Sled Dog Trippel Bock - Wagner Valley Brewery

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 16
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Wagner Valley Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: xlperro on 03-25-2003

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby red brew that keeps frothy, with specialty malts dominating the aroma.
Flavor of malts, caramel blend with hops to create a balanced profile that's interestingly pleasing and insists on another sip. Full bodied great taste this beer is truly a memorable experience.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try this beer actually for a few years now and grabed when I had the chance.Poured a deep crimson with some ruddy brownish hue a thin but weel retained light brown head atop.Concentrated aromas like that of a nutty port,light alcohol and concetrated orange essence round out an appetizing nose.For 10% alc this beer goes down very easily its rich in flavor but not overly big in the mouthfeel department,like drinking a nice nutty port wine quite smooth with some caramel notes along with some orange rind,a big bready malt base holds up extremely well and lends its flavors.A great sipping brew not sure if a true doppelbock the label says a 10% alc ale but the characterisitcs are that of a fine dopplebock,highly recommended for sure.

Photo of sponberg
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep garnet in color, with almost no head whatsoever - which means (to me) only one thing: grab a few to age. The nose is all kinds of sweet, fruity malt with a slight but noticeable spiciness - maltier and less hoppy than the Doppelbock version.

The first two bottles of this were cracked open with my best bud down in North Carolina. The original intent was to save one for next year's get together. Uh huh. THAT didn't work. Not after we both tasted it. My buddy took a sip, his eyes bugged slightly, and he said "Whoa!!!" followed by that same dopey grin he gets when there's an open stretch of road and he's driving his SVT Cobra convertible. It's that kind of beer.

Vastly malty, with juicy dark fruit (sugared plums, dates, raisins, figs, and hints of apple/pear sneaking in), caramel-like decoction, and a somewhat sherrylike alcohol presence that lets you know that this is a serious bock. Decent underlying bitterness keeps it from being cloying, and a hop earthiness/spiciness that rounds it out. Frighteningly drinkable for its strength. Everything that Shiredave & Jackson said is spot-on.

After the first bottle, we popped open the second one and gave a sample to one of the construction guys who was working on my buddy's house. He sipped it, stared at the glass, and mumbled "that's the best damned beer I've ever had" before asking for directions to the brewery. He lives in North Carolina. Now, granted, he had just finished off a 16 oz. can of Red Dog, but still... Very impressive brew that should be spectacular after cellaring for a year or so.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bottle, pours dark mahogony, very light head, minimal tiny bubble film and light, fine lacing. Nose is mostly alcohol, rum, berries. This is bracingly strong brew, some alcohol quite evident. Notes of prunes, brandy,and rum soaked raisin bread.Quite warming. I'd imagine this brew is not for everybody , certaintly not the faint of heart. But if you enjoy a strong flavorful brew give this stuff a try. Lacks the full body, depth of flavor and complexity of the higher rated versions of this style

Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly mollasses taste. No a complicated bock, malty sweet though not overally sweet. Just brown and not all that much head. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable,dangerously so, but rather disapointing based on what others said.Candi, soft carbonation. Close to root beer.

Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark's Ale House.

I don't know about the "trippel," but this makes for a good doppelbock. Its dark red black with a syrupy aroma. The flavor can be a little thick for some, but I liked it. It's a nice mixture and balance of sweet and bitter with a fruity flavor similar to a mix of apple and cherry, along with a bit of licorice and dry cocoa. Not too hard to finish an entire pint, I'd recommend it.

Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for bringing this to a recent tasting.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a thin creamy layer of head that stays frothy, leaving a rich cascade of lace back. The aroma is huge with baker's chocolate and toffee with some addtional roasty notes in the back as well. This smells just like a warm cookie or piece of cake. Very nice!

The taste is very sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate really standing out. I'm getting a real molasses or maple syrup vibe off of this. Very low bitterness to this as well, the taste is all about the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very lower carbonation to it with an an overall syrupy feel in the mouth, which just accentuates that aforementioned maple syrup comparison. This doesn't feel overbearing though, with the viscous sweetness of this being more on the pleasant side and despite a 10%, I'm only getting some light warmth out of this.

Very nice. This was a big ole' sweet mess but it sure smelled and tasted damn tasty and never got to be cloying at all. Plus the hidden ABV on this should be illegal. A well done Triple Bock!

Photo of pfknapp
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cap and poured into two oversized brandy snifters to split with the wife. Beer really looks pretty in a brandy snifter, especially this one. A nice ring of head formed, it didn't stick around long and there was no lacing. Beautiful beer nonetheless. Whiffed this puppy and I was immediately hit with a nice combo of blackberries choclate and raisins. It really smelled amazing, very inviting. Taste was equally wonderful. It was warming and had hints of plum, chocolate, rasins and port. It also tasted like beer. All that other stuff and beer. Bitterness was perfectly blended in. It didn't taste too sweet, but the bitterness wasn't popping out at you, it just balanced nicely. The beer was smooth, not overly carbonated, rich and filling. It was everything you would want from a beer this size. It was very drinkable. The alcohol was completely disguised, rendering this beer quite dangerous. Pick this one up if you can find it, this will be a great one for the holidays.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a glowing burgundy with a light ecru head around the side of the glass.
Aroma is dark fruits like dates or plums and some caramel with a strong alcoholic estery note.
Flavors of rich caramel and a fruity base and some spicy alcoholic and yeasty notes.
Mouthfeel has an oily glide to it with a notable hot liquor hit that is covered with a dark fruity malt base, can tell some more mellowing in the bottle would do this one well but still a very pleasant brew.
Drinkability is high but will grow over time. Very well made beer that seems to me to represent style very well.

Photo of BrewMan13
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY.

This one pours a ruddy crimson brown, with a small quarter foamy head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells pretty malty and bock-y, with some brown sugar, brown bread, and a bit of fruity lager yeast.

This is certainly not the most complicated or complex beer. It's biggest achievement is how smooth it drinks for the 10% ABV- you would know it's a "triple bock" at all. There's a good amount of brown sugar and toffee here, and distinct toasted brown bread flavors, along with some fruity esters from the lager yeast. It all melds together decently well. No flavor stands out that strongly, though- I wish one of the flavors popped a little more.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and bready mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. This one goes down very very easily for the ABV.

One of the better beers made in this area of my state. This is definitely worth a shot.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I had the chance to pick this up when I went to the U.S. Had this one on a cold November day ( around -10, not that cold but still). Pours with a tanned head, lots of lacing is left behind as it comes to a calm. Has a clear dark ruby brown color.

The nose is full of juicy sweet toasted malts, dark fruits, a bit of molasses and something I cant put my nose on ( no pun intended) its almost like a earthy woody alcohol.

Tastes of fruits (plums raisins), very malty and a bit of maple. This was just what I needed.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby brown hue. Off-white ring. Aroma proposes deep dark malts, salty and chocolatey, but mostly fruity (dates, grapes, banana, prune), making for a sweet and vinous or scotch-like flavour balance. It keeps on when touching the tongue, though underwhelmed by strong vegetal and mineral notes that fits only so well with the dark earthy malts. In the end, there’s plenty of bitterness, but it doesn’t leave on a good impression. Thin-medium bodied, small bubbles feel alive. I don’t know what to make of this one, it certainly smells better than it tastes to me, but I guess it’s ultimately too mineral.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to dmeadows for grabbing this for me...
Aged at least 1.5 years.
Appears a dark mahogany with an ivory head that leaves scattered lacing and fades to a small collar.
Smell is of maple and molasses touched, decocted batch with rich succulant malt. Touches of caramel, raisins, and chocolate.
Taste is of the same aromas and I'm loving it. In my opinion, this one can play with some of the best Doppelbocks out there. Seems to be a resurgance of Americans coming through with this classic German style.
Mouthfeel seems pretty rich and chewy. Lots of maple and molasses sweetness clinging around the palate. Mild touch of a dark and sour fruit. Nice!

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a khaki head that sticks around. Nose is somewhat subdued, but still gives off enough aromas of sweet malts, strawberries, and chocolates to interest me. Big and rich on the palate, with alcohol evident throughout. The normal doppelbock flavors (sweet malts, figs, molasses, a touch of chocolate) are there, along with that odd strawberry note, which is most welcome. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with a bit of alcoholic burn in the background. Very filling, with much carbonation adding to that sensation. This diminishes the drinkability a bit, but considering the ABV here and the thick, rich style, this is a very drinkable, smooth beer that I wanted to keep sipping.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a magnificent deep ruby-mahogany with wonderful clarity and flaunting a massive rocky head of beige foam that fades away slowly to a fat cap, thick curtain-like rings of lace trailing behind the brew as the glass empties. Gorgeous.

Aroma is malty-sweet, with notes of brown sugar and toffee, along with some traces of plum and sweetbread.

Full in body and mildly carbonated, providing a smooth, rich mouthfeel, though not heavy at all. Caramel and toast open things up, mingling with a bit of honey -- Munich malt is very much represented here and hard to mistake, though there is also a touch of roastiness apparent that is difficult to pinpoint. Just enough hop bitterness is present in the middle to balance the malt sweetness, and the hops provide just a hint of grass-like character; dark fruit notes show up toward the rear, with plum and dark cherry sticking out. Finishes very sweet and long, with a seemingly everlasting malt fade on the back of the tongue.

Alcohol is very well-hidden and drinkability is on-par with, if not a little better than, many other Doppelbocks out there -- and that's saying a lot, since this is a so-called "Trippel Bock," a step up from the brewery's standard Doppel and weighing in at a hefty 10% ABV. It's quite a marvel that the alcohol is so subdued, as this is as smooth-drinking as any Doppelbock out there and in many ways virtually identical in character. I'd love to try the brewery's Sled Dog Doppelbock just to see how different the two brews really are. Superb.

Thanks goes out to my wonderful fiancee for thinking of me and picking up this beer while visiting relatives in New York -- I had never even heard of this brewery (or the town) before, and that's saying a good bit. I couldn't have asked for more.

Photo of WaltTrombone
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This doggy pours dark brown, as brown as the bottle it comes in, with absolutely no head or lace, no matter how vigorously I poured. (Some previous reviews say that this is a sign that it should be aged. Since I'm a relative newbie, take that as you will...) Toffee and malt aromas are followed by tastes of the same, along with prunes, coffee, and cream soda. The mouthfeel was syrupy, with almost no carbonation. The finish was a mild one, with malt and caramel.
A stretch in styles for me, especially since this summer I've been exploring IPAs, like Hop Devil! I may pick up a bottle to age, this would make a good winter warmer, especially with the 10% ABV.

Photo of meathookjones
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Pours out a thick looking dark cola brown with a tall light tan head. Decent string and webbings of lace remain on the glass. Sweet caramel and ripe dark fruit come out strong in the aroma. Light notes of chocolate malt. Flavor kicks off with a big sweetness as well from the caramel and fruit notes, dates and plums mostly. Some chocolate and a bit of molasses like syrup sweetness are present. Reminds me of a lot of stuff that’s going on in most Eisbocks I’ve had. Pretty thick and creamy smooth body that really help the drinkability. For such a strong beer in a big bottle this was really easy to finish. Great stuff.

Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours caramel-brown/mahogany with a that head that settles to a wide patch. Trailing lace vanishes.

The smell is of caramel, molasses, nougat, with a subtle earthy spicing. Robust aroma that is strong enough to be very noticeable even at opening of the bottle.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hint of molasses. Heavy caramel maltiness, yet not too sweet with an earthy bitterness giving enough balance in the finish. Alcohol comes through with a mild pepper touch, though well-integrated for the high abv level. Finishes clean, as a lager - even a hefty one like this - should.

It has a chewy, yet creamy smooth, full body. Evil-ly smooth, even, with just the right amount of carbonation, lending smoothness but no fizzyness or sharpness.

This is 10% abv? Some peppery alcohol is noticeable, but the malty smoothness makes it deceptively drinkable. Think of a big, big doppelbock - this is it. Caramelly sweet, but with a balanced, clean finish. An enjoyable malty brew!

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" creamy dark tan head, which laces well. A chestnut hued brew, with deep dark malt aroma tinged with blatant alcohol notes. Taste is sweet medium to dark malts, with smooth alcohol character and little hops character, as noted on the label. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good for the style. Worth a try, I know it went well with my dinner tonight.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany brown with little to no head but some clinging around the edges.

Aroma really heavy of fresh raisins and sort of like a rainy day. Kind of unique and fresh.

Taste follows up with the fresh raisin. Not very complex but very clean and palatable.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Tasty and fun to drink. I'd say it lacks maybe a little distinction to set it apart from the others but I dig it.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a chilled bottle that I scored at Half Time in Poughkeepsie.
Pouring into a snifter the beer is a clear rich mahogany color. A small beige head foams up and fades to an edge layer rather quickly, leaves very nice latticework.
Aroma is rich with malt scents. I get brown sugar, caramel, and molasses mixed with some warm spiciness.
First sip reveals a thick silky and syrupy body with rolling and gentle carbonation. Flavor is robust and rich with some ripe sweet fruit up front and molasses and caramel in the middle rolling to a maple syrup and warming alcohol finish.
Beer is very smooth but robust and some strong alcohol characters.

Photo of mt24turner
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another 2004 vintage (courtesy of my fantastic neighbor).

The smell on this beer is extremely lively and pungent. You can definitely pick up hints of the alcohol from the smell. The smell reminds you of a very malty Scotch ale and the taste of the beer does nothing to dispel this initial smell. This deeply hued beer with hints of red has an extremely malty and Scotch-y taste. Damn good stuff. I can't believe someone had the patience to age this beer seven years. Got damn. Also enjoyed the beer with a 5-year old Gouda. Holy smokes.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear rich ruby color, darker in denser spots. lots of rising carbonation and a luscious, creamy tan head atop this majestic looking brew. with a name like 'trippelbock,' i am expecting the ass kicker of the universe here.

aroma is no letdown.. big on a simple sugar malt and tons of hops emerge.. some wine-like fruit, vanilla and a hint of licorice in the nose. complex and rich.

lighter body than i would have guessed, going down quickly with little resistance. alcohol burns in the pit of my stomach.. taste again for flavors.. big maltiness and the expected sweetness is blocked in favor of a tart, citrusey hop presence. goes better with the wispy body, but confuses me overall. i can think of many doppelbocks with more body and substance..

seems almost like a conveyer belt for alcohol, piling on the most astringent ingredients to mask the burn. finish is a bit medicinal and leaves me with very little left on my palate to savor.. just the buzz from the abv.

drinkable for what it is.

dont get me wrong, this beer isnt terrible.. it just suffers from a severe lack of discipline. based on an excellent outward appearance i'd say good from far, but far from good.

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Sled Dog Trippel Bock from Wagner Valley Brewery
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