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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)

Brewed by:
Laughing Dog Brewing
Idaho, United States

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

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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 188
Reviews by JimTeal:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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Photo of Xenoreactive
1.78/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours like a dark soda. Next no head or retention.

Offensive licorice, anise, coriander and leather smell. Fuck this.

Disappointing muted flavors in the taste. Picking up some weird ammoniated flavor.

Super dinky and light texture. Ugh.

Drainpour. Do not recreate this beer. "Aged in old bourbon barrels"... Please. Aged in someone's kitchen sink.

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

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 DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of homebrewer88
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with creamy brown head good retention and lacing
smell is nice some chocolate dark fruits and a slight Bourbon barrel scent.
taste follows the smell chocolate some Bourbon and oak( not as much as I'd like) and some dark fruits
mouthfeel as pretty nice a little thin for my taste but not bad.
I let this one warm pretty much to room temperature and that is when it was at its best

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Photo of russpowell
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, tasted in February...

Pours mahogany with a pinky of fast falling tan head. Above average head retention, average lacing & a nice viscious look to this

S:Dark fruit, figs & woody hops. Bourbon notes shine once warm

T: Figs, dark chocolate, vanilla, woody hops & oaky boozeyness up front. Bourbon notes, black cherry, oakyness & plums, plus figgyness as this warms. Finishes with strong oaky notes, some warming booze notes & figs & vanilla

MF: Fairly chewy, firm carbonation, doesn't smooth out as much as I hoped

The booze bite detracts a bit, but I do like this a little better than the regular version

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jamie2dope
2.46/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Could not decide between this and the regular version. Oh well, this beer pours a motor oil black, with a quick to rise tan heading. Musty nose, with hints of smoke and chocolate. Taste is very bitter, and a tad acrid. Lots of alcohol pouring out of this beer as well. Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected. Frankly, this beer is difficult to finish. Not very impressed with this one from Laughing Dog. I am not sure if the barrel aging has affected it in a negative way. I will opt for the non barrel aged version next time.

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Photo of Heretic42
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Wasatch
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to LiquidArrogance for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee notes, nice little bourbon/oak note. The taste is malty, slightly sweet, nice notes of dark stuff, bourbon/oak notes. Medium Body, the ABV is hidden very well with this brew. Overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Lerxst
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours almost black with a one finger mocha colored head that has fair retention but leaves some nice lace.

S-Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, booze/bourbon.

A-Bourbon is noticeable all the way through from front to back with a strong bourbon flavor in the aftertaste as well. It is detracting from the other flavors. The roasted malt, chocolate and coffee from the nose are there but on my palate they are pounded into near exile by the dominance of the bourbon.

M-A bit thin for the style with prickly carbonation that is a bit distracting.

D-Almost all I could taste all the way through was the bourbon. The other nuances and flavors were just pummeled by it making this a bit tougher to drink than I had first anticipated.

I like the regular Dogfather better. I'll stick with that one.

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Photo of Rihup
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of kirok1999
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/garnet, looks thick and leaves a nice wispy brown head.
Smells a lot like mild dark chocolate, a hint of bourbon and caramel and some crisp citrus hops.
Taste is like the smell but a bit amped up. Nice chocolate is well balanced by the malt sweetness. This is thick, rich and creamy and goes down very smooth. Lingering notes of milk chocolate and slight alcohol make it a memorable sipper.

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Photo of imyourhero21
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, I have no idea exactly how old this is but I do know I've had this bottle for about 4 months. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half dark tan head. Head retention is very good, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate, along with some bourbon, oak, vanilla and dark fruit. The brew tastes like roasted/charred malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate, oak, smoke and some bourbon. It's a mostly bitter/roasty tasting stout with not much sweetness. The bourbon in both the aroma and flavor seems weak to me for a barrel aged beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and dry and is well carbonated. It's also smooth and easy to drink. If you're a fan of bitter roasty stouts, then you would probably like this beer. But if you're expecting a lot of bourbon in this brew, you'll probably be disappointed. Even though the bourbon isn't strong in this brew, I still think this is a good imperial stout. I liked it.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of canadianghetto
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this brew late Friday night at Bittercreek... draft poured it into a massive wine glass.. easily 12 oz's... woah.

Foamy dark tan head lingered for a solid 5 minutes with great lacing... expected black brew.

Nose has quite a bit of oak and whiskey notes that when cold dominated the dark malts and fruits.. I let this sit for my entire meal and leisurely finished it over the course of about a half hour... this brew needs warmth to really shine. With warmth, coffee and cocoa start to come out alot more.

Flavors are pretty much the same as the aromas but they emerge a little sooner, but it still needs to really warm up to allow the malts to help balance the heady wood and bourbon.

Body seems a bit more thin compared to bottles of the regular I've had in the past. If my predictions are accurate, the bottles of these are going to need some time to meld.. but this was pretty enjoyable off tap.


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Photo of ThisWangsChung
1.88/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is three fingers high and khaki in shade. Considering how bubbly and easily formed the texture is, I have to wonder if I got a bad bottle. Retention is pretty good, though, and rings of lacing sticks to the glass.

There are some nice aspects on the nose. I enjoy the roasty character of the malt backbone, along with the notes of piny hops, licorice, and coffee. But there's an overarching metallic note that seems to squash everything. Also distressing is the lack of bourbon qualities. The aroma isn't disgustingly off for the style, but it is fairly off.

Yep. Bad bottle. It has a nice enough combination of roast, coffee, and piny hops to start - and that's why I'm not giving this a 1. Why? Because this has the most metallic finish I've ever tasted. This is like licking a battery, plain and simple. It might be the licorice (which I don't like in huge quantities) ...actually, the aftertaste IS pure copper penny. I'm invited to take additional sips because it seems like it gets less metallic...only for the next one to return to copper penny hell. This beer sucks hard, but I have to imagine this wasn't intended. No free pass from me, though!

It's hard to review how it feels because the flavor itself is so bad. But I'll try: it's fairly thin for 11%, and a bit sharp. The ruinously metallic aftertaste trails down here, lingering on the palate seemingly forever. Carbonation is above average for the style, and it would actually be drinkable if not the crap taste.

Stay away from the 11/2/15 bottling at all costs, guys. I'd be willing to try a good bottle, but I will NOT pay money to do so again, that's for sure. No way the brewers intended it to taste this metallic, so I'm dumping this one. Or you know, just stay away from this one altogether, I don't care.

1.88/5: The Dogfather just betrayed me

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. I know that I’ve had this bottled stored for at least 6 years.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very large foamy light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of milk chocolate, bourbon and coffee. Then a significant alcohol burn comes in along with the barrel-aging essence and some dark fruit flavor. The roasted malt character is very hearty and there’s a faint but complementary hops presence creating a good balance.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid big stout to sip on for a long time.

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Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter. No bottling date, assuming latest release.

A: Poours pitch black with a 1finger mocha head. Minimal retention but plenty of lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and some roasted malts.

T: Spot on the nose. Vanilla on the tounge that evolves to a bourbon-oaky-ness finishes with some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation. Rich and creamy. Carbonation might be a little on the high side.

O: Color me impressed. This BA Stout walks a fine line, just the right amount of bourboun that melds extremely well with the base stout. Price isn't a factor in this review, but at less than $10 a bottle, buy it, buy all of it.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerCigar
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 518 ratings