Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
193 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay
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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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 105
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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Photo of falloutsnow
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Trade with milles35
Date: None on bottle, 2392b21543 on bottom
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

Sled Dog is a pleasing, if perhaps not overly sweet doppelbock, with obvious nods towards Munich and Vienna malt extremes. Usage of other malts and flavors would move this beer to a realm of more complex offerings. Currently, it is an acceptable version of the style, but not one that would prevent me from seeking out others.

Pours a 0.75cm tall head of beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a slightly frothy, dish-soap like appearance. Retention is average, lasting slightly over one minute, the foam leaving modest lacing on the sides of the glass in the form of a few scattered spots and lines. Body is a dark amber brown color, with light bringing out slightly lighter amber-red hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, sparse in number and low in activity.

Aroma is of toasted bread crusts and a bit of caramel malt, dried dates, and figs. Better than average, but not particularly expressive aside from the bread crust and caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor is of toasted and caramel malts with significant Maillard reaction flavors, creating a dense toasted bread crust with light caramel, dried dates, brown dried figs, and mild German hop herbal and bitter qualities. Front of palate picks up toasted bread crusts with light caramel and dried dates, perhaps a bit of German hop herbal and woodsy qualities, though I may be imagining it. Mid-palate of toasted bread crusts, caramel malt, substantial sweetness, dried dates and lesser brown dried figs; there is also a German hop herbal/woodsiness that lingers in the background. Back of palate finds toasted bread crust and caramel-like sweetness fixed to a mild German hop bitterness and woodsiness. Aftertaste of toasted bread crusts, slight caramel and nuts, and a more than modest slightly Germanic hop-driven bitterness.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a beer that is slightly foamy, primarily smooth and slightly stagnant mouthfeel. Fitting for the style and weight of the beer, but a bit more carbonation would be good for both feel and aroma. Closes dryly, with lingering, heavy stickiness on the lips and palate.

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