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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (5915) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2010
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 Norms in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 26-April-2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2010
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 doesnt 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 Ill get more from it, but the regular Dogfather seemed to be a better all-around beer to me in this case.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2010
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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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 dont think Ive 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.

   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.

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