Butt Head DoppelbockMay 1, 2001 Phoenix, AZ
Available: AZ, CO, KY, MN, NM, OH, TX, WI, WY
This doppelbock is brewed with Munich, carapils, caramel and chocolate malts, Hallertauer hops, and is fermented with Bavarian lager yeast.
Original gravity: 1076
If you were wondering, Tommyknockers are mythical elves that once lived in the mines of Cornwall, southern England. The have now migrated to Arizona. While the name and label is a lot of laughs, this full-bodied brew is serious stuff. Miniature creamy bubbles rise above a handsome body of deepest amber. A real bonanza-- the flavor is rich and round with plenty of fruit and spice and a clean, long lasting finish. Experience it with Cornish hen or blue veined cheese and pumpernickel bread.
- Charles Finkel
Rich malty aroma, with the absence of hops-- as it should be with this style. Alcohol tantalizes the palate as rich, sweet malt flavors mingle with an appropriate balance of supportive but mild hop flavors. An all-malt, strong bock beer with character. A comforting beer, with plenty of German-style bock character. Worth seeking.
- Charlie Papazian
Brilliant label showing Cornish miners riding two head-butting goats, this red-brown doppel bock lager has a great booming, yeasty aroma reminiscent of bread pudding, a dish that Cornish miners would have taken down the shaft with them-- stale bread soaked with water, then cooked slowly with sultanas, raisins and nutmeg. Spicy hops come through strongly in the mouth. The finish is luscious, bittersweet and fruity. Gorgeous.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.