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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

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85
very good

395 Ratings
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.35%
Wants: 15
Gots: 85 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.85% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Over 11 months in the making some of the Dogfather is bourbon barrel aged.

71 IBU

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-21-2009)
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5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked this up at dirty john's three weeks ago. Waited for the right time. Threw on some vinyl records and poured into my sam adams sensory experience glass tonight...finally.

Pours like used motor oil. Absolutely stunning viscosity. A nice mocha one finger head that settles to a milky lacing.

Smells of roasted coffee, caramel, oak, and hint of bourbon all buried in chocolate.

Taste follows. A lot of complexity, in the nose and the mouth as the brew hits the palate. Perfectly balanced...the coffee, the chocolate, the bourbon and oak...nothing dominates. The alcohol is present but well masked. A half a bomber down, and a nice buzz ensues.

Mouthfeel is a full medium body. Light carbonation. Extremely pleasant.

The worst part about drinking this beer is that it's going away. I'll definitely need to pick up another. Best imperial stout I've had. God in a bottle.

Perfect alone or shared with another. A morning or late evening drink.

MorningBeer, Feb 12, 2011
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4.9/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black appearance, smell of rich chocolate and bourbon.had this beer on tap unbelievable flavor and mouth feel. soo creamy and has a great combination of bourbon and chocolate. probably one of the best beers i have had in a while. every sip invited me back for more. alcohol is very masked

ken2cart1, Mar 13, 2011
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4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With all the hype surrounding some other stouts on the market, I've been itching to try this one. From Laughing Dog Brewing, in Idaho, this is The Dogfather. Described as an imperial stout aged in old bourbon barrels, and 10.85% abv, this should be fun!

The Dogfather pours out as black as molasses (if not darker) and almost syrupy. The foam is a dark coffee color, which fades fairly quickly, but doesn't disappear. The foam sticks to the glass a fair bit, but without the typical "lacing" look.

The nose is full of rich butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, and even some dark chocolate. The nose isn't sweet though, it lingers somewhere between the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

On the palate, the Dogfather definitely has a little backbone of chocolate. The boozy nature from the bourbon barrels comes through on the palette nicely, without being over-powering. Just like the aromas, this fits beautifully between hoppy and malty. There are some nice notes of sweetness, as well as just the right amount of hops.

This is really the first stout I've ever really been a big fan of. I mean, I've like other stouts in the past, like Southern Tier Choklat, but never had one that I really, really liked. This Dogfather is quite enjoyable. It is sweet enough that I don't mind taking another sip, dark enough that I feel like I'm drinking a real beer, and bold enough to keep the beer-sissies away from my glass.

TheCorkStopsHere, Jan 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Label date of 12.30.13.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.04.14.

A: 2 finger tan head that retains well. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate dominate. Fig, very slight roastiness, and cherry are subtle.

M: Creamy silk. Perfect carbonation. Not too chewy, just perfection.

O: This is a well rounded BB stout. It has complexity and is perfectly balanced. There is some alcohol burn on the back end. This is regularly $5.99 to $6.99 in the Seattle area, which is an incredible value. This is one that I regularly buy.

Rating: A

WAbeerfiend, Oct 02, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Mine is from 2013 stock, sat on it for almost a year. Not sure what it tasted like green, but right now it is one of the smoothest bourbon barrel aged stouts I have had. You get a light burn from the bourbon and alcohol throughout. A good heavy mouth-feel coats heavy on the tongue. Molasses, dark chocolate, and pecan dominate the tastes. Finishes sweet with a dryness from the 11%. Loving it.

BeerHewitt, Aug 25, 2014
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4.63/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very special beer.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Scotch tasting glass so as to savor each moment.

Inky black with a slight brown hue. Big fluffy tan head.

Glorious roasted aroma. Tingle of maple, lots of roasted toasted goodness. Some espresso.

Flavor is rich, if anything too rich. So much going on here. Definitely high alcohol (10.85 abv according to the label). Roasted notes. Some hops. Fairly dry at first but then very sweet. Long lingering mouthfeel.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Not as good as BCBS from Goose Island but still good. I really like this style. Also should mention that I'm very schnockered from just one bottle. This will be my only beer to review tonight. Yeah.

jmbranum, Feb 27, 2011
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4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is super fine for an imperial stout that pours a midnight black that adsorbs all light around it. The head is thick and tan and very, very long lived that settles to a pile of foam that looks like it will never go away. The lacing is thick and long lived as well.

The nose is bready with definite bourbon notes and a definite, classic imperial spicy stout scent to it. The sweet smokey malts are balanced by the fruity malts with a tiny bit of tartness that is nicely balanced.

The taste is surprisingly dry for an imperial stout. The bourbon is strong in presence, but not dominating. The smokey malts are nicely balanced with the sweet malts that have a nice hoppy finish that is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is also a great balance for the imperial stout. It is just right, not thick and not watery.

Overall this is one impressive example of a imperial stout. The bourbon additive is a nice touch and works better than expected. I really like this one and will definitely drink it again.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 15, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with bourbon barrel beer, and I have to say, it is quite enjoyable. Nearly pitch black with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. the lacing coated the sides of my glass and sank slowly back into the black lagoon that is The Dogfather. Aromas of Vanilla, bourbon, espresso, oak and smoke are definately present. Maybe a little black licorice too. It is heavy on the palate with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate on the palate with a warming espresso finish. The alcohol is reletivley undetectable considering the 11% ABV. It is definately something I will pick up again. Highly recommended.

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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