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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 326   ABV: 10.85%
This years 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2476) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Dark brown pour, good head and lacing, somewhat lacking in the body, bourbon aroma and in the taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9999) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Dark brown pour with red highlights. Cream colored ring for a head. Aroma is wood, bourbon, and cocoa. Thinner palate. Taste is chocolate and a touch of bourbon.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Dark brown. The bourbon fans out there rejoyce, I can smell it from two feet away. Vinous bourbon on the aroma and not much else. Chalky body, with a little chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jlo7399 (218) - Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Pours pitch black with tan head and sticky lacing. Aroma is a little sweet chocolate but big bourbon. Taste is black liquorice, cocoa, and huge bourbon booziness. Mouthfeel is surprising a little fizzy for what I was expecting. Good stuff, thanks Juice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
22 oz bottle courtesy of Suttree. Pour is deep black, touch of reddish, opaque, with a smaller well formed khaki head. Aroma of bitter sweet cocoa, roast maltiness, some oak woodiness and a bunch of boozy Bourbon. Nose is mostly about the Bourbon, particularly as it warms. Taste is the nose, in equal measures. Again, bitter sweet cocoa along with roast malt and wood - dominated by Bourbon. Palate is medium and a bit slick, with a long boozy finish. All in all, this is certainly a Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout. Thanks for this one Phil!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3118) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2011
The aroma is oak, boubon, chocolate, vanilla. The apearnce is a deep black, light brown head. The flavor is chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, some oak. This is what I think all barrel aged beers should be. I always gripe when the beer is overpowered by bourbon. Not the case here. The bourbon actually compliments the beer nicely. The finish is bourbon, sweet, pine hops. Medium/thick to thick in body. Excellent. Well done for a barrel aged impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5369) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2011
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a thick, lacy, tan head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, roasted malts with hints of chocolate, and some grassy hops. The flavors dont really blend as well as they could, and the beer isnt as thick as it should be. Still pretty good though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Muchas Gracias Senor Daks for this bottle. Served in my Bells Expedition snifter.

Basically black with just a hint of reddish highlights around the edges topped by a big fluffy beige head that left excellent lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of bourbon, vanilla, oak, roast, char, chocolate, walnuts, and rye bread malts. Still it appears they may have dry hopped this because I still find a fair amount of grassy and herbal hops on the nose. Just a hint of barrel wild yeasties starting to show but in this case they are still a two bit background playa and not something to be noticed (but it does question any more cellaring, could start to go south soon). Lastly, some bile and oxidization is surely appearing again putting into question any further aging.

The taste is vanilla bean and cocoa overload at first, someone boozy and lots of interesting side notes of tar, liquorice, tobacco, leather. molasses and even some peaty tones. Coffeeish and hop bitters follow suit upon the finish but are far less forceful than in the non-BA version, no really fruity component left here. It is more straight acidity than dark fruits. The mouth feel is warming and challenging but not as lush or sticky as I hoped.

I was not a huge fan of the base beer (just a 3.6 rating) but I honestly do not care much for this at all. The bourbon and moreso the barrel have lessened this into a muddled mess. The biggest issue is that even the bourbon character seems confused and it does not shine. This dog is a runt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10835) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle thanks to a generous trader whose name escapes me. Pours black with deep brown head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of bourbon, dark grains and roasted malts with a bit of dark fruits. Flavor begins with dark bread and roasted malts with a bit of sweet grains but mainly bourbon in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Roonai (305) - - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle shared by deyholla, thanks derek! p is near black with mahogany edges and brown head. nose is boozy malts. chocolate roast with a dark fruit/fig backing that lends a sweet tartness. taste reflects the nose exactly w chocolate roasted malts and dark fruit. not getting much bourbon but a hint just from knowing its there.

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