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The Dogfather - Laughing Dog Brewing

The DogfatherThe Dogfather

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BA SCORE
86
very good

456 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 456
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.14%


Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Dogfather is one of the biggest brews we have made. Weighing in at a hefty 11% percent, the Dogfather has 7 malts and 4 different hops giving it a complex flavor profile.

71 IBU

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-07-2008)
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pilotgod

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Pint glass.

A: Pours a dark viscous black that absolutely no light is getting through. The initial khaki head is about 2 fingers, but gradually decreases to a dark brown thin layer that stays throughout. Lacing is exceptional for the style with fine curtains of bubbles that claim they're territory and will move for no one.

S: For an Imperial Stout, this one is very subdued, but malts and a bitter dark chocolate come through. Knowing of the higher ABV I was desperately searching for the alcohol, but can't find it anywhere.

T: The first thing that hits you and comes on fairly strong, but in an extremely welcome way, is the burnt roasted toffee notes of the malt accompanied by a faint dark chocolate bitterness. This is all nicely kept in check by a molasses like sweetness that is just detectable, but not domineering. The alcohol is noticed, but in a warming, non boozy way.

M: With the moderate carbonation there is a noticeable tingle and you feel the alcohol on your cheeks and gums, nothing off putting, just a bit harsher than some more relaxed Imperial Stouts. The finish is a slight bitterness with the lingering roasted malts permeating through the back of the mouth and into the nose.

D: This is a very respectable Imperial Stout and definitely is something I will get when I see it again. As the only sampling I have had from Laughing Dog, I am impressed and will be seeking more of their stuff when I find it. The high alcohol along with the style lends this to being more of a warmer beer that is sipped and savored on a cold gray day. I don't see this being something you see a beer bucket stuffed with at a tailgate party. That is fine, it is much better reserved for a pairing with Venison stew.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:21:18 | More by pilotgod
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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.