Butthead Doppelbock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 12-05-2001

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. with an overdue freshness date, but at almost 8% and under a year old it should be no problem. Pours into the pilsner glass a reddish brown with sediment that rises and falls while the bubbles make their way to the top. The head is beige and thin on the pour, receding quickly, but later regains a thin blanket and leaves some lacing. Smells of raisins, vinous and caramel malts, sweetness, pine, and some scent that I can't quite pin down but am pretty sure it's not supposed to be there. The flavors are dark malts, a lot of sweetness, alcohol, and green/piney hops that have a surprising bitterness for a dopplebock. The body is thick and coats the mouth a bit more thick than I'd want. I was initially very skeptical, but it became more tolerable as I progressed. However, it would be hard to drink another one and from drinking one I can already imagine the hangover created by making it a session beer.

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Photo of metallistout
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark ruby color with a small tan head, probably due to high alcohol content.

Smells very malty,sweet and fruity. Smell Like it's going to be a good one.

Tastes very malty and strong of alcohol. Reminds me of a strong ale, even though it is a bock and is lagered. Very little hops, mostly sweet, fruity malt flavor.

Dry on the finish. Good mouthfeel..

I would say that I would definately buy another 6 pack or so. A very good beeer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Left me preface this review by saying this is my favorite style of bottom fermented beer and when done right stands up well against IPAs, ESBs and Big Ales of various stripes.

Appearance: Lovely clear marroon color with a massive tan to light brown head that left a clingy ring all the way down the glass.

Smell: Malts, raisuns, fruit and alcohol all are there ti enjoy

Taste: Fruitty bready taste makes me think of hawaiian sweet bread or a fresh-baked muffin. Bitterness and sweetness are present on the tounge and throat, alocohol taste is present, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: syrupy yet smooth, bleies it's strength

Despite the wallop it packs this is a moreish beer and ceratanally this best American dopplebock I've tasted

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Photo of battlekow
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Butthead pours a viscous, opaque brown with almost no head. It smells more alcoholic than it should, even given the 7.9% ABV. There's also a lot of sweet caramel maltiness. The flavor is surprisingly chocolately, and very pleasingly so, with some toffee as well. Doesn't taste very alcoholic at all. Mouthfeel is extremely thick. I wasn't expecting this doppelbock to be anywhere near as good as Autumnal Fire or Thomas Hooker Liberator, given that I really disliked Tommyknocker's Maple Nut Brown, but Butthead was pretty damn good. I'm still hung up on the sweet, subtle chocolate flavor--really good. I could easily have several of these and be smashed before I knew it.

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

Poured this one from bottle with Feb 05 drink by date. Pours a dark rosy brown that looks much like a brown ale. There were lots of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, but the head is very thin and dissipates to nothing quickly. The aroma is of sweet caramel and strong malts, also slightly like roasted coffee.

The taste is good, again, like sweet caramel and coffee. There is a very mild alcohol taste as well as in the nose, but it is not overwhelming. Overall, a good beer that I recommend.

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Photo of carln26
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is right with this beer. It’s a deep brown with some ruby highlights. It was topped by a 2 inch tan head that receded quickly into the glass, yet left no lace. The aroma is all malt with toffee, caramel and just a hint of a dark cherry. The flavor is thin. It has some of the caramel and toffee, but there is no richness or depth. The cherry flavor disappears. The mouth feel is thin and watery, and overall this has a low drinakbility. Sorry, this is one of my favorite styles, and I don’t believe it is that hard to brew, so I’m a bit disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It is pretty deep copper brown color that poured with a very small head that fell very quickly. Though the beer is dark, I am used to a DoppelBock with this hue to be crystal clear when held to the light...this one is noticeably cloudy even after it settles.

Aroma: There is some alcohol noticeable in the aroma, and this brings with it some dark fruity aroma's like plums. There is some toasty malt there, but I get very little Melanoidins in this beer. There are some caramel notes there that may be obscuring the Melanoidins if they are there.

Taste: This beer is way mild for a DoppelBock, and this is one of my favorite styles. I get some toasty notes here, but not nearly the earthy notes that you get from a rich German Bock. Flavor-wise, I think that this beer would probably be better suited for a Traditional Bock, but the alcohol has been turned up a bit high for that style. It needs more flavor for it to fit this style.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brown long-neck 12 oz. bottle with "...enjoy within 4 month of date notched". And the date notched was 2-05, so I missed it by a month. Perhaps I can attribute my experience to missing by a month, but it shouldn't make this much difference.

The beer poured a reddish brown. It was crystal clear, but it had no head, probably thanks to the alcohol.

Aroma was malt and alcohol. Not a terrible smell, but not one that would attract you to the beer, either.

Taste was malt along with some dark fruits, alcohol, and a sourness that was a major distraction for me. It reminded me of eating the shell of a hazelnut -- the really bitter part.

Full mouthfeel, almost chewy; but for me this was not a beer to savor.

Overall, I'm glad I tried it, but was gladder to be done with it. Unless one month made all the difference here, it's a beer I can't recommend.

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

Bottle obtained from Total Beverage (Colorado) and consumed later that same evening. Pours a light tan one-finger head over a crystal clear dark bronze-reddish liquid. Beauty to look at with a couple tiny streamers rising up through the beer. Smells potently of complex caramel. Sweet dark musty. Some toasty qualities, a hint of chocolate, a barely noticable alcohol burn, as well as that musty smell (which I think is a noble hop). Smells delicious. Taste is rich caramel with some chocolate and some toasted grains. Very sweet...too much so, IMO. A wood character comes in with a late alcohol. Can't decide if that wood is from hops or part of the alcohol. After the alcohol is a tinge of sour, like grapes (not cherries). The aftertaste is rich in chocolate and is very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is mild. It's a bit too heavy and sweet to be really drinkable, but I like it a great deal.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Woodman's West as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode Sampler 12-pack.

Pours a dark ruby brown with minimal head. Looks nice. Nose is of chocolate and toffee with some maltiness. Taste is chocolate and coffee with a strong alcoholic bite. Not off-putting, but it's there. My first dopplebock and not a bad brew. Mouthfeel is creamy, with medium carbonation. Alcohol becomes more apparent as it warms. It'll kick your butt after a couple, so enjoyable in moderation. I love coffee and chocolate flavors in beer, andI was surprised by that in this brew. Good offering from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with absolutely no head, not a trace, dark brown body, still lets light thourhg, but not a large amount. Smell is brown sugary and malty, but doesn't stand out a lot. Taste has a lot of alcohol warming in it, which is accented by rich sweet malty flavors. Kind of one note, and lacking depth. Slick mouthfeel, but this is not a top notch dopplebock by any means.

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Photo of budsboy
2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky, sickly brown without a head - none. Odd swirling masses of bubble-like matter in there, below the surface. Seems like bubbles anyway.

Smells like apple and other over-ripe fruit. A hint of allspice as it warms.

Taste is alright, rather bland. A mix of sharp berry, cough syrup and a wee bit of bread ... might not sound so good, but oddly it's fairly nice all together. Unimpressive, inoffensive. Is that good?

Mouthfeel is the worst part of this brew. Dull. Flat. Dead.

Not so great, not so bad. I really have mixed thoughts about this guy. I'll give it another go. The very low (non-existent) carbonation seems a bit suspect.

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Photo of granger10
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with red on the sides. Head is minimal and lacing is moderate. I like the color though. Aroma is really nice with a caramel/toffee nut mix. Slightly sweet but a little alcohol sting is in there as well. Flavor begins with the traditional dopplebock taste of carmel and nuts and is nice and creamy and rich. But there's no chocolate or other malts in there to balance the strong caramel flavors or give complexity. A roasted bitterness is there but its weak. The finish leans toward acidic notes, which I didn't really care for, and is quite abrupt. This beer starts out good but loses steam the further I go. One and done, but decent nonetheless.

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

Pours a brown with reddish burgandy highlights small tan head fades fast not much in the way of lace.
Aroma is malty with a mixture of caramel and molasses with some nutty aromas with hints of spicey hops.
Taste is malty molassses brown sugar some caramel mix together finish is malty and slightly nutty with hints of spicey herbal like hops. Overall nothing exciting or as nice as a good Doppelbock.
Mouthfeel is right around medium carbonation adding a little zest to the feel in the finish.
Drinkability is ok for a beer if looking for a good Doppelbock look elsewhere this one pretty average nothing worth trying again. Thanks again go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Body pours an attractive, clear, chestnut color with ruby hues when held to the light. Small, beige head on an aggressive pour has little retention. Minimal lacing.
Aroma is decent, with malty notes of caramel, toffee, and molasses and a hint of floral hop.
Mouthfeel is light medium in body, with moderate carbonation.
Taste is malty sweet, with notes of caramel and molasses. A soft, floral hops bitterness does little to counter the sweetness. Finish is more sweet maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden in the grain bill.
This one was the best of the Tommyknocker sampler box, but I was not very impressed with the brewery's bottled offerings.

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Photo of clvand0
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a small head that quickly dies off and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is comprised of a slight fruitiness and a caramel malt. The flavor was much the same as the aroma. A fruity and caramel malty flavor give this beer decent balance. I really didn't enjoy the flavor of this one.

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Photo of Crosling
3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Subtle aroma of dark fruits and deep malts.

Well orchestrated flavor profile with notes of mixed nuts, dark fruits, deep malts, mainly munich and caramel and a phenomenal finish of banana and clove. Nice German yeast taste. Well hidden alcohol. No wonder this has won gold at the GABF the past 2 years.

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

Appearance: pours a carmel red with tan edges. A thin white head quickly disappears.

Smell: Dried cheeries, some carmel, and an alcohol background.

Taste: All malt! This is big and very complex. Tastes like a carmel sour apple. It finishes somewhat dry with the alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth. Definitely warms the pipes as it heads south.

Drinkability and overall: A fine American Dopplebock. Really enjoyed this one. Drinkability suffers some because it is sweet. But it would make a nice after dinner treat.

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

Pours a semi-clear ruby brown with a nearly non-existent off-white head.

There are notes of chocolateand toffee in the nose that are joined by a touch of alcohol.

The flavor is malty and sweet. This sweetness is balanced nicely by the alcohol. As the beer warms, the flavors of the malt become more pronounced--chocolate and carmel dominate the taste. Very good.

The beer is pretty thick and rich in the mouth, although not too much so. It is a nice sipping beer that is not too rich.

A very nice beer from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with highlights of ruby throughout. Thin, tan head which disappeared immediately, leaving no lace whatsoever. Smells of carmel, roasty malt. Strong on the malt scent. No hiding what is here, malt and heavy. Deep robust roasty malt flavor, very smooth with almost no bitterness at all. Noticable alcohol presence. Medium body, with low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Fairly easy to drink, I could possibly have this one again. Overall, a decent american made dopplebock.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.19/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a deep reddish brown with about half a finger of head that falls to just cover the beer. The nose is sweet...overly sweet. The closest I can ome up with for what the smell is would be sweet cherries..or maybe almond extract is closer. Whatever it is, its not good in my view. The beer is not as sweet as the nose would suggest on the first taste, but with the second sip, the sweetness is there. It finishes almost smokey..not sure? I just can't figure this beer out, but the complexity is not adding to the experience. The beer is thick, but not too syrupy. Not a bad feel in my mouth, but not enough to save this one in my book. I'm glad ther are only two of these in my sampler. Not worth seeking out. I might not even try it again if it were free.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was brewed in Phoenix.
It poured a cloudy tannish dark amber with a thin beige head and some trailing and sliding lace.
The sweet malty aroma also has smells of fruit, honey and hints of maple. A mild alcohol fume is noticed throughout.
The full rounded doughy malt body has flavors of toffee and rum-soaked raisins and a bit of candy sugar.
Some citrusy zest and bitter orange taste provide a nice edgy bite.
The body is slick, fluid and lightly oily.
An alcohol kick is comes through as expected.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I gave this a pretty low appearance because it poured very flat. I was nervous that I may have gotten a bad beer, but I actually enjoyed it. The aroma was really full and fresh. There was a nice brown sugar and maple syrup flavor on the tounge and the beer finished very smooth with a very nice after taste.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -0.8%
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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