Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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83
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195 Ratings
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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:
195
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 Carlton1964
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First taste of a brew from the Wagner Valley folks. Look forward to trying a few more these guys put out.

Upon cracking the top I was impressed by the malty caramel aroma.

When I poured it into glass I only got about a pinky of foam. Not a lot...but hey it stayed for a while!

Taste was what really matters to me....and it had a really pleasant feel in the mouth and a nice flavor with hints of chocolate and mild spice. I kinda felt like I was drinking a stout lite...(not meant to be a negative comment). It was real smooth, yet a little thick and malty. If ya never had...I suggest ya try it!

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

from notes

A - dark ruby/amber; pale tan head with decent retention and some nice lacing

S - sweet caramel inflected malt up front; suggestions of hops, but nothing really gets through the wall of malt

T - caramel maltiness and molasses notes dominate the palate - in a good way; vague hop bitterness sneaking around the edges and background providing some structure; a little heat towards the back

M - very smooth; slightly syrupy, but not cloying; low CO2

O - a fine example of a dopplebock; plenty of interest and good intensity

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Photo of generallee
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: Looking into the glass I am presented with a deep garnet red brew with good clarity and a tall off white to light tan head. This head slowly fades out leaving some spotty lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell: There is a big rich malty character coming out of the glass. In it I get candy sweet notes like a grape sucker or grape soda. This is backed up with a big bready sweet maltiness

Taste/Palate: The big malty sweetness from the aroma hits the tongue with candy like grape notes inside of a somewhat modest medium to full bodied bready sweetness. In the back ground there are some very subdued hop notes that offer a touch of herbal leafy spice with almost no bitterness. The palate is very smooth and lightly carbonated. Its sweetness sticks on the palate a bit but not in a heavy or to cloying a way.

Notes: It’s not the most complex Doppelbock but there is something about its basic character that I like and find enjoyable to drink.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Slightly hazy reddish brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - malts, grapes, cherries, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. I can taste a lots of dark fruit sweetness - cherries, grapes, and raisins mixed with some brown sugar. I could also taste apples and as the beer got warmer I could pick up on some notes of chocolate. The beer finished with a malty/grapey aftertaste.

Overall - Although not a spectacular beer, I found the Drinkability to be quite high. The alcohol was well hidden and it seemed like the beer was gone in a flash. Not sure I'd seek it out again, but I'm curious to try some of the other Wagner Valley offerings.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark color with a two finger head that has impressive retention and leaves a nice lacing.

S - Strong caramel malt aroma with a hint of pepper. I am thinking not to high abv

T - I get sweet caramel and some bourbon oak with a bit of maple. i am getting candy sugar on the back end of this baby.

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

D - Sweet I could drink a few of these no prob...let it come up in temp.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear and reddish-brown from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date or ABV on label. The head was thin and disappeared quickly. Aroma is hard to describe, more like molasses mixed with wheat husk mixed with some hard sugar candy. Taste is a mix of malts, tart and sweet fruitiness. The ABV slowly takes over after a few sips, mouth feel is good. Decent lacing, indeed a different double bock beer, very complex and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Wagner Valley Sled Dog Doppelbock is a very clear, ruby lager that's topped with a khaki ring that leaves decent lacing. It smells sweet, melanoidal and grainy. It's full bodied and syrupy with a dry, chewy finish. It tastes slightly sweet and bready. Alcohol is present in the finish. It has a slightly medicinal bitterness. It's a solid doppelbock.

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

Had this on tap at my hotel up in Watkins Glen, then had a bit more at the brewey/winery restauarant too.

A nice dark bodied brown bock. A fair amount of foamy head, but not too much. A deep alcohol smell. First sip was good. A strong beer. You taste the 8.50% ABV, but the alcohol doesn't overwhelm the flavor.

Heavy, thick, sweet flavor. Candied fruit comes to mind. Not a session beer, but makes for a nice, slow sipping drink.

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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 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 cooch69
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Sled Dog pours a very deep amber mahagoney hue, with barely a trace of any kind of head.
It's carbonation is pretty low. Just enough to give your tongue a bit of a vibrant tingle.
This beer smells very welcoming. It is just staight up booziness. Alcogol right off the bat, followed by nuances of mollasses, rum and raisins. A bit of a similarity to a strong Belgian Dubbel in the nose.
Upon tasting this beer is caramelly, sugary and alcoholic with hints of figs and raisins.
This beer is syrupy in the mouth with a small brisk carbonation. It is a very inviting beer that is easier on the palate than it's ABV suggests. This is a winter beer all the way.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the brewery in late July. If you've never been, the views of Seneca Lake are beautiful.

A: The doppel is a ruddy brown-red color, just dark enough to obscure anything on the other side of the glass. A small head, never more than half a finger, quickly recedes to a thin band.

S: The bockbier has a plenty malty nose, bready malts so concentrated that they take on a fruity glow. Syrupy rich threads have plenty of sweet caramel to go around. A warming nose.

T: The taste starts off with as much richness as the nose offered. Full malts, bready with a heaping of caramel, have a fullness that verges on that of a smoked beer. A soft citrusy hop flavor runs underneath the malts, subtle but a definite change of taste. While the ale is malt-centric, it isn't an overpowering flavor. Heck, I'd be more inclined to call this a bockbier, rather than a doppel. It's nice drinker though.

M: The mouthfeel is caramel sweet, very bready and full. A warming beer that works well on a cool late-summer night.

D: The bockbier doesn't feel like an 8.5% ringer. The bready base that improves over time.

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Photo of moester13
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very nice dark, copper coloring. Minimal head, but good carbonation.

S: Sweet and caramelly, reminiscent of several red ales.

T: Great, unexpected burst of chocolate up front, with a bittersweet malty finish.

M: Surprisingly thick, very pleasant.

D: One thing I noticed was a wicked alcohol kick, didnt realize this brew comes in at over 8%. My first Wagner brew, didn't have many expectations, but this is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark cherry/ruby towards brown with a small tan head that stays and leaves some lacing.

The smell is lightly roasted semi-dark maltiness - toffee-ish with a cherry-like fruitiness in the back.

The initial sweetness (with a touch of bread), and some fruitiness doesn't have much of a hop balance until some herbal dry-ness in the finish. The maltiness is not as rich as in the aroma, but close.

Medium carbonation in a medium-to-full body.

A nice, warming interpretation of the style!

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

Pretty good Dopplebock in my opinion. Poured it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Has an amber/brown color that has good clarity to it. It had a cray slightly orangey creamy colored head. All in all a pretty good looking beer. The smell is good, very sweet. Mostly compiled of sweet malts, and dark fruits. Has a sweet toffee type aroma as well. The taste is also pretty sweet has all the characteristics of the smell, maybe a little heavier on the darker fruits and has an aftertaste of butterscotch. I thought that you couldn't taste the hops at all until about a minute after one of the sips, it's feint, but present. The mouthfeel is really good too, pretty creamy and smooth, reasonably full bodied. Only a slight bitter bite from the hops, more like a little pinch on the back of the tongue. Pretty drinkable beer of this style, nice sipper on a winter night.

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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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/11/09. Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of vegetal notes, bready malt, toffee. Flavor of bready malt, some cola notes. Wow, this is the same beer as the Amber Lager (maybe a little better? It hardly matters really). Pretty lackluster overall.

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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 Buckeyes67
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap on site.

I haven't had too many Dopplebock's to compare this too so I'll keep it short. This beer has a great flavor. It was dark but not cloudy and the head hung around long enough for me to finish the beer. The smell was nice and it didn't sit to heavy on the palate. As for drinkability well it went down good and the crowd of people that were half in the bag would agree with me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, I have been lucky to have a ton of NY brews to try lately. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/04/2009.

The pour was about dead on for the style. Rich brown in color with a small tan head that peaked at about two inches but settled down and left behind only token amounts of side glass lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, hints of bready touches and a light grainy touch to it. Rolls right into the flavor, only know here is that it is a little thinner then I would have liked to have seen, but still nice feel. Rich caramel and bready flavors dominated here. Smooth, with no hint of the abv at all and a long and drawn out flavor of candied sugar that caps it all very nicely.

Overall a solid example of the style. Nothing earth shattering but it does its job. I would not turn it down.

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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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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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