Grab A Beer: Widmer Brothers Reserve Cherry Oak Doppelbock

October 4th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Beer Reviews, Oregon Breweries

Note: I’m going to try to start doing more of these “Grab A Beer” reviews here on Most of the time, I’ll limit the reviews to beers available here in Seattle.

Widmer Brothers Cherry Oak Doppelbock
Alcohol by Volume: 9.0%

Intro: The Cherry Oak Doppelbock is the first in Widmer’s series of semi-annual “Brothers’ Reserve” releases. Created for true aficionados, this line allows for innovation and experimentation from the Widmer brothers, with each release bearing the name of the brother who created it (in the case of Cherry Oak Doppelbock, that’d be Kurt).

Description: 22oz bottle. Pour is a murky reddish brown with thin head. Berries and malt come through in the aroma. Vanilla, cherry and oak hit the tongue first, quickly followed by an intense mix of roasted malts, with lots of chocolate coming through. Alcohol is noticeable, but isn’t overbearing for the ABV. Quite complex with the malt, cherries and oak all adding significant flavor. Finishes with a little tart cherry and minimal balancing bitterness. Maybe a bit thin, but with all the flavor packed in I barely notice. Lovely. Should be interesting with a year of age.

Verdict: Find at All Costs
Availability: Set to release in limited amounts of 22oz bottles on October 5th.

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Commercial Description/Press Release:

The Widmer brothers have just finished aging a small batch of Cherry Oak Doppelbock, the first release in the brewery’s new Brothers’ Reserve limited-edition series. The 22 ounce bottles are set to arrive in stores across the country beginning October 5.

The Brothers’ Reserve line gives founders and brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer a chance to play with new styles and premium ingredients, showcasing their talent for innovation and honoring their creative passion for craft brewing. The goal is to offer high-end craft beer fans unique, one-of-a-kind brews that are truly limited in nature. These offering are for enthusiastic beer lovers, personally crafted by two of the most enthusiastic beer lovers around.

Cherry Oak Doppelbock is a rich ale, cold-fermented with dark sweet and red tart cherries, then conditioned on new, heavily toasted American oak. The result is a dark lustrous brew with up-front malty sweetness and cherry fruit notes completed by caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted oak undertones. The complex flavor profile balances the impressive 9% ABV and 40 IBUs.

Each release bears the name of the brother who inspired its creation. In the case of Cherry Oak Doppelbock that’d be Kurt, who hand-signed 50 bottles for consumers to discover as a way to commemorate the series’ launch. “This Doppelbock is something we’ve had a great time creating,” said Kurt. “We’ve been able to use local ingredients to blend some really interesting flavors. It’s been a lot of fun to experiment with. I’m anxious to see if Rob can top this one!”

Cherry Oak Doppelbock is available in 22 ounce bottles uniquely packaged in an individual box. Fifty lucky Widmer Brothers fans will discover Kurt’s hand-signed bottles inside. The autographed bottles have been distributed at random throughout the country and, curious about where they’ll land, the brothers are asking consumers who find one to share the purchase location via Facebook ( or Twitter (@Widmer_Brothers).

Brothers’ Reserve Cherry Oak Doppelbock is available at select retailers nationwide* for an SRP of $7.99 – $9.99. Bottles are extremely limited in quantity and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. The second release in the series is set to debut in Spring 2010.

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