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The Dogfather - Laughing Dog Brewing

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The DogfatherThe Dogfather

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very good

531 Ratings

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 43
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 11-07-2008

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
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pitch jet black body pours thick and simply glugs out of the bottle as I pour into my Stone Russian Imperial Stout chalice. Thicket of mocha tan head almost overflowing out of the glass, beautiful thick bands of lace form on the sides as it begins to fade away. I love the label as corny as it is, the Dogfather Imperial Stout with fake bullet holes with a Godfather logo redone with a pair of dogbones.

Aroma has layers of deep cocoa notes, creamy dark chocolate with big herbal hops shining through. World class imperial stout hints of anise dark big malt layers minimal booze tickles the nares, but as a whole this is one impressive big beer thus far. As it warms big whiffs of cookie dough fill the air, I'm not sure I've ever experienced that before.

Flavor has depth with cocoa, dark chocolate and hints of espresso beans with such a strong dark roasted malt bitterness. Interweaving with hints of cream and sugar, big fruit undertones mild soy sauce with a touch of anise and alcohol although evident doesn't slow down the drinkability at all. Herbal hop bitterness noted in the back end, big chewy beer I love it.

Mouthfeel, you could definitely drizzle this as a topping on ice cream, or eat it with a spoon full bodied imperial stout. Again it's been awhile since I've had a beer like this, big chewy mouthfeel with a slow bubbled carbonation that handles the big boy just fine dark roasts and herbal hops leave behind a welcoming dryness after all the sweetness fades away.

Drinkability was bar none one of the easiest to consume imperial stouts of all time, enjoyable and way to easy to get down. By chance the only other beer I've had from Idaho was out of Idaho Springs Brownstone Brewery and it was their Russian Imperial Stout that was brought to me in a growler from a friend doing business out west.

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4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Again I believe this Imperial Stout should be much better reviewed.

Color is darkest of black
Taste has the hit of a Russian stout, but not overwhelming. The alcohol is barely noticeable in taste. The hits of coffee are slightly noticeable. This Stout has the best price to quality ratio you could ask for....very nice ABV, but does not overpower when sipping. Love the flavor as it is by far one of the best of Stouts. My favorite beers are stouts.

Flavor is a personal issue, and I believe Laughing dog hit it out of the park, however I would love to see this stout in a 12 oz bottle for a 4 or 6 pack.

Don't think this stout will disappoint, but taste is an individual thing.

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and oily with an undertone of quality roast coffee and hints of molasses and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable just a notch above black with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled, persistent light tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Rich, thick flavor has tones of unsweet chocolate, toffee, fine coffee, wood and molasses. Despite the high alcohol content, the alcohol bite is subtle and stays in the background. Texture is thick, smooth, fizzy and sassy, leaving a nice tingle and a bit of an alcohol nip. Highly recommended!

If this is indeed a limited release, grab a bottle whilst you can. Hell, grab two bottles - one to drink and one to trade.

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4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into my snifter this beer pours as dark as a black lab. a nice half inch of beige colored head results, and dissipates not long after.

Immediately in the nose I notice a big boozy quality, followed by dark chocolate scents and dark cherries.

I'm tasting a lot of roasted flavors, cocoa, and a bit of coffee. some bitterness in the end, also some alcohol, but not as much as in the smell. A nice sweet finish. Very enjoyable. I held onto this for a month and a half before opening and think it would really blend a lot more with more time.

Very smooth, almost milky feel. full bodied, substantial substance to the body, a bit of chewy thickness.

At 11%, The Dogfather will bite you. A bomber will be plenty, but this beer is very tasty, and I will have no problem finishing it. I'm honored to try this one, Thank You for now sharing your great beer with us here in Oklahoma, Laughing Dog!

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4.66/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great stout. Great finish and mouthfeel.

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4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 release poured into my dollar store wine glass.

A - an aggressive pour yielded about 2 fingers' width of mocha colored head that dissipated quickly leaving some alcohol legs. Pitch black and viscous coming out of the bottle.

S - definitely getting oak, roasted malt, slight coffe and chocolate, maybe some alcohol even.

T - Wow, this beer's a winner! An year's worth of wait has done wonders to this beer. The taste on first sip reminds me of Firestone Walker 14. Sweetness upfront from milk chocolate and molasses, transitioning into a buttery toffee taste. It is immediately cut by roasty coffee bitterness that endures on. Lingering bitterness on the finish, and the aroma of oak is persistent from start to finish.

M - Full mouthfeel with an oily consistency that stays on the palate for quite a while. An ideal sipper that should easily last 2-3 hours by the fireside.

O - I can't believe that this beauty of a beer sells for under $6 a bomber, and given that price, this is quite possibly the best bang for the buck out there.

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4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells absolutely delicious. Dark head. Very rich chocolatey smokey smell. Tastes of charcoal and chocolate and roasted. A little rough on the tongue, kind of earthy taste, but gets better with every sip. Also, being 10.85 percent, it's masked really well. Not an overly abundant strong alcohol taste. So that's nice. Great stout on a cold night. Would definitely drink again

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4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had a 2013 I'd cellared. I know they had some issues with this run, which might be why the BA score isn't higher. But this bottle was a very tasty stout. Lots of chocolate and a nice tinge of barrel. Zero alcohol. If the 2014 is similar, I need more of this to cellar.

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4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.56/5  rDev +18.8%

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4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark, almost pitch black color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label.
Massive head with the upper half khakhi colored and the lower half really dark brown/mocha colored. The head dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays, good head retention.
Aroma is all chocolate, there are huge chocolate notes that overpower any other aroma trying to make it's presence felt. Wow, very rarely have I come across a brew with so much chocolate in the nose, this is massive.
Taste is all chocolate, right from the front to the finish. It just feels like melted silky milky chocolate filling from a Lindt milk chocolate truffle. There is just a slight trace of bitterness in the finish which is akin to dark cocoa. Extremely full-bodied and silky on the palate. The alcohol is also masked very well. Hard to tell this is a beer that has almost 11% ABV.
There aren't enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this brew. Definitely recommended and worth a try. One of the best imperial stouts I have had. Cheers!!!

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4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head

smell: loaded coffee, and heavy chocolate aromas

taste: rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Dry, not sweet at all. loads of coffee flavor. I drinking this really fresh. Very Hoppy!

mouthfeel: thick, creamy, high carbonation for stout

drinkability: This beer is under rated because I beleive people are drinking this fresh. This beer is a great candidate for aging. I still loved it fresh. high alcohol that will mellow out and one of the hoppiest imp stouts I have had. Love it!

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The next beer I chose because someone named John recommended it at Total Wine. I had seen this beer before and it was intriguing. It was a high gravity imperial stout, which I thought my wife would like because it had a lab on the label. However, this beer impressed my in two ways, the subtlety and the control. This beer is incredibly dry and crisp. I know this goes into another style that deserves its own rant, but in general the American v. European thing holds again. American Stouts tend to be bigger, sweeter, and hoppier versus European which are drier and toastier. Classic Examples? American: Old Rasputin, Left Hand Milk Stout (My Favorite), Young’s Double Chocolate Stout, etc. European: Guinness, Lion Stout, Sam Smith’s Old Brewery Stout. This subtlety means the beer was dry in a way that most imperial weren’t; it was not overly sweetened or hopped so the balance was perfect. The control comes in the flavors. It was just a roasty stout, think of a better Guinness. They were able to control the urge to add chocolate, vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, i.e. make it a dessert, for which I was surprised and grateful.


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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
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