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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Added by kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Reviews: 382 | Ratings: 604
Photo of masterbruewer
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a thin head that developed late and faded fast with light carbonation.

Has a sweet, grainy smell to it and maybe a fruity buttery hint.

A nice solid flavor, hard for me to define. Kind of sweet and malty with a hint of hops. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

The feel is solid, but not syrupy, with little carbonation.

Not a bad beer, I might seek out another, but not in a hurry.

Upon further review...
After writing this review, I took my pint glass with me to the basement to put in some insulation, sipping it as I worked.

As it warmed up to room temperature, a nice carmelized malt flavor emerged.

I think I lke it a little more now.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep copper body is covered briefly by a small tan head. The head disappears quickly and leaves a very small amount of spotty lace. The nose is subdued a gives small fruit hints over a malt base. The flavor is largely dominated by the alcohol which is quite prominent in this beer. The malt does come through and leaves a sweet sense to the syrupy and thick mouthfeel. A heavy beer that has very limited drinkability is quantity.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Butthead Doppelbock poured a thick reddish-brown with a smallish head that quickly dissipated to a thin lacing. It had a nice malty aroma with hints of caramel and toffee and alcohol. It has a nice full-bodied taste but was a little syrupy. It has a strong toffee and roasted malt flavor with some spiciness and fruitiness to it and a little medicinal probably due to the alcohol.

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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 inebrius
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours the standard Doppel under an inanimate head. Pleasing aromas of walnuts and bread pudding. Flavors of nutty malt raisin puree waiting to be stuffed in butter dough. Balanced on the side of sweet. A little unrefined, a little harsh, but not bad.

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

Appearance: deep, dark brown color, hinting on violet, almost prunish, even, with a short, quick head.
Aroma: vibrant and fruity (grapes, raisins, dates), very nice.
Taste: big mouthfeel, warm, generous texture, and overloaded with malt. Very little hops that I can taste. Syrupy sweet at times, thickly coated, almost medicinal. Halfway in, that large presence on the palate seriously thins out, still substantial, but losing some ground. Overall, though, the bright, fruity flavor, with the ample alcoholic content, provides sufficient punch and rings in on every subsequent swallow, making this a very satisfactory, memorable doppelbock.
Thanks to morris729 for the sample.

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Photo of grynder33
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish red color,, very little head, aroma was malty and sour, upon quaffing you get a soft sweet roasted malt taste, with a little bitterness in the back of the throat. Pretty much stayed this way till the end. Simple, non-complex. Beer is ok but doppels should be a little more complex.

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Photo of Gusler
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an opaque dark brown with a rather smallish and bubbly head, light tan in color with the lace a somewhat patchy sheet. Sweet malt and caramel nose, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is sweet and malt laden, top is a bit light in my estimation. The beer ends with a nice mild acidity, the hops pertinent to the style, droughty aftertaste and the big ABV, does warm the tummy a bit. A problem I find with this breweries whole line of beers is that the body seems a bit weak, and it distracts you from the their beers other qualities, maybe that’s why their brewpub folded in Phoenix.

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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 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 Jables
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep amber with dark creamy head. The aroma was sweet and sugar syrupy. The taste was strong with candy-like sweetness and sugary malt. Hops did not balance the heavy sugary-malt flavors. Mouthfeel was sticky and heavy especially for the style. Drinkablity is hurt by its sickening sweetness but overall not too bad.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark amber color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Nice malty flavor, some roasted malt flavor, slightly sweet. Nice smooth taste, full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, mostly malty.

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Photo of beerinator
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish golden, dark amber beer. Off white head with adequate retention.

Aroma: Caramel candy. A lot of sweetness in the aroma with a slight note of fruit.

Taste: Hard core toasty caramel sweetness up front on the taste. Virtually no bitterness on the tongue. Aftertaste is lingeringly sweet. The only bitterness seems to stem from the tingly alcohol content.

Notes: Beer smells like a candy bar, and tastes like one too. Not the best example of it's style, but overall not a terrible beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lively (albeit short-lived) light brown head. Strong caramel and malt aroma. Medium-bodied with lots of caramel and malt in the flavor, along with a little fruit and spice (pepper). Finish is mildly sweet. One of the better Tommyknockers I have tried.

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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 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 sabrills70
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark amber that pours with very little head. Aroma is a fruit, nut, molasses, with a touch of alcohol. Taste is fruit, nut, chocolate malt with an alcohol presence. Not a great deal of hoppiness here. Bock is not my favorite style so to me it's not very drinkable on it's own, but would go great with the right food, possibly a pasta with a nice red sauce.

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Photo of Winter
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark reddish-brown. A hard pour yielded a light tan head. Aroma consists of candied raisins, caramel, sweet malt and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, to almost full-bodied and slightly creamy when cold. Somewhat syrupy also. Flavor consists of dark fruit and alcohol up front with a mild sweetness to it. Taste develops into more of a brown sugar, raisiny and chewy malt and dark rum finish. This beer definitely has a noticable kick to it from the alcohol. Quite the heavy hitter for a spring doppel. The taste is actually pretty good, but not balanced at all with the alcohol. Strength limits drinkability somewhat.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear deep caramel/amber color with absolutely no head at all. The aroma consists of lightly sweetened roasted malt and a slight “medicine-y” background. The flavor mirrors the aroma along with very little hops and a light twangy finish. It has a light warming sensation from this light bodied yet slightly creamy brew. It is not terribly bad for the weak appearance. Cheers!

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Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-55F.

A small, off-white/yellowish head dies fast. The beer is deep red/brown.

The smell is nutty, roasty, with some alcohol. The front is caramel and noticeable alcohol. The middle is oily and dark with hints of bitter chocolate. Alcohol again warms the finish which has some caramel, some bitterness and hints of fruit.

I've been working my way through the Tommyknocker stuff and it's not bad. This beer is quite tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish ruby color with a very thin off-white colored head that immediately fades into a thin wispy lace. Nose is quite sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and some alcohol. Medium to heavy in body with a creamy and somewhat slick mouthfeel. Taste is sweet roasted malts and buttery toffee at first followed by some sweet syrupy flavors and a definite alcohol presence. A pretty good American double bock (though I would say that Sam Adam’s version is superior to this one) and great on a cold night!

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Photo of Sixpack595
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with almost no head. Smells like beer. Tastes a bit malty, a bit of hops sneaks out, but mostly just sweet. I thought it was a bit fruity with a sour aftertaste. I find it hard to believe this beer was around 8% in taste or effect. Way too thin. Won't be a regular, but I may try it again too see if its really as bad as the first 6pack seemed.

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

Virtually no head tops what is otherwise an interesting pour because of its brilliant ruby amber color. Smell is strongly malty with caramel and alcohol present. Sweet taste throughout, with alcohol warmth increasing as the malt subsides. Needs some crispness to balance out the syrupiness. Despite the fact that the taste is somewhat watered down, this beer has an awfully filmy, albeit rich, mouthfeel. This is a fine Doppelbock, but I'll reach for a Celebrator over this any day.

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Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a re-review. pours out a clear, and beautiful burgandy color. some head at first but quickly subside to nothing....minimal lace. quite a sweet caramel malt aroma. boozy goodness. lots of malty stickiness in flavor. very sweet. a touch of spiciness that rides the smooth and creamy mouthfeel. quick to light a fire in the belly and brain. not as impressive as previously thought. somewhat enjoyable nonetheless. a perfect choice for "doppelbock chili". i really ratcheted my scores down from my first review due to advancing beer wisdom. a beer i'll revisit at times.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours viscous. Clear deep mohagony color. No head. Just a very slight edging that leaves minimal lace. Nothing special on the nose to note. Pretty average in the aroma department. The taste is better than the appearance and nose. Nice deep malty profile. Some roasted tones underlying. Nice thick body. Syrupy to an extent. I know dopples are sweet beers, but this is one of the sweeter ones I've run across. Not cloying though. Pretty nice taste. Good effort on this one.

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