Sled Dog Trippel Bock | Wagner Valley Brewing Co.

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Sled Dog Trippel BockSled Dog Trippel Bock

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Spring

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca, NY.

This one pours a ruddy crimson brown, with a small quarter foamy head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells pretty malty and bock-y, with some brown sugar, brown bread, and a bit of fruity lager yeast.

This is certainly not the most complicated or complex beer. It's biggest achievement is how smooth it drinks for the 10% ABV- you would know it's a "triple bock" at all. There's a good amount of brown sugar and toffee here, and distinct toasted brown bread flavors, along with some fruity esters from the lager yeast. It all melds together decently well. No flavor stands out that strongly, though- I wish one of the flavors popped a little more.

This is medium bodied, with a crisp and bready mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. This one goes down very very easily for the ABV.

One of the better beers made in this area of my state. This is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of DIM
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My bottle says "Reserve Trippelbock", but I think this is the same beer. No vintage or freshness information on the label. I thought their doppelbock was just okay, so I opened this without too much excitement.

This was a clear, dark, ruby tinted chestnut color. It poured with a relatively short lived, medium sized head. Wonderful aromas of nutty sweet bread, toffee, rich chocolate cake batter, and dates waft from the glass. Very little alcohol for a 10% abv. What a pleasure to sip and ponder! Rich and chocolaty overall without being overly sweet. I found notes of toffee, figs or dates, nuts, and sweet bread. The finish was an amazing, dry cocoa tingle with just a trace of bracing warmth. This was gently carbonated and full-bodied.

What a treat! What a surprise! What a disappointment that I only bought one bottle! This does not drink like a 10% doppelbock, it drinks like a well made German version with more typical for the style abv levels. High praise indeed. I am so glad I got tot try this amazing brew.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: Trade with Milles35, thanks!
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger Celebrator bock glass

Wagner Valley's Trippelbock is a fairly sweet version of the style, focusing on candy and light caramel-like sweetness. While not unenjoyable and somewhat above average, I found the beer too sweet, and one-dimensional for my tastes. This is one I would not seek out again.

Pours a 1cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small bubbles, with average retention of about one minute. Head fades to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and leaves minor lacing of a few thin patterns clinging to a small portion of the glsas. Body is a dark brown amber color, with light bringing out deep brown-orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, low in number and activity.

Aroma of light melanoidins (light caramel and sugar sweetness) and floral characters, with dried dates, brown figs, slight burnt dust, and smoke in the background. A bit excessively sweet and one-dimensional.

Flavor is exceptionally sweet and smooth, with lesser emphasis on dried fruits and toasted bread crusts than this fairly bright, candy-like, slightly like light brown sugar sweetness, with hints of a floral potpurri lingering in the background. Front of palate finds moderate melanoidins (light caramel), light sugar sweetness, with dried dates, brown figs, a hint of smoke and cocoa. Mid-palate of light melanoidins (light caramel and brighter sugar sweetness), fairly bright dried dates and brown figs, hints of floral characters that slightly remind one of potpurri. Back of palate is of bright sugary sweetness with light brown sugar, mild melanoidins, and fairly notable floral characters. Aftertaste of candy sugar like sweetness, light melanoidins and toasted bread, and residual floral characters.

Beer is medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of low intensity, resulting in a beer that is mostly smooth (3/4) and slightly foamy (1/4). Some additional carbonation would be appropriate for this beer, bringing out more of the aroma and flavors. What is amazing is how the ethanol is completely absent from this 10% beer. Closes quite dry, with low stickiness on the lips and palate, somewhat surprising.

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Photo of mt24turner
3.34/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

appearance- crystal clear, deep mahogany red, almost no head and dissapears quickly with no lace

smell- very sweet malt aroma, with big fruity notes. no hops noticeable

taste- follows the nose, big sweet upfront smooth..not much carbonation. syrupy flavor lingers, a little fruity like sour apple, cant taste any hint of alcohol, but definately feel it after the first few sips.

mouthfeel- semi-full body, gets thicker as it warms

overall- this is a nice beer, great for someone who is looking for a huge malt lager...i little too sweet for my taste and the hop flavor just isnt there, but still a worthy beer for sweeter beer drinkers.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm some and split wth my cousin, My half was poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip.

Wagner Valley Sled Dog Trippel Bock pours a deep brown. It turns cherry and has lighter red highlights shining through when well backlit though. There's about a finger and a half of head, light tan colored foam. Retention is good, but lacing is basically nonexistent. The nose is very heavy on toffee and caramel, but there's also a bit of dark fruit to the aroma as well. The flavor also has a lot of caramel to it, with a solid underpinning of plums and figs. There's also a warming alcohol sensation that wasn't hinted at in the aroma, and is a pleasant addition. The beer stumbles just a bit in the mouthfeel. The carbonation is appropriately understated, but the body isn't nearly full and big enough for such a high octane, malt forward beer. Wagner Valley's Trippel Bock is a tasty beer, but it doesn't come close to measuring up to the best big bocks out there.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

2007 Vintage Sampled at the brewery. Normally I wouldn't review a sample, but I had my 4oz sample, and after a sip each I received four more 4oz samples from the rest of my group. Not exactly a crowd pleaser. I'm glad someone else was driving.

Sled Dog Triple Bock has a burnt orange body that borders on a light shade of brown. Almost no head. A ton of very clumpy yeast floats around.

The aroma has tons of malt. Sweetness, toffee, caramel, bits of chocolate. A bit of cardboard lingers in the background.

I had high hopes for this beer, and I've been thinking about picking up a bottle for a while, but never got around to it. Sadly, I'm not a fan, mostly because this bottle is past its prime. The beer leads off with all kinds of malt, and that part of the beer is quite enjoyable. Tons of toffee and some caramel, lots of bready sweetness and light, powdery chocolate. A little bit of fruit is still in there. Next, however, comes a huge load of wet cardboard. I think a younger version, with less oxidation, might be the ticket here. Some warmth comes through in the finish.

Dead carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

This one was hard to like, but I see potential in it; with a year or two of age, this could be an interesting malt bomb.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

2008 Vintage

A: This beer appears a burnt orange hue, perhaps slightly dark brown. The head stands in at an eighth inch and leaves some good lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma is pleasant and consists of lager malt, caramels, brown sugar, and toffee.

T: A delicious bock beer. Well balanced and full of flavor, this one is not too sweet or hot. Delectable toffees and sweet breads, along with caramels in soaked in alcohol.

M: Surprisingly smooth and creamy, it seems as though a few years of aging has worked some magic on this beer, though I have no point of reference.

D: Very tasty. I easily consumed my half of the 750 mL bottle. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of acehart1
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another 2004 vintage (courtesy of my fantastic neighbor).

The smell on this beer is extremely lively and pungent. You can definitely pick up hints of the alcohol from the smell. The smell reminds you of a very malty Scotch ale and the taste of the beer does nothing to dispel this initial smell. This deeply hued beer with hints of red has an extremely malty and Scotch-y taste. Damn good stuff. I can't believe someone had the patience to age this beer seven years. Got damn. Also enjoyed the beer with a 5-year old Gouda. Holy smokes.

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Photo of stakem
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 11/20/10.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a perfectly polished clear ruby amber color. A cap of yellowish stained head forms atop. Lace clings to the glass in patches with a thin webbing in spots. A swirl revives the head to a finger's strength that is composed of rather large bubbles.

The smell of this brew is fruity with notes of dark caramel malt. For 10% it carries a very faint indication of alcohol. The nose is fresh and grainy that includes more of a candy sweetness as it warms.

The taste is minorly sweet and candy-like. A nice contrast of caramel malt verse fruity hops. A fresh taste of toasty grain emerges mid palate. The finish tastes very lightly oxidized with an increasing herbal bitterness as the brew warms.

Medium to full feel with this offering as expected for the style. It has a modest level of carbonation. A brew that is quite drinkable and done well for the high abv.

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep ruby red brew that keeps frothy, with specialty malts dominating the aroma.
Flavor of malts, caramel blend with hops to create a balanced profile that's interestingly pleasing and insists on another sip. Full bodied great taste this beer is truly a memorable experience.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint 9.4 ounce brown glass bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a magnificent deep ruby-mahogany with wonderful clarity and flaunting a massive rocky head of beige foam that fades away slowly to a fat cap, thick curtain-like rings of lace trailing behind the brew as the glass empties. Gorgeous.

Aroma is malty-sweet, with notes of brown sugar and toffee, along with some traces of plum and sweetbread.

Full in body and mildly carbonated, providing a smooth, rich mouthfeel, though not heavy at all. Caramel and toast open things up, mingling with a bit of honey -- Munich malt is very much represented here and hard to mistake, though there is also a touch of roastiness apparent that is difficult to pinpoint. Just enough hop bitterness is present in the middle to balance the malt sweetness, and the hops provide just a hint of grass-like character; dark fruit notes show up toward the rear, with plum and dark cherry sticking out. Finishes very sweet and long, with a seemingly everlasting malt fade on the back of the tongue.

Alcohol is very well-hidden and drinkability is on-par with, if not a little better than, many other Doppelbocks out there -- and that's saying a lot, since this is a so-called "Trippel Bock," a step up from the brewery's standard Doppel and weighing in at a hefty 10% ABV. It's quite a marvel that the alcohol is so subdued, as this is as smooth-drinking as any Doppelbock out there and in many ways virtually identical in character. I'd love to try the brewery's Sled Dog Doppelbock just to see how different the two brews really are. Superb.

Thanks goes out to my wonderful fiancee for thinking of me and picking up this beer while visiting relatives in New York -- I had never even heard of this brewery (or the town) before, and that's saying a good bit. I couldn't have asked for more.

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Photo of jwc215
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle:

Pours caramel-brown/mahogany with a that head that settles to a wide patch. Trailing lace vanishes.

The smell is of caramel, molasses, nougat, with a subtle earthy spicing. Robust aroma that is strong enough to be very noticeable even at opening of the bottle.

The taste is of caramel/toffee with a hint of molasses. Heavy caramel maltiness, yet not too sweet with an earthy bitterness giving enough balance in the finish. Alcohol comes through with a mild pepper touch, though well-integrated for the high abv level. Finishes clean, as a lager - even a hefty one like this - should.

It has a chewy, yet creamy smooth, full body. Evil-ly smooth, even, with just the right amount of carbonation, lending smoothness but no fizzyness or sharpness.

This is 10% abv? Some peppery alcohol is noticeable, but the malty smoothness makes it deceptively drinkable. Think of a big, big doppelbock - this is it. Caramelly sweet, but with a balanced, clean finish. An enjoyable malty brew!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear, deep copper with a thin light tan head that held strong and left decent lace.

S-Like a dark chocolate and caramel covered toffe bar! Sweet and luscious with lighter notes of brown sugar and molasses.

T-Sweet caramel, toffee, and dark chocolate. Strong malt sweetness without going overboard. The flavours really blend together nicely into a liquified dessert offering!

M-Medium bodied with a smooth, viscous feel. Enjoyable without being cloying at all. Good lingering flavours.

D-A malt lovers dream. Certainly the best offering from Wagner Valley, beer wise for they make some mighty fine wines too. I am not a huge sweet, malt bomb fan but everything works with this brew without it going off the scale.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks go to HopDerek for bringing this to a recent tasting.

Pours a crystal clear deep amber with a thin creamy layer of head that stays frothy, leaving a rich cascade of lace back. The aroma is huge with baker's chocolate and toffee with some addtional roasty notes in the back as well. This smells just like a warm cookie or piece of cake. Very nice!

The taste is very sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, and chocolate really standing out. I'm getting a real molasses or maple syrup vibe off of this. Very low bitterness to this as well, the taste is all about the malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a very lower carbonation to it with an an overall syrupy feel in the mouth, which just accentuates that aforementioned maple syrup comparison. This doesn't feel overbearing though, with the viscous sweetness of this being more on the pleasant side and despite a 10%, I'm only getting some light warmth out of this.

Very nice. This was a big ole' sweet mess but it sure smelled and tasted damn tasty and never got to be cloying at all. Plus the hidden ABV on this should be illegal. A well done Triple Bock!

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Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Via 750ml bottle on 3/28/09, courtesy of HopDerek.

A - Poured a translucent caramel brown body with moderate carbonation and a thin off-white ring of foam that completely vanished and left no noticeable lacing.

S - Aroma is sweet and malty, akin to liquid caramel candy (if such a thing existed). Suggestions of toffee and cocoa round out the aroma.

T - Thick and syrupy malt sweetness with gobs of caramel and toffee. There is also a slight chocolate presence in the back, although I get more of a maple syrup vibe.

M - Medium, softly carbonated body with a syrupy texture and a bit of alcohol warmth on the palate. No hop bitterness to report. Very sweet on the tongue overall.

D - This was not as over-the-top as I had anticipated. Alcohol is well-concealed for a Triple Bock. This is a good example of a malt bomb with tons of caramel flavor.

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Photo of PBBC
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful red-brown... Extremely good clarity. Head blooms up- off tan

Aroma is sweet toasted malt... Sweet cherry.

Flavor is sweet and full at first, smoothes out into a big roasted caramel drying finish. well balanced, but still interesting... Very interesting.

A great bock.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany brown with little to no head but some clinging around the edges.

Aroma really heavy of fresh raisins and sort of like a rainy day. Kind of unique and fresh.

Taste follows up with the fresh raisin. Not very complex but very clean and palatable.

Mouthfeel is very smooth. Tasty and fun to drink. I'd say it lacks maybe a little distinction to set it apart from the others but I dig it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly mollasses taste. No a complicated bock, malty sweet though not overally sweet. Just brown and not all that much head. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable,dangerously so, but rather disapointing based on what others said.Candi, soft carbonation. Close to root beer.

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Photo of apresskibrewer
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been holding onto a bottle of this since my trip to WV in Feb. Poured into a small snifter.

Appearance - Virtually no head to speak of, even with a relatively active pour. Dark amber/copper hues... purplish even.

Aroma - Alcohol/esters, deep currants

taste - came through like molasses and think syrups. Some plum.

Mouthfeel - Thick with low carbonation allowed the beer to wallow on the palette.

I wonder why my bottle had exceptionally low carbonation. It definitely affected how I perceived the beer.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I had the chance to pick this up when I went to the U.S. Had this one on a cold November day ( around -10, not that cold but still). Pours with a tanned head, lots of lacing is left behind as it comes to a calm. Has a clear dark ruby brown color.

The nose is full of juicy sweet toasted malts, dark fruits, a bit of molasses and something I cant put my nose on ( no pun intended) its almost like a earthy woody alcohol.

Tastes of fruits (plums raisins), very malty and a bit of maple. This was just what I needed.

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Photo of tempest
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Clark's Ale House.

I don't know about the "trippel," but this makes for a good doppelbock. Its dark red black with a syrupy aroma. The flavor can be a little thick for some, but I liked it. It's a nice mixture and balance of sweet and bitter with a fruity flavor similar to a mix of apple and cherry, along with a bit of licorice and dry cocoa. Not too hard to finish an entire pint, I'd recommend it.

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Photo of pfknapp
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cap and poured into two oversized brandy snifters to split with the wife. Beer really looks pretty in a brandy snifter, especially this one. A nice ring of head formed, it didn't stick around long and there was no lacing. Beautiful beer nonetheless. Whiffed this puppy and I was immediately hit with a nice combo of blackberries choclate and raisins. It really smelled amazing, very inviting. Taste was equally wonderful. It was warming and had hints of plum, chocolate, rasins and port. It also tasted like beer. All that other stuff and beer. Bitterness was perfectly blended in. It didn't taste too sweet, but the bitterness wasn't popping out at you, it just balanced nicely. The beer was smooth, not overly carbonated, rich and filling. It was everything you would want from a beer this size. It was very drinkable. The alcohol was completely disguised, rendering this beer quite dangerous. Pick this one up if you can find it, this will be a great one for the holidays.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been waiting to try this beer actually for a few years now and grabed when I had the chance.Poured a deep crimson with some ruddy brownish hue a thin but weel retained light brown head atop.Concentrated aromas like that of a nutty port,light alcohol and concetrated orange essence round out an appetizing nose.For 10% alc this beer goes down very easily its rich in flavor but not overly big in the mouthfeel department,like drinking a nice nutty port wine quite smooth with some caramel notes along with some orange rind,a big bready malt base holds up extremely well and lends its flavors.A great sipping brew not sure if a true doppelbock the label says a 10% alc ale but the characterisitcs are that of a fine dopplebock,highly recommended for sure.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black body with a khaki head that sticks around. Nose is somewhat subdued, but still gives off enough aromas of sweet malts, strawberries, and chocolates to interest me. Big and rich on the palate, with alcohol evident throughout. The normal doppelbock flavors (sweet malts, figs, molasses, a touch of chocolate) are there, along with that odd strawberry note, which is most welcome. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but with a bit of alcoholic burn in the background. Very filling, with much carbonation adding to that sensation. This diminishes the drinkability a bit, but considering the ABV here and the thick, rich style, this is a very drinkable, smooth beer that I wanted to keep sipping.

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Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

9/23/2005 $6.99 750 mL 10.00% No best by date, but purchased in the summer of 2004 from the brewery.


Pours a murky dark brown with a touch of orange creeping in fringed by a thin layer of tan foam that settles rapidly.


This is a malt lover's dream, bursting with sugary sweetness. Not overly complex, as this is a bit one sided with the sweet peat.


Rather robust and chewy with a nice yeasty quality that nicely frames the potent alcohol, and sweet candied flavor. Some hints of cherry creep into the finish, along with a drying sensation. Alcohol is too present in this one, and not as masked as it could be, though this is an affordable, and enjoyable beer.

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