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Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States
wagnerbrewing.com

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,790
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
200
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
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Ratings: 200 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by Deerslayer210:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date.

Appearance: Very thin lacing that holds together for the time needed, mildly hazed amber brown colour shines dim in the light.

Smell: Melanoidan malt aroma, quite cloying in a way with a restrained smoky distemper.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy in the mouth with a heavy malt back ground. Rich dark malt flavours erupt on the sweet side of the tongue. Hops struggle all the way through. The alcohol character stay on the mellow with a spike of warmth towards the end.

Notes: I have had better double bocks but this one did me just fine. Its worth a try that is for sure … the chocolates played nice with the malt flavours as well.

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Photo of Brent
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sled Dog is a very malty, brewed with "lots of Munich, dark caramel and chocolate malts, and Northern Brewer and Tettnang hops."
Little carbonation, smooth, slight hop finish.

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Photo of John
4.78/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The "Best of NY" in April 2002 at TAP NY. Every attribute is solid across the board with this fine brew. Rich chocolatey/amber color. Great balance of sweetness, roasted malt and hops. Had it fresh on tap at the brewery, which btw, is a cool place with a view on their deck overlooking Seneca Lake that rivals even that of Andechs. I recommend a visit to anyone in the upstate NY area. Outstanding doppelbock. 8.5% abv.

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Photo of ZAP
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown with no head at all......mouthfeel is thin and watery for the style....those are the bad things....nose is roasty...with notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and toffee....very nice nose....Taste is very similar to the nose but the cocolate is more pronounced..not a bitter cocoa, but a sweeter, Hershey's chocolate milk flavor...also some soft vanilla...not much for hops but it works ok without them in the mouth...I like the flavor of this...

Maybe not your classic doppelbock in body but the flavor more than makes up for it...enjoyable...if I had access to this in my neck of the woods 12-to-24 of these would be in Zap's belly every winter/spring...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with some viscosity noted. The head is a thin tightly packed off white color. It retains adequately. Within a minute, all that remains is a bubbly collar. The body of the beer is a murky looking crimson color. Aroma is of sweet malt and chocoate. The first thing I note upon sampling is the weak body and mouthfeel. Thinnish and watery. Below average. BUT, it's the only aspect of this beverage below average. The taste is really pretty nice. At first I notice the yeasty breadiness of this brew. Then I catch the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness cannot be denied as it surfaces quite a bit. All in all, a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks go out to Davo for my first sampling of Wagner Brewing.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my Olivers (Albany) haul .... The Dog has a decent, translucent chestnut color; off-white head initially about 1/2" thick, but rapidly f-f-f-faded away, leaving a thin ring around the perimeter. Lacing was, by and large, ok. Nothing spectacular. Upon poking my nose into the glass I received a pleasant aroma of malty sweetness and toffee. Not overly strong or complex, yet still inviting. The body was about medium, though it had a silky smoothness on the tongue....goes down nicely (always a fine attribute). Plenty of malty sweetness to be found, with more toffee, and a subtle nutty character. Hopping was at a minimum here. Flavor could have more richness to it, yet it is still a decent representation of the style. Sort of a little brother to Salvator. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a deep crimson color with a touch of brownish tint a tight 1/2 finger white head atop.Aromas of dark fruit soaked in alcohol mainly prune and raisin a faint roasted nut quality showed itself as well but it was faint.Deeply malty to be expected with brown sugar and raisin being dominant a touch of earthy-like unsweetened chocolate shows itself in the finish and the alcohol becomes more prevelant as it sits.A bigger malt bomb somewhat sweet and quite sustaining,well made in my opinion.

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Photo of sponberg
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep coppery color, very thick, little carbonation.

Aroma of dark sugars, plums. Starts out with a wealth of sweet, malty, decoction-like flavors - toffee, caramel, figs, plums. Stays pretty consistent until the finish when a hit of alcohol arrives to lessen the sweetness.

Then the kids needed tending to, and in the subsequent maelstrom of flying toy Thomas the Tank Engines and associated track the beer sat and warmed up a bit to around 60 degrees. The brew really blossomed - on top of the above, a spicy hop flavor made its way out of the glass and balanced things out wonderfully. Definitely a beer to sip over a longer period, or to serve at a somewhat warmer temperature, as that seems to bring out the most in it.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has received some mixed reviews, which should be your first tip-off that something beyond the ordinary is going on here. I could criticize this beer for lacking some of the spicy, zesty hops that most German doppels posess. Also the mouthfeel is crisp, clean and refreshing, instead of sticky and cloying like most German dopps. Furthermore, the flavor is roasty and alive, instead of being the sweet, caramelized, austere, wood-varnish, difficult-to-finish, cloy-fest that many other doppelbocks are. Maybe I'm being harsh on the style in general, but this is a damn good beer! Forget style connotations, do yourself a favor, and enjoy. There's a maple-syrup/brown-sugar forest vibe oozing from the brew (makes sense since this brew comes from the coniferous northern climes of this fair land), and the yeast is magnificent: alive, fruity, robust, healthful. Anyway I should just say, simply: I really like this beer. Any extraneous exuberance or verbiage can be attributed solely to the 8.5%

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, reddish-brown with a thin head. Nutty, almond-like, caramel aroma. Although the smell is very good, it's not nearly as intense as a great dopplebock. The beer has medium malt-sweetness. Creamy, full mouthfeel, with slight carbonation. The beer is drinkable and enjoyable, but not an outstanding example of the style.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber chesnut color with a small little off-white to tan head that didn't last for me. I did not pour this one very aggresively, but it may not have made a difference. Sweet cherries and burnt grains hit the nose, but not in great quantity.

Crisp start with a blast of cherry fruitiness. It quickly dries out to a more roasty flavor and has a bit of alcohol in the mix. The aftertaste is like toasted pumpernickel with hints of rye and alcohol. A dry cherry lifesaver flavor lingers behind on the palate and really comes in at the end. A very interesting brew here, and it excites me to have some more from Wagner Valley.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear russett brown with a short creamy light-tan head that holds fairly well and leaves some minor lace. The aroma clearly exhibits some alcohol and fruity toasted malts (Vienna?). The body is medium/full with a mild and very fine carbonation that leaves it quite smooth and creamy in the mouth. Nice! The flavor carries out what the aroma threatened with a boldly fruity (raisin, plum) character right up front, some toffee and light creamy chocolate mixed with brandy as it warms, and a drying alcohol finish with lingering sweet malty notes throughout the mouth. Definitely a beer to be savored! Though the alcohol is a little distracting, it's also somewhat unique and fairly enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of edchicma
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my style but a nice brew.
Not as sweet as anticipated yet a particular sweetness does linger in the palate.
Certainly a full bodied offering and very dark.
The taste is of chocolate...but bitter sweet. Alcohol presence is strong.
Head is short and leaves from there.
As I said, not my style but nice......ABV at 8.5 scares me.....but just a little.

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Photo of Truh
2.32/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Placed in the Iditarod with this one on 4/17/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in a shaker glass.

Land slide of big bubbles, but otherwise deathly quiet which served as an initial warning. Deep mahogany hue with a bunch of crap floating in suspension, like an ash filled Mars landscape snow bubble that never settles. Very light bouquet, to the point of non-existent, though there is a faint, sweet molasses and some tin. Kind of a gimpy caramel on mouth, with some earthy malt, but on the whole a somewhat limp mouth feel and taste to match.

On the whole, this was completely nondescript and uncomely. I had hoped for more when I first picked this bottle up in Albany, NY.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle exploded on me on opening, and while I could slurp some up, not every drop was salvagable, though it gave me an idea what to expect.
Appearance: dark crimson color, nearly caramel in hue, with, a fully carbonated, viscerally effervescent head, cream-soda like in color.
Aroma: nutty, and cola-ish, rich and fruity.
Taste: again, full, even too-full carbonation, very effervescent, lightly fruity on the tongue, loaded with toffee and caramel flavors, a rich, tasty, mess of darkly sweet flavors
Medium bodied, medium-finish, everything is just so, except that the flavor remains too cola-ish, a flavor that the doppelbock needn't cozy up to, just for comfort, and the malt never quits either, feels lush and rich in the mouth.
A nice little dopplebock ... and cheers to running4beer and BiF for allowing me this samplinjg

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Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Low head of beige foam that settles out quickkly. Light reddish amber colored liquid.

Aroma of sweetish toasty malt, slight metallic note, some brown sugar.

Rich flavor of dark malt, caramel, some raisin and prune, faint notes of leather and smoke, some grape. Firm offsetting bitterness, but well balanced.

Even mouthfeel, finishes tingly, fairly full. Tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of OatmattStout
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head was small and color was a bit like dark cider and cloudy in appearence. It had a very malty nose and smell of dried dark fruits. The taste was good and sweet with mainly swet caramel and white chocolate accents . The mouthfeel was some what syrupy with little carbonation coming off tap. Over all this was a bit too sweet and syrupy missing some of the true doppelbock charateristics but a good beer none the less if you like sweet. I do.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown almost black with little to no head...no carbonation...which is good to a point
Aroma sweet mollasses and...prune?
Taste was good...wasn't as sweet as other dopps, but that is good. It did have a sweet mollasses and tasted fairly balanced some malty flavor in there too...
Overall I had no trouble drinking this quickly...then I noted the 8.5%...mmmm...pour me another

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Photo of cbl2
2.6/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance:

Dark brown with hints of red and little to no head.

Smell:

Sweet malts with hints of burnt caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

This is some funky stuff, and not in a good way. Overly sweet to begin, the mouth then fills with a diacetyl/labrusca wine flavor which is highly unpleasant. This is made by Wagner Winery in Lodi NY, and it almost tastes like grapes instead of malts were used in the brewing process. I'm traveling to the Finger Lakes this weekend, and planning on making a trip to Wagner. I'm going to give this one another try at the source. Hopefully the bottle I had was skunked.

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Photo of nomad
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep browned amber, with a café au lait looking, finger-thick head that fell moderately to a thin head. Also showed a line of stain and some spotty lace.

Smelled of grapes, almost black cherries, with a soft sour tone - quite estery. Almost wafting of alcohol, it nutty notes bouncing around all over, though of above-average quality. Good depth overall.

Taste was fruity but mostly of darker malts. Transitioned into a strong roast flavor that was as much fruity as roasty, blending effortlessly into the small hop appeal nearby. Seemed to be an american bittering hop. Some yeasty flavors created a creamy end to the beer before the prominent finish of burnt toast with an ounce of alcohol wrapped around it kicked in.

Good doppelbock that smells better, but not a convincing taster.

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 200 ratings