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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: 388
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

hardrock, Sep 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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2.43/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

taylor714914, Sep 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ZEB89, Sep 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

zillo043068, Sep 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jroberts8811, Aug 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

ohiobeer29, Aug 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Whiskeydeez, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

sgttibbs, Aug 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

fishmich, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle says 10/3/12.

Appearance: Pours an oily dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich and sweet dark roasted malt driven aroma. Dark roasted barley malts with a huge scent of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs along with hints of coffee, cream, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and smoked malt. Big presence of sweet molasses. Barrel hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of earthy hops as well. Very big on the burnt malt and chocolate scents. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the scent, a big rich and sweet dark malt driven taste with lots of chocolate. Roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate and sweet cocoa nibs. Notes of coffee beans, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and a good kick of smoked malt. Lots of sweet molasses and a slight kick of anise. The barrel presence is kind of subtle for an aged beer but there are some notes of vanilla and charred oak along with a slight note of bourbon. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of raisin, dark cherry, prune, and fig. Slight earthy hop presence in the background. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, rich, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good tasting imperial stout. Has several months on it so don't know what its like really fresh. Bourbon presence is kind of lacking but as an imperial stout it is very good overall.

MattyG85, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: black, 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malt, smokiness, some oak, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol

taste: earthy bitter hops, dark chocolate dominates the palate along with roasted espresso notes and oak, alcohol warmth is present, lots of smokiness, but like other have said, not getting much "bourbon". Pretty smooth, finish is hoppy for a stout.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, thick and syrupy

Overall: A great imperial stout, but not exactly a bourbon stout. Don't taste it, it resembles a cross between a chocolately imperial stout and a rauchbier, lots of smokiness. Still, a very good beer for what it is, would buy again.

Roman5150, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jenkster4, Jun 27, 2013
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.