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Butthead Doppelbock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

378 Reviews
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Reviews: 378
Hads: 592
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 25
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has some clumps of yeast visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of prunes and raisins in the nose along with notes of brown sugar and caramel.
T: The flavors are similar to the smell and also have some hints of alcohol, although this doesn’t detract from the taste. There are also some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer isn’t phenomenal, but it grows on you and makes for a pleasant beer to sip. (800 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Mahogany in color with a surprisingly yellowish-white foam head that presents with two fingers for about a minute and a half before pulling back to a collar with minimal lacing left behind. Smells and tastes toasty and delicious, but also sweet and somewhat boozey at times, but also has a raisin bread-like quality lurking around the edges at all times. Body is only medium thick and carbonation is rather slow at times, but other than these points of deviation it is a rather by-the-book old-school doppelbock. (542 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

more like a barleywine to me. this beer pours a clear and surprisingly light shade of orange, crystal clear, with a lazy tan head. smells like german malts, caramel, and booze. there is some more hops in the flavor, and im surprised that this isnt over the top malty. there are notes of honey and oak in the flavor as well. feel is a little thin on the body for this style, it feels a tad watered down and the carbonation is too mellow to bring it back to life at all. its not bad, and is in fact rather drinkable, but it could be bolstered by a fuller body. aftertaste is nice too, and lasts awhile. overall a solid big bock, and worth a try at the brewpub. (658 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well it's still quite fresh being May 23rd 2012 expired

A - Unexpectedly fizzy for a dopplebock with a 1/4 inch of mocha head quickly turning to a lace ring. Color is a deep amber brown, clear but still dark.

S - Smells good with mild lager yeasts, some dark fruits and well hidden ABV. Smells fruity.

T - Definitely tastes German since it has a fruity yeast aspect. Well hidden ABV and a caramel finish. Not that great could use more body.

M - Medium and fizzy kind of boring.

Overall I have had better examples of this style and it's definelty too fizzy, hoppy, and thin to be great. (590 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a dark ruby brown with a small amount of light tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-lots of rich malt in this one! Also a bit of raisin, caramel, and alcohol.

T-Rich malt, raisins, caramel and toffee, and bit of roastedness comes out. Not bad, but not as rich and big as other dopplebocks I have tried.

M-medium body, wish there was a little more carbonation in this one, tastes like it is going flat. Checked the best by date, June 2012 so it hasn't gone bad.

Overall I was a little disappointed. I wish the body had been fuller and the carbonation a bit stronger. (579 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
4.17/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark brown and completely transparent with a slight red tint all underneath a fluffy, off-white head. The robust pour out of my growler led to a reasonably thick head with moderate retention. The lacing was outstanding.

SMELL: When the growler was first popped the aroma was quite strong, but it faded over time. Nuttiness with a mild milk chocolate backbone dominates and a slight grassy, hoppy aroma lingers behind it along with a touch of caramel.

TASTE: The caramel from the nose moved from the background to the main stage in the taste. There was also a ton of malt here which provided a sweet (and ever so slightly smoky) raison and fig flavor. Nuts and fruits also danced around and helped to mute the little hop flavor that tried to push through.

MOUTHFEEL: The Butt Head was creamy and smooth with a nice sweet feel. It dried as it went down, but the sweetness dominated. Rich and luxurious, but not as full-bodied as might be expected from the sweet, sugary richness.

OVERALL: Prior to our trip to the Tommyknocker Brewpub last night my experience with them had been limited. The bar I work at served their Cocoa Porter (which I liked quite a bit) and the Amber Lager (which was fine, but nothing terribly special). I didn’t really know what to expect when we sat down, but Sean, our bartender, was very friendly and informative. The flight he poured also impressed me. They did a lot of styles very well that I don’t normally love (like the Maple Nut Brown and Imperial Brown) and they had some styles not seen as often in the American Craft seen (like a Rye Porter and the Doppelbock) that were done very well. It isn’t easy to find a great Doppelbock in the U.S. and this was an impressively strong example. After sampling 14 different beers this was what we chose to bring home. (1,821 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.32/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Cloudy Brown color that turns orange when held up to the light. There isn't really much of a head here though, and whatever is quickly disappears

Smell - Sweet Caramel, toffee, peated malts and yeasty notes. Kind of reminds me of a scotch ale almost!

Taste - Sweet Caramel & yeasty flavors followed by a strong peated malty backbone. That scotch ale taste is less prevalent here. The barley used is also more noticeable in the flavor as well. Flavor is not as power as the smell is unfortunately.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but it's incredibly thick, even for a doppelbock! Luckily, the carbonation is regulated quite well and the thickness gives it a creamy sort of feel.

Overall - It isn't what I would call an outstanding beer, but it's good for what it is. If it had a much richer flavor, this would've been an outstanding doppelbock, but for what it is right now its a decent beer (930 characters)

Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber, almost brown, with little to no head despite a pretty robust pour. Smells of malt apparent from the get go. Maple, sassafras and toast aromas with a hint of floral hops, perhaps a tad oakey. Medium mouth feel – perfect for a lager. Very interesting flavor profile. Almost a root beer flavor to it. Single notes without much depth or complexity, even in the finish. Tastes a tad like cough syrup. What it comes down to is too much alcohol (8.2%) to really enjoy the bock flavors. Overall, not impressed. (522 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

Clear, brown color. White head without much retention.

Sweet caramel smell. Bready odors as well.

Big roasted malt flavors. Sweet molassesy notes. Doesn't hide it's alcohol too well, but this gives it a pleasant warming sensation.

It's light bodied and appropriately carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer. It seems like Tommyknocker should stick to beers with a high ABV. (403 characters)

Photo of tbern007
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, clear, few bubbles, little heaqd, no lace.
Scent is almost nonexistent. Slightly malty. That's about it.
Taste is malty, slightly roasty, caramel, bready. The hop balance is nice. It's not sweet, not bitter. Nice balance overall. There's a bit of floral finish. The alcohol warmth is apparent but not strong.
Overall decent. The appearance and scent are lacking, which makes for a poorer score than needs be. (432 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, thin mostly white head. Nice nutty, bitter chocolate type of sweet aroma going on, enjoyable, hid the alcohol well.

Taste, more sweetness, the alcohol pops up finally, tad of smoke, light touch with the fig, raisin and prune type of fruit flavor. Substantial enough malt contribution to allow it to hold up underneath the alcohol and slight metallic bitter finish. Maybe more malt would have been even better. A precipient amount of toffee flavor. Oily.

Decent enough stuff from Tommyknocker, if you like doppels, I'd recommend this. (549 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful cloudy dark red amber/brown with a nice creamy one-third finger head, nice delicate lacing. Head is greatly reduced after first sip to barley there.Lacing stays thick all around the glass long after.

Nice malty 4th sense of chocolate, malts, malts, and alcohol. Not much hop here, but a nice smell, you can tell this is a malt-emphasized brew. Maybe not as potent on the nose as it could be, but pretty good.

My 5th sense is pleased but not overly excited. Good creaminess going on, very smooth and and the good ol' malty side. Body medium, probably light for a doppelbock. A fairly medium amount of carbonation, not too high.

A good doppelbock, nice and malty, but fairly light and could offer more. But a good example of the style. (749 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We miss too many nights. When we started this project, we were going to do one beer a night. It doesn’t take a ton of time to write one of these, but we get busy. Oh well… tonight we are doing two. We are trying to empty the fridge because the researching and buying of the bottles is just as fun! Anyway, tonight we sip a butthead.

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s thick with a syrupy texture… Sheryl said it best; looks like a barleywine. It’s bright and amber, and has a subtle head with tiny bubbles that you expect from a glass of champagne.

Nose: It doesn’t smell like a barleywine. It smells like caramel. It’s got a punch of booze on the nose too, and it has a very sweet aroma. I like a sweet beer. I prefer my wines sweet, but I will take a sweet beer. After a second sniff, I can get a hint of barleywine in there.

Flavor: Whoa… VERY sweet and punches you in the back of the throat with something. Not sure what it was… but I like it. The beer is classified as a doppelbock, but should be a barleywine. The more I think of that and the more I sit here and smell/taste this beer, the more it reminds me of one. I am not a huge fan of barleywines, but the older I get the more I get into them.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel kicks in toward the back of the palate, and on the back of the tongue as and after you swallow. The front half of your mouth doesn’t really feel anything. But that’s okay, because there are a few bubbles toward the front of the palate and you don’t want that going down with a beer this sweet. It’s almost too sweet. Oh wait… here comes the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: Gross. What is that? The aftertaste is like stale bread. It’s horrible. It only lasts for a few minutes, but when it’s there… don’t breathe. It’s horrid. But the burp helps as it brings some of the heat off this big beer back to the surface. The aftertaste isn’t enough to keep me from digging on this beer.

The beer has a cool name. I mean… butthead. Who names a beer butthead? These guys and I like it! I hope to visit their brewpub one day. It would be fun to drink a Butthead from the source. Bottoms up people! (2,156 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Amber colored brew, maybe a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing behind.

S: Roasty, caramel notes are the predominant aroma. Smells sweet

T: Sweet, roasty beer. Heavy on the malts (as expected), bringing a good toffee flavor, along with a slight breadiness. Seems to be lacking something, maybe a little shy on the hops. It comes off a little flat and a little sweet for my palate.

M: Slightly oily, moderate body and low/moderate carboantion. Feels a bit syrupy.

O: A good beer, but far from the best doppelbock I've ever tried. I wish it was slightly less sweet and slightly more roasty tasting. That being said, it's a good stab at the style and certainly far beyond mediocrity. (736 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, moderate carbonation, dark reddish brown, hazy

Smell: deep caramel malt and chocolate

Taste: really nice mix of milk chocolate and caramel malt with a touch of earthy hops at the end

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium-low carbonation, sweet with just a touch of bitterness at the end

Overall: Not near the German classics yet, one of the best American takes on the style. The chocolate caramel mix is sweet, yet not cloying. I could have a couple. One of the best Tommyknocker brews. (531 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.18/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed November 15, 2011. Poured a 355 mL bottle into a Tulip.

A: Poured a half finger head. On the pour the sweet aroma hits my nose even from afar. Pours almost a Russet Brown, but it does lighten red around the edges. The head thins quite quickly, but carbonation rises slowly up to what head is left.
This does not lace.

S: I was actually surprised that a dark fruit smell came here, figs & raisins. A definite alcohol does come up and it smells quite light with a sweetness behind it.

T: To me the sweet dark fruit dominates the taste of this beer. The alcohol taste almost slides on the tongue on its way down and it's different, it doesn't all come strong instead it feels more spaced out.
The more this warms up the more prominent the alcohol becomes.

M: Almost feels sticky. Smooth, medium to high carbonation.

O: This just really didn't feel like a pleasant drink. Dark fruits are nice and all, but this drink simply needs to be more balanced. I would personally avoid this in the future. (1,012 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep amber color, clear. A little carbonation. Very small head that dissipate.

Aroma:
Bready malts, caramel, some alcohol.

Taste:
Malty sweetness up front along with strong fruitness. Very sweet malt character almost candy like, I'm getting caramel, toffee and sweet molasses. Very stong fruitness in the taste, black cherries with hint of vanilla. There some touch of bitterness towards the end of my palate.

Body:
Medium to Full bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Finish:
Smooth finish. A little boozy. (518 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with subtle ruby highlights and a thin, creamy white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Very malty on the nose, with aromas of caramel, cream, and vanilla especially prominent. Not as deep as some German doppelbocks, but still very pleasant.

T: Opens smooth and malty with notes of heavy cream, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, almonds, and nougat. The finish is long and rich with notes of bready malt, cream, and caramel particularly noticeable.

M: Full-bodied and firm. Initially slick in the mouth, but dries out nicely. Very thick and filling.

O: This is a very good American doppelbock. Even though it doesn't rival its German counterparts in terms of depth, it is still an accurate representation of the style. (745 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber almost ruby hazy color with a light tan head that has great lacing. Plenty of of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is rich with toasted malt, caramel, and mild alcohol sweetness.

Taste like a dopplebock should. Full bodied, toasted malt, caramel, with of hints of sweet alcohol and a touch of hop bitterness.

Full bodied and slick on the tongue. Finished with a lingering toasted malt on the tongue.

I rather enjoyed this lager. It is certainly fun to change from my usual favorite style of beer. And, I can say that this brewery did a great job! (569 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oaky brown colored brew with a small head of tan. Smells of caramel and and slight sourdough lift off of with a hint of booze. The flavor offers soft pretzels and a nice sweetening as it warms, not too much else. The light medium body isn't as fitting as a thicker build would seem for this beer. Overall an ok version of a dopplebock, nothing I would write home about. (369 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.bottle dated March 25 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown, more or less clear, with a finger thick light tan head. Head reduces quickly but then lasts.

Smell: Dark fruit with bready malt and hints of higher ABV. Slightly earthy.

Taste: Rather floral and a bit yeasty with hints of hop bitterness and toffee but rather little malt presence. Rather sweet despite recognizable bitter and sour components.

Medium body with some bite and crispness from the alcohol and carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not appealing enough to be a session beer. (544 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle. Raisin-like browish red in color with a deep haze. Poured with a thick, frothy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy beige cap. Sweet roasted caramel malt and dark fruit aromas, molasses and a bit of boozy. Smooth and creamy thick feel with light carbonation. Flavor is similar to aroma, sweet dark caramel, raisins, molasses, toasted malt and brown sugar. Bitter floral notes appear to the finish ushering in a light alcoholic burn. (454 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a red tinted brown. But seriously, where is the head. I poured this as aggressively as I could and got virtually nothing out of it.
S- On the other hand, the smell is amazing. It's got a robust brown bread aroma with some caramel and a nice balancing fig-like character.
T- Not quite as sharp on the tongue. It's still bready throughout and the fig/date like character shows up near the finish, but other than those two notes its a bit shallow on flavor.
M- This is precisely the opposite mouthfeel that I want. It feels like it wants to be sweet and sticky, but it really just falls watery on the tongue. Light body and low carbonation.
O- A mixed bag. It has all the right flavors and aromas, flavors and aromas that hang with the best in the style. But the appearance and body were just completely sad. Ultimately I'm a bit disappointed. (849 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored and sweet liquid. Slight white head. Nice clarity. Moderately malty aroma...pale malt, a little toasty, some grape-like (dark grape) fruit. Well balanced taste. Some herbal hoppiness, which was a little unexpected. Semi-sweet, and just a little bitter. Slick on the tongue. Moderately full body. All things considered, this is a a reasonably tasty brew. (370 characters)

Photo of speter
2.03/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Amber hue with floaters. A nice fluffy off-white head that was persistent and left moderate lacing. (The slightly low score was due to the lightness of the beer.)

S: Malt and a hint of brown sugar. Totally absent are the trademark raisin and prune scents of a Doppelbock. There is a hint of hops in the nose.

T: A malt-forward APA-ish lager. The front and middle are mildly malty, but largely flavorless. The finish has a deeply unpleasant metallic cloy to it.

M: For the ABV, this tastes watery.

O: Color me disappointed. This has none of the characteristics of a good Doppelbock. At 8.2%, I'd expect a lot more bang for my buck. Go get a Celebrator, Optimator, or Asam Bock. If you want an American example, try a St. Victorious. (741 characters)

Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.