vtafro (2465) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour @ Night of the Barrels. Only a slight whiskey and oak variance to the original dogfather. On top of the chocolate, roasted, licorice, and vanilla flavor and aroma notes. Warming is minimal.
NachlamSie (2647) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Greenís. Pours a deep dark brown with a big frothy head. I am expecting a bourbon heavy bomb here, but itís not that at all. I am not sure what is going on in the aroma. There appears to be some strong Belgian type esters which makes it kind of cloying. Really thick banana and clove is here. I mean, is this really the work of a Belgian yeast? Why is this so fruity? Itís weird. The flavor is cloying in the way of a clove-like spice. I canít really detect much bourbon flavor at all. Thin roastiness comes out here and there with nutty flavors. Finish is pretty soapy. This is very strange. Very strange indeed.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Nonic. I have never really been a huge fan of Imperial Stouts myself, but saw this in the store and thought I would give it a try. Poured an almost black with massive tan head. Lacing was excellent throughout. The aroma had hints of coffee, caramel, and was quite smoky upon first inspection. This brew has a heavy body on the palate with average carbonation. Overall this is an excellent brew and might have changed my mind about Imperial Stouts altogether...
jgb9348 (4490) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep pitch brown coloured body with a dense, thick, light brown head - this one looks intense - like a rich imperial stout, with a thick head - nice! Aroma of potent alcohol, oak, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a bunch of nuts - insane. Full-bodied; Deep assertive malty flavours with roasted malt, nuts, alcohol and a bunch of hops thrown in too. Aftertaste shows cherries, alcohol, milk, oak, whiskey, vanilla and a huge warmth. Overall, a very potent beer, definitely showing the good characteristics of an oaked imperial stout - but perhaps a bit too much, especially for the size of the bottle. I enjoyed this, but would have enjoyed something a bit lighter! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 26-April-2010.
SrSilligoose (3132) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by andy DLD eve. Tried side by side regular dogfather. Consumed relatively late in the evening, so take this rating with a grain of salt. Liked the original better. Nothing grounbreaking here, the barrel added some bourbon and vanilla, but took more away in body and fruit than its worth.
phaleslu (5875) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Andy in an epic pre-DLD drinking session that Friday night. Thanks for bringing this up from St. Louis for us. Tried side-by-side with the flagship Dogfather, and like its counterpart, one letter away from a lawsuit from Snoop. The barrel notes make for a more impressive nose than the regular Dogfather, with the vanilla, oak, and bourbon complementing the earth, hops, and cocoa well. The execution is a bit sloppy, though, as the flavor just doesnít mesh together well. Full-bodied, and very smooth. I need to try it again a different time without having 20 other beers first and maybe Iíll get more from it, but the regular Dogfather seemed to be a better all-around beer to me in this case.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured dark with a nice head smelled of chocolate coffee and alcohol with a little bourbon if you looked hard enough. tasted very rich of bitter chocolate coffee and big alcohol finish. did not expect when tasted seeing i did a blind ipa taste test right before.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Baker for the bomber! Poured deep brown with an explosive cap of rich chocolatey head that filled up the glass.. took a bit too long to settle down, but the colors were great. The aroma picked up sweet and a little bit darker toasted chocolates, toffee, and dry-roasted coffee with accents of vanilla, metallic bourbon, and a faint hint of brown sugar.. quite a lot of barrel on the back of the nose. The flavor was centered around semi-sweet chocolates with intermittent hits of cocoa and warm molten cake sticking on the finish.. related bitterness and dry toasted oak on the edges.. the bourbon imparted more sourness than bitterness, but was tasty nevertheless.. finished with more chocolates, ashy notes, and bourbon sourness. Medium-plus bodied and dry on the palate, with lots of tight carbonation.. sourness worked fairly well and the barrel did some good things to this beer.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick tan head on top of a dark black brew. The nose is full of roasted almond, chocolate malt, roasted coffee, and malted milk. as you sip on it you can really taste the chocolate and coffee as they coat the sides of your mouth. there is an initial hop bitter bite but nothing too intense. There is a lot of flavor in this brew but nothing really popping out of it. overall it has great carbonation and i like the coating it leaves on your tongue and palate.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of billab914. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells of oak, chocolate, dry maly, some raisons, vanilla, cherries. Tastes of chocolate, tarte, dry, spicy with some roasty hints.