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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,794
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001)
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-03-2014 01:39:45 | More by crlipnickas81
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

11-19-2013 01:05:13 | More by MHJeff06
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one on a suggestion from an IPA lover. It had a orange honey color, kind of cloudy. Held a decent head throughout the glass. Smell was somewhat fruity. Taste was sweeter than expected. Made me think of crisp, sweetness. Not too hoppy, but just enough. Is that possible from someone who usually drinks dark stouts? Maybe my tastes are changing. Maybe it's just summer, and hot, but I enjoyed this one a lot! And will definetly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 03:40:05 | More by finepaws
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-29-2011 02:32:22 | More by cmonfradi
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

11-12-2013 20:40:07 | More by JaysUncle
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottled poured into a Tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful Mahogany. The head that was poured is practically nonexistent. Even though the head wasn't much of this beer it definitely laces proudly and strong.
With the second pour into my Tulip this brew shows some more of its character. The head was much stronger, 1/2 fingered head.

S: I pondered the dominant smell of this for quite a bit. I kept on going back and forth between honey and molasses. I was close, but what it smells most like is Blackstrap molasses.

T: This definitely carries a nice malty sweetness to it. The flavor of this practically pops towards the end of the swallow. Right before the bitterness kicks in at the end a biscuit-like taste comes in. The aftertaste is definitely a delight it comes in sweet and bitter at the same time. I would even say a smoke-like quality emerges from here as well.
As this warms up it feels as if the malts take control.

M: This drink is smooth, moderately carbonated, and also holds a moderate body. This drink feels dry, but it is drinkable especially if you enjoy the smell of Blackstrap molasses.

O: After checking some other reviews on here I think I may have gotten a passed due date bottle or maybe even an infected bottle. Even though this may be possible I still enjoyed this brew. I've had other brews by Rogue, but this is my first ever Maibock. This was an experience and I recommend that everyone should at least try this brew at least once. I've seen this in 6 packs all the way to a growler. People love this for some reason and I now slightly grasp why.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:22:48 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-30-2012 20:09:31 | More by brock146
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-04-2012 02:17:27 | More by kyager2000
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

01-13-2014 19:50:30 | More by AUGRAD06
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-26-2014 18:15:58 | More by Mikeb8
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Package: 12 ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Hazy amber with thick off-white head.

Smell: Fruity aroma (citrus and apple) with malt sweetness and slight alcohol presence.

Taste: Mix of malt sweetness and strong hops bitterness tastes up front. Roasted caramel flavor comes in next, along with a hint of fruitiness. Strong hops bitterness and malt sweetness then make their presence known again and follows into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation upfront that fades away quickly. Finish is a bit thin. Almost like the flavors go away for a moment but then come back (from the dead) again for the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Wow is this easy to drink. I didn’t realize it was 6.5% ABV until after I finished it. You would never know it.

Comments: Very flavorful brew, extremely easy to drink. The dead finish provides an interesting effect. Thank you Keith (stegmakk) for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 18:04:12 | More by Denali
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4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick tan head, fades quickly. nice light caramel color.

smells like tropical fruit, alcohol, not picking up very much.

tastes like bready malt, sort of metallic, slight hop bitterness. hoppy sweet aftertaste.

mouthfeel is nice & creamy, with sharp little bubbles.

overall drinkability is great. nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 02:45:48 | More by duffextracold
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United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-30-2013 01:46:42 | More by jsanmarco
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

09-19-2012 23:02:07 | More by eph1291
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

04-17-2012 23:20:44 | More by Mayhewbc
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-14-2012 14:34:55 | More by MJGTi
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

03-21-2013 14:42:21 | More by Big_V
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-17-2013 01:51:50 | More by Punqbert
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-16-2013 13:58:28 | More by tbunting75
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

05-14-2013 03:23:56 | More by mralbertson
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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

05-03-2014 17:26:54 | More by TimBeaulieu
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-24-2014 02:35:45 | More by Dewsby
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3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is my second review of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. However, as promised during my first review, I poured this from a new bottle as opposed to a growler that had been sitting in my basement for over a month.

Appearance was a cloudy amber with moderate visible carbonation, but minimal head development. Smell was slightly malty with hints of caramel and a mild sourness. Taste was malty and a bit sour, but not bad. Dead Guy Ale has a very distinct and different taste that I'm still trying to place, but this adds to the beer's character. Mouthfeel is crisp and well carbonated.

Overall, an easily drinkable beer with a very distinct flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 12:45:24 | More by hammer09
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3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque dark orange. The cream colored head was soft froth that lingered and stuck to the glass. Smells like spicy wet grass and oak. Lots of flavors happening: Firstly, sweet malt and nutmeg, candied yams. Then comes the tingling hops, all the while the alcohol peaking through. The feel is the best category for me with this. It is sticky and smooth and leaves a bitter, dry funk on the tongue. I love to drink this beer. It is easy to find at my local Wal-Mart and is a go to when I want a balance of sorts.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:52:43 | More by JohnWaynes44
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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Used to be a favorite of mine a couple years back but just got bored with it I guess. Had one(ok 3)at lunch today, WOW, It was like finding a long lost friend!
Served in a standard pint it was a slightly dirty golden amber, quite good looking.
Smelled somewhat fruity, but mostly malty, bready.
Taste was smooth and sweet just as I remembered a balancing slight bitterness brought me back to reality,simple but full in flavor.
Mouthfeel is nicely pleasant, lays pefectly on the tongue allowing you to enjoy all the wonderfullness!
Drinkability is stellar, could of stayed there and pounded all afternoon into evening. Picked some up on way home from work, will keep revisitng this old friend with more frequency I believe!

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2010 23:22:19 | More by btorsdog
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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