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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)Cherry Oak Doppelbock (Brothers' Reserve Series)
162 Ratings
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.

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 162 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Proteus93
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Widmer Reserve series arrived in Charlottesville with #2... the Braggot, and I was eager to try the Cherry Oak Doppelbock, and was disappointed to hear that it was no longer available. It was particularly pleasing to find it at State Line Liquors in MD on the way up to the beach. With the brewing date being Sept. '09 and time of consumption at Aug. 6 - 7, 2010, it places this at just about a year old which will be taken into consideration in review:

A: Rich, deep amber with a glowing reddish hue... considering the cherry influence in the beer, it is quite fitting. Head is a little lacking in terms of being at all foamy or having a retention, but it does hold onto a thin collar that leaves behind tiny spotting on the way down the glass.

S: Now to the nitty-gritty! Aroma is slightly musty, woody, and a modest syrupy malt. That's a lot of -y words in one sentence! The fruit-side is a pleasant second-place to the malts, which is a positive point, I find. It's very easy to allow the 'added ingredients' a dominant position, and this has been avoided here, allowing the flavours of the beer itself to be complemented by both the oak and the cherry.

T: Well done! As far as doppelbocks go, it leans more towards the direction of being sweet, malty, and loaded with caramel. The oak-influenced vanilla is quite apparent and, like the aroma, the cherry is modest and quite well placed. I'm not sure if a bit of age has allowed that to mellow, but if it has, it has done so beautifully. The balance is very nice, though I could see how some people could potentially find this beer to be 'too sweet.'

M + D: Mouthfeel is a little 'wetter' than I tend to expect from the style... not as syrupy and rich, which is a little surprising. A part of me would expect the fermentation with dark cherries to add a bit of a stickiness to it, but that's not an issue. In fact, drinkability verges on being dangerously high, considering the alcohol content.... it''s a rather still 9%, but does not present as such, whatsoever. Kudos to Widmer for creating a fine, balanced product that has held up with time... to cellar-keepers, I'd go so far as to suggest another months to a year on this bottle. I think it will continue to mature nicely until at least 2 years in.

 2,269 characters

Photo of boomer31
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I've held onto this for about a year or so thinking the reserve series would be interesting as it continues to move forward. I guess it didn't take off like I thought it would. So here we go.

A - Pours a dark brown with a beige head that leaves in about a second.

S - Sweet cherry and a hint of malt. Not much else here.

T - Cherry and cherry with a hint of malt. I don't taste the oak or much of the malt I love in a dopplebock.

M - I actually think this is the beers best feature. Nice rich low carbonation that does feel like a dopplebock.

D - Way too sweet. I think if half the cherries were taken out the beer may actually be pretty good.

Overall this is so sweet. If the cherries weren't so apparent the beer may be somewhat decent. I love dopplebocks and got really excited to try this...too bad the sweetness came from the cherries not the malt.

 862 characters

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!

 1,192 characters

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.

 806 characters

Photo of Boppar
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a red wine glass.

A: The beer pours dark brown with ruby highlights. Two fingers of monstrously fluffy tan foam, with a dozen large soap bubbles. This beer has outstanding head retention.

S: Loads of sweet malts and some pitted fruits. Faint oak-ish warmth on the nose, although the anticipated 9.00% ABV alcohol spice is noticeably absent.

T: Yikes that's sweet. The sweet malts absolutely dominate the palate up front with caramel, toffee, and butterscotch duking it out for top-dog status. Any way you cut it, it tastes like a boatload of burnt sugar, with a fair amount of cloy. Next comes the cherry taste, which is thankfully less sweet than the malts. The finish is oaky, dry, and lingering. There is no hop presence, nor is there much of an alcohol presence. At this point, I rest the cap on top of the bomber, and place the bomber back in the fridge.

M: The mouthfeel is thick, fluffy, and moderately carbonated.

D: The lack of alcohol presence is dangerous for 9.00%, although the sheer sweetness of this beer would prevent most people from having more than a bottle each.

After slogging through my first glass, it's time for a refill. I must say that the second glass tastes much more balanced than the first. Perhaps it just needed to get a few degrees colder (the bottle having only been in the fridge for about three hours prior to the opening). Or maybe the slight loss of carbonation improved the overall drinkability of the beer. Or maybe at this point I'm just getting buzzed, the 9.00% ABV and the lack of dinner catching up with me.

This is an interesting beer. It's a shame that it is only brewed once, as I believe that with a little tinkering and experimentation, this could be made into a world-class beer. The cherry presence was just right, although as for the rest of the beer, I would favor a shift away from the initial malt and towards the drier, oaky finish.

 1,923 characters

Photo of chaz01
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle that I found in my basement that I'm not sure where and when I got it. Poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Dark copper brown color to it with a good sized head.

S: Picking up some cherries and dark fruit aromas.

T: Dominant flavor that stands out to me is a bit of sour cherry flavor, yet it's mellow and not overpowering. There some wood and oak flavors that mellow out the sourness and blends and balances the beer together.

M: Medium bodied and carbonation. More of the subtle sourness in the finish.

D: I enjoyed this and would happily purchase it again. Pretty smooth and drinkable despite the 9% ABV. Went well sipping this on the deck on a warm summer night.

 687 characters

Photo of TommyW
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish/gold with a very thin, tan head that doesn't really cling at all.

S- Not much cherry or dark fruit at all. A little bit of toasted bread, caramel and touch of smokiness or leafy tobacco (kinda reminds me of a scotch ale aroma).

T- Lots going on here though. Notes of toasted oak, sour cherries, vanilla and bready malt. There is an awesome balance of the tartness of the cherries; the tart is there but not overwhelming or distracting from the rest of the beer.

M- Medium to thin body with an easy carbonation.

D- A pretty nice beer in terms of the taste, but the smell seemed a little off to me. Definitely a well balanced beer overall though.

 664 characters

Photo of sulldaddy
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

 728 characters

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.

 1,551 characters

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

Bomber (dated 9/9/9 - jeez, I didn't realize I'd sat on it that long!) poured into large Meantime snifter, Cherry Oak Doppelbock is ruddy cola brown with a small light head that quickly dissipates, leaving scattered, sticky lace and a decent collar.

Smell is sweet brown malt, some cherry, light ethanol, a bit of an acrid, earthy bite, like mineral laden soil, which is a bit of a flaw.

Taste is pretty sweet, this one is heavy on the cherry, which seems overly exaggerated by the sweetness of the malt. Not of ton of barrel character, mainly a bit tannic. Not particularly complex, but creative at least.

Mouthfeel is on the sticky side, medium to medium light though.

Drinkability is ok, it's a fairly tasty desert beer, and surprisingly digestible (I expected a thicker syrupyness to it). It's also on the smoother side, but like the nose, there is a biting earth/dirt/metal vibe that I don't care for, and assume is from the barrel. Aging this for a while might be interesting, but I'm plenty satisfied with having only had this one bottle of almost 9 months old.

 1,077 characters

Photo of AltBock
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you're looking for this beer or you happen stumble upon in it at your local beer store, you'll see that this beer has a simple somewhat impressive presentation. The bottle comes in a cardboard box with the Widmer symbol indented into the box at the top. At the bottom of the box is a dark lime green label with the name of the beer on the front and description of the beer on the side. When you take the bottle out of the box, you'll see that the bottle has the same lime green label that the box has with a few minor differences. The beer label has 2 boxes with "Kurt" and "Rob" written next to them. The box next to "Kurt" is the one that was checked. This beer was a Kurt favorite. The main beer label has a time and date that this beer was bottled. If your eyes are too distracted by the bright lime green label to read the date, there is another bottled date on the neck of the bottle. IMO, 2 dates on the bottle is 10x better than no date at all!

Appearance: I couldn't find my Doppelbock glass at this time, so I poured it into my Maudite Snifter instead. I would have to say that the Snifter made for a good if not better replacement. From a short distance away, this Doppelbock appears to be a barrel brown color, but when I decided to hold it up to the light, I found out that it was more of a dark cherry red color with a splash of sunset orange near the bottom of the glass. The color of the beer was more impressive than the head of foam. At its peak, the head of foam was about 1/4 of an inch in height and light tan in color. The head of foam stuck around for a few seconds, but then it was gone in a flash. It did however manage to leave behind a tiny string of tan rings and about 5 spots of lace. I guess I should be happy that the head of foam left something behind than just a sad memory.

Smell: When Widmer put the words "Cherry Oak" on the label, it wasn't just a marketing technique to make this beer stand out from other Doppelbocks. They meant it and you'll first notice it in the aroma. It's not an aroma that will immediately jump out at you. It will take a few whiffs to pick up all of the black cherry. The aroma started off with a subtle whiff of sweet roasted malts and a gentle touch of oak. I believe that the beer wanted to get those two scents out of the way so that the aroma could shine a little bit more on the black cherry. Don't expect to find much hiding behind the cherry wall. My nose was able to pick out a speck of chocolate, but that was quickly covered up by the black cherry. Nice pleasant black cherry aroma that wasn't too overwhelming.

Taste: The taste was a lot like the aroma in the way that it loved the black cherry. I got the feeling that it was black cherry first and Doppelbock second. After a few sips of the beer is where I got the impression that it wasn't a Doppelbock with the taste of black cherry. It was more of a black cherry beer with some Doppelbock characteristics. The taste of black cherry was strong, but not strong in the sense that it tasted like 100% black cherry juice. As for the Doppelbock characteristics, they came in the form of chocolate, sweet roasted malts, a touch of oak, and a drop of alcohol. You won't find much Doppelbock in here as you can tell. It loved the black cherry too much.

Mouthfeel: This 9% ABV black cherry Doppelbock was medium bodied with a low level of carbonation to it and with a slight black cherry aftertaste. This was the last chance for the Doppelbock to come out more, but the black cherry said no to that. It was a slightly dry black cherry aftertaste with a tiny amount of sweet malts and oak backing it up. I noticed that some of that 9% ABV alcohol came out at the end, but not enough to conquer the mighty black cherry.

Drinkability: Great presentation, but the beer didn't live up to the hype that box gave it. It was an interesting beer to say the least, but there was far too much cherry and too little Doppelbock going on in this beer. As for drinkability goes, one bottle was good enough for me.

 4,026 characters

Photo of kingcrowing
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a dark woody brown with some nice deep cherry red when held up to the light. Not much of a head but some light brown lacing. Nose is quite oaky and not much booze given the abv, a light malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice and full with very nice carbonation filling the mouth. Finish is all cherry and it's got a very nice light warming as it goes down. Taste is sweet and maybe even a bit tart from the cherries. Fairly well balanced with a tart bitterness on the back of the tongue.

 537 characters

Photo of bminor7
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Savemore in Clifton Park.

A - Deep mahogany brown. Syrupy, but no substantial head released.

S - Dark sugar, dark fruits...just a bit of cherry.

T - Sugary, very flavorful. Oak is prevalent. ABV detectable.

M - Syrupy. Not much carbonation.

D - Tasty, good for a bottle of this size, but a bit too intense for any more to me.

 340 characters

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.

 1,475 characters

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.


 530 characters

Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the Limited Release #1 marked 16:31-OR-SEP0909. Sampled on April 23, 2010 after storing it on a shelf for six months. Served at around 45 degrees. Thepour is a handsome looking crimson brown with about a finger of short-lived light brown silky head. Cherry and oak top the aroma as advertised along with malts and something not unlike licorice. The cherries stand out in the taste more than the aroma wikth a kind of wooden, dry malted, overripe fruit flavor to boot. The 9% ABV is not well masked as this has an odd hard liquor feel to it as well. This was something I wanted to try at least once.

 603 characters

Photo of everetends
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on a whim at Hop City in Atlanta. Figured I would give Widmer a shot at a style that I love. 22 ozs Served up in a weizen.

A: Pouring out of the bottle, this straight up looks like cranberry juice. Very rich and dark red with light purple hues to it. As the body builds up, you get more of a garnet rich amber in color. It is almost a dark crimson if you hold it up to the light. The body is pretty clear. There is a pretty active and large carbonation in here. The head was about 2 fingers of tan head with a light pink tint to it. It holds pretty well, falling slowly to a half finger that sticks around. The head leaves quite a bit sticky lace all over the glass. Really coats. So far I am impressed.

S: Things start off here with a pretty excessive cherry syrup aroma. It just smells artificial. Behind that you get the wood. Smells mostly like the wood rather than the vanilla and sugars that can be pulled out of it. Lost in the background I am picking up on some heavy malt presence and a little bit of grain that is like a doppelbock, but it is faint. Meh.

T: Ok. This is weird. It starts off not that great. Yet again it starts with that cherry flavor. It is cherry syrup but also a bit of fresh cherry tartness. A little bit of the vanilla from the oak comes through and adds to the flavor, but the oak is minor. This dominates the beginning of the sip. Behind that and slightly muted is the presence of what seems to be a pretty good Doppelbock. Just a nice malt presence. Rich and wonderful. Little bit of chocolate, little bit of caramel. LIttle bit of fig coming out. If this was the other way around, I feel like this could be a better beer.

M: A heavier medium bodied brew. Carbonation is a bit prickly but it doesn't keep the beer from being creamy and lightly chewy. ABV is pretty non-existant. I am taken aback a bit that this is 9%. Well hidden. Beer stays sweet on the palate. Aftertaste is doppelbock.

D: This beer is weird. It absolutely has good and bad points. Sadly the cherry is the worst part of this beer and its the most dominant flavor and aroma. Underneath all of this, there seems to be a pretty good doppelbock and I wish I could taste just that product before the cherry and oak treatment. Its ok and drinkable but it could have been a hell of a lot better. I won't say that this was a waste of time or money, but one sampling is enough for me.

 2,401 characters

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.

 825 characters

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.

 472 characters

Photo of Mistofminn
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this a while back, and figured it might be worth holding onto. Cracked it open tonight in an attempt to drink some of my cellar beer.

Pours a dark brown, with a nice tan head sitting on top. Retention isn't the greatest, and doesn't leave a ton of lacing, but some.

The nose starts out strong on the oak notes, almost completely covering up the base Doppelbock as well as the cherries. As it warms, the cherries come out a little more, but the barrel notes are just so strong it's almost unflattering.

The taste also holds big oak barrel notes, strong and earthy, bitter and dry. Cherries taste old and stale, with a metallic tartness to it, that gradually becomes more and more metallic, until it tastes like your drinking out of an aluminum canteen.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a sharp alcohol sting and crisp carbonation. Drinkability isn't very good.

Overall, was very disappointed with this one. I think it would have been a better beer without the barrel aging, as it just came on too strong and threw off the flavors and aromas of the cherries. What is up with the metallic taste? This could be a good beer, but it just isn't for me.

 1,147 characters

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.89/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: deep reddish brown, hazy with some floaties. tan head and lace.
S: cherries, vanilla, oak, brandy, fruitcake.
T: sweet and sour cherries with some caramel malt notes. strong presence of oak and whisky flavors. has a cough syrup thing going on.
M: full-bodied, viscous. long sweet and sour finish. carbonation is on the light side.
D: this one is a sipper.

 358 characters

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

 1,418 characters

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle dated 09/09/09 into a Liefmans tulip glass.

A: Dark mahogany with a clean off-white head that "films" over the top of the beer.

S: Sweet floral aromas, a little juniper, coriander, and a tad bit of booze.

T: Cherries up front, followed by malts, white raisins, and unfortunately oxidation. There's also still a little booze lingering in the back with a bitter finish to balance out the initial sweetness.

M: The carbonation held up really well. Smooth and somewhat creamy, it works well with the style and ABV.

D: Pretty standard for 9% ABV. I didn't have trouble finishing the bomber myself.

Overall, this is much better than their other offerings.

 682 characters

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle date of 9/9/09.

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a thin light tan head, no lacing.

Smell has a strong malt and oak aroma, picking up very subtle hints of cherry, caramel, pretty much the malt is the conquering factor though.

Taste is quite sweet but not overwhelmingly so like some other doppelbocks, also hints of alcohol heat, not enough to distract though, the caramel malt sticks in the mouth, aftertaste of oak and a very little bit of dark fruit cherry, carbonation is soft and is virtually perfect.

I do like my doppelbocks and this is a pretty solid one, kind of which the cherry presence was bigger or at least more dark fruit, but the oak really adds more than enough character.

 703 characters

Photo of wchesak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found at a Total Wine. Poured into a Great Divide Yeti chalice. Maybe a half fingers worth of creamy taupe head. The beer leaves good ink blot-like lace. Lots of sweet, alcohol backed cherries (more bourbon soaked then rum soaked), spicy hop notes try to fight in the aroma. Spicy bitterness leads of at first, but moves quickly into the sweet caramel cherry tinged with a bit of milk chocolate. This beer is definitely thick but fits the style and objective of the brewer. The lingering aftertaste is a bit more dry than expected. Mid bomber the burn from the alcohol begins to take effect but never overpowering. Good beer overall, but would have expected more oak character.

 677 characters

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