The Dogfather | Laughing Dog Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
580 Ratings
The DogfatherThe Dogfather
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
580
Reviews:
248
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
14.55%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
93
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 248
Photo of powdersoldier
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LAND_MINE
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnParadee
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of caitlingwell
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled: 11/12/2015
Inky, pitch black with minimal effervescence and copious soapy light brown head, and lacing that sticks to the glass. Smells strongly of sweet, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, oak, cocoa, leather and smoke. Tastes sweet malts forward, vanilla, cocoa, caramel, bourbon like with its woody and leather notes, well balanced by the dry notes of the bourbon and a smoky, burnt almost charcoal like quality as an end note that pleasantly balances the malty sweetness. Thick body with fair amount of astringency – not syrupy and leaves a pleasant finish with the barest hint of a bourbon twang. Increases in complexity as it warms. . .
Admittedly, I bought this as a novelty on a recent wander through the Wegman’s - but I would definitely pick this up again – I wonder if further aging would smooth off the rough edges.
Solid imperial stout – charred bourbon accents to the flavor profile are quite good (and I’m not a bourbon drinker) –

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Photo of beerrat
4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leaddog
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown with two fingers of light mocha head.

Smell - Roasted malts, bourbon, vinous aromas, vanilla, dark fruit (plum, raisin).

Taste - A marriage of roasted malts with bourbon, with dark fruit along for the ride. A very complex flavour.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation. Warming sensation with a bourbon finish.

Overall - An outstanding imperial stout with a lovely flavour hit from the bourbon barrels. A perfect evening sipper; a spot on example of the style.

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Photo of zekeman17
3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Odysseyalien
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bubseymour
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bourbon/chocolate smell and taste to follow. Slight hop finish a well. Very well made bourbon barrel aged stout.

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Photo of arizcards
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at TW Arrowhead the first of May for $6.99. Received at TW on 2/21/2014 so guessing the bottling date is November 2013.

Beer poured black with a beautiful tan head that has some decent longevity.

Nose is mocha and chocolate, quite nice.

Taste is mocha and a mild roasted malt balanced nicely by a decent amount of hops. Alcohol is well hidden despite being 10.85 abv. Catching a kiss of bourbon in the lingering after taste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is a pretty nice beer that has aged well on the shelves of TW. Worth a shot if you come across it.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DCP
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a 22 of this at the Boise CO-OP.
Damn, this is intense.
Boozy to the core, so you got to be into that.
It's dominated by darkness, the 71 IBUs struggle to keep up.
Chocolate, Homemade Maple Syrup, Whisky, and licorice are there along with an incredible variety of indeterminable hops.
I could barely finish the bottle, but I was feeling it when I did.
It would be one of the greats except it doesn't sit well in my stomach, it feels kind of syrupy.

If you can get this in a snifter or split a 22 with a buddy, I would highly suggest it.

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Photo of mmars010
2.11/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

this is some weird tasting shit

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Photo of StArnoldFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of archero
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Moderate sweetness, darkly chocolate, licorice, raisin, and whiskey. Awesome beer.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mtooman
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ejane
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.85 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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