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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

170 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
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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Photo of Rudgers73
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Rudgers73, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

tavernjef, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

SkinnyElvis, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with some viscosity noted. The head is a thin tightly packed off white color. It retains adequately. Within a minute, all that remains is a bubbly collar. The body of the beer is a murky looking crimson color. Aroma is of sweet malt and chocoate. The first thing I note upon sampling is the weak body and mouthfeel. Thinnish and watery. Below average. BUT, it's the only aspect of this beverage below average. The taste is really pretty nice. At first I notice the yeasty breadiness of this brew. Then I catch the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness cannot be denied as it surfaces quite a bit. All in all, a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks go out to Davo for my first sampling of Wagner Brewing.

Bighuge, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of cooch69
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown with no head at all......mouthfeel is thin and watery for the style....those are the bad things....nose is roasty...with notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and toffee....very nice nose....Taste is very similar to the nose but the cocolate is more pronounced..not a bitter cocoa, but a sweeter, Hershey's chocolate milk flavor...also some soft vanilla...not much for hops but it works ok without them in the mouth...I like the flavor of this...

Maybe not your classic doppelbock in body but the flavor more than makes up for it...enjoyable...if I had access to this in my neck of the woods 12-to-24 of these would be in Zap's belly every winter/spring...

ZAP, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

nycbeerfreak, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

generallee, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/amber color with a nice off-white head that later fades and laces. The aroma is malty with the smell of roasted malts and nuts. The taste is also very malty. There is that warming from the elevated abv.. There is a very dark taste. This is not a weak watery ale. This beer has some character. The mouthfeel is nice, although I could use a bit more carbonation. This is a heavy bodied beer , that goes down smooth. A good drinking beer for those cold nights when you need a warmer and a good buzz.

WesWes, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of ark57
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark mohagany with a slight haziness and a thin tan head. The aroma is fruity and malty with some chocolate and caramel in the nose. The carbonation is a little low for my taste, but it is not bad. The body is smooth and very malty. It is nutty with some roasty quality as well as some cherry and prune. It is slightly bitter in the clean finish and the alcohol lingers a little.

ark57, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of captainhowdy39
4/5  rDev +8.4%

captainhowdy39, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of Deerslayer210
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Deerslayer210, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of NYSPHophead
4/5  rDev +8.4%

NYSPHophead, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.4%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of kkazemi
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kkazemi, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +8.4%

throwback, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +8.4%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +8.4%

nh2032, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good Dopplebock in my opinion. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Has an amber/brown color that has good clarity to it. It had a cray slightly orangey creamy colored head. All in all a pretty good looking beer. The smell is good, very sweet. Mostly compiled of sweet malts, and dark fruits. Has a sweet toffee type aroma as well. The taste is also pretty sweet has all the characteristics of the smell, maybe a little heavier on the darker fruits and has an aftertaste of butterscotch. I thought that you couldn't taste the hops at all until about a minute after one of the sips, it's feint, but present. The mouthfeel is really good too, pretty creamy and smooth, reasonably full bodied. Only a slight bitter bite from the hops, more like a little pinch on the back of the tongue. Pretty drinkable beer of this style, nice sipper on a winter night.

AndyAvalanche, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Zaso
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Zaso, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of reizorc
4/5  rDev +8.4%

reizorc, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Nutbrown. Thanks Alan!

This pours a clear deep amber with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is malty as heck...bread, chocolate, roasted.

The taste is equally malty with plenty of caramel malt and bready malt up front with lots of grain and a light taste of chocolate. There's *some* bitterness and a mild tartness in the background that is interesting. The alcohol is very well hidden here; not even a bit of warming after the swallow.

Good medium mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation, it finishes decidedly on the sweet side but not overly so.

Drinkability? A good solid, tasty example of the style that fits the style very well. I'd drink more, for sure.

Bitterbill, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +8.4%

deapokid, Dec 04, 2011
Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.