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Wagner Valley Sled Dog Dopplebock

September 21, 2012

This beer is definitely unique in my mind because over the past year the same keg was up at my local watering hole for far longer than it should have been given the quality of the beer itself. One of my friends, who drank it regularly, claims that he believes the keg I drank from last week to actually be the same keg as several months ago, though I find that hard to believe. Largely because such a delicious dopplebock shouldn’t last that long.

Wagner Valley hails out of the Finger Lakes region of New York, and claims to hold to the German purity law of 1516, the Reinheitsgebot. A nearly five century year old law that still governs most (if not all) brewing in Germany today. Not being familiar with the nuances of the German law, I can’t say that they are following it to the letter, but they do make a delicious brew with their imported German equipment.

The Sled Dog pours a dark but vibrant red color, with slight hints of brown, and a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. My nose is always met with a strong scent of ripe fruits and sweet malt that just really get you ready for the beer. The dopplebock flows smoothly through your mouth, barely resting due to a nice light body. The tastes run through your mouth in a beautiful mixture of ripe sticky fruit, and sweet chocolate, with the barest hints of coffee to round it all out.

Wagner Valley’s Sled Dog Dopplebock is definitely a beer that is too good to let age, because the only place it should be aging is in your stomach…
Then again, I do imagine it’d taste pretty good if you actually bottle aged it…

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One Comment
  1. I love this beer, Wagner is great stop on the Seneca Lake wine trail to try something a little different. If you get the chance to get your hands on a bottle of the triple bock you owe it to yourself to do so.

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