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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,402
Reviews: 2,286
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 183
Gots: 697 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of timhoth
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favorite beer. I am a big porter fan, and im in love with any dark beer and this is the best beer i think you can buy at a grocery store or any market like it. The beer drinks so smooth for how dark it is, and tastes of a hint of caramel within the full body. A true classic. One of my favorites anytime i go to the bar

timhoth, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of jmfc8237
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium bodied light caramel color with golden highlights. Off white head with little retention and mild lacing.

S- mixed fruitiness with citrus hops and caramel/biscuit maltiness with some earthy fruits.

T- caramel and nice fruit like raisins and figs with a toasty biscuit aftertaste. Nice blend of erathy and mild citrus hops.

D/M- very nice medium body beer with good malt profile and good drinkability. Nice

jmfc8237, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a two finger off white head which quickly fades to 1/2 finger and holds. Smell is a combination of caramel and toffee with some hops in the background. Taste is caramel, toffee, and toasted malt with some bitter hops for balance.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. The initial flavor is somewhat sweet, the bitter hops are strongest in the aftertaste, but not overpowering. A well balanced beer which I would buy again.

hardy008, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with yellow-orange highlights, a thick off-white head which leaves fantastically sticky lacing all the way down.

Sweet malts and citrusy hops dominate the nose. Lots of fruity esters in here, green apples and bananas as well as a darker, preserved fruit-like quality.

The taste is a thick malty sweetness with a hit of bitter piney hops on the tongue. Caramel and cereal grains. Not too much carbonation.

A middle-of-the-road beer in terms of body. Good for anytime. and very drinkable for sure.

MrHassellYaHurd, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It has been a year since I had this. Man I used to think it was bitter hop crap!

A - Nice amber color with little head
S - Smells of hops and malts with slight citrus smell
T - Not as hoppy as expected! The malts play great along with the citrus but really expected more toffee.
M - Pretty drinkable but kind of getting tired of hoppy beers.
D - May have this again if I find a sixer defiantly a good beer to buy.

DrDemento456, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangey amber color with a 3 finger sticky off white head that reduces to about a half finger in 2 to 3 minutes. Head remains at the half finger level all the way until i finished the beer. left some very nice lacing down the glass.

Definitely a solid brew. Not my favorite, but some nice flavors. Has a mild hop presence, mainly presenting earthy notes but with a hint of citrus as well. Strong malt presence, with a bit of toffee and some toasted malt flavors. Finishes with a touch of bitterness, but not as much as I would prefer. Medium bodied, with a nice level of carbonation. Good brew, but not my favorite style.

HURTemHIZZY, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with mild lacing and medium carbonation.
Smell is caramel grainy malt, earthy, and some hints of lemon.
Taste is earthy caramel some toffee, is sticky, has a strong malt presence, and finishes with a touch of spice, lemon, and toffee.
This is a very smooth beer that's incredibly well balanced. Not my style of beer, but very well brewed nonetheless. Rogue has better offerings (like Double Dead Guy), but this is a very solid beer that's very drinkable. Is noteworthy.

jzeilinger, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bomber poured into a dead dog saloon pilsener glass, i found this appropriate! bright orangey amber coloring, three finger billowy head that took it's time receding - leaving traces of head on the way down, the lace covers the entire top of the beer and runs up the glass a bit, very nice looking.

s- spicy, peppery, i'm getting a toasty vanilla like sweetness that lays ontop of the base carmelized malt, very earthy.

t- i wasn't expecting the any sweetness to come out here, but i'm getting plenty, loads of vanilla, brown sugar. hops shine in the finish, lemony and tart. earthy toasty amber caramel malts take over the front palate. this is a very interesting beer for sure.

m- medium bodied, slightly syrupy.

d- i'm gonna start off by saying that this is my first maibock so i'm not sure what the exact style is shooting for. it does have a nice hop profile, and is lighter in color, although i'm not getting any alcohol coming through. i really am enjoying it though, it's a nice refreshing lager spliced with some great ale characteristics. another top notch rogue offering, can't believe i'm only getting around to trying it for the first time now.

thecarster1, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of lbaker
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber with no date into large mug, lets go...

(a) Pours a dark honey color with very little carbonation...guess thats why they call it dead. Next to no head. (3.5/5)

(s) Not much here, smells pretty bland, like something that has aged but with no hops to bring anything out. Different. (3/5)

(t) For something complex it tastes very balance and light. Some pine and citrus hop notes, but overall pretty light. That or either very well balanced. (3/5)

(m) Pretty dissapointing. Very little up front and even less on the follow through. Oddly light for as complex as it seems. (2.5/5)

(d) Decent, but not something I would go back to in a session. Great beer to build on, but for the price lets leave it at that. (3/5)

lbaker, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of ruinsx
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frosty pint glass.

A -- Pours an amber orange color with two fingers of head. Foam is pretty thick and leaves nice lacing on the glass

S -- There was very little smell that I could pick up. It smelled crisp and clean, but not much aroma of malt or anything else.

T -- Very smooth and well balanced. Nicely hopped and overall quite delicious taste. Alcohol taste is there, but not overwhelming.

M -- Not overly carbonated, good light mouth feel.

D -- Overall a very drinkable beer. I could easily drink the entire six pack in a sitting. One of my favorite beers from Rogue brewery(except double dead guy, which is even tastier)

ruinsx, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the earlier available microbrews ten or so years ago, this was one that was surprisingly interesting since it was a german style lager rather than the typical ales that you found from most micros. Great color and aroma, very malt forward with a great flavor. Much better on tap than in bottles.

david18, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of austinhensley
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown with white foam that slowly dissolved the more I drank.

Smell: Smelled Fresh, Don't Know what more I can say

Taste: Outstanding, had a little kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Aside from the little after taste, the feel was normal. Not alot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable

Overall: An outstanding American beer I can be proud to drink anywhere.

austinhensley, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of schanker21
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden brown and clear with a white head that slowly dissipates.

S- Malty

T- Very malty. Not entirely sure how to describe this other than a bock. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Well-balanced with a hops presence that is lacking in many lesser bocks.

M- Syrupy.

D- Overall pretty good. I'm glad that Rogue is so easy to find because you know your always getting a solid beer.

schanker21, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Dawkfan
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a honey orange with 2 fingers of milky white head. Nice webed lacing left clinging to the pint glass.

S- Nice and hoppy with a sweet smell of caramel and honey. There's a bready quality here and a touch of fruitiness.

T- The fruitiness is more noticeable in the taste, mingles nicely with the toasted and caramel malts. Finish is slightly hoppy.

M- Medium body and low carbonation make for a mighty smooth drink.

D- Easy to throw a 6'er of these down, i'm glad Rogue bottles these in the 12oz bottles. They're starting to become a regular staple in my fridge.

Dawkfan, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of DeauxBoy
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, honey amber with short-lived 3/4" head and some mild lacing

S: Somewhat sweet, malty scent with slightly fruity undertones (citrus?)

T: Malty up front with the same, mild citrus hop finish picked up in the scent. Nice balance, very smooth.

M: Nice, smooth; feels nice on the palate

D: Very drinkable beer that I have, and will drink again.

DeauxBoy, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of chickenm
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a moderate tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some hops and a bit of honey. Malty flavor that is nicely balanced with citrus and floral hops. Mouthfeel is just right.. medium bodied and quite smooth. This is very drinkable and a really good beer.

chickenm, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of dcajero
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice amber, almost a caramel color with a dense cloudiness held to the light. Head came up and back down quickly but lingered along the sides of the glass

S - Definitely fruit and maybe some butterscotch.

T - Sweet with strong fruit up front and malts building after. Don't taste a lot of alcohol here.

M - Lightly carbonated without a whole lot of body. I had it right out of the cooler and it might have done well with an hour or so to warm up.

D - Definitely a do over. I could throw down a few after dinner as a dessert and not be completely immobilized.

dcajero, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of popery
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. This beer is somewhere between tawny and mahogany in color. The head is off-white and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is nice - sweet, subtle caramel malt with some light, fruity hops. The flavor is a tad sweet and finishes with a mildly sour lager/malt flavor, but it's well-balanced and goes down easy. The mouthfeel has always seemed a tad odd to me. I get a funny graininess at first. Dead Guy won't bowl you over with complexity, but it's a solid beer and it's easy to see why it has converted many a macro drinker.

popery, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of greywolf
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this beer is one that ranks up thier at the top of my list...one of my all time favorite beer,,i can arcoss the beer by sure happenstance...i was in the outer banks and was at a huge beer store and could not decide what to get,i saw the bottle out of the coner of my eye,,why not,,,once i got back to the room and opened it i was hooked right away,,it was one of the best,,,thats all i can say,,,,TRY IT

greywolf, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Kitt
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color an orange-amber - thick and cloudy. Pours a weak head with minimal lacing.

Aroma rather weak as well, I detect malt with a sweet citrus background, but that's about it.

Flavor a wonderful hop/fruity/malt and pine clash. Perfectly balanced! Back pallette is bombarded with a bitter hop that fades a bit as malt and fruit - perhaps apple - collide, but lingers in aftertaste. Hint of pine is a nice touch that disappears almost immediately. The coupled fruit and bitter hop taste is really unusual yet quite appealing!

Mouthfeel is perfect for the beer's taste. Wonderful viscocity, of strong texture, but not thick.

Drinkibility is excellent. Alcohol volume good for style and goes down quickly leaving one wanting.

I've had this beer before but I fogot how good it is. This is a fine piece of work from Rogue and I'm already looking forward to my next.

Kitt, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured amber/orange color that was hazy, with white 2 finger head. aroma/taste, smells really good, i have never had a maibock / helles bock, so I dont really know what im looking for in aroma or flavor, but it does smell good, cant really place any of the aromas or flavors though. It does taste nice though, its pretty light, with some light fruity flavors, maybe apple. Mouthfeel is really nice and full medium.

Overall, this is a solid well balanced beer, that you could easily drink several of in a sitting, great for a ball game.

webbcreative, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of keytones
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 12oz mug.

A: Poured smooth but looked a bit on the thinner side. Very small head, less than one inch, did not stay around very long. Light amber color, almost opaque.

S: Sweet, inviting.

T: Not too strong but has a decent, unique distinguishing taste. Has a small bite to it afterwards.

M: Very subtle carbonation. I would like to call this a thin beer but it's slightly thicker and has a presence on your tongue.

D: I could drink about two, maybe three of these before I would want to switch onto something else.

keytones, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of FallinDeck
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very malty aroma hit me as soon as I popped the top on this bad boy. An off white 2 finger head with big bubbles diminishes quickly leaving a perfect rind on the wall of the glass. The smell is like walking through the doors of a brewery. The wonderful malty smell hits you fallowed by a light hops. The body color is simply printed on the bottle "Deep honey in color" not any room to argue that one they're Dead on. Has a great full mouth feel, nice and chewy with tastes of wheat and honey... oh and don't forget a great balance of malts and hops. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

FallinDeck, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of THORN
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 6Fl. oz. bottle poured in to mug. Served 45-50 F.
A: Reddish brown. Many CO2 trails from bottom of mug. White frothy head pours thick and retains thin. Leaves behind spotty lacing.
S: Toasted malts, nuts, and sweet spices.
T: Light toasted malts, followed by figs, and apricot. Finishes with a smooth, bitter hop linger.
M: Light on tongue. Very dry feeling.
D: Very smooth beer, refreshing, and nothing is too overwhelming.

THORN, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy orange color with a 2-finger head, and great retention. I could only see a bit of Co2 through this beer, and lacing was minimal, wasn't great. Good look overall.

S - Dominantly sugary aroma, big candied ginger & date upfront, raisin and mild orange zests as well. Caramel/maple syrup notes as well, with mild spicy hop notes hiding behind the big candied/sugary aroma. Very inviting to me.

T - Tasted almost exactly like it smelled, extremely sugary/sweet malt like flavors. I got the candied ginger/date thing upfront & throughout, along with a butternut, cashew note towards the finish. Mild but definitely noticeable, lightly burnt hop bitterness on the finish which lingered nicely, as it warmed I got a bit of candied banana in there as well. Wonderfully sweet flavors going on!

M - The feel was creamy & chewy, smooth & extremely syrupy, and around full bodied with some lite Co2 bite. I really like the feel of this beer, it complimented the flavor profile perfectly!

D - I really enjoyed this beer, almost everything about it was very inviting to me, I could only enjoy about 2 pints of this though before it just became way to sweet. To me this was like an Imperial Amber, this is the first of the style for me though, and I loved it! This beer would go great with BBQ, and I can't wait to have it again! Highly recommended. Cheers!

NOTE - Mine may have been aged a year or more due to the fact that I bought it at a liquor store that doesn't move allot of it's craft beer quickly, and is known for stocking old beer to still make a profit.

PintOHops, Feb 01, 2010
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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