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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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Photo of GRG1313
2/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark, black but with a seemingly red cast or edges; no head, even upon a good swirl.

Beer was served room temperature which usually highlights nose and flavors at their best. Nose was almost nonexistent! No nose but for a whiff of light cherry fragrance and one really had to stretch and search.

Mouthfeel was thick but without any appeal or character.

Flavors are of burnt charcoal, overcooked red meat and spoiled wine. There is nothing appealing about this beer whatsover. Bad bottle? There's hints of chocolate, hints of cherry and hints of coffee - all of which are simply out of balance, not integrated and not appealing.

Finish is of burnt toast and unappealing bitter coffee. I'll try another bottle tomorrow and revise review if bottle was bad. However, September 09 bottling so unlikely that bottle is bad and also unlikely that there is bottle variation.

Some might say that it will improve and "integrate" and soften with age. I would not agree; this one will never get better. Not a good effort.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Dopplebock base with solid yet delicate cherry balance and just enough oak complexity to keep the beer going. I didn't know Widmer Brothers was capable of this.

The beer brings a deep crimson color with mild haze. A lightly tanned and froathy head forms on the rim and retains quite well despite the long session. Not much lacing, but the beer takes on a handsome and sturdy appearace overall.

The beers character is a complex mix of sweet malts, fruity esters that favor cherries, toasted breads, fruitcake, sun-kist toffee, raisons, figs, dates, plumbs, grapes, and deep kettle caramelization. Light rum-like warmth and sweetness adds even more depth and variety. Cherry components rise above the other esters but still allow the malts to remain in control. Oak flavors give a nutty, earthy, and pungent character to the subtle hopped base beer.

Body is full and rich, but favor the sweet caramel side and not enough malty-dry character. Without going cloying, the beers sweetness makes the second pour from the bottle wear on me a bit. Also as the carbonation fades and the beer warms, the weight of the beer and sweetness seems to rise, again making the beer a bit of a chore.

This is a solid beer that rises well above anything else that I have had from the brewery. I hope they keep this up.

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and subtle tart cherries. A slight floral aroma, too.

T - It tasted boozy and of sweet caramel. There were touches of oak and light hints of cherry.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied beer with a warm alcohol heat.

D - This is an interesting dopplebock. I expected a little more complexity with the oak and cherry.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick creamy 1 finger head with a dark reddish brown hazy looking color.

N: Slight sweet syrup and some definite booze, slight woody oak and vanilla, some spices and nuts, fruit, raisin. Pretty complex.

T: Lots of sweet malts and sugary syrup. Tons of dark fruits, raisin, plum, etc. Some oak and woody esthers. A little cherry, but more like a cherry-wood flavor. More spices and nuts, I even get some nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. A slight boozy taste with the malts.

M: Semi thick with a slight syrupy feel with decent carbonation.

F: Syrupy sweet, a little bitter with lingering spices. The cherry wood also seems to stay with the finish. Lots of lingering sweet malts and syrupy flavors with a boozy presence. A good oak presence too. Perhaps a little too sweet and syrupy overall, and slightly too boozy, but enjoyable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very malty and aromatic. Not too strong on the oak, which I like, but it does complement the roasted malt flavors. Very fruity. Tangy even with the nearly syrupy feel in the mouth.

The only thing I don't care for so much is the way the cherry flavor fights with the hops. Bitter cherry. I do like the sweet maltiness. Very sweet on the lips, followed by the bitter hops, which seem to get more bitter with each sip. A good barley wine can stand a lot of hops, but this brew could have done with less, or perhaps a different less intense hop.

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Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't really remember the last time I bought a Widmer product but they definitely peaked my interest with this one. I'm a big fan of cherries, oak and Doppelbocks so together in one beer was something I was definitely going to buy.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured a dark caramel brown color with a thin off-white transparent foam layer barely covering the beer. The foam clung mostly to the sides of the glass where it left some very nice lacing.

The aroma is on the malty sweet side with some very nice dark fruit flavors coming through. The Oaky vanilla is the next most prominent flavor coming through with a nice added complexity. The cherry is more subtle and not really that noticeable in the nose.

The taste has a big malty, slightly sweet flavor to it with some nice dark fruit hints to it as well. The Oak and vanilla flavor really come through nicely to give it a smooth flavor. Like the nose the cherry flavor is pretty subdued in the taste. Slight alcohol presence in the finish but not a lot.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is on the lighter side. I liked the lighter carbonation in it which seemed to give the smooth oak flavors more room to shine.

Drinkability is good, it was a very tasty beer. I'm a huge cherry fan so I was a little disappointed that cherries were not more pronounced, but was pleased the oak was. Overall a very nice beer that I really enjoyed. Nice job on thins one Widmer, would buy again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Goebels in Wichita

Pours an effervescent chestnut hued ruby red with a finger of tan head. Nice head retention & average lacing

S: Slight oakyness, fruittyness (apples & Pears)

T: Bready with hints of cherry juice, oaky dryness, some fairly sharp tartness & sourness. I get a kiss of booze as this warms along with some apple peel, more cherry, figgyness & a touch of vanilla. Finishes with cherries, figs & dryness

MF: Fairly chewy with minimal carbonation

Drinks alright & I can appreciate it as a one- off, but not breaking into my dopple rotation wanders too far off the path for this dopplefreak. This would make a great winter seasonal release. I almost would classify this as a Belgian Style Dopple, due some of the fruitty flavors in this. I would love to glaze a ham or some pork chops, or baste some smoked ribs with this one! This would work well with many foods IMO

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I shared a bottle of this with Matt and my sink a few nights ago.

A: Murky brown with orange highlights at the apex. There is a tiny head that leaves very little in the way of lacing.

S: Somewhat subdued aroma of oak, cherries, sweet malt. Undoubtedly, the best aspect of this beer, in my opinion.

T: Not my bag, baby. The aroma is way better than the flavor. It's overly sweet and basically, a big mess. Disappointing.

M: Cough syrupy and hard to drink.

D: I just couldn't bring myself to finish my glass (see top of review).

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up today while shopping for a friend.
Pours a slightly cloudy deep brown with ruby highlights and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Smells of brown sugar, cherry syrup, vanilla, and some rubbing alcohol. The cherry syrup is dominant in the smell, but it definitely smells hot. The taste confirms what I thought based on the aroma. The taste is sweet and hot. I get lots of sweet cherry syrup, a touch of caramel, and enough alcohol to light a Coleman stove. mid to finish I get a bit of wet cardboard, or wet dog that isn't to pleasant. Syrupy mouthfeel, medium body, light carbonation. The cherry is nice, and I pick up some vanilla from the oak. I think the base beer needs to be better. The label says this is an ale, so its not really a dopplebock. I think barrel aging and fruiting a mediocre beer leaves you with a mediocre barrel aged fruit beer. I could certainly drink this, but its nothing special, certainly not worth 9 bucks a bottle.

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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 Billolick
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to roopy40 for this brew.

22 oz. Bomber
Bottled: Sep 9, 2009
Almost a year old

Pours a nice brownish color, some carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice cherry notes, and spices. The taste is sweet, malty, nice cherry note, slight tangyness, with some spice note. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew, glad to have gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewing date of Sept 09 09 stamped on label:

Pours hazed red to brown with a thin tan head that has decent retention. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is sweet - slightly tart - black cherries with oak/vanilla and a hint of chocolate.

The taste is of dark cherry syrup - bordering that "artificial/syrup" fruitiness, which gives it a cherry cough drop taste. Chocolate notes are there, though it doesn't quite make the chocolate covered cherries that I would have hoped for - but close. Vanilla-ish oak and a touch of noble hop bitterness lends towards a dry finish, though sticky sweetness quickly returns to linger on palate and lips. Alcohol noticeable in a boozy, but not too sharp, way.

Laid-back carbonation and malty smoothness allow this to go down gently despite sticky and boozy characteristics.

There is a noble hop touch and woody dryness that keeps the sweetness reasonably held in balance, though it is sweet in character. There is something of a cherry cough medicine character to it that is just too dominant for me to enjoy more, though this is certainly worth trying and warms one up nicely on a cold night!

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Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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.

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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