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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Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of HalfFull
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with rich ruby highlights. Clear and deep with a half inch of off white head. Retention is moderate at best, yet offers decent lacing.

Nose is rich and malty, yet roasted. Caramel malts exude and mix with dark cherry. Sweet grape juice notes, vinous.

Flavor of dark cherry is abundant. Oak is a bit of a reach, perhaps revealing itself as a bit of spice in the flavor. Pretty well balanced as for malts, not overbearing in richness, allowing for a good feel and drinkability.

Value: C-

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Photo of rallison
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly good given that this is Widmer.

Brown sugar, light cherry and dried fruits on the nose.

The taste, thankfully, is subtle with the cherry. The taste is mainly that of brown sugar and dried fruits. Oak is soft. Cherry is subtle.

Very smooth mouthfeel with a pleasantly light carbonation. Virtually no trace of the ABV. Just the right thickness for the carbonation.

All in all, not bad. Pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Schmaltzy
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-poured to a pint glass and I was very upset, there was no head and no lacing it was flat. I must have gotten a bad bottle that will skew this review.
S-smell was good, heavy malt flavors, smoky oak, and faint cherries.
T-completely flat, no carbonation dissapointment. Has heavy malt taste, sweet with hints of the oak and cherry.
M-no carbonation really sucks
D-I will not chance getting another flat beer, and this one was just too dissapointing. It has potential though, just not an A rating potential

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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 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 Tdizzle
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours an opaque brownish-amber color with a frothy tan head that settles to a thin, swirly layer and a thick ring along the inside of the glass. There's a little bit of lacing after each sip, but not much.

S- Richly sweet and malty. Candied dark fruits, toasted malts and faint notes of oak and vanilla. The alcohol shows itself as the beer warms. There's an undercurrent of juicy dark cherries in the background.

T- The malt profile is deeply fruity and sweet with a lightly toasted element as well. There's an almost artificial-like flavor of oak wood that's evident throughout the taste. Accents of dark cherries, chocolate covered raisins and boozy heat come through towards the dry(ish) finish. The taste is a little less sweet than I anticipated. There's a slightly tart note towards the finish where I expected more sweet flavors. The high alcohol content leaves a nice warming sensation after each sip.

M- A full-bodied feel with a good amount of fine, active carbonation bubbles.

D- The 9% ABV is inoffensive in the smell and the taste. The sweet flavors are provided with enough balance that the taste never became cloying. Very drinkable stuff.

Props to Widmer Brothers for this tasty beverage. I'll be interested to see what a couple years of age will do.

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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 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 Docer
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed 4 bottles at The BeerMongers ... looked forward to this one for sure!

- Heavy center pour into a tumbler... hardly any head even with the heavy pour.. but bubbly... leaving a small ring of off-white head around the edges... and some slight hazing floating in the center... a reddish slightly cloudy caramel/molasses look... not totally black at all... cola..

- Nice malty smell... balanced sweetness with some dark cherries... currants, fig.... woodiness... very good smell...

- Very good creamy roasted woody caramel malt.. bit of an oakiness to it... slightly chalky.. some ester, cherry.... light rum or bourbon...

- Slightly chalky, and sticky... but overall decent... smooth... lingering cherry..

- Overall this is very drinkable and good.. hides the strength... and not really over-the-top... but I was lat down just a little bit.. not quite as good as I expected.. but overall very nice seeing some reserve series coming from Widmer... and a bit late at that!

Got 3 others to age! Right next to my 25th anniversary Dbl. Alts!

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Photo of HopEnforcer
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Brother's Reserve snifter glass with about 2 inches of head.
A: Very dark red in appearance with creamy head and a good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate with a subtle aroma of cherries.

T: Chocolate malts with a slight oak taste. There was a particularly noticeable dark cherry aftertaste too; more sweet than tart. 9% but there was very little taste of alcohol in this one.

M: Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy with soft carbonation.

D: Sweet... but not overpoweringly sweet; a great balance for this style. This is a desert beer, so you probably won't be drinking more than one.

This was one of the most complex beers I have had from the Widmer Brothers.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark mahogany brown with a ruby tint and i like cream foam.
Smell- Chocolate, light roast, dark cherries, & subtle bing cherries
Taste - Sweet bing cherries, roasted malt, and dark chocolate strike first and are followed up with dark cherry and vanilla oak finish.
Drinkability - Very smooth with a nice creamy texture. There is a definite alcohol warmth in the chest. Long finish.
The thing that I have to keep reminding myself is that this isn't the Celebrator. However, it's really not meant to be and is still a really nice beer in it's own right. Definitely worthy, but not world class.

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