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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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BA SCORE
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363 Ratings
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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 16
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
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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BeerSocrates12

Texas

4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at home in a Lakewood Temptress snifter. This is the Bourbon Barrel aged version poured from a 22oz. Bomber.

Bottle was set out of the fridge to warm to a cellar serving temp.(about 20 min.)

A: Pours dark yet slight redness. A lighter tan head for an imperial stout. Lesser carbonation as expected from a barrel aged beer.

S: smells of a slight "roastiness" and a surprisingly smooth bourbon and cheery nose. Not as much of a roasted nor cocoa aroma I'd prefer in an imperial stout but still pleasant.

T: Subtle roast....a lot of Bourbon and almost no oak...I often find barrel aged beers to have more of an oak flavor...nice sweet complexity from the bourbon. This stout is very well balanced.

M: very smooth mouthfeel for 11%. Little to no alcohol burn. I like the way this beer finishes sweet...

O: Laughing Dog really surprises me. This is a really great Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Very smooth and well balanced. Caution: at 11% don't let this beer get ahead of you....its very easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 01:47:59 | More by BeerSocrates12
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Being fond of the other Laughing Dog offerings, splurged and bought this seasonal. Nothing better than a imperial stout on a winter day.

A - poured purply black with a rusty head. Always like some great lacing for a dark brew.

S - smells like the morning coffee, with some burnt overtones.

T - Roasted malts with cherry. Reminiscent of a california cab. An alcohol burn in the back of my mouth. This will warm you up on a cold day. finishes crisp with licorice and pepper - not spicy. Complex, there is a lot going on and I enjoy that. Smooths out as it warms. I don't pick up any oak/bourbon flavors. Boozy - yes

M- weighty. creamy. Modest carbonation

Wonderful, what a winter seasonal should be. Not exactly to style, but wonderful nevertheless

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:36:15 | More by KomodoDragon
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JeffreyJDavis

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-06-2013 15:15:52 | More by JeffreyJDavis
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JohnBender

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-02-2013 22:01:19 | More by JohnBender
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour. Large, heavy and bubbly dark brown head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Light streaks of spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S: Boozy dark fruits and caramel. Some creamy chocolate and char but mainly dark fruits. Raisin and fig and maybe prunes even? Some vanilla too.

T: More boozy dark fruits from the aroma up front. Sort of chalky char aspect mixes in and becomes stronger in the middle as the sweet dark fruits fade away. Bitter chocolate, char and vanilla in the finish. Long lingering baker's chocolate aftertaste with some burnt wood. There is an anise flavor that comes out once the beer fully warms up too, it slightly coats everything but is most apparent in the finish.

M: Thick, heavy and creamy.

O: Overall, not bad. A dark fruit-heavy stout for sure, kinda reminds me of Darkness. Bourbon is fairly well integrated though this beer is quite boozy regardless. Honestly not really sure why the score is so low on this one, it's a perfectly good example of the style. Especially good if you like the fruits.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:05:55 | More by Dope
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Mattyb79

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-02-2013 01:41:58 | More by Mattyb79
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-24-2012 02:58:26 | More by ilikebeer03
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brealbg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-21-2012 16:36:47 | More by brealbg
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BlueShirtMember

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark color w/creamy brown head

S: Kinda bland, a little bit of chocolate malt. No boozy bourbon smell

T: Smoky/burny taste up front. Mild bourbon flavor on the back end

M: Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

O: Not bad overall, however when it comes to bourbon barrel aging, I expect a bit more. I can count on 2 hands the numbers of better stouts and again on 2 different hands the numbers of better bourbon barrel aged brews. That's not to say this is bad, just that the bar is so high when it comes to the style. I'd drink it again but would not make an effort to do so

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 04:00:03 | More by BlueShirtMember
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-05-2012 15:28:41 | More by jacewg
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12packpoet

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

12-03-2012 00:06:56 | More by 12packpoet
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JimTeal

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-28-2012 23:16:17 | More by JimTeal
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weonfire

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -66.3%

11-26-2012 16:25:39 | More by weonfire
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Rizalini

Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet glass...

A - Pours a viscous black color, with a minimal 1/2 finger head that disipates rather quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, and some burnt malt aromas and coffee as well. No real signs of any bourbon barrel at all.

T/M - The taste is a little hot, with some black coffee notes, carmel and chocolate. Occasionally, I ever get a little hint of cinnamon. That just might be from the sharpness and the alcohol. Chocolate finish. Thick mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A good stout, but no real signs of bourbon or barrel aging. I would have scored this much higher if this was their standard Imperial Stout offering. Falls a little short in the taste for me to recognize this as a barrel aged stout. Might buy again, but probably wont.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:36:23 | More by Rizalini
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Dave1999

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with no real head to speak of.

The smell is sweet bourbon,roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

The taste is much like the smell sweet, pretty strong on the bourbon with a little bit of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter coffee.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy with low carbonation.

This is very tasty, the bourbon is strong, you can tell there's alcohol in it. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 00:18:02 | More by Dave1999
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-22-2012 16:12:14 | More by CEDAMA
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silverking

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with bourbon barrel beer, and I have to say, it is quite enjoyable. Nearly pitch black with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. the lacing coated the sides of my glass and sank slowly back into the black lagoon that is The Dogfather. Aromas of Vanilla, bourbon, espresso, oak and smoke are definately present. Maybe a little black licorice too. It is heavy on the palate with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate on the palate with a warming espresso finish. The alcohol is reletivley undetectable considering the 11% ABV. It is definately something I will pick up again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:28:03 | More by silverking
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sendbeer

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

11-18-2012 20:06:10 | More by sendbeer
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gshak

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-13-2012 15:23:38 | More by gshak
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WesM63

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter. No bottling date, assuming latest release.

A: Poours pitch black with a 1finger mocha head. Minimal retention but plenty of lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and some roasted malts.

T: Spot on the nose. Vanilla on the tounge that evolves to a bourbon-oaky-ness finishes with some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation. Rich and creamy. Carbonation might be a little on the high side.

O: Color me impressed. This BA Stout walks a fine line, just the right amount of bourboun that melds extremely well with the base stout. Price isn't a factor in this review, but at less than $10 a bottle, buy it, buy all of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 01:47:21 | More by WesM63
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whatname

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-29-2012 00:33:08 | More by whatname
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-21-2012 21:16:53 | More by Zaphog
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Stogiesaurus

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-15-2012 16:56:33 | More by Stogiesaurus
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Glibber

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-06-2012 02:42:07 | More by Glibber
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.