Laughing Dog “Dogfather”
This is a Russian Imperial Stout out of Idaho. Beer obviously isn’t something you’d think of when I mention the state, hence, this is my first Idaho beer experience. First off, the label and identity is absolutely awful. I could write a lengthy review just on the design, but I’ll refrain.
It’s got a subdued chocolate aroma, which comes off quite sweet with a grainy accent. The flavor palate is loaded with chocolate and espresso, exactly what you’ll be seeking for the style, but this is also well-hopped. This hoppy bitterness, paired with the dark roasted barley, helps to conceal the high alcohol. It comes across sort of slick, brimming with solvent alcohol, and coming close to ruining the good points to this beer. Though, the alcohol does make for a pleasant raspberry addition. The bourbon barrel aging of this beer imparts a woody, earthy character with hints of vanilla. It ends with a super dry, bitter, and hoppy finish.
The best description of the flavor is chocolate fudge, with pecans, laced with a large amount of alcohol. With 7 malt varieties, and 4 hop varieties, you’d think it would be complex, but it isn’t. If you’re in the south, impy stouts are hard to come by, therefore I recommend it. To those living in the more beer-rich parts of the country, you’ve got better options.