Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

605 Ratings
Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of bpw28
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Two finger bone white head, deep amber (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing, lots of carb.

Smell: Big malt, caramel, carmalized sugar, some alcohol on the nose, rum soaked dark fruits, very light earthy/floral.

Taste: Big smooth malt, milk chocolate,caramelized sugar, dark fruits (big prune), chewy full mouthfeel, big carb,warming, sweet, big alcohol on the end.

Final Thoughts: Simple, yet beautiful. Perfect beer for when theres a slight chill in the air (mid fall or early spring; everyone knows bocks and spring). I really like this one.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of fostwal
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really nice beer with a funny name. The appearance is a dark and clear amber. The scent is pleasant, fairly light and malty. The flavor is pleasing to the palate. A little bit of caramel and chocolate, and a hint of bittering hops that comes through in the finish. I can't wait for the next one.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rich amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of some slight yeast cleanliness, sweet malt, molasses, and some slight alcohol aroma. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight hop, and a strong sweetness from molasses. Overall, lacking a little of the yeast flavor I've come to associate with Doppelbocks, but a very flavorful beer nonetheless.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of avylover
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle $8 six pack. Pours a nice mahogony golden color with very little head. Aroma is sweet & malty as expected, reminding me of a good german dopplebock. The alcohol is evident in the aroma, though not listed on the bottle. Sweet malty taste up front, but not sickly sweet, followed by a nice roasted/smoked malt taste. By far the best american dopplebock i've had..this reminds me of Salvator a bit before they ruined the recipe. Nice breadiness in there. Alcohol is hidden fairly well but is evident in the warmth of my belly. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with a no so sticky for the style aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable. A great dopplebock, regardless of origin.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006...
Appears a russett brown with a mild beige cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Co2 bubbles rise through the protein fall out held in suspension.
Smell is caramel, raisins, black cherries, cocoa, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet black grape flavors off the bat. Raisins, currants, cherries, and Zinfandel wine come to mind on the second sip.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, sweet, mildly tart, with a raisin bread, and vinuous flavor lingering long after the swallow.
There is a little blurb about brewery freshness and enjoy by date. I'm glad I missed that initially because this 5 year old bottle is complex. I opened it right after I opened a different American doppelbock from the same time period, which clearly didn't withstand the test of time.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my first brew from Tommyknocker. This is definitely doppelbock season and I'd sure love to notch a few more before Easter. Butthead pours a handsome but clear brown with a fine head that dies to a cap fairly quickly. Dark malts, caramel, grapeskin, and alcohol make the grade in the nose.

Big, chewy, malty biscuit flavors with underlining dark fruit. Maybe a little light on the carbonation but I dig it. Mellow, creamy aftertaste. Alcohol isn't an issue. It's there, but that's really it. Surprisingly clean finish as well.

I'll tell you, this isn't anything mind blowing but it's tasty, reasonably cheap, and remarkably easy to drink. You don't get a lot of sessionable 8.2% abv dopplers, but that's why they play the games I guess.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice

Bottled June 2010

A- Dark copper brown body with haze, 1 finger head is creamy/solid and reduces in line with ABV, lacing is average to minimal.

S- Malt dominant as expected. Biscuit malts, and toffee, a bit of rum and a dark fruit cake.

T- A light biscuit malt note upfront which stays and then wave after wave of treacle toffee malty goodness comes through. A little hop bite surfaces in the finish with a hint of alcohol heat which is not unpleasant.

M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Perhaps doesnt have the clean finish of a world class doppelbock, slightly syrupy but ever so slightly.

D- A very tasty doppelbock. This treacle toffee note and the maltiness on the palate was superb. I think this was the first US doppelbock i had and was definitey impressed.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderfully malt scent that boasts of crystal, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's dry and quite warming. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty flavor that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts along with a dry lager yeast. It's smooth on the way down and warm on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the warm, malty aroma as well as the full flavored taste; a good drinker.

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Photo of TheMistler
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the coloration on this beer, a well-highlighted (with a bright maroon) brown. Displayed an off-white, millet-y head, without much lacing. Nor retention.

A heady, malty nose. Lots of malt, and a whiff of alcohol. Caramelized sugars and bread, with maybe some maple, as well.

Toasty and grainy taste, with a dash of caramel. Not at all overly sweet. Residual taste and mouthfeel of having just eaten toast. No charred taste, but a dry finish. Hops, maybe with a hint of citrus, bring up the rear and compliment the dry finish.

Medium-bodied, and - to me - more easy drinking than it probably should be at this ABV. Definitely a malty brew, but well-balanced.

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Photo of jt31914
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: No head, hardly at all. Very small amount of carbonation running through the brew, with a hazelnut brown color.

S: Smells pretty good; sweet and caramelish; like a mellow barley wine almost (think DFH Olde School but not as strong or nearly as sweet).

T: Surprisingly good fro what I typically expect of Tommyknocker. Nice sweetness on the palate and then balanced fruit on the finish. The aftertaste isn't phenomenal but this is a pretty solid beer. Very nice beer

M/D: Very drinkable and flavorful; it sits in the mouth well and considering the somewhat low rating, I'm shocked by how much I like this. At 8% this is a really good brew.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Smells like malt extract. Malt, malt and a touch of malt, with a twist of sweetness (from the malt).
Appearance: Clear amber. Needed a stiff pour to generate a finger of off white head, which quickly collared.
Flavor: Roasted malt (surprise!). It’s well hopped to keep it from cloying, but no real experience of any hop taste or any serious bitter at the end.
Mouthfeel: Full body, smooth, malt seems to coat the mouth, a bit oily perhaps.
Overall Impression: Great flavor, rich deep malt, kept in check by, it has to be hops, right? No hop taste. Solid drinkability, a touch heavy, but enjoyable. Seems to be bang on for style. A clean, simple, good bock but seems to fall short of the heft of a doppelbock. Well done. Recommended.

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Photo of TheDM
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a very small head of fine to medium sized light brown bubbles that quickly dissappeared while leaving a fair lacing. Its body is a semi-transparent brown color. The aroma of this brew is very nice and full of malt, caramel and maple. Exquisite aroma! Its flavor is also very nice with notes of complex sweet malt, caramel and spiced alcohol. This is one flavorful brew that will get you smashed in a hurry!

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Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

probably my favorite of the Tommyknocker brews I was able to sample and pour at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. At 8%, the balance of malts took care of any presence of alcohol. Very easy to drink (a good number of samples, that is). One of the most popular of the Tommyknocker brews, in my opinion.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice head that won't leave with a rich brown color.

Smell is of thick caramel malts. A tiny bit of earth hops are underneath, but you have to look for them.

Nice caramel malting with some mild hops to balance and a slight earthy grassy tone underneath that is very slight and balances the sweetness of the malts.

Mouthfeel was a little bit creamy and very smooth. The malting oould feel just a tiny bit better for the style.

This is a nicely done double bock and isn't overdone and syrupy or overly boozy like other double bocks. I didn't notice the 8.2% abv at all.

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Photo of Josievan
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Butthead pours an appetizing burnt siena-mahogany color. There's not a lot of head, but I'll forgive this fault since the color is so great.

Smell: The aroma is pure sweet malty goodness, with a hint of caramel.

Taste: There's lots of caramel malt flavor, with maybe a little biscuit malt for good measure. Also, there's an ever-so-slight ethanol taste. There seems to be a little spice going on, maybe a touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Butthead has a bit of a bite, but it's only noticeable if you're consciously thinking about it. In that regard, the alcohol is well-hidden.

Drinkability: It tastes and feels sessionable... But wait, 8.2%?!? No way!! Be careful with this one, people.

Notes: This is only my second American doppelbock, but I can already tell this is a great style of lager, whether brewed in America or Bavaria. Since comparing Bavarian doppelbocks to American ones in like comparing apples to oranges, I can really only compare this to the one other American version of the style that I've had, Capital Autumnal Fire. Although this beer has slightly more alcohol than Autumnal Fire, it lacks the kick that makes that beer so special. Butthead doesn't quite live up to that high standard, but it's still darn good.

Before drinking Butthead, I would have said I haven't had a doppelbock I didn't like. Post Butthead, that statement is as true as ever!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a deep caramel amber beer. A large fluffy, light tan head forms up to about 2 fingers and is rather sticky and slow to recede.

Aroma - lightly toasted caramel malt nose. Fairly straightforward but well-done.

Taste - a sweet, malty, slightly doughy start. Some good roasted malt flavors appear mid-palate. The swallow brings on some ever so slight alcohol warmth to go with some late balancing bitterness, mild but present. A little bit of everything here, a rather good doppelbock.

Mouthfeel - solid, to the heavy side. Somewhat mouth-coating.

Drinkability - delicious beer. Another above-average selection from TK.

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of funktard
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'd like to preface this review by saying that I'm fairly new to craft brews. I've had many beers from the major craft companies (stone, rogue, dogfish), but not many from a lot of the more minor ones.

Deep brown color. The head dissipated much faster than I would have liked.

Smells pretty sweet.

Very malty taste. I can kind of taste the hops, but it isn't in your face at all. It is really good.

The smoothness is remarkable, it is a nice thick ale, but it still goes down very easily. Perfect drinkability and mouthfeel. I have a really good impression of this beer. Excellent.

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Photo of palliko
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper brown with some light brown foam that sticks around. Aroma is malty, with notes of molasses and dates. Initial taste is creamy caramel, raisins and malt. There is not much carbonation, but the middle is a balance of hops and malt with overtones of toffee. Finish has toast, biscuits and leaves a nice aftertaste. Reminds me of Salvator and Celebrator! Excellent!

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of aahynick
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

45F in a pilsner glass

A- bronze with a fast dissipating head

S- strong caramel aroma

T- rich caramel and nutty character

M - medium body with exceptional smoothness

D- wonderful overall and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

Sometimes I wonder about the marketing folks. Butthead for a brew name?

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Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.

Appearance: Deep dark redish brown ... almost ruby in colour with a well retaing tan lace.

Smell: Rich robust malty nose with a heavy hand of alcohol also.

Taste: Big fat chewy malt mouth feel with a semi slick creamy feel to it. Smooth carbonation ... a bit to under carbonated for our liking. Lots of toasted and toffee malt flavours with a small pinching hop bitterness that balances just enough while the sweetish alcohol seem to warm the body with no problem. Lots more toasted malt character in the finish with hints of carob and dark bread.

Notes: Wow ... nice work on this one. Other than the carbonation being a tad to low, this makes for a great Double Bock with its massive malt backbone ... no off flavour detected. Certainly goes down as one of the best American brewed Double Bocks also.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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