Laughing Dog The Dogfather

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Type: American Double/Imperial Stout
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  • 4/5 
  • 10.85% 
  • 1838/3686 
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I got a brew you can’t refuse. The Dogfather is one of the biggest brew we have ever made, weighing in a 10.85% alcohol. 7 malts and 4 hops give it a complex flavor profile. Over 11 month in the making some of the DogFather has been barrel aged. This is a very limited release with only 40 keg equivalents in draft and only 300 case made.

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Reviews: 3

  • Dec 14, 2011
    mseabolt (28)Rank: Beer Amateur
    3.3
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    I drank this from the bottle.

    I have been looking forward to trying this and finally found it on a store's shelf. Really a nice aroma that combined a lot of scents like caramel, chocolate, coffee

    Initial sip and it seemed to live to the hype I had built up but immediately this became too sweet. It also left a bitter after taste that got worse as I drank more.

    I am a big stout fan but this one will not be on my purchase rotation.
  • Jul 30, 2011
    TheCorkStops (70)Rank: Beer AmateurGroup: Barley Wine
    4.5
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    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.
  • May 16, 2011
    kaj-ii (780)Rank: Beer ConnoisseurGroup: Brown Ale Lovers
    4.1
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    [Best served in a Snifter]

    Poured black with a huge medium brown creamy head that had fantastic lacing. The aroma was of burnt malts, a resin hop and a leathery yeast with notes of coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and a mild alcohol tinge. It tasted slightly bitter with a coffee overtone in the beginning and then moved to a moderatley bitter-sweet flavor with a coffee-chocolate finish that had a mild alcohol undertone. Mouthfeel was full in body and very creamy in texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a GREAT Stout with a lot of flavor. YUM!!!

    Serving type: bottle