Oaked Butt Head Bock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 16.81%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: humanawho on 11-07-2008

Gold Medal winning Butt Head Bock brewed with heavy toasted Hungarian Oak. Deep earth and wood notes make this specialty a substantially enjoyable brew for the connoisseur.
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Ratings: 127 | Reviews: 78
Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and has some brownish hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright beige/tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of oak and vanilla and has complementary notes of caramel and hints of dark fruits. Bits of malty sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oak definitely improves the smell and taste of the regular Butthead Doppelbock. It's very drinkable for the style as it isn't overly malty and masks any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/7/08; tasted 7/10/10

Appearance: Pours an almost clear copper color with a respectable head that leaves some decent lace behind

Smell: The woody oak and caramel malt blend nicely in the aroma, with hints of toast, vanilla and dark fruit

Taste: Toasted bread and caramel, up front, which are soon joined by rum-soaked raisin and woody elements; after the swallow, the caramel, raisin and oak flavors merge together nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really not bad; in fact, rather enjoyable; my bottle has a bit more age on it than many other reviewers so perhaps this is a beer that improves nicely as it matures

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages."

--Robertson Davies

Burnt orange that looks more like russet when backlit with morning sunshine. A meager escape of CO2 on crown cracking was followed by the creation of a slim slice of golden beige colored foam that is fading quickly. It's also leaving the glass almost untouched.

The nose is weak, weaker, weakest. There isn't anything really bad going on, but there isn't anything good either. Maybe a hint of caramel malt, with no oakiness whatsoever. Things have to be better on the palate.

Butt Head Bock is pretty good beer, so it stands to reason that Oaked Butt Head would be as well. But it isn't. There isn't a Big Beer amount of flavor and the oak tastes fake in some indefinable way. Warming helps a little, though the style's best have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Toasted bread and caramel lead the way. There's none of the darker flavors (cocoa for instance) that some doppelbock's feature. There may be a hint of vanilla bean and the oakiness isn't as bad as first thought. Good job on the alcohol masking.

The mouthfeel is too light for the style and ABV. It would be fine at 5.1%. It isn't fine at 8.1%. Lackluster carbonation was expected... and is exactly what was delivered. Is this really the same beer, with one tweak, as the un-oaked version?

Tommyknocker puts out some pretty solid beer across a wide range of styles. Imperial Nut Brown Ale was a high-ABV humdinger. Unfortunately, Oaked Butt Head Doppelbock does not get it done. Not to mention the fact that this single was horribly overpriced at $3.95.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these.

Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, caramel/rust color with a small, foamy, tan head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla and sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty. Nice caramel notes. It also had some bourbon, vanilla and oaky notes.

M - It had a sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied dopplebock.

D - This is pretty good. I like the oaked version better than the regular.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deeply-hued, mahogany body with a thinnish, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose with some notable alcoholic wafts and piercing notes of vanilla and green raisins. Personally, it's not too terribly appealing.

Taste: Sweet maltiness, with some light caramel, but more than a fair share of sticky sugariness and marked by some traces of smoke. Garnished with a few green raisins. Lessened hints of brown sugar and vanilla. All in all, it's a bit boozy throughout. Not too much in the way of hop character or bitterness. Finishes warming, semi-dry and with a lingering mixture of vanilla and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. There's a slight, smooth stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I didn't particularly care for the standard-issue Butt Head Bock, but had hoped a bit of oak would really make it come alive for me, though, sadly, this didn't happen. Fair enough for an oak-aged American-made doppelbock. Let's just leave it at that.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a hazy brown, darker toward the center, giving it a sort of heavy apple cider appearance. The tannish head is short (less than a finger) and dissipates decently quickly, leaving a good ring of lacing. The smell is somewhat boozy (kinda surprising, considering the alcohol content isn't that high), with notes of oak and caramel, possibly toffee. The taste diminishes the booziness of the smell and brings forth the oak, while introducing some dark wheat and some rather odd sour notes, though they are subdued beneath the other flavors. The tongue is covered lightly and sweetly, allowing for a rather drinkable brew.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a barely foggy brown with a decent creme head. Nose is spiced. Seems like clove. Odd for a bock. Flavor is tangy. Definite wood tones. Mild vanilla. Wood tones seem to settle down fairly soon. Ends up on a slightly boozy almost watered down bourbon thing. Feel has a slightly vibrant carbonation and the liquid is smooth and slick. Pretty easy to drink. Not sure if I see much benefit from the oak aging, but it certainly hasn't hurt things.

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a sliver of tan head. Minimum head retention & lacing

S: Smokey ham, & sweet malt

T; Smokeyness, toffee, vanilla up front. Dryness, toasty malt, & toffee as this warms. Finishes dry, fake oakyness 7 cloying sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, doesn't work

Drinks alright, the oakyness seems forced. Give me the regular butthead any day. Maybe this will age gracefully?? The ABV is is well hidden

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.13/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hopefully this brew has some agin' potential, because it's pretty rough pretty much pure oak and whiskey soaked malt character a tad sour with a strong unrelenting vanilla oak and charred barrel note. It's almost like extract vanilla and oak chip aged thang going on. Appears a bright ruby amber hue with a large tan khaki head dwindles rather quickly leaving behind even fine bubbled lacing clinging to my glass. Aroma has more oak barrel whiskey edged effects going on, charred wood and vanilla phenols grabbing my nose air with a touch of burning sensation from the alcohol content. Flavor is pretty effin' cloying sugary sweet caramel with burnt oak barrel notes and again vanilla extract like toothace candy sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is again cloying I don't really even want to finish it. Body is syrupy with a low almost flat carbonation level that makes the beer feel heavier than it actually is. Drinkability is pretty sorry, not one I'm grabbing for again, why do I do it. Tommyknocker as usual ends in pretty much complete disappointment, this one is no different.

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Oct. 24 '08 notched on label (I assume that that is the bottling date):

Pours copper with a thin head that becomes a swirl. Dotted lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is of vanilla/oak and caramel with some green apple.

The taste is of musty oak/vanilla with caramel and green apple peel, a bit grapey too. Could be cleaner and less fruity. A slight alcohol warmth finishes it off.

The feel is firm medium (fuller side?). It has a nice carbonation level.

Nothing particularly "exciting" for me - A bit too apple-y (though not in a tart way). Sweet with oak adding even more sweetness. Yet, I found it "interesting", and surprisingly very drinkable.

Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an overly aggressive oak character that really seems to overshadow what would be a pretty nice doppelbock aroma. It seems to have some a dry, burnt toffee aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a fine tasting burnt toffee/roasted malt character along with a very intense oak finish. The oak seems new and mildly toasted. There is some sweet crystal malts here with a delicate warmth as well. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's an above average doppelbock with just a little too much oak character. Overall, not bad.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bock, aged in oak? Why don't I see this more often? Must try now. On to the beer:

Looks chestnut colored, and topped with a semi-creamy head which retains well, it's a looker. Adding to the appearance are the several strings of lacing it leaves. The aroma has a fun spiciness, a light oak note, vague sweet bread , and a squeeze of white grape. At this point, I'm having fun and ready to drink.

With a good sweet bock base, little spots of toasted cling to the base and give this bock a distinct flavor from other bocks. A breath of warming alcohol adds to the fun, as does a fruity note. Left in the aftertaste is bread crust and a little oak. It's a full bodied beer that's lightly carbonated, and at the end it's one pleasing bock.

Photo of Rhettroactive
1.66/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Used fast food greasy-amber. A decent pour yields a .75 finger head and zero lacing.

S: You know you're in for trouble when the nose reeks of medicinal Robotussin. It's amazing....ly bad.

T: Like sawdust off the much-treadded floor of your local Home Depot. Acidic and utterly disgusting. None of the enjoyable characteristics of a doppelbock reveal themselves here. Instead, it's borderline micro-pig piss.

M: Underwhelming. It's like drinking cold, liquid butter.

O: Tommyknocker's Oaked Butt Head tastes like it got shat out of one. This is a massive dissapointment not only for the Doppelbock style, but for beer in general.

And...fail.

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is bready malts, oak, alcohol, light fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.81/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown copper color. Poured a half finger light tan head that dissipated. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Oak, more oak. Smoky flavor may be from oak. Malts are in there, but masked.

T: Caramel, vanilla and, of course lots of oak. Lacks the malt backbone I expected.

M: Light body; frankly, it was thin. Balanced carbonation. Very abbreviated finish.

D: Not high on my list; a few too many shortcomings. The regular Butt Head is better.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with born on notches from Dec 08. I really liked the regular butthead doppelbock with a year of age on it, so why not try it with the 'Oaked' version? Pours a dark amber color with a thin, large-bubbled tan foam. Fades quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

Nose is of honey, molasses, vanilla, smoke and toffee. A really interesting assortment of scents with all of them being equally prominent. I do not smell any signs of oxidation on this one.

Butthead is fairly sweet as far a doppels go, and the tannic oak and smoke flavors help to balance that out in the Oaked adaptation. Not sure yet if that is a good thing or not, as that is one reason I like the original. Still plenty of caramel and toast to go around. The alcohol is pretty evident, but about on par for an 8% bock. I dont have a problem with the oak addition, but it does not seem to enhance the beer all that much, just throws a bunch of other flavors in the mix. I do enjoy the smoky flavors as it almost seems like smoked malt was added to the mash. Not bad, I would drink this again and I like it about the same as the original Butthead, although this one is plenty different.

Photo of drpimento
4.19/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting brew in a really good way. Far exceeded my expectations. Poured with a smallish fine cream colored to very lite tan head and a little lace. Aroma reminds me a little of scotch ale but not quite as pronounced. Flavor's exactly the same way too, except less of a smokey cast and more of the tannin and vanilla. Great body and carbonation. Excellent finish. Little too sweet to drink a lot of, Never the less excellent beer.

Photo of Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy mahogany with tan head. It smelled like banana nut bread with some light oak and creamy yeast and maple syrup. It tasted like tons of bananas and nutty malt, with some bready yeast and oak, and a bit of copper and caramel. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall I thought this beer just had a strange smell and taste. The flavor wasn't as rich and malty as I'd like, and it certainly wasn't as refined or complex as the better doppelbocks. It had good body and was pretty easy to drink, but there wasn't anything exciting about it either. Not terrible, but below average for the style.

Photo of Bung
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A pretty clear light amber pour with a quickly dissappating whitish head. Just a hint of lacing as it goes, but a bit light bodied. Not overly impressive smells of some sweet malt, brown sugar light red fruits. Tastes quite similarly, but a bit understated and watery. Alchohol is well hidden. Finishes...blah. Probably pretty drinkable, but I don't think I would intentionally drink a whole lot of this. You could find similar for less $. The regular seems quite a bit better, did they really barrel age this one?? Not bad and worth trying but at the same time, just not that impressive.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

We could split hairs all day long about barrel aging and aging beer on wood chips, but that's an argument for the wine industry, not for beer. All that matters is the end product, right?

A clear tawny brew, ample suds to wrap some lacing around the glass. Just a thin shell of wood character around the malty nose. Smooth and a little creamy within the full body. Toasty, sweet maltiness blankets the palate; mild hopping with the clean alcohol giving a hand to balance. Some oak buds from the toasty character, which adds a pleasant drying tone. Very clean, with a deep bready and dried grass graininess that pushes far into the aftertaste.

A little too drinkable for its size--not a bad thing, as the oak really does work. A solid rendition of a bock.

Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amberish/orangish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, oaky woodiness, caramel, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, wood/oak, and toffee. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from and tasted on 6/1/09

Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice mahogany color with a thin tan head that vanished quickly.
Just releasing the cap, a bold malty and fruity smell blossomed around. Nice aroma of caramel, red fruits, tobacco, maple, Brandy and wood.
Wonderful flavor with notes of red fruits, caramels, vanilla, licorice, maple, spices, floral and earthy hops, tobacco, roasted malts, charred wood, cocoa and a subtle tartness. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.1% abv is harmonic and enhances the experience.
This is a very good Doppelbock. A style that when it is well crafted, it surprises, generally you don’t see that coming from lager yeast. This is a month to due date, definitely it aged well. I am curious to try their regular version.

Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think the notches mean bottled in Nov of 08. Pours a clear cola brown with a decent tan head in the ol' freebie Sam Adams glass. Good carbonation and sheet lacing.

For an economy sixer, a nice vanilla malt aroma whiffs up to the beak. Just a subtle hint of oak and bourbon in the taste - not the best but not too bad at all. Raisins and dark plum lurk around the corner. Gets very cloying by the end of the bottle.

Light bodied, more like an Oaked bock, but no hint of the +8% abv.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy amber with a light tan head, thin but persistent.

Aroma - plenty of oak influence to the malts. One-sided but appealing.

Taste - a good malty, slightly roasty flavor. The oak rides right along, blending and then taking over with a blend of wood and roast. Finishes warm and with a lenthy oak aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium weight, some good smoothness enhances the feel. Moderate crispness as well.

Drinkability - a tasty bock. I imagine it would hold up well for a few years, but why wait? Well, maybe I'll save *one*... ;-)

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Oaked Butt Head Bock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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