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Sled Dog Dopplebock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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BA SCORE
84
good

165 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 165
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Deerslayer210, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

themind, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bcheng, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

muletrane, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%

From: Trade with milles35
Date: None on bottle, 2392b21543 on bottom
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

Sled Dog is a pleasing, if perhaps not overly sweet doppelbock, with obvious nods towards Munich and Vienna malt extremes. Usage of other malts and flavors would move this beer to a realm of more complex offerings. Currently, it is an acceptable version of the style, but not one that would prevent me from seeking out others.

Pours a 0.75cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a slightly frothy, dish-soap like appearance. Retention is average, lasting slightly over one minute, the foam leaving modest lacing on the sides of the glass in the form of a few scattered spots and lines. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out slightly lighter amber-red hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, sparse in number and low in activity.

Aroma is of toasted bread crusts and a bit of caramel malt, dried dates, and figs. Better than average, but not particularly expressive aside from the bread crust and caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor is of toasted and caramel malts with significant Maillard reaction flavors, creating a dense toasted bread crust with light caramel, dried dates, brown dried figs, and mild German hop herbal and bitter qualities. Front of palate picks up toasted bread crusts with light caramel and dried dates, perhaps a bit of German hop herbal and woodsy qualities, though I may be imagining it. Mid-palate of toasted bread crusts, caramel malt, substantial sweetness, dried dates and lesser brown dried figs; there is also a German hop herbal/woodsiness that lingers in the background. Back of palate finds toasted bread crust and caramel-like sweetness fixed to a mild German hop bitterness and woodsiness. Aftertaste of toasted bread crusts, slight caramel and nuts, and a more than modest slightly Germanic hop-driven bitterness.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is slightly foamy, primarily smooth and slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Fitting for the style and weight of the beer, but a bit more carbonation would be good for both feel and aroma. Closes dryly, with lingering, heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

falloutsnow, Aug 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

marybrooke, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

twenty5, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

InspectorBob, May 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

VaporDome, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

captainhowdy39, Mar 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cw13, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

brentblack1, Feb 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.1%

CountryRock2001, Feb 24, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Thunderchief, Feb 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Milles35, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

DmanGTR, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

NYSPHophead, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Bills453
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

Bills453, Jan 24, 2013
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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, served in a pilsener glass.

A- Pours a clear brown with some red hues, capped by a half finger tan head that quickly disappears.

S- The smell is really subdued, but mostly sweet caramel and just a hint of hops. Maybe some raisins, but it's hard to tell.

T- The taste is quite rich and complex. Slightly sweet dark fruit and a ton of faint complexities that I just can't quite put my finger on. Although this is not my favorite beer, I can respect it as a fairly good representation of the style.

M- Medium feel and a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and a tad prickly.

O- Although it is nothing groundbreaking, I'm certainly not opposed to drinking one of these in the future.

tviz33, Jan 11, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -39.2%

chefduff2, Jan 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

HoistinBrews, Dec 26, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -8.1%

A - A fairly dark caramel brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that reduces to just a mild sticky lace ring.

S - Smells of mostly caramel and raisin with mild fruity notes not bad.

T - A very tasty dopplebock with zippy caramel, raisin, and plum taste. I don't get much baked rum bread flavor so this is just and average entry to the style.

M - Medium kind of chewy pretty close to on style.

Overall I like this beer but not only can I not get it again but I find better styles of it.

DrDemento456, Dec 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Eastside151, Dec 16, 2012
Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.