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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

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387 Ratings
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Ratings: 387
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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Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into perfect pint glass.

Pours dark black with tick brown foam. Hearty looking. Rich chocolate malt nose. Espresso too,. Vanilla as well. Taste is a hearty full coffee chocolate blend with a whisky background. Quite boozy. Whisky flavor builds as the beer warms. packs a wallop, with a lot of flavor.

KTCamm, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

acurtis, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of auggie
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

auggie, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Rand_ale_Thor, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of dbfp210
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dbfp210, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of MattBreight
4.5/5  rDev +21%

MattBreight, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Brabander
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this bottle when I was in Austria last week in the lovely village of Neustift in the Strubai valley together with an American Facebook friend who was there @ the same time.

Poured out of the bottle into a wine glass, did not have the appropiate glassware with me. Nice and creamy head which gives this beer a very nice look. Little lacing. The smell is normal; stoutlike with nice coffee notes. Taste is good but not overwhealming strong. A good stout when you want to try out the stout. I did my very best but could not find any hints of the barrel aging of this beer

Glad i got to try this one!

Brabander, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of gkjhawk
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

gkjhawk, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours jet black with a dense, one finger light brown head.

S: Powdery cocoa, some wet forest floor, roasted malt, charred oak, and some milk chocolate. Definitely improves a ton as it warms up.

T: Opens with some roasted malt and then fades to some dark chocolate, anise, unsweetened baking chocolate and some faint hop resin. A pretty substantial bitterness comes through on the finish, which reminds me a lot of sucking on unsweetened baking chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and chewy and easily the best part of this beer. I really wish I got some bourbon barrel out of this, but it's still a decent enough beer.

notchucknorris, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Kelp, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of drinkAK
4.5/5  rDev +21%

drinkAK, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of bkrbdan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

bkrbdan, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jegross2, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of lic217
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

lic217, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of JellyJacket
3/5  rDev -19.4%

JellyJacket, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours black as night, not a bit of light escaping through the glass, small somewhat foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer skimming the top, leaving a few rings of lace

S- dark and deep roasted malt in the aroma, notes of smoky charcoal, a bit if vanilla, melted dark chocolate, booze, and just a trace of oak at the end.

T- smoky and charred malt profile dominates up front, a bit of coffee, vanilla and chocolate pop up mid-palate, the finish brings some of the woodsy oak flavors along with just enough hop bitterness to be noticed. Finish is sweet with a charred oak linger.

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation, almost syrupy mouthfeel leads to a creamy mid- palate, finish is smooth and silky with a touch or warming alcohol that escapes through the nose upon exhaling.

O- this one has a lot of smoky roasted character. The alcohol is contained quite well considering the ABV, and the mouthfeel is ideal. The main problem I had was the lack of bourbon character. The oak was there but I couldn't really pick up any bourbon. If this were a regular double stout, I would have rated it higher, but considering the style, I would have liked a little more assertive bourbon character. Overall an enjoyable beer, but probably won't purchase again given that I paid $14 for it.

Treyliff, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of MaxH
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MaxH, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of scratch69
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Pitch black in color with two fingers of lingering, dark tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt and chocolate. I detect no bourbon or boozy smell whatsoever.

Taste- Char and roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate . Very faint hint of bourbon at the finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and creamy with some alcohol warmth after the swallow. Low level of carbonation.

Overall- Decent enough beer but I doubt I will try it again.

scratch69, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +7.5%

KevinGordon, Jan 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Gagnonsux, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of ChefHopMeister
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

ChefHopMeister, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of LambClowder
2/5  rDev -46.2%

LambClowder, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Texasfan549, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of BeerSocrates12
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

BeerSocrates12, Jan 12, 2013
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.