The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
BA SCORE
60.2%
Liked This Beer
3.73 w/ 507 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 Double / 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,648
Reviews:
182
Ratings:
507
Liked:
305
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
15.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
109
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 507 |  Reviews: 182
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1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of Lare453
1/5  rDev -73.2%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of weonfire
1.25/5  rDev -66.5%

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 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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1.98/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Vierenner
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Yuch. I have to believe the beer went bad during shipment because it's god awful. Smells good but taste turns my stomach. I can't drink it. Will pour it out after I finish this sentence. Need to get to 250 characters so perhaps this sentence. Nope, a few more.

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Photo of charlzm
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Consumed April 9th, 2013 in a Klokke Roeland snifter.

Beer pours a deep, clear brown with mahogany highlights. A two finger tan head forms and provides decent sheeting throughout the drink-down, which was not a very long time (details below).

Aroma was oddly tame for a bourbon-barrel aged stout; just a little hint of bitter chocolate.

Flavor is just awful. No bourbon apparent at all. Sour, metallic coffee flavor with some cocoa powder and woody bitterness at the end. Chaotic melange never finds its way.

Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side with a touch of creaminess. For a beer with this ABV,it was underwhelming.

This $10.00 bomber wound up going mostly down the drain. Undrinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.14/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A dog-themed beer in a dog-themed glass. Done. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a more-than-healthy few fingers of sandstone foam. The nose comprises dark cocoa powder, light coffee powder, and a strong, yet vague, sense of fruit, primarily black cherry. This does not bode well... The taste confirms my anxiety as dark chocolate-covered black cherries dominate my tongue, with a small bit of wood and watered-down whiskey flowing in a tiny rivulet in the distance. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I can't quite conclude that this stuff is infected, per se, but it certainly tastes similar to other infected stouts I've had. It may just be that this stuff ages piss-poorly, but I have no way of knowing how old this bottle is, so it's all just speculation. What isn't speculation is the strong fruit flavor and thin body, making this stout completely unenjoyable. Even as a sour stout it fails, frankly, as it's more metallic than tart. Shame, really...

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.27/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours black with a thick, syrup consistency. The head is a beautiful tan color and is prominent. Very prominent. In fact, it’s been sitting for about 10 minutes now and there’s still about a half inch on there. I could lay on it like a pillow. Mmm, maybe next time.

S: Smells very potent with espresso and charcoal and a hint of olive, similar to DogZilla Black IPA.

T/M: The taste is lighter than the smell makes you think; rich roasted coffee beans, a hint of nuttiness and some alcohol in the finish. Fortunately, the olive smell doesn’t come through in this one. Unfortunately, the bourbon isn’t noticeable either. The alcohol sting in the end could be it, but it tastes nothing like bourbon should taste.

It’s like they brewed the beer, then tasted it and realized, “Oh crap, we forgot to put it in bourbon barrels. Quick, add some more random alcohol, no one will ever know.” It could be much better.

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Photo of taylor714914
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

 

If you like fresh oak and cheap bourbon, this is for you.   The beer reminded me of a stout which had fresh oak chips and cheap bourbon dumped in it.  Nothing imperial about this, as the mouthfeel was super thin.  The tannic oak and boozy bourbon dominated the flavors, with some toasted malts and cacao powder fighting to be seen.  There are many many better bourbon barrel stouts out there.  Avoid this one.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beer looks like a Russian imperial stout. Dark, with a khaki head. Smell is hoppy with no bourbon. Taste is hoppy up front. Chocolate and a bit of licorice hits the middle palate. Hops are still dominant. The back washes down sweet. Hops are present and the slightest hint of barrel aging is there with a bit of vanilla and a weak bourbon tang.

Overall: tastes more like a black IPA to me. Very little barrel presence and too hoppy for the style. I've had higher IBU IPAs and they were not as bitter. The hops make this one dimensional and it doesn't really taste barrel aged. I've liked some of their other beers, but this is not good. The look and feel resemble a barrel aged RIS. Everything else does not.

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Photo of bcsbeer
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of canadianghetto
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of matthageman
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 60.2% out of 100 with 507 ratings
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