The Dogfather | Laughing Dog Brewing

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3.85/5
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587 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States
laughingdogbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by JohnGalt1 on 11-07-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,779
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
587
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
96
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 587 |  Reviews: 252
Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
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.

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Photo of dbl_delta
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.

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Photo of Erikshegda1994
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gdobber
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.

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Photo of Lucular
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of beerguy04
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
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.

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Photo of TonyLema1
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

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Photo of PprBurke
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestd
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
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.

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Photo of kevindp9
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mdgogiants
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect brew for Fathers Day!

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Photo of DocWaters
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
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.

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Photo of MSCUSN
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fusebuddy
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.53/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 587 ratings