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Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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3.68/5
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196 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,740
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
196
pDev:
13.86%
Bros Score:
3.45
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Franz4
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish-brown when held to the light. Zero head on this beer.

S- smells biscuity with a little chocolate in it, some spiciness as well (maybe a touch of clove?)

T- Biscuity and fresh, a little toffee is present. I'm not noticing the chocolate that was present in the nose. Spices are present in the finish.

M- Very clean, light-bodied for a d-bock, but feels very fresh.

D- The big plus to this beer was the "clean" mouthfeel, taste isn't anything spectacular, but it is worth trying. It's a good alternative if you want a refreshing doppelbock rather than a heavier one.

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

Clear brown, small head, thin film.

Bready malts all the way through in the smell. A little grainy. Smells good, at least.

The taste is a bit of a let down from the smell. There's a definite bready, malty, syrupy thickness to this brew, but there's some buttery, sour, tart cheese notes in there that is off-putting. A little too dairy for me.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Wagner Valley Sled Dog Doppelbock pours a completely clear mahogany to maroon. There are gobs of cherry highlights when the beer is properly backlit. There are about two fingers of light caramel foam crowning the beer. Head retention is alright, but lacing is a nonentity. Not a huge hang up for me given the style though. The nose doesn't come through super well, but what is there is solid. It's a roughly 50/50 blend of plum and fig fruitiness and rich toffee. The flavor is a bit more potent, and brings a bit more variety to the table. Dark fruits and caramel still carry things, but there are secondary notes of biscuit and milk chocolate that give the beer a greater depth of flavor. The carbontion is nice and low, it keeps out of the way of the malts. The body though, just isn't full and rich enough for such a big malty beer. Sled Dog is a solid doppelbock, and one that I would certainly drink again. I don't think I'd seek it out though.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown orange color, basic carbonation, malt, raspberry, and chocolate on the nose, fruity start, nice malty mid pallet, some yeast towards the finish, as well some of the fruitiness is on the finish as well.

Overall; Drinkable dopplebock, not as heavy as most, but a good brew.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is a nice reddish brown. Not much head to speak of, thought it remains throughout the glass. Minimal carbonation.

Thick, smoky, syrupy smell. Has a sweetness under the heavy smell of alcohol. Sweet, malty aroma. Almost no hops to speak of.

Dark, bocky flavor. Almost a hint of raisin, warms you right up. Has a bit of a cellar scent to it, but that could be due to the beer's age, which is unknown. A small bit of sourness; not unwelcome.

Somewhat syrupy. This whole beer just screams thickness. Remains on the palate for a few minutes afterward. Have to sip this one due to it's thickness. I will now drink "one" for every variation of the word "thick" in this review.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with an almost non-existent head. Smells very fruity. Lots of cherry and plum to the nose with a slight hint of grain in the background.

Taste is very fruity/chewy without being overly thick or sweet. It strikes a nice balance between the malt and fruit. Hops are nowhere to be found in this beer. Not too shabby. Good brew for over the cold months. Could definitely see eating some good sharp cheddar with this.

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Photo of Jjski
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Bland, brown and boring. Not worth paying craft beer price of $9.00 except that it's > 8% abv

Their maple Porter in spring is quite good. Boo! From a local.

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Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ringingnote
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of indianabeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of h0gg
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bcheng
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BryanK
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sketchyhoodie
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SteveD082791
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Happyhopper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled a 12 ounce bottle, couldnt find any freshness dating.. Bottle openend without any gaseous release, and poured w/ a minimal tan head and light lacing left behind, low carbonation, but not flat. Faint sweat malty nose. Lighter bodied DB, notes of plums, berries, maple and caramel. Sweet throughout, no hop presence/bitterness. this is a pleasant dark, wintery quaffer. Would go well with hearty winter fare, stews, roasts etc.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gavage
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: cloudy orange / copper in color with a short 1/4" head that quickly disappears to a surface spot or two. No lacing. Low carbonation.

Smell: very sweet malt and nuts are easily picked up.

Taste: overall a toasted and sweet combination created by decent malt, brown sugar, slight nuttiness, ripe plums, and a mild bitterness. Alcohol is barely noticable.

Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and finish, almost approaching light syrup, with sweetness lingering well into the aftertaste. Medium / heavy in body.

Drinkability: decently drinkable, overall a slightly above average doppelbock.

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 196 ratings
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