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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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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LumpyGuitar

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

Had this on tap at the brewery/winery. In my opinion most of Wagner's wines are sub-par so I wasn't expecting much. Thankfully this beer provided quite a suprise.

Poured into a small, plastic cup. Was a dark semi-clear brown. Tan 1 finger fluffy head. No carbonation visible.

Smell was sweet, malt, grain, honey.

Taste was suprising, thick, brown sugary, a bit of carmel and honey. Very sweet, only a faint hint of bitter on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was thick, heavy, and the lack of carbonation hindered the feel a bit, made me feel I had to swallow it twice.

Drinkability is average. It's a good beer but with a bit of work could be fantastic. Might be a good holiday beer, as the sweetness would blend well with certain meals.

You can buy these at the brewery, and I have a few bottles that I've picked up for pretty cheap. For 1.45$ you'd be hard pressed to find a beer of this quality at a bar.

05-10-2008 16:08:44 | More by LumpyGuitar
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edchicma

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

A syrupy caramel appearance with no head lowered the appearance score for this brew. Smell was disappointing..alcohol, but with a subdued malt. Taste belied the smell..it was rich, malty, syrupy, tongue coating. Mouthfeel was excellent..extremely smooth. Drinkability for the high abv was good...easy on the palate.

01-19-2008 00:45:56 | More by edchicma
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armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

A - poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of sweet malt

T - Follows the smell sweet malt with some caramel

M - Has light carbonation the beer coats the mouth

D - This is a pretty good beer a good sipping and relaxing beer

01-07-2008 21:47:59 | More by armock
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quasimoto

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -10.8%

Deep copper color and tan head. didnt leave much lace though. Sharp carbination.The aromas of rasins are mixed in to a nice blend of caramel and bread aromas. Malty rasiny tart flavor up front, slight roast, turns phenolic in the end. Seems a little bitter for th style. Light mouthfeel and dries out nicely. A good beer.

12-24-2007 20:31:50 | More by quasimoto
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

Thanks to my Secret Santa 2007 Biegaman for this brew. Cheers!

Dark thin head. Dark amber in color. Bready smell. Nice malty taste and it is very smooth. Not very complex in taste IMO since all I get is the malt backbone. Not very boozy for 8.5% and it is very drinkable. I am a fan of the style & this is a good doppelbock. Cheers!

12-22-2007 19:12:36 | More by SkinnyElvis
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet malt with hints of chocolate malt and dry fruit.

The taste was upfront sweet caramel with elements of charcoal, cocoa and spiced fruit.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and rather chewy.

Overall a tasty and relatively complex doppelbock.

12-03-2007 04:27:18 | More by plaid75
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Litterbean

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

10-23-2007 06:18:52 | More by Litterbean
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iceball585

New York

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

A- Dark reddish brown color, head disappeared almost instantly

S- Strong malt smell w/ hints of grapes/raisens

T- Once again strong malt flavor w/ hints of grapes/raisens, faint hint of cocoa near the end

M- Smooth, medium carbonation, watery finish

D- Worth trying (but nothing to go crazy over)

You can definatly taste the alcohol in this beer. Kinda interesting tastes of grapes and raisens but not too much complexity.

09-01-2007 19:16:12 | More by iceball585
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hoppymeal

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours amber brown in color, clear, a very small light tan head hesitates then surfaces before quickly fading to nothing. Aroma is sweet maltiness and fruits, some strong melon aroma with some cherry and darker fruit as well. Taste shows a hint of the fruit but is overwhelmingly a sweet malt powder taste. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly thinner than I expected from the aroma, or maybe its just my perception from the low levels of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, just a gentle warmth and somewhat drying finish lets you know its there. Overall not a bad doppelbock, the taste was a little to straight up carnation malted milk for me, I could have used some other flavors to mingle with the sweetness, no problem finishing the beer however.

06-10-2007 18:59:07 | More by hoppymeal
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%

Purchased a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Dark brown with prominent ruby highlights when held to light. Wispy off white head with weak retention. Good clarity.

S: Good combination between malt aromas and fruity concord grape aromas. Grape scents probably a bit too strong or rather malt is too weak.

T: Big and bold malt flavor with good toasty notes as well as a slight chocolate flavor. Some grape flavors. Finish is slightly bitter. Taste is well balanced, complex, and meets style characteristics to a t.

MF: Medium-full mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very good dopplebock. Smooth and easy to drink with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

05-11-2007 16:22:05 | More by Nipitato
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Rudgers73

New York

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured into my Hennepin glass. A rough pour produces a 3/4 inch head that quickly settles into a 8th inch thin film. The smell is malty cola, with butterscotch and floral notes. The beer is a deep mahogany with reddish highlights when held up to the light. The taste is similar to the smell in having a deep roasted malt character along with that butterscotch twist. Very light gummy bear and floral hops add an edge to the overwhelming maltiness. In the aftertaste there is a nice nutty taste that I enjoy in Belgians and American and English Brown Ales. The alcohol is also covered up very well. I like this beer a lot, and from what I remember I didn't pay too much for it. Guess I better pick up a sixer next time I'm out.

04-30-2007 22:09:32 | More by Rudgers73
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

04-18-2007 16:07:17 | More by tgbljb
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This dopplebock pours a clear mahogany hue with a thin khaki colored head. Lacing is very minimal with very little stickiness. Smell is a woody malt with a very subtle alcohol tingle on the nose. Smell also carries a nice brown sugar/molases hint to it. Taste is well done. Powerful malt presence that is quite sweet/sugary. A creamy/bread flavor appears a bit in the aftertaste that is actually quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. The only real issue i had with this beer was the complete absence of hops which takes away from its balance. Alcohol isn't present which makes this quite drinkable for an 8.5% abv. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy your bocks.

04-17-2007 00:07:19 | More by BeerTruth
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charlesw

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Deep amber, nice dark tan head of itty-bitty bubbles that just seems to last with a completely covering lace even 5 minutes after pour.
Interesting smell... Sweet and it smells like a beer that tastes like raisins, if you know what I mean. Nothing of hops, here...
OK, some of that raisin in the mouth, too. Sort of gently sweet and raisiny. I guess that really sums it up, you know? Like, no aftertaste or hops to speak of.
Great mouth - nice and rich and thick - like I like 'em...
So, yeah, I'd drink 'em. A lot of 'em, I suppose! Ha! And this stuff is local and inexpensive? Heck, if I didn't homebrew so much I'd drink a lot more of this stuff!

03-11-2007 21:43:20 | More by charlesw
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riversider76

New York

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

03-11-2007 17:17:54 | More by riversider76
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a deep crimson color with a touch of brownish tint a tight 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas of dark fruit soaked in alcohol mainly prune and raisin a faint roasted nut quality showed itself as well but it was faint.Deeply malty to be expected with brown sugar and raisin being dominant a touch of earthy-like unsweetened chocolate shows itself in the finish and the alcohol becomes more prevelant as it sits.A bigger malt bomb somewhat sweet and quite sustaining,well made in my opinion.

01-19-2007 23:49:23 | More by oberon
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber brown color with a beige head.

Smell: It was a reserved aroma that display some toasty nuts and what seemed like a hint of smoke along with the malts and alcohol of a Dopplebock.

Taste: Malty with sweet smooth body and flavors of caramel molasses a hint of chocolate and dark fruits and a slight warming alcohol presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth, slick and pleasing across the palate but not as full and heavy as some I like.

Drinkability: I love Dopplebocks in the winter and this is a good one. After playing in the snow with kids I would happily put my feet up, sitting in front of a fire, and enjoy sipping Sled Dog Dopplebock; and I'd be as happy as a pig in slop.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

12-03-2006 23:34:28 | More by Phatz
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aquatonex

New York

2.8/5  rDev -24.3%

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.

11-21-2006 03:36:11 | More by aquatonex
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: Brown, maybe a bit of ruby red color. Thick, light brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much stickiness on the glass.

Smell: A faint malty caramel aroma and bready, but not much else.

Taste: Sweetness and mild roasted notes up front with a mild hop bitterness finish. Malty but otherwise quite simple.

Mouthfeel: Mostly medium body, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable considering the ABV. I could see this being quite dangerous.

10-26-2006 23:18:21 | More by psinderson
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%

Clear dark ruby brown. Slim of slimmest foam is dawned briefly in a stained yellowyness before fading to a simple collar ring at the edge. Minimal lacing is present and most doesn't stick around long as it slowly slips back down to meet the collar.

Aroma is semi dark and plummy with a slight toasted toffeeness to its deeply sweetened malt tone along with a slight smokey chocolate sense to it.

Taste is pretty solid, good malt tones are lightly muting a sense of fruity darkness of fig and plum and a toasty toffee in the front, and more of a tender, silky chocolate in the back. Mellowing and creamy malt laden tastes are manufacturing a solid sweetness that lasts with a good play mixing of dark fruityness, slight chocolate, and a tiny tug of toastyness rounds off towards the finish.

Body is more O-fest -like then Doppelbock-like, but its pretty favorable within a creamy, semi medium, silky, malt body. Glides well across the palate and isn't cloying much in any areas and gains just a tiny warmth pull as ya go.

A pretty solid Doppel here. Favorable in much of its character and beery aspects. Drinks down pretty quickly as the body is easily gliding in a non-sticky creamyness and silken maltyness of sweetness. Could have quite a few of these, no prob.

10-11-2006 22:32:16 | More by tavernjef
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williamherbert

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

Color is a nice reddish brown. Not much head to speak of, thought it remains throughout the glass. Minimal carbonation.

Thick, smoky, syrupy smell. Has a sweetness under the heavy smell of alcohol. Sweet, malty aroma. Almost no hops to speak of.

Dark, bocky flavor. Almost a hint of raisin, warms you right up. Has a bit of a cellar scent to it, but that could be due to the beer's age, which is unknown. A small bit of sourness; not unwelcome.

Somewhat syrupy. This whole beer just screams thickness. Remains on the palate for a few minutes afterward. Have to sip this one due to it's thickness. I will now drink "one" for every variation of the word "thick" in this review.

10-02-2006 22:43:18 | More by williamherbert
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becktone

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

09-06-2006 01:42:35 | More by becktone
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

A - A deep garnet color with a two finger head that has impressive retention and leaves a slightly patchy, but very large ring of lacing. There are some large bubbles which form on the sides and bottom of the glass.

S - Strong and smooth caramel malt aroma with a hint of pepper. I wish this were stronger.

T - Foretaste is of sweet caramel and smokey bourbon oak with a bit of mild white pepper. The aftertaste is mostly of bourbon barrel oak, a bit of candied sugars and a hint of maple syrup, but there is also still a hint of mild pepperiness. There is an extremely faint medicinal character (which stands out more toward room temp), but it is a very minor feature and is the only reason this didn't get a five. Quite delicious.

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

D - Fantastic. I could drink this everyday. It is a bit sweet, but an ideal dessert beer. Would go perfectly with unspiced meat dishes, particularly lamb.

08-20-2006 23:52:07 | More by mrasskicktastic
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johnniemarg

New York

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

02-05-2006 06:23:37 | More by johnniemarg
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

Appearance: cloudy orange / copper in color with a short 1/4" head that quickly disappears to a surface spot or two. No lacing. Low carbonation.

Smell: very sweet malt and nuts are easily picked up.

Taste: overall a toasted and sweet combination created by decent malt, brown sugar, slight nuttiness, ripe plums, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish, almost approaching light syrup, with sweetness lingering well into the aftertaste. Medium / heavy in body.

Drinkability: decently drinkable, overall a slightly above average doppelbock.

01-05-2006 12:56:59 | More by Gavage
Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.