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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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Sled Dog DopplebockSled Dog Dopplebock

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103 Reviews

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 185
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 103 | Hads: 185
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, I have been lucky to have a ton of NY brews to try lately. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/04/2009.

The pour was about dead on for the style. Rich brown in color with a small tan head that peaked at about two inches but settled down and left behind only token amounts of side glass lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, hints of bready touches and a light grainy touch to it. Rolls right into the flavor, only know here is that it is a little thinner then I would have liked to have seen, but still nice feel. Rich caramel and bready flavors dominated here. Smooth, with no hint of the abv at all and a long and drawn out flavor of candied sugar that caps it all very nicely.

Overall a solid example of the style. Nothing earth shattering but it does its job. I would not turn it down.

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Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: I had the draft at the brewery.The beer pours a deep, ruby red color. Not a lot of carbonation, but it has a bit of a tan head, although it didn’t last long. Big malt sweetness to the nose. Hints of caramel. Taste is sweet, almost syrupy. A touch of roastiness that I hadn’t previously noticed. Hints of fruit and chocolate? No discernable hops in the taste of the nose. Somewhat warming. Not a bad brew at all, just not anything that stands out.

I don’t know if it was the freshness or an evolution of the recipe, but it is a bit better in my latest tasting.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sled Dog is a dark red, almost eggplant beer with a fine, one-inch mocha head that settles to a delicate lace.

A port wine aroma leads the nose, followed by subtle apple, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.
A mild brandy and molasses entry fills out with plum and vanilla as the alcohol warms. My recollection is that this was better from the tap.

A pleasantly smooth beer with a light carbonation; simple but pleasurable.

This working dog is surprisingly easy... no, make that alarmingly easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. I'll definitely be returning to the east slope, above Senaca Lake, for another round.

Date consumed: 29 June 2008

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of moester13
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle exploded on me on opening, and while I could slurp some up, not every drop was salvagable, though it gave me an idea what to expect.
Appearance: dark crimson color, nearly caramel in hue, with, a fully carbonated, viscerally effervescent head, cream-soda like in color.
Aroma: nutty, and cola-ish, rich and fruity.
Taste: again, full, even too-full carbonation, very effervescent, lightly fruity on the tongue, loaded with toffee and caramel flavors, a rich, tasty, mess of darkly sweet flavors
Medium bodied, medium-finish, everything is just so, except that the flavor remains too cola-ish, a flavor that the doppelbock needn't cozy up to, just for comfort, and the malt never quits either, feels lush and rich in the mouth.
A nice little dopplebock ... and cheers to running4beer and BiF for allowing me this samplinjg

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I got a small tan head that did not last or leave any lacing. The color is a nice deep brown, with amber and ruby edges. Very clear.

This double bock has an interesting spiced aroma, complimenting a caramel sweetness and some ripe dark fruits. Almost fruitcake-like aroma even including a bit of alcohol.

The taste is of alcohol-soaked raisins, some mild spice and sweet malt. It quickly finishes leaving a hint of the fruit and spice. This is fairly complex and interesting.

Big bodied, a bit filling and a thick and heavy feel. Really a great beer for a cold fall evening. I could not drink another anytime soon though.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a 12 oz bottle that Stopper gave to me. Drinking at room temp in a snifter.
THe brew pours a clear mahogany with some garnet tints as well. A quickly dissipating thin layer of beige colored head foams up quickly and is gone. Aroma is chocolate, rich ripe plums and pears, raisins and maple syrup. QUite enticing aroma I think. First sip reveals a fairly thick body almost chewy with next to non-existant carbonation. Very smooth. Flavor is similar to nose witha mix of chocolate, red grapes, toffee and dark fruit. Very rich and lingering syrupy sweet palate coating finish. Quite enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber chesnut color with a small little off-white to tan head that didn't last for me. I did not pour this one very aggresively, but it may not have made a difference. Sweet cherries and burnt grains hit the nose, but not in great quantity.

Crisp start with a blast of cherry fruitiness. It quickly dries out to a more roasty flavor and has a bit of alcohol in the mix. The aftertaste is like toasted pumpernickel with hints of rye and alcohol. A dry cherry lifesaver flavor lingers behind on the palate and really comes in at the end. A very interesting brew here, and it excites me to have some more from Wagner Valley.

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Photo of Newsman
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice, big, hefty winter beer -- the Sled Dog is an appropriate mascot, because you'll want one of these after doing something wintery and manly, like cutting down a sequoia or running the Iditarod.

Pours a very dark brown, some minimal head, very inviting. Lovely smell of bready malt, a bit of yeast, a hint of clove and raisin.

Taste is strongly malty, with just enough hop balance to bring it back to earth. A nice mix of sweet and spice flavors. Coats the mouth nicely.

Very drinkable, but only just one. It's strong and malty, and one should do you for the evening.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of charlesw
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Buckeyes67
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap on site.

I haven't had too many Dopplebock's to compare this too so I'll keep it short. This beer has a great flavor. It was dark but not cloudy and the head hung around long enough for me to finish the beer. The smell was nice and it didn't sit to heavy on the palate. As for drinkability well it went down good and the crowd of people that were half in the bag would agree with me.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The decrowned 12-ounce longneck poured briskly into my SA shaped pint glass yields a clear cherry-copper colored brew topped with a slim cap of fast-fading pale beige foam. Drooping rings of filmy lacing briefly hash-mark the sip lines onto the interior of the drinking vessel before sliding back down to the fading collar ringing the liquid surface below.

The aroma is sweet and malty with prominent notes of caramel, ripe orchardfruit, saltwater taffy, and a sprinkle of dark chocolate. A tingle of spice livens things up just a bit.

The taste is rife with overripe caramel-coated red apples and sports a meager but balancing note of dark roast. A drizzle of dilute unsulphured molasses spices things up, and as the drink warms a bit, a note of mellow caramel become much more prominent. Alcohol flavors are very, very well-suppressed and are likely responsible for the dash of pepper and appley fruitiness I've been enjoying in Sled Dog thus far.

The drink is silky-smooth and on the lighter end of the medium-bodied spectrum. Carbonation is quite mild and the brew is plenty drinkable. Thanks to Lum for the bottle!

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, reddish-brown with a thin head. Nutty, almond-like, caramel aroma. Although the smell is very good, it's not nearly as intense as a great dopplebock. The beer has medium malt-sweetness. Creamy, full mouthfeel, with slight carbonation. The beer is drinkable and enjoyable, but not an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess we're trying the whole Wagner Valley line here. This one pours a clear amber brown with minimal head. Nose is malty and sweet. Flavor is pretty nice. Seems like a touch of apple tones. Smooth feel. Overall nice to drink. Not too shabby really.

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.