Oaked Butt Head Bock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Oaked Butt Head BockOaked Butt Head Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Added by humanawho on 11-07-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
135
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
22.35%
 
 
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 135
Photo of Frosty80
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: pours light brown. sits deep copper with ruby hue

Smell: very malty with obvious melanoidins and toasty notes. hint of caramel. some oak is present. just a tiny hint of smoke

Taste: good maltines with melanoidin and bready notes. hint of caramel. mellow presence of toasted wood. alcohol peeks through from middle to end. smoke is faint. finish is sweet with melanoidins and caramel.

Mouthfeel: low-full body and smooth with low carbonation

Notes: very delicious take on the style. rich and full flavored. sweet and stealthily strong. this was their '09 batch which if i remember correctly is not nearly as smokey as the '08

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Photo of dhd1491
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear coppery-red with some tan foam that dies down quickly. Aroma is smoky and yeasty.

Taste is above average. Not sweet, but malty with a little smoke, but not overdone. Could use a little more bitter hops for balance. A little oakiness comes through, but, again, not overdone. Mouthfeel is a little oily.

All-in-all, a good brew that I wouldn't mind having from time to time. For the expense, however, there are beers that I like better.

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Photo of drpimento
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Interesting brew in a really good way. Far exceeded my expectations. Poured with a smallish fine cream colored to very lite tan head and a little lace. Aroma reminds me a little of scotch ale but not quite as pronounced. Flavor's exactly the same way too, except less of a smokey cast and more of the tannin and vanilla. Great body and carbonation. Excellent finish. Little too sweet to drink a lot of, Never the less excellent beer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a cloudy amber with a light tan head, thin but persistent.

Aroma - plenty of oak influence to the malts. One-sided but appealing.

Taste - a good malty, slightly roasty flavor. The oak rides right along, blending and then taking over with a blend of wood and roast. Finishes warm and with a lenthy oak aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium weight, some good smoothness enhances the feel. Moderate crispness as well.

Drinkability - a tasty bock. I imagine it would hold up well for a few years, but why wait? Well, maybe I'll save *one*... ;-)

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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 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 mcallister
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a chestnut color with ruby red sparkling hues when light interferes. A small creamy off white head has long retention resting for great amounts of time on top of the beer.

So far so good. I was expecting much less of this beer with the way the other review looked but gotta say the nose is this is full of toasty vanilla riddled oak, and thick caramel malt. An butter pecan aroma as well. Very nice.

I like it. Nice creamy mouthfeel, good balance of tannic dry toasty oak. Vanilla and caramel with hints of toffee really come into their own with a bit of earth on the finish. A good beer that I could sip on often.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/7/08; tasted 7/10/10

Appearance: Pours an almost clear copper color with a respectable head that leaves some decent lace behind

Smell: The woody oak and caramel malt blend nicely in the aroma, with hints of toast, vanilla and dark fruit

Taste: Toasted bread and caramel, up front, which are soon joined by rum-soaked raisin and woody elements; after the swallow, the caramel, raisin and oak flavors merge together nicely

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really not bad; in fact, rather enjoyable; my bottle has a bit more age on it than many other reviewers so perhaps this is a beer that improves nicely as it matures

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

Pours a barely foggy brown with a decent creme head. Nose is spiced. Seems like clove. Odd for a bock. Flavor is tangy. Definite wood tones. Mild vanilla. Wood tones seem to settle down fairly soon. Ends up on a slightly boozy almost watered down bourbon thing. Feel has a slightly vibrant carbonation and the liquid is smooth and slick. Pretty easy to drink. Not sure if I see much benefit from the oak aging, but it certainly hasn't hurt things.

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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 MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a great beer. It had a nice brown color with a perfect amount of tan head It has a banana like fruitiness to the aroma. The mouthfeel is very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. You can taste the difference in the oak age version right off the bat; it has great wood tone that compliant an already rich beer. This beer has a very roasty and heavy malt flavor. There is a little alcohol burn but not much.

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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 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 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 ArrogantDeadGuy
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a ruddy auburn with no head. There is
not much active carbonation.

S: Smells like the inside of a wine barrel, with
distinct bourbon and oak aromas.

T: The oak and bourbon notes detected in the
smell convey to the flavor. The woodyness
of the brew is very good...almost too good.
By too good I mean over the top. This taste
would be a 4.5 if it were a little less
severe.

M: The body is nothing to write home about but
also doesn't detract from the overall style
of the brew.

D: Very drinkable beer especially with a nice
steak or fruit/cheese. The 7.8% abv
qaulifies this tommyknocker as a sippin' brew
for me.

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Photo of humanawho
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - nice deep redish brown color with a somewhat week white head

S - good sweet vanilla aroma with a slight alcohol smell and an interesting rubbery smell; very interesting

T - slight smoky component, strong earthy taste and again the vanilla is the most prominent thing coming from the oak and a little caramel

M - the mouthfeel is a little week, not a ton of carbonation and so-so body

D - its a smooth drink very interesting there is a lot of stuff going on but nothing steels the show well balanced

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Photo of KI9A
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, tea like, with decent head, some lace dripping down the sides.

S: Vanilla malt.

T: Vanilla, malty, turns to raisin/ maybe a hint of plum, and sour apple. Oak is there, very.very slight bourbon taste also. I like it.

M: Not nearly as heavy bodied as some doppelbocks. Taste disappears quick.

D: ABV is hidden too damned well, it will sneak up and bite you in the poo-poo. As I neared the bottom of the tulip glass, I could not decide whether or not I wanted another.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, caramel/rust color with a small, foamy, tan head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of bourbon, vanilla and sweet caramel malt.

T - It tasted very sweet and malty. Nice caramel notes. It also had some bourbon, vanilla and oaky notes.

M - It had a sticky and chewy mouthfeel. A medium-bodied dopplebock.

D - This is pretty good. I like the oaked version better than the regular.

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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 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 twiggamortis420
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with born on notches from Dec 08. I really liked the regular butthead doppelbock with a year of age on it, so why not try it with the 'Oaked' version? Pours a dark amber color with a thin, large-bubbled tan foam. Fades quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

Nose is of honey, molasses, vanilla, smoke and toffee. A really interesting assortment of scents with all of them being equally prominent. I do not smell any signs of oxidation on this one.

Butthead is fairly sweet as far a doppels go, and the tannic oak and smoke flavors help to balance that out in the Oaked adaptation. Not sure yet if that is a good thing or not, as that is one reason I like the original. Still plenty of caramel and toast to go around. The alcohol is pretty evident, but about on par for an 8% bock. I dont have a problem with the oak addition, but it does not seem to enhance the beer all that much, just throws a bunch of other flavors in the mix. I do enjoy the smoky flavors as it almost seems like smoked malt was added to the mash. Not bad, I would drink this again and I like it about the same as the original Butthead, although this one is plenty different.

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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 katan
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint, bought at the brewery

A - Pours a deep, opaque brown with amber highlights. No hazing detected, but certainly thick. Light head formation breaks down to a film.

S - Light caramel, roasted toffee notes. Very subdued nose, but malty nonetheless. Hops are not found, nor is any oaking.

T - starts off roasted caramel, malty, thick and sugary. Oaking is extremely light. Just a hair of the woody notes in the mid-stream. No hops. Finishes with a hefty caramel, malty sweet note. Aftertaste draws in some fruity notes and some alcohol burn.

M - Thick and creamy, clinging and cloying. Hefty body. Carbonation is light, but present enough to balance the beer. Finishes with some sugar residue.

D - Moderate to low drinkability. ABV that will sneak up on you , easily. Smooth going down - just a bit sweet at times, fatigues the palette.

Another solid offering from a solid brewery. I enjoy stopping up in Idaho Springs whenever I can.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from World of Beer, FL.

Poured clear brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy aroma of roasted malt and wood. Medium to full body. Well balanced flavor of woody malt with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a solid drinkable brew.

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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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