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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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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

he Dogfather.

Practically black with a nice tan cap. Holds pretty well.

Huge aroma with all sorts of crazy volatiles. Toasted coconut, bourbon, rye, waxy vanilla candle, oak, hints of passion fruit (strange?), and floral/perfumey notes. Interesting nose.

Has a thin tartness with that bright oak and waxy bourbon barrel notes. More coconut, toasted wood, perfumey fruit, black olive pit bitterness, and some dark chocolate tones. A tad bit of caramel, too. One of a kind, I'll give it that.

The body seems a bit thin for this style. Alcohol is strangely disguised, however. This feel is out-of-bounds. Indescribable how this beer works.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 21:51:17 | More by thecheapies
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once the beer achieved a more-proper temperature, I began to enjoy this beer a lot. Is there anything exceptional (by definition different) about this beer? No, but to me it is a solid stout (to my liking) that is not overpowered by the flavors of barrel-aging.

The pour is the typical dark, with tan-to-brown edge head. The smell is classic roasted malt mocha chocolate, maybe some roasted hazelnut. Very solid.

The taste follows the nose pretty well, perhaps a little more bitter - the mocha is more dark-roast coffee in nature. This lasts more or less throughout the taste, but is eventually joined by a light by encompassing feel/taste of the barrel aging, heavier on the woodiness than the bourbon, which works for me. There is also a hint of alcohol that starts early and lingers, but is far from overpowering.

This fits my definition of stout almost perfectly. It was bourbon-barrel-aged, and if you like the bourbon side of the style, this may disappoint. I prefer the more subdued notes from such aging, so rate this highly (for me).

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2014 00:30:44 | More by cjgiant
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the 2012 and it was not good. Too thick, too bourbony, too bitter, too heavy.

So I was naturally hesitant to have the 2013. But I got a free sample and I was blown away. Much more sessionable/ drinkable this year. It is much much improved. The nose pops with bourbon, malts, chocolate and vanilla. The taste has a creamy dark chocolate, malt and surprisingly strong notes of coffee.

The feel is lighter and smoother than last years, but as a bourbon barrel stout it is naturally heavy-bodied.

When given the option to have this or the goose island BCBS, I would think twice.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2014 23:24:39 | More by SlothB77
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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Dark brown-black pour with a small foamy head that retained well and left a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, some bourbon notes. Flavor is fairly deep and malty, caramel, cocoa, coffee, bready yeast, figs and prunes, vanilla and bourbony wood, distant herbal hops. Almost came off as a lighter stout reinforced with a barleywine or old ale (and aged on bourbon). Pretty smooth mouthfeel, there's some alcohol warmth, but it's fairly mellow considering the higher ABV, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, and quite nice overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2012 02:16:02 | More by Rifugium
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a borwn foam that has solid retention. Slight lacing in rongs on the glass.

S - Scents of vanilla bean, cocoa powder, and a touch of coffee. As it warmed the bourbon scent became more prevelant.

T - Hearty malt profile that is quite rich. Coffee flavor came to the surface quickly. Finish is distinct of a BBA stout. Warming burn at the end. Overall it does hit all the notes of what I'd expect.

M - Richness made this a sipper, and over time the bourbon flavor made this a cocktail beer. Heavy bodied and for many one is plenty.

O - Would try again. Certianly a big stout in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 14:48:58 | More by socon67
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with good carbonation leaving a nice brown cap and bubbles

S: Bourbon, light funk, cocoa and booze

T: Bitter chocolate merried with booze, hints at funk, roasted malt, light coffee, bourbon.

M: Hearty. Big body, lots of flavor.

O: Good beer worth trying. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 15:08:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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ken2cart1

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +32.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2011 19:08:02 | More by ken2cart1
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a Tulip at a bar.

Dogfather pours a jet black color that is underneatrh a nice half inch of dark brown coffee colored foam that leaves no stick. Smell is vanilla under some bourbon, oak, chocolate, cocco. The bourbon is not a killer but a nice strong contender. Not the most pungent smell, alcohol is there but a afterthought. Taste is bourbon mixed with vanilla and some roasted malt giving off a slight bitter vibe. Some cocco or it could be chocolate. The base beer picked up some nice bourbon tones, not to heavy but enough to taste the spirit. I don't really pick up any alcohol. Feel is smooth and above medium with a light but useful carb keeping things in check. I could and probably will drink a shit ton of this in the upcoming weeks.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 07:33:10 | More by BARFLYB
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gpioski

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My tulip glass arrived a bit too cold, so I decided to let it warm up a bit.

Appearance came across dark brown and thick. It just looked thick. There was no head, and even some vigorous swirling didn't create one.

The aroma wasn't too strong. I expected a bit more punch. There was a bit of chocolate, some espresso aromas, with just a bit of bourbon and oak.

Flavor was nice. Sweet and chocolatey with bourbon notes. I was hoping for a stronger bourbon flavor. For an 11% brew, there wasn't much heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel was thick and syrupy, nice. Carbonation was present, but minimal.

Drinkability was fine for such a big beer. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I probably would only have one. A 9 ounce pour would have been even better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2011 15:03:27 | More by gpioski
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leedorham

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a near black with a thin, dark head.

S - A bit boozy of an aroma but to be expected. Quite bready with hop pungency in the background.

T - Did I say boozy already? The bourbon is definitely at the forefront. A bit solventy for my taste.

M - Smooth and not too syrupy. Appropriately low level of carbonation.

D - Definitely a sipper and drinks a bit too much like a spirit for my taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 21:03:57 | More by leedorham
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark brown, almost black, with a small light brown head, and reasonable lacing.

S - I get booze, bourbon, chocolate and a certain peculiar vegetable bitterness.

T - Theres some coffee to the taste as well as that vegetable bitterness. I don't really get any bourbon on the tongue here. A bit disappointing.

M - good full and creamy mouthfeel.

D - because it tastes not so great, I don't find this beer quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 05:10:49 | More by ColdPoncho
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ncaudle

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from tap into snifter.

pours pitch black with a 1 finger head that left a little lacing.

dark chocolate, coffee and muted bourbon hits the nose. not overly boozy like many bourbon barrel aged brews. roasted malts and some spices - ?cinnamon and nutmeg? - balance out the bitterness of the dark chocolate. again the bourbon is nicely present, just. this is one of the most chocolatey brews I have come across.

mouthfeel is probably my biggest complaint. it's thin... almost too thin.

I had no idea this was 11% until I started typing out this review. I had 3 of these last night and never really felt the alcohol!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 13:48:16 | More by ncaudle
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and considerable sticky lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, showing dark chocolate, coffee and considerable bourbon. This beer definitely smells as if it will be pretty boozy. On the palate, this is really quite good. The flavors replicate the nose in this rich, full bodied, boozy beer, though I also get some light leather and tobacco as well. The beer seems to have a pretty good dose of hops, resulting in enough bitterness on the finish to counter the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is probably the most attribute of this beer, as it comes across as a rich, full bodied, intensely flavored IRS. Drinkability is of course not this beer's best attribute, but its not bad. While I can sense the abv. in this beer, it's not heavy, tiring or hot on the finish.

While there are certainly better imperial stouts out there, this wasn't bad at all I thought.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 21:18:37 | More by johnmichaelsen
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Laughing Dog Bourbon Barrel Aged The Dogfather on tap at mighty Max's in Bawlmer, MD, served in their customary goblet.

Appearance: Black like James Baldwin alone in that forlorn mountain village of Switzerland. Minimal head but great lacing.

Smell: Beautiful chocolate, blowtorched sugar, some bourbon and oak, but very subtle.

Taste: Some muddled hops. Roasty aromas. Faint bourbon around the lips.

Mouthfeel: Too thin, unfortunately. Watery. Low carbonation and body, little bourbon taste. Feels almost like a flat Kool-Aid.

Drinkability: High, but it shouldn't. This ought to be a sipper, not a chugger. Disappointing!

Keep it in the bourbon barrel for a couple more years and then release it. Right now, it is not right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2010 01:08:50 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Ginger Man in South Norwalk in a snifter glass and served with clam chowder. Overall this was a "good" beer, but wasn't anything special.

Pours black into a snifter with huggeee head - like 5 fingers. Perhaps a bad pour, but this dissipates nicely. Nose is oaky, very dry, and with a slight hint of the bourbon barrel. A little disappointing they didn't get a little more of the bourbon/whiskey in the nose.

Taste mimics the nose almost exactly. Extremely dry, burnt, roasted malt. Very subtle bourbon, but nothing that adds much to this brew. It lacks the chocolate you would hope from a brew like this, and really misses on the finish - none of the sweetness I typically get from a great imperial stout. Mouth is full and mild - you dont feel the alcohol...until much later. Definitely a brew you need to eat with, otherwise you'll feel it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 01:19:43 | More by Jesstyr
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew late Friday night at Bittercreek... draft poured it into a massive wine glass.. easily 12 oz's... woah.

Foamy dark tan head lingered for a solid 5 minutes with great lacing... expected black brew.

Nose has quite a bit of oak and whiskey notes that when cold dominated the dark malts and fruits.. I let this sit for my entire meal and leisurely finished it over the course of about a half hour... this brew needs warmth to really shine. With warmth, coffee and cocoa start to come out alot more.

Flavors are pretty much the same as the aromas but they emerge a little sooner, but it still needs to really warm up to allow the malts to help balance the heady wood and bourbon.

Body seems a bit more thin compared to bottles of the regular I've had in the past. If my predictions are accurate, the bottles of these are going to need some time to meld.. but this was pretty enjoyable off tap.

4.5/4/4/3.5/3.5

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 07:05:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beet poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, coconut, and chewy malts.

Taste: You definitely get the bourbon oak vanilla part, but nice barrel char to go with milk chocolate and roasted notes. Cool stuff. Wish I could pair it with the original non barrel aged Dogfather.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, creamy, boozy, smoky bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty barrel aged imperial stout. Mellowed out a bit after 11 months and smooth to a "T". Now I just have to find the non barrel aged version to see how it would normally taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 07:03:51 | More by Flounder57
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am assuming I am reviewing the correct beer. The label indicates nothing of its barrel aging, the bottle on the Laughing Dog website indicates nothing of barrel aging, but the beer has all of the qualities of barrel aging. No idea how old the bottle is because there is no date anywhere.

Great looking beer. Pitch black with a frothy, silky smooth, dark tan head of about two fingers in size. Generous lacing and the retention is awesome.

Aroma is filled with coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Really nice.

Flavor is spot on as well. Bitter chocolate and the hops provide some bitterness with a touch of astringency. Fully flavored bourbon and oak, smoky, alcohol, tobacco.

A very solid beer. I think i paid like $4.99 for a bomber, which makes this an awesome value. Loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 22:41:03 | More by SaCkErZ9
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 21:46:24 | More by AtrumAnimus
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Black with a foamy light brown head. Nice lacing from the point where poured and head is retained throughout consumption.

S: Chocolate, oak, light bourbon

T: Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, milky sweetness, bourbon

M: Full bodied, syrupy, nice warming alcohol, slight bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

O: Absolutely solid barrel aged stout (especially for the price). I can't say necessarily that anything was lacking for me...just that compared to some others BBA stouts it came up a bit short in aroma and forwardness of the bourbon's impact in flavor. That may be a blessing in disguise for this concoction because it comes out extremely balanced for me and is extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 02:42:24 | More by illeagle05
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pkalix

California

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

super creamy, chocolate-milk head. nice coating along the sides. roasty and toasty malt, chocolate. slight nuance of bourbon in the aroma. definite bourbon-chocolate flavors, kind of like those little chocolates you get at Christmas time, yet without the sweet liquid center. maybe a little coffee bitterness, but not a lot of coffee flavor.
the appearance and the aroma are the highlights of this one. the flavor isn't bad, just a little chalky and bitter, but it does drop off from the excited expectations after the pour. maybe it's the abv coming through.... I was eager to try this one after tasting the Mogli! overall, it's still a very decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 01:01:36 | More by pkalix
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Flopjack

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Pure black, 1 finger white sandy colored head leaving a ring once settled

Smell - Roasted milk chocolate, coffee with cream and bourbon.

Taste - Dark chocolate to start, leading you in to a roasty coffee flavor with bitterness from the initial chocolate flavor. Alcohol at the end with definite bourbon flavors. Woody, smoky and balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy carbonation, full bodied, thick, satisfying but not quite refreshing.

Overall - I thought this beer was good. I was surprised to find out how much this beer carries chocolatey characteristics in the nose and taste. It's the first time I've had a Dogfather and I will defintely be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 02:32:41 | More by Flopjack
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GPHarris

Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

a - poured a three-fingers thick coffee-colored head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was dark black.
s - chocolate and oak with a little bourbon heat.
t - woody with dark fruits. slight booziness.
m - slick, medium mouthfeel.
o - solid RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 22:22:57 | More by GPHarris
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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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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.