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The Dogfather - Laughing Dog Brewing

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The DogfatherThe Dogfather

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very good

534 Ratings

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Ratings: 534
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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Ratings: 534 | Reviews: 237
Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this RIS even though it was not a thick RIS. In fact, its mouthfeel was average, and overcarbonated. It was balanced, good complexity of malts and quite drinkable malted coffee.Good roasted aroma and flavour.The chocolate liquor was there, and was in the secondary. Dark brown colour with moderate head.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.52/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 inch chocolate milk colored head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Wow, this smells kind of bad. Dirty feet, coffee, chocolate, and funk. Hmm, I think something is wrong with this bottle. Taste is thankfully not as bad as the smell but it's still gross. Funky feet up front that mellows into a coffee/chocolate flavor after each sip. Decent carbonation with a medium body in the mouth. Overall, I think this is a bad bottle. Stouts should not taste or smell like dirty feet. I will probably buy another bottle to see if I get the same problems.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is sweet and has notes of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, molasses and roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer tastes somewhat strong, but nowhere in the level of 11% abv. For this reason, it’s not too difficult to drink.

Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with a frothy mocha head that leaves some streaky lacing behind

Smell: Big chocolate aromatics with some woody tones, as well

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a bit of fruity tartness that sneaks in at mid-palate; oak and dark fruit elements arrive, after the swallow; in the finish, the bittering impact from the hops finally arrive

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Other than the mouthfeel (which is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout), this is a pretty darn good example of the style

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strongly roasted and cocoa flavored Imperial Stout. But a mild house flavor astringency hurts the flavor and feel a bit.

The beer pours a lavish black beer with lightly browned foam that forms, lasts, and laces extremely well. An onyx-like sheen makes me think that the beer is clear but the mere color keeps any light from impeeding.

Intense cocoa, espresso, and roasted breads/toast dominate the aroma. With a background note of tartness (berries and under-rippened fruit) can be esters or signal mild astringency or contamination.

Flavors of deeply roated malt, malted milk, heavy toast, espresso coffee, and bittersweet chocolated dominate just as much in flavor as they do in aroma- maybe moreso. Bitterness arrives from hop sources as well as roast, but there's another bitter sensation that weaves into and out of astringent sensations. Lighly boozy alcohols add sweetness, complexity, and maybe some bitterness to the stout beer.

Thick, robust, and lucious to start, this beer is creamy, heavy, and has the halmark feel of a true delicacy. the beer keeps its weight and fullness very well. But when the beer turns to dryness, the astringent feel digs into the mouth a bit too much and nearly kills the finish.

The Dogfather is a tremendous Stout and is surely a joy to drink by any dark beer fan. But there's that house astringency that finds its way into this beer and offers the only critical error.

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is pitch black with a tan colored head with a pretty good lacing all over the glass. The smell is very sweet and roasted. Kind of a mix of vanilla and coffee. The taste is very sweet with a dominant bitterness to it. There is a little bit of sweet vanilla up front but changes to a burnt coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall I still I like this beer and would drink it again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"He should be careful. It's dangerous to be an honest dog."

--Michael Collieone in 'The Dogfather'

Black Forest cake beneath an expansive crown of caramel colored foam that has a thickly creamy texture and plenty of persistence. No highlights are seen, even with sunshine behind the glass. Whatever else it has going for it, this one looks the part.

The nose is beautifully black malty, with bittersweet chocolate slightly more prominent than roasted coffee beans. A whiff of hops are appreciated too, though they're overpowered by malt. As it should be. A lack of bourbon barrel influence keeps the score from being higher.

Given the double-digit ABV, this is a pretty well-mannered pooch. Learning how to bury the bone... uh... the alcohol in obedience school definitely paid off. Dogfather is a malt bomb, as expected, but there's also a surprising amount of hoppiness. 71 IBUs in an American double stout is nothing to bark at. Duuude, are we done with the lame dog jokes yet?

The flavor profile is an excellent combination of malt, hops and bourbon. The list includes equal parts dark chocolate and black coffee, citrus zest, pine sap, caramelized sugar and vanilla. Whatever percentage of the final beer was aged in bourbon barrels was just right in the grand scheme of things. The bourbon is an accent rather than a major contributor.

Warming opens things up nicely and makes the flavors deeper and richer. It also mellows out the alcohol a little, although it was never harsh or hot to begin with. The mouthfeel, which started out only light-medium for the style, begins to fill out and creamify by the middle of the bomber. Even more malt would be great.

This bittersweet brute is my favorite Laughing Dog beer to date (Devil Dog is good too). It's pretty much everything that an American double stout should be... plus bourbon whiskey. If The Dogfather is offered, don't you dare refuse. Two paws up!

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i like this take on the now extremely popular enormous stout that every brewery in the country seems to be making. while many of them all seem the same, this one adds something new to the conversation. its got a more interesting malt bill than so many, intensely dark roast but lightened and smoothed out by what must be a little wheat. its also got a ton of body, but an awesome dryness to the finish, almost chalky in texture, like crumbly bitter bakers chocolate but finishing a little faster. its neat to have such a big dark beer to that on the palate, so few do. its also very bubbly, well carbonated for the style, i find that uplifting about it, and even though its 11% abv, it appears much lighter and more delicate than others due to these mouthfeel attributes. notes of coffee and burning tobacco are present in the finish, and just a slight oaty sweetness that is recognizable. my first beer (i think) from these guys, and its impressive. i know there is a bourbon barrel edition out there, but i cant imagine that improving this much. it may add sweetness and roll over the textural delicacy that exists in this one, but we will have to get one and see!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a thick, black body with a brief, tan-hued head.

Smell: Roasty, earthy aroma deliver cutting notes of bitter chocolate, dark fruits, black licorice, dried herbs, and even some alcohol.

Taste: Initial roastiness that's fairly sharp soothed with a taste of dark chocolate ice cream topping. Slight prune fruitiness. Minor puff of smoke. Herbaceous, earthy hops with a medium-plus bitterness. Hint of licorice. A slight astringency creeps in, along with some boozy qualities. Finishes roasty with a fair amount of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Woof! Worth a try. While it's not the most genuinely satisfying Imperial Stout to cross my glass, it's still fairly decent.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, brown head of foam with ruby highlights. It left sticky, intricate patches of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and mild floral notes. There were some notes of citrus.

T - It tasted of bitter dark chocolate with sweet roasted malt flavors. There was also a bitter, piney hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied brew with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial Stout. Another solid brew from Laughing Dog.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally feel like cracking it as I will probably have to battle with my basement flooding tonight.

A: 2 finger head rises up of dark chalky color and thick, the beer itself is pitch black and looks semi thick. The head leaves a slight lacing.

N: Tons of coffee, and lots of roast. Some dark malts, chocolate, sweet malts, a little dark fruit, slight booze, a slight chocolate milk.

T: Semi thick and lucsious with tons of roast and chocolate, sweet malts, coffee, some dark charred malts, a bitterness that comes from that roasted charred malts and some earthy hop flavors. It also seems to have quite a bit of a salty taste, weird, which is accompanied by lots of soy sauce. Chewy malts, slight licorice, and slight oatmeal round off the taste. It's pretty sweet too and hides the booze well, but the very salty and sweet tastes really take away from it.

M: Pretty thick, a little smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish with all that charred roasted malts and some earthy hops. That salty soy sauce overpowers the finish and really takes away from it. Some lingering coffee, roast, and chocolate. If it wasn't for that salty soy sauce taste it would be a really good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent mahogany with 1+ finger of mocha colored head. Nice oily sheen to this, great head retention & decent lacing

S: Dark chocolate, plus dark fruit & boozeyness once warm

T: Dark chocolate, coffee & powdery dryness up front. Dark fruittyness (cherries especially), oaky dryness & herbal hops are all there once warm. Finishes with semi-sweet chcolate, sour cherry, coffee, & carob

MF: Medium bodied, a bit too dry, semi-oily with slight carbonation, nice warming feeling

Drinks easy for the ABV & style, but not exactly a great Imp stout, but would satisfy my needs if seeking one out. Worth a try, but a lower echelon example of the style to me...

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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.