The Dogfather | Laughing Dog Brewing

The DogfatherThe Dogfather
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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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter glass.

A real good foamy cocoa light brown head, falls slowly upon a dark walnut brown/red body. Very nice creamy lacing and spotted lacing.

Nose is an interesting sense of grape skin, grappa like. Hop sense perhaps hard to say, but a faint roast character. Very unique nose. Mix of fruit and spirit. Dry tobacco as well.

On taste a very creamy mouthfeel mixing with a good bitterness. Palate has nice roast and char, with a bitter hop. Creamy finish on the palate and almost chewy.

Overall quite solid and enjoyable. Distinct one and quite enjoyable with no sense of boozy heat either. Good job Laughing Dog.

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4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Hangar 24 Barrel Roll snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head that sticks around for a while. There is a good amount of lacing to be had...

S - Dark roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, and a hint of alcohol...

T - Chocolate, molasses, a little coffee, and a good dose of roasted malts/barley. Finishes roasty with some bitter chocolate, and a smooth alcohol warmth. Alcohol is very subdued...

M - Nice viscous full bodied feel with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Very nicely done. Definitely something I will buying again in the future...


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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this big beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as night and poured a giant poofy beautiful dark tan head. The beer was a smelling like coffee right stron. The taste was the same. Very malty and very rich tasting. Lots of mocha taste Also. The beer was bit strong for me and even though I gave it a lot of high marks I will not buy again. its just too big for me. but If your a big beer person this is your beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

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4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous dark, almost pitch black color from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label.
Massive head with the upper half khakhi colored and the lower half really dark brown/mocha colored. The head dissipates slowly to a thin film that stays, good head retention.
Aroma is all chocolate, there are huge chocolate notes that overpower any other aroma trying to make it's presence felt. Wow, very rarely have I come across a brew with so much chocolate in the nose, this is massive.
Taste is all chocolate, right from the front to the finish. It just feels like melted silky milky chocolate filling from a Lindt milk chocolate truffle. There is just a slight trace of bitterness in the finish which is akin to dark cocoa. Extremely full-bodied and silky on the palate. The alcohol is also masked very well. Hard to tell this is a beer that has almost 11% ABV.
There aren't enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this brew. Definitely recommended and worth a try. One of the best imperial stouts I have had. Cheers!!!

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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle.

It pours a dark blackish brown with a big, billowy and tightly foamed tan head.

The smell is nice it has some cocoa, and butterscotch.

The flavor is big and sweet initially. There is a very nice hit of roasted malt that dominates. This brewery has miserable QC issues but this beer is good, very similar to the Abyss.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been wanting to try this beer but the rumors about it being infected kinda scared me. I hope that this beer is not. Poured into the perfect pint glass at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that has good retention despite the fact that it has over ten percent alcohol. The color of the head is dark tan creamy and foamy left a little lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown near burnt motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque and some carbonation bubbles are visible on the bottom of the glass. The appearance of the beer look great.

Nose: A medium rich roasted malt is present with burnt, caramels, toasty, and biscuit notes. Other aromas are solvent, diacetyls, yeasts, molasses, chocolate, coffee, floral esters, citrus, and wood notes. This beer is mouthwatering.

Taste: A roasty toasty malt with burnt, toast, and biscuit characters. The other flavors in the beer is floral esters, pine, solvent, yeast, molasses, and coffee. Other notes in the beer is chocolate and resin. The nose just does not match the flavor.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, coating, warm, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium full. This beer fails in the taste department. The flavor and characters in the beer are not well developed. The malty backbone has scoliosis and need major help. What a disappointment. It was not infected but it just does not hold up to better American Stouts.

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3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber split with my gf. tulip glass. 10.85%

a - pours a viscous, deep dark brown with a thick, 2 finger, dark brown head. retention is excellent and leaves thick legs of lacing in my glass.

s - cocoa, tobacco, dark cherry, leather.

t - rich roasted malt with notes of espresso and tobacco. faint dark fruits with a saltiness that i can't place. nice balancing bitterness, but feels like it comes more from the espresso than hops.

m - medium in body with adequate carbonation and a fine co2 profile. very, very smooth.

o - a solid beer with a unique flavor profile that i haven't come across in any other beer. seems like it would pair well with a fine cigar. probably would have enjoyed this more if i paid less than $15 for this bottle. worth trying at least once though.

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The Dogfather from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 73.6% out of 100 with 580 ratings
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