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.

Added by humanawho on 11-07-2008

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Reviews: 80 | Ratings: 137
Photo of pjk49202
1.15/5  rDev -67%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Absolutely the worst beer I have ever tasted.
On tap in a tulip glass at the brewery in Idaho Springs.
First of all they use fake oak flavor. So the oak is just a fake, artifical taste. The taste of this beer is soooo overwhelmed by the fake oak flavoring it's just terrible. The regular butthead is very good. But, the oaked Butthead is the worst beer I have every had in my life.

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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 rowew
1.83/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Oaked in big letters on the front, bottling date notched on the label.

Appearance: Reddish brown, small head with little retention.

Smell: Smells a bit like a vanilla extract, all vanilla, a bit of alcohol. Just a hint of the wood in there somewhere, and not much beer.

Taste: Cloying sweetness, dominate flavors are way too much vanilla.

Overall impression: This one is over the top with the oak flavor, and it doesn't come across as real - instead it tastes like someone added vanilla extract to a beer. None of the beer flavor comes across. Glad there were only 4 of these and not 6.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.13/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hopefully this brew has some agin' potential, because it's pretty rough pretty much pure oak and whiskey soaked malt character a tad sour with a strong unrelenting vanilla oak and charred barrel note. It's almost like extract vanilla and oak chip aged thang going on. Appears a bright ruby amber hue with a large tan khaki head dwindles rather quickly leaving behind even fine bubbled lacing clinging to my glass. Aroma has more oak barrel whiskey edged effects going on, charred wood and vanilla phenols grabbing my nose air with a touch of burning sensation from the alcohol content. Flavor is pretty effin' cloying sugary sweet caramel with burnt oak barrel notes and again vanilla extract like toothace candy sweetness going on. Mouthfeel is again cloying I don't really even want to finish it. Body is syrupy with a low almost flat carbonation level that makes the beer feel heavier than it actually is. Drinkability is pretty sorry, not one I'm grabbing for again, why do I do it. Tommyknocker as usual ends in pretty much complete disappointment, this one is no different.

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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 biglite351
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - odd cloudy orange brown. Tight white head that vanished rather quickly.

S - sweet lager smell. Rather nice bock scent.

T - has a weird vegetable - fruit juice taste. Not bad, but not something that I would look for in a brew. I don't get the oak.

M - thin with a mild tingle on front sides of tongue.

D - not my bag.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a red copper color with a quick white foam head. The smell is slightly smokey with a hint of vanilla, oak, slight malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. The taste is more smokey with some peat and malt, a bit of oak and vanilla and a healthy dose of alcohol. There is definitely a bitter note missing that would help this one. Its way to sweet and cloying and the alcohol is taking over. The mouthfeel seems one dimensional for all that is going on here and the drinkability is very low because of the over malty, alcoholic with little oak.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.71/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Im pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter.
The beer pours a slightly hazy mahogany color withsome ruby highlights. Even with a fairly agressive pour only minimal fizzy beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer quickly.
Aroma is a little caramel and some faint bourbon notes, no real hop presence and not very strong scents either. A little underwhelming IMO.
Firs sip reveals a lighter than expected body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt and some brown sugar, maybe some vanilla, but overall pretty mild flavor too. ABV is not present so if it is 8.1% it is well hidden. The beer is less than I expected and a bit of a downer. Was hoping for a little more umph from a beer on this cold snowy evening. I wouldnt buy this again, and would advise others who like barrel aged stuff to avoid.

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Photo of Floydster
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Glass from Falling Rock on 4/26/09, reviewed from my notepad, color is a mix between red and brown, thin off white head, aroma consists of pepper, wood, vanilla, and smokiness, flavor starts off sweet with different malts, finishes dry with oak and smokey accents, flavor gets metallic after a while, medium bodied, not much carbonation, could not drink a whole lot of this, chewy and thick for my palate, also a hint of saltiness which did not sit well with me, never had heard of this brewery before and after trying the Fort Collins equivalent of this beer, I was hopeful to find a better interpretation of a barrel aged bock, while this was, it still was not my favorite, might be worth trying

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: Dark copper with a thin off-white head.

s: Oak, way to much oak. Some smoky notes, maybe it's charred oak.

t: Caramel, vanilla and oak. Lots of oak. Nod depth, the flavor is more shiner bock than doppelbock.

m: Thin for the style. Short finish. The feel is more oktoberfest than doppelbock.

d: I have never heard of an oak-aged doppelbock and now I know why: if the Doppelbock is any good, it doesn't need oak.

The oak completely overwhelms this beer. It does not taste like a Doppelbock. With that in mind, it is still a decent beer, but this seems more like Tommyknocker jumping on the oak-aged bandwagon than a well executed craft beer.

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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 Haybeerman
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Brown copper color. Poured a half finger light tan head that dissipated. Inconsistent, broken lacing.

S: Oak, more oak. Smoky flavor may be from oak. Malts are in there, but masked.

T: Caramel, vanilla and, of course lots of oak. Lacks the malt backbone I expected.

M: Light body; frankly, it was thin. Balanced carbonation. Very abbreviated finish.

D: Not high on my list; a few too many shortcomings. The regular Butt Head is better.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a hazy dark copper with a sparse heat that quickly dissipated. Syrupy aroma with some burnt sugar and vanilla from the oak. Medium bodied, not a lot of carbonation. Lots of oak in the flavor that pretty much obscures the base beer. Either that or the base beer is very bland. I didn't get much of the deep malt flavor that I expect from a bock. This tasted just like oak and not much more. Glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of Domingo
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I really like the normal Butt Head as it's one of the better bock offerings in the US. However this is a bit of a bust.
The carbonation is pretty flat (like most oaked beers) and is reddish copper. Lacing and carbonation after 30 seconds is nonexistant.
The taste is super sweet up front, but then a wave of burnt wood almost like a rauchbier kicks in. I'm also getting a little bit of normal vanilla-like oak in there, but that oversweet burnt wood is killing me. Reminds me of baked beans. The malty flavors from Butt Head are "hiding in plain sight" but everything else is completely killing them.
Drinking this was generally just difficult.
Tommyknocker is better than many of their ratings suggest, but this was pretty bad.

Hopefully this bottle was just a dud. If so, I'll update this accordingly.

EDIT: Bottle #2's slightly better. I did have drinkability at a 2. I bumped it up to a 2.5 as the burnt wood flavor wasn't as strong. It was however replaced by more vanilla.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S = Very slight hints of bourbon with vanilla way in the background.

T = A bourbon flavor is upfront, but it quickly fades to blandness. The middle and finish seems to be void of other flavors. The finish is basically a thin bourbon flavor. No alcohol detected.

MF = Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth and semi-dry.

Overall, I'm a bit disappointed in this one. No complexity at all. Worth trying, but I'll not go out of my way for another. I personally like the regular "Butthead" offering over this one.

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

Pours a light orange/red, very transparent, with almost no head.

Smell isn't anything exciting and the taste doesn't do much for me. There's something in the taste that I really can't pick out. Whatever it is, it's distinct; not necessarily good though.

Perhaps part of my disappointment is that this was right next to the Tommyknocker Imperial Nut Brown Ale which I have enjoyed previously. In a rush, I thought this was an oaked version of the same. Once I got the bottles home, that's when I realized it was a bock.

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

Surprisingly struck me with a cooked swine aroma and taste upon first impression. Has a nice amber orange color. Smell, as previously mentioned, comes off as a bit of a "porkish" scent. Taste has a hint of pork too with big aged oak impressions. A little spicy, a little malty and a lot interesting. Don't know that I would recommend this beer, but worth trying.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy copper like a glass full off old pennies. Little to no head.

S - Bourbon up front is met with a sweet vanilla and oak finish.

T - Should be called a bourbon bock! Bourbon and oak almost (but not quite) overpower the sweet malt backbone of this brew. Not your run of the mill Dopplebock. Smoke from the wood, and did I mention BOURBON?!?

M- Medium body and little watery with low carbonation.

D - Pretty low @ 8.1% ABV and a mouth full of bourbon with each sip...

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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 Pencible
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy mahogany with tan head. It smelled like banana nut bread with some light oak and creamy yeast and maple syrup. It tasted like tons of bananas and nutty malt, with some bready yeast and oak, and a bit of copper and caramel. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall I thought this beer just had a strange smell and taste. The flavor wasn't as rich and malty as I'd like, and it certainly wasn't as refined or complex as the better doppelbocks. It had good body and was pretty easy to drink, but there wasn't anything exciting about it either. Not terrible, but below average for the style.

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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 russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a sliver of tan head. Minimum head retention & lacing

S: Smokey ham, & sweet malt

T; Smokeyness, toffee, vanilla up front. Dryness, toasty malt, & toffee as this warms. Finishes dry, fake oakyness 7 cloying sweetness

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation, doesn't work

Drinks alright, the oakyness seems forced. Give me the regular butthead any day. Maybe this will age gracefully?? The ABV is is well hidden

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Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I think the notches mean bottled in Nov of 08. Pours a clear cola brown with a decent tan head in the ol' freebie Sam Adams glass. Good carbonation and sheet lacing.

For an economy sixer, a nice vanilla malt aroma whiffs up to the beak. Just a subtle hint of oak and bourbon in the taste - not the best but not too bad at all. Raisins and dark plum lurk around the corner. Gets very cloying by the end of the bottle.

Light bodied, more like an Oaked bock, but no hint of the +8% abv.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"All mothers think their children are oaks, but the world never lacks for cabbages."

--Robertson Davies

Burnt orange that looks more like russet when backlit with morning sunshine. A meager escape of CO2 on crown cracking was followed by the creation of a slim slice of golden beige colored foam that is fading quickly. It's also leaving the glass almost untouched.

The nose is weak, weaker, weakest. There isn't anything really bad going on, but there isn't anything good either. Maybe a hint of caramel malt, with no oakiness whatsoever. Things have to be better on the palate.

Butt Head Bock is pretty good beer, so it stands to reason that Oaked Butt Head would be as well. But it isn't. There isn't a Big Beer amount of flavor and the oak tastes fake in some indefinable way. Warming helps a little, though the style's best have absolutely nothing to worry about.

Toasted bread and caramel lead the way. There's none of the darker flavors (cocoa for instance) that some doppelbock's feature. There may be a hint of vanilla bean and the oakiness isn't as bad as first thought. Good job on the alcohol masking.

The mouthfeel is too light for the style and ABV. It would be fine at 5.1%. It isn't fine at 8.1%. Lackluster carbonation was expected... and is exactly what was delivered. Is this really the same beer, with one tweak, as the un-oaked version?

Tommyknocker puts out some pretty solid beer across a wide range of styles. Imperial Nut Brown Ale was a high-ABV humdinger. Unfortunately, Oaked Butt Head Doppelbock does not get it done. Not to mention the fact that this single was horribly overpriced at $3.95.

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Photo of dborginis
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown color with a half inch head, a pretty beer in the pint glass. The smell is strangely like a red wine...cabernet?

The first taste is interesting, but after a couple sips it gets old. Doesn't taste as much like a bock as it does a wine. My best guess is the oak barrels might be the connection between a wine and this beer. There is also a Christmas beer flavor in there: the cinnamon/nutmeg spice is in there too. I'm a Winter Warmer fan so it saves the beer a bit.

For drinkability, the strange flavors cut down on this, but goes down relatively easy for a 8%.

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