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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

2,341 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,341
Hads: 7,147
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 21.83%
Wants: 276
Gots: 1,540 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States | website

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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
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Reviews: 2,341 | Hads: 7,147
Photo of bigwern
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark amber color with some reddish tint. very little head with a slight malt bouquet.

the malt shines through in the taste. it's full of body and tastes a little nutty, maybe even smokey. the malt transitions into bitterness in the finish and that bitterness remains as a significant aftertaste. a spicy twinge of alcohol is evident in the brew.

a hearty ale that is a great selection on a chilly winter day. it'd be hard to pair this with food because the taste is so complicated and demands a great deal of attention.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, big thick head on the pour with impressive head that stays around awhile. Fairly thick head with moderate retention and good lacing.
Aroma of fresh citrus hop smell, little bit of spice and slightly sour smell, maybe apple.
Flavor is dominated by fairly deep malt to start but then a sweeter fruity middle jumps in followed by a back of fresh hop bitterness
Beer definitely needs to warm to fully appreciate and as it warms some yeasty aroma and taste jumps up.
Nice mouthfeel, about right for style. Definitely a nice session beer.
Overall, nothing outstanding but can definitely do worse.

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Photo of Charthepirate
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I screwed up the pour on this one, so what should have been a magnificent head was kind of under represented here. Color was gorgeous though, like looking through a honey colored ruby.

The smell comes off very sweet and malty. It reminded me of fresh rye bread. Touches of sweentess, it just smells wonderful, but the smell isn't too potent.

When the dead guy hits the mouth he seems to liven up pretyt quick (I'm sorry). Initial strong sweetness, with some caramel, bread, and some fruity esters. Raisins and some kind of berry maybe? It's a subtle part of the brew, but a wonderful characteristic. Quickly though, a big, citrusy, bitter hops spikes through the beer. The malt and hops fight back and forth throughout the mouth till eventually your left with only a satisfied, balanced flavor. One of the most blanaced american beers I've ever tasted.

This beers excellent mouthfeel comes from a nice combination of the hops and a healthy carbonation. For some reason, the bite of the hops and carbonation runs in sync, making the beer literally feel huge in your mouth. More yums from this beer.

A brilliant brew by Rouge, one i'd be glad to quaff any day of the week.

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Photo of Hagbard
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep amber color, almost reddish-orange. Very small head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is very subtle. It is earthy with a touch of honey barely perceptible to my learning nose. The taste is smooth and malty with a definite hint of honey. It is nicely carbonated and feels substantial in your mouth. It would make a fine session beer if it was a little lower in ABV, though at 6.5% you can definitely have a few.

I enjoyed this one, but was slightly dissapointed. I had it about 6 months ago, before discovering BA and its world of wonderful beers, and I absolutely loved it. I'm talking top 5 beer material. It's definitely not that anymore, but still a solid beer I will have again. Rogue continues to impress!

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones, although I have had it on tap in the past at other places around Beantown. Pour was a clear dark amber, with minimal head. Clean sweet aroma. I thought the mouthfeel was very pleasant and well-rounded. Sharp carbonation was also detected. Taste leaned towards the sweet, and I kept thinking I could pick up the alcohol in this one. A nice treat from Rogue. pat

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Photo of twilight
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. Shaker Pint Glass.

At first I thought this was a mild ESB. Very earthy taste and smell. Bitterness all around, due to the hops and the aroma. Poured with a nice head that dissipated slowly into a light head and eventually disappeared with traces of lacing along the side of the glass. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit bubbly. I like the earthy aftertaste. It's not overbearing like some ESB's, but still keeps you aware of the bitterness. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this is one you keep drinking in order to try and figure it out, but with the smooth mouthfeel giving way to the bitter, it's almost as if the beer is teasing you to pinpoint it's definitive taste. The bitterness is a mild, but not astringent, bitterness that I generally associate with root vegetables. I'll be looking for this in the bottle...

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss actually purchased this beer about a month ago for our new office. The first thing I thought was "Wow this taste just like many solid Octoberfest beers." Huge malt background with some citrus notes coming though. Malt, clove, earth, raisin, orange and nutmeg flavors all coming through. Dry in the end with the flavor dropping right off. A great beer that I will look for time and time again.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is largely malty with enough of a spicy hop presence to mix well. Light caramel notes in malt.
Dark orange amber that's pushing brown. Clear. Creamy looking head that leave a nice lacing.
Taste is another well mixed malt and hop combination. Malt is rather notable in richness as much as specific flavors. As warms hops become bolder, presenting with both a grassy and piney qualities and offering dryness that's not excessive. They even offer a bit of a citrus quality too. As the hops begin to dominate the nice and soft caramel malt aspects lose their presence, which is too bad as the mix of both was quite nice.
Very nice soft quality to feel. Smooth even with the noticable carbonation.
This is a nice beer that serves as both a single bottle sipper and as a possible session beer (even with the rich malt quality).

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to start by saying I really liked the art on the label. That being said, this beer had a great appearance. Poured a deep amber, decent sized head, many bubbles. The smell was nice too, very hoppy, almost reminded me of Victory Hop Devil. The taste was also very hoppy, a bit toasty and sweet. The sweetness seemed to be well balanced with the hops though, if not dominated by the hoppiness. Mouthfeel was good, medium bodied, very drinkable. I would buy this again defiantly, I was extremely pleased.

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Photo of Rob6852
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of the New Year.
Came in a 22oz. bomber w/ the glow in the dark silk screen on the bottle.
This beer poured a hazy amber/honey color with a 1 inch head that disapated to a thin sheen on top that left good lacing all the way down.
Smell was malty and the alcohol was barely detectable.
The taste of this brew was malty with a few hints of fruit (couldn't distinguish what fruit) and the hops balanced it out at the end but were not overpowering in their presence.
This is a nice ale that is easy drinking. Easy on the palete and a good tasting beer at that.
Glad i waited for tonight to have this one.

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Photo of oggg
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I initially thought this was an ESB. It certainly has the hops.

Pours an orange hue, with a small head

Mostly malt in the nose

A significant front of hop bite gives way to a very broad and caramel maltiness. Not cloying. I guess at 6.5% this could qualify as a bock. Alcohol is subtle. An excellent quaffing beer.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cloudy amber with a decent head that diminishes to a nice solid lacing.

Faint hoppy smell, not very strong

Solid flavor, strong ale flavor followed by a hoppy, bitter taste that is oddly pleasant. Here in the midwest, the flavor seems to vary from six-pack to six-pack between strong and mild, but overall this beer is full of flavor with no off flavors.

the feel is solid and carbonated.

This is a favorite of mine, I find it highly drinkable

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a Rogue! Dark cloudy amber was this brew with a small off-white head that diminished fairly quickly but left nice lace. Lovely nose full of malt and caramel, hinting of a fruity hop overlay. The taste is very good, being full of malt, but beautifully restrained by the clean fruity hops. Nicely bitter and full bodied, this is creamy, smooth drinking beer. Easy drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Deep copper colored brew with a nice white head with good retention skill. Complex mix of malts and hops that is hard to defined but easy to enjoy. Sweet aroma and taste with a bitter aftertaste. This is very good and the bottle design is excellent! Will be looking into trying more of the Rogue product.

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Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an interesting beer with a cool looking bottle. Poured a deep red color with a bubbly head. Plum on the nose. The initial taste I got from this was plums. Some roasted caramel was noticed later. More sweet fruits came and went. Not too much in the line of hops but I think that's because of the style. The smoothness of this beer made it go down easily. All in all a solid beer but lower on the Rogue totem pole of beers.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous, clear, dark red/amber color. Small, off-white, dense, thick foamy head leaves a few spots of lacing. Sweet deep malt, creamy aroma. Hops jump in right away with a touch of fruit. Deep, almost chocolatey malt takes over quickly: creamy, thick. Very bitter finish... creamy malt survives through the end. This is a special beer. The huge hop bitterness is a little unexpected among the dark, creamy malt. It's an unusual bimodal taste, but a real winner.

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Photo of Foxman
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a golden amber, with a slight haze about it. A quick creamy, light tan head recedes gradually to tiny dots of foam. There's no real lacing to speak of.

The aroma carries a scent of somewhat sweetish malt, with moderate hops presence. There is a hint of maple syrup or brown sugar on the very bottom. As the beer warms, the malt comes well to the fore.

Out of the gates, the malt and hops are neck and neck. The dry tingle and floral notes of the hops goes hand in hand with the sweet malt, overall a crisp initial flavor. At the outside there flits a berry sweetness, again with a brown sugar tinge. At the end there's a yeasty biscuit finish. As with the smell, malt plays a much more assertive role as the beer warms.

It swirls nicely on the tongue, coating with a medium body, not lingering long, leaving a spicy hops tingle as a reminder of its presence.

It's a genuinely nice beer, with enough malt/hop interplay to be interesting. There's not too much of anything, and just enough of everything. Sure, I could handle 2 or 3 more, time and next-morning productivity depending. The beer grew on me, just better than pedestrian when colder, but multiplying in character as it warmed.
Also, my boys love the bottle. They want more so we can use them for Halloween decorations in the garage next year.

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Photo of shirfan
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rapidly vanishing head compared to other Rogue offerings, this is a clear red-orange.

Aroma is of oktoberfest-style malts and a good dose of citric hops, leaning towards sweet oranges.

Taste is finely balanced... again light caramel malt, and a sweet aspect something like honey. Mouthfeel is not overly chunky nor thick; finishes with a light and clean hops presence; oranges and floral notes mingle with a very nice sweetness. A mild level of carbonation, combined with the inoffensive-yet-intriguing flavors here make for a highly drinkable offering.

Rogue can keep this truckin' up to Buffalo for as long as they want.

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Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An all-around fine brew. Nice caramel color with a head that dissipated quickly, but left a nice lacy residue. Fruity smell that was not overwhelming. Nice rounded feel with a light sweetness followed by a slightly tart finish. Slightly oily with a medium to full body. Some alcohol undertones. Recommended, refreshing brew.

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Photo of mschofield
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red-amber with 1 finger off white head, laces well and remains as a cap.
Citrus hop aroma with grainy notes.
Fruity with sweet and toasted malt flavors, woody hops come in after the initial malt taste. Pretty well balanced. A little orange flavor - maybe clementine instead of orange.
Light feel to it, I could easily drink more than one.
I don't know if the Ale name is very appropriate, seemed more like a Lager.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange to brown color.
Small head diminishes until just a ring around the glass. Ring follows the beer down the glass, no lacing.
Mild malt aroma, some floral hops, a sweetness I cannot name. Honey maybe.
The flavor is very sweet yet not sticky in the mouth. Roasted malts and brown sugar are present then I get a little hop finish.
This beer is well balanced and has a good body The high ABV is a bonus, unfortunately Dead guy is too sweet for me.

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Photo of counselor
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time trying a Rogue beer and was really looking forward to it, maybe had hopes too high but this beer seemed fairly average. There didn't seem to be anyhting particularly compelling about this beer, nothing up front on the pallate, nothing lingering on the back end to make me look forward to the next bottle (not that I didn't have another though). The bottle was very cold to start and the flavors opened up as the beer warmed up. I felt it was a good brew though and representative of its style, just not a knockout.

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Photo of Gusler
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Papago

A beer I drink once or twice a year now even though I keep a few bottles in the stash and more's the pity as it is a fine beer.
Pours a translucent copper color with a monsterous head that is semi-creamy and off white in color, a thick and sticky sheet of lace clings mightly to the glass. Sweet malt, plum like, crisp, fresh and pleasing to the senses, start is ambrosial, thickly malt, the top is moderate in feel. Finish is dynamically hopped, moderate acidity, aftertaste somewhat bitter and long lasting.

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Photo of flaminghomer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good beer!

it is a hazy copper orange with a decent light tan head. i really like the appearance of this beer.

taste feels crisp. mildly sweet. slight alcohol aftertaste that i enjoy. the lingering taste makes you anticapate the next drink. maybe that is why it is so drinkable.

a good a beer. i would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pleasant amber color, not much head though. A thin murky sediment is suspended throughout. What lies beyond in these depths of the Dead Guy???

Aroma - heavy and sweet caramel malts drape the olfactory senses. The initial vapors on this beer are impressive - when poured into a glass and sniffed right away while the head is full but breaking down, there is a distinct whiskey smell. As the head recedes to a spotty covering, this smell backs off and resembles a more standard maibock malty aroma.

Taste - a big beer. Very hefty malt and noticeable sweetness that gets more developed as the beer warms. It doesn't approach a syrupy taste, a brash dose of hops will see to that. A big citric hit, lots of bitterness like a grapefruit rind. Alcohol level is 6.5%abv but seems more pronounced like an 8 or 9. Nice finish, touch of smokiness and lingering hops combine for a taste that never quite leaves, just kind of hangs in the corners of the mouth, reaching out like shadows in a deserted graveyard. (my attempt at Halloween spooky-themed writing...hmmm)

Mouthfeel - between the load of malts and the oily hops, this is a heavy feeling beer. Stubborn residue really prolongs a pleasurable taste.

Drinkability - Not a beer you can chug, nor would you want to. It's so tasty it's gone before you know it, though. Once the 'macro' guys at the Halloween party got a little pissed up enough to try this, they really liked it! Beer advocacy continues...

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Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.