Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
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102 Reviews
THE BROS
79
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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Photo of Utica_Brew_Review
2.41/5  rDev -35%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a lighter than usual apricot tinted brown. This foamed over when I popped the cap, but there wasn't much in the way of carbonation two minutes after the pour.

Smells of nutty malts, lightly sweet bread, mild tofee, and a bit fruit (figs?). There is also a well incorporated perfumed warmth. Doesn't taste as good as it smells unfortunately. Moderate sweetness up front, sweet bread and toffee mostly. The finish is warm, dry cocoa that tastes out of place. This is light bodied and under carbonated. (510 characters)

Photo of Jjski
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Bland, brown and boring. Not worth paying craft beer price of $9.00 except that it's > 8% abv

Their maple Porter in spring is quite good. Boo! From a local. (159 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Trade with milles35
Date: None on bottle, 2392b21543 on bottom
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

Sled Dog is a pleasing, if perhaps not overly sweet doppelbock, with obvious nods towards Munich and Vienna malt extremes. Usage of other malts and flavors would move this beer to a realm of more complex offerings. Currently, it is an acceptable version of the style, but not one that would prevent me from seeking out others.

Pours a 0.75cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a slightly frothy, dish-soap like appearance. Retention is average, lasting slightly over one minute, the foam leaving modest lacing on the sides of the glass in the form of a few scattered spots and lines. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out slightly lighter amber-red hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, sparse in number and low in activity.

Aroma is of toasted bread crusts and a bit of caramel malt, dried dates, and figs. Better than average, but not particularly expressive aside from the bread crust and caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor is of toasted and caramel malts with significant Maillard reaction flavors, creating a dense toasted bread crust with light caramel, dried dates, brown dried figs, and mild German hop herbal and bitter qualities. Front of palate picks up toasted bread crusts with light caramel and dried dates, perhaps a bit of German hop herbal and woodsy qualities, though I may be imagining it. Mid-palate of toasted bread crusts, caramel malt, substantial sweetness, dried dates and lesser brown dried figs; there is also a German hop herbal/woodsiness that lingers in the background. Back of palate finds toasted bread crust and caramel-like sweetness fixed to a mild German hop bitterness and woodsiness. Aftertaste of toasted bread crusts, slight caramel and nuts, and a more than modest slightly Germanic hop-driven bitterness.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is slightly foamy, primarily smooth and slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Fitting for the style and weight of the beer, but a bit more carbonation would be good for both feel and aroma. Closes dryly, with lingering, heavy stickiness on the lips and palate. (2,281 characters)

Photo of Bills453
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my new Belgium glass.

Appearance - dark brown color with a reddish tint. No head whatsoever. Makes me sad.

Smell - very nice. Sweet yeasty, breast smell. I could smell this in a bakery and purchase a loaf.

Taste - very similar to the smell. I enjoy the taste quite a bit. Yeasty and Brady once more.

Mouthfeel - average

Overall - a nice offering from this small brewery in Ny. Their stout is AMAZING! (431 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

A- Pours a clear brown with some red hues, capped by a half finger tan head that quickly disappears.

S- The smell is really subdued, but mostly sweet caramel and just a hint of hops. Maybe some raisins, but it's hard to tell.

T- The taste is quite rich and complex. Slightly sweet dark fruit and a ton of faint complexities that I just can't quite put my finger on. Although this is not my favorite beer, I can respect it as a fairly good representation of the style.

M- Medium feel and a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and a tad prickly.

O- Although it is nothing groundbreaking, I'm certainly not opposed to drinking one of these in the future. (716 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fairly dark caramel brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that reduces to just a mild sticky lace ring.

S - Smells of mostly caramel and raisin with mild fruity notes not bad.

T - A very tasty dopplebock with zippy caramel, raisin, and plum taste. I don't get much baked rum bread flavor so this is just and average entry to the style.

M - Medium kind of chewy pretty close to on style.

Overall I like this beer but not only can I not get it again but I find better styles of it. (487 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice deep amber with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel/toffee, no hop aroma
T-More of the toffee flavor, hops provide a nice balance but doesn't contribute to the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad brew, had better representations of the style (270 characters)

Photo of RollBounce
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown orange color, basic carbonation, malt, raspberry, and chocolate on the nose, fruity start, nice malty mid pallet, some yeast towards the finish, as well some of the fruitiness is on the finish as well.

Overall; Drinkable dopplebock, not as heavy as most, but a good brew. (283 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Wagner Valley Sled Dog Doppelbock pours a completely clear mahogany to maroon. There are gobs of cherry highlights when the beer is properly backlit. There are about two fingers of light caramel foam crowning the beer. Head retention is alright, but lacing is a nonentity. Not a huge hang up for me given the style though. The nose doesn't come through super well, but what is there is solid. It's a roughly 50/50 blend of plum and fig fruitiness and rich toffee. The flavor is a bit more potent, and brings a bit more variety to the table. Dark fruits and caramel still carry things, but there are secondary notes of biscuit and milk chocolate that give the beer a greater depth of flavor. The carbontion is nice and low, it keeps out of the way of the malts. The body though, just isn't full and rich enough for such a big malty beer. Sled Dog is a solid doppelbock, and one that I would certainly drink again. I don't think I'd seek it out though. (1,038 characters)

Photo of Carlton1964
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a brew from the Wagner Valley folks. Look forward to trying a few more these guys put out.

Upon cracking the top I was impressed by the malty caramel aroma.

When I poured it into glass I only got about a pinky of foam. Not a lot...but hey it stayed for a while!

Taste was what really matters to me....and it had a really pleasant feel in the mouth and a nice flavor with hints of chocolate and mild spice. I kinda felt like I was drinking a stout lite...(not meant to be a negative comment). It was real smooth, yet a little thick and malty. If ya never had...I suggest ya try it! (599 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

A - dark ruby/amber; pale tan head with decent retention and some nice lacing

S - sweet caramel inflected malt up front; suggestions of hops, but nothing really gets through the wall of malt

T - caramel maltiness and molasses notes dominate the palate - in a good way; vague hop bitterness sneaking around the edges and background providing some structure; a little heat towards the back

M - very smooth; slightly syrupy, but not cloying; low CO2

O - a fine example of a dopplebock; plenty of interest and good intensity (536 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: Looking into the glass I am presented with a deep garnet red brew with good clarity and a tall off white to light tan head. This head slowly fades out leaving some spotty lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is a big rich malty character coming out of the glass. In it I get candy sweet notes like a grape sucker or grape soda. This is backed up with a big bready sweet maltiness

Taste/Palate: The big malty sweetness from the aroma hits the tongue with candy like grape notes inside of a somewhat modest medium to full bodied bready sweetness. In the back ground there are some very subdued hop notes that offer a touch of herbal leafy spice with almost no bitterness. The palate is very smooth and lightly carbonated. Its sweetness sticks on the palate a bit but not in a heavy or to cloying a way.

Notes: It’s not the most complex Doppelbock but there is something about its basic character that I like and find enjoyable to drink. (1,066 characters)

Photo of alexkeil
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first taste of Wagner Valley (Vineyards) and I'm duly blown away. I like the label although I like the packaging for their IPA slightly better. Pours smooth, a dark ruby color with a struggling off white head (either because of the alcohol, or more likely from my glass). Huge malty sweet, brown sugar aroma that is impossible to avoid. The flavor is not overcomplicated, 4-5 flavors that are used well: brown sugar, malt, prune, and I swear something like a ripe apple in the back end, but maybe another ripe fruit would be more appropriate to describe it: lets say Asian pear to be really fancy. The mouth feel is silky with a medium to full body. The finish lingers for what seems like hours. If there are hops detectable it is only slight and maybe in the finish but balanced beautifully. My only concern is maybe a tad too carbonated...and in all fairness maybe I served it slightly warm, but it did foam up a bit on initial taste; however, this is nitpicking and in the grand scheme of things unnecessary. (1,022 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - malts, grapes, cherries, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. I can taste a lots of dark fruit sweetness - cherries, grapes, and raisins mixed with some brown sugar. I could also taste apples and as the beer got warmer I could pick up on some notes of chocolate. The beer finished with a malty/grapey aftertaste.

Overall - Although not a spectacular beer, I found the Drinkability to be quite high. The alcohol was well hidden and it seemed like the beer was gone in a flash. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm curious to try some of the other Wagner Valley offerings. (934 characters)

Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark color with a two finger head that has impressive retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Strong caramel malt aroma with a hint of pepper. I am thinking not to high abv

T - I get sweet caramel and some bourbon oak with a bit of maple. i am getting candy sugar on the back end of this baby.

M - Smooth, extremely thick and very refreshing. The carbonation makes its presence known a bit too much.

D - Sweet I could drink a few of these no prob...let it come up in temp. (484 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear and reddish-brown from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date or ABV on label. The head was thin and disappeared quickly. Aroma is hard to describe, more like molasses mixed with wheat husk mixed with some hard sugar candy. Taste is a mix of malts, tart and sweet fruitiness. The ABV slowly takes over after a few sips, mouth feel is good. Decent lacing, indeed a different double bock beer, very complex and is definitely worth a try. (447 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wagner Valley Sled Dog Doppelbock is a very clear, ruby lager that's topped with a khaki ring that leaves decent lacing. It smells sweet, melanoidal and grainy. It's full bodied and syrupy with a dry, chewy finish. It tastes slightly sweet and bready. Alcohol is present in the finish. It has a slightly medicinal bitterness. It's a solid doppelbock. (350 characters)

Photo of Nutleybeer
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at my hotel up in Watkins Glen, then had a bit more at the brewey/winery restauarant too.

A nice dark bodied brown bock. A fair amount of foamy head, but not too much. A deep alcohol smell. First sip was good. A strong beer. You taste the 8.50% ABV, but the alcohol doesn't overwhelm the flavor.

Heavy, thick, sweet flavor. Candied fruit comes to mind. Not a session beer, but makes for a nice, slow sipping drink. (432 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish-brown when held to the light. Zero head on this beer.

S- smells biscuity with a little chocolate in it, some spiciness as well (maybe a touch of clove?)

T- Biscuity and fresh, a little toffee is present. I'm not noticing the chocolate that was present in the nose. Spices are present in the finish.

M- Very clean, light-bodied for a d-bock, but feels very fresh.

D- The big plus to this beer was the "clean" mouthfeel, taste isn't anything spectacular, but it is worth trying. It's a good alternative if you want a refreshing doppelbock rather than a heavier one. (583 characters)

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Low head of beige foam that settles out quickkly. Light reddish amber colored liquid.

Aroma of sweetish toasty malt, slight metallic note, some brown sugar.

Rich flavor of dark malt, caramel, some raisin and prune, faint notes of leather and smoke, some grape. Firm offsetting bitterness, but well balanced.

Even mouthfeel, finishes tingly, fairly full. Tasty and drinkable. (377 characters)

Photo of cooch69
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Sled Dog pours a very deep amber mahagoney hue, with barely a trace of any kind of head.
It's carbonation is pretty low. Just enough to give your tongue a bit of a vibrant tingle.
This beer smells very welcoming. It is just staight up booziness. Alcogol right off the bat, followed by nuances of mollasses, rum and raisins. A bit of a similarity to a strong Belgian Dubbel in the nose.
Upon tasting this beer is caramelly, sugary and alcoholic with hints of figs and raisins.
This beer is syrupy in the mouth with a small brisk carbonation. It is a very inviting beer that is easier on the palate than it's ABV suggests. This is a winter beer all the way. (662 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery in late July. If you've never been, the views of Seneca Lake are beautiful.

A: The doppel is a ruddy brown-red color, just dark enough to obscure anything on the other side of the glass. A small head, never more than half a finger, quickly recedes to a thin band.

S: The bockbier has a plenty malty nose, bready malts so concentrated that they take on a fruity glow. Syrupy rich threads have plenty of sweet caramel to go around. A warming nose.

T: The taste starts off with as much richness as the nose offered. Full malts, bready with a heaping of caramel, have a fullness that verges on that of a smoked beer. A soft citrusy hop flavor runs underneath the malts, subtle but a definite change of taste. While the ale is malt-centric, it isn't an overpowering flavor. Heck, I'd be more inclined to call this a bockbier, rather than a doppel. It's nice drinker though.

M: The mouthfeel is caramel sweet, very bready and full. A warming beer that works well on a cool late-summer night.

D: The bockbier doesn't feel like an 8.5% ringer. The bready base that improves over time. (1,121 characters)

Photo of moester13
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice dark, copper coloring. Minimal head, but good carbonation.

S: Sweet and caramelly, reminiscent of several red ales.

T: Great, unexpected burst of chocolate up front, with a bittersweet malty finish.

M: Surprisingly thick, very pleasant.

D: One thing I noticed was a wicked alcohol kick, didnt realize this brew comes in at over 8%. My first Wagner brew, didn't have many expectations, but this is definitely a great beer. (438 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark cherry/ruby towards brown with a small tan head that stays and leaves some lacing.

The smell is lightly roasted semi-dark maltiness - toffee-ish with a cherry-like fruitiness in the back.

The initial sweetness (with a touch of bread), and some fruitiness doesn't have much of a hop balance until some herbal dry-ness in the finish. The maltiness is not as rich as in the aroma, but close.

Medium carbonation in a medium-to-full body.

A nice, warming interpretation of the style! (493 characters)

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
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