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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2344) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Gift from SJ. I really enjoyed this one. Cherries, oak, chocolate, toffee, caramel malts, with a very nice bready, sweet wood finish. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a short tan head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, cherry and oak. Flavor was quite sweet with black cherries, caramel, raisins, oak and toffee

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guerde (1162) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 25, 2013
(bomber from bhensonb) Pours a murky brown color with a thin tan head atop. Aroma right off the bat is a delicious onslaught of oak, caramel, cherry, light vanilla, graham cracker, and a little musty lager yeast. The whole thing put together smells at times like a pop-tart, and that’s not a bad thing. Taste has a prominent component of cherry, a boatload of caramel, and a touch of dark chocolate near the finish which rounds to a very dry oaky finish which clings on for a touch too long and dries the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is mellow. Overall I really enjoyed this one, and will see if I can find this in the cities. (edit: Maybe I won’t, as I see this was made in aught 9. It’s aged very well) Thanks Bill!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
thedm (4925) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 30, 2012
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a large sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a strongly carbonated hazy light red brown colored body. The mild aroma was sweet and woody. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of dark malt cherry and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (2731) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a dark cherry brown color with no head. Aroma of cherry, oak, toffee, and toasted malt. Cherry flavor with toffee, caramel, oak, and raisin. Smooth and creamy. Aged well and well-balanced.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Huhzubendah (2415) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2012
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).

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bomber shared at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a thin fizzy tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of cherries, toasted malts, chocolate and toffee. The taste is toffee, toasted notes, wood, cherry, anise. Lightly tart, low carbonation, medium bodied and slightly astringent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obguthr (3653) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Cherry nose. Clear auburn, thin yellow head. Cherry flavor, a bit cloying, with a neat peanut accent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (858) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Bottle @ 18th Richmond Gathering. medium brown with dissipating head. Smells like chlorinated water and dry wood and toast and faintly of dark fruit. Very sweet and syrupy with a little kick at the end. Full mouth feel, comes of as a little boozy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (6281) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle shared by Keir- thanks again, Keir! Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head from what I could tell- it was dark at the Garden when I poured this so the color is my approximation. The nose initially gives off soy, followed by oak, caramel, toasted sugar, and chocolate-covered cherry. A little oxidized. Flavor of caramel, cherry juice, toasted brown sugar, and soy sauce. Light-medium bodied, with low carbonation and a strange mouthfeel that is kind of like messy Asian food with soy sauce and sweet sauce. Odd beer.


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