djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2017
On tap at DRBT. Pours a dark amber with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is wood, vanilla, spice, oak. Medium body, bourbon, roast, spice, oak, very good. fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2017
Tasting at Matt’s; bottled 8/20/151268fiery1 (1665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
Dark brown color, no head, oily. Aroma of dark caramel, bourbon, hint of apples. Strong body, bold, it has caramel flavor, enough malt depth, and a nice chocolate component; the alcohol adds some dynamic trait, the bourbon is very evident too.
650ml bottle @ Matt’s. Pours a dark brown with a tiny beige head. Nose is just yum. Notes of oak barrel, caramal, and toffee sweetness. Flavour is a very cool mix. Caramel a plenty with toffee and a overall bitterness that isn’t too strong and nor is the sweetness. I feel the rye is competing with the abv as its hard to discern which is which when it comes to that bite. I do like this but its not a balanced, quite simply its too bitter for my personal preference. Oakes (18851) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
Medium-brown. No head. Sweet, sugary malts, maybe like the malt candies from Weyermann sort of thing. Those toffeeish, rich notes are great. Mellow hop bitterness. This is really just an old ale/ASA sort of beer that brings it with the malt. mcberko (18977) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2017
22 oz. bottle, pours a deep dark mahogany with a small beige head. Aroma brings out caramel, toffee, and earthy rye. Flavour is assertive, with caramel malts, earthy rye, followed by toffee and dark fruits. Alcohol is well-hidden for a 12% beer. Not impeccably complex, but it works.
slowrunner77 (12861) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 27, 2016
oak barrels = bourbon or rye whiskey. The boozy barrel heavy nose and flavor in this brew was a pleasant surprise. Near black pour with light spice, roast and as said, lots of barrel. Smooth for a 12% brew, though. Oldschool_Mike (368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a jet black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and a little stone fruit. Taste is roasty and creamy with a little spiciness. Does not taste like a 12% beer. stevoj (5574) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Bottle #338 from Brewers Haven. Pours out a dark brown, like coffee, with a small silky head, small curtains of lacing around the ring of the glass. Lots of aroma, more reminiscent of a RIS than a rye. Probably the barrels. Vanilla comes first, marshmallows. Taste follows with some roast grain bite. Body is medium weight and silky smooth. Really pushing the boundaries of an Imperial Stout. Happy anniversary, LDB! patricks110 (2668) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 29, 2015
Thanks to Laughing Dog friends for this bottle. Pours out a dark muddy black with an opaque brown tinge, creamy beige head that is sticky and dense. The head lingers for a bit before dying down to a thin layer. No carbonation is noted in the glass. The aroma is rich, woody and a bit boozy with that 12% making its way through the nose. Smells sweet, rich and has a load of oak, nuts, cocoa, vanilla and roasted notes. The rye isn’t apparent as of yet. The first sip is sweet, a bit boozy with well oaked with a heavy syrup like chocolate and nut note. The alcohol seems to blow off as I sip with more toffee, molasses and light vanilla notes coming forth. The body is heavy and almost syrupy with a lingering oaken flavour and a light warmth of alcohol. The rye becomes apparent with light spice notes and a rich malty backbone. I really enjoy this brew. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 5, 2015
Bottle picked up at the COOP for an incredibly expensive $17.... Especially since they were only $10 at the brewery.... Bottle #279
Poured into my smaller Teku... Walnut colored brew shows clear garnet near the stem end of the glass.... Long lasting dark tan head... Beautiful.
Nose shows bunches of oak that gives way to toasted marshmallow and coconut, a little boozy, but no big deal.
Dry toast and lightly tannic vanilla (huge) oak on the palate.. Drier than expected from front to back.. Finishes a little sharply IMO, could use a little bit of rounded maltiness midpalate to tie things together.
A little thin for a 12% beer... Again a little bit of residual sweetness would help remedy that.
Letting this warm up a bunch helps the beer come together a bit more... brown malt and little bit of burnt coffee emerges too... Really complex and definitely a thinker... I still would have appreciated a bit more sweetness and perhaps a whiskey or brandy barrel instead of raw oak.. but this one is a winner.
Probably the best Laughing Dog beer that I’ve had... Certainly the best I’ve had recently... I remember liking the Barleywine, but this is better.