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)

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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

reinheitsgematt provided this to the peeps at ditmier's house over the weekend.. Thanks Matt for the bottle and Eric for hosting.

deep amber/reddish brew with a nice head...

nose has lite caramel with pretty abundant oak and just hints of underlying cherry.. pretty shallow..

flavor is better, but really no where near anything close to a dopplebock.. the oak is all over ... cherry is much more prevalent than the aroma .. vanilla is also pretty high.. very oaky.. the base malts are there with some cocoa and toasty notes, but they are blown out of the water by the cherry and oak... and as this warms, the cherry really started seeming artificial.. like a cough drop... body is about where it should be, the carbonation seemed a tad high.

Glad I got a chance to try this and truly appreciate Matt providing his only bottle, but I expected a tad more from the Widmer bros.

There are some styles that just should not be played with.


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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this at Big John's Market after the Release of Pliny the Younger.

Appearance- dark with reddish tint, good size head

Smell- malt, cherry

Taste- cherry, oak, malt

Mouthfeel- medium to full bodied

Drinkability- This was pretty good. I enjoyed it.

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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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served at 50 degrees in a pilsener glass. Poured a hazy plum with a loose, half inch off-white head. Head quickly dissipates into a skim, leaving thin, delicate strands of lacing as the brew recedes. Nose suggests cocoa with some slightly tart, slightly sweet cherries following close behind. Taste consistent with nose; however, cherries fall a little closer to the tart side. Also something of a creamy quality and a hint of booze - not really picking up any wood here, but a slightly metallic quality. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly oily, with a level background carbonation. This is usually a hit or miss style for me, but I have to say that I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

Bomber meets tulip glass.

Very deep brown color, with beautiful ruby accents. It's very hard to judge the clarity but it does seem to be clear. A nice tan head leaves just a ring of lacing as it fades to a thin layer.

Aroma is thick with malt, a nice tangy cherry bite, along with some darker fruits. There is a toasted malt character to this and no oak is detected. Taste is very complex. Interesting roasted, earthy malts, a quick sensation of cherry soda that changes to a more tart and alcohol soaked cherry flavor. Dries out toward the end, but this may be more perception due to the tartness of the cherry. It's definitely a battle between sweet malts, dark ripe fruits and tart cherries.

Medium viscosity, nice smooth mouthfeel and fairly high in carbonation. The bubbles kind of bring the beer down a touch, adding to the cherry soda effect.

Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, bottled 9/9/09, been sitting on this for a while,

A: Pours brown with a firm off-white head, very good retention and some real nice lace.

S: Not getting a whole lot. Light smell of caramel and cherries. Bit of cough syrup.

T: Was worried about the cherry flavour and whether it would get medicinal, and there is a hint of that in there, but it's nowhere taking over the beer. Good malt flavours, some Bing cherry sweetness, vanilla, oaky finish. Really needs to get to almost room temperature to fully open up.

M: Really smooth, viscous with a full body and soft carbonation.

D: Something I got into more in the second half of the bottle. Not a great dopplebock, but ended up being pretty solid. Real nice smooth mouthfeel. Still, you can get a lot more for less, and the cherries really didn't show me anything.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pokal
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This is a medium-to-dark amber colored liquid. It has some definite ruby highlights going on. The head of brown foam is about an inch thick and recedes to leave a thin surface covering layer. The lacing is fairly thin, but slightly sticky.

Dark cherries are easily spotted, in the nose. Both the sweetness and some tartness as well. These are nicely complemented by a rich maltiness. Light hint of oak is also noticed.
This is a simple, but very appealing, nose. It totally works.

This has a good malty base. The oak aging brings a bit to the glass. Light traces of buttery vanilla notes are present. The cherries really stand out though. It's not overpowering, like some krieks can be. It's just a very nice cherry flavor. It seems, at first, that it's just going to be sweet, but then you get a nice, mild, tartness coming through to provide some balance. Plus there is a light hint of an earthy quality that helps pull everything together.

It has a solid medium body and a mild level of carbonation. This helps it maintain a nice smoothness, but there is almost no creaminess to it, at all. This is a slight letdown to me.

The 9.0%abv is a touch more prominent than I think I'd like it to be. It's easy enough to drink, overall, but the booziness would keep me from drinking it quickly, making this a nice sipper.

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Photo of jnezda
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this beer since it was a featured bomber at my local beer store. Let it sit in the fridge for a month or so before trying since I understand it could use some time to mellow, was not enough time. Expected more carbonation even for a doppelbock, thin head faded awfully quick to nothing, left no lacing. When I opened the bottle I realized it was very low on the carbonation side. The intense Cherry Oak aroma was complimented nicely by the flavor but it became over powering half way through the glass. Mouthfeel was on the syrupy side which left a sort glaze on the tongue. Not the most drinkable beer I have ever tried and do not know if it lived up to the price since I think it was about $9.00.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted: 01/16/2010
Vintage: 2009
Size: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Duvel Tulip

Poured red mahoghany in color w/ a 1 finger cream head and little to no lacing (looks like a doppelbock). The nose was of the expected oak, cherry, and bready yeast - nice aroma. The taste was on point w/ the nose, but the cherry and oak notes were more intense. Medium bodied w/ good levels of carbonation for the style. The drinkability seemed dangerous at first, but by the midway point of my 12oz. glass my opinion changed. The cherry and oak started to get to me and it was somewhat of a chore to finish the glass. I would think age would help this brew tremendously by subdueing the intense cherry and oak and mellowing the brew.

This was my first offering from Widmer Brothers and it was a pretty good one. The only downside was the drinkability which should get better w/ age - will revisit, especially at $7.99/bomber.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good if a bit dull brew.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Green label designed around the descriptive text of the brewery and this beer release. Notes that is a favorite of Kurt Widmer, Oregon pride, and limited release. Displays date of bottling (15:54 OR SEP0909), and Alc. by Vol. (9%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Ruby brown pour, mildly hazy, with a good frothy head and retention with minimal lacing.

S - Subtle, almost very faint, nose. Malty sense with a minimal fruity, cherry, sense.

T - The taste picks ups a bit. It sure has a hefty bock sense, sweet, malty, with a nice fruity finish. Sure enough cherry laden but nothing outstanding. Faint, very faint in fact, oak and vanilla notes, the faintest of them...

M - Medium bodied with a nice smooth feel, the best quality of the brew probably. Good carbonation and texture in the end.

D - It is a good Doppelbock but nothing remarkable. Good to drink but not leaving much of a memorable enjoyment.

Notes: Hmmm, a decent release, but not much to rave about, good as a decent curiosity but feels a bit dull towards it ending.

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Photo of jsled
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: rich, mostly clear deep garnet. Little to no head.

Smell: Deep cherry, dark sugar. No strong alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, not so much cherry. Malt overpowered by dark sugar. Molasses. Slight oak notes.

Mouthfeel: Smooth; somewhat thick, but not overpowering. No carbonation or effervescence.

Drinkability: Medium/high. This is not dragging on my palette, though the sugar sits in the belly.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very good beer!!! A nice thick foamy head with good lacing. It has a good flavor of dark chocolate, cherries, and oak. It is slightly bitter, and has a thick body. The ABV is 9% so after drinking this beer you really feel it. The cherries are not overwhelming and are just a very subtle hint. This beer has a sweetness that isn't highly detected right away. This beer is excellent served around 50 to 60 degrees. The reason why this beer is better closer to room temperature is to allow the flavors to really hit your taste buds.

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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 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 HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Mike! Bomber consumed on 12/30/2009 in a stemmed snifter. The beer is a color somewhere between brown and crimson. The creamy light brown head is one finger high with a little lacing left behind.

The nose is sweet and ripe plums, cherries, chocolate, caramel, toasted oak, and prunes.

The taste is dominated by oak and dark fruits, which are quite sweet. I don't think the fruit tastes much like cherries, rather a mixture of prunes and plums. I suppose there might be a little cherry. Light chocolate notes are evident, and some alcohol can be tasted. The beer is at times a little sweeter than I like, but it seems to come in waves, being sweetest near the end. The finish is sweet dark fruits and the beer ultimately ends rather dry and sticky. To me, the fruit flavor borders on medicinal. Carbonation is high and the mouthfeel is full and creamy.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.18/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled on Sept. 09, 2009.

(A)- Pours a dark copper-like brown color that produced a good gray to off-white colored head that dissipated very quickly but left some bits of lacing in the process.

(S)- Rich tart cherries combined with a dry wood oak that quickly morphs into a toasted raisin & molasses biscuits.

(T)- Potent raisins. . . tons of raisins actually with a subtle tart cherry fruit. Finishes dry but with some thoroughly burnt woody oak.

(M)- One of the thickest beers I have ever tried. Very very syrup-like thickness; cloying. A rather robust roastedness that caught me off guard. A little off balance and almost too thick to enjoy any more.

(D)- A decent Dopplebock with the addition of oak & cherries. A little disjointed & way too thick to thoroughly enjoy fully. Maybe I should have used this on pancakes? One glass of this was a complete struggle to finish.

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Photo of grayburn
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit I was a bit skeptical about this beer. Good beer, my fears were unjustified.
Pours a Ruby brown with minimal head. At this point I was still a little worried.
The smell is this beer's strength, dominated by oak. It really smells like cherries in an oak barrel, damn impressive.
The taste is more of the same, notes of vanilla, cherry and caramel with many dimensions.
Excellent beer, definitely worth picking up.

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