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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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 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 Beefeater57
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Chocolate brown, wine red in light. Light tan head with decent retention and solid lacing.

S: Getting the alcohol, and some brown sugar. Toasted breads in there as well.

T: Very sweet right away. Flavors I'm getting are maple syrup, brown sugar and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Hops are not really there, and definitely getting alcohol.

M: Oily, syrupy feel on the tongue. Drinks a little watery. Alcohol warmth as well.

D: Oak gives it a whisky feel, which with the high ABV makes the drinkability limited. Flavors are pretty good, feel is just a tad off. It is a good beer for winter in front of a fireplace.

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When pouring this Idaho Springs beer, the foam for one was dark wheat in color and stayed til the end of the beer. Great! The color was very dark amber, the color of cola. The taste was woody and oak and somewhat choclaty with a light a nd fruity aftertaste. It also had a meduim robust and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of jnn4v
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium reddish brown color. Light tan / cream colored head, but not much of it. No sediment or haze.

S: Mmm. Oak, possibly some smoke. Lots of sugary malts as well. Caramel + some vanilla.

T: Holy oak! I almost felt like I was biting a rough-hewn plank of American Oak with the first sip. However, sweet malts rush to the tongue after the initial sharp oak hit, followed by an overpowering rough bourbon / alcohol taste afterward. However, my wife swears it tastes like candy, sweet from start to finish and she loves it.

M: I love this mouthfeel, possibly more than any other dopplebock I've had. It's very thick, somewhat syrupy, but with some carbonation to balance it out.

D: The strong oak and strong alcohol flavors make this a bit challenging and hurt the overall drinkability. However, the sweetness and good mouthfeel help offset that a bit. If you pair it with hearty foods (ie. smoked meats, split pea soup, etc) then you're set.

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

Tried this in Idaho Springs. Clear but dark brown/red. Thin off-white ring of head. Looks good.
Nose is oak, spicy caramel, and bourbon.
Taste is boozy bourbon, roasty/toasty oak, smoke, malt, and alcohol on the end. Maybe too much oak, but the smokiness is a nice balancer. Above average mouthfeel. Drinkability is ok, but it is a bit of a sipper because of its bourbon-like qualities.

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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 rye726
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better brews to come out of these guys. Pours a medium brown with a tan head. The nose has sweet malts, peppery yeasts and subtle oak. The taste does not have much of an oak presence, but the aging definately helped this stuff. Medium body seemed a bit thin.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Bung
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. A pretty clear light amber pour with a quickly dissappating whitish head. Just a hint of lacing as it goes, but a bit light bodied. Not overly impressive smells of some sweet malt, brown sugar light red fruits. Tastes quite similarly, but a bit understated and watery. Alchohol is well hidden. Finishes...blah. Probably pretty drinkable, but I don't think I would intentionally drink a whole lot of this. You could find similar for less $. The regular seems quite a bit better, did they really barrel age this one?? Not bad and worth trying but at the same time, just not that impressive.

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

Pours a hazy brown with some dark orange hues, the beer is topped by a barely-there head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is some burnt caramel and a hint of oak. The taste is a sharp malt bite with a strange bitter aftertaste, this one just doesn't seem that great to me. The beer is medium bodied with some warming alcohol. It's been several years since I've had the non-oaked version, but I remember it being much better than this, it doesn't seem to be the oak that messed it up, either.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber with an off white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film and collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a little subdued - sweet caramel malts, smoke and vanilla.

The flavor is kind of watery and subdued. It has some sweet malts and smoke and some pepper. As it warms, more flavor comes out. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but a bit pricey for what you get. I liked the smokey notes.

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Photo of BierFan
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. The bottle has a notched date of October 24th 2008.

Appearance: A dark ruby red with a small tan head. No carbonation.

Smell: Lots of malty sweetness. Very mellow oak.

Taste: The maltiness is rather light in the taste for a doppelbock. The oak is most present on the finish.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep amber with a decent looking, yellow-tan head. The smell is all malt with dark fruit notes coming through. Alcohol is also present in a rather sweet, devious way. A slight hint of smokey oak also seems to pop up. The flavor is also very malty, with the initial flavor being all dark fruit, almost holiday-like and transions into a clean (slightly alcoholic) finish. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than what you might expect and the carbonation isn't as viscous or creamy as I would like. Overall, a very drinkable beer given the high abv which is very tollerable with the malty backbone. I wish I could have compared this side by side with the un-oaked version but alas...

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