Butthead Doppelbock
Tommyknocker Brewery

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #217
Ranked #40,565
3.69 | pDev: 14.09%
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
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Foyle from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in pint glass from 12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a 2" pillowy cream colored head that falls slowly with mild lacing. Color is cloudy copper-brown with some moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich malt flavors of caramel, fresh bread, raisins and ripe fruit. Earthy and herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and slightly astringent with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: similar flavors to the aroma. The alcohol is (dangerously) well hidden in this beer. It does not drink like an 8.2% abv beer, but more like a session ale.

Overall: a pleasing malt bomb. Recommended for anyone who enjoys malty brews.

May 20, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Second time on this.
I'm not sure why its average score is not giving it proper due.
I found a straightforward, honest double-bock.
Nice malt and enough hops to keep it interesting enough for a third next year.

Feb 16, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brown pour, off white head in the 2/5" range. Aroma was of brown sugar, brown malt, chocolate malt and a slight nuttiness.

Taste brought the alcohol head and more of the sweetness, but not enough to cover up the booze. Dark fruits give it some metallic bitterness, needs more malt for the mouthfeel to shine. Some toffee malt stuff going on if you can get past the negatives in the form of bitter, boozy and metallic.

Jan 27, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best by 05/13. Rating set to current average.

Aroma is dominated by deeply caramelized, nutty malt, with hints of plums, figs, and dates adding complexity. There's a hint of cardboard.

Flavor reveals sherry and black cherry upfront, fading to a sweet caramel malt backbone that dries out to a toasted, nutty finish. Still some alcohol warmth.

Not terribly complex, but may stand up a couple more years.

Jan 20, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opening the bottle releases a trace of buttery diacetyl aroma but it quickly fades. It pours a hazy chestnut with virtually no head. The aromas and flavors are big and bready but the body is thin and the carbonation fizzy. Overall, a little meh.

Aug 13, 2015
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no date. Shared with others and served in a Innis & Gunn tulip / stemmed glass. Newer label and listed as "Butthead Bock Lager", but the ABV and everything else about this beer fits the description of the Doppelbock here.

Appearance: Bright dark copper to amber color. Thin white ring with little to no lacing.

Smell: A definite hint of solvent and alcohol, and maybe just a hint of sourness in there too. Not what I would expect in a Doppelbock.

Taste: Roasted and caramel malt, a bit of metallic taste, some hop bitterness at the finish. Some hints of raisins and stone fruit, but not as much as you would expect from a Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Sticky, nicely thick, ok carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A bit of a disappointment for me. The smell was not enjoyable and the taste, something I absolutely love about a Doppelbock, was missing. I would not have another or buy again. Nice color and I can see that it is trying to be a Doppelbock, but something is off in the brewing process with this one, or the recipe has drifted/gotten worse with time.

Apr 25, 2015
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Jeffreysan from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 2010 edition, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, cloudy, deep, dark, mahogany color with a finger of white-colored head that dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer. Surprisingly, there are a lot of particulates and sediments floating in the beer. Is that normal?

Aroma: Pretty nice aromas of bready, toasted malt and dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates, mingled with some brown sugar and toffee.

Taste: Very nice! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some strong flavors of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, figs and dates, followed by some toffee, dark molasses, and brown sugar-like sweetness, as well as by some honey-roasted peanut nuttiness. Finally, the beer finishes with a slightly vinegary sourness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and pretty smooth, as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 8.2%, there is just a touch of an alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good, American version of a German Doppelbock! It has great flavors of bready, toasted malt, dried stone fruit, sweetness, nuttiness and slight sourness, which nicely stood up to 4 years of aging! The only knock I have against this specific beer is the floating sediment/particulates. I’m not sure if that is normal or an unfortunate side-effect of being aged for 4 years.

Jan 27, 2015
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sonofgor from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Chicago Bears pint glass (as training camp begins next week).

Aroma: quite subtle melanoidins and not much else. Dark bread/crust notes that are certainly appropriate but rather subdued. A bit of alcohol manifests itself as the beer warms on this July day.

Appearance: rich, deep, brilliantly clear dark reddish-brown: beautiful! Slight yet persistent light tan head.

Taste: melanoidins much more upfront than the aroma. Nice dark bread crust-like roasted malt character that persists through the tasting experience with a finish of alcohol and hop bitterness for balance. Nice!

Mouthfeel: medium-full body with medium carbonation. Nice/smooth velvety character.

Overall: this is a pretty damn good dopplebock. Only knock is the quite subdued aroma. Tasty!

Jul 20, 2014
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jaredtp from Tennessee

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer was better than I thought that it would be. I really liked the heavy taste that it uad. I wish that this beer was still at the bar that I go to. I wish that it was still around. If it was still around I know that I would buy myself a case or two.

Jun 05, 2014
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mverity from Florida

3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Perfect amber brown in color with almost no head and a thin white collar. Aroma is caramel malt and toasted nuts. Taste is a good crisp caramel maltiness, toffee, and nuttiness again. Light body and low to medium carbonation. Pretty good, but not what I think of in a doppelbock.

May 25, 2014
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thegodfather1076 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Very classy looking label with an awesome looking logo and a decent color scheme with eye-catching look. Label gives web info, ABV info, IBU info, a small description of the beer, a nice back story on beer, a bit of brewery info, and states “Colorado Mountain Town Crafted Beer” and Tommy Knocker has been creating quality lagers and ales in the Rocky Mountain since 1994.”

Appearance: An aggressive pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 14oz Pokal glass led to a 2 ½ finger tan head of medium density atop a clear deep dark amber/mahogany beer. Head retention was 4min 12sec before fading to a thick ring and coating with excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of dark fruit, toasted malts, and a toffee aroma with a nice alcohol bite.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is of molasses and dark fruits on the front end before a toasted toffee malt midpoint with hints of hops and alcohol. Finishes roasty with a nice toffee flavor. Roasty aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick, creamy, and full bodied with a smooth slick mouthfeel. Drinkability is medium because of the full bodied nature and higher ABV.

Overall/Comments: I really enjoyed this beer and loved how it stayed so true to the style. Excellent mouthfeel and flavor profile. This would be a perfect lat fall beer. Classifed as a Doppelbock @ 8.2% ABV. Consumed 9/22/2013.

Oct 12, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy; dark amber-brown; small tan head that dissipates quickly; ok lacing for head size

Smell: thick malts; dried fruit; alcohol; smells great

Taste: thick sweet malt with little hop bite; warming alcohol right up front, but not overpowering; finishes thick and sweet, but leads to a semi sweet aftertaste; good and tasty overall

Mouthfeel: thick and creamy with good carbonation

Sep 06, 2013
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digitalflood from New York

4.49/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tommyknocker Brewery Butt Head Bock Lager (2013) - 8.2% ABV. Thick head, nice lacing. Beautiful caramel cream color. Strong fruity aroma. Underlying hop aroma as well. Some sugar scents too. Thick caramel and toffee nose. Big malty flavor. Bread and sweet sugar mid palate. Almost like some sort of strange fruity Danish. Nice roasted barley as well in the mid-palate. Finishes with a little hop by. Some fruit. Little bit of lemon grass. Just a hint of pine. Nice warming at that point from the alcohol. Full mouth feel. Maple syrup like. Crisp aftertaste. Good lager flavors. Those lager flavors dissipate to a nice roasted barley flavor. The malt notes return at this point and then fade into nothing. Very well-balanced. Very complex taste note. Full flavored. Like a roller coaster. Lots of ups and downs in the taste sensation. All of which are enjoyable and deservingly are there at the right points.
Nothing overpowers any other taste or scent note. Again very well balanced. Low alcohol taste is deceiving. All in an excellent example of the Bock style of Lager beers. A very good homage to this traditionally German Winter brew. Glad I had the air conditioning on. Lent itself to a nice crisp day albeit artificial in creation. 4.5 out of 5. Excellent. highly recommended.

Sep 02, 2013
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BethanyB from New York

3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A slightly hazy dark amber, with a tan head that was quick to dissipate. The "headlessness" was not an issue for me, since this is not abnormal for doppelbocks, but I was a bit concerned with the lack of clarity.

Smell: Dark, roasted malt led the way, with spicy hops and dark fruity esters trailing behind. A typical doppelbock bouquet, with no real standout scents.

Taste: The taste was pretty true to the smell, but with a sizable portion of brown sugar to boot. This addition made the taste much more sweet and less balanced than I was hoping for, detracting from the potential complexity by overshadowing other, once potentially distinctive flavors. There was also a bit of sourness, which I fear could have been attributed to the haze...perhaps this wasn't the freshest bottle (I had difficulty reading the date).

Mouthfeel: Medium full body. The carbonation was quite high for the style, but I appreciated the dryness it leant, because it helped to balance out the cloying sweetness.

Overall: Too cloying and sweet for my taste. I like doppelbocks to be complex, presenting more layers of flavor to you as you continue to sip. This version felt rather one-note in comparison. Nothing objectively bad about this beer, however, except for the possibility of my having a pulled a bottle that wasn't the best of the bunch (obviously, this review therefore needs to be taken with a grain of salt).

Jul 11, 2013
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coreyfmcdonald from Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter, probably around a year old

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber/brown with a finger of off white head. Retention and lacing are poor.

S: Strong toffee flavor and burnt rye toast. An odd salty/soy sauce aroma is in the background, but takes away from the whole experience dramatically.

T: Toffee and bready flavors are quite intense and nicely balanced. Booze is quite evident. The soy sauce aroma I got in this beer is much more faint and only really in the finish.

M: Nice and thick for the style, but the carbonation is too light and not creamy enough.

O: Not bad. Not devoid from off flavors, though. Average.

Jun 21, 2013
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: 12oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a light off white head and some lacework is provided. Has a chill haze, otherwise clear.

SMELL: Caramelized malt, fruity alcohol esters, dark fruits, sugar.

TASTE: Quite fruity and very big tasting. Clean flavors, and not too overpowering. A bit of lemony hop. A touch of plum, then gets more nutty and sweet. Big brown sugar and molasses notes.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated. Not too hot, drinks easily and is quite agreeable. This is a solid example of a dopplebock.

OVERALL: An enjoyable brew. Has all the bench marks of the style, and honestly smelled like a fresh import in my pint glass. I would recommend this beer to any fan of big malty beers. This is a malt bomb.

Jun 16, 2013
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours murky brown, less than a finger of head, and next to no lacing.
S - Caramel and toffee malts, huge alcohol scents, fruit cocktail. Its weird, and I dont like it.
T - This is like a mix of every gross candy you could imagine blended with hand sanitizer. The malt and sweetness is overbearing, even for a doppelbock. There's no hop flavors, which this could really benefit from some bitterness to balance out this syrupy sweet flavor.
M - Sticky yet thin? Poorly carbonated and too sweet on the palate.
O - Go figure, another disgusting beer from Tommyknocker, this is an awful example of the style, completely unbalanced and overwhelming with thick sweet malts and artificial fruit flavors and repulsive alcohol aroma and taste.

May 23, 2013
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keith_wayne from Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Medium to dark amber color with a 1 finger head that leaves pretty quick

S: Caramel malts , a little alcohol and hints of dark fruits

T: Caramel malts dominate. A little sweet as expected. Getting hints of tea and nuts. Alcohol is well hidden for 8.2%

M: Full bodied. Clean finish. Has the right amount of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable. I will easily keep this in my rotation.

Apr 20, 2013
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superspak from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/15/2013. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, apple, golden raisin, caramel, toast, molasses, brown bread, floral, light chocolate, toasted earthiness, and yeast ester fruitiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and fruity ester notes. Taste of apple, pear, raisin, caramel, toast, chocolate, molasses, brown bread, floral, toasted earthiness, light nuttiness, and yeast ester fruitiness. Slightly tart fruitiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, toast, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, floral, light nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity of dark malt and fruity esters; with a solid malt/fruity flavor balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. A little too fruity, but has good malt complexity; and is very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Apr 03, 2013
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Mojo from Alabama

3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> Seidel mug

This beer pours up a deep deep amber with a thin head after a vigorous pour. Retention is poor and there is no lacing to speak of. The smell is kind of grassy, fresh, and boozy. Taste is very malt forward with sweet caramel and toffee notes. Finish is dry and boozy. Mouthfeel is flat and unappealing. Not my cup of tea (or beer) at all.

Jan 17, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Best by 2/4/13.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit-flavored medicinal quality on the finish. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a pretty good smell but the taste is somewhat odd.

Jan 07, 2013
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jucifer1818 from Florida

2.44/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: very light, almost nonexistent head that quickly disappates, most likely from the bozzyness of this brew. Dark, murky amber color, with a high carbonation that slicks onto the glass

S: Dark Prickley smell. It sort of smells like a vinegary, pickled black olives. In addition to that strong smell it has a odd, off surgery sickeningly sweet aroma.
No hop scent

t: Their is a very light smokiness to this beer that is very detectable in the after taste. Strong sweet malty taste that bite into your tongue in a almost abrasive way. You can taste the boozyness of the this one, tho it is not nearly as bad as I've had in some bad barley-wines, but it is still VERY noticeable despite not being a true deal breaker. what does make it a dealbreaker is how unballanced its smokyness and sweetness is compared to its bitterness, which needs to be heavier
overall, I am not impressed. Hell, I straight up do NOT like it

Body: thick, malty, and syrupy. My kind of style. A bit too much on the prickly side for the carbonation, but this aids you if your eating food with this beer, as it quickly cleanses the pallet and enhances the meal quite a bit.
Overall, quite nice

Overall: I don't know about you, but I was looking forward to this one. I liked the last beer I had room this brewery, and have been waiting almost 8 days to drink this beer (post surgery), and I am not impressed.

Its a very surgery, unbalanced beer that uses smoked malt when it had no business being their, and its unbalanced nature and off malt flavors take away greatly from this brew that could had been so much better
a sad, sorry, 2/5

but for the price, if your looking for something that will get your really hammered, you could EASILY do worse
but you could also easily do better


Dec 26, 2012
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy mahogany. Nice messy off white swath of head and lacing.
Smell: malt and raisin. Roast and dark fruit.
Taste: just like the nose. Tasty and balanced.
Overall: good, not great doppel. Doesn't not the socks off but I'll have this again.

Dec 06, 2012
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KajII from North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a clear medium brown with some reddish highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin film and medium collar with poor runny lacing.

The aroma was of a lightly toasted sweet grain malt and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate and a mild fruity ester.

The taste was lightly sweet and rather malty with a hint of caramel and just a touch of chocolate form the start, then changed slightly into a bitter sweet taste with a light fruity presence and a mild alcohol finish. The flavor was short lived with just a light lingering alcohol taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and dry in texture with a somewhat lively carbonation.

Overall this was a decent Bock beer with a really good taste and a smooth drinkability...


Dec 04, 2012
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2.66/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

ST: Bottle in LG Merlot Glass
A: Hazzy Brown (for me good for PA or IPA but not appreciative in Bock)
S: Horrid brown sugar glad I don't have diabetes, worst aspect of this beer IMO
T: Good, not as sweet as the smell but unfortunately the brwon sugar/molasses sweetness lingers.
M: Very nice thickness and coating, makes you feel your money was not watered away
O: I'm left confused, I will buy again, it packs a bit of a punch (which I respect) but I think the sugars are way high! I feel like this is a beer lollipop!

Sep 29, 2012
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