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 GrandpaGeorg
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Some of the beers in my Tommyknocker variety pack have lacked something in the taste (and mouthfeel) department. This one was an exception and, except for the limts on drinkability posed by the higher ABV, it's a very tasty offering.

Nice bold, dark amber in the glass with a low, foamy head. Heavy (slightly roasted) malt in the nose; decent mouthfeel with minimal carbonation and a wonderful, rich malt flavor. Unlike another doppelbock I tasted recently, this one was all malt and flavor--not alcohol. It's one of those that snuck up on me a bit as I enjoyed the flavor. Next thing I know I had a nice buzz. But this one tasted great getting there.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.45/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear, light chestnut brown with a small tan head that fades. Mild lacing on the glass. Color seems a little light for a dopple.

Aroma is malty with a strong nuttiness and light toasted smells.

Taste is malty and nutty upfront leading into a rather sharp bitterness that lasts through the finish. The sharpness dominates any other quality that may be present.

Medium body, mild carbonation.

Not the worst offering I have ever tasted, and I could finish the bottle if I wanted to. But, life is too short and I have much better beer to drink. Down the drain she goes.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I didn't expect much from this Doppelbock, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Appearance was quite good. There was a fair amount of white head and a clear and sparkling coffee-colored body.

Aroma was a bit lackluster, as this beer smelled only faintly of malt.

Taste was very good and true to the style (near as I understand it). Taste was full-bodied and malty, with only a wisp of hop character. I'm not a huge fan of this style, but I thought this example was very good.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, and I thought this beer pretty drinkable.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep ruby amber and clear with a big three finger head that eventually reduces to a tight cap. Decent spotty lacing.

S - Thickly malted chocolate cake aromas with rootbeer and caramel notes.

T - Big malt presence that has chocolate, caramel, ginger, and cinnamon elements. Much bigger hop profile that I would have imagined.

M - Full bodied, slick at first with a dry and hoppy finsh. Excellent

D - Very good. An excellently drinkable winter brew.

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

Hazy murky bronze/copper color with lots of tiny suspended sediment. Good malt aroma with a touch of hops at first and a slight touch of oxidation. Tastes much like it smells. Medium-full bodied with a light creaminess.

A bit off (aged quickly? I only missed the Enjoy By by 5 days !!) ... but nice maltiness nonetheless.

Per TB website: Munich, caramel and chocolate malts. Bavarian lager yeast. German Hallertau hops. 8.2% ABV.
1997 GABF - Silver
2003 GABF - Gold
2004 GABF - Gold

Enjoy Before: 12/25/06
Tasted: 12/20/06

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of cjgator3
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is a malty one with some caramel and raisens. The taste much like the nose is dominated by a large malt presence that is slightly sweet but overall pretty enjoyable. Overall, this is a solid brew that is definately one of Tommyknocker's best offerings.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like watered down maple syrup with its rich ambers. No bubbles though, not the best start for a lager. OHHHH wait, theres some very vague bubbles noticed when you close one eye and put it an inch away from the glass. The aroma is a little stinky. Starts with alcohol and malts of a sweet brown sugar and medium roasted malts throughout the entire beer. The alcohol gives the brew a bit of a flat taste though. Levases the palate feeling a little tinny for a dopplebock.

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

Pours a mahogany-cherry wood clear color with a small amount of tiny bubbles. Aggressive pour yields a small brown-tan head that quickly fades leaving a thin film. A straight-line pour yields a fluffy cap that fades much slower, leaving plenty of lacing behind. Nose is pleasantly malty, a bit bready, and more or less in line with the dopplebock style. Taste is a bit weaker, with malty sweetness up front, a bit of chocolate malt, a mild bitter character, and a slight burn toward the end. Fades away with a mild plain malt-liquor taste. Mouth is on the heavier side of thin, but still too thin for my taste. Drinkability is good; it goes down easy and is fairly tasty and smooth. However, there’s much better out there.

Overall: A substandard representation of the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of dfried
2.99/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky redish orange in color, tan ring for a head. I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but the aroma was terrible. I smelled like blush red box wine, cloyingly sweet. Some dark fruits, dark grapes and plum, welches grape juice, some molasses and caramel malt. The taste redeemed the aroma a bit, raspberries, strawberries, grapes and plums, but still on the little too sweet side. Thin cloying body.

Verdict: next! Not a "pour outer" but not your deepest doppel, too sweet.

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

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Starts with a sweet caramel/molasses flavor that hides the high ABV, hops make a balanced finish. It would be easy to drink more than one of these. $1.69 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
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 CWiggins
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a lackluster experience with most of Tommyknocker's offerings, I'm happy to report an excellent brew with their Butthead Doppelbock. This one's very nice. It poured a dark copper into my Sam Smith pint glass, forming a petit head that disappeared quite hastily. The aroma is mainly of malts with some coffee and chocolate undertones.

The flavor is really nice. I detect dark fruits, along with a sweetness that reminds me of brown sugar, and caramel. The finish is filled with alcohol and a surprise of bittersweet chocolate.

Speaking of the alcohol, this one really sneaks up on you. The ABV wasn't on the label, but after the first big gulp I realized this was big. I had to notice the listing on this website for the 8.2% ABV. It makes it feel bigger than it is!

It isn't really as thick and cloying as many of the doppelbock beers I've tried, and maybe that's why I like this so much; it's full of flavor without the overfull characteristic of many in this style. For an American version of doppelbock, I think it stands up very well.

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Photo of mynie
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light pour for a Doppelbock, more of a dark red than a reddish dark. The head is tiny, which is forgiveable with so much alcohol, and it sticks around until the beer is done.

Smells the same distinctive sour-ish malt that the rest of Tommyknocker's beers have, along with caramel and chocolate. The sourness really isn't bad, but it just doesn't go all that well with the other, more tradtional doppelbock flavors.

Sweet cherries (!) start everything out, which moves into a more sour middle, and ends on a big rush of strong alcohol, caramel, and a little bit of chocolate.

Not bad at all, but not great, either.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was given this beer by my brother when he came back from living in Denver. I am sampling at room temp and pouring into a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with heavy crimson highlights. A thin fizzy beige head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a surface layer quickly.
The aroma is sweet caramel malt and a bit of toffee as well. I get just a bit of herbal hops in the background.
The first sip reveals a thicker than average body with slightly syrupy texture. The carbonation is fine and very fizzy.
Flavor is sweet through and through with toffee and brown sugar mixing with the prevelant caramel notes. I get just a hint of peppery alcohol on the finish.

Overall the beer is sweet and malty and very easy to drink. The 8.2 would sneak up on you for sure. Would buy if I saw a bottle.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a cloudy dark redish orange. The carbonation is a bit low, results in a one finger head that leave a nice lace.

The smell is good, fruity with a carmel not.

the taste follows medium dark fruit plum, fig and dates with a bit of carmel topping, yet dry not real sweet. It gets nicer as it warms.

Mouthfeel is not bad, the carbonation works nice as it warms medium body.

The drinkability is good, This beer is growing on me, I do like it and it is hard to find fault. Kind of pedestrian, nothing bold or big just a solid Doppelbock, or maybe not quite. Maybe a bock and 3/4. Give it a chance. Prosit, MK

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Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours light tea brown with a sand colored ½ inch foamy head that collapses after several minutes, laces in spots

S—sweet caramel, very malty, a little sourness is faint in the nose, some dark fruity (plum, prune, maybe) aromas are in here, too

T—very malty, bready, mild burnt flavor, sweet, the dark fruits that I smelled come out in the finish, not bad

M—smooth, medium bodied, a little flat on the carbonation

D—not bad. I got this in a mixed six pack of Tommyknocker brews. I’d have another if offered.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chestnut briown color with modeat tannish head. No lacing. Smell is strong on malt, with a nice fruity sweetness. Taste is also strong on malt with a distinct presebce of alcohol also noted. Finish is even more malt, with an also syrup-ilke texture to the beer. Though I could detect the alcohol, I was still suprised at how high it was. A nice beer for cool autumn evening.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real beauty in the glass, this doppelbock pours a brilliantly clear, deep ruby red color with a thin white head. The head settles after pouring to just a rim around the glass with a very small amount of lacing. The aroma is very malty sweet, definitely on the high end with almost a bready aroma. The initial taste of the Butthead is highly sweet, with an element of toasted grains and/or a bit of alcohol. There is no perceived hop flavor or aroma. The bitterness is very low, with a full bodied sweetness shinning through. The carbonation is moderate with a surprisingly decent drinkability for such a full-bodied, malty treat. The sweetness is the definite message of the beer, but it is balanced enough, by more of the toastiness of the grains than hop bitterness to make it not overwhelming. A very tasty doppelbock that I will have to enjoy again, perhaps some other Tommyknocker beers are in order.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent blood orange with ripe tangerine trim, a truly gorgeous color when backlit with bright sunlight. Still though, it's strange to see a dopplebock with no hint of brown. The pale caramel cap is creamy enough to persist and is beginning to lay down a slurred collar of lace as it deflates (too bad it doesn't last). This is a good looking, lighter portion of the color spectrum doppelbock.

The nose is better than decent, but needs more power and more presence. Munich malt is at least as prominent as the cocoa-like notes from chocolate malt. All in all though, the beer smells at least as darkly fruity as it does heavily toasted. Nothing wrong with that.

Butthead is good beer. The most important requirement when it comes to doppels (for me at least) is that the brewers use enough malt. Tommyknocker has done just that. The malt backbone is firm, yet supple, and provides a flavor that can best be described as chocolate covered dark caramels.

There's plenty of sweetness to be had, although cloying doesn't even enter the picture. That's because Hallertau hops have been added in an amount that allows their bitterness to dovetail nicely with the malty sweetness and allows their flavor to be considered a welcome contributor to a surprisingly deep flavor profile.

The body/mouthfeel is more ale-like than lager-like due to all of the residual malt sugars. Even though it may rub style sticklers the wrong way, I love its fullness and borderline stickiness. This is one of the more viscous lagers that you're likely to run across.

After sampling the lion's share of the Tommyknocker lineup, at least the widely released beers, I have to say that I'm impressed with this brewery. They don't brew world-class beer, but then few do. Butthead is one of the better, more drinkable domestic doppelbocks that I've had in many a month.

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

Appearence--Deep reddish brown, with 1cm head.

Smell--Not a very strong scent at all, having a tough time even describing it.

Taste--Smooth and rich, with a vague citrusy aftertaste that I'm not too fond of; there is a faint taste of alcohol as well.

Drinkability--The taste is killing it for me, I couldn't imagine downing more than a couple of these

Notes--at least the alcohol content will get you somewhere nice. I won't by this one again, but if offered, I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of benito
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a December 2005 bottle, aged carefully for 9 months and paired with a traditional Mexican lunch.

From the outset, it is clear that this brew has aged well. It pours a handsome and slightly hazy amber with a thick off-white head. The bouquet has the complexity of a high-end barley wine, a strong malt
and alcohol presence offset with a hint of sour cherry. Blindfolded, I might mistake this for a red wine.

Unlike a barley wine; however, this has maintained a light freshness to it. It is still a mid-day beer and not merely a nightcap. Malts dominate the palate which has a nice cinnamon touch to the finish and a refreshing effervescence throughout. What's more, the finish is clean and crisp, with a very spritzy aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Butthead Bock, but this slightly-aged version has converted me to a fanatic and devout follower. I'll go and pick up a six pack (and start the eight month wait) as soon as I can. Kudos to one of the best doppelbocks in Colorado. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a standard brown color with a moderate head. Smell is strong, although the malt is hard to discern, mostly its just pungent alcohol. The taste is the same way, with mostly alcohol and a malt flavor that never seems to develop into anything worthwhile. Leaves a pretty commanding aftertaste on the tongue, but again it’s mostly made up of alcohol and only hints of actual flavor.

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Photo of sacfly
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz, part of a mix pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched- 30 June 06, drank Aug 19, 06.
Pours a clear ruby red color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Smell is very malty sweet. Dried fruit, apricot and dates. Taste is more subtle than expected. Alcohol is apparent. A bit thin. Muted fruit. Aftertaste starts sticky and sweet but fades into extreme bitterness (for the style). Astringency perhaps? Looks and smells great, but the light body and odd aftertaste detract from this one.

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Photo of dustylong
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with little head or retention (poured from a bottle into a mug). Has a very "winey" smell to it, and you can actually smell the alcohol in it. Has a very toasty malt taste to it with a small hoppy bitterness to end it. I think it kind of has the "winey" taste to it as well...you can definately taste the alcohol in it. Feels good in the mouth...goes down easy for being high in alcohol, and the carbonation is perfect. I really enjoyed drinking this beer, and I would easily tell others to "give it a day in court".

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Photo of bashiba
2.95/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark slighlty hazy amber with a thin tan head, little retention and minor lacing.

Smell had a slightly sweet maltyness with hints of raisons and molasses.

Very mild flavor, semi sweet malts dominate with some hints of oak and a noticeable alcohol taste, some slightly musty hops are present as well.

Mouthfeel is very hot and slightly thin.

The alcohol has to strong of an impact in this beer. Its still drinkable, but I wouldn't make a point of getting more.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 605 ratings
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