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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of Stingray5
1.99/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Normally I don't have much to say about the packaging of a beer, but in this case, the foil around the neck and cap of this 750ml was a real pain in the ass. It was a pain to get off, left a strange residue around the mouth of the bottle, and there was just a regular old bottlecap under there - not even a cork to pop.

Appearance is a dark amber with a marginal head. Absolutely nothing in the aroma, save for an odd metallic smell. Slight chocolate notes appear as it warms, but they're not pleasant. Medium mouthful, not enough carbonation, like soda going flat. Taste falls flat as well, with some malt and mostly that same metallic taste that was in the aroma. I can only liken the finish to sucking on a dirty nickel.

Big disappointment here. Not recommended.

Photo of chefduff2
2.25/5  rDev -39%

Photo of Truh
2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Placed in the Iditarod with this one on 4/17/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Land slide of big bubbles, but otherwise deathly quiet which served as an initial warning. Deep mahogany hue with a bunch of crap floating in suspension, like an ash filled Mars landscape snow bubble that never settles. Very light bouquet, to the point of non-existent, though there is a faint, sweet molasses and some tin. Kind of a gimpy caramel on mouth, with some earthy malt, but on the whole a somewhat limp mouth feel and taste to match.

On the whole, this was completely nondescript and uncomely. I had hoped for more when I first picked this bottle up in Albany, NY.

Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark Amber color with mild head and mild carbonation. Not a lot of aroma. Mild hops and some sweetness. Copper metallic flavor. Slight hop and sweet flavors. Not very good.

Photo of Thunderchief
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of timmy2b
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of douglasgoodman
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of cbl2
2.6/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Dark brown with hints of red and little to no head.

Smell:

Sweet malts with hints of burnt caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is some funky stuff, and not in a good way. Overly sweet to begin, the mouth then fills with a diacetyl/labrusca wine flavor which is highly unpleasant. This is made by Wagner Winery in Lodi NY, and it almost tastes like grapes instead of malts were used in the brewing process. I'm traveling to the Finger Lakes this weekend, and planning on making a trip to Wagner. I'm going to give this one another try at the source. Hopefully the bottle I had was skunked.

Photo of LucaBrasi
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep red color and creates a minor head. Smell is malty. The taste has a strong cherry aftertaste and the malt is very prevalent in this. There is also there is a warm kick to it. Mouth feel could be described as slick or oily with little carbonation. I overheard a employee of a local beer store recommending this one so I decided to pick it up. In my option it was a bad call.

Photo of VaporDome
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Reddogelite
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of aquatonex
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I had a taste of this on tap while up in the Finger Lakes, seemed quite good. Took some bottles home, and they are a bit disappointing, not sure if it's this batch or what...

Pours medium brownish-reddish with light carbonation, a little flat. Tiny bit o lacing. Smells of light malts, light caramels, and a little funk. The funk also is noticeable in the taste, which ruins it a bit for me. I like higher ABV beers and even the ones that taste like alkie, but this one was funky, maybe it went sorta bad in the bottle. Overall, I think this one is better fresh.

Photo of HappyHourHero
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small, dense, light brown colored head fades quickly to a ring. Glowing mahogany colored beer with a ruby hue. Faint aroma of sweet caramal malt and a bit of grainy burnt malt. Moderately thick beer with a smooth, almost slick mouthfeel. Mildly sweet caramel and dough flavors up front. There's a sort of cherry flavor that kicks in towards then, and it all fades as the alcohol warms your stomach in the finish. I bought this out of the cooler at the brewery just over a week ago, so I doubt it's old. There's something just not right about the aroma, and the flavor takes a wacky turn towards cherry cough syrup. Disappoinnting to say the least.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/09. Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of vegetal notes, bready malt, toffee. Flavor of bready malt, some cola notes. Wow, this is the same beer as the Amber Lager (maybe a little better? It hardly matters really). Pretty lackluster overall.

Photo of riversider76
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I think of this style of beer, I think of Ayinger Celebrator, or Spaten Optiomator.This beer is not even close. Pours amber brown, not much head,and minimal lacing. Smell is weak,but boozy. Some dark fruits,and malts. Taste was boozy,but again weak. More like a very light Belgin Brown, than a Dopple Bock.Dark fruit,and rasin mostly,but very week.This beer is not awful,but not a good representation of this style.

Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly black in color, mahogony in color when held up to the light. Pretty clear when held up to the light. Small head (could be due to the fact that it is too cold) tannish and creamy with poor retention. Very little lacing.

Complex malt aroma in this beer, no hop aroma present. I can detect a definitive chocolate character in this beer, there isn't much more to smell than this. Smells sweet to the nose.

Pretty good taste on the tongue. Flavors easily identifiable are roasted and chocolate malts.

The beer is heavy on the palate, with light carbonation. There isn't all that that is special about this beer. Infact; each of these beers from Wagner Valley has been so-so. Not really great, but not bad either. I probably won't buy this again just because I want to try other doppelbocks. Overall not a bad beer, if I wanted a doppelbock and this was the only one I wouldn't be opposed to buying this again.

Photo of StrangerTides
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of rippedflesh89
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mentor
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Francisweizen for this one. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Hard pour generated a couple bubbles, but no head over a somewhat cloudy brown liquid (had a reddish tinge when held to light). Smells of caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. Bock character is present, but much more subdued than I was expecting. Tastes sweet with noticable alochol. This beer is thick, sweet, and lightly (not?) carbonated. Some bock character is present as is a hint of chocloate and/or roasted grains. An acceptable doppel. Where's the carbonation?

Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very deep reddish-copper color with modest tannish creamy head.
Smell is notable for a toasty malt and a bit of alcohol.
Flavor is a bit harsh for me with strong alcohol notes that seem to overpower any other taste sensation.
Finishes with more alcohol. Not something I would revisit.

Photo of canucklehead
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Malto for this sample.

This beer is a winter seasonal done up in the style of great German beers such as Celebrator and Optimator. The colour was reddish brown with a nice head but the first taste was pretty bracing. I noticed a predominate sweetness that never really left the beer. The malts and hops were out front but a lack of balance and finesse made this beer suffer in the drinkability area. Kind of reminds of Dick's beer from Washington; a bit unrefined but ambitious in attack.

Photo of Betajeff
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Mudawg
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.