Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Butthead DoppelbockButthead Doppelbock

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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 Blakaeris
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear, with a rich dark auburn hue. Tan head dissipates to a thin sheen leaving slight lacing.

Smell is caramel malt with a hint of dark fruit and slight alcohol notes.

Taste is more subdued than the nose led me to expect. Flavor is dominated by toasted caramel malt, hints of chocolate and toffee. Definite dark fruit presence, notably fig and raisin. Slight syrupy sweetness. The finish lacks a hop bite and just kind of fades out with lingering alcohol astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and 'sticky'. I am surprised at the near complete lack of carbonation.

Flavor is not as full and rich as I would normally expect from a dopple bock. Not a bad beer. Just underwhelming.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Interesting murky, raisiny brown color. Head fell extremely quickly with only some stray wisps hanging out.

S: Very malt oriented; some caramel, dark fruits and an overall dustiness

T: Lightly sweet with molasses, some brown sugar and watery caramel. Bit of dried fruits, toasted grains and cooked yams. Finishes slightly malty but not cloying.

M: Medium body with a decent mouthfeel

D: Flavors don't last long enough and trail off fairly quickly.

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

Toffee brown, chill hazed, with not much head. Great lacing throughout. Aroma of raisins and bready malts.
There is some roasted malts and nuttiness to it, but a bit too much alcohol bite to understand any sort of complexity. Medium mouthfeel, finishing sweet and warm.

Overall, the drinkability gets downgraded due to the harsh alcohol bite. Might be more going on there, but I can't detect through the burn.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Date December 2005, Sampled July 2006
Pours with a hazy, hints of purple, dark, dark amber color. It is topped by a thin, frothy head that does not quite cover the beer from the get go. The aroma is entirely malt focused, which is as it should be. Sweet malt notes of caramel, toffee, figs and prunes all mix together to form a nice Doppelbock. This beer hides the alcohol quite well underneath all of the malt. There is perhaps a touch of smokiness to the aroma as well, but the aroma can basically be described as a mix of toasty malt and rich fruit character.

Certainly a chewy brew, perhaps not as thick as some, but it is rich and mouth coating. The beer is not quite as sweet as I was expecting, but there is a ton of malt character here. The malt almost has a rich meaty quality to it. Tons of toasted malt character is here and it is rounded out by some caramalized grain notes and just a hint of roasted grain character in the finish. There is only a touch of the fruit notes that were found in the aroma; hints of figs and some raisins are all I get if I search. Mostly this is a giant malt bomb, with perhaps a touch of alcohol in the finish. This beer is rich and chewy, and quite a good example of a Doppelbock.

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Photo of Byeast
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Some rams butting heads , some info and history of the elvin "Tommyknockers" on back label.

Appearance: Poured a darker , clear , reddish brown , with a thin off white head.

Smell: Aroma is deeply malty , with some rum like alcohol and a fair amount of medicinal smell.

Taste: Much caramel , rich maltiness , slight roastiness to the edges , Finishes slightly sweet with some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Slick and viscous.

Overall a pretty good dopplebock , a little on the falt side though.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a deep amber brown body with a ring of head around the edge and a tiny slow carbonation.

S- This beer has a dark sweet malt aroma with notes of roasted malt, a faint port wine, and earthy raisin hints. There are some light notes of caramel in as it warms but it is still a pretty clean aroma.

T- The taste of sweet dark malt has a light pot caramel note but it is not to strong. There is a faint bitterness with a dark roasted malt taste in the finish. The bitterness doesn't have any flavors of hops and taste more like bitterness from grain.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with no alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer has some nice malt flavors but they have some off taste that interfere with there flavor.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish-copper color. Good sized head but drops fizzily (that's a word, right?) and quickly. Kind of like root beer. Head drops to almost nothing and leaves no lace at all.
Smell is very malty, strong alcohol note, then wheat, green apple, raisins, oak, whiskey, hint of smoke and caramel. Good complexity and the balance is great.
Taste is all the above with lots of alcohol, spice with a slightly bitter bite that wasn't from hops. Alcohol is not overpowering.
A good effervescence all over actually overcomes the underlying smoothness somewhat. Medium body, fairly smooth with a nice mellow aftertaste.

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

Very nice chestnut/coppery color. Not a lot of aroma-somewhat metallic. Malty flavor with an underlying bitterness. The metallic quality comes back into the flavor from the aroma. Slight astringency. Decent enough mouthfeel. Overall a decent effort though I find it lacks the malty sweetnees and "umph" that a doppelbock needs to carry it.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So its nearly 8% huh? That explains the buzz. Apparently the alcohol is fairly well hidden, I expected this to be around 6. Not a bad stab at the style, reminds me of Spaten Optimator. Rich, but simple licorice and chocolate flavor. The flavor is a little less nice as the beer warms up, but still not a bad doppelbock. Its no Celebrator, but I wouldnt turn one down.

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

Not too shabby, but a typical of Micro Dopplebocks. Certainly has a malty rich profile that shows a lot of promise. But it lacks maturity, complexity, roundness, and togetherness. The malts show large syrup, caramel, nuttiness, and a light roated / toastedness. Never really shows the deep dark fruit flavors or the warming alcohol sensation. Finishes a little too sweet and lacks boldness. Nothing really wrong with it, it's just not as good as the style suggests.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gives up the ghost into a goblet that is a hazy auburn hue topped with a skim coating of skimpy khaki.

Aroma is a grainy punchy carrot cake hint with toasted wheat bread malt and a toffee and clover honey like sweetness scent.

First swigs: Fruitcake and cherry fruit hints blend with a sweet sugary almost tea like flavor. Middle palate has a rich vanilla and nutty pecan suggestion. Lots of intersting fruity and nutty flavors here.

Medium body with a rich creamy feel that sticks to the palate.

Last swigs: A bright doppel that is rather taster friendly. TommyKnocker did a real fine job with this one and it's cheap too!

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Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Butthead Doppelbock pours a toffee colored brown with a small tan head. The aroma is malty, with caramel like smell. Malty, caramel like taste. Thick mouthfeel. The alcohol is definitely noticeable. Quite a nice beer, I'd like to get some of my hop head friends to try this one, maybe it will convert them to the joys of malt. Recommended.

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Photo of palliko
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a copper brown with some light brown foam that sticks around. Aroma is malty, with notes of molasses and dates. Initial taste is creamy caramel, raisins and malt. There is not much carbonation, but the middle is a balance of hops and malt with overtones of toffee. Finish has toast, biscuits and leaves a nice aftertaste. Reminds me of Salvator and Celebrator! Excellent!

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chestnut. A pretty traditional malt profile for the style, with perhaps a bit more emphasis on some roasted caramel flavors. Hints at going syrupy, but doesn't, and initially strikes a chord as being sweet, but this really doesn't pan out as much as the first impression would suggest. A bit of alcohol pepper lurks in the background. Overall, a little heavyhanded but competently done.

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

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as part of a brewery mixed six pack. The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear scarlett coloration. The head was one finger high with a honey coloration. Thick rings of lacing descend down the side of the glass.

Smell: The beer has a roasted toffee and caramel maltyness. There is a bit of alcohol spicyness.

Taste: The beer has a big sweet caramel fruity malty backbone. There is a spicy alcohol hit. The beer then goes a bit bitter balancing the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a big chewy mouthfeel. The beer is full bodied. The beer is easy to drink. This is a descent Doppelbock.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear caramel color with a three inch beige head that leaves splashy lacing

Smell: Not too much aroma, but I detect some caramel malt and maple tones

Taste: Chocolate and caramel up front (almost like a German Chocolate Cake, just not as sweet); the sweetness is well-restrained with a slight hop flavor on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: I like this interpretation of the style; lots of interesting flavor but never cloyingly sweet; well-balanced

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

Pours a nice brown color, perhaps a little light, with a slight head.

It smells better: malty and syrupy sweet, quite nice.

The taste is equally good. There are very nice sweet and roasted notes from the malts.

The body is a little light, too. I would prefer a little more substance.

This isn't the best doppelbock out there, but it is still pretty good.

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Orange-tinged brown color, clear in presentation. Middling head of foam, but with good staying power. Wide horizontal laces. Lightyl caramel nose, a bit of raisin comes through as well. Mouthfeel is good, medium in body with carbonation on the low side. Predominantly malty flavor, dark maple syrup but with some more complex notes, fruity cherry and a bitter unsweetened chocolate sense comes on about midway through the profile. A little bite and alcohol to the finish. Works pretty well with a couple of things going on to give you something to think about -- I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a wonderfully malt scent that boasts of crystal, chocolate, and roasted malts. It's dry and quite warming. The taste is good. It has a sweet malty flavor that boasts of crystal and chocolate malts along with a dry lager yeast. It's smooth on the way down and warm on the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I love the warm, malty aroma as well as the full flavored taste; a good drinker.

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Photo of kingjames1
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice deep amber in color, with a decent laching. Interesting dopplebock - definitely has the sweet malts (hints of maple and chocolate), but also has some clear hops-kick to it, changing its character from a typical dopplebock This is well balanced on the palate, though the finish is a little too dry for the style, and overall is pretty drinkable. I like it. Good American version.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in colour with medium carbonation. Huge and heady red-wine aroma, with notes of caramel. More caramel and red wine acidity in the mouth, which eventually gives way to some bready and nutty notes on the finish. Heavy on the palate, without being cloying. Generally speaking, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but this sample was pretty good. Thanks rudge75.

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Photo of JWFokker
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a beer stein, it's an alright looking beer, a dark reddish brown, but clear - not cloudy, with almost no head and minimal lacing, if that's important to you. Perhaps my olfactories fail me, but there is almost no nose to speak of. I thought I detected a slight sour note of hops, but it was gone before I could really be sure. The flavor is quite alright. It doesn't completely compensate for the absence of any sort of aroma, but it's solid. A good balance of hops and malt with a bit of nuttiness and caramel thrown in. No detectable smoky/burnt roastedness observed. I have to agree with other reviewers that compared to most doppelbocks, it's flavor and mouthfeel are a bit thin. It does lack a certain robustness, and the consequent smoothness that the majority possess. If I didn't know better, I'd call it a strong ale, which may be good news to ale fans, but if you're looking for an above average doppelbock, you won't find it here. Regardless, it's still a solid beer. The aftertaste is nice, with a noticable caramel presence. While it may be lacking in certain qualities and it's doppelbock classification is dubious at best, it's still a good beer.

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Photo of AltBock
2.69/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle with a cool picture of 2 TommyKnocker miners riding rams and head butting them together. They're all doing this in front of the mine where they should be doing thier jobs instead of riding the rams. :-) It had a back label with info about the beer, Best Before date and more numbers on the side, which I'm not so sure what they mean. I picked up mine, even when I saw that it expired on October of 2005. I thought that a Dopplebock style beer with an almost 8% ABV could last a little longer than Oct. and who knows might even taste better with age.

Appearance: Poured a beautiful hazy light ruby red color with a very thin head of foam. It didn't leave too much lace but did have some rings around my pilsner glass. Although a nice color, but to me it isn't the usual Dopplebock dark brown/ruby/black color.

Smell: I couldn't put my finger on much of the smell, but what I can say is that it was somewhat fruity, sweet, and with a hint of malts in the background. Very good ale aroma, but not lager aroma.

Taste: When reading the back of the label, I thought since this was a Dopplebock and was brewed with a generous amount of roasted malts, I was expecting mostly malts in the taste, but I was wrong. What I got instead was some sweetness up front, plenty of hops in the middle, and very little malts at the end. This would be an excellent taste if this was an ale, but this is a Dopplebock.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, little carbonation, and with a sweet hops aftertaste. Even with a 7.9%ABV, I thought this was a little weak and bland.

Drinkability: This made for a nice light drink, but in my book this isn't a Dopplebock. Like I said before, I thought this beer would age well but I guess not. If I ever get my hands on a fresher one I will for sure rereview it. I still don't see how a fresher one would improve this beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An off-red, somewhat murky, a thin white-ring head. Some caramel malts, spices, apples and hints of alcohol. A first impression is generally a good one—sweet malts, chestnuts and some sugary pasty alcohol; there are hints of chocolate. The body is slightly acidic, yet somewhat sticky at the same time. Alcohol notes are come-and-go, borders on medium bodied. A doughy and pancake loaded with syrup palate; fulfilling, very rich and sweet. Very nice.

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

A great looking beer, classic red/brown, slightly hazy with some cascading effect when poured. Bubbly, thick orange/white head. Leaves some lace and a ring around the top of the beer.
Smell is spicy malt, pepper and citrus, and alcohol.
Taste is nice compared with similar dopplebocks. Strong malt, sweet and tangy, alcohol is present near the top of the glass, minimal hop presence, maybe a bit of floral hops in the back of the mouth.
This beer is medium to thick and chewey in the mouth, not much carbonation, but full.
Don't think I would have many of these in a row, but would seek it out again, if Celebrator or Sam Adams weren't available.


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