1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

Not Rated.
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

374 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 374
Reviews: 151
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 374 | Reviews: 151 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jroberts8811
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jroberts8811, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of ohiobeer29
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ohiobeer29, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Whiskeydeez, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

sgttibbs, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of fishmich
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

fishmich, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%

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
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

JTomczak, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of Dmkaz
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Dmkaz, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

pathman, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
3.86/5  rDev +4%

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
Photo of Jenkster4
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Jenkster4, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -73%

Lare453, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

atoulouk, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Boilerfood
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Boilerfood, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Jayeblue24
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jayeblue24, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

GaryMarkle84, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of baybum
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

baybum, May 19, 2013
Photo of Matt73
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Matt73, May 15, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev +7.8%

szmnnl99, May 12, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.13/5  rDev -42.6%

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 07, 2013
Photo of jklecko2
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

jklecko2, May 03, 2013
Photo of themind
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

themind, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

claspada, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of browniewithnuts
3/5  rDev -19.1%

browniewithnuts, Apr 16, 2013
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.