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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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Photo of BiereBlanche
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The bottle has aged about a year.

A- Dark garnet-amber, clear with a dark tan head. It took a hard pour, but the cap was long lasting.

S- The nose is dominated by caramel malt, magnified by aging. Some other dark, sweet malts in the background- dark bread, toffee. Very full and rich. No hops aroma is noticeable, slight hint of alcohol.

T- Big, rich malt flavors - mostly caramel and a but of warm, sweet bread, some juicy dark fruit notes too. No hops flavors. Very slight alcohol presence. The finish is big and sweet, but not cloying. The bready character could be increased to improve malt balance.

M- Full mouthfeel with low enough carbonation to keep from feeling sticky, very restrained alcohol.

D- Nice, rich and full. Very drinkable with well managed alcohol and not cloyingly sweet. Malt characteristics could be a bit more complex.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Coppery - a medium tone, with somewhat small head; mild retention.

S: Some of the common caramel/toffee aromas with a more noticeable hops smell than usual. A little bit of a sharp alcohol scene in the back of the nose.

T: Sugary sweet, a little tart. Quite a surprisingly bitter edge. Alcohol. Maybe a little sharp to my tongue.

M & D: Reasonably full bodied, a little syrupy... though it doesn't get particularly sticky. The somewhat hefty alcohol flavours make it a little slower drinking experience, personally. Perhaps a bit unbalanced, but an interesting one.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-It has an clear amber color and has been filtered. The head was brownish-white and was average size.
S-The smell was very malty and sweet. The sweetness smelled like caramel malts. Also there was a hint of roasted malts. Didn't notice any hop aroma.
T-The first thing I noticed a heavy sweet taste. Didn't taste much of a hop flavor and the bitterness was low.
MF-The beer felt a little on the heavy side in the mouth.
D-Because of the mouthfeel I wouldn't be able to drink too many of these.

Overall it was an average beer, but nothing impressive.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Final beer I had from the Trail mix mixed 6-pack. I saved it for last thinking that a little time wouldn't hurt it any. Notched bottled on date of October 1?, label is a bit torn.

Appeatance: Poured into a pint glass the beer is a murky brown. Imagine that a hazy/murky/cloudy beer from Tommyknocker, I do believe that hazy beer is a standard for them. My pour produces only a thin head about a 1/4 inch that quickly fades to a small cloud. Leaves no lacing.

Smell: Malty, somewhat sweet. Caramel malt, some dark fruits, I'm smelling a little bit of prunes, as well as a touch of raisins. Nothing hoppy, although I expect none.

Taste: Nice sturdy, malty beer. A touch sweet, but otherwise pretty good for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with light, seemingly natural carbonation. Finishes smooth and there is a bit of a warming sensation due to the high alcohol content of this one.

Drinkability: Pretty good for the style IMO. Also pprobably the best, boldest beer I have had so far from Tommyknocker brewery. A very good easy drinking sipping beer that goes down well on a cold winter night. This is one beer from Tommyknocker that I would go out an purchase a whole 6 pack of.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.34/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Murky amber hue, minimal head, no lacing
S- Roasty and caramel malts, molasses, licorice, mild alcohol
T- Initial taste is caramel malts and cloyingly sweet molasses, slight bitterness, dark fruits and bananas, warming alcohol in the finish
M- Full-bodied, chewy texture, moderate carbonation
D- Plain to average doppelbock with moderate malt flavoring, nothing exciting here, I would pass in the future

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Photo of pwoods
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Deep murky bronze pour. 1 finger of frothy, off white head. Takes a minute to die to a thick skim. Decent patching.

S: Roasted malts and sweet toffee. Reminds me of chocolate taffy.

T/M: Robust roasted oats and grains. Nice sweet touch of toffee, caramel and vanilla. Medium heavy body that's nicely creamy. About halfway through I start t get a raw potato smell and taste that is not pleasing in the slightly.

D: Started off a decent brew but turned bad at the midway point.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky dark brown-red color with a thin, wispy head and bubbles rising to the surface of the glass. Smell is slightly sweet and fruity; figs and raisins come to mind. The taste is similar with a malty presence accentuating the fruitiness with a slight alcohol bite at the end. The mouthfeel is full-bodied, almost chewy with little carbonation. Drinkability of this beer is high for the amount of alcohol in it. Overall a well done beer, definitely worth trying and probably worth buying again.

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Photo of CamuMahubah
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apon pouring it into the glass one notices an almost amberish brown appearance...

Smoky vanilla...

Stout!...wonderful chocolate biscuits...steeped in vanilla creme...

A medium feel to this beer...almost as if the ether is wrapped in robes of silk...toasty malty aftertaste!...

One must have two or maybe three...a true bargain...while my buds were sucking down Bud Lights I was in a different world...they were smoking and drinking and I was off to the side contemplating...enjoying every burp!...

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Photo of oelergud
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark ruby and mahogany body, low carbonation and debris floating around, not what I want in a doppelbock. Very little head, creamy tan while it lasts and then dissipates to a thin float with collar.
Malty sweet smell with some caramel.
Dark earth and molasses flavor. Hops are clearly noticed and balanced well. Toffee and slightly burnt caramel notes. The aftertaste is abit too hoppy but still pleasant and mildly lingering.
Medium body with some good coating. Some residual sugars as is proper.
A good example of the style but a little outside the boundary for hoppiness. Good during the winter's cold weather.


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Photo of mc98gg
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I smell mostly toffee with subtle malt aroma. Classic Dark reddish-brown color one would expect from a doppelbock. A nice malt flavor with sweetness that follows.The sweet after taste lasts too long and is to sweet for me. Nice mouthfeel maybe a little more carbonation, that might help with the sweetness too.

Overall: A good beer worth a try. Could drink again, but prefer others ahead of this doppel.

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Photo of KI9A
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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 scottyshades
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up one of these puppies from a mix 'n match at ABC...

A: Very nice amber color pour with a thick off-white head that leaves a nice lace

S: Toasted malts, toffee

T: The alcohol is slightly noticeable but doesn't take away from its flavor, very rich taste of malt

MF: very nice medium-bodied beer, the aftertaste is sub par

D: This doppelbock is drinkable, however after maybe 2 or 3 it gets very rich and overwhelming, but otherwise a very good beer to drink in moderation.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 6'er. Bottled on June 14th, 2007. Brewed with Munich, caramel, and chocolate malts. Fermented with a Bavarian Lager yeast. Hopped with Hallertau hops. 8.2% ABV. Filtered.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep crimson, forming a modest off-yellow head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate, low for the style. The aroma is punctuated by caramel, soap, vanilla bean and bourbon. Interesting. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth, soft, with a medium-dense body. Interesting flavor here...lots of rotting apples and brown bananas up front, carob, and a distinct grilled steak finish, almost like garlic. Suggestion of tobacco, laundry soap, and rotten orange in the aftertaste. Bitterness is very mild. Alcohol is undetectable.

Hrmmm. Quite an odd dopplebock. Not very refined for the style. A little too sweet, and low on the carbonation. Needs some work.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep, clear amber brew that forms almost no head at all. Not too impressive.

Smell: Alcohol is no hidden too well here, but it also has a good aroma of maple syrup and caramel, along with a nicely balanced bready malt and light hop in the background.

Taste: Light caramel introduction that holds strong until the finish, with hints of butterscoth coming through. Balanced by the slightest bittering hop. Not the most complex brew, but a good beer, and surprisingly easy to drink for a doppel.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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 scaliasux
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium to dark brown. Short off-white head that quickly fades to film. Appears to be clear.

Smell - Moderate sweet caramel. Just a hint of citrus.

Taste - Very sweet. Roasted nut and caramel flavors. A hint of prunes or plums?. Finishes with just a touch of hops. Lingering not entirely pleasant (burnt) aftertaste. High alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel - Moderate to full bodied. Quite smooth.

Drinkability - I wouldn't say this somewhat funky tasting beer is high on my list. I will give it a little bump for fun marketing, though.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Butthead Doppelbock pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a small, fizzy light tan head. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving behind no lace on the glass.

The aroma is mainly sweet malt with notes of caramel, raisin and cherry. Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is very smooth and moderately chewy. Feels wonderful on the palate. The flavor is mainly malt with caramel, cherry and raisin coming through. Towards the end some medicine alcohol flavors make themselves known.

This is an easy to drink malty beer. Other than the slight alcohol taste and burn it goes down real easy.

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Photo of goochpunch
1.72/5  rDev -53%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a ruddy walnut with not much of a head and very minimal spots of lace left on the glass. Smells like a mix of Minute Maid fruit punch, artificial cherry, brown sugar, and over-toasted bread. Taste starts off toasty then comes the huge flavor of Juicy Fruit gum. This is extremely sweet with an odd, out-of-place, and overbearing artificial fruitiness. Has an aspartame finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, full, slick, but smooth. Drain pour. Not impressive.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a pilsener glass.
Brewed in 06.2007.

Clean maple with auburn highlights. Faint, off-white head that lingers as a semi-intact, filmy sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with above average strength.

Sweet molasses; deep plum, raisin, and fig esters. Underlying biscuity aroma with a slick alcohol presence.

Sweet molasses with hints of dry toffee and hazlenut which make the sweetness rather mild compared to the aroma. Juicy fig and raisin followed by a dry, floral hop bitterness. Warm, near intense alcohol character with a biscuity aftertaste.

Full in body; smooth, unobtrusive. The minor level of carbonation works well for the style.

A decent Doppelbock that could benefit from being aged a while as the cutting alcohol presence is sharp and young at times.

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Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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 kwakwhore
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with not a huge head. Some caramel in the aroma and not too much else. Caramel malt dominates the flavor with perhaps a little butterscotch. Minimal hop presence. A decent beer but not really a great doppelbock. Mouthfeel is ok but a little thin for the style. Drinkability is limited by the ABV which hits pretty hard. I'd give this beer another try if I get the chance, but there are other doppelbocks out there that I'd rather drink.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/30/07 review date: Poured from the 12 oz. bottle (Freshness code: 09/07) into my pint glass. Produced a minimal 1/2" head over a clear brown liquid. The haead dissappeared to a thin THIN cap of sparce, tiny bubbles.... no lacing.

The aroma was of roasted malt and a toffee sweetness.

Taste: very different! and GOOD. Lots of things going on here.... Roasted malt being first on the list.... but not burnt.... lightly roasted. This is followed by a woodsy/chocolately sweetness. Nutty.

The mouthfeel is just too thin for a doppelbock IMO. Carbonation is appropriate.

Drinkability. I could have some more of this ... it is not offensive in any way. The only detraction from this beer is it's lack of body.... otherwise.... It's recommended.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice medium-light malt caramel/toffee sweetness starts this beer. Clean and crisp malt. Light European hops.

Red amber with orange hues. Good clarity. Lackluster head.

A nice thick delivery of malt with a touch of hop. Medium+ sweetness – roasted caramel with a touch of honey. Medium-light malt flavor – toasty dry and a tad powdery. Light hop – European herbal mainly. Medium fruitiness – a little dark and a lot sweet. Slight alcoholic twang comes into focus as it warms. Finishes clean.

Medium-thick body. Medium-high carbonation. Thick chewy malt and nice tartness.

Pretty good. Nice and thick with pretty good flavor. I like it.

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Photo of wspscott
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Dark ruby color, crystal clear with a thin white head.
S: Sweet malts, not much else.
T: Again, sweet malts, slightly bready but, not a lot going on.
M: Crisp, nice carbonation.
D: I have not had many doppelbocks but, I don't think this is close to the style. This is a nice beer but, not a great one. I am glad I just got a single.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cherry red mahogany color devoid of carbonation or a head. No lace. Nearly crystal clear presnation.

S: Not much going on; a touch of buttery malt, but that's about all that I can pick up.

T: Distinct note of roasted malt and medium bodied caramel and cocoa. A sugared grapenut taste is present, and mingles with a slight woodiness that rears it's head toward the finish. Not bad.

M: Wow. Holy flat beer. This one was like having cool swamp water flow through my mouth. Very mild creaminess, no carbonation, and only the slightest hint of density.

D: Aside from the favorable flavor, this one's kind of a flop. Very mediocre.

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