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Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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3.68/5
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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:
#30,616
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 cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The decrowned 12-ounce longneck poured briskly into my SA shaped pint glass yields a clear cherry-copper colored brew topped with a slim cap of fast-fading pale beige foam. Drooping rings of filmy lacing briefly hash-mark the sip lines onto the interior of the drinking vessel before sliding back down to the fading collar ringing the liquid surface below.

The aroma is sweet and malty with prominent notes of caramel, ripe orchardfruit, saltwater taffy, and a sprinkle of dark chocolate. A tingle of spice livens things up just a bit.

The taste is rife with overripe caramel-coated red apples and sports a meager but balancing note of dark roast. A drizzle of dilute unsulphured molasses spices things up, and as the drink warms a bit, a note of mellow caramel become much more prominent. Alcohol flavors are very, very well-suppressed and are likely responsible for the dash of pepper and appley fruitiness I've been enjoying in Sled Dog thus far.

The drink is silky-smooth and on the lighter end of the medium-bodied spectrum. Carbonation is quite mild and the brew is plenty drinkable. Thanks to Lum for the bottle!

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

I guess we're trying the whole Wagner Valley line here. This one pours a clear amber brown with minimal head. Nose is malty and sweet. Flavor is pretty nice. Seems like a touch of apple tones. Smooth feel. Overall nice to drink. Not too shabby really.

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Photo of everetends
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to the great Lum and his wonderful care package he sent me. Served this one up in a mug.

A: Pours red, cherry wood type color. Has a really nice brown color with a lot of red coming out. When held to the light, a nice amber comes out. A pretty fst pour only got me about half a finger of head. That head gave way rather quickly but kept a pretty solid white ring through out. The ring creates some lace lines on the glass. The beer is incredibly clear and clean. Nothing awe inspiring, but it doesn't look bad either.

S: Smell is a bit off for me. There is just mostly some sweet, sugary malt coming out. No other smells are jumping out except for a toasted grains and earthiness. This is a bit of disappointment because it doesn't have those powerful doppelbock smells. Pretty average.

T: Taste is a step up from the nose. Those sweet caramel malts and toasted grains are there, don't get me wrong. But, there are the doppelbock flavors. A really nice banana nut bread flavor mingles nicely withhose malt flavors. Then there is a slight touch of spiciness in here with just a touch of ginger and nutmeg. Nice tastes fo sho.

M: Feel is on the light side of medium, with just a touch of wateriness to it. The carbonation is a bit high, with just a bit too much crispness for my liking. Just seemed a bit off to me. The ABV is well disguised especially if it is 8.5%. Aftertaste is mostly just a bit of grains, but it finishes pretty damned clean.

D: Drinkability is nice and this one goes down pretty easily. The flavors are a good, but the aroma and feel is a bit off. This is still drinkable and it would be a good session beer except for the supposed ABV. Is this thing really 8.5%? I mean really? This doesn't even seem like its close. Crazy. Good beer but not the greatest doppelbock.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sled Dog is a dark red, almost eggplant beer with a fine, one-inch mocha head that settles to a delicate lace.

A port wine aroma leads the nose, followed by subtle apple, and a bittersweet chocolate finish.
A mild brandy and molasses entry fills out with plum and vanilla as the alcohol warms. My recollection is that this was better from the tap.

A pleasantly smooth beer with a light carbonation; simple but pleasurable.

This working dog is surprisingly easy... no, make that alarmingly easy to drink for a 10% ABV beer. I'll definitely be returning to the east slope, above Senaca Lake, for another round.

Date consumed: 29 June 2008

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Photo of joe1510
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

I received this bottle in a trade awhile back from israel, thanks again man! This doppelbock pours a rich cherry wood brown with tiny particles suspended throughout. A few streams of carbonation swirl slowly to the surface. The bone white head grew a finger on the pour but quickly fizzled down to practically nothing but a tiny collar. The head isn't very cooperative and leaves zero lacing behind.

The aroma on this brew is a little off considering the style. Instead of the banana bread that I'm used to finding I'm pulling lightly toasted grains. There's a sugary sweetness that reminds me of moist fruitcake with a sugary cherry here and there. A current of booze flashes through in the background. I actually enjoy the aroma of this beer but it just doesn't smell very dopple to me.

The flavor comes back to dopplebock form and is quite different than the aroma led me to believe. Slight banana bread upfront combines with the lightly toasted grains to form the canvas of this big brew. There's a hint of spiciness in the way back that reminds me of gingerbread. There's a little too much sugary sweetness for my liking in the form of fruitcake, and yes the cherries are back. The sweetness never really gets in the way but does walk the line. The finish brings a mild spicy booziness.

The body is smooth and velvety but slightly sticky on the swallow with a full body. The carbonation is about as mellow as it gets which actually helps the feel out allowing the beer to glide across the tongue.

The sugary sweetness and heat hamper the drinkability but this one bottle is no problem to finish. Sled Dog is a solid winter brew with the warming heat and big flavor.

This is my first brew from Wagner Valley. It's not a great doppelbock but it's solid enough to give a try. I could see myself picking up a sixer each year to drink on these cold evenings. Thanks Israel!

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

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I got a small tan head that did not last or leave any lacing. The color is a nice deep brown, with amber and ruby edges. Very clear.

This double bock has an interesting spiced aroma, complimenting a caramel sweetness and some ripe dark fruits. Almost fruitcake-like aroma even including a bit of alcohol.

The taste is of alcohol-soaked raisins, some mild spice and sweet malt. It quickly finishes leaving a hint of the fruit and spice. This is fairly complex and interesting.

Big bodied, a bit filling and a thick and heavy feel. Really a great beer for a cold fall evening. I could not drink another anytime soon though.

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Photo of Newsman
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice, big, hefty winter beer -- the Sled Dog is an appropriate mascot, because you'll want one of these after doing something wintery and manly, like cutting down a sequoia or running the Iditarod.

Pours a very dark brown, some minimal head, very inviting. Lovely smell of bready malt, a bit of yeast, a hint of clove and raisin.

Taste is strongly malty, with just enough hop balance to bring it back to earth. A nice mix of sweet and spice flavors. Coats the mouth nicely.

Very drinkable, but only just one. It's strong and malty, and one should do you for the evening.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the brewery/winery. In my opinion most of Wagner's wines are sub-par so I wasn't expecting much. Thankfully this beer provided quite a suprise.

Poured into a small, plastic cup. Was a dark semi-clear brown. Tan 1 finger fluffy head. No carbonation visible.

Smell was sweet, malt, grain, honey.

Taste was suprising, thick, brown sugary, a bit of carmel and honey. Very sweet, only a faint hint of bitter on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was thick, heavy, and the lack of carbonation hindered the feel a bit, made me feel I had to swallow it twice.

Drinkability is average. It's a good beer but with a bit of work could be fantastic. Might be a good holiday beer, as the sweetness would blend well with certain meals.

You can buy these at the brewery, and I have a few bottles that I've picked up for pretty cheap. For 1.45$ you'd be hard pressed to find a beer of this quality at a bar.

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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 armock
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a dark amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of sweet malt

T - Follows the smell sweet malt with some caramel

M - Has light carbonation the beer coats the mouth

D - This is a pretty good beer a good sipping and relaxing beer

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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 SkinnyElvis
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my Secret Santa 2007 Biegaman for this brew. Cheers!

Dark thin head. Dark amber in color. Bready smell. Nice malty taste and it is very smooth. Not very complex in taste IMO since all I get is the malt backbone. Not very boozy for 8.5% and it is very drinkable. I am a fan of the style & this is a good doppelbock. Cheers!

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet malt with hints of chocolate malt and dry fruit.

The taste was upfront sweet caramel with elements of charcoal, cocoa and spiced fruit.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and rather chewy.

Overall a tasty and relatively complex doppelbock.

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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 iceball585
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish brown color, head disappeared almost instantly

S- Strong malt smell w/ hints of grapes/raisens

T- Once again strong malt flavor w/ hints of grapes/raisens, faint hint of cocoa near the end

M- Smooth, medium carbonation, watery finish

D- Worth trying (but nothing to go crazy over)

You can definatly taste the alcohol in this beer. Kinda interesting tastes of grapes and raisens but not too much complexity.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber brown in color, clear, a very small light tan head hesitates then surfaces before quickly fading to nothing. Aroma is sweet maltiness and fruits, some strong melon aroma with some cherry and darker fruit as well. Taste shows a hint of the fruit but is overwhelmingly a sweet malt powder taste. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly thinner than I expected from the aroma, or maybe its just my perception from the low levels of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden in the taste, just a gentle warmth and somewhat drying finish lets you know its there. Overall not a bad doppelbock, the taste was a little to straight up carnation malted milk for me, I could have used some other flavors to mingle with the sweetness, no problem finishing the beer however.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle at Premier Gourmet in Tonawanda, NY.

A: Dark brown with prominent ruby highlights when held to light. Wispy off white head with weak retention. Good clarity.

S: Good combination between malt aromas and fruity concord grape aromas. Grape scents probably a bit too strong or rather malt is too weak.

T: Big and bold malt flavor with good toasty notes as well as a slight chocolate flavor. Some grape flavors. Finish is slightly bitter. Taste is well balanced, complex, and meets style characteristics to a t.

MF: Medium-full mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

D: Very good dopplebock. Smooth and easy to drink with plenty of complexity to keep it interesting.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass. A rough pour produces a 3/4 inch head that quickly settles into a 8th inch thin film. The smell is malty cola, with butterscotch and floral notes. The beer is a deep mahogany with reddish highlights when held up to the light. The taste is similar to the smell in having a deep roasted malt character along with that butterscotch twist. Very light gummy bear and floral hops add an edge to the overwhelming maltiness. In the aftertaste there is a nice nutty taste that I enjoy in Belgians and American and English Brown Ales. The alcohol is also covered up very well. I like this beer a lot, and from what I remember I didn't pay too much for it. Guess I better pick up a sixer next time I'm out.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very deep reddish-copper color with modest tannish creamy head.
Smell is notable for a toasty malt and a bit of alcohol.
Flavor is a bit harsh for me with strong alcohol notes that seem to overpower any other taste sensation.
Finishes with more alcohol. Not something I would revisit.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This dopplebock pours a clear mahogany hue with a thin khaki colored head. Lacing is very minimal with very little stickiness. Smell is a woody malt with a very subtle alcohol tingle on the nose. Smell also carries a nice brown sugar/molases hint to it. Taste is well done. Powerful malt presence that is quite sweet/sugary. A creamy/bread flavor appears a bit in the aftertaste that is actually quite enjoyable. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. The only real issue i had with this beer was the complete absence of hops which takes away from its balance. Alcohol isn't present which makes this quite drinkable for an 8.5% abv. Definitely worth a try if you enjoy your bocks.

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Photo of charlesw
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, nice dark tan head of itty-bitty bubbles that just seems to last with a completely covering lace even 5 minutes after pour.
Interesting smell... Sweet and it smells like a beer that tastes like raisins, if you know what I mean. Nothing of hops, here...
OK, some of that raisin in the mouth, too. Sort of gently sweet and raisiny. I guess that really sums it up, you know? Like, no aftertaste or hops to speak of.
Great mouth - nice and rich and thick - like I like 'em...
So, yeah, I'd drink 'em. A lot of 'em, I suppose! Ha! And this stuff is local and inexpensive? Heck, if I didn't homebrew so much I'd drink a lot more of this stuff!

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Photo of riversider76
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I think of this style of beer, I think of Ayinger Celebrator, or Spaten Optiomator.This beer is not even close. Pours amber brown, not much head,and minimal lacing. Smell is weak,but boozy. Some dark fruits,and malts. Taste was boozy,but again weak. More like a very light Belgin Brown, than a Dopple Bock.Dark fruit,and rasin mostly,but very week.This beer is not awful,but not a good representation of this style.

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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 Phatz
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber brown color with a beige head.

Smell: It was a reserved aroma that display some toasty nuts and what seemed like a hint of smoke along with the malts and alcohol of a Dopplebock.

Taste: Malty with sweet smooth body and flavors of caramel molasses a hint of chocolate and dark fruits and a slight warming alcohol presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth, slick and pleasing across the palate but not as full and heavy as some I like.

Drinkability: I love Dopplebocks in the winter and this is a good one. After playing in the snow with kids I would happily put my feet up, sitting in front of a fire, and enjoy sipping Sled Dog Dopplebock; and I'd be as happy as a pig in slop.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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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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