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: 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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Photo of MystikCelt
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of tat2dhllblly
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of Budguybrandon
4.73/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a limited edition 38 degree 22 oz bottle, into a beer clean 16oz bud light signiture glass.
 3 finger head with tight bubbles slowly comes down after about 3 minutes to a pinky width of foam, perfect lacing remains.
This beer is a gorgeous dark ruby color, picture a dark rose wood cabinet.. Nose is filled with sweet malt and undeniable dark fermented cherry.. Very pleasent
 whoa there is a strong mouth a alcohol and malt followed by a chocolate covered cherry. The first sip took me back a little (po-tent) but I settled in and this is a very pleasent desert style beer. Quite easy to drink.. And po-tent! 9% 
This is definitley widmer showing off that they can brew a beer that's not for the mass but for a true beer condisender, I for one am very impressed. This beer is a real treat and i'm saving the second bottle I have for thanksgiving ;)

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.67/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Small snifter time!!

Deep amber color with many reddish hues, like the sun is setting! The liquid quckly spreads out after a heavy looking pour. Looks like brandy. a well retained clump of foam in the middle spreads out slow, eventually, gone. looks aged and mellows later on.

Wow, the malt is sooo damn complex. It smells aged and matured! Sweet smoke-wood flavor's abound, a very deep malt, slight sweetness with gentle brown sugar, dark caramel and light fruits but the he and complexity does not make it slick, it's aged and mellow. A delightful balance of earthy, semi-bitter and dry hops makes this one tough to put down.

This is simply a brilliant Amrican Dopplebock, huge complexity and be sure to finish this one of with a mighty fine cigar!

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Photo of Brad007
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a nice box and figured that it was probably worth the price due to the alcohol content, type of beer and the fact that it's a Widmer product.

Pours a dark reddish-brown color into my pint glass with a one-finger head. Seems about right.

Aroma is full of oak, cherry, chocolate and raisin/plum. Pretty nice aromas here from this beer. Bit of alcohol heat peeks through as well.

Taste is full of mild oak, cherry, raisin/plum and just a faint hint of chocolate. Alcohol heat seems to affect the overall texture. Feels right for the style.

Mouthfeel is certainly not too thin nor too thick, which is a lot to say for a beer from a company known more for pushing their american wheat ale than innovation. It's saying a lot actually. Alcohol heat calms down a bit in the back.

Certainly drinkable and more complex than I expected. There's not as much oak as I thought there'd be, which in this case is probably a good thing as too much oak overwhelms all the other flavors. I can't really think of any gripes for this beer with the exception that Widmer should consider making more complex beers.

This is certainly a step in a good direction. Check it out.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #1 from my shipment from (AleWatcher goes into a .5L Weinhenstephan dimpled mug. This is from Blind Beers Rnd 2. This review is totally blind.

A- Sep0909 stamped on the neck. A purpleish ruddy red color. Like really, really concentrated tea. A thick khaki head rises and puts up an excellent fight.

S- Smells very malty and sweet. Lots of raisin, fig and black cherries. Its smelling like an English Barleywine or a Quad, but is a much smaller beer than both of those. That and the mug suggestion make me I wanna say its a dopplebock that has been given special treatment.

T- Wow, this is great stuff. Lots, and I mean LOTS of raisin, fig and cherry with some oakiness tagging along. There is a flash of chocolate at the finish that is similar to a tootsie roll. Wildly smooth tasting.

M- Full bodied for sure. Carbonation is low but the beer is not suffering from it at all.

D- The ABV is pretty jacked up on this one. I can feel it on the finish, but I seriously dig this beer. Its going down way too fast.

4/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 Really nice stuff.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the label: "This limited release is a Kurt Widmer favorite," with the names of the brothers listed underneath. Kurt's box is checked, Rob's is not. You suppose Rob thinks this stinks? Har. Humongous thanks to msubulldog25 for hooking me up with this limited release from America's Beer Paradise (aka Portland, OR).

Pours a splendid mahogany that edges toward a burnt burgundy color. Head is toasted light golden-brown, and it doesn't stay around long. A constellation of dots thrown on the glass in the head's wake.

The aroma is absolutely wonderful--caramel, milk chocolate, gooey cherry (like cherry taffy, or ice-cream), toasted nuts. Pretty much offers everything its simple name promises.

Flavor is full, round, and, despite the novel use of oak and cherry, comes off in a direct, straightforward manner. It's a big flavor for sure: lots of gooey caramal-chocolate candy chews, big succulent cherry sweetness, subtle flashes of fresh-cut wood, background husky nuttiness. Juicy as hell and slippery too. A light fruit tang in the finish, mildly puckering but not in a distracting way. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy and exceptionally rounded.

Golly...this is just great. It doesn't need the overpackaging of a classy box to impress, and I'm pretty sure brother Rob likes this too. How could he not?

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of Arenbeer
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.


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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

I tried this guy when it had just been released and enjoyed it greatly. When I saw it on the shelf again recently, I jumped at my second chance and figured I'd finally review the damn thing. It pours a somewhat clear ruby brown capped by, at best, a half-finger of glowing ecru mini-foam. The nose comprises lots o' yeasty rye bread, figs, cinnamon, and a bit of oak barrel (metal hoops and all, baby). The taste leads off with rye bread smothered in cherry jam (jelly? preserves? spread?), then moves into a more caramel-influenced zone while the aforementioned breakfast side dish slowly fade into the new elements. The oak is there, but tastefully subdued, the way I'm told highlights are meant to work in shallow people's hair. (Note: I am above normal human vices.) Some raisins (the sugary kind from Raisin Bran), figs, brown sugar, and dark wheat swirl throughout, like the mists in MacBeth's first act. Damn tasty brew, peoples! The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a ridiculously smooth feel. Silk ain't got shit on this! Overall, it's just as I remember: tasty, smooth, an all-around great brew, baby. Get some!

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Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

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Photo of thedidey
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the pour, a thin cream white head of perfectly uniform tiny bubbles forms over a clear root beer candy colored beer. It runs to a deep autumnal orange-brown where the light comes through. The head thins quickly to cobwebs on top and leaves just a few snowflakes on the side of the glass as I drink.

The first smell is alcohol warmth layered with cherries. Caramel shows up on further nasal samplings as does a noticeable lack of oak. At first I find the missing oak distracting but I take comfort in the simplicity and balance of the strength of the other flavors .

On the drinking, the cherries and caramel are aggressive, giving the beer a sweet cherry candy taste but maintaining an unexpected lightness as it rolled around. The oak was subtle when the beer was cold but took on an excellent supporting roll that didn't dry out the beer or take away from the cherries on the finish as the liquid warmed.

This beer is ideal for slow drinking on a cool night. It's a bit too sweet for a savory meal but a rich desert might hold up well next to it.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.31/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Krušovice-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark red color (like the color of black cherries). It has a thin, white head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very malty with hints of cherries.

Taste: Highly complex. Hits you up front with the heavy maltiness typical of doppelbocks. Finishes with subtle hints of cherry, oak, and caramel. You wouldn't know this was a high-alcohol beer either; the flavors mask the alcohol very well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full-bodied. The alcohol gives it a noticeable warmth as well.

Drinkability: An exceptional doppelbock. This is my first time trying one of these new oak-aged beers that seems to be the current trend in brewing. This one was very good and definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip...

A: Rich malty chocolate brown, very viscous in appearance, small one finger head fades slowly and leaves very nice lacing around rim.

S: Roasted caramel malt, toffee, milk chocolate, faint woodiness lingering in the back along with black currants and cherries.

T: Wow, what a huge complex flavor! Caramel malt and toffee begin the party and quickly lead into tart cherries and currants followed by a little mid-palate booziness and finally some oak in the finish that is vaguely reminiscent of bourbon barrel with the combination of the booziness and tartness of the fruit. Very complex and delicious, gonna let it warm up and see if anything else comes out...the cherries get a little sweeter and a little tobacco and leather come through in the finish as well, very good stuff!

M: Heavy body that is carbonated very nicely to give just the right amount of crispness on the palate. Well done.

D: For being 9% this goes down pretty smooth, the booze on the mid-palate gives it away a little bit, but in a good way, and i'm sure that will fade after 6 months or so...gonna have to pick up some of this to lay down for awhile. Well down Widmer, very surprised and very impressed!

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Photo of UA8
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy ruby hue with a one finger tall toasted brown head.

S- Tart cherry, woody vanilla, caramel, roasty malts.

T- Leads with sweet golden raisin and cherry notes. Midpalate is a play on the malty goodness of the beer. Finishes with woody vanilla and some herbal bitterness.

M- Syrupy and viscous with a nice light carbonation.

D- This is nicely done cherry beer the fruit serves to amplify and accentuate the malt notes which would probably be only mediocre without the added fruit and wood dimensions. A pretty darn tasty beer.

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Photo of brow1901
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep dark red, practically black. With a thin wisp of a light tan head. Retention is nil, and lacing is thin.

S- The cherry is really evident in the nose. Smells of fresh tart cherries, kinda reminds me of the smell of a sour, faintly.

T- Its an interesting taste to this beer. The flavors really develop and change in your mouth. Initially the tart cherries strike the tounge lightly. And it finishes in a real smooth kinda buttery, maybe some oak, finish.

M- Nice and smooth but not slick.

D- I like this beer it is a good drink, keeps you refreshed and really keeps the attention of the taste buds. Overall a good brew, I wish I would have saved one for the cellar.

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Photo of brewstien82
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Deschutes brewery reserve series glass.

A-Pours a dark mahogany with ruby highlights, tan thin head falls back to a ring around the outer rim.

S-Caramel,mollasis,bready malt,alchol,raisins,figs and oak, nice aroma.

T-Bready malt with a hint of chocolate followed by a sweet sour cherry,plum,alcohol warmth,oak,with a tannic bitter finish that lingers on palete. good flavor lacking a little bit of body and a bit to much hop bitterness. I would like to see this beer back with some more body and toned down bittness to much for a dopplebock maybe using a lower alpha hop to finish and some more crystal or munich malt would do it.

M-Medium to light body somewhat thin for this beer style, back of the mouth astringency and stick to your tongue bitterness could also be tannins from fresh oak.

D-I would have some more of this beer later on but I would rather have it a year or two from now to mellow this beer to just the right flavor.

Overall impression is it is a good beer with just a few minor flaws.

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Photo of mntlover
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Widmer Brothers Cherry Oak Doppelbock poured black with red tint, like black cherry, with no head. It left the glass crystal clear.

The smell and taste were yeasty and malty with a hint of tart cherries. The feel was thick and bitter. There was no doubting its presence. It was a pleasure to drink--both aggressive and refreshing.

Widmer Brothers Cherry Oak Doppelbock is delicious. It has a nice hint of cherry flavor without overpowering the beer's essence. It's warm and friendly, yet feels like a celebration.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is darkly malty, with suggestions of nice vinegar, tart fruit, and a little age. Smells quite good.

Pours a red/orange malty hue with yellow highlights and a nice head. Looks good.

Flavor follows with a nice bit of sourness and some candy sweetness. Mild bitterness. Solid aged strong beer (i.e. Barleywine) vibe, very nice for a doppelbock. Slight oak, I would like to see it a little more pronounced. The cherry adds (I'm guessing) the sour/tartness, but little flavor. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.


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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Not a lot of carbonation in the pour. Smell is a mix of malts and dark fruit. I am not necessarily getting cherries, but there is definitely fruit there. Flavor is cherries with quite a bit of oak. The aftertaste is where the oak comes in. About what I expected/hoped the beer would taste like. A pretty thick mouthfeel for the style. I wouldn't drink more than one in a night because this is more of a sipper, but still very good and drinkable.

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Photo of Zorro
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of oddfire
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went out on a limb and picked up a bottle at the local store. Served in a chalice
A - Pours a dark amber to almost deep red. Small head with little to no head retention. Very slight lacing.
S - Nutty with a hint of cherries. A faint alcohol smell is present.
T - Very similar to a quality doppelbock but with a perfect balance of cherries. There are chocolate notes and a slight licorice flavour.
M - this beer just feels good whether you are sipping it or just drinking it.
D - This beer is higher on alcohol but you can drink more than one if you pace yourself. I will definitely buy one again.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Small but sound head. Brown to cola. Head leaves fast. Some cling lace remains faithfully.

S - Nice dark, malty smell, almost bready, with the promise of tart cherry.

T - Pretty tasty! Good solid malty fare down the center, some complex flavors mingle in like cherry and other pitted fruit and wood.

M - Medium body with adequate carb. Good coating and balance works out pretty clean in the end - just a hint of cherry on the back sides of the tongue in the end.

D - I like this one. Maybe rethink the brewery in general?

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into a snifter/ Sep. 9 - 09

P: Deep auburn with a toasted tan-colored head of thick, creamy foam. It showed very good retention and finally sank into a thin halo around the rim. Left a thick sheet of lace initially, but it wasn't quite strong enough to hold for the long haul.

A: The aroma is obviously malt forward with notes of black cherries, plums, oak, and a hint of booze. The more it warms, the more I'm smelling a nice amount of chocolate doing all it can to try and get noticed, too. If it tastes anything like it smells I'm gonna very pleased.

T: Tastes like toasted brown bread lightly glazed with black cherry plum jam and drizzled in chocolate. The oak is pretty subtle, but you notice it enough to get a nice woodsy underbelly while the rum-like heat jabs your throat upon swallow. Finishes sweet and leaves an aftertaste that makes it hard not to immediately take another sip.

M: Feels full for the style with a slick, glassy smooth texture that just glides across the tongue. Some creaminess underneath helps to broaden the flavors a bit and leaves the mouth coated nicely.

Notes: I have to admit, I wasn't sure how this was gonna turn out, as I haven't been the biggest Widmer Brothers fan ever. But damn, they can brew! After this, I'm really wondering what Limited Release #2 is gonna be cause I really enjoyed this introduction to the series.

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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