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 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

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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 q33jeff
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 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 DeltaAgent
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and dark, with a tan head that recedes and leaves just a little lacing. Chocolatey bourbon notes come through on the nose, along with anise and toast. Burnt, bitter chocolate notes predominate on the palate, and the bitterness hangs on far too long. In fact, the burnt malt and bitterness do not compliment the bourbon barrel notes all that well.

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The first bourbon barrel aged that is lacking in the barrel aspect but remains a winner. The look is great with a beautiful tan thick head that leaves some sticky lacing the mouthfeel is a tad thin but works. The smell is ris with a hint of bourbon. The taste is smoky molasses with a hint be it ever so slight of bourbon. The barrel becomes more apparent as it warms. But I really enjoyed this one I would say this is the ultimate doorway for beginners into ba stout but a great change of pace for aficionados it's nice to have a ba stout that the stout is front and center while the barrel plays the background. This should be served slightly chilled to cold and it's pure sweetness. I will pick this up whenever I come across it

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Photo of Trosevear
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark black with a slightly brown head that disappeared leaving pretty much nothing but a small amount around the edges.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate and coffee, a slight amount of bourbon smell to it as well.

T: Very strong molasses with a almost sickly sweet taste to it has a slight bourbon taste that leaves your mouth dry and wanting more!

F: Very lightly carbinenated but overall pretty nice!!!

O: A pretty good beer glad I found this one, probably wouldn't get it again though.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/02/15

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly fades down to a decent cap that leaves some streaky lacing

S: Lots of roasted malts, char, and bourbon up front along with notes of dark chocolate, anise, vanilla, coffee, and oak. Some leathery tannins in there as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with roasted malts and some char, followed by anise and oak. Bourbon slowly comes along with the coffee, vanilla, and dark chocolate. Neither of those are nearly as prominent here as they were in the nose, especially the bourbon. Leathery tannins still present towards the end as well. Finishes with anise, oak, and leather

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick

O: A solid BBA stout with plenty going on. A little heavy on the anise, so if you don't like licorice, you might not be the biggest fan. Nicely sippable at a touch under 11%. If you're into licorice and bourbon, pick this one up

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Photo of Dols401
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very dark and opaque. Very strong bourbon smell and the taste doesn't disappoint but man the after taste is BOURBON with a dash of BOURBON. Opens with a nice roasted malt but that bourbon taste really over powers the rest. You can tell this is 10+% ABV. Not my favorite Imperial Stout too focused on the Barrel and not enough on the Roasted Malt. Could be better.

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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 GRG1313
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

These scores were taken from notes found from tasting this at the Extreme Beer Festival and which scores were never previously entered. Notes show that the overwhelming characteristic was a nice vanilla barrel characteristic stout that was a bit boozy but drinkable, thick and rich and very nice.

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

5 year old bottle poured into a snifter. The brew is black with a rich mocha head 3 fingers strong that fades leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is heavily charred and roasted with slight citrus coffee grain essence, milk chocolate and earth.

Taste has almost notes of cedar blended with espresso and char. Leathery tobacco and faint raisony alcohol warmth.

Medium in body with effervescent carbonation and overall not bad compared to the bottles of non barrel aged ive had that were infected messes.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty standard BB Stout - pours black, nice head but nose and flavor profile is nothing remarkable. It's good, and glad I got to try it - but it's not quite a top tier BB stout.

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

Definitely a sipping beer to consume in small doses. I enjoy a hint of burboun, but this is a bit more than that. The borboun is at a good level initially, but dominates the finish.

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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 stevoj
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Dark black pour, minimal head. Body is a bit thin, but all other characteristics are right on. Gentle aroma leads into richer and fuller taste, tons of roast grains. BBA elements a bit muted, but still a pretty solid RIS. One of the better ones from Idaho.

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Photo of shnsajax
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 version for $6.99. A little bit of heat but balanced well with a little bit of sweetness. Not harsh at all, still thick and chewy. From a dollar per ounce standpoint one of the better BBA stouts I have had in a while. This is better than fresh Abyss and for half the price. I can't speak for older vintages but I'll be buying more this year.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate color with a cream colored head. Aroma is oaky, boozy and roasted malts. Flavor is a dry boozy toasted malt with a bitter fruit backround note. Aftertaste is a warm boozy mouthfeel. Overall not a beer. Probly not worth drinking again

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Photo of jp32
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black in color with a tan hued thick looking head retention.

This brew has a BIG roasted and toasted malt aroma. Roasted caramel malts (and possibly chocolate), somewhat sweet, dominate the aroma. Anise or black licorice is also noted.

Big chewy flavor. Very toasted and malty, as this beer should taste. A malt sweetness overload, with a lot of black licorice, some fig in the middle and a slight dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste. Not necessarily a whole ton of bourbon going on here, but its a touch warm from the high abv, actually fairly well-hidden for as high.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kind of hyped to try this one since I could never get the regular Dogfather finding the bourbon barrel aged version for just 8.99 seemed like a steal!

A - A god 1/2 inch of mocha head atop a very deep dark black beer if any the slightest ruby hue at the base.
S - Bourbon soaked chocolates, some mild licorice, and a touch of coffee in the nose. Smells somewhat sweet with a tint of vanilla as well.
T - Not bad it as all the aspects one would expect in a Bourbon barrel beer you get some muted bourbon, then roasty coffee bitterness, some dark chocolates and finishes with a bit of wood. Not too sweet or bitter its really average nothing stands out.
M - For almost 11% it is a tad thin for a stout making for easier drink ability but I could use more body I guess.

Overall its a very good beer if your looking for a bourbon stout but it doesn't really hold a candle to world class offerings. Not bad for the price regardless!

PS: I would like to know how barrel aging a beer LOWERS the ABV from 11% to just 10.85%
Really strange.

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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 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 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 Huhzubendah
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown near black bother you with a viscous beige head. Burnt toffee, ripe plum, oak, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt. Flavor is a bit lacking. Sweet, finishing with a slightly harsh tannic note. Middle of the road.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Horrible fresh.
Very hoppy.
Has no bourbon taste whatsoever.
Anyone after a cheap bourbon-barrel beer should stray away from this, it needs at least a year or two of cellaring to eliminate the extreme hoppyness of this beer. There may be bourbon-flavor under this but you won't know for years.

Says "Aged in 'old' bourbon barrels" on label. Super fishy

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Photo of jerseyjoe555
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice bourbon barreled imperial stout that I'd live to taste after some cellaring. A bit too overpowering on the bourbon taste. Still a solid beer though

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