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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) - Laughing Dog Brewing

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354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 15
Gots: 82 | 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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Eriktheipaman

California

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

01-18-2012 01:04:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
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DevilsCups

New York

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber. First brew from Laughing Dog. jera1350's review is SPOT on.

A - Pretty nice. Very similar pour to any Southern Tier Blackwater Series Stout (Choklat, Javah, etc...) Head doesn't last too too long, but a quick swirl regenerates it nicely. Spotty consistent lacing the lasts in a clean glass. Very opaque blackwith only a hint of browning towards the edge of the coffee-and-cream head.

S - Very similar to OA Yeti. A bit more toned down, but more oak comes through than bourbon. Literally smells faintly like oak wood barrels with a hint of smoke. Pretty nice.

T - Follows the nose. Very dark-oak. A good bit of smokiness to it as well. Very nice, but I'm not getting much bourbon at all save for the slight alcohol tingle.

M - Could use a taaad more thickness. Not far off at all by any means. Carbonation is mildly tickling with a noticeable bubble.

O - Pretty solid stout, but it could've used a bit more bourbon tones. If you're looking for a toned down BBA stout, then this is your brew. Great intro to BBA brews in general, and I would definitely drink again. Strikingly similar notes to Great Divides Oak Aged Yeti.

::edit:: Coming up on room temperature, I get very very slight notes of oxidation. Not enough to take away from the brew, and it might be confusion with the oak notes.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 04:44:40 | More by DevilsCups
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TheCorkStopsHere

Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

With all the hype surrounding some other stouts on the market, I've been itching to try this one. From Laughing Dog Brewing, in Idaho, this is The Dogfather. Described as an imperial stout aged in old bourbon barrels, and 10.85% abv, this should be fun!

The Dogfather pours out as black as molasses (if not darker) and almost syrupy. The foam is a dark coffee color, which fades fairly quickly, but doesn't disappear. The foam sticks to the glass a fair bit, but without the typical "lacing" look.

The nose is full of rich butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, and even some dark chocolate. The nose isn't sweet though, it lingers somewhere between the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

On the palate, the Dogfather definitely has a little backbone of chocolate. The boozy nature from the bourbon barrels comes through on the palette nicely, without being over-powering. Just like the aromas, this fits beautifully between hoppy and malty. There are some nice notes of sweetness, as well as just the right amount of hops.

This is really the first stout I've ever really been a big fan of. I mean, I've like other stouts in the past, like Southern Tier Choklat, but never had one that I really, really liked. This Dogfather is quite enjoyable. It is sweet enough that I don't mind taking another sip, dark enough that I feel like I'm drinking a real beer, and bold enough to keep the beer-sissies away from my glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:59:18 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
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BHopp12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-11-2012 20:59:50 | More by BHopp12
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black pour with a big, frothy tan head stays at a pretty consistent creamy ring throughout most of the brew. Pretty impressive for a bourbon barrel aged beer.

The nose sees a tiny bit of black malt buried in a swamp of bourbon tones- buttered toffee, powdered sugar and a woody nuttiness- with a hefty amount of booze.

The palate is heavy and creamy with a moderate bitterness bringing out a ton of booze and a big coffee-and-cream-like sweetness. That American oak nuttiness makes a return, while the finish is boozy and warming. It's nice that the alcohol is more sweet than acrid, saving this from being undrinkable. A lingering roasty sweetness ends the finish with waves of spice, malt and dark dried fruit.

Still way too boozy, needing a good deal of cellaring, but as I've stated, at least the booziness is more sweet than acrid. Not a bad effort. I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:52:55 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-07-2012 17:26:29 | More by kevgod
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ConorThomas

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-06-2012 01:03:12 | More by ConorThomas
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ctc862

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-29-2011 16:49:44 | More by ctc862
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-27-2011 01:40:09 | More by OBIrish24
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-24-2011 08:34:17 | More by jophish17
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BeerCigar

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-24-2011 02:45:18 | More by BeerCigar
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-23-2011 06:25:44 | More by JAHMUR
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Harvey98

Arizona

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-22-2011 00:28:52 | More by Harvey98
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mild chocolate and vanilla notes up front. Moderate fruity esters and slight alcohol on the nose. No hop aromas. Very inviting.

Appearance: Jet black with a tan thin head. Head retention is fairly good given the ABV. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Mild vanilla and slight woody character up front. Roasted grains, chocolate, and coffee are in the background. Balance is towards the roasted malt character. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering with the barrel aged notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation. Slight grain astringency and warming alcohol on the palate.

Overall impression: A nicely done barrel aged beer. Good enough to pick up the barrel character but not so much as to overwhelm the base beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 21:30:28 | More by mattcrill
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Vierenner

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yuch. I have to believe the beer went bad during shipment because it's god awful. Smells good but taste turns my stomach. I can't drink it. Will pour it out after I finish this sentence. Need to get to 250 characters so perhaps this sentence. Nope, a few more.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 04:23:30 | More by Vierenner
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wolfeman007

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-09-2011 23:01:08 | More by wolfeman007
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Appearance 4.0: Poured out a jet black in color like all great stouts should. Half-inch head amber head shrunk down to a cloying amber swirl on the top and sides. Good stuff.

-Smell 4.0: Fascinating hint of licorice in the bouquet of this beer, along with toasted grains and lovely wood resins. Very, very nice.

-Taste 4.5: Slightly sweet first taste is quickly followed by a BIG sweet taste with lots of bourbon hints. Then the deeply toasted grains and coffee flavors follow along with a very noticeable bourbon middle. A long, delicious finish filled with hops and wood resins follows. Delightful.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Perfect level of carbonation. Very, very smooth mouthfeel, but the carbonation is still present and noticeable. Excellent work by the brewers at Laughing Dog.

-Overall 4.0: Very memorable Imperial Stout. I would rate this beer higher, but I found the overall taste to be a little too sweet for my tastes, but I'm sure that was partly due to the bourbon aging. Regardless, this is a fabulous Imperial Stout and I heartily recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 05:34:40 | More by BeerDocT
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

11-29-2011 20:15:19 | More by brandoman63
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nanobrew

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-29-2011 18:59:22 | More by nanobrew
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-28-2011 00:11:27 | More by Satchboogie
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AApparel

California

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-26-2011 05:14:14 | More by AApparel
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-20-2011 18:46:23 | More by xnicknj
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richbrew

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

11-15-2011 16:54:36 | More by richbrew
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-14-2011 08:14:20 | More by Travisnin
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of bubbly, long-lasting foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some vanilla. There were some mild bourbon notes, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It was very boozy.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was okay. I would rather have it with more age on it to mellow it out. A little too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 01:19:57 | More by zeff80
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
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