Thursday, February 11, 2010
Laughing Dog, The Dogfather
Laughing Dog Brewing
American Double / Imperial Stout
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. (RateBeer.com)
22 oz bottle ~ $9.00
The beer pours a dark brown completely opaque with a very rich tan almost chocolate milk color head.
Rich dark roasted malt sweetness on the nose along with a very rich chocolate aroma.
Sweet roasted malts up front then a nice creamy mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. The back-end and finish are like a bitter-sweet chocolate, malt sweetness and some coffee notes. This is really an exceptionally good tasting stout.
The head has diminished to nice thin layer over the top of the beer and the lacing could be the most I have ever seen in an imperial stout, especially one of 11% ABV.
This is really a good imperial stout. This was a “sleeper” at the tasting a few weeks ago; a come from behind underdog that took a major bite out of the big boys.
The beer even gets better as it warms.
The beer is now at 66 degrees. It is picking up a little harshness but all and all still a very good imperial stout.
I must say that head held in there to the end. The final sip still had a good amount of foam.
My overall impression and rating for this stout is a B, a very good imperial stout.