Hoppygirlcda (29) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - JAN 20, 2012
I am just a huge fan of this beer. This particular one I am having is a 2009 Bourbon Barrel aged and the bourbon flavor just gives it that extra kick.
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Excellent bourbon barrel stout. Good on the pallet and a nice finish. Had it in draft at city tap in DC. ecayennej (1) - Liberty Lake, Alabama, USA - JAN 31, 2009 does not count
Dark as night, a wonderful example of the style!!! Let it warm up a bit for the full effect. TheCorkStops (53) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2012
With all the hype surrounding some other stouts on the market, I’ve been itching to try this one. From Laughing Dog Brewing, in Idaho, this is The Dogfather. Described as an imperial stout aged in old bourbon barrels, and 10.85% abv, this should be fun!
The Dogfather pours out as black as molasses (if not darker) and almost syrupy. The foam is a dark coffee color, which fades fairly quickly, but doesn’t disappear. The foam sticks to the glass a fair bit, but without the typical "lacing" look.
The nose is full of rich butterscotch, toffee, caramel, molasses, and even some dark chocolate. The nose isn’t sweet though, it lingers somewhere between the malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.
On the palate, the Dogfather definitely has a little backbone of chocolate. The boozy nature from the bourbon barrels comes through on the palette nicely, without being over-powering. Just like the aromas, this fits beautifully between hoppy and malty. There are some nice notes of sweetness, as well as just the right amount of hops.
This is really the first stout I’ve ever really been a big fan of. I mean, I’ve like other stouts in the past, like Southern Tier Choklat, but never had one that I really, really liked. This Dogfather is quite enjoyable. It is sweet enough that I don’t mind taking another sip, dark enough that I feel like I’m drinking a real beer, and bold enough to keep the beer-sissies away from my glass. SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours pitch black with some darkish brown fizz. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, and hints of vanilla. Taste has bourbon characteristics, coffee, hints of chocolate, and some oaky dryness. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Laughing Dog The Dogfather Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout finishes with dry oak characters with a bit of hop and funk.
BillZav (22) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2011
The Dogfather is jet black in color, with hardy notes of chocolate and toffee complimented by dark fruit and vanilla spices with a significant bourbon backbone. This is a smooth, extremely well balanced beer, and despite the bourbon presence, the alcohol content is well concealed.