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Oaked Butt Head Bock - Tommyknocker Brewery

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115 Ratings

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: humanawho on 11-07-2008)
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Photo of ectomorph
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy copper like a glass full off old pennies. Little to no head.

S - Bourbon up front is met with a sweet vanilla and oak finish.

T - Should be called a bourbon bock! Bourbon and oak almost (but not quite) overpower the sweet malt backbone of this brew. Not your run of the mill Dopplebock. Smoke from the wood, and did I mention BOURBON?!?

M- Medium body and little watery with low carbonation.

D - Pretty low @ 8.1% ABV and a mouth full of bourbon with each sip...

ectomorph, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a great beer. It had a nice brown color with a perfect amount of tan head It has a banana like fruitiness to the aroma. The mouthfeel is very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. You can taste the difference in the oak age version right off the bat; it has great wood tone that compliant an already rich beer. This beer has a very roasty and heavy malt flavor. There is a little alcohol burn but not much.

MTNboy, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy auburn with no head. There is
not much active carbonation.

S: Smells like the inside of a wine barrel, with
distinct bourbon and oak aromas.

T: The oak and bourbon notes detected in the
smell convey to the flavor. The woodyness
of the brew is very good...almost too good.
By too good I mean over the top. This taste
would be a 4.5 if it were a little less

M: The body is nothing to write home about but
also doesn't detract from the overall style
of the brew.

D: Very drinkable beer especially with a nice
steak or fruit/cheese. The 7.8% abv
qaulifies this tommyknocker as a sippin' brew
for me.

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color, very little carbonation and no head to speak of, even though the last third was poured to create a head.

Smell is very strong oak.

Taste is sweet oak and some malt. The oak is strong so it's not as sweet as you expect from a dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is light because of the lack of carbonation.

I like this beer, but ibecause of the heavy oak taste and high ABV one per session is plenty.

FLBeerGuy, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Ell
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is... big. There is very little carbonation - tiny head despite a pour designed to create one.

The smell is VERY oaky. Lots and lots of bourbon. It borders on an overpowering gimmick. Doesn't quite get there, but it's on the border.

The taste is very smoky. The oaks are definitely present. I feel like I'll be tasting the oakiness tomorrow at breakfast.

The lack of carbonation means it has a very light mouthfeel despite being a very large beer (in taste).

It'd be tough to drink more than 2 of these in a sitting - NOT a small and easy to drink beer.

It's going to give me heartburn. There's no doubt about it.

Ell, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of schuyhigh
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly struck me with a cooked swine aroma and taste upon first impression. Has a nice amber orange color. Smell, as previously mentioned, comes off as a bit of a "porkish" scent. Taste has a hint of pork too with big aged oak impressions. A little spicy, a little malty and a lot interesting. Don't know that I would recommend this beer, but worth trying.

schuyhigh, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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

hopdog, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of fizzy tan head that quickly settles leaving a full rich and varied lacing... Lots of carbonation, some of which quickly rises and some of which settles along the sides of the glass... Light brown caramel brown color with a faint reddish hue... Good stickiness on the sides of the glass...

S - The oak is evident right away... Bourbon scent is strong immediately following the pour and quickly fades... Brown sugar... Caramel... Hint of vanilla...

T - Oak and bourbon dominate... Vanilla... Caramel... Toffee... Some faint spice notes in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove...

M - Just the right amount of carbonation... Medium bodied... Hides the 8.1% ABV exceptionally well... A tad on the thin side... Smooth... Rich...

D - I'm a big fan of barrel aging, but I'm not sure it lends itself to the Doppelbock style... Not terrible, but the pieces don't seem to fit together...

philbe311, May 19, 2009
Photo of dborginis
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with a half inch head, a pretty beer in the pint glass. The smell is strangely like a red wine...cabernet?

The first taste is interesting, but after a couple sips it gets old. Doesn't taste as much like a bock as it does a wine. My best guess is the oak barrels might be the connection between a wine and this beer. There is also a Christmas beer flavor in there: the cinnamon/nutmeg spice is in there too. I'm a Winter Warmer fan so it saves the beer a bit.

For drinkability, the strange flavors cut down on this, but goes down relatively easy for a 8%.

dborginis, May 18, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

zeff80, May 16, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Pencible, May 12, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy dark copper with a sparse heat that quickly dissipated. Syrupy aroma with some burnt sugar and vanilla from the oak. Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Lots of oak in the flavor that pretty much obscures the base beer. Either that or the base beer is very bland. I didn't get much of the deep malt flavor that I expect from a bock. This tasted just like oak and not much more. Glad I only bought a single.

homebrewhawk, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Beefeater57
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chocolate brown, wine red in light. Light tan head with decent retention and solid lacing.

S: Getting the alcohol, and some brown sugar. Toasted breads in there as well.

T: Very sweet right away. Flavors I'm getting are maple syrup, brown sugar and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Hops are not really there, and definitely getting alcohol.

M: Oily, syrupy feel on the tongue. Drinks a little watery. Alcohol warmth as well.

D: Oak gives it a whisky feel, which with the high ABV makes the drinkability limited. Flavors are pretty good, feel is just a tad off. It is a good beer for winter in front of a fireplace.

Beefeater57, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this Idaho Springs beer, the foam for one was dark wheat in color and stayed til the end of the beer. Great! The color was very dark amber, the color of cola. The taste was woody and oak and somewhat choclaty with a light a nd fruity aftertaste. It also had a meduim robust and smooth mouthfeel.

Monsteruss, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium reddish brown color. Light tan / cream colored head, but not much of it. No sediment or haze.

S: Mmm. Oak, possibly some smoke. Lots of sugary malts as well. Caramel + some vanilla.

T: Holy oak! I almost felt like I was biting a rough-hewn plank of American Oak with the first sip. However, sweet malts rush to the tongue after the initial sharp oak hit, followed by an overpowering rough bourbon / alcohol taste afterward. However, my wife swears it tastes like candy, sweet from start to finish and she loves it.

M: I love this mouthfeel, possibly more than any other dopplebock I've had. It's very thick, somewhat syrupy, but with some carbonation to balance it out.

D: The strong oak and strong alcohol flavors make this a bit challenging and hurt the overall drinkability. However, the sweetness and good mouthfeel help offset that a bit. If you pair it with hearty foods (ie. smoked meats, split pea soup, etc) then you're set.

jnn4v, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of Riverwarrior
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Very slight hints of bourbon with vanilla way in the background.

T = A bourbon flavor is upfront, but it quickly fades to blandness. The middle and finish seems to be void of other flavors. The finish is basically a thin bourbon flavor. No alcohol detected.

MF = Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and semi-dry.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. No complexity at all. Worth trying, but I'll not go out of my way for another. I personally like the regular "Butthead" offering over this one.

Riverwarrior, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

jwc215, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this in Idaho Springs. Clear but dark brown/red. Thin off-white ring of head. Looks good.
Nose is oak, spicy caramel, and bourbon.
Taste is boozy bourbon, roasty/toasty oak, smoke, malt, and alcohol on the end. Maybe too much oak, but the smokiness is a nice balancer. Above average mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but it is a bit of a sipper because of its bourbon-like qualities.

shivtim, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of rye726
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better brews to come out of these guys. Pours a medium brown with a tan head. The nose has sweet malts, peppery yeasts and subtle oak. The taste does not have much of an oak presence, but the aging definately helped this stuff. Medium body seemed a bit thin.

rye726, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Haybeerman, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a red copper color with a quick white foam head. The smell is slightly smokey with a hint of vanilla, oak, slight malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is more smokey with some peat and malt, a bit of oak and vanilla and a healthy dose of alcohol. There is definitely a bitter note missing that would help this one. Its way to sweet and cloying and the alcohol is taking over. The mouthfeel seems one dimensional for all that is going on here and the drinkability is very low because of the over malty, alcoholic with little oak.

CrazyMacHarris99, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, tea like, with decent head, some lace dripping down the sides.

S: Vanilla malt.

T: Vanilla, malty, turns to raisin/ maybe a hint of plum, and sour apple. Oak is there, very.very slight bourbon taste also. I like it.

M: Not nearly as heavy bodied as some doppelbocks. Taste disappears quick.

D: ABV is hidden too damned well, it will sneak up and bite you in the poo-poo. As I neared the bottom of the tulip glass, I could not decide whether or not I wanted another.

KI9A, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of dhd1491
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery-red with some tan foam that dies down quickly. Aroma is smoky and yeasty.

Taste is above average. Not sweet, but malty with a little smoke, but not overdone. Could use a little more bitter hops for balance. A little oakiness comes through, but, again, not overdone. Mouthfeel is a little oily.

All-in-all, a good brew that I wouldn't mind having from time to time. For the expense, however, there are beers that I like better.

dhd1491, Feb 11, 2009
Oaked Butt Head Bock from Tommyknocker Brewery
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