Sled Dog Trippel Bock - Wagner Valley Brewery
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Reviews by BrewMan13:
4.43/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Well, I had mixed expectations of this one considering that I didnt like their dopplebock much at all, and this from a malty beer lover. However, I was blown away. This is the best bock (single, double, triple, whatever) that I've had in a LONG time. Pour was kind of suspect, producing very little head. Eventually a small one forms, but it doesnt really last.
As I've said before, I hate rating smell because I cant smell well and to make matters worse, my allergies kicked in today (though my nose is clear now). That said, I dont pick up much at all in the aroma.
Taste is what counts though and this puppy is liquid gold for a bock lover. Plenty sweet, pleasantly so, as one would expect from a good bock. However, what does it for me is the incredibly long, changing aftertaste. At least 5 seconds after the swallow the taste is still morphing. It starts out with what I can only describe as a 'typical bock sweetness', then a caramel taste, then it finally finishes with a hint of roastiness that puts it over the top for me. If you like bocks, you'll love this.
Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but nothing too dramatic. One thing I will say, is that this is the most drinkable 10% beer I've had. I cant detect the 10% in the taste, or even in my cranium (doesnt hit as hard as I would expect). And this is going down faster then most equivalent strength beers. Simply awesome, really hits the spot. I have to revisit their dopple bock now as there's no way this could be this good but nearly the same beer, just a lower strength, would be that much worse. I must have gotten a bad bottle.
Serving type: bottle
10-02-2005 03:02:13 | More by BrewMan13
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3.18/5 rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
From: Trade with Milles35, thanks!
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator bock glass
Wagner Valley's Trippelbock is a fairly sweet version of the style, focusing on candy and light caramel-like sweetness. While not unenjoyable and somewhat above average, I found the beer too sweet, and one-dimensional for my tastes. This is one I would not seek out again.
Pours a 1cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small bubbles, with average retention of about one minute. Head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and leaves minor lacing of a few thin patterns clinging to a small portion of the glsas. Body is a dark brown amber color, with light bringing out deep brown-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.
Aroma of light melanoidins (light caramel and sugar sweetness) and floral characters, with dried dates, brown figs, slight burnt dust, and smoke in the background. A bit excessively sweet and one-dimensional.
Flavor is exceptionally sweet and smooth, with lesser emphasis on dried fruits and toasted bread crusts than this fairly bright, candy-like, slightly like light brown sugar sweetness, with hints of a floral potpurri lingering in the background. Front of palate finds moderate melanoidins (light caramel), light sugar sweetness, with dried dates, brown figs, a hint of smoke and cocoa. Mid-palate of light melanoidins (light caramel and brighter sugar sweetness), fairly bright dried dates and brown figs, hints of floral characters that slightly remind one of potpurri. Back of palate is of bright sugary sweetness with light brown sugar, mild melanoidins, and fairly notable floral characters. Aftertaste of candy sugar like sweetness, light melanoidins and toasted bread, and residual floral characters.
Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly smooth (3/4) and slightly foamy (1/4). Some additional carbonation would be appropriate for this beer, bringing out more of the aroma and flavors. What is amazing is how the ethanol is completely absent from this 10% beer. Closes quite dry, with low stickiness on the lips and palate, somewhat surprising.
Serving type: bottle
10-30-2013 07:01:11 | More by falloutsnow
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
appearance- crystal clear, deep mahogany red, almost no head and dissapears quickly with no lace
smell- very sweet malt aroma, with big fruity notes. no hops noticeable
taste- follows the nose, big sweet upfront smooth..not much carbonation. syrupy flavor lingers, a little fruity like sour apple, cant taste any hint of alcohol, but definately feel it after the first few sips.
mouthfeel- semi-full body, gets thicker as it warms
overall- this is a nice beer, great for someone who is looking for a huge malt lager...i little too sweet for my taste and the hop flavor just isnt there, but still a worthy beer for sweeter beer drinkers.
Serving type: bottle
03-23-2013 19:55:26 | More by mt24turner
Sled Dog Trippel Bock from Wagner Valley Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.