Oaked Butt Head Bock | Tommyknocker Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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
Ratings:
138
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
16.91%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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 oline73
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 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 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 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 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 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 paulish
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a hazy brown, darker toward the center, giving it a sort of heavy apple cider appearance. The tannish head is short (less than a finger) and dissipates decently quickly, leaving a good ring of lacing. The smell is somewhat boozy (kinda surprising, considering the alcohol content isn't that high), with notes of oak and caramel, possibly toffee. The taste diminishes the booziness of the smell and brings forth the oak, while introducing some dark wheat and some rather odd sour notes, though they are subdued beneath the other flavors. The tongue is covered lightly and sweetly, allowing for a rather drinkable brew.

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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 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 jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this!

Oct. 24 '08 notched on label (I assume that that is the bottling date):

Pours copper with a thin head that becomes a swirl. Dotted lacing is left on the glass.

The smell is of vanilla/oak and caramel with some green apple.

The taste is of musty oak/vanilla with caramel and green apple peel, a bit grapey too. Could be cleaner and less fruity. A slight alcohol warmth finishes it off.

The feel is firm medium (fuller side?). It has a nice carbonation level.

Nothing particularly "exciting" for me - A bit too apple-y (though not in a tart way). Sweet with oak adding even more sweetness. Yet, I found it "interesting", and surprisingly very drinkable.

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Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an overly aggressive oak character that really seems to overshadow what would be a pretty nice doppelbock aroma. It seems to have some a dry, burnt toffee aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a fine tasting burnt toffee/roasted malt character along with a very intense oak finish. The oak seems new and mildly toasted. There is some sweet crystal malts here with a delicate warmth as well. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. It's an above average doppelbock with just a little too much oak character. Overall, not bad.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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.

And...fail.

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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 DeadeyeOTDO
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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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Oaked Butt Head Bock from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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