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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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575 Ratings

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Ratings: 575
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 24
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 Gusler
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of avylover
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Jables
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Nice malty flavor, some roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet. Nice smooth taste, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, mostly malty.

Photo of beerinator
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish golden, dark amber beer. Off white head with adequate retention.

Aroma: Caramel candy. A lot of sweetness in the aroma with a slight note of fruit.

Taste: Hard core toasty caramel sweetness up front on the taste. Virtually no bitterness on the tongue. Aftertaste is lingeringly sweet. The only bitterness seems to stem from the tingly alcohol content.

Notes: Beer smells like a candy bar, and tastes like one too. Not the best example of it's style, but overall not a terrible beer.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lively (albeit short-lived) light brown head. Strong caramel and malt aroma. Medium-bodied with lots of caramel and malt in the flavor, along with a little fruit and spice (pepper). Finish is mildly sweet. One of the better Tommyknockers I have tried.

Photo of hotstuff
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great taste! Great Flavor! Great Dopplebock! When poured into my glass this brew had a small tan head with small-medium bubbles that quickly diminished. The lacing was fair and there was carbonation with this brew. It had an excellent aroma of caramel and malt. The body was reddish brown in hue. The taste was very smooth and very enjoyable to drink. What a great drink!!

Photo of TheDM
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a very small head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that quickly dissappeared while leaving a fair lacing. Its body is a semi-transparent brown color. The aroma of this brew is very nice and full of malt, caramel and maple. Exquisite aroma! Its flavor is also very nice with notes of complex sweet malt, caramel and spiced alcohol. This is one flavorful brew that will get you smashed in a hurry!

Photo of sabrills70
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark amber that pours with very little head. Aroma is a fruit, nut, molasses, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is fruit, nut, chocolate malt with an alcohol presence. Not a great deal of hoppiness here. Bock is not my favorite style so to me it's not very drinkable on it's own, but would go great with the right food, possibly a pasta with a nice red sauce.

Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown. A hard pour yielded a light tan head. Aroma consists of candied raisins, caramel, sweet malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, to almost full-bodied and slightly creamy when cold. Somewhat syrupy also. Flavor consists of dark fruit and alcohol up front with a mild sweetness to it. Taste develops into more of a brown sugar, raisiny and chewy malt and dark rum finish. This beer definitely has a noticable kick to it from the alcohol. Quite the heavy hitter for a spring doppel. The taste is actually pretty good, but not balanced at all with the alcohol. Strength limits drinkability somewhat.

Photo of BeerAngel
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear deep caramel/amber color with absolutely no head at all. The aroma consists of lightly sweetened roasted malt and a slight “medicine-y” background. The flavor mirrors the aroma along with very little hops and a light twangy finish. It has a light warming sensation from this light bodied yet slightly creamy brew. It is not terribly bad for the weak appearance. Cheers!

Photo of kbub6f
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A small, off-white/yellowish head dies fast. The beer is deep red/brown.

The smell is nutty, roasty, with some alcohol. The front is caramel and noticeable alcohol. The middle is oily and dark with hints of bitter chocolate. Alcohol again warms the finish which has some caramel, some bitterness and hints of fruit.

I've been working my way through the Tommyknocker stuff and it's not bad. This beer is quite tasty and drinkable.

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish ruby color with a very thin off-white colored head that immediately fades into a thin wispy lace. Nose is quite sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and some alcohol. Medium to heavy in body with a creamy and somewhat slick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and buttery toffee at first followed by some sweet syrupy flavors and a definite alcohol presence. A pretty good American double bock (though I would say that Sam Adam’s version is superior to this one) and great on a cold night!

Photo of Sixpack595
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with almost no head. Smells like beer. Tastes a bit malty, a bit of hops sneaks out, but mostly just sweet. I thought it was a bit fruity with a sour aftertaste. I find it hard to believe this beer was around 8% in taste or effect. Way too thin. Won't be a regular, but I may try it again too see if its really as bad as the first 6pack seemed.

Photo of BitteBier
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Virtually no head tops what is otherwise an interesting pour because of its brilliant ruby amber color. Smell is strongly malty with caramel and alcohol present. Sweet taste throughout, with alcohol warmth increasing as the malt subsides. Needs some crispness to balance out the syrupiness. Despite the fact that the taste is somewhat watered down, this beer has an awfully filmy, albeit rich, mouthfeel. This is a fine Doppelbock, but I'll reach for a Celebrator over this any day.

Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a re-review. pours out a clear, and beautiful burgandy color. some head at first but quickly subside to nothing....minimal lace. quite a sweet caramel malt aroma. boozy goodness. lots of malty stickiness in flavor. very sweet. a touch of spiciness that rides the smooth and creamy mouthfeel. quick to light a fire in the belly and brain. not as impressive as previously thought. somewhat enjoyable nonetheless. a perfect choice for "doppelbock chili". i really ratcheted my scores down from my first review due to advancing beer wisdom. a beer i'll revisit at times.

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous. Clear deep mohagony color. No head. Just a very slight edging that leaves minimal lace. Nothing special on the nose to note. Pretty average in the aroma department. The taste is better than the appearance and nose. Nice deep malty profile. Some roasted tones underlying. Nice thick body. Syrupy to an extent. I know dopples are sweet beers, but this is one of the sweeter ones I've run across. Not cloying though. Pretty nice taste. Good effort on this one.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant dark amber....no lace to speak of...nose is big on the malt (sweet dark fruits and some alcohol)...I really like the flavor of this but it is not intensely flavored like say S.A. Doppel....rather it is a relatively easy drinking malt loaded dopple...the carbonation is so low, this seems easier drinking that it should be...dark fruits dominates the flavor...it is very smooth and not too sticky in the mouth....almost a bit creamy...make that very creamy for this style....I wish this had a bit more carbonation....it really seems on the bad side of average for its firmness of body...alcohol also bites a little on the buds which you'd expect....Overall, this is an above average american doppelbock....I'd put it in the same category as Schells....this doesn't rate at the top of the doppel list but is on that next rung in my opinion..

Photo of beernut7
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This German-style lager pours a deep red copper color with no lasting head. The aroma is very sweet with an extra sweet bit of dark malt on top. The flavor consists of a honey sweetness coupled with a cara-malt presence. The finishing layer is of maple and oak on top of a medium body. Not bad.

Photo of proc
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Pours out to a nice brown color in the glass. Light fruity smell. Nice taste of caramel with a decent hop bitterness at the end. The alcohol in this one sneaks up on you. I felt a little buzz going after one. I'd drink this again.

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all around choice bier...a solid candidate for an American doppelbock.
Throws a deep, rich ruby color with a surprisingly creamy, lasting head. Actually, this is one of the creamiest doppels I've had....yet pretty low carbonation in the body.
Smells like a good DB should...dark fruit, sort of raisiny. And hugely malty.
Taste follows suit with some big raisin bread flavors. Malty, and tasty. Quite sweet. A touch of hop bitterness keeps this from becoming too much.
A surprising winner here. Not among the elite of the style, but quite nice nonetheless.

Photo of Pegasus
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has plenty of eye appeal, with a dark reddish brown color and a moderate head with lots of lace. Very strong roasted malt and caramel flavors, slightly sweet, with moderate hoppiness at the finish and a solid malty aroma . Incredibly smooth, rich mouth feel, the low carbonation compliments this beer. Simply put, this is a superb double bock.

Photo of BKotch
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The second good American doppelbock I've had in the last six weeks (Saxer Jack Frost was the first). Nice dark color with a decent head that leaves a fair amount of lace down the glass. Sweet malty nose and palate with just enough of a hop balance to stay on style. Medium to heavy body that really hides the alcohol content -- is it really 7.9%? I'm going to have to take back what I've said about American lagers . . .

Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.

Appearance: Deep dark redish brown ... almost ruby in colour with a well retaing tan lace.

Smell: Rich robust malty nose with a heavy hand of alcohol also.

Taste: Big fat chewy malt mouth feel with a semi slick creamy feel to it. Smooth carbonation ... a bit to under carbonated for our liking. Lots of toasted and toffee malt flavours with a small pinching hop bitterness that balances just enough while the sweetish alcohol seem to warm the body with no problem. Lots more toasted malt character in the finish with hints of carob and dark bread.

Notes: Wow ... nice work on this one. Other than the carbonation being a tad to low, this makes for a great Double Bock with its massive malt backbone ... no off flavour detected. Certainly goes down as one of the best American brewed Double Bocks also.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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