if looking for a good Doppelbock look elsewhere this one pretty average nothing worth trying again. Thanks again go to merlin48 for this sample.

mntlover, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body pours an attractive, clear, chestnut color with ruby hues when held to the light. Small, beige head on an aggressive pour has little retention. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is decent, with malty notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses and a hint of floral hop.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with moderate carbonation.
Taste is malty sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses. A soft, floral hops bitterness does little to counter the sweetness. Finish is more sweet maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the grain bill.
This one was the best of the Tommyknocker sampler box, but I was not very impressed with the brewery's bottled offerings.

merlin48, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of clvand0
2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a slight fruitiness and a caramel malt. The flavor was much the same as the aroma. A fruity and caramel malty flavor give this beer decent balance. I really didn't enjoy the flavor of this one.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Subtle aroma of dark fruits and deep malts.

Well orchestrated flavor profile with notes of mixed nuts, dark fruits, deep malts, mainly munich and caramel and a phenomenal finish of banana and clove. Nice German yeast taste. Well hidden alcohol. No wonder this has won gold at the GABF the past 2 years.

Crosling, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a carmel red with tan edges. A thin white head quickly disappears.

Smell: Dried cheeries, some carmel, and an alcohol background.

Taste: All malt! This is big and very complex. Tastes like a carmel sour apple. It finishes somewhat dry with the alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth. Definitely warms the pipes as it heads south.

Drinkability and overall: A fine American Dopplebock. Really enjoyed this one. Drinkability suffers some because it is sweet. But it would make a nice after dinner treat.

mattcrill, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of filabrazilia
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-clear ruby brown with a nearly non-existent off-white head.

There are notes of chocolateand toffee in the nose that are joined by a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is malty and sweet. This sweetness is balanced nicely by the alcohol. As the beer warms, the flavors of the malt become more pronounced--chocolate and carmel dominate the taste. Very good.

The beer is pretty thick and rich in the mouth, although not too much so. It is a nice sipping beer that is not too rich.

A very nice beer from Tommyknocker.

filabrazilia, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with highlights of ruby throughout. Thin, tan head which disappeared immediately, leaving no lace whatsoever. Smells of carmel, roasty malt. Strong on the malt scent. No hiding what is here, malt and heavy. Deep robust roasty malt flavor, very smooth with almost no bitterness at all. Noticable alcohol presence. Medium body, with low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, I could possibly have this one again. Overall, a decent american made dopplebock.

Bierguy5, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
2.17/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a deep reddish brown with about half a finger of head that falls to just cover the beer. The nose is sweet...overly sweet. The closest I can ome up with for what the smell is would be sweet cherries..or maybe almond extract is closer. Whatever it is, its not good in my view. The beer is not as sweet as the nose would suggest on the first taste, but with the second sip, the sweetness is there. It finishes almost smokey..not sure? I just can't figure this beer out, but the complexity is not adding to the experience. The beer is thick, but not too syrupy. Not a bad feel in my mouth, but not enough to save this one in my book. I'm glad ther are only two of these in my sampler. Not worth seeking out. I might not even try it again if it were free.

kmpitz2, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brewed in Phoenix.
It poured a cloudy tannish dark amber with a thin beige head and some trailing and sliding lace.
The sweet malty aroma also has smells of fruit, honey and hints of maple. A mild alcohol fume is noticed throughout.
The full rounded doughy malt body has flavors of toffee and rum-soaked raisins and a bit of candy sugar.
Some citrusy zest and bitter orange taste provide a nice edgy bite.
The body is slick, fluid and lightly oily.
An alcohol kick is comes through as expected.

BeerResearcher, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this a pretty low appearance because it poured very flat. I was nervous that I may have gotten a bad beer, but I actually enjoyed it. The aroma was really full and fresh. There was a nice brown sugar and maple syrup flavor on the tounge and the beer finished very smooth with a very nice after taste.

ALESwhatCURESya, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of masterbruewer
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin head that developed late and faded fast with light carbonation.

Has a sweet, grainy smell to it and maybe a fruity buttery hint.

A nice solid flavor, hard for me to define. Kind of sweet and malty with a hint of hops. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

The feel is solid, but not syrupy, with little carbonation.

Not a bad beer, I might seek out another, but not in a hurry.

Upon further review...
After writing this review, I took my pint glass with me to the basement to put in some insulation, sipping it as I worked.

As it warmed up to room temperature, a nice carmelized malt flavor emerged.

I think I lke it a little more now.

masterbruewer, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper body is covered briefly by a small tan head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace. The nose is subdued a gives small fruit hints over a malt base. The flavor is largely dominated by the alcohol which is quite prominent in this beer. The malt does come through and leaves a sweet sense to the syrupy and thick mouthfeel. A heavy beer that has very limited drinkability is quantity.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Butthead Doppelbock poured a thick reddish-brown with a smallish head that quickly dissipated to a thin lacing. It had a nice malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee and alcohol. It has a nice full-bodied taste but was a little syrupy. It has a strong toffee and roasted malt flavor with some spiciness and fruitiness to it and a little medicinal probably due to the alcohol.

Beaver13, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy (bottle conditioned) chestnut body is capped by a short head of light tan froth that dissipates almost immediately (probably due in part to its high alcohol content) and leaves no lace. The rich aroma displays a sugary, toasted malt with notes of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and even subtle cocoa. The body is medium-full and its very fine, moderate carbonation leaves itlightly creamy and smooth in the mouth. Some alcohol is clearly noticeable in the flavor but it doesn't really distract from the delicate yeasty fruitiness and rich malt that includes everything found in the nose plus a note of maple syrup. It well balanced, however, by a solid bitterness, and it finishes surprisingly dry for such a rich beer with just some lingering maple syrup and alcohol.

NeroFiddled, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of inebrius
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the standard Doppel under an inanimate head. Pleasing aromas of walnuts and bread pudding. Flavors of nutty malt raisin puree waiting to be stuffed in butter dough. Balanced on the side of sweet. A little unrefined, a little harsh, but not bad.

inebrius, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep, dark brown color, hinting on violet, almost prunish, even, with a short, quick head.
Aroma: vibrant and fruity (grapes, raisins, dates), very nice.
Taste: big mouthfeel, warm, generous texture, and overloaded with malt. Very little hops that I can taste. Syrupy sweet at times, thickly coated, almost medicinal. Halfway in, that large presence on the palate seriously thins out, still substantial, but losing some ground. Overall, though, the bright, fruity flavor, with the ample alcoholic content, provides sufficient punch and rings in on every subsequent swallow, making this a very satisfactory, memorable doppelbock.
Thanks to morris729 for the sample.

feloniousmonk, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish red color,, very little head, aroma was malty and sour, upon quaffing you get a soft sweet roasted malt taste, with a little bitterness in the back of the throat. Pretty much stayed this way till the end. Simple, non-complex. Beer is ok but doppels should be a little more complex.

grynder33, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque dark brown with a rather smallish and bubbly head, light tan in color with the lace a somewhat patchy sheet. Sweet malt and caramel nose, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is sweet and malt laden, top is a bit light in my estimation. The beer ends with a nice mild acidity, the hops pertinent to the style, droughty aftertaste and the big ABV, does warm the tummy a bit. A problem I find with this breweries whole line of beers is that the body seems a bit weak, and it distracts you from the their beers other qualities, maybe that’s why their brewpub folded in Phoenix.

Gusler, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle $8 six pack. Pours a nice mahogony golden color with very little head. Aroma is sweet & malty as expected, reminding me of a good german dopplebock. The alcohol is evident in the aroma, though not listed on the bottle. Sweet malty taste up front, but not sickly sweet, followed by a nice roasted/smoked malt taste. By far the best american dopplebock i've had..this reminds me of Salvator a bit before they ruined the recipe. Nice breadiness in there. Alcohol is hidden fairly well but is evident in the warmth of my belly. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a no so sticky for the style aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. A great dopplebock, regardless of origin.

avylover, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smells like malt extract. Malt, malt and a touch of malt, with a twist of sweetness (from the malt).
Appearance: Clear amber. Needed a stiff pour to generate a finger of off white head, which quickly collared.
Flavor: Roasted malt (surprise!). It’s well hopped to keep it from cloying, but no real experience of any hop taste or any serious bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel: Full body, smooth, malt seems to coat the mouth, a bit oily perhaps.
Overall Impression: Great flavor, rich deep malt, kept in check by, it has to be hops, right? No hop taste. Solid drinkability, a touch heavy, but enjoyable. Seems to be bang on for style. A clean, simple, good bock but seems to fall short of the heft of a doppelbock. Well done. Recommended.

HardTarget, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of Jables
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber with dark creamy head. The aroma was sweet and sugar syrupy. The taste was strong with candy-like sweetness and sugary malt. Hops did not balance the heavy sugary-malt flavors. Mouthfeel was sticky and heavy especially for the style. Drinkablity is hurt by its sickening sweetness but overall not too bad.

Jables, Oct 14, 2003
Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.