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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

175 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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 akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of charlesw
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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!

Photo of Phatz
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of El_beer_hombre
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of grahuba
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Bills453
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of Milles35
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Brent
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a plummy aroma. Malty caramel, with a candy sugar character. Fruity, and quite bright, overall this seemed to have some Belgian aspects, along the lines of a dark strong. My favorite from this brewery.

Photo of Eastside151
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of themind
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of squack
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of cw13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.