Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: A rich copper amber. Not much head with a bubble ring. Slight lacing

S: Bring on the malts. Leather, smokey, cherries.

T: Cherries enter with a strong bourbon base. Caramel malts. A bit smokey. Some cinnamon and chocolate in the mix. Slight hop bitterness near the end, but not overt. Robust, rich.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Creamy but a bit oily.

O: A great sipper. A good companion to their Imperial Nut Brown. I'll be enjoying this Butthead again. "Are you threatening me?" "Shut, up, dillweed!"

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a dark ruby red or mahogany color. A foamy, creamy head slowly recedes to a wisp. Lacing is decent.

The beer smells malty, sweet caramelish, and not that alcoholic.

The taste is really heavily malted. There's a slight burnt malt taste with a faint hop finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry.

Overall, a bit too heavy for my taste. But decent malty, nutty notes.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into plastic cup (hotel room).
Bottle says best by May 12, 2012; so its "expired" but with an ABV over 8%, im sure its fine.

Pours a deep brown with a good amount of head. Caramel malt and slightly nutty aromas. Nice and mild, but full of character. Taste is nice caramel malts blended nicely with earthy/woody flavors. Very subtle low alpha hops mix nice with the caramel malty flavors.
Overall, a nice brew. Not amazing, but very good brew for the style. Even better, I bought it on sale for $0.99 at a local liquor store!

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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 metter98
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy amber brown in color and has some clumps of yeast visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin beige head that quickly faded away, leaving some lacing on the surface and a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of prunes and raisins in the nose along with notes of brown sugar and caramel.
T: The flavors are similar to the smell and also have some hints of alcohol, although this doesn’t detract from the taste. There are also some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol.
O: This beer isn’t phenomenal, but it grows on you and makes for a pleasant beer to sip.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Mahogany in color with a surprisingly yellowish-white foam head that presents with two fingers for about a minute and a half before pulling back to a collar with minimal lacing left behind. Smells and tastes toasty and delicious, but also sweet and somewhat boozey at times, but also has a raisin bread-like quality lurking around the edges at all times. Body is only medium thick and carbonation is rather slow at times, but other than these points of deviation it is a rather by-the-book old-school doppelbock.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

more like a barleywine to me. this beer pours a clear and surprisingly light shade of orange, crystal clear, with a lazy tan head. smells like german malts, caramel, and booze. there is some more hops in the flavor, and im surprised that this isnt over the top malty. there are notes of honey and oak in the flavor as well. feel is a little thin on the body for this style, it feels a tad watered down and the carbonation is too mellow to bring it back to life at all. its not bad, and is in fact rather drinkable, but it could be bolstered by a fuller body. aftertaste is nice too, and lasts awhile. overall a solid big bock, and worth a try at the brewpub.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

well it's still quite fresh being May 23rd 2012 expired

A - Unexpectedly fizzy for a dopplebock with a 1/4 inch of mocha head quickly turning to a lace ring. Color is a deep amber brown, clear but still dark.

S - Smells good with mild lager yeasts, some dark fruits and well hidden ABV. Smells fruity.

T - Definitely tastes German since it has a fruity yeast aspect. Well hidden ABV and a caramel finish. Not that great could use more body.

M - Medium and fizzy kind of boring.

Overall I have had better examples of this style and it's definelty too fizzy, hoppy, and thin to be great.

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Photo of ksimons
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a dark ruby brown with a small amount of light tan head that leaves a ring around the top

S-lots of rich malt in this one! Also a bit of raisin, caramel, and alcohol.

T-Rich malt, raisins, caramel and toffee, and bit of roastedness comes out. Not bad, but not as rich and big as other dopplebocks I have tried.

M-medium body, wish there was a little more carbonation in this one, tastes like it is going flat. Checked the best by date, June 2012 so it hasn't gone bad.

Overall I was a little disappointed. I wish the body had been fuller and the carbonation a bit stronger.

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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 NuclearDolphin
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Cloudy Brown color that turns orange when held up to the light. There isn't really much of a head here though, and whatever is quickly disappears

Smell - Sweet Caramel, toffee, peated malts and yeasty notes. Kind of reminds me of a scotch ale almost!

Taste - Sweet Caramel & yeasty flavors followed by a strong peated malty backbone. That scotch ale taste is less prevalent here. The barley used is also more noticeable in the flavor as well. Flavor is not as power as the smell is unfortunately.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied but it's incredibly thick, even for a doppelbock! Luckily, the carbonation is regulated quite well and the thickness gives it a creamy sort of feel.

Overall - It isn't what I would call an outstanding beer, but it's good for what it is. If it had a much richer flavor, this would've been an outstanding doppelbock, but for what it is right now its a decent beer

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Photo of bigkingken
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep amber, almost brown, with little to no head despite a pretty robust pour. Smells of malt apparent from the get go. Maple, sassafras and toast aromas with a hint of floral hops, perhaps a tad oakey. Medium mouth feel – perfect for a lager. Very interesting flavor profile. Almost a root beer flavor to it. Single notes without much depth or complexity, even in the finish. Tastes a tad like cough syrup. What it comes down to is too much alcohol (8.2%) to really enjoy the bock flavors. Overall, not impressed.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

Clear, brown color. White head without much retention.

Sweet caramel smell. Bready odors as well.

Big roasted malt flavors. Sweet molassesy notes. Doesn't hide it's alcohol too well, but this gives it a pleasant warming sensation.

It's light bodied and appropriately carbonated.

This is a pretty good beer. It seems like Tommyknocker should stick to beers with a high ABV.

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Photo of tbern007
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, clear, few bubbles, little heaqd, no lace.
Scent is almost nonexistent. Slightly malty. That's about it.
Taste is malty, slightly roasty, caramel, bready. The hop balance is nice. It's not sweet, not bitter. Nice balance overall. There's a bit of floral finish. The alcohol warmth is apparent but not strong.
Overall decent. The appearance and scent are lacking, which makes for a poorer score than needs be.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour, thin mostly white head. Nice nutty, bitter chocolate type of sweet aroma going on, enjoyable, hid the alcohol well.

Taste, more sweetness, the alcohol pops up finally, tad of smoke, light touch with the fig, raisin and prune type of fruit flavor. Substantial enough malt contribution to allow it to hold up underneath the alcohol and slight metallic bitter finish. Maybe more malt would have been even better. A precipient amount of toffee flavor. Oily.

Decent enough stuff from Tommyknocker, if you like doppels, I'd recommend this.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful cloudy dark red amber/brown with a nice creamy one-third finger head, nice delicate lacing. Head is greatly reduced after first sip to barley there.Lacing stays thick all around the glass long after.

Nice malty 4th sense of chocolate, malts, malts, and alcohol. Not much hop here, but a nice smell, you can tell this is a malt-emphasized brew. Maybe not as potent on the nose as it could be, but pretty good.

My 5th sense is pleased but not overly excited. Good creaminess going on, very smooth and and the good ol' malty side. Body medium, probably light for a doppelbock. A fairly medium amount of carbonation, not too high.

A good doppelbock, nice and malty, but fairly light and could offer more. But a good example of the style.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We miss too many nights. When we started this project, we were going to do one beer a night. It doesn’t take a ton of time to write one of these, but we get busy. Oh well… tonight we are doing two. We are trying to empty the fridge because the researching and buying of the bottles is just as fun! Anyway, tonight we sip a butthead.

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s thick with a syrupy texture… Sheryl said it best; looks like a barleywine. It’s bright and amber, and has a subtle head with tiny bubbles that you expect from a glass of champagne.

Nose: It doesn’t smell like a barleywine. It smells like caramel. It’s got a punch of booze on the nose too, and it has a very sweet aroma. I like a sweet beer. I prefer my wines sweet, but I will take a sweet beer. After a second sniff, I can get a hint of barleywine in there.

Flavor: Whoa… VERY sweet and punches you in the back of the throat with something. Not sure what it was… but I like it. The beer is classified as a doppelbock, but should be a barleywine. The more I think of that and the more I sit here and smell/taste this beer, the more it reminds me of one. I am not a huge fan of barleywines, but the older I get the more I get into them.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel kicks in toward the back of the palate, and on the back of the tongue as and after you swallow. The front half of your mouth doesn’t really feel anything. But that’s okay, because there are a few bubbles toward the front of the palate and you don’t want that going down with a beer this sweet. It’s almost too sweet. Oh wait… here comes the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: Gross. What is that? The aftertaste is like stale bread. It’s horrible. It only lasts for a few minutes, but when it’s there… don’t breathe. It’s horrid. But the burp helps as it brings some of the heat off this big beer back to the surface. The aftertaste isn’t enough to keep me from digging on this beer.

The beer has a cool name. I mean… butthead. Who names a beer butthead? These guys and I like it! I hope to visit their brewpub one day. It would be fun to drink a Butthead from the source. Bottoms up people!

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Amber colored brew, maybe a 1/2 finger of head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing behind.

S: Roasty, caramel notes are the predominant aroma. Smells sweet

T: Sweet, roasty beer. Heavy on the malts (as expected), bringing a good toffee flavor, along with a slight breadiness. Seems to be lacking something, maybe a little shy on the hops. It comes off a little flat and a little sweet for my palate.

M: Slightly oily, moderate body and low/moderate carboantion. Feels a bit syrupy.

O: A good beer, but far from the best doppelbock I've ever tried. I wish it was slightly less sweet and slightly more roasty tasting. That being said, it's a good stab at the style and certainly far beyond mediocrity.

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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 TheAlamoWrocker
2.18/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed November 15, 2011. Poured a 355 mL bottle into a Tulip.

A: Poured a half finger head. On the pour the sweet aroma hits my nose even from afar. Pours almost a Russet Brown, but it does lighten red around the edges. The head thins quite quickly, but carbonation rises slowly up to what head is left.
This does not lace.

S: I was actually surprised that a dark fruit smell came here, figs & raisins. A definite alcohol does come up and it smells quite light with a sweetness behind it.

T: To me the sweet dark fruit dominates the taste of this beer. The alcohol taste almost slides on the tongue on its way down and it's different, it doesn't all come strong instead it feels more spaced out.
The more this warms up the more prominent the alcohol becomes.

M: Almost feels sticky. Smooth, medium to high carbonation.

O: This just really didn't feel like a pleasant drink. Dark fruits are nice and all, but this drink simply needs to be more balanced. I would personally avoid this in the future.

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Photo of mjurney
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, clear. A little carbonation. Very small head that dissipate.

Bready malts, caramel, some alcohol.

Malty sweetness up front along with strong fruitness. Very sweet malt character almost candy like, I'm getting caramel, toffee and sweet molasses. Very stong fruitness in the taste, black cherries with hint of vanilla. There some touch of bitterness towards the end of my palate.

Medium to Full bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Smooth finish. A little boozy.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with subtle ruby highlights and a thin, creamy white head that laces deep into the glass.

S: Very malty on the nose, with aromas of caramel, cream, and vanilla especially prominent. Not as deep as some German doppelbocks, but still very pleasant.

T: Opens smooth and malty with notes of heavy cream, vanilla, caramel, dark bread, almonds, and nougat. The finish is long and rich with notes of bready malt, cream, and caramel particularly noticeable.

M: Full-bodied and firm. Initially slick in the mouth, but dries out nicely. Very thick and filling.

O: This is a very good American doppelbock. Even though it doesn't rival its German counterparts in terms of depth, it is still an accurate representation of the style.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an amber almost ruby hazy color with a light tan head that has great lacing. Plenty of of carbonation bubbles.

The aroma is rich with toasted malt, caramel, and mild alcohol sweetness.

Taste like a dopplebock should. Full bodied, toasted malt, caramel, with of hints of sweet alcohol and a touch of hop bitterness.

Full bodied and slick on the tongue. Finished with a lingering toasted malt on the tongue.

I rather enjoyed this lager. It is certainly fun to change from my usual favorite style of beer. And, I can say that this brewery did a great job!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oaky brown colored brew with a small head of tan. Smells of caramel and and slight sourdough lift off of with a hint of booze. The flavor offers soft pretzels and a nice sweetening as it warms, not too much else. The light medium body isn't as fitting as a thicker build would seem for this beer. Overall an ok version of a dopplebock, nothing I would write home about.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.bottle dated March 25 2011

Pours a dark reddish brown, more or less clear, with a finger thick light tan head. Head reduces quickly but then lasts.

Smell: Dark fruit with bready malt and hints of higher ABV. Slightly earthy.

Taste: Rather floral and a bit yeasty with hints of hop bitterness and toffee but rather little malt presence. Rather sweet despite recognizable bitter and sour components.

Medium body with some bite and crispness from the alcohol and carbonation.

O - Not bad, but not appealing enough to be a session beer.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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