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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: 425
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.55%
Wants: 16
Gots: 101 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 12-21-2009

Over 11 months in the making some of the Dogfather is bourbon barrel aged.

71 IBU
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3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz chalice, during the tap takeover at Beer Revolution in downtown Edmonton.

This beer appears a solid, light-absorbing black hole, with pretty much nil in terms of any sort of highlights, and a thin cap of wispy, yet still rather foamy tan head, which leaves a near solid wash of thinly painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet Kentucky whiskey barrel - caramel, spicy rye grain, and boozy vanilla - further toffee malt sugary notes, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of root beer syrup, and a bristling alcohol astringency. The taste is strong, almost too strong grainy wood barrel notes - rye whiskey, of course, with the attendant toasted vanilla and caramel - a still heady toffee malt backbone, chocofied coffee, and a low-key, underwhelming leafy, weedy hoppy bitterness.

The carbonation is generally unassuming in its plain Jane, um, blandness, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and actually smooth, all other pertinent things considered. It finishes on the sweet side, the barrel still bullying its way about, to no one's real benefit.

I like these guys, I really do, but sometimes their headier offerings seem to come up short, as does this. There's certainly no question that this stout spent a considerable amount of time in Bourbon wood. The actual question is, should it have?

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

A: Large tan, light mocha colored 3 finger head persisted a long time. When it receded it left a dense spiderweb looking trail of lacing down the edge of the snifter glass and a soapy, cola bubbles looking foam that stayed even longer. The beer is pitch black with no light shining through when held to a light source. Nice legs when agitated. (4.25).

S: The aroma is heavy in the barrel character, smokey, mesquite bbq, light vanillin and oak. Bourbon is medium to mild with a slight sweet boozy character. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh or hot. Dark chocolate and sweet caramel malts come through at mild levels. No hops detected. (3).

T: Lots of roasty malt flavors boarding on ashy with a slight soy sauce like character. Dark cocoa and milk chocolate with caramel malts. Heavy in the barrel flavors similar to the aroma. mesquite bbq, slight smoke, lumber like oak, slight bourbon and vanilla. the balance is on the barrel flavors. The sweetness is medium with no hop flavor and just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. (3).

M: Big viscous body with medium to low carbonation. Tingly mouth sensation from the bourbon and a hefty dose of alcohol warmth in the chest. (4).

O: In most cases of barrel aged stouts it can improve an already great beer, this beer seems to have done the opposite. The barrel seems to be either to new? or not aged long enough to mellow out the flavors or something.. but the mesquite, smokey, lumber flavor combined with the roast character is killing this beer for me.

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

Label date of 12.30.13.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 06.04.14.

A: 2 finger tan head that retains well. Midnight black body with some red at the bottom.

S: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate.

T: Vanilla, bourbon, and chocolate dominate. Fig, very slight roastiness, and cherry are subtle.

M: Creamy silk. Perfect carbonation. Not too chewy, just perfection.

O: This is a well rounded BB stout. It has complexity and is perfectly balanced. There is some alcohol burn on the back end. This is regularly $5.99 to $6.99 in the Seattle area, which is an incredible value. This is one that I regularly buy.

Rating: A

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.