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Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
84
good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%


Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released September 2009

Malts - Pale, Munich 20 L, Caramel 40L & 60L, Dark Chocolate
Hops - Alchemy
ABV: 9%
OG: 24 P
AE: 8 P

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 09-23-2009)
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Reviews by ZeroSignal:
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle in my cellar, dated 09/2009, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Pours a cherry-hued, chestnut brown with a scant, fizzy head. Retention settles to a thin and bubbly skim that leaves a fading, slippery lace.

S - Smells super-sweet, and scares me that it's going to be heavy and cloying. There's definitely a fermented fruit thing going on, but I'd be lying if I said cherries was what popped into my head.

T&M - Okay...it's not super heavy and cloying (thankfully). Still super sweet with a huge malt bill. Fruity sugars add to the sweet profile. Feels under-carbonated, but could be a result of aging this bottle. Medium-heavy body along with the sweetness make this a sipper.

O - Not bad, but it needs something, anything, to help balance the sweetness. It never approached cloying for me, but it still felt off-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 03:37:17 | More by ZeroSignal
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

02-04-2014 14:28:35 | More by jaydoc
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.

Bottled 9/9/09.

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, cherry, and metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and slightly sour cherry flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that has held up fairly well but there is an odd metallic presence I am getting.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 16:13:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red amber. Slight head, but leaves a little lacing. Aroma of mild malt, perhaps a hint of cherry. Flavor is light malt, some dark fruit, a hint of wood, followed by distinct dry cherry; dry finish. Nothing really stands out. Nicely made, but no outstanding features. Glad I tried it, but probably that's enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 20:04:43 | More by LiquidAmber
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

07-06-2012 03:41:16 | More by whartontallboy
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

05-30-2012 22:55:06 | More by crobinso
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MystikCelt

New York

5/5  rDev +34.4%

03-31-2012 04:21:33 | More by MystikCelt
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shelby415

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

03-01-2012 07:12:24 | More by shelby415
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

01-29-2012 03:36:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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Washington

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -19.4%

11-16-2011 01:28:45 | More by oline73
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richbrew

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2011 21:18:05 | More by richbrew
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-15-2011 04:27:08 | More by Exiled
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Ohio

5/5  rDev +34.4%

11-15-2011 03:32:37 | More by tat2dhllblly
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Mississipping

Mississippi

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brown-amber color with almost no head at all.  Only three (yes three) large bubbles float in the center, surrounded by nothing at the edges of the glass.  No lacing left behind.  Several large chunks of sediment are suspended in the liquid. 

S: Malty and slightly sweet with a large oak presence.  Cherries are somewhat muted, but there is a small presence.  Slight vinegar lingers in the background, which seem a little out of place, but isn't strong enough to ruin it.  A bit of smoke at the end, but it is very, very subtle.

T: Malty and sweet up front with, again, a large oak presence that lingers through the finish.  Cherries are muted in the taste as well, but there is a good balance between sweet and sour cherries (I'm not sure the sourness was intentional, but it's not unpleasant really).  An odd vinegar flavor pops up briefly at the finish, which again seems out of place.  The finish is slightly sour, and very oaky.  It's interesting, but seems off. 

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.  A little coating and not very lively, which isn't bad at all.  Slightly drying on the palate at the finish.  

D: Not bad, but off for the style and has a few characteristics that seem a bit out of place.  I don't think this has aged very well, and probably should have been opened a bit earlier.  I split the bottle three ways and we probably wouldn't have finished the bottle if there were any fewer people.  

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 01:10:11 | More by Mississipping
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. 9/9/09. $6 from Pints O'Plenty. Doug just got a few cases of this stuff that was held over in a distributors warehouse for two years.

Appearance: Light brown as it sits in the tulip. Nice and clear garnet when held to the light. Off white head with good retention and very attractive lacing.

Smell: Rich bready and toasty malt aromas. Caramel and dark fruit, especially (obviously) the cherry, which is a little medicinal. The oak is soft, with a nice vanilla note.

Taste: Quite a bit more woody oak in the flavor than the smell. Toasted bread and caramel. Dark cherry flavor again is somewhat cough syrup-esque, but not bad. Hint of alcohol bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium full feel of a big malty beer. There's a bit of stickiness in the finish.

Overall: Pretty damn solid beer, and a nice twist on a doppelbock. It doesn't work perfectly, but its tasty. I'll probably pick up another.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 00:11:34 | More by rapidsequence
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to funkydelic for sharing this one with myself and beeruser at one of our weekly tastings! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a brownish orange with minimal cream colored head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wood, cherry, alcohol, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, cherry, dark fruit, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. You definitely picked up on the cherry and oak aspect going on in this beer right off the bat in both the aroma and flavor as it was very pronounced. The alcohol on this one was a little off-putting but not totally invasive to the palate. The dark fruit added a nice touch to help balance out the alcohol some and make it a little easier to drink. However, I did find this one a little too much of a sweet cherry aspect rather than a tart cherry which I was disappointed in, but you can't win them all. Worth trying for a fan of the style who wants to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 16:43:02 | More by thagr81us
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy burnt caramel color with a rocky tan head that leaves quite a few squiggles of lace behind

Smell: Chocolate-covered cherries and caramel, with a hint of oak

Taste: Fruit cake ladened with cherry, up front; the oaky character arrives by mid-palate; at the same time, the flavor moves it both a tangy and metallic direction; after the swallow, the cherry and caramel flavors add depth, but there is still an unruly tart/metallic character that is a distraction

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: A nice beer, with an interesting twist on the style but there are few characteristics that I could do without

Thanks, Thickfreakness, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 22:11:03 | More by brentk56
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes

22oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a cloudy dark brown with a 1 finger yellowish head that leaves pretty decent lacing.

S- Strong vanilla oak notes with a slight cherry sweetness in there. Good amount of roasted and burnt malts and barley. Some booze in there but blends well with the overall aroma.

T- Smooth roasted malts with a great vanilla/oak flavor that finishes with a nice cherry.

M- Creamy and smooth body with lower carbonation and a bitter dry finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:11:16 | More by Arenbeer
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colforbin73

California

4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

so oakey and sweet. this beer is a bit of a mess, but put it together with some barrel aging and it is really satisfying. super malty sweet... a pleasant alcohol burn and the nice cherry tartness to wrap it all up. i am pretty happy i stumbled onto this one. THANKS WIDMER BROS!

pours a syrupy molasses and foams up a finger high head. the smell is very enticing and aromatic: malty sweet but also some pepper and chocolate in the nose. the sweetness and the cherries and oak and hop bitterness make the flavor profile very complex. you could read it many ways. there is something a little rough and unfinished about it...

the mouthfeel is excellent... and i could push the drinkability up a little.... this is a really REALLY good beer. hereby looking out for more W BROS RESERVE! excellent.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 06:22:09 | More by colforbin73
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with some bronze highlights; head jumps up in the glass to about two inches. Taupe in color, this recedes quickly but still provides a lot of lacing. Nose is nondescript malty, with toffee and caramel but nothing approaching interesting. Cherry? Oak? Nope.

The flavor initially hits with a rather horrendous metallic twang, however, as the carbonation breathes it is much improved. The oakiness is prevalent throughout the the cherries drop in on the finish. Otherwise a fairly sweet affair: dark fruit, hints of vanilla, and slightly sour-metallic. Bready and boozy.

The carbonation, as mentioned, was way too much initially, and the thinness pervades. Body evens out to about medium, but I do expect a little more from my doppelbocks. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 03:23:33 | More by BretSikkink
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grittybrews

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 9/9/09, pulled up from the cellar 2/28/11.

Poured a murky cider brown with a slight red tinge into a tulip with a thin film of off-white head. Very sweet aroma of toffee, bread, cherry, vanilla, and a hint of apple.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy but slightly thin mouthfeel. Initially not as sweet as the aroma had indicated with lots of toast and caramel followed by a touch of vanilla and lots of cherry and toffee sweetness on the finish. Not much bitterness to be detected and just a touch of alcohol heat on the finish.

Some pleasant elements in the aroma and flavor, but this brew was just too sweet and muddled for my palate. To be fair, I don't think aging the bottle for two years did it any favors, as I was detecting a little cardboard/oxidation mixed in.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 05:17:18 | More by grittybrews
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Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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