Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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83
good
193 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Sled Dog DopplebockSled Dog Dopplebock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
193
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 105
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +30.4%

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 greyghost86
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of johnniemarg
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rust colored and a little cloudy. Very little head that disappeared quickly, yet the carbonation at the top, consiting of tiny uniform bubbles and a frothy ring around the glass, is appealing. No lacing.

Smells like sasparilla (sp?), toffee and a little bit of alcohol. Truly smells like candy.

It does taste a lot like sasparilla with a smooth strong toffee malt body throughout and the alcohol is also present. As it taste it more I think I can make out some black licorice. This is really tasty. Although it is a german style, I don't think I've had a german dobblebock (or Maibock) with quite this much malt flavor and thickness. The 8.50% abv is a bit low for a barelywine, but I'd say it has a lot of the characteristics of a barleywine.

This is a thick, creamy, almost chewy beer.

This is an awesome brew. A couple of these will make you feel really good. I last had it at their brewery on Seneca Lake, near Ithaca, NY about 7 months ago, but I don't get the pleasure of drinking this beer as often as I'd like. The brewery is also a vineyard and it is situated on one of the most beautiful pieces of land I've ever seen. They have a huge outdoor deck where you can sit and drink pitchers or pints of their beers while looking across and up and down the lake. It seems like you can see for 50 miles in every direction. The sky seems to go on forever. I'm thinking about that view as I taste this and I'm dreaming of going back this summer and hopefully sharing a pitcher of this with a friend. I suggest you do the same. And certainly try this if you can find 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 NEhophead
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 9.4 fl oz bottle.

Semi-fizzy, yet creamy tan head that fades to a thin, creamy sheet that remains until the final sip. Some thin and condensed lacing with average strength. Deep mahogany/ ruby red in color. Some sediment and noticeable carbonation present.

Plum, cherry, fig, and light oak aromas. A light, yet bold-smelling toasted malt character. A bit of an alcohol aroma as well.

Plum and cherry fruit flavors engulfed by a caramelized malt character. Alcohol presence is evident. A light coffee component meshes quite well with the dark fruit flavors. Sweet but not overpowering. A raisin, plum, and oak aftertaste. Great tasting and extremely complex.

Full bodied yet not too heavy on the palate. The carbonation does a good job in lightening up this lager.

Pretty drinkable given the 8.5% abv. Great tasting version of the style! I was left surprised and impressed by this guy. Worth a try IMO.

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Photo of etho1416
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best dopplebocks I have ever had. The only thing is that it must be bought in the 12 ounce bottles. Almost all the 750ml bottles I have bought from wagner have been flat. I have never had a problem with the 12 ounce though.
The color is a nice dark amber. The alochol content is pretty high but their is no harsh alcohol taste. It is sweet, but not to sweet. There is a little chocolate taste but not to much. It is has a medium body and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Drew88
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of JamesGrove
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tlinner
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep garnet color with a two finger head that has impressive retention and leaves a slightly patchy, but very large ring of lacing. There are some large bubbles which form on the sides and bottom of the glass.

S - Strong and smooth caramel malt aroma with a hint of pepper. I wish this were stronger.

T - Foretaste is of sweet caramel and smokey bourbon oak with a bit of mild white pepper. The aftertaste is mostly of bourbon barrel oak, a bit of candied sugars and a hint of maple syrup, but there is also still a hint of mild pepperiness. There is an extremely faint medicinal character (which stands out more toward room temp), but it is a very minor feature and is the only reason this didn't get a five. Quite delicious.

M - Smooth, extremely thick and very refreshing. The carbonation makes its presence known a bit too much.

D - Fantastic. I could drink this everyday. It is a bit sweet, but an ideal dessert beer. Would go perfectly with unspiced meat dishes, particularly lamb.

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4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Dark brown with garnet red edges. Light clears it up, but still ruddy red. Thin hot chocolate-like head on the edges, thin in the center. Some lacing. Looks thick and complex.

The Nose Knows: Fruity beginning with Oktoberfest-ish toasted malts. Rich and deep. Hint of cocoa. Detectable alcohol esters.

Tongueland: Medium m/f, smooth and creamy m/f. No carbonation.Initial plum/raisin taste, creamy toffee and vanilla middle, finishes sweet with a slight hop bitterness that is barely detectable.

Bender Factor: At 8.5 % ABV, Doppel is evil. The ABV is well hidden in taste. I have tried Wagner at beer fests, always impressed. This lends to their credibility.

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

This is my first taste of Wagner Valley (Vineyards) and I'm duly blown away. I like the label although I like the packaging for their IPA slightly better. Pours smooth, a dark ruby color with a struggling off white head (either because of the alcohol, or more likely from my glass). Huge malty sweet, brown sugar aroma that is impossible to avoid. The flavor is not overcomplicated, 4-5 flavors that are used well: brown sugar, malt, prune, and I swear something like a ripe apple in the back end, but maybe another ripe fruit would be more appropriate to describe it: lets say Asian pear to be really fancy. The mouth feel is silky with a medium to full body. The finish lingers for what seems like hours. If there are hops detectable it is only slight and maybe in the finish but balanced beautifully. My only concern is maybe a tad too carbonated...and in all fairness maybe I served it slightly warm, but it did foam up a bit on initial taste; however, this is nitpicking and in the grand scheme of things unnecessary.

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

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/2" tan head which laces well. A darkly reddish amber brew, with a strong malty and dark fruits aroma, with a smidgen of alcohol. Taste is very similar to what the nose portends, which is a good thing. The dark fruits and alcohol become even more pronounced on the tongue. Mouthfeel is excellent for the style, and drinkability is great as well. Worth the search to experience. Nice to have a Dopple that doesn't go too far over the edge...

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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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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 193 ratings.
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