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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Photo of IronLover
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle. Raisin-like browish red in color with a deep haze. Poured with a thick, frothy foam that slowly reduced to a wispy beige cap. Sweet roasted caramel malt and dark fruit aromas, molasses and a bit of boozy. Smooth and creamy thick feel with light carbonation. Flavor is similar to aroma, sweet dark caramel, raisins, molasses, toasted malt and brown sugar. Bitter floral notes appear to the finish ushering in a light alcoholic burn.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a red tinted brown. But seriously, where is the head. I poured this as aggressively as I could and got virtually nothing out of it.
S- On the other hand, the smell is amazing. It's got a robust brown bread aroma with some caramel and a nice balancing fig-like character.
T- Not quite as sharp on the tongue. It's still bready throughout and the fig/date like character shows up near the finish, but other than those two notes its a bit shallow on flavor.
M- This is precisely the opposite mouthfeel that I want. It feels like it wants to be sweet and sticky, but it really just falls watery on the tongue. Light body and low carbonation.
O- A mixed bag. It has all the right flavors and aromas, flavors and aromas that hang with the best in the style. But the appearance and body were just completely sad. Ultimately I'm a bit disappointed.

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Photo of Suds
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored and sweet liquid. Slight white head. Nice clarity. Moderately malty aroma...pale malt, a little toasty, some grape-like (dark grape) fruit. Well balanced taste. Some herbal hoppiness, which was a little unexpected. Semi-sweet, and just a little bitter. Slick on the tongue. Moderately full body. All things considered, this is a a reasonably tasty brew.

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Photo of speter
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Amber hue with floaters. A nice fluffy off-white head that was persistent and left moderate lacing. (The slightly low score was due to the lightness of the beer.)

S: Malt and a hint of brown sugar. Totally absent are the trademark raisin and prune scents of a Doppelbock. There is a hint of hops in the nose.

T: A malt-forward APA-ish lager. The front and middle are mildly malty, but largely flavorless. The finish has a deeply unpleasant metallic cloy to it.

M: For the ABV, this tastes watery.

O: Color me disappointed. This has none of the characteristics of a good Doppelbock. At 8.2%, I'd expect a lot more bang for my buck. Go get a Celebrator, Optimator, or Asam Bock. If you want an American example, try a St. Victorious.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass.

A: reddish copper, cloudy; nice head; lacing was spotty
S: strong, pleasant aroma of caramel, molasses, and malts
T: very strong, somewhat unidimensional doublebock; deep caramel taste, a bit too astringent; but what a good deal for a doppelbock

I would certainly have more of these; appropriate for mealtime, with foods that could complement and perhaps tone down, this flavor profile.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

caramel brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish

Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable. Overall just a nice smooth feel. Very very nice.

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Photo of bpw28
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Two finger bone white head, deep amber (about a 23 SRM), very nice lacing, lots of carb.

Smell: Big malt, caramel, carmalized sugar, some alcohol on the nose, rum soaked dark fruits, very light earthy/floral.

Taste: Big smooth malt, milk chocolate,caramelized sugar, dark fruits (big prune), chewy full mouthfeel, big carb,warming, sweet, big alcohol on the end.

Final Thoughts: Simple, yet beautiful. Perfect beer for when theres a slight chill in the air (mid fall or early spring; everyone knows bocks and spring). I really like this one.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finger thick head.

Dark fruit smells with some bready malt notes in the smell.

Taste follows along with something like toffee or butterscotch and hint of hop bitterness.

Medium slightly sticky body with mild carbonation.

Not bad at all, pretty tasty but a bit cloying in ts sweetness. It's not too different from other dopplebocks except for the slightly sweeter flavor. Worth trying, but feels like it would wear out its welcome to me after just a couple.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice

Bottled June 2010

A- Dark copper brown body with haze, 1 finger head is creamy/solid and reduces in line with ABV, lacing is average to minimal.

S- Malt dominant as expected. Biscuit malts, and toffee, a bit of rum and a dark fruit cake.

T- A light biscuit malt note upfront which stays and then wave after wave of treacle toffee malty goodness comes through. A little hop bite surfaces in the finish with a hint of alcohol heat which is not unpleasant.

M- Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Perhaps doesnt have the clean finish of a world class doppelbock, slightly syrupy but ever so slightly.

D- A very tasty doppelbock. This treacle toffee note and the maltiness on the palate was superb. I think this was the first US doppelbock i had and was definitey impressed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink this stuff all the time (10 years ago) but I never see it around anymore; I recall it fondly enough to be intrigued to revisit it. The brew pours a rich mahogany hue, and is capped with a moderate-lived off-white froth; not much lacing ensues. The nose is quite sweet and nutty, with some caramel and hazelnut overtones, a bit of dark-dried fruit character, and just a hint of herbal spiciness to temper the sweetness. The taste follows the aromatic cue, but offers a good deal more naked grain and fruity esters than the nose suggested. The feel is especially silky and creamy. This is a pretty nice example of the style; I still like it.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks creamy and thick like syrup from the deep brown or mahagoney color. Its capped by a small and bubbly off-white head that dissapates to a thin film fairly quickly. The smell is interesting. I get a sickly sweetness like a mixture of passion fruit and caramel. Its definitely different, but also enticing.

Different and interesting in the taste as well. That sickly sweetness translates to a creamy mouthfeel and dry, wine-like finish and feel. Clean though. The taste is sweet and juicy, like a mix of caramel and dried fruits. a small twinge of alcohol is present, but only after warming up. This is nice because the rich flavor of other doppelbocks I've had has sometimes been marred by a strong alcohol taste that takes over the whoel flavor profile. Not the case here however, and for that the flavor and body hold their own nicely. The mouthfeel makes this beer though, finishing the whole experience with a nice, satisfying bow. Good beer, glad it was available.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label nicked 31, December and either 09 or 10 (can't see because bottom of label is torn). Doesn't say if that's the born on or the best by date.

Appearance - Medium brown slightly hazy body. Almost no head. Bit boring looking.

Smell - Very malty. Smells good, but nothing special for a dopplebock.

Taste - A little on the bland side for a dopple. Slightly astringent and a bit more bitter than others I've had.

Mouthfeel - A bit astringent. Not a big body.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty meh for a dopple bock. Good for a beer, but boring for the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep, vibrant, ruby red coloring with a thin film of head and a very slight haze to it. The nose is light and effervescent, with toasted oat and molasses aromas. Looks light bodied, but smells thick. The initial tastes are "heavy", and carry a tangy sweet caramel, a fig/dark fruit taste, and a slight smokey characteristic. The beer is light bodied enough to balance the heavy flavors, yet leaves a decent lacing on the glass. Tangy sweet aftertaste, with a shot of the dark fruit flavors towards the back of the tongue and mouth for a split second. The finish is sharp and tart.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a deep amber looking brown color with a tan head on top. The aroma is loaded with malts and a little bit of spice. The flavor of this beer is pretty strong but it's mostly all malts and not much else to balance the brew out. It packs a boozey punch too which isn't too bad. The mouthfeel is a little thick but it's nothing oily. The beer is a little above average and I'd try it again.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A very light tan head that disapears really quick. A dark copper cherry body color. Decently bubbly.

I get a weird Medicinal artificial cherry vanilla smell.

I get the same thing with the taste, artificial cherry-vanilla, toasted bread some bitterness and booze. Quite unappetizing!

Medium body. Light carbonation. Feels okay if the taste wasn't so gross.

I don't like the taste. It was almost painful to finish but I decided to pull through. Not for me.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got Butthead Doppelbock in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker for $8.99 at The Lager Mill. I haven't had a Doppelbock in a while so this seemed like a good change of pace. Bottled on February 22, 2011. Poured from a 120x brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- This one had the best label of the six, but the miners look pretty corny as always. It poured a nice deep dark amber color with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring with a couple lumps.

S- I pick some roasted caramel malts that have a good amount of sweetness to it. There is a nice amount of dark dried fruits that blend nicely with the lightly roasted malts. I also pick up some booze on the finish.

T- The lightly roasted caramel malts imparts lots of sweetness with some light toffee flavors. There is some candied sugar along with lot of dry dark fruits like the aroma led me to believe. This is the fruitiest doppelbock I have had, this beer is all about the dark fruits. There is some warming alcohol on the finish that lets you know this beer is bigger then the rest in the six pack.

M- Medium bodied, sweet, and a little under carbonated.

Overall this was a pretty tasty Doppelbock. I don't have a lot of experience with this style but I think this fits the bill nicely. It was a little heavy on the sweetness and the alcohol was noticeable but that didn't hurt this brew too much. I was surprised that Tommyknocker put a bigger beer in their mixed six pack, brewery's usually don't whip out the big guns for their variety packs so that was pretty cool, they earn my respect for doing that and for $8.99 it was pretty good deal. I would buy a 6 pack of this beer for those cold spring nights and I would for sure get their mixed 6 pack again, it had good variety and was a good deal. I recommend this beer to anyone who likes bocks and malt forward beers, this ones a keeper.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Notched 10.29.10. Consumed 3.29.11.

A: Against lighting a crimson red color reveals a medium sense of effervesce with a lazy rise. The head is disappointing, diminishing almost as quickly as it rose, sandstone in color and failed to cling and lace to the glass. Overall a fairly boring experience that lacked incentive.

S: The nose was light of cough syrup, cherry flavored, with a mixture of dry apple grains. Medicinal, and again lacked incentive and appeal.

T: For flavor there was sweet caramelized apple and toasted grains mixing with a fruitiness and some alcohol content, again more like cherry cough syrup. Some hops, perhaps noble flowers, yet was vague and hindered by the lingering cough syrup alcohol that was left behind. Overall average flavor, hardly enough to raise and eyebrow to or another glass. Label claimed a gold winner? Must have been a slow year.

M: Pretty good fullness, creamy and lush, one of the few highpoints of this drink. Light carbonation.

D: Yeah sorry, a notch below average here, preference on not having another one and a slow reluctant to finish flavor makes me only happy in the fact that I purchased a single here. Butthead? Yeah I pretty much feel like one for buying this, thankfully it was a cheap learning experience.

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Photo of honkey
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, small off white head. Smell is sweet, some dark fruit smell, trace of alcohol, and caramel. Taste follows the smell with dark fruit and a slight bit of alcohol. A little on the low side for carbonation and a slightly thick mouthfeel.

This bottle is a little over 6 months old and is less alcoholic tasting than fresher bottles. I prefer it this way.

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Photo of NickRivers
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A&S - Beautiful Sunburst color with amazing aromas consisting of mainly dried fruit.

T&M - Crisp and tart mouthfeel with a medium bodied fruit taste empowered with alcohol.

O - An amazing beer. One of the best lager.

Right off the bat an amazing color. I've have never had to use the word "Sunburst" to describe a beer. Then the taste is amazing. So much fruit and alcohol. It almost feels likes your drinking wine. If you can get your hands on some and get past the ABV you will not be disappointed. Not much more to say, Just go pick some up. Stay thirsty my friends!!!

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Photo of TheMadChef10
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little to no head and it was a very appealing dark amber color. When I sniffed it, it had a hint of metallic and slightly hoppy. It had a bitter front that went to slightly hoppy and i thought i had a hint of black cherry. It cleansed the palate quickly. I would drink it again but couldnt have too many felt full after the one, but that could have been because of what I ate.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006...
Appears a russett brown with a mild beige cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Co2 bubbles rise through the protein fall out held in suspension.
Smell is caramel, raisins, black cherries, cocoa, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Taste is of the aromas with sweet black grape flavors off the bat. Raisins, currants, cherries, and Zinfandel wine come to mind on the second sip.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, sweet, mildly tart, with a raisin bread, and vinuous flavor lingering long after the swallow.
There is a little blurb about brewery freshness and enjoy by date. I'm glad I missed that initially because this 5 year old bottle is complex. I opened it right after I opened a different American doppelbock from the same time period, which clearly didn't withstand the test of time.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is my first brew from Tommyknocker. This is definitely doppelbock season and I'd sure love to notch a few more before Easter. Butthead pours a handsome but clear brown with a fine head that dies to a cap fairly quickly. Dark malts, caramel, grapeskin, and alcohol make the grade in the nose.

Big, chewy, malty biscuit flavors with underlining dark fruit. Maybe a little light on the carbonation but I dig it. Mellow, creamy aftertaste. Alcohol isn't an issue. It's there, but that's really it. Surprisingly clean finish as well.

I'll tell you, this isn't anything mind blowing but it's tasty, reasonably cheap, and remarkably easy to drink. You don't get a lot of sessionable 8.2% abv dopplers, but that's why they play the games I guess.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

With an aggressive pour, the beer has an intense amount of foam with large bubbles. This lasts about a minute. Beer is transparent and has visibly active carbonation. Dark amber or wood-stain in color. Head is dark tan in color. Bubbles remain in center of glass, but no streaking or lacing.

Dominant scents are malt sugar and alcohol pungency. I also pick up on distinct brown sugar, and prunes. Metallic or iron-like scent in the background. Is it the water? Hops? Nothing to complain about, but there are many more unique, complex, or better-defined doppelbock scents out there.

The dominant tastes are the malt's sweetness and the alcohol. Where's the malt backbone to cover up the booziness? In the background, I pick up on traces of caramel, walnuts (or nuttiness), and dried brown figs (barely). Again, not particularly standing out from anything beyond par for the doppelbock course.

Mouthfeel is moderate to heavily carbonated, perhaps overly so. Medium-heavy body, which is pleasant, with a fairly dry finish.

A fairly decent doppelbock, if nothing special. It's affordable, ok-tasting, and available, though there are others I would choose in its place.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with less than 1 finger of white fluffy head.

The scent is of roasted malts and alcohol.

The taste is initially of very present alcohol, strong roasted malt flavor, notes of toffee.

Medium bodied, somewhat chewy and kind of sticky, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty tasty beer, I thought the alcohol presence was a little too dominating but it didn't really affect the drinkability too much.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Butthead Dopplebock was chestnut in color with some light haze and lots of sediment floating about. It had a short beige head with poor retention and little lacing. The smell was dark malt, toast, and a little alcohol. The taste was dark fruit, toast, sweet malt, and somewhat alcoholic. The finish was long and dry. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium-light carbonation. Drinkability was above average. This is a pretty good Dopplebock and worth a try.

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Butthead Doppelbock from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 604 ratings.
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