The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) | Laughing Dog Brewing

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
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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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Ratings: 515 |  Reviews: 187
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 kwkdmk
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cacibajagua
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HawkinsNOC
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Ctb6582
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brandonwnw
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sweenz
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Lucular
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 DOCRW
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MunsonRoyE
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 squack
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattXT
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 515 ratings