Nickls (1847) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Darker tan head and completely black body. Vanilla, chocolate, roast, and slight booze. Lots of roast, slight woodiness and barely and bourbon, chocolate and coffee come through nicely. Medium to thicker, with tiny bubbly carbonation. Solid, but really didnít catch much bourbon which was the only detractor.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is weird...canít quite figure out what it is Iím smelling here. Candy of some sort? Smells almost like bourbon soaked onions. Taste is okay, sweet chocolate notes and a bitter finish. Slightly dry and lots of bourbon flavor in the finish. Somethingís a little off for me in this beer, but overall not bad.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, persistent, lacy tan head. The aroma is chocolatey with some roasty notes, vanilla, prune, and a subtle, but present, bourbon note. The flavor is rich cocoa with an espresso-like roasted bite. Some pine and earthy hops are also evident. I can taste the bourbon barrel, but itís actually fairly subdued. It finishes with chocolate and slight alcohol warmth. The whole thing has a very nice creamy texture which makes for easy drinkiní. Quite a good beer.
Lagunitasfan (1313) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared w/ Dasilky Todd in his manliest of man caves. Sharp alcohol, dark fruit, and chocolate on the nose. Taste is big dry cocoa and alcohol. Sweet behind. Not Toddís, the beer.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, ash, light vanilla, slight raw dough, and lactose. No real Bourbon or oak in the aroma. Poured pitch black in color with a massive, dense, frothy, brown head that diminished very slowly, but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, light piney hops, wood, tar, char, slight alcohol, and slight vanilla. Full body. Smooth, slightly tingly, then lightly dry to dry texture. Average carbonation. Roasted malt, chocolate, slight wood, light tar, finish is dry. 11%ABV is very well hidden throughout, and really just slightly noticeable in the flavor. Really does not seem different than the non-barrel-aged version.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The Dogfather is jet black in color, with hardy notes of chocolate and toffee complimented by dark fruit and vanilla spices with a significant bourbon backbone. This is a smooth, extremely well balanced beer, and despite the bourbon presence, the alcohol content is well concealed.
steelersfan07 (21) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good strong dark beer smell. I really shouldnít rate this beer, I already was tippsy when I drank this, but it only comes out once a year. I look forward to this every year and canít wait till next time.
cmonster (972) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2011 Growler served in a snifter. Pours dense and black. Medium sized cocoa top that sticks and stays. Sweetish aroma of bourbon soaked raisins, floral hops, vanilla, chocolate, and molasses. Sweet attack of dark chocolate with substantial earthy hops in the background. Full-medium body, slick and oily texture, mild carbonation, and a hot, roasty-sweet finish. When it warms, the complexity shines through. Very good stuff.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JAN 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Rich black pour with a dark khaki head that holds well and leaves some nice lace. Delicious roasty, chocolaty, bourbony, vanilla aroma. Flavor is the same but just a bit harsh on the booze, which accounts for the lower score. There are more hops in the flavor too, which is pleasant. Medium to full bodied on the palate--smooth and warming. Overall: a fine beer, but not the best IS out there. Iím still unsure as to whether the bourbon is beneficial or harmful to the base beer. Either way, Iíd lay this one down for a bit to let that booze settle down.
bierkoning (10204) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from EricAndersNavy, thanks! Black and opague, pours a huge head. Dark chocolate, licorice, ash, cream and just hints of oak in the aroma. Dried berry fruit. Sweet, malty roasty flavor. Creamy with chocolate, ash and vanilla. Alcoholic. Full bodied, powerful and complex. Not a huge bourbon barrel character, in fact even hard to notice. Fruity aftertaste. Very good!