Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.29/5 rDev -11.6%
Bottle pour at mrbubbler's tasting.
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.
08-26-2013 16:13:12 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.73/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-01-2012 20:04:43 | More by LiquidAmber
2.7/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
12-16-2011 03:37:17 | More by ZeroSignal
3.23/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
10-02-2011 01:10:11 | More by Mississipping
4/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
08-26-2011 00:11:34 | More by rapidsequence
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-07-2011 16:43:02 | More by thagr81us
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
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
06-18-2011 22:11:03 | More by brentk56
4.35/5 rDev +16.9%
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.
05-23-2011 00:11:16 | More by Arenbeer
4.1/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
04-23-2011 06:22:09 | More by colforbin73
Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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