The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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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
Ratings:
507
Reviews:
182
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
109
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 507 |  Reviews: 182
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10.85% ABV per label.

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark tan head that becomes a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches of lacing form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malts, dark candied fruits, chocolate caramel, and wood. Taste is woody to the max. There is an off chemical taste almost, like the wood was treated somehow. Other flavors are dark malts, licorice, and cocoa powder. There is a moderate bitterness on the palate after each sip. The beer has good carbonation which makes it crisp and smooth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a very nice smell but the chemical wood taste take some points away from the experience.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of biboergosum
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz chalice, during their tap takeover at Beer Revolution in downtown Edmonton.

This beer appears a solid, light-absorbing black hole, with pretty much nil in terms of any sort of highlights, and a thin cap of wispy, yet still rather foamy tan head, which leaves a near solid wash of thinly painted lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of semi-sweet Kentucky whiskey barrel - caramel, spicy rye grain, and boozy vanilla - further toffee malt sugary notes, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of root beer syrup, and a bristling alcohol astringency. The taste is strong, almost too strong grainy wood barrel notes - rye whiskey, of course, with the attendant toasted vanilla and caramel - a still heady toffee malt backbone, chocofied coffee, and a low-key, underwhelming leafy, weedy hoppy bitterness.

The carbonation is generally unassuming in its plain Jane, um, blandness, the body a stoic medium-heavy weight, and actually smooth, all other pertinent things considered. It finishes on the sweet side, the barrel still bullying its way about, to no one's real benefit.

I like these guys, I really do, but sometimes their headier offerings seem to come up short, as does this. There's certainly no question that this stout spent a considerable amount of time in Bourbon wood. The actual question is, should it have?

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of oline73
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an opaque black color with a two finger of thick, tan head that leaves a bunch of lacing and a solid layer head through the whole glass.

Smell: Sweet and roasty. Definitely picking up the roasted malt along with some smoke and dark fruit. There is a mild amount of bourbon as well.

Taste: Not particularly sweet, but there is a bit of roasted malt. Very mild smoke flavors and hardly any bourbon. The finish is quite bitter from roast and some hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: The appearance and mouthfeel on this beer are wonderful. The taste is a bit abrasive and could use more sweetness and bourbon to back up the roast and hops.

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Photo of zeff80
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a huge, light brown colored head of bubbly, long-lasting foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate and some vanilla. There were some mild bourbon notes, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak. It was very boozy.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This was okay. I would rather have it with more age on it to mellow it out. A little too boozy.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/24/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, molasses, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, cherry, fig, prune, light char, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and oak barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, char, molasses, toffee, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Moderate roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, char, toast, molasses, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of robust dark/roasted malt and moderate oak barrel flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice barrel aged imperial stout. All around nice balance and complexity of very robust dark/roasted malt and moderate oak barrel character; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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 jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The regular Dogfather was not very impressive, way to much minerality, soy sauce, syrupy, etc. HOpefully the Bourbon Barrel is a lot more subtle and tasty. I figured this was a good beer to help me ride out the heavy thunderstorms and possible tornadoes on the way.

A: Pours with a ridiculous amount of carbonation, even a gentle pour yields 2/3 head and 1/3 beer to start. It's a dark fluffy pillowy head the fades slowly too over a dark black not too thick beer that has just the slightest hint of light shining through.

N: Thick dark malts, stout like of course, lots of dark roasted barley and dark roasty malts, some chocolate malt, thick syrupy molasses and other syrupy aromas, some creamy luscious chocolate milk. A very slight hint of oak and bourbon with all that.

T: Similar to the original, starts with a nice luscious chocolate flavor, dark chocolate and some milk chocolate, and lots of roasty flavors. Then gets real minerally with some soy sauce, salty, chewy dark malts, lots of earthy roasty charred malt flavors, which also brings a lot of bitterness. Somewhat thick and syrupy with a little molasses, and quite a boozy taste, and warming tingly feel. A little bourbon flavor, very light, and a hint of oak but not much. I think this is a little toned down a bit from the original but not much.

M: Semi thick and syrupy, not as thick as I expected, lots of carbonation and tons of warming tingly boozy mouth burning alcohol.

F: Very bitter, again from the roasty charred malts, and lots of earthy lingering taste with more soy sauce, long syrupy root beer syrup flavor, long tingly and warming booze taste as well, like I just rinsed my mouth with really strong mouthwash, a long bitter root earthy salty flavor too. Lots of not so pleasant stuff in the taste that seem to linger with the rest. There is some roasty malt flavors, and a little chocolate and bourbon lingering, but mostly the unpleasant parts lingering. Although, the more I drink the more by mouth becomes used to the bad flavors and it starts to becomes a little more drinkable, not too bad.

I'll see what a few years of aging does to teh rest of them.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having never tasted the standard Dogfather I can't compare the Bourbon barrel aging. What I can say is that it's distinct, but not overdone. You find it in the nose but with so much chocolate and roastiness going on it's just a minor component. In the flavor, however, it's quite clear, expressing both Bourbon and wood. That said....

This is one black beer, with a dark brown head (orange cast) that lasts and leaves remarkable sheets of solid lacing behind as it goes.

The nose is completely chocolatey, caramelish, fudge-like, and roasty with notes of fresh coffee grounds.

The flavor is rich and malty, displaying yeasty fruitiness wrapped in caramel, sprinkled with grassy/spicy hops, and then covered in sugared-espresso-like roastiness. It's almost like some kind of Italian dessert. Every sip is full and complete and totally satiating; and in that sense, this is not an "easy to drink" beer. It should be sipped and savored like a tiny cup of espresso (I was initially going to say barleywine, but espresso is more concise). It has some of the dark fruit normally associated with the style, and it hints at the burnt currant that Michael Jackson was so fond of, but it's not quite there. And the hops are leafy, woody (or is that just the wood?), grassy, and spicy. There's also a slight mineral-ish edge to it. Most of it, however, is that velvet robe of roasty malt I mentioned upfront. And I use the word robe because it's covering and comforting and soft, but not heavy or cloaking. It's airy and smooth... but dense and full at the same time. Black velvet... ? Cliche, but succinct. Regardless, the whole of it is that it's superbly well rounded and balanced: there's no harsh edge of dark malt acidity, no bite of alcohol, and no overt bitterness.

Overall, the Bourbon barrel aged Dogfather rises to the challenge. Worth seeking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 wethorseblanket
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

Dark brown-black pour with a small foamy head that retained well and left a few streaks of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malts, cocoa, dark fruits, vanilla, some bourbon notes. Flavor is fairly deep and malty, caramel, cocoa, coffee, bready yeast, figs and prunes, vanilla and bourbony wood, distant herbal hops. Almost came off as a lighter stout reinforced with a barleywine or old ale (and aged on bourbon). Pretty smooth mouthfeel, there's some alcohol warmth, but it's fairly mellow considering the higher ABV, on the heavier side of medium-bodied, and quite nice overall.

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Photo of billab914
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. The bottle looks just like the regular version, but the case was labeled barrel aged. It poured black in color with a huge chocolate colored foam filling half of the glass and nearly spilling over. The head settled down and left some decent lacing in the process.

The aroma shows a lot of sweetness to it, with more of a slightly burnt sugar flavor with some milk chocolate too. Behind that some very light roasted malt, and oak come through. Probably the lightest barrel aged flavors I've had in a barrel aged beer though.

The taste has more of the milk chocolate flavor to it throughout the flavor. Towards the finish just a hint of bourbon and oak comes through. Again it's very light on the barrel characteristics, almost non-existent. A bit of roasty malt and dark chocolate flavor comes through in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is a little above average for the style. Carbonation is very high for the style though, too high for me. Drinkability is decent, I liked it better then the regular version but not nearly as much as a lot of others in the style. Unfortunately if you like barrel aged beers this also isn't one that shows off what that can do very well at all. Not a bad beer, but not a great one either.

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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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.73 out of 5 based on 507 ratings.
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