Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

6,824 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 6,824
Reviews: 2,361
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 244
Gots: 1,186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

8 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington, Klages, Maier Munich and Carastan.
Hops: Perle and Saaz.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 6,824 | Reviews: 2,361
Photo of Scarycarrie1
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I come back to this every time as my favorite.

Photo of doktorhops
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This being my first Maibock EVA* I will be referring to the Beer Judging Certification Program (and “yes” that is a real thing) style guidelines on what a Maibock should look, smell, taste and feel like... no pressure Rogue, just go about your day knowing that my keenest eye/nose/tongue will also be backed up with actual beer review knowledge instead of the stuff I usually make up along the way. Oh yeah and before you ask “Aaannnother Rogue?!” in that annoying whiny tone as you always do, this will be the last Rogue *checks fridge* I review in a while.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Hazy amber body with a large but reasonably dense 1 inch off-white head on top. BJCP would prefer it clearer, lighter coloured and whiter (for the head that is). 6/10.

S: Honey, caramel malts, hints of butteriness (Diacetyl), bread middle and dark fruit Esters in the background... this is much more Doppelbock than Maibock (aside from the colour). BJCP poo-poos Diacetyl and Esters should be low to none (their words not mine - I actually like this aroma). 8/10.

T: More honey than caramel in the flavour with notes of butterscotch, bready mid-palate, earthy/herbal hops and some light spice notes in the finish, which is slightly dry but with a medium bitterness from the earthy/herbal hops. Quite a clever brew this Dead Guy Ale, with a modicum of bitterness hedging off the overly sweet honeyed aspect. If BJCP were a person I think he/she would like this, though with a disapproving mention that this Maibock isn’t to style. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but sharp and tingly carbonation. Not bad BJCP, not bad at all. 7/10.

D: Well, I am sold on Maibock’s - the lighter and hoppier version of Doppelbocks. This Rogue happens to be one of the best Rogues I’ve had so far (and I’ve had like 8-9 of their brews now) and the bottle was deceptive because I looked at it and thought “Pfft, glows in the dark, f**k off” but the brew within ist köstlich, to coin a German term. Question is: Does the now anthropomorphised (by me) BJCP like it? “BJCP says: yes” We have a winner! 8/10.

Food match: Schweinebraten with bread roll Knödeln and cabbage salad, a classic Bavarian delicacy.

*Or Extravehicular Activity - as I like to refer to my reviews, but it’s also something astronauts do while they’re in space.

Photo of Morningopiate36
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very malty and a little watery for my taste. Not saying the malty is bad, I like it, just not one I would recommend.

Photo of mzingie
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. Sweet eatery malt matches with a nice heavy mouthfeel matches with a heavy dose of pokey and floral hops that stay with you In a very pleasant way. Became one of my favorites on the first sip.

Photo of Vondy08
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty good transition beer for the beginner

Photo of crag
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Lovely malt with the proper amount of hops

Photo of ENogueira
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650 ml bottle in goblet glass. Reddish amber appearance, good thin head that lasts a while. Hoppy smell, with a smooth taste of hops and fruit. Very good. Would probably go great with a BBQ steak.

Photo of mdv_062
4.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer. Think I found my new favorite. Smooth smooth taste.

Photo of Stazzy
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a very good beer, though it isn't very nice to look at. Like most Rogue products, it is a much better than average beer.

Photo of 50marathons
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice Carmel flavor. Good clean finish. Dark orange color.

Photo of Nframa
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Top beer, very very good

Photo of MikeyP502
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head of almost 1 fat finger, pours a darker orangish color, thick cloudy appearance, head does not retain well. Fair looking beer on first sight.

S: The strongest initial aroma is very woody, with floral hints registering also. End is a sweet smelling, rich malty nose with hints of hop oil.

T: Sweet at first touch, somewhat caramel flavor, which is followed up with a faint black pepper taste. Finishes with a good boozy flavor that rides the hoppy bitterness to the finish.

F: Weak on the palate, the flavors are drowned in booziness, light mouthfeel, could use less bitterness on the finish.

O: Decent brew, probably tries to highlight the hops a little too much. Despite that, the flavoring is pretty complex, and I love the way the flavors seem to alternate. This is a Jekyll and Hyde beer.

Photo of KCCO_JSV
4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers.

Photo of m_hall
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Standard pour yields a slightly cloudy (this is bottle conditioned) caramel-colored beer with a light tan head that falls to a film, leaving light lacing.

Aroma is sweetly malty, fresh dark bread, and faint spice notes.

Flavor is sweet up front, very rich caramel and brown sugar notes. toasted bread and pleasantly nutty bitter flavors coming in after, leading a lingering, slightly dry finish, with a bit of old-world style spicy hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and oily, with moderate carbonation cutting through a bit. Just substantial enough, without being over-heavy.

This beer is technically a maibock, though it's billed on the label as an ale - and given its body and and rich flavor it would definitely appeal to fans of brown ales and similar styles. A very good, very satisfying beer, good for anytime drinking.

Photo of JHogan02
2.34/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I Personally prefer Boddingtons to this perverse pos and that is what it is.

Photo of Dwatt90
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is delicious. You should get it.

Photo of RogueCBR
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my goto beer. Every time. Found it at a local bar that has a beer-of-the-month 2 years ago. I think they kept it on as a regular beer because I kept them sold out.

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor, very good drinker

Photo of ElHefe2000
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer didn't really wow me for the price I paid for it. Bought soley for trying a different brew. Not great, not horrible, on to my next new brew!

Photo of founddrama
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, but I'm having a tough time placing the flavor. The bottle says hearty and balanced and I'll give it that. Also: I have to ask why they're calling it an ale if it's a maibock. (Aren't those lager yeasts?)

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Classic malt flavors with a light crisp lager personality. The malt is slightly caramel sweet, with some grainy barley, light nut and even a bit of coffee bean.

Photo of sporklift87
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour shows two fingers off-white, soapy head with fair retention and good lacing. Amber brown with some red and very light cloudiness. Smell is not very powerful, brown sugar and bready. Taste matches aroma adequately, with addition of pineapple and some spices. Higher carbonation lingers on front and middle of tongue for half a minute or so. Decent body, not as heavy as I had imagined, a little on watery side. Overall, a good brew, not very complex, but easy drinking and enjoyable. Won't be buying regularly due to price, but will buy again, just the same.

Photo of justingreenwood
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

The name says it all. Imagine squeezing the fluid from the rotting corpse of a homeless crackhead whose last shower was recorded in the dead sea scrolls. Not something I would drink again.

Photo of fscottkey
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Pours a rust brown color and forms a large 2 finger head. The beer is a little hazy looking in the glass. The bottle does not list the ABV or any kind of date. BOO! Terrible.

S: [3.25] I get caramel, spices and breadiness.

T: [2.75] The taste is some kind of spices. They are long and lingering. I keep sipping it wanting more but I only get a little more sweetness.

M: [1.50] The mouthfeel is bad. It has no feeling of carbonation. It feels like water. Normally I rate mouthfeel after taste - but the mouthfeel was so unpleasant I went there first.

O: [2.50] This is very disappointing. The bottle includes no useful information. So this might be a really old bottle - but that is Rogue's fault not mine. Suffer with a bad rating. The mouthfeel was WAY off. It is just like water. No carbonation feeling at all (even with the 2 finger head). Then the taste was poor too. I won't drink this again.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Banana bread brown sugar this is good ale

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,824 ratings.