Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Ratings: 605 |  Reviews: 382
Photo of Soozy
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/red. Expected it to be a little bit darker, but hey, not complaining. A lot of fruit coming in the smells, raisins, maybe a little plum, malt. Kinda surprises me, didn't really expect it to smell or look like this so. Very sweet malt with hints of raisins and caramel and bitter end.

I feel it's a bit too bitter, but it's to the point where you want another sip right away, making it way amazingly drinkable for 8%.

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Photo of therica
2.83/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A= lifeless dirty-dense brown with little carbonation or effervescence, almost no head or lacing.

S= Scent was modest until it sat for about 5 minutes and then smelled like Old English furniture polish, probably the fruity scents coming through with the hops combined.

T= Modest taste, nothing that impresses me up-front. Maybe some caramel and burnt molasses, but a bit on the sweet-saccharin side for my tastes.

M= A bit too fruity-sweet residue for my preferences-- apricot, prune, not sure.

Overall, this beer did not impress me very much. There are far too many other good Doppelbock's to explore and enjoy.

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Photo of bbeane
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured in a basic pint glass. Dark copper colored, with a finger wide head on top that recedes relatively quickly

S- Sweet caramel malty smell... delicious

T- Smooth, sweet, malty tasting. No high alcohol taste

M- Smooth. Little carbonation. The sweetness grabs ahold of the inside of your mouth and lingers after swallowed

D- Very. With the lack of alcohol taste, this 8.2% beer goes down with ease


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Photo of KarlHungus
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber brown color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of molasses, cream, and toffee. The taste has a candy like sweetness that is jolly rancher like, and pervades everything else. There is some caramel that is detectable, but you really have to conscientiously look past the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a poor example of a doppelbock. I will not drink this beer again.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There was a slight head on the beer, which was slightly off white, but it quickly dissipated. Now there is barely a head. The nose has loads and loads of melanoidins and dark fruits. The flavour of the beer is quite tasty, but there is a slightly watery. the flavour isn't as rich as I was hoping. It's also quite too hot. Good mouthfeel and pretty drinkable, but it's just not as rich and melanoidin.

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Photo of northaustin
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a schnifter glass. a light brown with slight head and a bit of lacing. there is a slight transparency when held to the light and also posesses a sort of cranberry color when held to the light. this one is interesting indeed.

smell is a little to alchoholic
taste is a little to alchoholic but is very interesting at the same time.

mouthfeel is a little funky but the overall drinkability is pretty good for having a unique flavor. at 8.2%abv the price is right and i recommend keeping it in the fridge for when the time is right.

my hats off to the tommyknocker brewery for making a good beer that is high abv and affordable

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Photo of Natural510
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark crimson-red poured with minimal amount of head & lacing.
Smells quite sweet; molasses dominates the aroma along with some dark fruit.
Molasses & dark fruit also at the forefront of the flavor, very omnipresent. Balanced pretty well by a hoppiness which cuts through the malty sweetness.
A smooth sipper. Not the fullest in body, but then again it is a lager. Hops provide a nice twang in the back of the mouth.
Goes down easy, thought the sweetness and alcoholic strength will make me take it one at a time.

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Photo of wofat
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a - Pours an orangish dark brown, with a thin, but persistent head of tan foam. It provides a visual representation of this beers strength.

s - Wonderfull combination of bitter hops, caramel, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

t - POW. Intense malt, some alcohol, hops are out-of-focus and peripheral but provide enough bitterness to cut through the sweet caramel, prune, and hints of roastiness. Surprisingly complex and well put together.

m - Not too thick or cloying, a moderate level of carbonation allows this brew to be enjoyed without becoming overpowering.

d - This is a one-or-two beer, but far from a session. I can definitely see returning to this beer on a cold fall or winter evening.

o - A surprisingly complex and enjoyable brew. Malt is just slightly overpowering the bitterness, but overall very good.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan B served in a pint glass on a hot spring day outside on the deck.

A - Caramel Colored body, Off-White Head, Decorative Lacing

S - Hints of malts, not very much going on here.

T - Chocolate and caramel malts, Sweet yet perfectly balanced with hop undertones.

M - Light to medium body with light carbonation.

D - Tommyknocker has an interesting take on the syle here, very pleasant. Well balanced and very tasty in my opinion. Very nice on a warm day - would have never guessed the 8.2 ABV.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this feller into a beveled glass mug. Paired him with some prosciutto wrapped mozzarella. Not much of a head but it left and decent amount of lace. Smelled awesome- caramel, malt, sweet. Taste doesn't have the body or the real malty finish I really like in these beers, but it's pleasant. Hops shine through on this guy more than some other doppels, maybe thats why I think the malt isnt prominent enough? Who knows. Kind of a steal at 6.99 a six pack at specs though, would buy this again.

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Photo of chaunur
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with a puny off white head. Another try with a very hard pour yielded only slightly better results. Neither displayed any retention and only minimal lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a very slight floral hint and a whiff of alcohol. The taste was also mildly sweet with a moderate bitterness.

While not a bad beer I just didn't care for the overall taste. Friend likes it, we'll trade for something.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark, translucent orange-brown color with a medium-sized, creamy off-white head with slightly subpar retention and a little bit of patchy lacing.

S: A robust dose of toasted caramel malt and brown sugar. Some dark fruit notes along with some faint cocoa and a tiny whiff of alcohol.

T: Similar to the nose - a solid round of vaguely toasty, sweet caramel malt. Brown sugar, faint rumlike hints, some plums and a touch of alcohol. Some herbal hop flavor provides a little bite and some balance.

M: On the full-bodied side. A bit sticky and syrupy, with a late bite to keep things from becoming too one-sided.

D: Hey, not bad. Not bad at all. Maybe not 100% to style, but it's an interesting, flavorful interpretation that acquits itself nicely. I'll be interested in trying some more

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Photo of drtth
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard Shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark mahogany brown with a thin, off white head that recedes quickly and leaves surface foam and a ring of foam around the liquid. The lacing is speckled and consistent for much of the beer.

Smell: Faint but definite malt aroma with no discernable hops. Theres a hint of some fruit and chocolate in there but nothing stands out as dominating the aroma.

Taste: Lots of sweet malt with virtually no flavor of hops. There is a faint trace of alcohol but the malt dominates with its sweetness and fruitiness which are blanced by the light grassy flavor of the hops in the background.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft with the moderate carbonation. The beer has a long finish to a dry bitter end.

Drinkability: Quite sippable and I could drink more than one easily. A pleasant but not great doppelbock.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=Deep dark red appearance, low carbonation, little head

S=Caramel odors, alcohol noticable

T=Sweet caramel taste, with roast background, alcohol very noticable

M=Good easy feel, light carbonation

D=Probably would not venture to have a whole lot of these.

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Photo of Tone
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 Pauly2X
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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 kenscrx
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this as a gift. I was very excited to try my first Tommyknocker beer after reading about it earler that day in a beer magazine. It poured a very nice deep brown with a creamy head. It had a nice malty taste with a sweet aftertaste. You could definitely taste the alcohol, but it was not something excessive. A nice doppelbock.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

A: Slightly hazy amber-brown color with a decent off-white head. Retention was alright and lacing was pretty good.

S: Lots of sweet caramel on the nose as well as a toasty warmth. A faint hint of hazelnuts. Alcohol peeks through as well.

T: Again, caramel and toastiness up front. A smidgen of hop bitterness manages to penetrate. Sweet, but not overly so.

M: Silky medium body and well-carbonated. Finishes clean with a slight dryness on the tongue.

D: A very well=-crafted beer that leaves me waiting for the next sip.

A very nice dopplebock from Tommyknocker. It has it all. Nice rich sweetness with the smoothness and slightly drying finish of a good lager. If I had any complaint, I would say that it may be a bit rough around the edges for some, but I loved it. I'll definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark amber color. Poured a fizzy 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to a ring on the edges. Lace washed down the sides of the glass.

S: Doughy toasted malts, prunes, sweet cherries. Light citrus hops note.

T: Consistent with smell, but not as intense; malt backbone, the fruit tastes much more subdued. Prominent bitter in the finish.

M: Light side of medium. Balanced carbonation

D: Easy drinking for the style. Not real special, but the alcohol is fairly well disguised.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like roasted barley and dark caramel malt with sweet yeast and a bit of copper hops. It tasted like honey wheat and roasted barley, with creamy yeast and a bit of oak and alcohol. It was fairly thick with no carbonation, and had a mild bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had pretty good flavor and body, but it wasn't as flavorful as it seemed to want to be. Like it wanted to have a really sweet or bold flavor that just faded away (even though this was a fresh bottle). It was clean and fairly easy to drink, but it was generally unimpressive. I'm not a fan of of this beer.

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Photo of remllof
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle. It poured a dark ruby transparent color with a fiant head. The smell had a sweet malty carmel scent to it. The taste began with tasting a sweet carmel flavor, then it led into a nice bit of hoppy bitterness flavor, with a slight alcohol burn. The mouth feel is nice, it is smooth with a decent consinstency to it. Overall the not a bad beer, this beer finishes smooth, but heavy on the stomach. This is one I might grab for every once in a while.

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Minimal lacings and non-existant head are the first impressions of this selection. Color is a brown amber.

Smell: The aroma is a spicy bread presence. Malt suffused to the totality of the aroma curve. This is vaguely reminiscent of a mild Winter Warmer. I even detected a light licorice presence during aroma onset. Very interesting.

Taste: The flavor curve is sharp during onset with a light sustain that lingers. Toasted malt suffuses all the flavor characters. Spiciness during onset melds into a consistant malt body which slowly tapers into a mild hop bitterness. There is also a bread'ish presence during parts of the length of the curve. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: This selection hits the palate well and the flavor character is quite interesting. The overall quality of the recipe shines in the totality of this brew. Good job.

Drinkability: This brew does sit a little heavy on the stomache, however the character of the flavor will leave you wanting more. Get this selection i you have the opportunity. It is both interesting and fulfilling in the drinking experience.


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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with freshness info neatly notched onto the rear label. Allowed to warm up, and then pours, dark honey amber, murky, under a slight, medium khaki head, that has minimal re tentative energy. and then whats left on the glass is some fine and splattered lace. A minor sniff of smoke and chocolate in the nose. Nice take on an enjoyable style. Nicely rounded on the edges, smooth on the tongue, more light smoke, chocolate and dark ripe fruit noted picked up. Malty and flavorful. Not endowed with the complexity and intrigue of the all stars of the style, but a valiant effort by the Tommy knocker crew, making this one worth a try

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a cloudy orange-brown with a thin cream colored head.

Aroma of malts, dark ripe fruits, and a bit of asparagus.

The taste is malts, toffee, sour dark fruits, and some earthy notes. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Lighter bodied, tart and dry, and moderately carbonated.

Nothing really grabbed me with this beer. It's malty, it's tart, it's earthy. It's scattered.

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Photo of sudsface69
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: light mahogany brown, good clarity, off-white head that quickly dissipates, very little lacing

Smell: banana nut bread, brown sugar, sugar cookie, alcohol, malt sweetness, very little hop aroma

Taste: very sweet, tons of malt, faint alcohol burn, dried fruit, pound cake, ripe banana, pinch of spice, low bitterness. The carbonation is a bit low for me, and the absence of any sort of head is a real downer. The beer finishes clean and I can't detect any real off flavors, but I would really like more carbonation. Also, to me, the malts come across a little too sweet. Obviously, this is a malt bomb according to style, but other doppels that I've really enjoyed have had a roasty character behind the sweetness that really keeps the beer in a nice balance. Here, the malts lack depth and, to me, leave the beer with a bit of a one-dimensional sweetness.

Not a bad beer, but I can't put it on the list of my favs.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 51.7% out of 100 with 605 ratings
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