Sled Dog Dopplebock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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Sled Dog DopplebockSled Dog Dopplebock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
New York, United States | website

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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
191
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
18.48%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 191
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 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 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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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 DrDemento456
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A fairly dark caramel brown with just a 1/4 inch of head that reduces to just a mild sticky lace ring.

S - Smells of mostly caramel and raisin with mild fruity notes not bad.

T - A very tasty dopplebock with zippy caramel, raisin, and plum taste. I don't get much baked rum bread flavor so this is just and average entry to the style.

M - Medium kind of chewy pretty close to on style.

Overall I like this beer but not only can I not get it again but I find better styles of it.

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Photo of DIM
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a lighter than usual apricot tinted brown. This foamed over when I popped the cap, but there wasn't much in the way of carbonation two minutes after the pour.

Smells of nutty malts, lightly sweet bread, mild tofee, and a bit fruit (figs?). There is also a well incorporated perfumed warmth. Doesn't taste as good as it smells unfortunately. Moderate sweetness up front, sweet bread and toffee mostly. The finish is warm, dry cocoa that tastes out of place. This is light bodied and under carbonated.

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Photo of atr2605
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a nice deep amber with an off white head with average retention
S-caramel/toffee, no hop aroma
T-More of the toffee flavor, hops provide a nice balance but doesn't contribute to the flavor
M-medium bodied
O-not a bad brew, had better representations of the style

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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 TagoMago
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown, almost chestnut in color. The beer pours with a very thin head which quickly fades to almost nothing. No lacing is present.

Smell: Sweet malts with some fruity, esthery overtones.

Taste & mouthfeel: Smooth and slightly syrupy. Sweet malts hit the palate upfront, with some chocolate and coffee in the background. Some candied fruits are also noticed in the background. The finish is lingering with only some slight, lemony hops noticed.

Overall: A fairly middle-of-the-road doppelbock, but certainly worth a try. My one problem with this beer is that it's a bit too sweet, reaching almost the point of being cloying after only a couple.

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Photo of psinderson
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, maybe a bit of ruby red color. Thick, light brown head that dissipated rather quickly. Not much stickiness on the glass.

Smell: A faint malty caramel aroma and bready, but not much else.

Taste: Sweetness and mild roasted notes up front with a mild hop bitterness finish. Malty but otherwise quite simple.

Mouthfeel: Mostly medium body, little carbonation.

Drinkability: Decently drinkable considering the ABV. I could see this being quite dangerous.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Chocolate and Vines in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a mostly clear amber, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells like rum soaked raisins, chocolate, and toffee.

This is really pretty mild, when it comes to dopplebocks. It's got a slight booziness, with a thin malt backbone, some dark fruit, raisins mainly, a little bit of chocolate, and toffee. It doesn't have that deep malt complexity I desire in this style. Fairly disappointing.

This is pretty thin bodied for a dopplebock, with a moderate to lower level of carbonation.

Really disappointing stuff here. It's certainly not bad, and I happily finished the bottle, but I couldn't recommend it to anyone.

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

Thanks to Malto for this sample.

This beer is a winter seasonal done up in the style of great German beers such as Celebrator and Optimator. The colour was reddish brown with a nice head but the first taste was pretty bracing. I noticed a predominate sweetness that never really left the beer. The malts and hops were out front but a lack of balance and finesse made this beer suffer in the drinkability area. Kind of reminds of Dick's beer from Washington; a bit unrefined but ambitious in attack.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12/5...pours caramel brown, on the darker side and not light enough to see through. Foam acts fast and settles out completely. Heavy bread malt nose is all you get, little else discerned. Sweet caramel malt flavors with just a hint of a bitter astringency close. Thick mouthfeel, almost cloying. Hits the style but not great.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: [3.25] The bottle doesn't list the ABV or a born on date. The beer is a brown mahogany color. It forms a small 1/2 finger of off white head.

S: [3.50] It has the leathery dopplebock scent. Really dark (but not burnt) caramel. Maybe apple pie spices.

T: [2.75] The taste is not as forward as the nose. Mild brown bread. Light caramel notes.

M: [3.00] Decent body. Really low carbonation - not any tingle on the tongue at all. There is nothing lingering on the palate either.

O: [3.00] This beer is really lacking flavor for a 8.5% beer. The flavor is just muted and understated. Really mild caramel and toffee but nothing pronounced at all. I also ding this beer for not listing the ABV (inexcusable) and there is no date coding. The beer also seems undercarbonated to me. Overall the flavor isn't bad (there just isn't much of it) and the nose is decent. It just doesn't add up to a beer worth repeating.

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Photo of mentor
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Francisweizen for this one. 12 oz bottle with no freshness date. Hard pour generated a couple bubbles, but no head over a somewhat cloudy brown liquid (had a reddish tinge when held to light). Smells of caramel, chocolate, and alcohol. Bock character is present, but much more subdued than I was expecting. Tastes sweet with noticable alochol. This beer is thick, sweet, and lightly (not?) carbonated. Some bock character is present as is a hint of chocloate and/or roasted grains. An acceptable doppel. Where's the carbonation?

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Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nearly black in color, mahogony in color when held up to the light. Pretty clear when held up to the light. Small head (could be due to the fact that it is too cold) tannish and creamy with poor retention. Very little lacing.

Complex malt aroma in this beer, no hop aroma present. I can detect a definitive chocolate character in this beer, there isn't much more to smell than this. Smells sweet to the nose.

Pretty good taste on the tongue. Flavors easily identifiable are roasted and chocolate malts.

The beer is heavy on the palate, with light carbonation. There isn't all that that is special about this beer. Infact; each of these beers from Wagner Valley has been so-so. Not really great, but not bad either. I probably won't buy this again just because I want to try other doppelbocks. Overall not a bad beer, if I wanted a doppelbock and this was the only one I wouldn't be opposed to buying this again.

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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 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 HappyHourHero
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small, dense, light brown colored head fades quickly to a ring. Glowing mahogany colored beer with a ruby hue. Faint aroma of sweet caramal malt and a bit of grainy burnt malt. Moderately thick beer with a smooth, almost slick mouthfeel. Mildly sweet caramel and dough flavors up front. There's a sort of cherry flavor that kicks in towards then, and it all fades as the alcohol warms your stomach in the finish. I bought this out of the cooler at the brewery just over a week ago, so I doubt it's old. There's something just not right about the aroma, and the flavor takes a wacky turn towards cherry cough syrup. Disappoinnting to say the least.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, I had a taste of this on tap while up in the Finger Lakes, seemed quite good. Took some bottles home, and they are a bit disappointing, not sure if it's this batch or what...

Pours medium brownish-reddish with light carbonation, a little flat. Tiny bit o lacing. Smells of light malts, light caramels, and a little funk. The funk also is noticeable in the taste, which ruins it a bit for me. I like higher ABV beers and even the ones that taste like alkie, but this one was funky, maybe it went sorta bad in the bottle. Overall, I think this one is better fresh.

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Sled Dog Dopplebock from Wagner Valley Brewing Co.
3.68 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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