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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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84
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377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 16
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 drinkAK
4.5/5  rDev +21%

drinkAK, Feb 11, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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

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

LambClowder, Jan 18, 2013
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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
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4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
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

KomodoDragon, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

JeffreyJDavis, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of JohnBender
4/5  rDev +7.5%

JohnBender, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Dope, Jan 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

Mattyb79, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

ilikebeer03, Dec 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

brealbg, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.05/5  rDev -18%
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

BlueShirtMember, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

jacewg, Dec 05, 2012
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.