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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

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

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 16.49%


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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Vierenner

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

2/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 20:55:07 | More by charlzm
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.13/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:07:21 | More by TMoney2591
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:14:21 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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taylor714914

Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

 

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 18:33:32 | More by taylor714914
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 21:32:17 | More by jamie2dope
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russwbeck

Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:19:50 | More by russwbeck
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 17:43:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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FosterJM

California

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

577th review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 03:27:37 | More by FosterJM
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cdf1991

Washington

2.76/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 03:48:30 | More by TheDudeRules
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dcloeren

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:37:00 | More by dcloeren
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been looking for this one for a while and was fortunate enough to find it at a Total Wine in Ft. Lauderdale.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the faintest hint of lighter color when held to a light source and a frothy two finger mocha head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that coats the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a prominent boozy bourbon barrel character. Lots of earthy oak with subtle hints of vanilla and a very strong bourbon presence. Underneath, the base beer is still evident in the nose. Deep roasted malt profile that is slightly acrid with hints of chocolate, toffee, espresso bean and oatmeal. There's also, surprisingly, a strong hop presence with hints of earthy pine and sweet citrus fruit. The nose, although dominated by the bourbon, still has plenty of roasted malt which is a good sign that this won't be a complete booze bomb.

Medium boded with an overly sweet bourbon barrel presence up front that lingers throughout and dominates the other flavors. Lots of dry, toasted oak with sweet bourbon and very faint vanilla notes. The combination of dry, earthy oak and deep roasted malt make this beer a bit to acrid/burnt tasting and the dryness/bitterness from the piny hops add to this sensation. The bourbon presence gives off a lot of sweetness but not a lot of heat or warmth. The ABV is well masked but it's still kind of harsh, making it tough to drink. Underneath, there is a deep roasted malt character with hints of acrid, ashy burnt toast, bittersweet dark chocolate, oatmeal and burnt espresso beans. Bitterness from the hops kick in toward the end of the palate lingering into a long dry finish.

Overall, I was really disappointed with this beer. I love the base beer and have really been looking forward to trying the BA version. The barrel aging adds very little to the beer and in fact hurts it. Not enough bourbon flavor, just sweetness along with a very dry roasted oak presence. This kills the luscious chocolate malts of the base beer without providing anything interesting or tasty in it's stead. I'm glad that I finally got to try this one but I'll stick with the regular version.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:43:11 | More by corby112
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tpd975

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kiefdog for this one.

A: Pours a deep shade of black with a tall mocha colored head. Pretty nice retention and some lace.

S: Rather light aromas. Light char, chocolate malt, and a hint of coffee.

T: Not good, char, booze, chocolate, and slight band aid like notes.

M: Medium in body, zippy carbonation.

D: Not a favorite of mine. Wonder if the bottle had started to turn. Have my own bottle will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 02:34:26 | More by tpd975
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GregSVT

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours nearly black with a big light brown head that fades to a ring with some nice lacing. Good looking stuff.

S: The nose is a bit odd...smells like a smoked beer. All I can detect is smoked malt at first and then after a while I pick up some slight barrel flavors.

T: The taste is the same...all smoke and barely anything else. I get a hint of hops on the finish and a slight sweetness. Seriously where are these barrel flavors everyone is talking about?

M: The feel is the best part of this beer. It's very creamy which makes it feel a bit thicker than medium bodied.

O: I expected a bit more out of this one after reading some reviews and was disappointed. The look and feel are great but there are very little Imperial Stout or barrel aged flavors. It's mostly smoked malt. I don't mind smoked beers but at least label it as such.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 07:01:51 | More by GregSVT
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Very dark brown, approaching black in color. Lots of head (medium brown in color) that fills about 1/3 of the glass. Took a few minutes for it to die down. No sediment or haze visible.

S: Coffee, milk chocolate, and minor hints of oak. When straining to try to find a hint of bourbon, we did. It became much stronger as it warmed (fortunately).

T: Cracked black pepper, licorice, pine sap, and herbal bitterness. Almost seems like they used fresh-cut oak instead of a properly charcoaled bourbon barrel. Coffee, milk chocolate and cream stout flavors are hiding in there as well, but overall this is a disappointment.

M: Good texture, appropriate for the genre. Fine carbonation with thick, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D: The rough flavor of this makes it a challenge to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 23:20:47 | More by jnn4v
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - dark as pitch, tall creamy dark head leaving a good not of lacing.

S - malts and "off" vanilla. Maybe a little chocolate in there but not nearly as good as I was expecting.

T - I don't think that I like the barrel this bottle came from. Malts and vanilla and mild bourbon, but something just isn't as good as it should be.

M - solid coating with a mild tingle in throat and tip of tingle.

D - just one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:42:38 | More by biglite351
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BlueShirtMember

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark color w/creamy brown head

S: Kinda bland, a little bit of chocolate malt. No boozy bourbon smell

T: Smoky/burny taste up front. Mild bourbon flavor on the back end

M: Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

O: Not bad overall, however when it comes to bourbon barrel aging, I expect a bit more. I can count on 2 hands the numbers of better stouts and again on 2 different hands the numbers of better bourbon barrel aged brews. That's not to say this is bad, just that the bar is so high when it comes to the style. I'd drink it again but would not make an effort to do so

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:00:03 | More by BlueShirtMember
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harrymel

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heard rumors this puppy was infected. So, here we go:
Vintage 2010

A: Pours a black as night beer. Two fingers mocha head falls slowly to a sheet of the same. Sub-cobweb lacing.

S: Spicy bourbon character. Vanilla, oak, malt, licorice, alcohol. As it warms, hints of sharp vinous character comes thru, only hint of infection.

T: Lots of malt. Bourbon is a little more subdued. Soil flavor in there as well. Oats. Bitterness (presumably from hops). Not particularly complex for a BBA.

M: Medium to heavy body with lower carb.

O: I really appreciate the Dogfather, the BBA version gets much of it's character from the barrel. I wish they were more aware of the time to benefit ratio (they age it 8 months and blend it back with fresh stuff) for the beer. Would do better with less time IMO.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 17:25:49 | More by harrymel
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The case says this is bourbon barrel aged but the label is the same as the Dogfather. I'll take Laughing Dog's word for it I suppose.

Pours thick and dark with a healthy brown head.

Aromas of charred bourbon barrel, a hint of vanilla, roasty to no end. Smells a bit too burnt for me.

Burnt, smokey oak, bitter coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. Noticable alcohol and a little rough around the edges.

I would hope a few years might add some finesse to this somewhat harsh stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 23:53:28 | More by brownbeer
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a viscous black liquid with a dark tan colored head, everything is thick and creamy.

S-the nose has notes of smoked peat, a little ashy, dark chocolate underneath, notes of toffee and burnt coffee.

T-lighter flavors, smoky and charred, notes of ash, toffee, peat, burnt coffee in the back.

M-a little thin, smooth on the palate, dry and grainy in the back.

D-pretty straight forward, charred and burnt malt base and not much else, a little thin and seems to fall off in the back and little to no barrel presence.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:16:19 | More by cpetrone84
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BB1313

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/28/13. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through; fluffy dark khaki head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty. Lots of dough. Very roasty. There's a nice amount of dark chocolate. Hints of vanilla as well. The bourbon character is very subtle and basically goes unnoticed. The flavors aren't too interesting, but not bad. Tons of roast and smoke. Hints of ash and char. Some black coffee in the mix. Lots of chocolate. Some hints of anise. Slightly bitter. Very earthy. Once again, there's basically no bourbon presence at all. There are hints of oak/wood though, especially in the finish. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; creamy, fluffy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Not a bad sipper.

This isn't a bad stout, but the barrel characteristics are pretty bland. I never would've guessed this was a bourbon barrel aged beer if it wasn't for the label.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 22:52:07 | More by BB1313
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sleepyteacher

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

If you like the taste of bourbon, this beer will deliver a mouthful. The low price, name, and label made me really want to appreciate this bourbon aged imperial that no one was talking about.

S: You can practically smell the sweet booze from this guy across a room. My girlfriend took a whiff and didn't want to try it (not unexpected); I took a smell and couldn't wait to try it.
T: Taste was full on pancake syrup like bourbon (I mean that in a good way), very sweet and boozy. Unfortunately, there are not many layers of flavors here.
M: It's mouth feel was that of a milk stout, very light wash on the tongue.

That being said, I am very curious to see how this beer ages, so I picked up three bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 16:18:11 | More by sleepyteacher
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oline73

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a two finger of thick, tan head that leaves a bunch of lacing and a solid layer head through the whole glass.

Smell: Sweet and roasty. Definitely picking up the roasted malt along with some smoke and dark fruit. There is a mild amount of bourbon as well.

Taste: Not particularly sweet, but there is a bit of roasted malt. Very mild smoke flavors and hardly any bourbon. The finish is quite bitter from roast and some hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The appearance and mouthfeel on this beer are wonderful. The taste is a bit abrasive and could use more sweetness and bourbon to back up the roast and hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 03:39:41 | More by oline73
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themind

New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, the Dogfather is a good starting place for someone getting into BA brews. It's fairly easy to get and is not a bad brew. If you want to try a BB stout or need a BA fix...here it is. I enjoyed it and as it warmed it became more mellow and drinkable. Poured a small head, the aroma could be more pronounced. I could taste the barrel but it's weak. Would I purchase it again, nah but it was worth trying.

Bottom Line: Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 11:24:54 | More by themind
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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.