Oaked Butt Head Bock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Oaked Butt Head BockOaked Butt Head Bock

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold Medal winning Butt Head Bock brewed with heavy toasted Hungarian Oak. Deep earth and wood notes make this specialty a substantially enjoyable brew for the connoisseur.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color with good carbonation and a head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of vanilla and dark fruit, toasted oak, & cinnamon. Flavor seems a little too dominated by the oak. Malty character a bit too hidden in the background. Besides that, this is a very well tasted beer and quite enjoyable. Very smooth & drinkable. No off flavors or high alcohol. A very solid beer that would be very enjoyable with some brats or in the winter months coming back from skiing in the Rockies.

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Photo of jp32
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep copper in color with a minor white head on top. Actually, I'd call this a shade or two darker than copper with some pretty nice auburn highlights in the glass.

It's aroma is rich of caramel with notes of molasses and brown sugar present. It's sweet smell is deliciously inviting.

Caramel malts lead it's flavor profile with hints of vanilla and molasses, yet it's flavor remains less sweet than it's aroma led me to believe it would be. A nice warming alcohol presence precedes a bready aftertaste. Smooth and undercarbonated mouthfeel.

Decent beer without any glaring problem, but it's also not blowing my socks off or anything.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Haven't had a Tommyknocker in forever! Picked this up for $2.50 a single at Vintage Estate. Pour is pretty nice deep dark woody with a 1/4 inch of froth that sticks around for a bit for a very attractive lace ring. Smell is kind of bitter and woody with some lager yeasts and some brown sugar like malts. Taste is better than I expected balanced wood, some sweet malts and a smooth lingering finish. ABV is well masked it drinks pretty medium bodied with no lingering ethanol.

Overall quite a exceptional brew if anything it trumps the regular version!

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Photo of tigg924
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper with 1/4 inch head. Taste is oak, bourbon, toasted malt, burnt sugar, and a touch of alcohol. Very good sweet treat where the oaking is very present. This one is a sipper and one I will get again.

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts. Taste is bready malts, oak, alcohol, light fruits. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A bock, aged in oak? Why don't I see this more often? Must try now. On to the beer:

Looks chestnut colored, and topped with a semi-creamy head which retains well, it's a looker. Adding to the appearance are the several strings of lacing it leaves. The aroma has a fun spiciness, a light oak note, vague sweet bread , and a squeeze of white grape. At this point, I'm having fun and ready to drink.

With a good sweet bock base, little spots of toasted cling to the base and give this bock a distinct flavor from other bocks. A breath of warming alcohol adds to the fun, as does a fruity note. Left in the aftertaste is bread crust and a little oak. It's a full bodied beer that's lightly carbonated, and at the end it's one pleasing bock.

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Photo of BB1313
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/28/14. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky ruby brown with a small tan head that fades quickly and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are pretty sweet and full of dark fruit. Lots of raisins and plums. Some cherry. Some chocolate and toffee too. I'm also picking up some spices. Maybe even some cinnamon? It almost smells like there's a "pumpkin" vibe to it. The oak aromas are subtle. The flavors seem to match the nose. Lots of sweet caramel with more cocoa in the mix. The malts are definitely present. More fresh cherries, possibly black cherries. The oak is subtle in the flavor department as well, but it's definitely there giving it another dimension. This one is on the sweeter side, but in a good way. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; it feels thin but there's enough body to it. The carbonation is active and it's a pretty smooth brew. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a very solid beer. I always liked this base beer, and the oaked version is nice too. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice mahogany color with a thin tan head that vanished quickly.
Just releasing the cap, a bold malty and fruity smell blossomed around. Nice aroma of caramel, red fruits, tobacco, maple, Brandy and wood.
Wonderful flavor with notes of red fruits, caramels, vanilla, licorice, maple, spices, floral and earthy hops, tobacco, roasted malts, charred wood, cocoa and a subtle tartness. Slightly dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8.1% abv is harmonic and enhances the experience.
This is a very good Doppelbock. A style that when it is well crafted, it surprises, generally you don’t see that coming from lager yeast. This is a month to due date, definitely it aged well. I am curious to try their regular version.

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Photo of Liveupthere
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the brewery a couple months ago. Wax sealed. Poured well with a nice frothy head. The oak smell was there, but not enough in the taste. Still, a subtle smoky taste while still maintaining the smooth bock mouth feel. I wish they let it age in the barrels a little longer, or maybe add some wood chips during the boil?

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Photo of Minkybut
2.77/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I poured this pitiful beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer was cloudy and flat looking right off the bat. Absolutely no head at all. It even smelled aged which I did not knock off points for. Don't really know if just got a out of date beer or what, but I'm a first impression guy so its goodby to this one nope not buying again.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and has some brownish hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short bright beige/tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of oak and vanilla are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of oak and vanilla and has complementary notes of caramel and hints of dark fruits. Bits of malty sweetness are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The oak definitely improves the smell and taste of the regular Butthead Doppelbock. It's very drinkable for the style as it isn't overly malty and masks any traces of alcohol from the taste.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yet another beer that I picked up recently at Top Hops. I hadn't had a Dopplebock in quite a while and I was hoping that the oak aged aspect of this was more than gimmick. Turned out that was the case as the ashen and woody notes really came through in the flavor, but as other reviewers have pointed out, this still had quite an artificial taste to it. Toss in a more-than-fair amount of booze in the mouthfeel and the result was a beer that was complex enough to savor but too strong to rate terribly highly at the same time.

The pour to this was a vibrant ruddy brown with a moderate head that quickly faded with virtually no accompanying lacing. There was a lot of brown sugar and molasses in the nose, with the oak heading up the rear. This was repeated in the taste to go along with a thin mouthfeel. I wish there had been more caramel in this, as I could taste a bit of it without having any stickiness lingering in my mouth. This almost felt like the Flying Fish Octoberfish, or any similar Fall/Octoberfest lager, since this could have been more full, was roasted in tone, and light in hops and carbonation. It felt like being outside on a crisp fall day, and even though I had this in the Spring, it captured the essence of the Autumn season even during this time of the year.

Yes, this was strong and I could feel it from the first sip. If the alcohol was a bit more subdued and this had some burnt chocolate or licorice to it, it could have been a great beer. Instead, this was quite pedestrian and a sightly different take on a strong style that's not commonly found. Although it was a bit thin, the oak and sweetness are enough here to chew on, if only in a figurative sense.

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Photo of AltBock
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle with a plain Jane chestnut colored label of an old ripped scroll with the word "Oaked" in big print in the middle. Behind "Oaked" is a stock of barley and a barrel. Below that are the words "Lager aged with Oak." "Aged with oak" doesn't mean barrel aging. Just below that is the ABV%. The back label has a description of the beer, the Government warning, barcode, and a best before date (?) notching system along the side. Nothing was notched so it doesn't matter what the notched system was.

When poured into a Paulaner Salvator Pilsner glass, "Oaked" was actually oak in color with quite a few burgundy highlights. I think I even saw a small glimmer of orange at the bottom. The initial head of foam was pretty nice. It was about 3/4 of an inch in height and off white in color. It was more of a dirty vanilla white color. It had great retention that left behind a skim of dirty vanilla colored foam and a streak or two of lace. This small skim of foam decided to stick around until the last drop of beer was gone.

Wow! What a unique aroma. Unique doesn't always necessarily mean good. It has a very potent aroma. Your nose doesn't have to be too far from the glass for you pick up on the aroma. The first aroma that came to me was the sweet scent of vanilla. Following the strong scent of vanilla was a pinch of cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. Is this a Doppelbock or some kind of Christmas Ale? I caught a faint whiff and I mean faint of Doppelbock in the far reaches of the aroma. I found a faint whiff of charred oak and roasted malt. How I love the scent of Christmas....I mean Doppelbock.

Again with the Christmas Ale qualities. Shall I say that it tasted like I smelled? The taste of this beer was like eating a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The strong taste of vanilla was the first flavor to show up. Following the taste of vanilla was some cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Right after the taste got the Christmas flavors out of the way, in comes a few Doppelbock flavors. There wasn't much. I picked up a little charred oak, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. The only things separating the taste from the aroma was the tiny speck of dark chocolate and that there was more oak in the taste. A weird Doppelbock!

This was a medium bodied "Doppelbock" with an aftertaste that you can find in either a Christmas Ale or a Pumpkin Ale. In the mouthfeel is where you'll find more vanilla, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, and charred oak. The cinnamon and nutmeg were the only two flavors that stuck around for a little bit.

Drinkability would be quite high if I was drinking an "aged with oak" Christmas Ale or Pumpkin Ale. But this is supposed to be a Doppelbock. It looks like a Doppelbock, but it certainly doesn't smell or taste like one. As for drinking another one, no thanks. This one bottle will do.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: mostly dopplebock, only a hint of oak and vanilla.
Taste: very nice. All doppel up front, and a strong oak and vanilla finish. Vanilla tasted fine to me, not at all the artificial vanilla extract I'm seeing in many reviews.
Overall: not a primo example of oaked or doppel but I a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep red ale kind of color with an off-white head. Little bit of lacing but not much carbonation or head retention. 3.5

S - Really, really malty smell mixed with molasses and gingerbread. 4.0

T - Huh? What is this beer? Strong alcoholic flavor mixed with malty sweetness that disintegrates into a wine-grape ethanol mix. I don't really know what to make of it. I think it's a well-intentioned beer...but again, what? What is going on here? 3.5

M - Medium-bodied and flat. While this is something Doppelbocks normally adhere by, mixed with the flavor it feels especially flat. 3.0

O - Eh...I'm curious to see what else Tommyknocker makes but this beer I wouldn't recommend to anyone else. It's definitely not a flop, but it's not worth anything above an everage score. 3.0

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. $2.75 from Pints O'Plenty. The date on the bottle is Jan 2009, interestingly.

Appearance: Well, I thought maybe the date was a mistake, but it pours with the gross chill haziness of an aged beer. Looks like pondwater.

Smell: Super sweet and very caramelly. Some rich raisiny notes. Vanilla. Bready. I like it.

Taste: So yeah, sweet, caramelly, and raisiny with a bit of toast. Some alcohol bitterness. Sweet and one sided without much complexity, despite a bit of oaky notes.

Mouthfeel: Thin, thin, thin. Weird how thin it is.

Overall: I don't know. Its OK. Its not bad, but not good either. I looked on the brewery's website, and I can't tell if they even brew this anymore. They probably shouldn't.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
1.66/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 8/16/11
*From notes

A: Used fast food greasy-amber. A decent pour yields a .75 finger head and zero lacing.

S: You know you're in for trouble when the nose reeks of medicinal Robotussin. It's amazing....ly bad.

T: Like sawdust off the much-treadded floor of your local Home Depot. Acidic and utterly disgusting. None of the enjoyable characteristics of a doppelbock reveal themselves here. Instead, it's borderline micro-pig piss.

M: Underwhelming. It's like drinking cold, liquid butter.

O: Tommyknocker's Oaked Butt Head tastes like it got shat out of one. This is a massive dissapointment not only for the Doppelbock style, but for beer in general.


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Photo of mummbearsfan
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this beer is a great dessert beer to have.

The beer its self is very dark in appearance giving you the sense that it's made for dessert. When pouring it in a cup you can get the aged smokiness right off the bat.

The taste was both smokey and sweet at the same time, along with the hint of vanilla tones. Mouthfeel was very dessert like in the sense that you didn't want to have anything else after that.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy brown color with a slight head that leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.
S: Rich chocolate and the oak adds some sweetness and gives the beer an almost cappuccino sweetness on the nose.:
T: Rich chocolate and light toasted coffee. The oak adds some nice depth of flavor and brings out the roastiness.
M/O: Very good use of aging and the beer really has some nice flavors coming from the oak. Great balance of sweetness and flavor with the alcohol. Funny name.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, deeply-hued, mahogany body with a thinnish, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-scented nose with some notable alcoholic wafts and piercing notes of vanilla and green raisins. Personally, it's not too terribly appealing.

Taste: Sweet maltiness, with some light caramel, but more than a fair share of sticky sugariness and marked by some traces of smoke. Garnished with a few green raisins. Lessened hints of brown sugar and vanilla. All in all, it's a bit boozy throughout. Not too much in the way of hop character or bitterness. Finishes warming, semi-dry and with a lingering mixture of vanilla and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. There's a slight, smooth stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I didn't particularly care for the standard-issue Butt Head Bock, but had hoped a bit of oak would really make it come alive for me, though, sadly, this didn't happen. Fair enough for an oak-aged American-made doppelbock. Let's just leave it at that.

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Photo of hangh
3.52/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color. Pretty clear, a little hazy with mild carbonation. It leaves very little head or lacing. Both are gone very quickly. Smell is rich in some malty tones and smokey tones. Some caramel and vanilla and some smoked flavor presumably from the Oak. Taste is very much like the Butt Head Bock but well balanced with the oak and smokey flavors imparted to the beer. It's pretty creamy and smooth. Starts off with the butt head bock flavor and ends with a quick hit of smokey finish. I like it but perfer the original. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep mahogany with thick creamy lacing and sea foam lacing.

S- Whiskey and oak overpowers it all. This is a nice smell. Not one you expect from beer, but if you like whiskey then you'll like the smell. It was inviting. In the background their was smoke, spice, and a hint of vanilla.

T- Woody, oak, strong! Whiskey stands up front with a sweet aftertaste with notes of vanilla.

M- Medium, thick with a good burn. High alcohol makes this a sipper.

D- If you like whiskey then you'll like this take on a dopplebock.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to forgetfu for this one! 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Back label ticked off 0 8 on the left side and D 09 on the bottom. Not sure if those are production or best buy dates.

Appearance is pretty hazy orange brown with very little head.

Nose is quite inviting. Lots of silky smooth (not spicy) whiskey notes and vanilla, caramel and toffee leading the aromas.

Palate is full bodied with some sweetness, but not as much as I was expecting given the style. Vanilla bean, caramel, white vanilla (think cheap vanilla ice cream), and this peculiar flavor that I've finally decided reminds me of a botrytis dessert wine - kind of honeyed with some orange blossom/orange-essence notes and a little spicy and a little strange. Finish is clean and not cloying.

Only the second oaked lager I've had, but ties for first place with Trapp Bourbon Barrel Bock. Re-read the label to discover that this one is merely "oaked" and not bourbon aged - might explain why it's so well integrated and not sharp or boozy. Better than I expected.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. III Issue I:

We could split hairs all day long about barrel aging and aging beer on wood chips, but that's an argument for the wine industry, not for beer. All that matters is the end product, right?

A clear tawny brew, ample suds to wrap some lacing around the glass. Just a thin shell of wood character around the malty nose. Smooth and a little creamy within the full body. Toasty, sweet maltiness blankets the palate; mild hopping with the clean alcohol giving a hand to balance. Some oak buds from the toasty character, which adds a pleasant drying tone. Very clean, with a deep bready and dried grass graininess that pushes far into the aftertaste.

A little too drinkable for its size--not a bad thing, as the oak really does work. A solid rendition of a bock.

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