Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
83
good
195 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:
195
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.86%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear maroon with a tight beige head. Moderate retention, and some spotty lacing.

S: Gingerbread and fruit cake. Dark brown rye bread thickness, some cinnamon and allspice, big dried dark fruits like cherry, date, prune, and white raisin.

T: Tons of banana bread, gingerbread, some cherry, date, prune, and raisin. Bready sweet throughout, with a faint kiss of herbal hops on the finish, along with a touch of alcohol warmth and some allspice/cinnamon/clove.

F: Medium-bodied, moderately-carbonated, feels lightly creamy.

O: An excellent doppelbock. A great sipper!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of my Olivers (Albany) haul .... The Dog has a decent, translucent chestnut color; off-white head initially about 1/2" thick, but rapidly f-f-f-faded away, leaving a thin ring around the perimeter. Lacing was, by and large, ok. Nothing spectacular. Upon poking my nose into the glass I received a pleasant aroma of malty sweetness and toffee. Not overly strong or complex, yet still inviting. The body was about medium, though it had a silky smoothness on the tongue....goes down nicely (always a fine attribute). Plenty of malty sweetness to be found, with more toffee, and a subtle nutty character. Hopping was at a minimum here. Flavor could have more richness to it, yet it is still a decent representation of the style. Sort of a little brother to Salvator. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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Photo of sponberg
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep coppery color, very thick, little carbonation.

Aroma of dark sugars, plums. Starts out with a wealth of sweet, malty, decoction-like flavors - toffee, caramel, figs, plums. Stays pretty consistent until the finish when a hit of alcohol arrives to lessen the sweetness.

Then the kids needed tending to, and in the subsequent maelstrom of flying toy Thomas the Tank Engines and associated track the beer sat and warmed up a bit to around 60 degrees. The brew really blossomed - on top of the above, a spicy hop flavor made its way out of the glass and balanced things out wonderfully. Definitely a beer to sip over a longer period, or to serve at a somewhat warmer temperature, as that seems to bring out the most in it.

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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 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 stegmakk
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown almost black with little to no head...no carbonation...which is good to a point
Aroma sweet mollasses and...prune?
Taste was good...wasn't as sweet as other dopps, but that is good. It did have a sweet mollasses and tasted fairly balanced some malty flavor in there too...
Overall I had no trouble drinking this quickly...then I noted the 8.5%...mmmm...pour me another

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Photo of tavernjef
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark ruby brown. Slim of slimmest foam is dawned briefly in a stained yellowyness before fading to a simple collar ring at the edge. Minimal lacing is present and most doesn't stick around long as it slowly slips back down to meet the collar.

Aroma is semi dark and plummy with a slight toasted toffeeness to its deeply sweetened malt tone along with a slight smokey chocolate sense to it.

Taste is pretty solid, good malt tones are lightly muting a sense of fruity darkness of fig and plum and a toasty toffee in the front, and more of a tender, silky chocolate in the back. Mellowing and creamy malt laden tastes are manufacturing a solid sweetness that lasts with a good play mixing of dark fruityness, slight chocolate, and a tiny tug of toastyness rounds off towards the finish.

Body is more O-fest -like then Doppelbock-like, but its pretty favorable within a creamy, semi medium, silky, malt body. Glides well across the palate and isn't cloying much in any areas and gains just a tiny warmth pull as ya go.

A pretty solid Doppel here. Favorable in much of its character and beery aspects. Drinks down pretty quickly as the body is easily gliding in a non-sticky creamyness and silken maltyness of sweetness. Could have quite a few of these, no prob.

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Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bentotheallen
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 ZAP
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a chestnut brown with no head at all......mouthfeel is thin and watery for the style....those are the bad things....nose is roasty...with notes of sweet chocolate, vanilla, and toffee....very nice nose....Taste is very similar to the nose but the cocolate is more pronounced..not a bitter cocoa, but a sweeter, Hershey's chocolate milk flavor...also some soft vanilla...not much for hops but it works ok without them in the mouth...I like the flavor of this...

Maybe not your classic doppelbock in body but the flavor more than makes up for it...enjoyable...if I had access to this in my neck of the woods 12-to-24 of these would be in Zap's belly every winter/spring...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with some viscosity noted. The head is a thin tightly packed off white color. It retains adequately. Within a minute, all that remains is a bubbly collar. The body of the beer is a murky looking crimson color. Aroma is of sweet malt and chocoate. The first thing I note upon sampling is the weak body and mouthfeel. Thinnish and watery. Below average. BUT, it's the only aspect of this beverage below average. The taste is really pretty nice. At first I notice the yeasty breadiness of this brew. Then I catch the slightest hint of alcohol. Sweet maltiness cannot be denied as it surfaces quite a bit. All in all, a very enjoyable brew.

Thanks go out to Davo for my first sampling of Wagner Brewing.

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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 ark57
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dark mohagany with a slight haziness and a thin tan head. The aroma is fruity and malty with some chocolate and caramel in the nose. The carbonation is a little low for my taste, but it is not bad. The body is smooth and very malty. It is nutty with some roasty quality as well as some cherry and prune. It is slightly bitter in the clean finish and the alcohol lingers a little.

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Photo of WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/amber color with a nice off-white head that later fades and laces. The aroma is malty with the smell of roasted malts and nuts. The taste is also very malty. There is that warming from the elevated abv.. There is a very dark taste. This is not a weak watery ale. This beer has some character. The mouthfeel is nice, although I could use a bit more carbonation. This is a heavy bodied beer , that goes down smooth. A good drinking beer for those cold nights when you need a warmer and a good buzz.

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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 captainhowdy39
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Deerslayer210
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NYSPHophead
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 kkazemi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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