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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002)
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Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +7.8%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

sketchyhoodie, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Happyhopper
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Happyhopper, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of OatmattStout
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head was small and color was a bit like dark cider and cloudy in appearence. It had a very malty nose and smell of dried dark fruits. The taste was good and sweet with mainly swet caramel and white chocolate accents . The mouthfeel was some what syrupy with little carbonation coming off tap. Over all this was a bit too sweet and syrupy missing some of the true doppelbock charateristics but a good beer none the less if you like sweet. I do.

OatmattStout, Jan 21, 2003
Photo of stegmakk
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown almost black with little to no head...no carbonation...which is good to a point
Aroma sweet mollasses and...prune?
Taste was good...wasn't as sweet as other dopps, but that is good. It did have a sweet mollasses and tasted fairly balanced some malty flavor in there too...
Overall I had no trouble drinking this quickly...then I noted the 8.5%...mmmm...pour me another

stegmakk, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of Yeroc
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Yeroc, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Litterbean
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown, small head, thin film.

Bready malts all the way through in the smell. A little grainy. Smells good, at least.

The taste is a bit of a let down from the smell. There's a definite bready, malty, syrupy thickness to this brew, but there's some buttery, sour, tart cheese notes in there that is off-putting. A little too dairy for me.

Litterbean, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of cooch69
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

cooch69, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of RollBounce
3.6/5  rDev -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.

RollBounce, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev +7.8%

kkazemi, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Betajeff
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Betajeff, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of wailingwench
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Dark brown with garnet red edges. Light clears it up, but still ruddy red. Thin hot chocolate-like head on the edges, thin in the center. Some lacing. Looks thick and complex.

The Nose Knows: Fruity beginning with Oktoberfest-ish toasted malts. Rich and deep. Hint of cocoa. Detectable alcohol esters.

Tongueland: Medium m/f, smooth and creamy m/f. No carbonation.Initial plum/raisin taste, creamy toffee and vanilla middle, finishes sweet with a slight hop bitterness that is barely detectable.

Bender Factor: At 8.5 % ABV, Doppel is evil. The ABV is well hidden in taste. I have tried Wagner at beer fests, always impressed. This lends to their credibility.

The flavor carries out what the aroma threatened with a boldly fruity (raisin, plum) character right up front, some toffee and light creamy chocolate mixed with brandy as it warms, and a drying alcohol finish with lingering sweet malty notes throughout the mouth. Definitely a beer to be savored! Though the alcohol is a little distracting, it's also somewhat unique and fairly enjoyable. Worth trying.

wailingwench, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of bcheng
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

bcheng, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of StrangerTides
3/5  rDev -19.1%

StrangerTides, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Edgewater, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Stingray5
2/5  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.

Stingray5, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of ClavisAurea
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: deep brown with a thin head.

Nose: malty sweet, nutmeg and allspice

Taste: sweet, complex and spicy, very very small hop finish

Mouthfee: thick and creamy

I really enjoied this beer. It is an excellent doppelbock that is great for cold nights with a rich bowl of beef stew.

ClavisAurea, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of NYSPHophead
4/5  rDev +7.8%

NYSPHophead, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of 1BadblueSS
5/5  rDev +34.8%

1BadblueSS, May 15, 2012
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

nezelrac, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a nonic pint glass. Nearly nonexistent head, but great color. Taste matches aroma nicely. Nice dopplebock flavor, it has that sweet maltiness that kind of eases into your taste buds. Drinkability is the draw back here, and maybe it's because of the style, I'm not sure. Better than most, but not as good as say, Celebrator. Definitely worth a try.

ProudBeerSnob, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of johnniemarg
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust colored and a little cloudy. Very little head that disappeared quickly, yet the carbonation at the top, consiting of tiny uniform bubbles and a frothy ring around the glass, is appealing. No lacing.

Smells like sasparilla (sp?), toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Truly smells like candy.

It does taste a lot like sasparilla with a smooth strong toffee malt body throughout and the alcohol is also present. As it taste it more I think I can make out some black licorice. This is really tasty. Although it is a german style, I don't think I've had a german dobblebock (or Maibock) with quite this much malt flavor and thickness. The 8.50% abv is a bit low for a barelywine, but I'd say it has a lot of the characteristics of a barleywine.

This is a thick, creamy, almost chewy beer.

This is an awesome brew. A couple of these will make you feel really good. I last had it at their brewery on Seneca Lake, near Ithaca, NY about 7 months ago, but I don't get the pleasure of drinking this beer as often as I'd like. The brewery is also a vineyard and it is situated on one of the most beautiful pieces of land I've ever seen. They have a huge outdoor deck where you can sit and drink pitchers or pints of their beers while looking across and up and down the lake. It seems like you can see for 50 miles in every direction. The sky seems to go on forever. I'm thinking about that view as I taste this and I'm dreaming of going back this summer and hopefully sharing a pitcher of this with a friend. I suggest you do the same. And certainly try this if you can find it.

johnniemarg, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of CountryRock2001
5/5  rDev +34.8%

CountryRock2001, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Thunderchief
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Thunderchief, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Nutleybeer
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Nutleybeer, Oct 22, 2010
Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.