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 | website

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
Reviews:
178
Ratings:
493
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
25.81%
 
 
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24
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Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of Roman5150
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.14/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A dog-themed beer in a dog-themed glass. Done. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a more-than-healthy few fingers of sandstone foam. The nose comprises dark cocoa powder, light coffee powder, and a strong, yet vague, sense of fruit, primarily black cherry. This does not bode well... The taste confirms my anxiety as dark chocolate-covered black cherries dominate my tongue, with a small bit of wood and watered-down whiskey flowing in a tiny rivulet in the distance. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I can't quite conclude that this stuff is infected, per se, but it certainly tastes similar to other infected stouts I've had. It may just be that this stuff ages piss-poorly, but I have no way of knowing how old this bottle is, so it's all just speculation. What isn't speculation is the strong fruit flavor and thin body, making this stout completely unenjoyable. Even as a sour stout it fails, frankly, as it's more metallic than tart. Shame, really...

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Photo of themind
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad, the Dogfather is a good starting place for someone getting into BA brews. It's fairly easy to get and is not a bad brew. If you want to try a BB stout or need a BA fix...here it is. I enjoyed it and as it warmed it became more mellow and drinkable. Poured a small head, the aroma could be more pronounced. I could taste the barrel but it's weak. Would I purchase it again, nah but it was worth trying.

Bottom Line: Worth trying.

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Photo of charlzm
2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Consumed April 9th, 2013 in a Klokke Roeland snifter.

Beer pours a deep, clear brown with mahogany highlights. A two finger tan head forms and provides decent sheeting throughout the drink-down, which was not a very long time (details below).

Aroma was oddly tame for a bourbon-barrel aged stout; just a little hint of bitter chocolate.

Flavor is just awful. No bourbon apparent at all. Sour, metallic coffee flavor with some cocoa powder and woody bitterness at the end. Chaotic melange never finds its way.

Mouthfeel is somewhat on the thin side with a touch of creaminess. For a beer with this ABV,it was underwhelming.

This $10.00 bomber wound up going mostly down the drain. Undrinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into perfect pint glass.

Pours dark black with tick brown foam. Hearty looking. Rich chocolate malt nose. Espresso too,. Vanilla as well. Taste is a hearty full coffee chocolate blend with a whisky background. Quite boozy. Whisky flavor builds as the beer warms. packs a wallop, with a lot of flavor.

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Photo of Brabander
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I drank this bottle when I was in Austria last week in the lovely village of Neustift in the Strubai valley together with an American Facebook friend who was there @ the same time.

Poured out of the bottle into a wine glass, did not have the appropiate glassware with me. Nice and creamy head which gives this beer a very nice look. Little lacing. The smell is normal; stoutlike with nice coffee notes. Taste is good but not overwhealming strong. A good stout when you want to try out the stout. I did my very best but could not find any hints of the barrel aging of this beer

Glad i got to try this one!

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours jet black with a dense, one finger light brown head.

S: Powdery cocoa, some wet forest floor, roasted malt, charred oak, and some milk chocolate. Definitely improves a ton as it warms up.

T: Opens with some roasted malt and then fades to some dark chocolate, anise, unsweetened baking chocolate and some faint hop resin. A pretty substantial bitterness comes through on the finish, which reminds me a lot of sucking on unsweetened baking chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich and chewy and easily the best part of this beer. I really wish I got some bourbon barrel out of this, but it's still a decent enough beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours black as night, not a bit of light escaping through the glass, small somewhat foamy dark tan head that quickly reduces to a thin layer skimming the top, leaving a few rings of lace

S- dark and deep roasted malt in the aroma, notes of smoky charcoal, a bit if vanilla, melted dark chocolate, booze, and just a trace of oak at the end.

T- smoky and charred malt profile dominates up front, a bit of coffee, vanilla and chocolate pop up mid-palate, the finish brings some of the woodsy oak flavors along with just enough hop bitterness to be noticed. Finish is sweet with a charred oak linger.

M- heavy bodied with low carbonation, almost syrupy mouthfeel leads to a creamy mid- palate, finish is smooth and silky with a touch or warming alcohol that escapes through the nose upon exhaling.

O- this one has a lot of smoky roasted character. The alcohol is contained quite well considering the ABV, and the mouthfeel is ideal. The main problem I had was the lack of bourbon character. The oak was there but I couldn't really pick up any bourbon. If this were a regular double stout, I would have rated it higher, but considering the style, I would have liked a little more assertive bourbon character. Overall an enjoyable beer, but probably won't purchase again given that I paid $14 for it.

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Photo of scratch69
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance- Pitch black in color with two fingers of lingering, dark tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt and chocolate. I detect no bourbon or boozy smell whatsoever.

Taste- Char and roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate . Very faint hint of bourbon at the finish with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and creamy with some alcohol warmth after the swallow. Low level of carbonation.

Overall- Decent enough beer but I doubt I will try it again.

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Photo of BeerSocrates12
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at home in a Lakewood Temptress snifter. This is the Bourbon Barrel aged version poured from a 22oz. Bomber.

Bottle was set out of the fridge to warm to a cellar serving temp.(about 20 min.)

A: Pours dark yet slight redness. A lighter tan head for an imperial stout. Lesser carbonation as expected from a barrel aged beer.

S: smells of a slight "roastiness" and a surprisingly smooth bourbon and cheery nose. Not as much of a roasted nor cocoa aroma I'd prefer in an imperial stout but still pleasant.

T: Subtle roast....a lot of Bourbon and almost no oak...I often find barrel aged beers to have more of an oak flavor...nice sweet complexity from the bourbon. This stout is very well balanced.

M: very smooth mouthfeel for 11%. Little to no alcohol burn. I like the way this beer finishes sweet...

O: Laughing Dog really surprises me. This is a really great Barrel aged Imperial Stout. Very smooth and well balanced. Caution: at 11% don't let this beer get ahead of you....its very easy.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Being fond of the other Laughing Dog offerings, splurged and bought this seasonal. Nothing better than a imperial stout on a winter day.

A - poured purply black with a rusty head. Always like some great lacing for a dark brew.

S - smells like the morning coffee, with some burnt overtones.

T - Roasted malts with cherry. Reminiscent of a california cab. An alcohol burn in the back of my mouth. This will warm you up on a cold day. finishes crisp with licorice and pepper - not spicy. Complex, there is a lot going on and I enjoy that. Smooths out as it warms. I don't pick up any oak/bourbon flavors. Boozy - yes

M- weighty. creamy. Modest carbonation

Wonderful, what a winter seasonal should be. Not exactly to style, but wonderful nevertheless

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black pour. Large, heavy and bubbly dark brown head. Fades slowly with top notch head retention. Light streaks of spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S: Boozy dark fruits and caramel. Some creamy chocolate and char but mainly dark fruits. Raisin and fig and maybe prunes even? Some vanilla too.

T: More boozy dark fruits from the aroma up front. Sort of chalky char aspect mixes in and becomes stronger in the middle as the sweet dark fruits fade away. Bitter chocolate, char and vanilla in the finish. Long lingering baker's chocolate aftertaste with some burnt wood. There is an anise flavor that comes out once the beer fully warms up too, it slightly coats everything but is most apparent in the finish.

M: Thick, heavy and creamy.

O: Overall, not bad. A dark fruit-heavy stout for sure, kinda reminds me of Darkness. Bourbon is fairly well integrated though this beer is quite boozy regardless. Honestly not really sure why the score is so low on this one, it's a perfectly good example of the style. Especially good if you like the fruits.

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Photo of BlueShirtMember
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark, dark color w/creamy brown head

S: Kinda bland, a little bit of chocolate malt. No boozy bourbon smell

T: Smoky/burny taste up front. Mild bourbon flavor on the back end

M: Full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation

O: Not bad overall, however when it comes to bourbon barrel aging, I expect a bit more. I can count on 2 hands the numbers of better stouts and again on 2 different hands the numbers of better bourbon barrel aged brews. That's not to say this is bad, just that the bar is so high when it comes to the style. I'd drink it again but would not make an effort to do so

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Rizalini
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber bottle into my Stone goblet glass...

A - Pours a viscous black color, with a minimal 1/2 finger head that disipates rather quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, and some burnt malt aromas and coffee as well. No real signs of any bourbon barrel at all.

T/M - The taste is a little hot, with some black coffee notes, carmel and chocolate. Occasionally, I ever get a little hint of cinnamon. That just might be from the sharpness and the alcohol. Chocolate finish. Thick mouthfeel, good carbonation.

O - A good stout, but no real signs of bourbon or barrel aging. I would have scored this much higher if this was their standard Imperial Stout offering. Falls a little short in the taste for me to recognize this as a barrel aged stout. Might buy again, but probably wont.

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Photo of Dave1999
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black with no real head to speak of.

The smell is sweet bourbon,roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

The taste is much like the smell sweet, pretty strong on the bourbon with a little bit of alcohol. The aftertaste is bitter coffee.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, syrupy with low carbonation.

This is very tasty, the bourbon is strong, you can tell there's alcohol in it. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of silverking
4.55/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first experience with bourbon barrel beer, and I have to say, it is quite enjoyable. Nearly pitch black with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. the lacing coated the sides of my glass and sank slowly back into the black lagoon that is The Dogfather. Aromas of Vanilla, bourbon, espresso, oak and smoke are definately present. Maybe a little black licorice too. It is heavy on the palate with low carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate on the palate with a warming espresso finish. The alcohol is reletivley undetectable considering the 11% ABV. It is definately something I will pick up again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WesM63
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter. No bottling date, assuming latest release.

A: Poours pitch black with a 1finger mocha head. Minimal retention but plenty of lacing.

S: Smells of vanilla, chocolate, bourbon and some roasted malts.

T: Spot on the nose. Vanilla on the tounge that evolves to a bourbon-oaky-ness finishes with some bittersweet chocolate.

M: Full body, moderate carbonation. Rich and creamy. Carbonation might be a little on the high side.

O: Color me impressed. This BA Stout walks a fine line, just the right amount of bourboun that melds extremely well with the base stout. Price isn't a factor in this review, but at less than $10 a bottle, buy it, buy all of it.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter, bottle is at least a year old. Pours a very dark almost black, with a two inch mocha head, that leaves thick patches of lace all over the sides of the glass. Smell is bourbon, smoke, chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted expresso. Taste is lots of bourbon and burnt charcoal, with the other flavors in a supporting role. Body is a little thinner than I like, enough carbonation, a bit dry, and not overly drinkable. This is a little above average overall, but attractive.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a short-lived, half-inch, fine mocha foam that leaves no lacing on a Dogfish Head snifter.

The aroma presents big, chocolate whiffs with little, if any, bourbon. Fudge brownie dominates the middle with roasted aromas in the background.

The flavor is chocolate with a light smoked wood background and light sweetness.

The Dogfather is syrupy and full bodied with alcohol less than anticipated.

This is a fine drinking beer, though not up to my hopes.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

was relatively impressed with the non-BA version of this beer so popped it on my wants and mnbearsfan hooked it up. thanks buddy! since, this has hit my distro!!! enjoyed from my hunah snifter.

a - brew poured a watery black with a generous creamy tan head that slowly dissolved leaving a thinner head and a skin of lacing on the edge of the glass.

s - some booze, some wood, some vanilla, some chocolate and lots of roasted char. some dark fruit and coffee bitterness.

t - again dark fruit dancing with burnt wood and some booze. some vanilla and LOTS of heat. heavy char.

m - pretty hot and boozy. leaves a boozy burn in my mouth and down my throat. relatively rich and full.

o - overall, i think i was more impressed with the regular than the barrel aged version. the barrel seemed to even give it a bit of tartness (though doesn't seem infected at all) in the vein of a dark fruit character. didn't love it.

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Photo of socon67
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black pour with a borwn foam that has solid retention. Slight lacing in rongs on the glass.

S - Scents of vanilla bean, cocoa powder, and a touch of coffee. As it warmed the bourbon scent became more prevelant.

T - Hearty malt profile that is quite rich. Coffee flavor came to the surface quickly. Finish is distinct of a BBA stout. Warming burn at the end. Overall it does hit all the notes of what I'd expect.

M - Richness made this a sipper, and over time the bourbon flavor made this a cocktail beer. Heavy bodied and for many one is plenty.

O - Would try again. Certianly a big stout in every way.

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Photo of bump8628
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been sitting around for awhile, let's see how it has melded and mellowed. Yeah it looks like a big stout - black with a thick head of tan foam - what else do you want? The nose is big on the oak barrel character, but not so much Bourbon. The bottle indicates "old Bourbon barrels" so maybe most of the whiskey character has been stripped? Regardless, the lack of Bourbon isn't necessarily a bad thing. The oak barrel is nice - woody, mellow, with notes of roasted nuts. Good stout flavors too - chocolate, coffee, smoke. Nice even bitterness, good balance. Solid barrel-aged stout to be had here, without a big price tag. The only negative is the thinning finish.

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The Dogfather (Bourbon Barrel Aged) from Laughing Dog Brewing
3.72 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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