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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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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
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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Photo of atone315


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

03-25-2012 17:12:04 | More by atone315
Photo of TonyTalon


3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-25-2012 05:45:22 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of frenchblood21


3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance- Beautiful looking beer. Black liquid is contrasted by huge tan head. Way more carbination than any stout I've ever seen. Lacing is amazing..

Smell- Oak, bourbon and cherries in that order. This beer has a "barn yard" type smell to it. But not in a bad way. It reminds me of walking through a bourbon distillery.

Taste- Sad to say this, but the first taste I detect is a sour flavor. After that, I taste wood and then a faint bourbon flavor. I would have never guessed this was bourbon-aged if I didn't know.

Mouthfeel- Way too thin for a stout...but I do understand that months or a year in a barrel will do that to a beer.

Overall- Absolutley worth the $7.99 I paid for it. This could NEVER compete with the BA Blackout Stout or KBS, but who says their trying to?

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:35:04 | More by frenchblood21
Photo of JavaNoire


4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-24-2012 06:57:55 | More by JavaNoire
Photo of imintune2


3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: jet black. very scanty layer of head with decent lacing. it looks like an imperial stout.

s: burnt sugars/coconut. an expected scent of bourbon.

t: i'm tasting the burnt sugars (but possibly getting a lot of that from the nose) and cola syrup. there's a sweet, almost fruity flavor in the middle and then not a whole lot on the back end. i feel like the back of my tongue is paralyzed. also, there's not a strong bourbon flavor (which is alright by me, just surprising; i wonder what their non-bbl-aged tastes like).

m: i'm finding the mouthfeel a little perplexing. initially, full-bodied and thick on the tip of the tongue/lips... then carbonation dominates the middle and finishes off with almost no resistance. this is somewhat disappointing, as i like an imperial stout that leaves something behind to remember it by. UPDATE: as we approach room temperature, it's starting to open up a little bit but it's still lacking something on the back end.

o: i'm relatively pleased but far from blown away. i will say, however, that i don't taste anything remotely close to an "infected" taste as others have said. also, weighing in at 11% ABV, this stout is very drinkable (again, i wonder how the non-aged stout compares). laughing dog is new to my area and i'm glad to have another decent brewer's catalog to sip through.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:03:07 | More by imintune2
Photo of Boitnott

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-19-2012 05:32:29 | More by Boitnott
Photo of harrylee773


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

03-17-2012 14:56:54 | More by harrylee773
Photo of dcloeren


2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a deep black with a finger of dark khaki soapy head. Reduced down to a thin film around the edges fairly quick. Pretty standard for a BBA stout.

The smell was pretty subdued for a BBA stout in my opinion. Faint notes of bourbon, roasted malt, milk chocolate and a touch of dark chocolate. Didn't really get any bourbon notes until it warmed up a considerable amount.

Got blasted with some sweetness right of the bat. Almost knocked me back a little bit like it punched me in the mouth. This definitely ruled the taste of this beer but after swishing it around in my mouth a few times I finally start getting some nice oaky notes and a touch of bourbon. Dark chocolate and roasted malt stay in the background. Nothing to really write home about...

Medium body with an ample amount of carbonation. Definitely on the thin side and too thin for my liking. Get a little bit of residual dark chocolate on the aftertaste but the sweetness really wears its welcome out.

Overall, this was not a huge disappointment (considering I didn't have high hopes to begin with) but just not a very good beer in my opinion. Too thin and overly sweet for me... I'm glad my brother bought this bottle because I would have been upset about spending the price tag for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:37:00 | More by dcloeren
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2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

03-10-2012 05:08:03 | More by canadianghetto
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

03-10-2012 03:52:52 | More by bbadger
Photo of scottfrie


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Purchased at Total Wine.

A: Pours near black with a huge, thick, and airy deep brown head that took forever to slowly fade into a very thick film that left chunky streaks of lace down the glass. Infection?
S: I’m getting a lot of fruit on the nose; much more fruit than I would expect from a bbl-aged stout. Infection? I get some notes of sweet milk chocolate, brown sugar, and woody oak as well.
T: Still a bit of a candy-like sweetness but if this is infected then it is really mild at this point. The sweet milk chocolate comes through as the fruity sweetness fades, and the finish is full of lightly bitter and dry dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted wood, and lightly spicy bourbon. The more I drink this the more I’m going to have to say it does have a mild infection.
M: Carbonation is very soft but pretty ample and frothy. Definitely a bit infected. Swirling the glass a few times helped even it out though. The body isn’t the fullest but I’d still call it full, and the mouthfeel is frothy and smooth. Double digit alcohol is hidden very well.
O: I haven’t had the regular version (even though it was sitting right next to this one on the shelf) but I liked this version despite the imminent infection. The infected sweet fruit flavor isn’t really sour yet, and it actually works well with the chocolate, bourbon, and wood barrel flavors. However, if you have a bottle of this I would say drink it now (before it gets worse) and if you’re looking to try it hope the next batch is better.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 22:41:23 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Donsmitty


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

03-04-2012 03:01:58 | More by Donsmitty
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-03-2012 05:20:56 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of samie85


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one is a bit of a gusher out of the gate and is a jet black color with two fingers of mocha brown, rocky, dense foam.

Big vanilla bourbon notes and a bit of roasted barley comes through with a bit of vinegar.

This definitely tastes infected but in a good way, it's reminiscent of Petrus Oud Bruin in some respects with bountiful bourbon and roasted notes.

Creamy yet light side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

This one is pretty drinkable but I think it owes much of its drinkability to the fact that its infected; the bacteria cut through some of the richness I would expect from this beer... very interesting beer although I do not think it was what was intended.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:11:25 | More by samie85
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-27-2012 16:42:52 | More by denimdemon
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-19-2012 17:28:34 | More by jfcaa193
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-19-2012 00:45:38 | More by jskennedy
Photo of robo90124


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-18-2012 14:05:51 | More by robo90124
Photo of GregSVT


3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours nearly black with a big light brown head that fades to a ring with some nice lacing. Good looking stuff.

S: The nose is a bit odd...smells like a smoked beer. All I can detect is smoked malt at first and then after a while I pick up some slight barrel flavors.

T: The taste is the same...all smoke and barely anything else. I get a hint of hops on the finish and a slight sweetness. Seriously where are these barrel flavors everyone is talking about?

M: The feel is the best part of this beer. It's very creamy which makes it feel a bit thicker than medium bodied.

O: I expected a bit more out of this one after reading some reviews and was disappointed. The look and feel are great but there are very little Imperial Stout or barrel aged flavors. It's mostly smoked malt. I don't mind smoked beers but at least label it as such.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 07:01:51 | More by GregSVT
Photo of HardTarget


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Weapon grade black, completely opaque with only a microscopic edge. Holds a thin collar in my small tasting glass but not much of a head really. Some legs show when sips occur.

Smell: Sweet malt with a bit of bubblegum. Classic stout burnt barley and a little barrel wood. Pretty inviting all told.

Taste: Barrel flavor is pretty intense, but it lets some of the beer flavor come through. The beer element is Stoutish, sweet base tempered with an almost harsh roasted grain. Little bit of citric hop pokes though as well, but everything is coated in the barrel flavor which is a lot more wood than Bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Slick texture, low carbonation, heavy body with a firm chew and long lasting fade.

Overall: Not a huge barrel aged fan, really don't like Bourbon much, but those flavors don't ruin the fun here. Makes me want to try a straight Dogfather. Like the hop citric element. A nice sipper for a cool late winter night.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 03:49:12 | More by HardTarget
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

02-14-2012 10:27:32 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of derkfromwi


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark mocha two-finger head, jet black color, some decent lacing

S: Different blend of malts, sweetness, chocolate, woodiness

T: Sweetness, some bourbon, toasted malts, wood, some vanilla in there, touch of hops

M: Smooth and creamy, medium carbonation, warming alcohol

O: A bit boozy, maybe could have used some more cellaring, good, but I can think of 10 imperial stouts I would have before this

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 07:31:07 | More by derkfromwi
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-11-2012 08:56:12 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-11-2012 01:13:01 | More by Casterbridge
Photo of TXhomebrewer


3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-06-2012 16:46:08 | More by TXhomebrewer
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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