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 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

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 redfox405
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mparker1975
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of emeyer
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Sweffin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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