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The Dogfather - Laughing Dog Brewing

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The DogfatherThe Dogfather

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495 Ratings

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 231
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 39
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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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Photo of woemad
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big-ass bomber with a clever homage/parody of the Godfather on the label. Picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $6.49. Drunk at cellar temperature.

Poured a viscous-looking crude-oil-black into a St.Bernardus chalice. Big, creamy, rocky tan-colored head that took it's sweet time dropping, leaving sheets of lace on the sides of the glass. A glorious looking beer!

In the nose, I get cocoa, black licorice, molasses, pipe tobacco and dark fruits. Slightly boozy in the nose as well.

Starts out sweet, with flavors of cocoa and chocolate. Then bitter dark fruit flavors, sharp black licorice and a smoky tobacco flavor balances things out. There's a glow of alcohol heat in the background. Not quite as complex as the best I've had of the style, but pretty great nonetheless.

Relatively full bodied, with a coating, sticky mouthfeel.

A very tasty dessert beer. Nice to have a locally brewed example of the style. I'm glad I grabbed more than one as I'm interested in seeing how this one holds up after a little time has passed. Laughing Dog, feel free to brew this regularly!

woemad, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head.

Scent of raisins, prunes, more dark fruits, sugars, black licorice, chocolate, and roasted malts.

Taste of bitter roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit. A good beer, but not nearly perfect.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with strong carbonation, more than I like in a Stout.

paco1029384756, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of scottoale
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber with a single large label and generic looking cap. Poured into a Chimay chalice a very dark brown with red-amber highlights when held to the light. A huge 2-finger cocoa brown head with good retention and active carbonation.

Sweet roasty dark malts with chocolate and some earthy hop notes following up. And of course some alcohol as it warms up a tad, no wonder at 11% ABV. Smells rich and inviting.

Dark roasty malt foundation with hints of currants, chocolate and some bitter hops biting through. A definite heat of alcohol but not over bearing as the bitterness tames the sweetness. Rich flavor and a medium-full body add to the drinkability in a big way. A long bitter finish to the end. A very nice Imperial Stout that I would definetly like to try again sometime. Thanks to a great trader, travisd13, for making this one possible. Looking forward to the Alpha Dog next, cheers!

scottoale, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Washington on a recent business trip. The folks at 99 Bottles recommended it and I applaud them for suggesting this fine brew..

Overall a very nice Imp Stout and one I am happy that I had a chance to enjoy.

Classic looking Imp Stout. The head builds from within and shoots up a creamy tan head that lasts forever. Nice sheets of lacing are left behind. The beer itself is the classic deep dark brown color..

Aroma is nice and hints at cocoa, cinnamon and deep dark roasted malts. More chocolate vs. coffee. Also a touch of earthiness.

Flavor was quite nice and fairly complex. Cocoa and cinnamon up front, followed by some deep roasted flavors and some mild dark fruit. The finish is a nice combo of roasted goodness and some subtle hops... that help round this all out.

Body is a touch light, but still creamy and nice.

Very drinkable. Nice Imp Stout.

Reagan1984, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to piclee for this 22 oz. bottle!

Pours opaque black with a rich brown head that slowly descends. Great retention and nice lacing for style/abv.

The smell is of chocolate, dark bread (pumpernickel), some dark fruits, earthy/herbal spicing, some peppery/fruity alcohol, and a hint of licorice/anise (and grape?)

The taste is of chocolate with herbal bitterness and some anise, and a bit of grape as it progresses. Spicy/peppery alcohol is there.

It has a full body with some creaminess. Not syrupy or sticky, but alcohol is hot and wipes away some of the character.

It has a nice bitterish balance, and is enjoyable, but it is certainly a sipper. Drinks pretty well, though, considering strength.

jwc215, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to swnicholson for this 650 mL bomber, part of Black Booty.

A: The stout is a murky, a viscous black liquid that envelops all light that comes its way. Atop the stout, especially after the first pour, was a thick tan colored head that sat quite still for some time. It's recession has left sporadic patches of lace.

S: The nose is equal parts hoppy bitterness and roasted grains. Burnt toast and nuttiness mix with complex coffee and chocolate from the malt side, stealing the show after the initial hop-malt mix.

T: Dark chocolate, licorice and coffee flavors result from an intense malt combination. The landscape is very harsh, strengthened by a baker's semi-sweet chocolate. Vanilla sweetness attempts to cut through the harsh flavors but with little luck. The hop presence is not as strong as the nose let on, allowing the chocolate malts to take control.

M: The mouthfeel is sharp, loaded with thick stout flavors. It comes across a little heavy-handed in its scortched earth approach at times.

D: After my last Laughing Dog, the dreadful Dogzilla, I was pleasantly surprised. This isn't the most accessible stout but it went down nicely and leaves a decent chocolate finish.

akorsak, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received from thethrone in the Barrel 'O Beer BIF.

Black with a tall brown colored head. Maybe could be a little blacker.

Smell is sweet with a fruity berry aroma, little vanilla and much patent malt. Smells quite sweet and slightly like Kahlúa.

Starts out sweet and strong with roasted malt, slight smoky aftertaste. Vanilla is in this one but really I pickup more of the wood flavor than vanilla. Not bad but needs more complex a flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Seems a bit out of balance sweet and Charred are fighting it out and neither really wins.

Zorro, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to my awesome wife for getting this beer for me. She decided to knock off one of the states I have left to try a beer from.

A - pitch black with a nice tan head.
S - dark malts, some coffee notes, fairly mild
T - dark malts, coffee notes, molasses and dark ripe fruits.
M - full bodied, nicely carbonated beer. good lingering roasty notes.
D - emminently quaffable for an 11% beer.

barleywinebrewer, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of SRossman
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a tan head. Like how a good Imperial Stout should look.
S: Roasted coffee beans and sweet molasses
T: More coffee roastiness along with some bitter chocolate nuance. Perfectly balanced here. The 11% Abv comes through here but there's so much body and flavor that it is really masked
D: So smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect. This has that oily thick texture common in some good Imperial Stouts.

SRossman, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of kasper
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark brown with copper-colored carbonation bubbles all around. Chocolate-colored foamy head with decent retention and sticky lacing.

S: Lots of aromas even on a cold pour, smoke, vanilla, roasted malt, bit of oak, and a dark malt, chocolate backbone.

T: Nose was mostly sweet but there's a ton of bitterness in the taste, even up front. Bitter dark malts followed by some alcohol soaked raisins, licorice and oak. Finish is dry, very bitter. Almost too much so.

M: Velvetly smooth mouthfeel. Pours oily, tastes a tad lighter

D: I'm not a big fan of the licorice stouts -- this one has a lot of those flavors. If it was a bit more balanced, it would be an awesome brew.

kasper, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of midaszero
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Opaque black body with one and a half fingers of coffee head with decent lacing

S - Sweet boozy roasted malts coffee chocolate caramel vanilla.

T - Chocolate coffee are main tastes. There is also some floral notes you can notice up front. Kinda boozy as well but not as much as you would expect from the ABV.

M - Medium thick body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink and enjoyable

midaszero, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to JohnGalt1 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a tulip a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, awesome one-finger plus creamy/thick tan head, lots of thick/sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hop notes, chocolate, toffee, with some dark fruit notes. The taste is malty, thick, with some hops, chocolate/toffee, dark fruits. Full/Medium body, with some nice slick/creamy body. Very drinkable, this is a awesome little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. Thanks a bunch Toby.

Wasatch, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of erikm25
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich blackened chocolate. The head is two fingered and caramel brown with burnt amber hues. Definitely a very cool looking head and the dark blood red tinting goes well with The Godfather homage. While the head has little retention the lacing is nice.

S: Aromas of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts (and there are apparently seven in here). Dark ripe fruits also make an appearance. Subtle hints of vanilla bean and caramel. A nice hint of alcohol towards the back of the nose.

T: The taste is very massive. Some charred cherries with roasted chocolates and a very nice alcohol warmth. Both a licorice candiness coupled with coffee and cocoa powders. There is also a piney hop tang balanced against a toasted firewood spine. The chocolate tastes are really the highlight here. I actually appreciated how this beer does not go about being subtle but delivers on all sorts of fronts. Even with the high ABV the alcohol is well hidden.

M: Body is medium and just a little short of full with decent carbonation.

D: Picked this up for $3.99 and what a great deal. I plan on picking this one up and making it part of an Abyss and Pike Entire tasting on New Years Eve. I was very impressed. It caught me completely off guard. Complex and drinkable. This is top tier and worth getting your hands on.

erikm25, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of froghop
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an opaque with a large brown-chocolate mousse looking head that disapates slowing and never really goes away, very good lacing.

smell is of deep dark chocolate, some coffee, licorice, hops, and some roasted nuts.

taste is creamy, dark and milk chocolate, touch of caramel, coffee bean, some vanilla bean, and some walnuts, ends nicely bitter and dry.

froghop, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours very, very dark with a leather brown belt type head colour. The head vanishes prett quickly, but the lcing is decent.

Smells like treacle, molases, dried dark fruit, and chocolate malt.

Tastes as thick as it smells. Really burnt coffee, charred steak, and deep south molases! It's a beast of a porter

Fairly gaseous for a beer so dark, but not too bad overall. One will do just fine, maybe two depending on the day you've had!!!


Chelsea1905, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid black with a two finger mocha head that leaves mad lace on the way down my gullet. Smells of chocolate, licorice, Hershey's syrup, and some dark dried fruits. Tastes of chocolate and roasted malts. Taste has a slight lactose type sweetness to it. Lingering roast and dried fruit in the finish. Hops make a bit of an appearance but this is roasted malts more than anything. 11% alcohol is hidden well. Thick body, creamy coating mouthfeel. Ample carbonation. Great Imperial Stout from a brewery I never heard of until now. I wish I had bought more than one of these!

johnnnniee, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a hint or two of red with a thick foamy 1 inch caramel colored head that slowly recedes leaving a ton of lacing. Smells of deep roasted malts dominated the aromas from chocolate and coffee. First sip is full of almost burnt malts, chocolate, and finishes with a lovely coffee bitterness. Surprisingly light bodied for the style but not too light for my enjoyment. It is pretty well carbonated even with the light malt backbone. As it warms, some dark fruits appear adding complexity to this fairly straight forward imperial stout that is not over done by excessive coffee.

ATLbeerDog, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet. Pours black. There's no other way to describe this one... black as night, with no trace of light coming through, even at the edges. A thick dark brown two-plus finger head billows to the top before slowly fading to a thick and chunky collar, leaving behind some amazing sticky and chunky lacing down the glass. Ominous and impressive. What I wish every Imperial Stout looked like.

Complex aroma that screams imperial stout. Rich roasted malts aroma, with fresh brewed coffee, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, burnt rye bread, and coffee grounds all intermingling and orchestrating an impressive aroma. The 7 malts that they boast about really creates an strong and dynamic aroma. Hints of dark fruit peek through at the end, as well as what may be a bit of piney hop, but it's quickly drowned out again by the stout maltiness.

Taste follows aroma beautifully both in flavor and complexity. Rich malts with a good espresso and cocoa profile without offputting bitter coffee notes. Caramel and bittersweet baking chocolate blend with some subtle hopping to create something impressively beautiful. Hints of wood add depth and strengthen the profile. Some strong alcohol is perceptible, but it fits so perfectly into the sweet stout flavors that it's barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Full, creamy, fair carbonation, chewy without being chunky, and smooth without being oily. There's a lingering sweetness that mixes with the lingering bitter to keep the flavors around. Thick, smooth, creamy and decadent. More like a chocolate dessert than stout. Beautiful!

This blew me away. Drinkability is amazing... mouthfeel is awesome, aroma and flavor are perfect, and this is just an impressive brew. I've been a fan of Laughing Dog, but this one is just incredible. Easily the most impressive bottle I've had from them. This one could easily stand up to the big and sought after RISs. At only 300 cases, this is one definitely worth tracking down.

djeucalyptus, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up today at the Coop for about $7.. I am very happy that this showed up. I've had the bourbon barrel aged version on cask at TFD and it was fantastic. The bottle label is very cool. Think original Godfather movie poster, but the puppeteer hand is holding dogbones over a calm looking black lab. And to solidify the cool label.. it had 3 faux bullet holes... classic! The website says it is 11% with 7 malts and 4 different hops... only 300 cases made... but it adds.. "But trust us, It will be back next year."

Cracked the near room temperature bottle with a nice psfffft! Poured into my Chimay goblet. Great 2 finger brown head.. nice lacing.. the brew is expected black. The head lasts for not too long.. but the lace is perfect.

Aroma is thick coffee and cocoa.. leaning much more toward the french roast side... subtle.. very subtle fruity esters.. lite prune. This brew is clean .. dark malts... maybe some caramel... not getting much in the way of hops.. but it is still pretty complex just with the malt bill.

I noticed out of the gates on the flavor that there are some dark dried cherry fruity esters.. but again.. this is all about the stout qualities that we've all grown to love. Roasted malts with quite a bit of coffee and a little chocolate.. but surprisingly very little char.. very drinkable... hops are there.. but only for balance.. this is not a teeth stripping hoppy American IS.. and I appreciate it... let the malt shine... a background of citric hops.. maybe some spiciness.. but I could easily be mistaken.

Body is medium for the style and the carbonation may be a touch lite.. but the drinkability is definitely there.. I doubt Dogfather will ever reach the realms of the super hyped RIS (because it's made in Idaho) .. but it should be in play. It is a really nice brew.

Edit.. what I am noticing at the bottom of the 2nd glass is how well this is balanced.. very smooth from front to back with no noticeable alcohol.


JohnGalt1, Nov 07, 2008
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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.