The Dogfather
Laughing Dog Brewing

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Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
American Imperial Stout
3.85 | pDev: 14.55%
Feb 08, 2021
Nov 07, 2008
Very Good
The DogfatherThe Dogfather
Notes: The Dogfather is one of the biggest brews we have made. Weighing in at a hefty 11% percent, the Dogfather has 7 malts and 4 different hops giving it a complex flavor profile.

71 IBU
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Rated: 4.13 by ronniebruner from Arizona

Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by generallee from Virginia

Jul 01, 2020
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cellar clearing - bottled 11/02/2015. Pours a deep black with half finger short lived mocha head.
Aroma of dark chocolate, burnt brown sugar, coffee grounds, and vanilla.
Taste follows - boozy dark chocolate with licorice notes, molasses, roasty chicory,and bitter espresso.
Moderately full mouthfeel, boozy - slight fusel note, bitter coffee lingers.
Aug 11, 2019
Rated: 4 by Husky-Topper from New Jersey

Jun 14, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Mar 15, 2019
Rated: 4.04 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 26, 2019
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
Opaque, very dark brown body with a proper khako head. No lacing, but no one is perfect.

Flavors are indistinct, but the overall flavor is nice. Vanilla, caramel and sweet malts dominate after warming. Very light carbonation.

It's weirdly perfect.
Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Grunt fill from Growler Guys - Meridian. Near black pour, small fluffy beige head fades to ring. Roast grains and chocolate on the aroma, taste leans more towards the roast grains. Mild bitterness for the grains, hints of coffee and burnt toast. Silky smooth, chewy mouthfeel.
Feb 26, 2018
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up at a Total Wine in Fort Myers. I knew nothing about Laughing Dog Brewing, but I like BBA Stouts and I like dogs, so what the hell.
Bottle dated 10/18/17. Initial impression is coffee, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, and faint bourbon overtones. Medium mouthfeel, light-ish carbonation. I'd add body and leave the carbonation as-is. Finish is a little bitter, with dark chocolate and coffee. Nice but not exceptional.
Jan 27, 2018
Rated: 3.82 by Erikshegda1994 from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2018
Rated: 4 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by Gdobber from Washington

4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Look: Very dark brown, not quite black. About 2 fingers of a medium brown foamy head. Light lace lingered the whole beer. Smell:The smell was brown sugar, bourbon, chocolate, oats, vanilla, little debbie cake? very interesting, cherry?
Taste: Dark malt front with a vanilla bourbon, caramel. Back end is coffee. You can taste the bourbon, but the not an overpowering alcohol, doesn't taste as heavy as it says. Lingers a coffee, dark chocolate. A bit bitter on the finish. Lingers well. Very good.
Feel: smooth mouth feel, not too syrupy, right in the sweet spot. Surprising amount of crispness.
This might be near the best imperial stout.
Jan 01, 2018
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours dark, near-black with a tan head. The taste is reminiscent of a strong black ale. Very hoppy and bitter and surprisingly not all that boozy or sweet.
Oct 10, 2017
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Lowes Food Beer Den pint glass. Thick, wet tan head sits atop a jet black body. Nose is heavy on the smoked wood, dark fruit, molasses, and of course, whiskey.

Thick, smooth texture but still a huge, almost overwhelming flavors. Some medium pine notes provide a moderate of balance to even out the huge notes of smoke, figs, honey, and booze.

A little too high octane for me to drink rea;l often, but well done and tasty
Jul 22, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Imperial stout pours a significant black and thick with 3/4" tan head on the top. Aroma is almost exclusively heavily roasted malt.

Taste is the same as the smell, you're just getting blasted in the face and nose with nothing but roasted malt and in the mouthfeel, you're picking up a decent amount of alcohol, but what do you expect from an 11% abv non barrel aged stout? There are no flaws, its just one of those giant ass imperial stouts without adjuncts. Plenty bitter, seems like they jacked up the hopping with some Cascades or similar natured C hop (Centennial or Chinook).

It isn't a repeat purchase for me though. Too ordinary and a bomber format equals no.
Jun 28, 2017
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Reviewed by beerguy04 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a motor oil black with a tan head. Good lacing. Not much of a smell. Taste is molasses, but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel is what you would expect from an imperial stout. Overall not bad.
Jun 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Thin off white foamy head quickly dissipated leaving no lacing. The aroma starts with some rich sweet milk chocolate, sly coffee bean, a fair amount of vanilla, dried woody character almost like cherry wood. The flavor brings it all together - sweet with an underscore of dry bitter (coffee bean). Sly mainly sweet vanilla to cherry wood aftertaste. Quick smooth sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sipping quality about it. There was a bit of ruggedness to the feel. That grip tells me I probably could have aged this longer. Carbonation, still, feels appropriate. Overall, though I say I could have aged this longer, it probably would have helped smooth out the feel, still I would have this again.
Jun 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Black in color and absolutely impenetrable to light. There's an inch of tightly packed, creamy brown foam. The nose is overpowered with very sweet, but I also get some bitter dark malt. The flavor is also packed with sweet malt. I can also get some faint dark roasted barley, but it is buried. Unfortunately there's also some sharpness from the alcohol that seems out of place. The mouth is warm with alcohol. It does improve somewhat as it warms. It's just definitely on the sweeter side of the spectrum.
May 20, 2017
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Reviewed by TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L; Black in color, tan head, lacing
S: roasted malts, some dark chocolate
T: malty smooth
F: rich and creamy, nice mouthfeel, full bodied
O:nicely done
Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by PprBurke from Virginia

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by petewheeler from Maryland

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by zestd from Idaho

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by DraconusDesanctus666 from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bomber,into a Funky Buddha snifter.

Thick,creamy,2 finger head with medium to small bubbles.Very good retention.Dark black in color,with no light shining through the glass.Very nice looking lacing on the side of the glass.

On the nose I get mostly dark fruits,toffee,black licorice,and coffee.These are backed up by some dark roasted malt notes,and some chocolate.

On the palate I get dark fruit and alcohol up front,with the toffee,black licorice,chocolate,and coffee in the finish.Smokey aftertaste.

The body is heavy,with a chalky mouth feel,and some alcohol warming in the stomach.

This is a pretty damn good imperial stout,I think the alcohol could have been a little better hidden,but still a very nice IS.
Jan 06, 2017
Rated: 3.77 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Dec 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by jrfehon33 from Pennsylvania

Oct 28, 2016
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Rated by mdgogiants from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Perfect brew for Fathers Day!
Jun 19, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by DocWaters from Illinois

Jun 18, 2016
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into into snifter glass. It pours a deep, dark mahogany with a thick, creamy, cafe au lait colored head and extensive lacing. It's a very pretty pour. It also has a very pungent smell: chocolate, coffee, vanilla, smoke, and bourbon The taste features lots of burnt coffee, bakers chocolate, and some dark fruit. There is a strong alcohol burn. About my only complaint is that this stout is rather thin for the flavors and ABV. The 11% ABV is very noticeable; this stout is truly a sipper. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a very good Imperial Stout. If it had a little more body and perhaps a little more chocolate, it would be in the elite category.
Jun 04, 2016
Rated: 3.77 by MSCUSN from Florida

May 06, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Fusebuddy from Wisconsin

Apr 27, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela

Apr 16, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Apr 08, 2016
Rated: 2.93 by MrHolden from Texas

Mar 29, 2016
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Rated by Eachristman from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Subtle on both the coffee and bourbon. Very tasty but does have more carbonation than I expected. Definitely worth it though.
Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by C_Pel from Pennsylvania

Mar 11, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This beer was poured from a 22 oz. bottle into two tulip glasses, one for me and one for the wife. The color was a straight on black with a nice foamy brown head.

The smell was a smoky woodsy smell with some char coming through, Dark fruits and an alcohol note developed as the brew warmed.

The taste really followed the smell with that smoky woodsy char thing going on. There was also an alcohol warming in the throat after swallowing.

This brew had a medium mouth feel with a wet body and dry finish that had that alcohol warming on the backside.

This was a sipper that really allowed a person to taste the various notes as the beer warmed. I found this to be a most awesome stout and look forward to visiting this one in the near future.
Mar 08, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by HawkinsNOC from Florida

Mar 07, 2016
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Rated by ChrisKayler from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hot but decent.
Feb 21, 2016
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