Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tjd112
4.9/5  rDev +35%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Poured a nut brown with huge white head and excellent lacing

Smell - Nutty and bready

Taste - Nutty and bready with a little bit of chocolate for good measure

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, with smooth creamy finish

Drinkability - A meal in a glass

Overall - Great impression

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Photo of metalitool
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've quickly become a strong advocate of this brew...historically speaking (yes, im getting philosophical on beer) I've been a dogfish and victory brewing fan, more recently acquainted with Stoudt's brewery based out of PA. Since I discovered Stone Brewing out of san diego, ca they have quickly infiltrated by favorite brews/breweries....not to forget my local new england favorite/stalwart Berkshire Brewing Co.

anyways, enough of getting off topic...Tommyknocker's Butthead Doppelbock is an outstanding brew. this one is *very* smooth (if you aren't aware of the ABV, be careful!). this one is deceptively drinkable given its ABV due to the fact that it is beyond smooth. this one is a malty brew, not a hoppy one...and on that note it is a darn good one.

Compare this to Dogfish Head's Raison D'etre (admittedly, both have reached my personal hall of fame)...this one I believe is more balanced (but some aren't looking for that!)

Overall, outstanding beer from a solid brewery...their Pick Axe Pale ale is also really good, its got the hops and also just the right hidden sweetness, their maple brew was pleasant but not memorable....I know they have others (which I have not tried).

Overall, I fully recommend this brew, and even if you dont like it (ie, its not your style), this brewery is well worth exploring given what i've seen thus far.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark mahogany with a slight haze, quarter finger haze.

S- Deep rich malts with hints of roast and dried fruit.

T- Caramel and light rum raisin notes. This is also complimented by toasted and chocolate notes. Finishes sweet and smooth.

M- Full bodied and rich.

D- I'll be looking for more.

Mmmm... tasty

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle, poured into a snifter.

Very dark brown, with multiple red overtones, and a nice tan head with good retention and lacing.
A very pleasant and powerful malty nose, sugary, with caramel and also some alcohol hints.
Full bodied, chewy, heavily malted, with layers of caramels, toffee and chocolate, and a reasonably well disguised but still present alcoholic warmth.
Very impressive dopple bock, one of the best american version I have seen, if not the best. Easy to drink for such a heavy brew.
I will definitely have more of this.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich Aroma! Rich Taste! Malt is very well-balanced with a toasted nutty tone. Hop taste is a light and grassy delivery. The white frothy head diminshed quickly but didn't completely disappear. Reddish Brown color with moderate weight. This is a truly delicious beer with moderate sweetness at first with a slightly bitter finish but very clean. This is a winner, especially at the price. (about 1.60 a bottle at a national liquor store)

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Photo of digitalflood
4.49/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Beautiful Sunburst color with amazing aromas consisting of mainly dried fruit.

T&M - Crisp and tart mouthfeel with a medium bodied fruit taste empowered with alcohol.

O - An amazing beer. One of the best lager.

Right off the bat an amazing color. I've have never had to use the word "Sunburst" to describe a beer. Then the taste is amazing. So much fruit and alcohol. It almost feels likes your drinking wine. If you can get your hands on some and get past the ABV you will not be disappointed. Not much more to say, Just go pick some up. Stay thirsty my friends!!!

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

crazy old jim koch at sam adams has come up with a new "perfect pint" glass, almost hourglass-thistle shaped with etchings in the bottom for head retention and i gotta say, it really is perfect. it was meant for boston lager, but i'll break it in with a butthead.

A- nice clear shimmering copper-garnet with rising bubbles (from the etching) head was 1/2in beige and foamy but retention was lackluster despite my perfect glass. i didn't expect much from a bock, although i still got some nice lace.

S- mineral water, maybe even lake water? smells alive as if there were algae in it...caramel and fresh from the field unmalted barley and lots of it. maybe a bit of spicy hop in there but it may also be my imagination. it wouldn't surprise me though, because the shape of this glass brings out every nuance of aroma.

T- very sweet caramel malt and milk chocolate, malt complexities are outer space and gradually change and morph from start to finish. a little lake water/wet dog is still present but somehow seems to fit in with all the malt about half way through. toffee, rum cake, and a nice soft pear/red plum/pomegranate yeast fruitiness toward the end as the malt goes from cocoa to coffee. a bit of spicy hop in the woodsy sweet finish makes for a nice balance on the ride out.

MF- fully loaded, thick and rich. could be perceived as being a little syrupy but the medium-low carbonation keeps things in check. never cloying despite its sweetness, the soft hallertau bitterness lingers on the sides of my tongue creating a constant struggle between bitter and sweet.

D- i'm an ale guy, all the way, but this lager has enough fruity complex to go around and that extra bit of hops is much appreciated though it may be non-traditional.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy (bottle conditioned) chestnut body is capped by a short head of light tan froth that dissipates almost immediately (probably due in part to its high alcohol content) and leaves no lace. The rich aroma displays a sugary, toasted malt with notes of brown sugar, caramel, toffee and even subtle cocoa. The body is medium-full and its very fine, moderate carbonation leaves itlightly creamy and smooth in the mouth. Some alcohol is clearly noticeable in the flavor but it doesn't really distract from the delicate yeasty fruitiness and rich malt that includes everything found in the nose plus a note of maple syrup. It well balanced, however, by a solid bitterness, and it finishes surprisingly dry for such a rich beer with just some lingering maple syrup and alcohol.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, doppelbock. Havent had one for a while. Dark copper colored body, tan head doesnt last long. Very thick caramel malt scent. Hints of chocolate, maybe some fruit tones too. The taste is pretty much all about the caramel malt. Nice thick syrupy caramel malts. Bit of fruitiness and some spice from the alcohol. Nice thick mouth. Definitely the highlight of the Tommyknocker sampler pack.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish-copper color. Good sized head but drops fizzily (that's a word, right?) and quickly. Kind of like root beer. Head drops to almost nothing and leaves no lace at all.
Smell is very malty, strong alcohol note, then wheat, green apple, raisins, oak, whiskey, hint of smoke and caramel. Good complexity and the balance is great.
Taste is all the above with lots of alcohol, spice with a slightly bitter bite that wasn't from hops. Alcohol is not overpowering.
A good effervescence all over actually overcomes the underlying smoothness somewhat. Medium body, fairly smooth with a nice mellow aftertaste.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Left me preface this review by saying this is my favorite style of bottom fermented beer and when done right stands up well against IPAs, ESBs and Big Ales of various stripes.

Appearance: Lovely clear marroon color with a massive tan to light brown head that left a clingy ring all the way down the glass.

Smell: Malts, raisuns, fruit and alcohol all are there ti enjoy

Taste: Fruitty bready taste makes me think of hawaiian sweet bread or a fresh-baked muffin. Bitterness and sweetness are present on the tounge and throat, alocohol taste is present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: syrupy yet smooth, bleies it's strength

Despite the wallop it packs this is a moreish beer and ceratanally this best American dopplebock I've tasted

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Photo of Berticus
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like the child of a fine sherry and Steel Reserve high gravity lager.
Drink it a bit colder than usual because the taste changes a bit as it takes on room temperature.
It has a really distinct caramel malty flavor to it and a surprisingly smooth aftertaste.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for the great price

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-red, somewhat murky, a thin white-ring head. Some caramel malts, spices, apples and hints of alcohol. A first impression is generally a good one—sweet malts, chestnuts and some sugary pasty alcohol; there are hints of chocolate. The body is slightly acidic, yet somewhat sticky at the same time. Alcohol notes are come-and-go, borders on medium bodied. A doughy and pancake loaded with syrup palate; fulfilling, very rich and sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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!!

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle from Dave of Western Beverage. Thanks man!

A-Deep rich mahogany color, slightly murky. Nice head that shrinks but always leaves nice lacing.

S-Malty caramel, slight grassy backbone, grain.

T- Nice! In the past all of the Tommyknocker beers I have were good session beers while this is really one to appreciate. Great complex malt profile with a noticeable earthy hop flavor and a yeasty bready hint. If the label wasn't so cartoonish, this would be a beer to be taken seriously.

M-Could use a slight bit more gas, other than that smooth, rich, pretty nice.

D-It is slightly sweet. With that said, I like malty beers so a single would do me good on Monday night and a six pack would do me well on Friday night. The best of Tommyknocker for me thus far. Don't let the labels fool you; this is really good beer.

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Photo of KI9A
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber, nut brown head. Lace hangs around a bit.

Smells of dark fruit ( cherry? ) and a bit grassy.

Taste, at first, wow. Has malt, fruit, a a bit of a sour taste. Even taste a nice shot of hop spice to it.

Mouthfeel is great, finish is clean with a shot of ABV being apparent.

This, and the 2007 AB Brewmasters Private Reserve are the best domestic dopples I have yet to have, with this being my favorite.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby amber and clear with a big three finger head that eventually reduces to a tight cap. Decent spotty lacing.

S - Thickly malted chocolate cake aromas with rootbeer and caramel notes.

T - Big malt presence that has chocolate, caramel, ginger, and cinnamon elements. Much bigger hop profile that I would have imagined.

M - Full bodied, slick at first with a dry and hoppy finsh. Excellent

D - Very good. An excellently drinkable winter brew.

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Photo of mentor
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a light tan one-finger head over a crystal clear dark bronze-reddish liquid. Beauty to look at with a couple tiny streamers rising up through the beer. Smells potently of complex caramel. Sweet dark musty. Some toasty qualities, a hint of chocolate, a barely noticable alcohol burn, as well as that musty smell (which I think is a noble hop). Smells delicious. Taste is rich caramel with some chocolate and some toasted grains. Very sweet...too much so, IMO. A wood character comes in with a late alcohol. Can't decide if that wood is from hops or part of the alcohol. After the alcohol is a tinge of sour, like grapes (not cherries). The aftertaste is rich in chocolate and is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is mild. It's a bit too heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but I like it a great deal.

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Photo of Nibbley
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer in a pint glass that came to me with little to no head.
The beer had a nice molasses smell with a hint of dark fruit,maybe raisin? Medium dark ruby color.
The mouthfeel was very nice and would make for great drinkability.
Taste was malty and smooth with almost no hop bitterness.
A nice offering from TommyKnocker and definitley worth a try.


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Photo of mwilbur
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Bottle dated Jan. 3, 2011 (this one has held up well...see below).
A: Pours a fairly dark and muddy brown with a fair amount of sediment. Murky. Essentially no head...too low on the carbonation.
S: Quite nice and strong roasted caramel malt notes. Hints of candi sugar, black pepper, toffee, and sweet alcohol.
T: Strong and fresh roasted caramel malt up front. Sweet banana-caramel and toffee notes back that up. Hints of spice and pepper. Mild hop element lingers in the background.
M: Smooth with slightly oily and sticky sweet feel. Medium body, but surprisingly rich and full presence. Very mild hop bitterness to balance a bit.
D: This brew was a pleasant surprise and very nice, especially for style. Definitely seek this one out! Good session brew; ABV is very well hidden (but will eventually catch up with you!).
Thanks to my father-in-law for picking this one up!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of metallistout
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby color with a small tan head, probably due to high alcohol content.

Smells very malty,sweet and fruity. Smell Like it's going to be a good one.

Tastes very malty and strong of alcohol. Reminds me of a strong ale, even though it is a bock and is lagered. Very little hops, mostly sweet, fruity malt flavor.

Dry on the finish. Good mouthfeel..

I would say that I would definately buy another 6 pack or so. A very good beeer.

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Photo of danny013
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hard pour into a 16 oz. mug. Nice two finger tan head develops over a slightly hazy deep orange body. Head falls back into the beer slightly, leaving a nice thick covering. Decent lacing. Very inviting.

Lots of big aromas here to wade through. Dominated by a huge malty sweetness that hides a nice alcoholic warmth. Hints of raisins and rich grapes waft in and out.

Nice big quaff and, whoa! Huge malty sweetness hits you up front with some gentle toastiness and rich grape/raisin esters. Nice alcoholic warmth and burn ease on in and come through as the beer is swallowed, followed by nice toasted malts. Lingering sweetness on the tongue is balanced nicely by toasted grains and a delicious spicy hop flavor, definitly my favorite part of the beer.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a nice gentle carbonation that lets the beer gently roll around the palate.

A great example of the style. I don't drink this style too often so it caught me off guard at first, but it definitly settled out and was a delicious drinker. This is a big beer; drinking more than two is just asking for it, lol. I would like to see more of those delicious spicy hops, but it would throw it out of style.

This would be a great beer to sip on when it cools off a bit, I'll definitly be letting at least 2 of the bottles rest for a few months to see how well they age. Overall, excellent beer! Don't hesitate to try!

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Photo of RaiseMyGlass
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the first time I've tried anything from the Tommyknocker Brewery and I must say I am impressed. I'm not as hardcore of a beer drinker as most folks on here, but I do enjoy the finer beers in life.

I'm going from memory here, but the appearance was very nice. It seemed pretty thick and was light brown in color.

The smell, again, was very nice. Not too strong, and definitely a compliment to the nose, I enjoyed it.

The taste was amazing. The first (and last) time I had a Doppelbock, it disgusted me. This was probably about a year ago, so whether my tastes have just changed greatly since then, or this beer is just THAT good, I cannot yet say. Nonetheless, I enjoyed every flavor this beer laid down on my tongue.

The mouthfeel was very pleasurable. Like I said, it was on the thicker side, so it coats the tongue really well, as to let you enjoy the full flavor.

As far as drinkability goes, it was exceptional. The beer was very lightly carbonated, almost undetectable in the mouth. This made the aftermath of drinking it very settling, there was no full feeling as you would get from drinking highly carbonated beverages.

This is my first review and I don't exactly know what I'm doing, so take this with a grain of salt. As I said, my beer background for the most part greatly differs from most of the pros on here, but I enjoy good hearty beers, so if you're somewhat new to trying different beers, maybe our tastes coincide with each others. (And hey, the guy below me gave it a B and he had it a year past it's 'best by' date..so it's definitely a good beer!)

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