The Dogfather | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The DogfatherThe Dogfather

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

Style: American Double / 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

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this RIS even though it was not a thick RIS. In fact, its mouthfeel was average, and overcarbonated. It was balanced, good complexity of malts and quite drinkable malted coffee.Good roasted aroma and flavour.The chocolate liquor was there, and was in the secondary. Dark brown colour with moderate head.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

i like this take on the now extremely popular enormous stout that every brewery in the country seems to be making. while many of them all seem the same, this one adds something new to the conversation. its got a more interesting malt bill than so many, intensely dark roast but lightened and smoothed out by what must be a little wheat. its also got a ton of body, but an awesome dryness to the finish, almost chalky in texture, like crumbly bitter bakers chocolate but finishing a little faster. its neat to have such a big dark beer to that on the palate, so few do. its also very bubbly, well carbonated for the style, i find that uplifting about it, and even though its 11% abv, it appears much lighter and more delicate than others due to these mouthfeel attributes. notes of coffee and burning tobacco are present in the finish, and just a slight oaty sweetness that is recognizable. my first beer (i think) from these guys, and its impressive. i know there is a bourbon barrel edition out there, but i cant imagine that improving this much. it may add sweetness and roll over the textural delicacy that exists in this one, but we will have to get one and see!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.52/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pitch black color with a 2 inch chocolate milk colored head that fades to a small cap. Good rings of lace on the drink down. Wow, this smells kind of bad. Dirty feet, coffee, chocolate, and funk. Hmm, I think something is wrong with this bottle. Taste is thankfully not as bad as the smell but it's still gross. Funky feet up front that mellows into a coffee/chocolate flavor after each sip. Decent carbonation with a medium body in the mouth. Overall, I think this is a bad bottle. Stouts should not taste or smell like dirty feet. I will probably buy another bottle to see if I get the same problems.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is pitch black with a tan colored head with a pretty good lacing all over the glass. The smell is very sweet and roasted. Kind of a mix of vanilla and coffee. The taste is very sweet with a dominant bitterness to it. There is a little bit of sweet vanilla up front but changes to a burnt coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Overall I still I like this beer and would drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a finger high tan head that quickly dissipated, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a ring around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is sweet and has notes of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses and roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, molasses and roasted malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some notes of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer tastes somewhat strong, but nowhere in the level of 11% abv. For this reason, it’s not too difficult to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strongly roasted and cocoa flavored Imperial Stout. But a mild house flavor astringency hurts the flavor and feel a bit.

The beer pours a lavish black beer with lightly browned foam that forms, lasts, and laces extremely well. An onyx-like sheen makes me think that the beer is clear but the mere color keeps any light from impeeding.

Intense cocoa, espresso, and roasted breads/toast dominate the aroma. With a background note of tartness (berries and under-rippened fruit) can be esters or signal mild astringency or contamination.

Flavors of deeply roated malt, malted milk, heavy toast, espresso coffee, and bittersweet chocolated dominate just as much in flavor as they do in aroma- maybe moreso. Bitterness arrives from hop sources as well as roast, but there's another bitter sensation that weaves into and out of astringent sensations. Lighly boozy alcohols add sweetness, complexity, and maybe some bitterness to the stout beer.

Thick, robust, and lucious to start, this beer is creamy, heavy, and has the halmark feel of a true delicacy. the beer keeps its weight and fullness very well. But when the beer turns to dryness, the astringent feel digs into the mouth a bit too much and nearly kills the finish.

The Dogfather is a tremendous Stout and is surely a joy to drink by any dark beer fan. But there's that house astringency that finds its way into this beer and offers the only critical error.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a thick, brown head of foam with ruby highlights. It left sticky, intricate patches of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and mild floral notes. There were some notes of citrus.

T - It tasted of bitter dark chocolate with sweet roasted malt flavors. There was also a bitter, piney hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied brew with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Imperial Stout. Another solid brew from Laughing Dog.

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours pitch black, with a frothy mocha head that leaves some streaky lacing behind

Smell: Big chocolate aromatics with some woody tones, as well

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a bit of fruity tartness that sneaks in at mid-palate; oak and dark fruit elements arrive, after the swallow; in the finish, the bittering impact from the hops finally arrive

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Other than the mouthfeel (which is a bit thin for an Imperial Stout), this is a pretty darn good example of the style

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to my daughter for this 650 mL bomber. Served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Pours with a huge, rapidly rising tan head ... even on the 2nd pour many minutes later -- be prepared. The liquid is viscous, opaque and black. As the towering head settles, the glass remained well coated with sticky lace, while the head became even more dense and creamy.

Aroma: The nose is dominated by dark roasted grains, but marred (IMO) by a boozy overtone. Just now checking the ABV on this one - so the booziness is to be expected, I suppose. Some sweet chocolate, vanilla, burnt nuts, and a hint of spicy hops.

T: Intense dark roasted malt flavor, with faint burnt elements. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla, with some hop spiciness coming through in the finish and aftertaste. Excellent sweet/bitter balance, leaning towards bitter after being sweet up front. ABV is partially hidden.

M: very full body, and creamy, despite a medium level of carbonation. An inevitable warming from the high ABV.

O: a fine imperial stout, worth seeking out.
(revised with a less appealing 22 oz bottle in December 2016).

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1.9/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Beautiful looking stout. Midniht black with a creamy cap of mocha colored head. Great retention and lace.

S - Super sweet vanilla creme brûlée and cranberry cocktail. Definitely off balance.

T - Way too sweet. Caramel sugar overwhelms the profile. Leather and a tart cranberry pull through on the backend.

M - Medium frame with an overly syrupy feel to it.

O - Cloying sweetness overruns this brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to try this one for a while, and finally feel like cracking it as I will probably have to battle with my basement flooding tonight.

A: 2 finger head rises up of dark chalky color and thick, the beer itself is pitch black and looks semi thick. The head leaves a slight lacing.

N: Tons of coffee, and lots of roast. Some dark malts, chocolate, sweet malts, a little dark fruit, slight booze, a slight chocolate milk.

T: Semi thick and lucsious with tons of roast and chocolate, sweet malts, coffee, some dark charred malts, a bitterness that comes from that roasted charred malts and some earthy hop flavors. It also seems to have quite a bit of a salty taste, weird, which is accompanied by lots of soy sauce. Chewy malts, slight licorice, and slight oatmeal round off the taste. It's pretty sweet too and hides the booze well, but the very salty and sweet tastes really take away from it.

M: Pretty thick, a little smooth and creamy, good carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish with all that charred roasted malts and some earthy hops. That salty soy sauce overpowers the finish and really takes away from it. Some lingering coffee, roast, and chocolate. If it wasn't for that salty soy sauce taste it would be a really good beer.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of billab914
2.74/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Portsmouth tulip. Poured black in color with half of the glass filling with a dark tan foamy head. The head retention was very good and it left some thick sheets of lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows more hoppyness then most imperial stouts. The hops come through with an earthy, slightly spicy flavor. There is a pretty bold bitter roastedness that comes through as well. The flavors just don't seem to mesh well for me in the nose, they seem more like competing flavors instead of balancing ones.

The taste shows a strong burnt, smoky, roasted characteristic. It has a strange dry almost salty like flavor that comes through that really doesn't fit at all. A moderate chocolate flavor tries to come through a bit but is overshadowed unfortunately. I'm getting a decent amount of earthy hops to it as well. It feels like it's just so extreme on the roasted and bitter flavor that it overshadows everything else.

The mouthfeel is on the thicker side but carbonation feels a bit too high for the style for my preference. Drinkability isn't that good for me, it just seemed all over the place with flavors and they just didn't mesh well together. The roasted, dry, bitterness was just too extreme and needed balancing. Unfortunately I just didn't care for this one at all.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge tan head that is five-fingers thick in a 20oz glass. Still two-fingers thick after four minutes. Nice spidery lace on the glass. So dark that even sunlight cannot penetrate.

Lots of chocolate and cream aroma. Light chalkiness with a malted milk ball smell. On the third sniff, I detect a high level of alcohol.

Nice chocolate ice cream flavor on the initial taste. Thinner than expected. Some complexity in that there is two different bitter taste. Burnt (black patent) malt is one element. The other is notable hop which shows up primarily in the swallow and aftertaste.

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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
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