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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 coldmeat23
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This beer pours a nice, medium shade of amber with some mild ruby tinting. It has a one-finger head of light brown foam sitting on top. The retention is pretty good and the lacing is almost a complete circle, around the glass, which is pretty sticky.

There are some light, but definite, oak notes mingling with the sweet caramel maltiness of this beer. A mild amount of dark nuttiness, like pecans and walnuts. Good, biscuit-like, yeast presence. Light traces of vanilla, smoke, and toasted grains.

This has a nice, butterey, caramel flavor, which accentuates the maltiness, quite nicely. There is a good, solid, hint of bourbon vanilla. A mild hint of spices mix with the yeast notes. Nice oak notes with just a slight hint of char.

A medium-bodied beer with a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. IMO, the carbonation could stand a touch of boosting, in order to bring a good creaminess level to it.

The 8.10%abv is only slightly detected. The sweetness, which is not cloying, but still present, is completely bearable and enjoyable. A nice, drinkable beer.

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

Brownish-amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is whiskey and oak.Taste is oak,whiskey and vanilla.The beer actually tastes like a watered down Jack and Coke.This is something unique that probably should be tried at least once.I probably would purchase again.

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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 righthereisay
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell reaked on alcohol/bourbon. However, surprisingly, it didn't taste like alcohol.

Not much cabonation at all. It really didn't feel like a beer. I guess that is my biggest issue with this one. It really didn't feel like I was drinking a beer. Like I was drinking some sort of mixed drink or something.

There was definitely some oak and bourbon taste. This could be deadly if you don't know the alcohol content as it goes down very smoothly...very smoothly.

Not full bodied. No "freshness". Extremely drinkable. They should put a warning on this for girls.

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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 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 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 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

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 FLBeerGuy
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color, very little carbonation and no head to speak of, even though the last third was poured to create a head.

Smell is very strong oak.

Taste is sweet oak and some malt. The oak is strong so it's not as sweet as you expect from a dopplebock.

Mouthfeel is light because of the lack of carbonation.

I like this beer, but ibecause of the heavy oak taste and high ABV one per session is plenty.

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Photo of Ell
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is... big. There is very little carbonation - tiny head despite a pour designed to create one.

The smell is VERY oaky. Lots and lots of bourbon. It borders on an overpowering gimmick. Doesn't quite get there, but it's on the border.

The taste is very smoky. The oaks are definitely present. I feel like I'll be tasting the oakiness tomorrow at breakfast.

The lack of carbonation means it has a very light mouthfeel despite being a very large beer (in taste).

It'd be tough to drink more than 2 of these in a sitting - NOT a small and easy to drink beer.

It's going to give me heartburn. There's no doubt about it.

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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 hopdog
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Poured a deeper amberish/orangish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of vanilla, oaky woodiness, caramel, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, wood/oak, and toffee. Alcohol content well hidden.

Notes from and tasted on 6/1/09

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Photo of philbe311
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of fizzy tan head that quickly settles leaving a full rich and varied lacing... Lots of carbonation, some of which quickly rises and some of which settles along the sides of the glass... Light brown caramel brown color with a faint reddish hue... Good stickiness on the sides of the glass...

S - The oak is evident right away... Bourbon scent is strong immediately following the pour and quickly fades... Brown sugar... Caramel... Hint of vanilla...

T - Oak and bourbon dominate... Vanilla... Caramel... Toffee... Some faint spice notes in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove...

M - Just the right amount of carbonation... Medium bodied... Hides the 8.1% ABV exceptionally well... A tad on the thin side... Smooth... Rich...

D - I'm a big fan of barrel aging, but I'm not sure it lends itself to the Doppelbock style... Not terrible, but the pieces don't seem to fit together...

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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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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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Oaked Butt Head Bock from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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