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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Bock - Doppelbock
3.75 | pDev: 13.6%
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)
Notes: Released September 2009

Malts - Pale, Munich 20 L, Caramel 40L & 60L, Dark Chocolate
Hops - Alchemy
ABV: 9%
OG: 24 P
AE: 8 P
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shelby415 from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mar 01, 2012
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Jacobpaul81 from Indiana

3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance 4.0
Ruddy red color, very dark. Slim tan head with nice lacing on the glass. When held to a light, the red is a very deep black cherry color.

Aroma 4.5
Strong aroma of cherry and oak. Cherry smell is very tart and stiff. Oak is warmer.

Taste 4.0
I really enjoy the flavor of this beer. They've done a nice job of covering up the high ABV. Taste is strong, tart cherry. First bottle was very strong and tart. Every bottle since, the cherry seems to be growing much more subtle and the oak is coming out more along with a very malty flavor. This is a beer that seems to be aging nicely but was very harsh in it's tartness to begin.

Mouthfeel 3.5
Nice and thick. Low carbonation. Once again, beer is improving with age. My first bottle was decent. I'm on my 8th or 9th bottle and the tartness has milded and the oak and malt has grown more present.

Drinkability 3.0
Alcohol is on the higher side. Can't taste it while drinking it but it will really nail you afterwards. Cherry is very tart. I'm a fan of cherries so this is a fun and unusual beer. I can understand why many reviewers however have not liked it. You've really got to like tart cherries to find this drinkable.

Sep 19, 2010
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crobinso from Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

May 30, 2012
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harrymel from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mar 18, 2013
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MystikCelt from New York

5/5  rDev +33.3%

Mar 31, 2012
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iRun2Beer from Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sep 02, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Craft beer is stepping it up--more breweries are producing oaked, fruit-flavored, big beers that come in special packaging, but we know all the proof is in the pudding regardless of what a brewery can come up with.

Dark, alluring garnet-brown color; stiff lacing holds well on the glass. Subtle aroma of sweet cherries and a thick maltiness. Big, thick body lumbers around; sweetness is every- where, but mellow. Hint of cherry juice and a dull pucker of oak present. A little bready and a little bit of caramel in the back. Slight herbal kick from the hops. Alcohol is tame for 9 percent--the warmth is pervasive. Really, with each sip, this whole beer opens up more. Sweet finish, with a quick flash of dark brown sugar.

You can dress a beer up and put it in a fancy box, but at the end of the day, all that mat- ters is what is in the bottle. Widmer prevails with this stellar brew. Kudos to the brothers.

Jan 03, 2011
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In theory, this sounded like it would be a pretty tasty beer. However the execution didn't live up to the expectation. Pours a garnet color with a 1/2 inch pinkish head. Aroma is malt and cherries with a hint of oak. Taste is on the harsh side. The flavor of the cherries, oak and malt blend into a somewhat messy flavor profile. There are some hints of chocolate in the background, but the cherry flavor doesn't shine through enough and doesn't taste natural. If found it somewhat of a chore to finish the whole bottle, definitely would not buy it again.

Nov 23, 2009
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sounds good. 'Hope it lives up to its name.
Thanks Geoff. Poured into SCFF pilsner glass.
Initially get some malty character of lager type. On the rich side with sweetness, not too roast but full and heavy. At first picked up aroma that maybe was attributed to the oak or cherry, but it didn't stay very long and so it was too brief to detect.
Nice looking beer. On the dark side with a light brown look until held in light and then it's a beautiful dark ruby close to burgundy. Splendid! Very clear. Tannish head with drippy lacing.
Nice body. Heavy in that wonderful way only lagers can be. Thick and full yet clean. Such fine carbonation that it's hard to detect, yet still prickly enough to enhance the enjoyment.
Maybe cuz' I'm starting this a little on the warm side I'm picking up the alcohol rather quickly. The oak is mild as is the cherry and they blend quite nicely, and good thing as this isn't a very fruity dobblebock. I like how the cherry floats in and out, but it tends to be upfront. The bitterness is rather big, esp. for style, not that there is anything wrong with that. Also fairly dry at finish and that maybe a good thing otherwise it might be to rich to enjoy.
For 9% this drinks pretty big. As it airs out it becomes bigger and more flavorful. A sipping lager, what a concept. Thanks to the brewers, especially for making a big and interesting lager.
Nicely done and many thanks my son.

Mar 13, 2010
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If it's an ale then it's not a doppelbock. Doppelbocks are lagers. Who are they trying to fool?

Pours medium brown with light tan head. Nose is somewhat muted but still reveals a cough medicine-like cherry aroma. The cherry cough medicine comes through on the palate as well, also a fair amount of overall sweetness, and plenty of fruit flavors (so it's an ale, not a doppelbock?). Oak is noticed as well, and it's a rather plain medium bodied ale. All of the flavors are somewhat tame and reasonably balanced, but it's tough to get past the cherry cough drop character.

Oct 26, 2009
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a ruby toned mahogany with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Small bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of oak, cherries, tobacco, apple juice, raisins, sandalwood, with a touch of cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a candy cherry flavor pulling through with the oakiness.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, lip smacking with sugary syrup, and a warming smoothness.

Jan 21, 2010
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split this bottle with Stopper. Poured into a snifter at cellar temp. The beer pours a deep rich mahogany color with a wispy beige head of .5 cm that quickly fades to a thin edge layer.
Aroma is caramel, toffee, and brown sugar with maybe a hint of tangy cherry sweetness. First sip reveals an average body with mild rolling carbonation. Texture is smooth and clean not very heavy like I anticipated.
Flavor is similar to nose with malty notes dominating, caramel and brown sugar again, hints of vanilla in the background. I dont get a lot of cherry on the flavor but do get a little booze. I sipped this beer do to the slight booziness on the finish. Decent brew but I wont go chasing around for it to try and find another one.

Jun 06, 2010
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Gavage from Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a brown color with some reddish highlights. A short head falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: cherry, oak, and some malt sweetness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malt sweetness, cherry, oak, bits of vanilla and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is noticable and warming.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother to finish. Aftertaste is long lasting.

Drinkability: slow quaffing beer. The bomber bottle is enough in one session.

Mar 31, 2010
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice walnut color almost my bedroom suite color with a thumb sized head that falls to ring, just spotty lace.

Aroma is sweet malts some caramel but more like brown sugars soft and sweet resting on a bed of cherries and oaked wood with hints of vanilla.

Taste is lots of malty sweetness again brown sugar maple hints, dry wood oak notes with vanilla. Cherries but not over powering blend with sweetness but linger into finish also. Finish is lingering dry cherries and sweetness with some earthy hops and some light tartness that mingles with alcohol hints? Finish seems a little off or might just me but enjoyable brew all the same.

Mouthfeel is medium with nice medium carbonation, nice and smooth.

Drinkability is good a nice different enjoyable beer thats complex but enjoyable all the same.

Jun 14, 2010
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a solid dark brown in color with a very interesting head that didn't come up much but showed amazing retention and left some beautiful lacing.

Smell - You really get nothing from this nose when the beer is cold, but once it warms there is a nice malt aroma that is squashed by the overindulgent oaky notes. It's like that Godzilla vs Bambi short from the 70s. Splat!

Taste - I'm always afraid with these oaked beers that the wood flavor is going to overpower the beer, and in this case my fears are well founded. The cherry oak flavor though is unusually tasty, the quality is top-notch, so it gets points for that. But again, as my chief complaint about oaked beers always is, I can barely taste the bocky malt flavors.

Mouthfeel - This is full-bodied and slick in the mouth with the faintest hint of alcohol and a slight bitter bite. The carbs are low, too. Other aspects of this beer were a bit off from the style but here it is dead on 100% exactly what I expect from a fine DB.

Drinkability - The big wood notes took something away from this one but overall it was pretty decent.

Nov 14, 2009
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merlin48 from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twenty-two ounce bottle pours a mostly clear, radiant dark copper body with a creamy beige head that reaches three fingers of height in the glass. Nice retention and plenty of island chain lacing.

Lovely aroma opens with subtle oaky vanilla tones, followed quickly by candied dark cherries. Chocolate and toffee notes lie underneath, accented by a hint of booze.

Body is lighter than expected, right around medium. Very smooth on the palate, with a creamy carbonation.

Taste is complex. Toffee, toasted caramel, and a soft milk chocolate maltiness are balanced cleverly with a restrained earthy hop bitterness and some alcohol warmth. The oak is quite subtle, but adds a nice vanilla and woodsy character. The cherries play the starring role, adding a tasty sweet/tart component all the way through and into the aftertaste.

Very well done. The components come together very well to create a tasty experience. I'm curious to see how this will do with some aging. Vanilla, chocolate, oak, alcohol, cherries...What's not to love here!

Oct 17, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mildly murky chestnut brown that becomes barely lucent reddish orange when backlit with morning sunshine. The light brown sugar colored cap struggled to reach two fingers after an increasingly high-altitude pour. The lid doesn't have much character, though it does deposit a decent amount of lace.

The nose is too weak, at least at this early stage of the game. Note: things don't improve over time. It's really more altbier than doppelbock and smells nothing like cherries or oak. This 'Reserve' release is a disappointment so far.

Cherry Oak Doppelbock makes a comeback on the taste buds. If the initial metallic quality fades (it does), this should be pretty good stuff. One major positive is that cherries, oak and doppelbock are all appreciated... and make a pretty good team.

Flavors include brown bread, caramel, vanilla, figs, tart cherries and a few staves worth of toasted oak. It's odd to taste sourness in a beer of this style, but it isn't the least bit overdone and is nicely complemented by both a moderate sweetness and a moderate bitterness. Damn good job of alcohol masking too.

The mouthfeel started out slightly too thin and slightly too bubbled. Thankfully, it fills out and settles down over time, becoming borderline lush and creamy at the halfway point of the bomber. The 4.0 is barely earned.

Widmer Brothers' Reserve Cherry Oak Doppelbock is one of the three best beers that I've had from this brewery (Drifter Pale Ale and Brrr are the others). Bottom line: COD is a unique creation that I wouldn't mind drinking again.

May 31, 2010
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Billolick from New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for the bomber, in a cardboard box.Why? Has a date etched on the bottle and on the label, no indication of what it means. Pours pretty dark brown, with a dark, rich plum hue. Light mocha head, of moderate height and retention, leaves extensive and nice looking webs of lacing. Cherry, light wood and dark malts on the nose. Dense notes of moderatly sweet cherry, dance around the mouth with some more wood, and plenty of malt qualities. Thick mouthfeel, alcohol evident, but not overly boozy. Warming and tasty. Quality sipper/nightcapper. Quite enjoyable. Nice beer with dessert after a quality cool weather meal.

Nov 23, 2009
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Zorro from California

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish brown colored beer with a good sized brown colored head.

Smells sweet and woody with a light fruity and cherry scent. Vanilla/oak is present but is a lighter scent. There is a nice fresh cut apple scent to this one, unexpected and pleasant.

Starts out slightly sweet with a nice caramel and vanilla flavor, though a light one. Not all that sweet more semi dry actually with a nutty Bock bite to it. Vanilla comes through stronger than the cherry and at the beginning of the taste, then vanilla ending with nuts and bock hop bite. This is very much a bock beer with additional flavors; the cherry and oak are nuances to the taste and not main flavors.

Mouthfeel is good and full.

Good beer and it is decidedly a Bock beer. Cherry and Oak are solely nuances to the beer.

Nov 26, 2009
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Fancy schmancy box.

Poured into a Harpoon tulip, formed a 1/4" beige head over the murky red brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is malty cherries. Taste is sweet upfront, tart cherries in the middle, and a lightly oaky warm close. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. What I expected, neither less nor more.

Feb 15, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by the other Matt, perhaps my expectations were high, but I really don't think they were, I eventually decided that I would rather pour this beer out than finish it.

Beer is brown and forms a thin head of brownish bubbles. It leaves a little, very little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine.

Aroma is malty, sweet, and has a definite cherry aroma, this is what they want I'm sure, it smells fine.

Beer is way too sweet. The sweetness is immediately followed up by a strong cherry flavor, like cough syrup. Its rough, very rough. I drank about 5 ounces, and I could have finished it, I just didn't want to. There are too many good beers out there to waste time on a mediocre one. Beer is medium bodied, uncarbonated in the mouth, finishes sweet....I wouldn't have ti again.

Oct 12, 2010
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Jun 18, 2011
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allengarvin from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just purchased, came in a little cardboard box. Poured into a Bernardus chalice. Visually, it presents a murky reddish-tinted dark brown color with a modest tannish head on top. Dead-on dopplebock nose, though a bit faint, with plenty of sweet malt, lightly bready, somewhat toasty, with a subtle but unmistakable fruitiness. Excellent flavor: this is very much still a doppelbock, not some fruit beer. Malt is the dominant flavor, fairly sweet, plenty of munich malt taste, notes of toasted breadcrust. Personally, I don't detect the oak, but the cherry blends perfectly, adding a bit of tart tannic to the finish, though no sweetness. The cherry remains in the background, a subtle component. Full bodied, with a smooth texture: big, but not too big of a beer.

This is one of the best cherry-using beers I've had, outside of lambics. Very good beer!

Oct 20, 2009
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle in November 2009, and have been aging it in the cellar since then. Shared with my wife tonight and poured into two stemmed glasses. Dark garnet red color, with a small tan head. Some lacing on the glass. Tiny traces of sediment at the bottom of the glass. Smell was quite woody and cherry-like. I liked the flavor of this beer very much. There a nice tartness from the cherries, but also a nice oak flavor from the wood aging. Mouthfeel was not bad, which probably was helped a bit from the time in the cellar. Although, there was a somewhat syrupy feeling that lingered on the palate. Drinkability was good, but I am glad that I aged this beer a bit based on other reviews.

Dec 13, 2010
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GClarkage from California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

Jul 03, 2014
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 162 ratings