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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 16
Gots: 80 | FT: 3
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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1/5  rDev -73.1%

04-06-2012 16:35:50 | More by ATXRyan
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1/5  rDev -73.1%

06-21-2013 22:12:11 | More by Lare453
Photo of weonfire


1.25/5  rDev -66.4%

11-26-2012 16:25:39 | More by weonfire
Photo of Vierenner


1.88/5  rDev -49.5%

Yuch. I have to believe the beer went bad during shipment because it's god awful. Smells good but taste turns my stomach. I can't drink it. Will pour it out after I finish this sentence. Need to get to 250 characters so perhaps this sentence. Nope, a few more.

12-17-2011 04:23:30 | More by Vierenner
Photo of charlzm


2/5  rDev -46.2%

Consumed April 9th, 2013 in a Klokke Roeland snifter.

Beer pours a deep, clear brown with mahogany highlights. A two finger tan head forms and provides decent sheeting throughout the drink-down, which was not a very long time (details below).

Aroma was oddly tame for a bourbon-barrel aged stout; just a little hint of bitter chocolate.

Flavor is just awful. No bourbon apparent at all. Sour, metallic coffee flavor with some cocoa powder and woody bitterness at the end. Chaotic melange never finds its way.

Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side with a touch of creaminess. For a beer with this ABV,it was underwhelming.

This $10.00 bomber wound up going mostly down the drain. Undrinkable.

04-10-2013 20:55:07 | More by charlzm
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

02-03-2012 19:23:03 | More by chrispoint
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

10-30-2013 21:40:32 | More by rowingbrewer
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

01-18-2013 09:40:21 | More by LambClowder
Photo of TMoney2591


2.13/5  rDev -42.7%

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A dog-themed beer in a dog-themed glass. Done. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a more-than-healthy few fingers of sandstone foam. The nose comprises dark cocoa powder, light coffee powder, and a strong, yet vague, sense of fruit, primarily black cherry. This does not bode well... The taste confirms my anxiety as dark chocolate-covered black cherries dominate my tongue, with a small bit of wood and watered-down whiskey flowing in a tiny rivulet in the distance. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I can't quite conclude that this stuff is infected, per se, but it certainly tastes similar to other infected stouts I've had. It may just be that this stuff ages piss-poorly, but I have no way of knowing how old this bottle is, so it's all just speculation. What isn't speculation is the strong fruit flavor and thin body, making this stout completely unenjoyable. Even as a sour stout it fails, frankly, as it's more metallic than tart. Shame, really...

05-07-2013 23:07:21 | More by TMoney2591
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a thick, syrup consistency. The head is a beautiful tan color and is prominent. Very prominent. In fact, it’s been sitting for about 10 minutes now and there’s still about a half inch on there. I could lay on it like a pillow. Mmm, maybe next time.

S: Smells very potent with espresso and charcoal and a hint of olive, similar to DogZilla Black IPA.

T/M: The taste is lighter than the smell makes you think; rich roasted coffee beans, a hint of nuttiness and some alcohol in the finish. Fortunately, the olive smell doesn’t come through in this one. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn’t noticeable either. The alcohol sting in the end could be it, but it tastes nothing like bourbon should taste.

It’s like they brewed the beer, then tasted it and realized, “Oh crap, we forgot to put it in bourbon barrels. Quick, add some more random alcohol, no one will ever know.” It could be much better.

06-21-2011 00:14:21 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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2.25/5  rDev -39.5%

11-26-2013 22:14:47 | More by Rihup
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2.43/5  rDev -34.7%


If you like fresh oak and cheap bourbon, this is for you.   The beer reminded me of a stout which had fresh oak chips and cheap bourbon dumped in it.  Nothing imperial about this, as the mouthfeel was super thin.  The tannic oak and boozy bourbon dominated the flavors, with some toasted malts and cacao powder fighting to be seen.  There are many many better bourbon barrel stouts out there.  Avoid this one.

09-11-2013 18:33:32 | More by taylor714914
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2.45/5  rDev -34.1%

Could not decide between this and the regular version. Oh well, this beer pours a motor oil black, with a quick to rise tan heading. Musty nose, with hints of smoke and chocolate. Taste is very bitter, and a tad acrid. Lots of alcohol pouring out of this beer as well. Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Frankly, this beer is difficult to finish. Not very impressed with this one from Laughing Dog. I am not sure if the barrel aging has affected it in a negative way. I will opt for the non barrel aged version next time.

12-24-2009 21:32:17 | More by jamie2dope
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

03-10-2012 03:52:52 | More by bbadger
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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

01-18-2012 01:04:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
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Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -26.6%

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured deep black with a thin layer of medium brown head that immediately receded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive charred oak aroma dominates the nose with some sweet bourbon and vanilla notes also present along with some chocolate and roast.

T - Lots of charred oak and not much else. The oak tastes almost burnt and is somewhat astringent. Some roast, cherry and chocolate notes are also present but no bourbon or vanilla notes translated from the nose to the palate. The finish is very oaky and astringent.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Too heavily carbonated for me.

O - This was barely drinkable due to the astringent oak profile that completely dominated the palate.

06-09-2013 17:43:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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2.73/5  rDev -26.6%

A: Very dark black pour with a nicely sized brown head. Retention is great.

S: The smell is roasty and full, a bit of bourbon. The smell seems a bit disjointed at times.

T: This beer starts falling apart with the taste. Weak, only a very small amount of bourbon. Roasted malts and perhaps some coffee are coming through. The overall taste is just not put together well. The aftertaste is weird.

MF: Full bodied and carbonated well. The beer is dry at the finish, but leaves a bad taste.

O: Not all that drinkable, glad I had people to share this one with. Pretty disappointed.

09-18-2011 02:19:50 | More by russwbeck
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

04-15-2012 07:20:54 | More by TheBishopco
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

577th review on BA
Bottle to Snifter

Last birthday beer left. Thanks for the gift AL!

App- When it comes out of the bottle its a very dark brown with some garnet edges. Has a two finger big puffy and pretty thin albeit bubbly head. Couple dots of cling

Smell- I agree with threeviews. I have sat here for about 1/2 hr and cant think of some good adjectives or comparisons. I don't get the usual stout or Imperial or Bourbon smells so I am lost. Spritzy seems to fit, a bit of wet sod? maybe.

Taste- Where is the stout? Where is the bourbon? Its missing a lot of things for me to like this and a thickness with some bold flavors are the key. Its a bit of a spritzy, bubbly stout that seems to be more akin to a foreign export stout, high on the bubbles and low on flavor but missing.

Mouth- A bit thin and really bubbly. Just leaves a thick feel on the tounge but not much flavor behind it.

Drink- I really had high hopes for this beer. I loved the premise of the name and the bourbon. I was hooked and then I saw it and got pulled in. The smelled it and felt sad, then tasted it and it was worse. Oh, well. At least it was free.

06-21-2011 03:27:37 | More by FosterJM
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

03-10-2012 05:08:03 | More by canadianghetto
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

03-27-2012 02:56:33 | More by matthageman
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

11-18-2012 20:06:10 | More by sendbeer
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2.76/5  rDev -25.8%

A: Poured very dark into a Belhaven pint glass. Head was about an inch and a half thick and light brown

S: Coffee and bourbon

T: Bitter with lots of coffee/chocolate flavor and definitive notes of bourbon whiskey. Slightly sweet on the finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth, and kind of thick. Typical of most ales of this type

O: Not really my cup of tea. I have friends who absolutely love this one (the 10.85% ABV doesn't hurt), but I prefer hoppier beers like IPAs. If you're in the mood for a really dark beer to warm you up, this one might be for you

01-15-2014 04:17:36 | More by cdf1991
Photo of TheDudeRules


2.78/5  rDev -25.3%

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A very dark brown, not quite black pour with a mountain of tan mocha head. Sticky lacing remains. Fig and dark fruit, most notably plum emit from my glass. Very thin in my mouth. Drinks much like a brown ale. Carbonation is there but not a whole lot. A bit of a creamy chocolate taste, with a note of raisin. A boozey burn on the back end. The more the beer warms the booze bite becomes unbearable. Rubbing alcohol.

I opened this because I read several people citing it may be infected. I can safely say this bottle is not. This is more of a heavy duty brown ale than a imperial stout for me. If I am to grade on style, this is pretty poor. An underwhelming attempt for a fledgeling company. I do think there is potential here in the future though.

05-02-2011 03:48:30 | More by TheDudeRules
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2.85/5  rDev -23.4%

Poured a deep black with a finger of dark khaki soapy head. Reduced down to a thin film around the edges fairly quick. Pretty standard for a BBA stout.

The smell was pretty subdued for a BBA stout in my opinion. Faint notes of bourbon, roasted malt, milk chocolate and a touch of dark chocolate. Didn't really get any bourbon notes until it warmed up a considerable amount.

Got blasted with some sweetness right of the bat. Almost knocked me back a little bit like it punched me in the mouth. This definitely ruled the taste of this beer but after swishing it around in my mouth a few times I finally start getting some nice oaky notes and a touch of bourbon. Dark chocolate and roasted malt stay in the background. Nothing to really write home about...

Medium body with an ample amount of carbonation. Definitely on the thin side and too thin for my liking. Get a little bit of residual dark chocolate on the aftertaste but the sweetness really wears its welcome out.

Overall, this was not a huge disappointment (considering I didn't have high hopes to begin with) but just not a very good beer in my opinion. Too thin and overly sweet for me... I'm glad my brother bought this bottle because I would have been upset about spending the price tag for this beer.

03-11-2012 01:37:00 | More by dcloeren
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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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