BJP2006 (43) - Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2008
This is the Perfect Beer, Tried next to the 2008 Abyss the Dogfather has Way more character with a big strong Complex Malt presence lost of Chocolate and coffee made me think it was a Espresso beer at first, the hops are there but just enough to offset this so it wont be too sweet, the ABV is well hidden, finishes very smooth SanfordBrewer (1572) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2012
opaque black with a thick brown head. Very full bodied with medium-high carbonation.dwyerpg (6045) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Aroma: silage, dark roasted malts, chocolate.
Taste: Dark roasted malts, charcoal, coffee, silage, grassy hops.
A few handfulls of oats would make it perfect.
A rich thick sweet aroma. Looks absolutely fantastic. Dark brown head, big black body; drinking in my crystal stein! Tons of flavor in this bad boy. Thick, roasty, creamy, this is really special. Cybercat (5736) - Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Aroma is rich and oily with an undertone of quality roast coffee and hints of molasses and miso. It pours a deep, opaque sable just a notch above black with a thick, fluffy, fine-bubbled, persistent light tan head that leaves some decent lacing. Rich, thick flavor has tones of unsweet chocolate, toffee, fine coffee, wood and molasses. Despite the high alcohol content, the alcohol bite is subtle and stays in the background. Texture is thick, smooth, fizzy and sassy, leaving a nice tingle and a bit of an alcohol nip. Highly recommended! If this is indeed a limited release, grab a bottle whilst you can. Hell, grab two bottles - one to drink and one to trade. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours pitch black with some darkish brown fizz. Smells of chocolate, coffee, and hints of hops. Taste has chocolate, coffee, and hints of licorice. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Laughing Dog The Dogfather Imperial Stout finishes with hints of coffee bitterness.
Joelly3d (48) - Kentucky, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours black with very little head. Perfect aroma, not floral but smells of caramel and fermented fruit tones. Tastes the same caliber as much more expensive beers. Highly recommended.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2012
Pours a very thick black with a nice cappuccino head. Lots of chocolate in the nose with notes of espresso, cocoa, brownies, and fudge. The taste is much like the nose. Rich chocolatey malt with light sweetness and a long bitter finish. Very smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. This is great. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 12, 2010
THOUGHTS: Not incredible, but very nice. Hid alcohol fairly well for the the hight ABV, but it did come out more as it warmed, but not unpleasantly. Quite warming, which was nice during the snow storm I drank it during. Another brewery like Southern Tier for me, meaning that I like their big bottle beers way more than their 12oz styles. One of the better Imperial Stouts I’ve had recently. Very nice on a snowy night. It was like antifreeze for a beer geek. More citric than piney in flavor. Most impy stouts I’ve had were the other way around. It went great with Christmas cookies. This beer was an example of why beer is great.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with the slightest amber highlights at the edges. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted malt and dark chocolate; lighter coffee; light to moderate Pine hops; lighter citrus hops; tobacco, leather, slight smoke, light soy sauce, alcohol, dark fruit, and dark chocolate cherry cordials. The initial flavor was rather sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet and bitter with a long, but sub average for the style, duration. There was roasted malt, coffee grounds; coffee beans, tobacco, tar, charcoal, cocoa, a little dark fruit, black cherry, slight vanilla, bitter coffee, light to moderate (for style) citrus hops (lemon and grapefruit), chocolate, a little pine hops and orangey hops. The medium to full body, which was a little thin for all the flavors present, was silky, but sticky on the lips with fairly soft, yet lightly tingly carbonation and a slightly metallic and lightly alcoholic finish. MarinEvelyn (854) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2013
Bottle from10/12, just over a year old.
Smells very sweet, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, malt. Very nice. There’s something hard to pick out, maybe some dark dried fruit, some cereal...something!
Tastes the same! Chocolate, malt, bourbon, and something indescribably sweet. Some coffee. The sweetness comes out more as it warms. Could just be like candied bourbon. Very smooth, very good. robforbes (2235) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2008
pours an opaque with a large brown-chocolate mousse looking head that disapates slowing and never really goes away, very good lacing.
smell is of deep dark chocolate, some coffee, licorice, hops, and some roasted nuts.
taste is creamy, dark and milk chocolate, touch of caramel, coffee bean, some vanilla bean, and some walnuts, ends nicely bitter and dry.