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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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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.44%
Wants: 16
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10.85% ABV per label.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark tan head that becomes a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, dark candied fruits, chocolate caramel, and wood. Taste is woody to the max. There is an off chemical taste almost, like the wood was treated somehow. Other flavors are dark malts, licorice, and cocoa powder. There is a moderate bitterness on the palate after each sip. The beer has good carbonation which makes it crisp and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice smell but the chemical wood taste take some points away from the experience.

UCLABrewN84, May 26, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Texasfan549, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

ygtbsm94, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a near jet black except for just a tinge of ruby in the bottom of my glass when held to the light,a creamy,fluffy two finger mocha colored head atop that left broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Light oak,slight char,and bitter chocolate stood out the most aroma wise,faint molasses sweetness came thru as it warmed.Seemed a bit off in the mouthfeel department,a little sharp and rough,with the creamy head I expected a little more creamy texture to the beer.Flavors of toasty oak and vanilla at the onset even a little char/smoke.French roast coffee flavors are what I thought of.Not to sweet with just a bit of molasses,the barrel aging really doesnt play a huge role in my mind.Its close to being really really good,it just seems to lack a little body and sweetness,the alcohol is well hidden though.

10.85%ABV per bottle label.

oberon, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%
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...

TMoney2591, May 08, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of bubbly, long-lasting foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some vanilla. There were some mild bourbon notes, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It was very boozy.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was okay. I would rather have it with more age on it to mellow it out. A little too boozy.

zeff80, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JAHMUR, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having never tasted the standard Dogfather I can't compare the Bourbon barrel aging. What I can say is that it's distinct, but not overdone. You find it in the nose but with so much chocolate and roastiness going on it's just a minor component. In the flavor, however, it's quite clear, expressing both Bourbon and wood. That said....

This is one black beer, with a dark brown head (orange cast) that lasts and leaves remarkable sheets of solid lacing behind as it goes.

The nose is completely chocolatey, caramelish, fudge-like, and roasty with notes of fresh coffee grounds.

The flavor is rich and malty, displaying yeasty fruitiness wrapped in caramel, sprinkled with grassy/spicy hops, and then covered in sugared-espresso-like roastiness. It's almost like some kind of Italian dessert. Every sip is full and complete and totally satiating; and in that sense, this is not an "easy to drink" beer. It should be sipped and savored like a tiny cup of espresso (I was initially going to say barleywine, but espresso is more concise). It has some of the dark fruit normally associated with the style, and it hints at the burnt currant that Michael Jackson was so fond of, but it's not quite there. And the hops are leafy, woody (or is that just the wood?), grassy, and spicy. There's also a slight mineral-ish edge to it. Most of it, however, is that velvet robe of roasty malt I mentioned upfront. And I use the word robe because it's covering and comforting and soft, but not heavy or cloaking. It's airy and smooth... but dense and full at the same time. Black velvet... ? Cliche, but succinct. Regardless, the whole of it is that it's superbly well rounded and balanced: there's no harsh edge of dark malt acidity, no bite of alcohol, and no overt bitterness.

Overall, the Bourbon barrel aged Dogfather rises to the challenge. Worth seeking out.

NeroFiddled, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, tasted in February...

Pours mahogany with a pinky of fast falling tan head. Above average head retention, average lacing & a nice viscious look to this

S:Dark fruit, figs & woody hops. Bourbon notes shine once warm

T: Figs, dark chocolate, vanilla, woody hops & oaky boozeyness up front. Bourbon notes, black cherry, oakyness & plums, plus figgyness as this warms. Finishes with strong oaky notes, some warming booze notes & figs & vanilla

MF: Fairly chewy, firm carbonation, doesn't smooth out as much as I hoped

The booze bite detracts a bit, but I do like this a little better than the regular version

russpowell, May 09, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The regular Dogfather was not very impressive, way to much minerality, soy sauce, syrupy, etc. HOpefully the Bourbon Barrel is a lot more subtle and tasty. I figured this was a good beer to help me ride out the heavy thunderstorms and possible tornadoes on the way.

A: Pours with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, even a gentle pour yields 2/3 head and 1/3 beer to start. It's a dark fluffy pillowy head the fades slowly too over a dark black not too thick beer that has just the slightest hint of light shining through.

N: Thick dark malts, stout like of course, lots of dark roasted barley and dark roasty malts, some chocolate malt, thick syrupy molasses and other syrupy aromas, some creamy luscious chocolate milk. A very slight hint of oak and bourbon with all that.

T: Similar to the original, starts with a nice luscious chocolate flavor, dark chocolate and some milk chocolate, and lots of roasty flavors. Then gets real minerally with some soy sauce, salty, chewy dark malts, lots of earthy roasty charred malt flavors, which also brings a lot of bitterness. Somewhat thick and syrupy with a little molasses, and quite a boozy taste, and warming tingly feel. A little bourbon flavor, very light, and a hint of oak but not much. I think this is a little toned down a bit from the original but not much.

M: Semi thick and syrupy, not as thick as I expected, lots of carbonation and tons of warming tingly boozy mouth burning alcohol.

F: Very bitter, again from the roasty charred malts, and lots of earthy lingering taste with more soy sauce, long syrupy root beer syrup flavor, long tingly and warming booze taste as well, like I just rinsed my mouth with really strong mouthwash, a long bitter root earthy salty flavor too. Lots of not so pleasant stuff in the taste that seem to linger with the rest. There is some roasty malt flavors, and a little chocolate and bourbon lingering, but mostly the unpleasant parts lingering. Although, the more I drink the more by mouth becomes used to the bad flavors and it starts to becomes a little more drinkable, not too bad.

I'll see what a few years of aging does to teh rest of them.

jlindros, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

oline73, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is oak, alcohol, roasted malt and bourbon. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, whiskey with some piney hops and earthiness that was somewhat unexpected. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation which took away from the beer.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a dark dark brown with 3 plus fingers of tan head that lasts for several minuted. Moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of dark fruits, mainly cherry. Also some roasted malts and light coffee. Not getting any bourbon or oak, and smells much sweeter than I was expecting.

t - Tastes of bourbon, oak, cherries, roasted malts, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Much more like I was expecting.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent beer but a little disappointing. Not bad by any means, but I didn't think the taste was as smooth and balanced as I had hoped for. The smell was sweet dark fruits which threw me off, though it was enjoyable. Glad I tried but would probably not seek out again.

mdfb79, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of corby112
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

corby112, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

barleywinefiend, May 22, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

duceswild, Sunday at 06:44 PM
Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

BARFLYB, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/24/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, cherry, fig, prune, light char, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, char, molasses, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of robust dark/roasted malt and moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout. All around nice balance and complexity of very robust dark/roasted malt and moderate oak barrel character; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to LiquidArrogance for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, nice little bourbon/oak note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice notes of dark stuff, bourbon/oak notes. Medium Body, the ABV is hidden very well with this brew. Overall a very nice brew.

Wasatch, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at Ye Olde Spirits Shoppe in Frederick, MD, while visiting for a cattle sale. Bottle survived the trip back in checked luggage.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed a frothy dark brown 2" head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head slowly deflates down to a dense half inch, with thick slow-falling lace. Aroma is chocolate and anise, with a touch of alcohol.

Taste starts with rich chocolate sweetness, a pinch of dark fruit in the middle, and a close of anise and alcohol. Mouthfeel is velvety at the start, but comes apart near the end, with drinkability okay, but not all I was hoping for. Overall, flavors are too strong and even harsh, and maybe needed some more time to mellow.

ppoitras, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

John_M, Nov 27, 2010
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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.