TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - FEB 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours pitch black with a brown head into a snifter; nice frothy lacing. This is a great looking beer; one swirl and the head is back in full force, unusual for an imperial stout in my experience. Obvious bourbon presence in the aroma; vanilla, soy sauce, roasted malts and coffee, dark chocolate. Quite a bitter profile with a solid roasted malt/black coffee backbone with notes of pure cocoa. The bourbon comes through a tad too sharp in the finish, but itís still pleasant with burnt sugar and an ever so slight touch of vanilla. Mellows and smooths out wonderfully as it warms with earthy and sweeter dark chocolate notes coming to the forefront. Full bodied with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel and a low level of carbonation. I liked it much better in the bottle than on tap. Far better brew than the normal version in my opinion. Incorporating the boozier and richer notes in this version in place of the abstract salinity of the original... nicely done. Cheers to Laughing Dog.
ApisAles (1570) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky oily thick black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, some bourbon. Flavor is dark rich and complex. A little bitter from the roast, but also some interesting hop undercurrents adding to the complexity. This was a tasty beer and would probably do well with some age.
gkost (1703) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown. Nose is whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, coffee, roast and big smoke. Flavor is charred grain, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, wood and whiskey.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a deep dark brown color appearing black in the glass. Medium brown head shows fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, light fruity notes. Taste is roasted malts, nuts, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, leafy bitter hops. Medium bodied. Curses to the brewery for making NO distinction on the bottles between the bourbon and the regular version, but despite the confusion, Iím glad I managed to get one of each. This definitely is a bit drier on the taste and more drinkable that the regular version.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. for clarification, the cases of this brew were labeled by the brewery as "Bourbon Barrel Aged" although the labels are the same. pours a deep black with a huge, thick, cocoa brown head leaving a thick sheet of lace down the glass. aroma is great with big notes of roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, and toffee with hints of dark fruits including raisins and dates with a slight hint of vanilla and woody bourbon. honestly, the aroma leads me to believe this was actually in a barrel at some point. letís see about the flavor...i have to be honest, the flavor is delicious and i think i enjoy this one more the the non-barrel version. big notes of dark chocolate, roast, and molasses up front with black coffee, licorice, and smokey wood coming through along with hints of earthy hops, vanilla, and a definite woody, bourbon finish. palate is full bodied and maybe a bit too bubbly carbonated for a big impy stout but remains sticky on the palate and is not overpowering with the alcohol. overall, although the barrel qualities are subtle, i honestly believe this brew is a nice improvement on the delicious base dogfather.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Dogfather, BA
Date: December 29, 2009
Appearance: black, wispy tan head, drippy lace
Aroma: smokey roasted aroma, touch of sweetness
Flavor: rich chocolate and dark caramel flavor, touch of roasted, just a hint of bourbon, earthyness along with the oak, long bitter roasted finish
Overall: way over the top with the smokey character
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a brown head. Aroma is caramel, toasty, smoky, vanilla, and oak. Flavor is caramel, vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate, and a bitter spicy finish.
sloth (2337) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, gots the B on the cap, nice package! Pours a large brown head, lasting and plenty of lace. Opaque blackness. Nose of citrusy/piney hops and light whisky. Full bodied, slick on the palate and a tad sticky. Light whisky flavors, roast, faint chocolate, piney hops and some medicinal cherry notes. Big malty lasting finish. I,m gettin the almost 11% ABV now.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - DEC 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010 Very malty aroma.
Dark, dark black, with a small tan head.
Molasses, coffee, bourbon. Fairly heavy.
Full body, creamy texture, average carbonation.
aaronh2012 (91) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2009
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is one of the most overpriced beers Iíve ever seen. I couldnít even tell this was aged in a bourbon barrel. Iím pretty sure they aged it for a few hours in a barrel so they could justify doubling the price. If youíre looking for a very mild stout and price is absolutely no object, then by all means give this a try. If youíre intrigued by the Bourbon Barrel aging, then youíre better off with Micholebís version.