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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: 387
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 15
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

cuy50, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

apasternak, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

mbeerdino21, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

dbc5, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

HoppySeb, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: This beet poured a two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, bourbon, milk chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, coconut, and chewy malts.

Taste: You definitely get the bourbon oak vanilla part, but nice barrel char to go with milk chocolate and roasted notes. Cool stuff. Wish I could pair it with the original non barrel aged Dogfather.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, creamy, boozy, smoky bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty tasty barrel aged imperial stout. Mellowed out a bit after 11 months and smooth to a "T". Now I just have to find the non barrel aged version to see how it would normally taste.

Flounder57, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am assuming I am reviewing the correct beer. The label indicates nothing of its barrel aging, the bottle on the Laughing Dog website indicates nothing of barrel aging, but the beer has all of the qualities of barrel aging. No idea how old the bottle is because there is no date anywhere.

Great looking beer. Pitch black with a frothy, silky smooth, dark tan head of about two fingers in size. Generous lacing and the retention is awesome.

Aroma is filled with coffee, chocolate, bourbon, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Really nice.

Flavor is spot on as well. Bitter chocolate and the hops provide some bitterness with a touch of astringency. Fully flavored bourbon and oak, smoky, alcohol, tobacco.

A very solid beer. I think i paid like $4.99 for a bomber, which makes this an awesome value. Loved this beer.

SaCkErZ9, Mar 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

woemad, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

he Dogfather.

Practically black with a nice tan cap. Holds pretty well.

Huge aroma with all sorts of crazy volatiles. Toasted coconut, bourbon, rye, waxy vanilla candle, oak, hints of passion fruit (strange?), and floral/perfumey notes. Interesting nose.

Has a thin tartness with that bright oak and waxy bourbon barrel notes. More coconut, toasted wood, perfumey fruit, black olive pit bitterness, and some dark chocolate tones. A tad bit of caramel, too. One of a kind, I'll give it that.

The body seems a bit thin for this style. Alcohol is strangely disguised, however. This feel is out-of-bounds. Indescribable how this beer works.

thecheapies, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The appearance is super fine for an imperial stout that pours a midnight black that adsorbs all light around it. The head is thick and tan and very, very long lived that settles to a pile of foam that looks like it will never go away. The lacing is thick and long lived as well.

The nose is bready with definite bourbon notes and a definite, classic imperial spicy stout scent to it. The sweet smokey malts are balanced by the fruity malts with a tiny bit of tartness that is nicely balanced.

The taste is surprisingly dry for an imperial stout. The bourbon is strong in presence, but not dominating. The smokey malts are nicely balanced with the sweet malts that have a nice hoppy finish that is well balanced.

The mouthfeel is also a great balance for the imperial stout. It is just right, not thick and not watery.

Overall this is one impressive example of a imperial stout. The bourbon additive is a nice touch and works better than expected. I really like this one and will definitely drink it again.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

zonker17, Mar 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

krl2112, Mar 01, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A: Black with a foamy light brown head. Nice lacing from the point where poured and head is retained throughout consumption.

S: Chocolate, oak, light bourbon

T: Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malts, milky sweetness, bourbon

M: Full bodied, syrupy, nice warming alcohol, slight bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

O: Absolutely solid barrel aged stout (especially for the price). I can't say necessarily that anything was lacking for me...just that compared to some others BBA stouts it came up a bit short in aroma and forwardness of the bourbon's impact in flavor. That may be a blessing in disguise for this concoction because it comes out extremely balanced for me and is extremely drinkable.

illeagle05, Feb 25, 2014
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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.