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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 326   ABV: 10.85%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This year’s Dogfather Imperial Stout will all be aged in charred bourbon barrels. Seven malt varieties and subtle hop additions give it a complex flavor profile.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - APR 12, 2010
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2010
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ononews9 (52) - Hanover, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Imperial stouts are not my favorite beer of choice, but this one is on the better side. nice burbon taste in the background.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2010
22 oz bottle served in an English pint glass. Pour is onyx with three inches of foaming, floaty head. I don’t think I’ve ever got this much, or this thick of a foam on a root beer float! Nose is molasses, hops, coffee bitter, roasted malt, and some oak. Taste is right on par, but the bitter coffee was over pronounced and there was not enough of the bourbon flavor to balance. Body was surprisingly thin for the brew as well, and the high ABV was almost undetectable. All in all, nothing fantastic for my taste, but if the coffee was toned down, I would definitely frequent this beer again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap @gingerman. had a black body with a half an inch thick brown head that had no lace but good retention. Aroma had a typical roast note and a hint of leather. No real prominent bourbon note, some smoke notes though. Flavor had a nice balance between chocolate notes and dark coffee. Finish was rich.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BOLTZ7555 (3003) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle shared by Daknole @ Hellbilly’s...thanks Dak!!! Nothing extremely distinguishable about this beer. Dark chocolate pour with a fluffy tan head. Aroma shows rich roasted coffee, cocoa, and malt. Flavor also is solid stout with chocolate, coffee, and caramel present. Think they might have forgot the barrel in this one...just nothing seemed to transfer over. Hid the alcohol well. Medium mouthfeel and still a nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 23, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by daknole - Pours a dark brown color with a good size light tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and light oak/bourbon. Flavor is roasted malt, light vanilla and oak, and light chocolate. Medium to full body. A very nice beer, but probably could have used just a little more barrel time. Thanks Dak.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10785) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
black pour. Big tan head. Roasty aroma with tons of chocolate and light on the barrel. Flavor is roasty, bitter, chocolate, coffee and again VERY light on the barrel notes. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
pours a deep brown with a tan head aroma is roast barrel coffee chocolate. flavor is the same with a peppery whiskey finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Courtesy of ericE. Actually, this is a fairly decent imperial stout. The "bourbon" barrel aging, actually is pretty much devoid of bourbon. There is some decent oak notes in the nose and light vanilla in the taste. I’d guess that this was a bourbon barrel that was used more than once. There is a bit of greenness on the finish and it’s definitely over carbonated. But, still, it’s solid.


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