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

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

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released September 2009

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

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-23-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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2.71/5  rDev -27.2%
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 -'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.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.2/5  rDev -14%
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.  

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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.

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Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 162 ratings