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%
 
 
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23
Gots:
109
For Trade:
6
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Date on bottle says 10/3/12.

Appearance: Pours an oily dark black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid three fingers of deep tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very rich and sweet dark roasted malt driven aroma. Dark roasted barley malts with a huge scent of dark chocolate and cocoa nibs along with hints of coffee, cream, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and smoked malt. Big presence of sweet molasses. Barrel hints of vanilla, charred oak, and bourbon. Subtle dark fruit hints of raisin, cherry, fig, and prune. Light hints of earthy hops as well. Very big on the burnt malt and chocolate scents. Pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the scent, a big rich and sweet dark malt driven taste with lots of chocolate. Roasted barley malts with a big taste of dark chocolate and sweet cocoa nibs. Notes of coffee beans, cream, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, and a good kick of smoked malt. Lots of sweet molasses and a slight kick of anise. The barrel presence is kind of subtle for an aged beer but there are some notes of vanilla and charred oak along with a slight note of bourbon. Undertones of dark fruit with some notes of raisin, dark cherry, prune, and fig. Slight earthy hop presence in the background. A very good imperial stout taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy, rich, and somewhat syrupy. Alcohol heat is hidden very well.

Overall: A very good tasting imperial stout. Has several months on it so don't know what its like really fresh. Bourbon presence is kind of lacking but as an imperial stout it is very good overall.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle into tulip

appearance: black, 1 finger mocha head

smell: roasted malt, smokiness, some oak, espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla, alcohol

taste: earthy bitter hops, dark chocolate dominates the palate along with roasted espresso notes and oak, alcohol warmth is present, lots of smokiness, but like other have said, not getting much "bourbon". Pretty smooth, finish is hoppy for a stout.

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, thick and syrupy

Overall: A great imperial stout, but not exactly a bourbon stout. Don't taste it, it resembles a cross between a chocolately imperial stout and a rauchbier, lots of smokiness. Still, a very good beer for what it is, would buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured deep black with a thin layer of medium brown head that immediately receded to a thin ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive charred oak aroma dominates the nose with some sweet bourbon and vanilla notes also present along with some chocolate and roast.

T - Lots of charred oak and not much else. The oak tastes almost burnt and is somewhat astringent. Some roast, cherry and chocolate notes are also present but no bourbon or vanilla notes translated from the nose to the palate. The finish is very oaky and astringent.

M - Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Too heavily carbonated for me.

O - This was barely drinkable due to the astringent oak profile that completely dominated the palate.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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