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

Added by brownbeer on 12-21-2009

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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 188
Reviews by ken2cart1:
Photo of ken2cart1
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

black appearance, smell of rich chocolate and bourbon.had this beer on tap unbelievable flavor and mouth feel. soo creamy and has a great combination of bourbon and chocolate. probably one of the best beers i have had in a while. every sip invited me back for more. alcohol is very masked

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More User Reviews:
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 oberon
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial nonic a near jet black except for just a tinge of ruby in the bottom of my glass when held to the light,a creamy,fluffy two finger mocha colored head atop that left broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Light oak,slight char,and bitter chocolate stood out the most aroma wise,faint molasses sweetness came thru as it warmed.Seemed a bit off in the mouthfeel department,a little sharp and rough,with the creamy head I expected a little more creamy texture to the beer.Flavors of toasty oak and vanilla at the onset even a little char/smoke.French roast coffee flavors are what I thought of.Not to sweet with just a bit of molasses,the barrel aging really doesnt play a huge role in my mind.Its close to being really really good,it just seems to lack a little body and sweetness,the alcohol is well hidden though.

10.85%ABV per bottle label.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The case says this is bourbon barrel aged but the label is the same as the Dogfather. I'll take Laughing Dog's word for it I suppose.

Pours thick and dark with a healthy brown head.

Aromas of charred bourbon barrel, a hint of vanilla, roasty to no end. Smells a bit too burnt for me.

Burnt, smokey oak, bitter coffee and chocolate dominate the palate. Noticable alcohol and a little rough around the edges.

I would hope a few years might add some finesse to this somewhat harsh stout.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I would prob never revisit again.The only real reason is that the licorice taste that my pallete picked up was way too much for this licorice hater.
Overal: Not horrible other then that.

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Photo of jose_alehouseSD
5/5  rDev +34%

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

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is oak, alcohol, roasted malt and bourbon. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, oak, whiskey with some piney hops and earthiness that was somewhat unexpected. Medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and a high, prickly carbonation which took away from the beer.

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Photo of Mugenlude
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of frenchblood21
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into wine glass.

Appearance- Beautiful looking beer. Black liquid is contrasted by huge tan head. Way more carbination than any stout I've ever seen. Lacing is amazing..

Smell- Oak, bourbon and cherries in that order. This beer has a "barn yard" type smell to it. But not in a bad way. It reminds me of walking through a bourbon distillery.

Taste- Sad to say this, but the first taste I detect is a sour flavor. After that, I taste wood and then a faint bourbon flavor. I would have never guessed this was bourbon-aged if I didn't know.

Mouthfeel- Way too thin for a stout...but I do understand that months or a year in a barrel will do that to a beer.

Overall- Absolutley worth the $7.99 I paid for it. This could NEVER compete with the BA Blackout Stout or KBS, but who says their trying to?

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Photo of pat61
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep dark brown under a 1” tan foam cap that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big coffee aromas, some alcohol, a hint of chocolate and vanilla, faint bourbon.
T: Big coffee chocolate vanilla flavors laced with bourbon character on the finish supported by dark dried fruit and a hint of plum. Overall lightly sweet with a slight tartness in the finish. No harsh or burnt flavors. The hop bitterness is moderate and well balanced by the malt and alcohol.
F: Soft in the mouth with medium body and below average carbonation. Slight warming.
O: Pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one sent to me as an extra by nonstick in a recent trade. Thanks again for the awesome extras and great woodwork!

Appearance- Pours motor oil black out of the bottle but with a surprisingly large and active two fingers of brown head rising off of the body. Dies back in short order but leaves a denser than usual sheet across the top of the beer. Little to no lacing.

Smell- Lots of roasted malt, a touch of bitter chocolate and an interesting nutty smell. My first inclination would be to attribute the nuttiness to the barrel, but it really doesn't smell like a bourbon barrel. I don't pick up on much of the usual smells of vanilla, tobacco, or wood from a barrel. Decent profile but a little lacking in barrel smells for the style.

Taste- Roasted malt and chocolate up front. Primarily dominated by the roast, with the chocolate coming in towards the middle. Finishes off again with the nuttiness and a long and drying astringency. I'm not used to this nuttiness, so I don't really know what to make of it. Because of the astringency however, the palate is thinned out a bit and the alcohol shows through a bit more than I like on the finish. Barrel effects are minimal again as with the nose.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is decent if a touch thin because of the astringency and hot alcohol. Good levels of carbonation though. Drinkability isn't much better than average on this one for me though because the somewhat harsh finish I mentioned earlier on the beer. Became more pronounced as I drank.

Overall, an okay beer. Not an overly complex example for the style and by the end of the glass I found the nutty astringency to be a bit too much. Worth a shot however and may round out a bit with aging.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle says 10/3/12.

Appearance: Pours an oily dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich and sweet dark roasted malt driven aroma. Dark roasted barley malts with a huge scent of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs along with hints of coffee, cream, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and smoked malt. Big presence of sweet molasses. Barrel hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of earthy hops as well. Very big on the burnt malt and chocolate scents. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the scent, a big rich and sweet dark malt driven taste with lots of chocolate. Roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate and sweet cocoa nibs. Notes of coffee beans, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and a good kick of smoked malt. Lots of sweet molasses and a slight kick of anise. The barrel presence is kind of subtle for an aged beer but there are some notes of vanilla and charred oak along with a slight note of bourbon. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of raisin, dark cherry, prune, and fig. Slight earthy hop presence in the background. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, rich, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good tasting imperial stout. Has several months on it so don't know what its like really fresh. Bourbon presence is kind of lacking but as an imperial stout it is very good overall.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of HoppySeb
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kwkdmk
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bristol5
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from CBX in Charleston, SC. Didn't realize it was the BA version when I bought it so that was a nice surprise.

Pours black with a two-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malt with good amounts of char. Lurking in the background are mild amounts of unsweetened chocolate and oak notes.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep roasted malt flavors kick things off and are quickly joined by large amounts of char and lighter amounts of unsweetened chocolate. An acrid bitterness kicks in midway through the sip and intensifies through to the ending. As the beer warms hints of oak increase.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this certainly isn't leading the pack of BA DS's nor is it even leading the middle. Still, it's not bringing up the rear. If you like your DS's heavy on the roast then be sure to give this one a shot. On another note I'd like to have the non-BA version of this to compare, as the bourbon didn't seem to have nearly as much influence as the barrel.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 516 ratings