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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3.73/5
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515 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#27,391
Reviews:
187
Ratings:
515
pDev:
15.28%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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23
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Ratings: 515 |  Reviews: 187
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

Photo of curlybird
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 DucksFan16
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 EdwardAbbey
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EB1
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bwarren82
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bcsbeer
2.43/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of jcb7472
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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