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 (983) - 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 (10563) - 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!
BierGarten wine and spirits (12) - Jenks, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A- Deep Dark pour, slight dark chocolate colored head
S- Smell is great! Hints of bourbon coming through, and chocolate. Some coffee on the nose as you take a sip.
T- Exactly what I was expecting. The Bourbon Barrel has mellowed out the characteristics greatly. Bourbon notes, caramel and coffee coming through, milder than some BBS but still awesome.
M- Not as heavy as some BBS I have had, but nice on the tongue. Not too chewy covers the palate nicely.
D- Wonderful!! I would definitely drink this regularly. Its a great BB IMP Stout and the price is right. I have spent a lot more on beers of equal quality. Laughing Dog got this one right!! Cheers!
kramer (5095) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a rather large frothy dark brown head that took forever to subside. The nose is quite roasty and intense with a rather restrained barrel influence and minimal alcohol intrusion. A good bit of bitter chocolate and a dry burnt graininess. The flavor is much like the original version, a little too over-roasted and burnt tasting for my personal preference. At least the barrel influence isnít overdone at all, in fact, I think that it could even use a bit more bourbon character. Itís been a while since I said that I think. Thereís just a light vanilla and charred oak note towards the finish, and no bourbon booziness at all. Medium to full bodied, rather sturdy in itís mouthfeel with soft fizzy carbonation. Not a bad beer overall, a good bit better than the original for me actually, but far from stellar.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge billowy milk chocolate foam over a dark dark brown body. Aroma is really roasty, chocolate, some whiskey, but little expected vanilla or wood. Taste is heavier on whiskey, splintery oak, wood, lots of chocolate, light roast.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a big dark brown with creamy beige head- massive with big carbonation underneath. Aroma is phenolic with harsh CO2 burn from high carbonation- then bourbon vanilla caramel sweetness, some earthy woody tones on roasted barley bittersweet chocolate and medium fruity plummy esters. Flavor is light chocolate, burnt toast, roast, light ashy coffee, earth, bourbon, wood, toast, vanilla and sweetness. Bitter finish. eh.