The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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3.73/5
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517 Ratings
The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.85%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over 11 months in the making some of the Dogfather is bourbon barrel aged.

71 IBU

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,959
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
517
pDev:
15.28%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
113
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 517 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of Scott_McCool
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rarigney
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a light mocha head that shows good retention and lacing. Aroma is slightly smoky with dark malt and bourbon. Taste follows the nose with the addition of a subtle initial sweetness and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with minimal alcohol heat and a bitter finish.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes
The beer pours a nice, chocolatey brown head and leaves a nice lacing as the beer is drunk. The beer itself is a dark chocolate black.

The smell is decent. It has a moderate bourbon smell and sweet dark chocolate notes. The alcohol is fairly noticeable though.

The taste is decent. It has a strong bourbon note with roasty malts, and a moderate dark chocolate note. There is a wood chip note in the finish.

The mouthfeel is good. It has a heavy body.

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Photo of buzzy
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle from 10/17. Allowed to warm and poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: 3F head with good retention. Leaves lots of light tan lacing and a cap and ring. Beer is dark black.

S: Roasted malts, some oaked bourbon barrel. Not a whole lot else.

T: Follows nose. You'd expect some additional flavors like coffee or vanilla to develop but they're really not there. It's pretty good, but it's also pretty straightforward and lacks subtlety. A little bit of a burned caramel finish with some alcohol heat.

F: Medium to full bodied, drinks pretty well. Light carbonation. Construction is OK if non-complex. Balance also OK. Alcohol heat definitely noticeable on finish.

O: It's not a bad RIS and now I've had a beer from Idaho. Everyone wins.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque jet black with a thin mocha head. No activity visible.

Smell: Rich caramel and vanilla notes. Then subtle black coffee and oaky bourbon. Alcohol is smooth if pronounced.

Taste: Much like the nose. Rich caramel, toasted coconut, bitter black coffee, oaky spicy bourbon, dark bakers chocolate, burnt toast, a little green apple on the finish.

Feel: Full flavored if a bit thin. Big body with a dry finish. Medium alcohol. Medium bitterness.

Overall: A good barrel aged stout. It’s not flawless by any means but overall it’s solid stuff.

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Photo of Bcurrie33
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Detected clove on first taste. Got me interested. First notes of licorice. Develops into smoky aftertaste often seen in bourbon barrel aged stouts. missing the vanilla I love from aging. Lacks the layers of flavor of well done imperials.

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Photo of Jlang2012
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black brew with a strong dark brown head; fantastic retention and lacing.

Big roasty nose: char, oak, ash, burnt coffee, molasses, licorice, caramel, and bourbon. A heavy dark malt profile definitely takes priority over the bourbon aspects.

Flavor follows: waves of roasty malt - at times metallic - tinged with bourbon. Burnt coffee, bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses.

Smooth on the palate; bitter and strong, but easy drinking for a double digit ABV brew.

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Photo of tazzman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nate139
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Redscot
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Insane darkness! Surprisingly big early head, overflow, limited retention, but present. Alcohol is definitely in the air....Delicious balance of high and low notes. Sweet entry, bitter/dry finish. Burnt berries in brown sugar. Very tasty, I enjoyed this quite a bit. It make's it's presence felt.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a very thin tan head that leaves very little lacing on your glass. Upon smelling, you get bourbon, Chocolate with some hints of vanilla and coffee. Tasting it you get a molasses & vanilla taste initially, with the chocolate coming thru the middle and the bourbon on the finish. More carbonated than I was expecting for an Imperial Stout. A good brew though.

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Photo of J_Mueller
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheWolf
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eziel
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nhirsch04
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zanico
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of elglueckert
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**
08/09/2014
Appearance...dark black, above avg tan head. Lasting.
Aroma....Whiskey, chocolate and whiskey.
Taste...brownie, pecan, vanilla, bourbon. Very tasty.
Feel...good pop for a stout. Hearty, Like a meal.

A very nice beer, Dogfather; you've made me an offer i can?t "ruff"-use.

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Photo of BdM
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shreead
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 517 ratings