Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

102 Reviews
THE BROS
79
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Reviews: 102
Hads: 178
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
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. (314 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/09. Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of vegetal notes, bready malt, toffee. Flavor of bready malt, some cola notes. Wow, this is the same beer as the Amber Lager (maybe a little better? It hardly matters really). Pretty lackluster overall. (285 characters)

Photo of tlinner
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starts off underwhelming. Didn't even tip the glass when I poured, and it didn't really come close to overflowing. In other words: very weak head, and little lacing. However, the smell is big and malty, with sweet caramel and dried fruit dominating. The taste is pure doppelbock; bready malt, caramel, nuts, and dark fruit, with a bit of a sharp bitter aftertaste. I really liked this one, and the cherry on top? It was brewed just twenty minutes from where I grew up in the Seneca Lake. (487 characters)

Photo of Buckeyes67
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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! (1,122 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the great Lum and his wonderful care package he sent me. Served this one up in a mug.

A: Pours red, cherry wood type color. Has a really nice brown color with a lot of red coming out. When held to the light, a nice amber comes out. A pretty fst pour only got me about half a finger of head. That head gave way rather quickly but kept a pretty solid white ring through out. The ring creates some lace lines on the glass. The beer is incredibly clear and clean. Nothing awe inspiring, but it doesn't look bad either.

S: Smell is a bit off for me. There is just mostly some sweet, sugary malt coming out. No other smells are jumping out except for a toasted grains and earthiness. This is a bit of disappointment because it doesn't have those powerful doppelbock smells. Pretty average.

T: Taste is a step up from the nose. Those sweet caramel malts and toasted grains are there, don't get me wrong. But, there are the doppelbock flavors. A really nice banana nut bread flavor mingles nicely withhose malt flavors. Then there is a slight touch of spiciness in here with just a touch of ginger and nutmeg. Nice tastes fo sho.

M: Feel is on the light side of medium, with just a touch of wateriness to it. The carbonation is a bit high, with just a bit too much crispness for my liking. Just seemed a bit off to me. The ABV is well disguised especially if it is 8.5%. Aftertaste is mostly just a bit of grains, but it finishes pretty damned clean.

D: Drinkability is nice and this one goes down pretty easily. The flavors are a good, but the aroma and feel is a bit off. This is still drinkable and it would be a good session beer except for the supposed ABV. Is this thing really 8.5%? I mean really? This doesn't even seem like its close. Crazy. Good beer but not the greatest doppelbock. (1,815 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (640 characters)

Photo of joe1510
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

I received this bottle in a trade awhile back from israel, thanks again man! This doppelbock pours a rich cherry wood brown with tiny particles suspended throughout. A few streams of carbonation swirl slowly to the surface. The bone white head grew a finger on the pour but quickly fizzled down to practically nothing but a tiny collar. The head isn't very cooperative and leaves zero lacing behind.

The aroma on this brew is a little off considering the style. Instead of the banana bread that I'm used to finding I'm pulling lightly toasted grains. There's a sugary sweetness that reminds me of moist fruitcake with a sugary cherry here and there. A current of booze flashes through in the background. I actually enjoy the aroma of this beer but it just doesn't smell very dopple to me.

The flavor comes back to dopplebock form and is quite different than the aroma led me to believe. Slight banana bread upfront combines with the lightly toasted grains to form the canvas of this big brew. There's a hint of spiciness in the way back that reminds me of gingerbread. There's a little too much sugary sweetness for my liking in the form of fruitcake, and yes the cherries are back. The sweetness never really gets in the way but does walk the line. The finish brings a mild spicy booziness.

The body is smooth and velvety but slightly sticky on the swallow with a full body. The carbonation is about as mellow as it gets which actually helps the feel out allowing the beer to glide across the tongue.

The sugary sweetness and heat hamper the drinkability but this one bottle is no problem to finish. Sled Dog is a solid winter brew with the warming heat and big flavor.

This is my first brew from Wagner Valley. It's not a great doppelbock but it's solid enough to give a try. I could see myself picking up a sixer each year to drink on these cold evenings. Thanks Israel! (1,891 characters)

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of Newsman
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (315 characters)

Photo of armock
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (262 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (321 characters)

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
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! (333 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of Litterbean
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of iceball585
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (427 characters)

Photo of hoppymeal
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (761 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev +3%
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. (703 characters)

Photo of Rudgers73
4.12/5  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. (726 characters)

Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.