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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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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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SDellinger


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-20-2012 00:31:51 | More by SDellinger
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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottle is at least a year old. Pours a very dark almost black, with a two inch mocha head, that leaves thick patches of lace all over the sides of the glass. Smell is bourbon, smoke, chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted expresso. Taste is lots of bourbon and burnt charcoal, with the other flavors in a supporting role. Body is a little thinner than I like, enough carbonation, a bit dry, and not overly drinkable. This is a little above average overall, but attractive.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:37:58 | More by SawDog505
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SLeffler27

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived, half-inch, fine mocha foam that leaves no lacing on a Dogfish Head snifter.

The aroma presents big, chocolate whiffs with little, if any, bourbon. Fudge brownie dominates the middle with roasted aromas in the background.

The flavor is chocolate with a light smoked wood background and light sweetness.

The Dogfather is syrupy and full bodied with alcohol less than anticipated.

This is a fine drinking beer, though not up to my hopes.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 19:59:34 | More by SLeffler27
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cosmicevan

New York

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

was relatively impressed with the non-BA version of this beer so popped it on my wants and mnbearsfan hooked it up. thanks buddy! since, this has hit my distro!!! enjoyed from my hunah snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a generous creamy tan head that slowly dissolved leaving a thinner head and a skin of lacing on the edge of the glass.

s - some booze, some wood, some vanilla, some chocolate and lots of roasted char. some dark fruit and coffee bitterness.

t - again dark fruit dancing with burnt wood and some booze. some vanilla and LOTS of heat. heavy char.

m - pretty hot and boozy. leaves a boozy burn in my mouth and down my throat. relatively rich and full.

o - overall, i think i was more impressed with the regular than the barrel aged version. the barrel seemed to even give it a bit of tartness (though doesn't seem infected at all) in the vein of a dark fruit character. didn't love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:54:59 | More by cosmicevan
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socon67

New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a borwn foam that has solid retention. Slight lacing in rongs on the glass.

S - Scents of vanilla bean, cocoa powder, and a touch of coffee. As it warmed the bourbon scent became more prevelant.

T - Hearty malt profile that is quite rich. Coffee flavor came to the surface quickly. Finish is distinct of a BBA stout. Warming burn at the end. Overall it does hit all the notes of what I'd expect.

M - Richness made this a sipper, and over time the bourbon flavor made this a cocktail beer. Heavy bodied and for many one is plenty.

O - Would try again. Certianly a big stout in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2012 14:48:58 | More by socon67
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-24-2012 20:01:21 | More by jaidenjb
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jbeezification

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-21-2012 19:18:14 | More by jbeezification
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JoelMD

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-15-2012 22:30:11 | More by JoelMD
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-09-2012 23:23:21 | More by Bobbydigi
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been sitting around for awhile, let's see how it has melded and mellowed. Yeah it looks like a big stout - black with a thick head of tan foam - what else do you want? The nose is big on the oak barrel character, but not so much Bourbon. The bottle indicates "old Bourbon barrels" so maybe most of the whiskey character has been stripped? Regardless, the lack of Bourbon isn't necessarily a bad thing. The oak barrel is nice - woody, mellow, with notes of roasted nuts. Good stout flavors too - chocolate, coffee, smoke. Nice even bitterness, good balance. Solid barrel-aged stout to be had here, without a big price tag. The only negative is the thinning finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 19:06:10 | More by bump8628
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark shit going happenin on the Dark Island. Poured at a good temperature with a medium sized, foamy, tan head that settles after a while and some lace. Color is an almost opaque, but clear black ruby. Aroma is roast, coffee, cherry, cocoa, molasse, vanilla, smoke, pomegranite. Flavor's like nose, mildly sweet, balanced with pleasing carbonic tang and yeast/hop bitter and just friggin good. Body and carbonation are bang on. Finish is like flavor, average length, and easy drinking. Superb beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:09:07 | More by drpimento
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BruceBruce

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-09-2012 04:17:20 | More by BruceBruce
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BWHD

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-05-2012 21:22:08 | More by BWHD
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raffy313

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my Brooklyn snifter.

Dark, dark brown to black in color with a 2 finger mocha head that has decent retension. Some excellent lacing is left behind on the glass.

Smells are mostly roasted malts and coffee, with abit of chocolate, and sweet molasses aromas. Some oakiness and a definate bourbon presence. The alcohol is hidden well in the nose for the amount this beer has.

Flavors match the aromas well, with the bourbon notes standing out abit more on the tongue. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some milky creaminess blend rather well with the sweetness. This beer has so far surprised me on how well balanced the flavors are. Nice alcohol finish, not at all overpowering.

A full, creamy body with an appropriate amount of carbonation. Very smooth going down. Abit bitter... abit dry in the mouthfeel.

Overall, this beer surprised me. First LDB beer I've had that I was impressed by. Not by any means overly complex... just a really solid Imperial Stout. One I would definately buy again... and absolutely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 04:43:52 | More by raffy313
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smerrell

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a motor-oil black, with almost no head. The aroma is sweet and pronounced. The roasted malts are prominent, and the 11% alcohol comes through. The aftertaste has an odd sweetness that lingers a bit too long. I agree with the other reviewers in that there is no noticeable addition due to the bourbon barrels.

Overall, it's a good stout, but I wish it was in a 12 oz. (rather than a bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 02:31:38 | More by smerrell
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Davit

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-22-2012 12:17:32 | More by Davit
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

04-15-2012 07:20:54 | More by TheBishopco
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motorhed

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-14-2012 21:15:07 | More by motorhed
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sandy408

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

04-14-2012 05:13:00 | More by sandy408
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, no date. Label states "Aged in old Bourbon Barrels".

appears jet black, khaki colored head. big initial head, it decreased but a thin covering sticks around. aroma is smokey and roasty. chocolate in there as well.

taste is heavy roast, a bit acidic. dry, not sweet. body is fairly thick. lower carbonation, good for style. smooooth.

I don't really pick up any bourbon flavors. but still a solid Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 01:57:37 | More by jmdrpi
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ATXRyan

Texas

1/5  rDev -73%

04-06-2012 16:35:50 | More by ATXRyan
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uvm2003

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

04-06-2012 01:41:58 | More by uvm2003
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jaymesbawned

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-02-2012 16:40:26 | More by jaymesbawned
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rjacobs6

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

04-01-2012 02:43:00 | More by rjacobs6
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airbag11

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-30-2012 17:39:02 | More by airbag11
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.