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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,253
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 621 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of greenreese
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass, from 3 hours in the fridge.

Redish amber in color. Zero head, low carbonation.

Smells overwhelmingly like fruit, sweet, figs.

Goes down smooth and tastes just like it smells. Sparkly, but little aftertaste. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Mellow apple flavor.

Good drinkability, still have that curious tingle on my tongue, but probably wouldn't purchase again.

greenreese, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first experience with this style and I'm not sure what to think. Poured from a bottle into a standard US pint glass with small tan head and little residual lacing.

Smell is subdued but is primarily malt and some dark fruit.

Taste is sweet malt and biscuit. A little chewy in the middle with a fairly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability is ok - but this is probably not something I would seek out.

OldYoda, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 2/9/09

Thanks again to my wonderful GF who picked this up for me on a whim. Poured from a standard 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Strong pour conjures up a 1/2 inch of bone white head. Retention is minimal and quickly fades to a scant patchy white skim. Imparts a nice lace around the glass. Color is a clear golden amber tinged with orange.

Nose- Light caramel, not much else going on.

Taste- A very clean and light caramel nuttiness, some bread and biscuit notes. Light citric and herbal notes in the close. Faintly tart and lightly dry in the finish. Very clean and pleasant ale. Nothing exotic, but very well executed and pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, moderately dry.

Drinkability- Very Good.

Kraken, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Seru1
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pilsner

Appearance- Dark Coppery brown. easy to see through with a finger thick white head and a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell- Smells of Chocolate, raisins, and red fruit pervade, speaking of the malty goodness to come. Light hints of nutmeg round out the aroma.

Taste- Malt Pervades with sweet Caramel overtones as well as expresso notes giving a balancing bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Longlasting and carbomated but pleasing.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink, 3 to 4 easy.

Finally a rogue beer that isn't an overhopped nightmare! I can see me getting more of these.

Seru1, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of cratez
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a bubbly white film on top. A beautiful silky lace permeates the glass with each sip. The smell consists of flowery hops, light malts, and alcohol. Sweet and yeasty aromas become apparent. Taste is fruity and zesty hops balanced with a dryly malted aftertaste. There's a peppery hop spiciness that nicely compliments the malty flavours and floral aromas. Lots of bite! The mouthfeel is crisp and velvety upfront; perfectly bitter and dry in the finish. Well balanced. Another fine ale from Rogue, with more of a malt profile than most of their beers. The tangy flavours would pair well with spicy food or creamy dishes like clam chowder.

cratez, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of twaddlac
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Apple juice like, foggy with over two fingered head that dissipates slowly into a small but noticeable head

S- Light caramel with slight roasted malts and hops, not too bad for an ale

T- Really nice citrus flavor at first and is smoothed out by the caramel notes of the malts

M- Good carbonation, a bit too thin with a dry finish

D- Good beer, lives up to the rogue standards, one of the better ales I've had

twaddlac, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A=hazy with a copper color and two finger head when poured more gently

S=complex smell with the malt out front presenting a grainy nose, some hop notes but overall very balanced smell

T=similar to smell though the hops are more prevalent on taste than smell.

M=carbonation disappears quicker than most, though not terrible.

D=good beer, definitely drinkable, overall I enjoyed the beer.

jacobseyb, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Natural510
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a thick, puffy cloud on top which takes a long time to dissipate into ample lacing. Very inviting.
Sweet, fruity malt nose with a heavy dose of citrus and honey.
Heavy malt & hop presence, with an alcoholic front. Sweet with a pear/apricot fruitiness and lacquered honey. Yeast is quite pronounced and comes together with the hops for a somewhat dry finish.
Interesting and complex in the mouth, while maintaining its crispness.
Both complex and easy-drinking; a fine ale for those seeking an alternative to the hop-bomb.

Natural510, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on May 25th, 2009.

Bought this one at SAQ.

A: Nice copper color. The head is made up of fine bubbles, that disappear rapidely.
S: I smell some hops, fruits and alcohol. Light notes of caramel in the nose.
T: Medium strong taste. Bitter taste that are probably more from the hops than the malt. Light notes of sugar. After a couple of sips, the bitterness disappear to let the alcohol take the place. The sugar note are caramel type (probably, I'm not sure 100%).
M: Round and medium body.
D: Quite easy to drink for a 6.6% ABV.

Second bottle, during a second tasting session, the alcohol is less present.

ZorPrime, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

my favorite thing about this beer is it's the exact same color as my hair and beard.. Other than that it's sort of a typical light bock.. Has a clean finish. a bit buttery and has a caramel presence, a bit bready, pale malt, a bit of hop is in there. A bit filling but it is a bock so that's to be expected. Not much aroma from the glass. Mouh is full-bodied. Good, not great I wouldn't buy it on my own but I'll drink it above other stuff

BirdFlu, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At Daddy-Oh's in Toledo...

The color is a rich, slightly cloudy golden amber. I poured a nice, fat white head that dissipated pretty slowly, leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.
The aroma seems like a nice balance of raw hops and fresh malts with some fruits, possibly citrus but something a little sweeter as well.
A nice, level hops bitterness blends with a rich, toasted malt adding hints of caramel and great balance. Some fruits are underneath and it's got a nice sweetness to it that isn't too much. There's some grains element to it in the back and the finish is fairly dry with a toastiness to it.
The mouthfeel is smooth and some moderate carbonation makes for respectable crispness as well. Body is medium.
This is a very nice brew, and one I've wanted to try for a long time. It was worth the wait.

Brenden, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of yuenglings
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle

A: Has a orangeish copper color with a nice foamy orande tinted head that leaves a very nice laceing.

S: A very plesant citrusy caramel smell up front with a slight toastyness to it and a very small amount of hops at the end.

T: Roasted sweet malts upfront with a slight hoppy bite at the end.

M: Very smooth and creamy with a good heavyness to it. Has good carbonation.

D: I could drink this beer all day long it has a good taste and is very easy going down i would but this agian for sure.

yuenglings, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of GweedoeBRew
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I think that Rouge is probably one of my favorite breweries... but sometime they tend to brew too many styles and beers for me to keep up with...

But the Dead Guy is the one. I think that it is the best beer to give to you up and coming beer buddies to educate them on a bock style beer... I have many friends that are growing into the craft beer scene and I think that this is (after you get them into pales....and ambers) the best way to get people to the next level

GweedoeBRew, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle pours a really nice clear orange color with a nice big white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some good lacing down the glass. The smell reminds me of an IPA, hoppy, kind of sweet as well. Not much else to the smell. Taste is kind of hoppy, some caramel taste come through as well. It's pretty sweet as well, not to much bitterness. Definitely a great taste. This is one I've been a fan of since the first time I had it when I was first getting into drinking beer and I still love it and pick it up quite often today. A great offering from Rogue and one everyone should try.

dismal, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy light amber with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of burnt toffee, slight malt, and some earth.

taste is chewy, malt, hops, and earth, ends dry and hoppy, yet not bitter.

overall a decent brew, not as good as other rogue offerings though.

froghop, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of drcarver
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Fairly average in appearance. A nice medium hazy amber (darker honey color) with a little white head that leaves bits of lacing... I am talking about beer here.

S - Sweet but faintly so. Little hop and little malt with something else. A bit fruity I guess.

T - The fruity sweetness hits firsts rounded off by the malts, but is balanced out by the hops. Very well down.

M - Smooth with a dry finish.

D - Goes down nicely. Could easily finish off a few.

drcarver, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap and came to the table with a one finger foam appearance that has staying power. Major spider lacing as it's consumed.

Red, amber color in appearance.

The taste is hoppy and smooth and that same time with a malty backbone to even it out.

This is easy to drink but I wasn't overly impressed with it. Nothing sets it apart and gives it that "wow" factor.

Love the bottle and the name, but not one of my favorites from Rogue.

kaseydad, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Bigfatbino
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A =A nice roasted amber look in the glass. About 1/2 inch of head with varying degrees of bubble fineness. Head faded a bit quickly, and did leave some lacing in the glass.

S =mild and subtle, but present are hops, roasted coffee and not much alcohol smell. Grains are present but not overpowering.

T = Very nice resins and bitterness, hints of cocoa and roasted coffee. Enjoyable but not overpowering hops present. The barley is quite enjoyable, but kept in check by the other flavors.

M = The body of this beer is entirely appropriate to the taste. It carries the flavors to the entire palate, and is so thick that it saturates the tastebuds. Finish is clean, with a slight bitterness and tingle left by the bubbles.

D = This one I could definitely drink more than a few of in a session. I would love to have it with a more delicate cut of steak such as New York strip or tenderloin. Au poivre sauce would make an excellent spicy combination with the mild flavor of this brew.

Bigfatbino, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of cybermecium
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber bottle, after being chilled to 55 degrees (in a small wine fridge), into a room temperature whisky tumbler. Small red icons of a pig and a campfire on the bottle, presumably to indicate that this beer would pair well with barbecued pork.

This is my first review, so let's give it a shot...

Loud hiss of escaping carbon dioxide as the cap is opened indicates lively carbonation, however, when it is poured into the glass, it takes on a more viscous appearance, with some, but not many bubbles. Approximately 1 inch off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a very light, starfish-shaped lacing. Color is of bourbon but slightly redder.

On the nose, lots of caramel malts up front, with a slight presence of floral hops and a very slight hint of ethanol.

Taste... caramel malt just like the smell, hint of dark fruit mild sweetness, balanced by a lightly hoppy dry finish. Well-balanced, but not overly complex. I can see why it would go well with BBQ Pork, or lamb. Not sure if it would hold up to beef.

Mouthfeel... smooth and creamy, medium body with no hint of graininess or any off-textures. The mouthfeel is my favorite part.

Drinkability... I could finish a few bombers, but the lack of complexity and heavy mouthfeel makes me want to drink something with a little lighter body and more hop profile, but that has a lot to do with my personal preference to lighter bodied, hoppier beers as opposed to this beer, which has a thicker mouthfeel and more malt backbone.

Overall, a good beer, there are better examples of this style but it's not bad. Not necessarily my style, but it is enjoyable except for the fact that it leaves me wanting a more complex hop profile.

cybermecium, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of dmfrench
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, spicy, fruity Maibock... like an extra light Barleywine.

A: Beautiful pumpkin/cider orange with a billowy yellow-white head.

S: Not particularly aromatic... just a bit of sweet and spice.

T: Caramel malt, spices, and just the right amount of oily hops make up the body. The typical Maibock 'creaminess', alcohol, and a hint of dark fruit seal the deal.

M: Medium with a pleasant carbonation.

D: Heavier than other Maibocks I've had, but not at all cumbrous.

dmfrench, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of NatetheGreat
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat lager tasting, somewhat like an ale.

Appearance is a nice glowing orange/tawny brown color. A bit hazy and florescent. Good head.

Aroma is subtle, not powerful. Sweet honey and fruit with light floral notes. Taste is well balanced. Hops are noticeable but not assertive, with mainly floral and orange. Malts range from honey to caramel to bread. Very interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and satisfying and it's easy to drink.

I've been looking forward to this one for quite a while and happened upon a 6 pack. Good beer, my second from Rogue.

NatetheGreat, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of ajuarez
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle of a barrel-perched skeleton pours this PNW Maibock. Based on the pour it looks medium bodied. The honey amber hue is slightly translucent with microbubbles of co2 effervescing from the bottom. Ivory head holds up fairly well before lacing the walls. Taste is of clean, sweet cereal grains, kinda like golden grahams. Malt is sturdy. I get a sense of perfume and citrus from the hops, not necessarily on the tastebuds, but swirling around the sides and roof of my mouth. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet finish. A very civil interaction between malt and hop with the grain taking the top billing. Good brew.

ajuarez, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of originalsin
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One thing I've always loved Rogue for is their awesome artwork and choice of names for their brews. Dead Guy Ale is no exception--certainly a stunner and, quite possibly, a killer.
The pour is a slightly hazy amber with about half an inch of awesome white head that laces down most of the glass and fades to a nice cover on the brew.
It smells very faintly of hops but mostly of sweet malts. It's a clean smelling beer and there's little surprise that it tastes just as clean, goes down really smooth, and is an altogether enjoyable brew. Balance is key here. It tastes mostly of sweet malt with an estery trace in the background-- almost like a not-quite-ripe pineapple that has hardened a bit. That's just the first thing that comes to mind. Citrus and sweet malt flavors are bigger at firs.

Hats of to Rogue for a really enjoyable brew.

originalsin, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of demuzik
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won't restate a lot of what has been said, but I will mention that half way through the beer, you start to notice a lot less of the malt and a lot more of the alcohol and "exotic / unknown" fruit.

I would definitely recommend getting this on draft, and abstain from drinking it bottled if possible - this one doesn't carry its wonderful character in a bottle very well.

And, lastly, while it is categorized as a Mailbock, it does start to blend into tasting like a red ale on your second bottle.

Bottom line:
Good brew - I've had both tapped and bottled - love the tap, don't like the bottle. Good luck!

demuzik, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark honey with a nice 1 1/2 finger white head

S: malty sweetness with a sweet hop aroma as well

T: smooth malty sweetness with a very well balance hop character. finishes with a slight toasty note.

M: Medium-light body, smooth with a dry finish

D: This beer is perfectly balanced in my opinion. Rogue has definitely hit the nail on the head with this one. Very drinkable!

LyonsHead, Jun 05, 2009
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,253 ratings.