The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing
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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.
08-09-2013 06:56:54 | More by MattyG85
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.
07-05-2013 00:14:43 | More by Roman5150
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.
06-09-2013 17:43:48 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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...
05-07-2013 23:07:21 | More by TMoney2591
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.
04-30-2013 11:24:54 | More by themind
2/5 rDev -46.1%
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.
04-10-2013 20:55:07 | More by charlzm
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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