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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,783 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,783
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 138
Gots: 383 | FT: 0
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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 BWMKappaSig


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange/copper color. Relatively thick head turns thick fast. It smells sweet and malty with definite caramel hints: Far sweeter than it tastes! It has a biscuitty taste that starts slightly sweet and fruity but that finishes a little bit better. Mailbocks aren't my style, but Rogue does this one nicely.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 23:28:22 | More by BWMKappaSig
Photo of jayfarley3


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, pours a dark copper-amber color with a white 1.5" head.

Smell is of sweet malts and herbs

Taste is wonderful, starts with toasty malts and ends with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great with a good balance of lightness and creaminess.

Very drinkable beer with one of the coolest labels ive seen

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 11:18:52 | More by jayfarley3
Photo of CortexBomb


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is orange, fairly decent sized white head on top, nice colouration and overall look. The smell is softly malted...yeast, some caramel.

The flavour on this is very appealing, and a good representative of the style: sweet malty goodness with caramel tones (some sugar and honey present in the background) dominant with decent hopping just to keep things in balance. This is a very tasty brew.

The mouthfeel on this is...full, carbonated, not thick but big. The drinkability is stellar, really no complaints at all. I find almost all Bocks easy to drink though, so take that for what it is.

Overall: Rogue's most well-known beer is also one of their best. If you love heavily malted beers, then Deadguy should have a spot in your fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 16:25:00 | More by CortexBomb
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost an orangey gold colour with thick head this beer smells like hops but the taste is more malty than expected. This is a session beer with balance built in but a full flavoured Rogue mouthfeel. I get caramel and some fruit on the finish but mostly a nice hop/malt mix that satisifies

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 02:37:20 | More by canucklehead
Photo of blackheartbilly


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

Appearence: golden amber

Smell: reminds me of a homebrewed beer, grainy, yeast-like, sharp

Taste: my first thought was that that it had a high acid content, and higher alcohol content. It actually reminded me of homebrewed beer, which I enjoy. This beer is not for everyone, but I am a big fan, and would love to try it on tap.

For me, this is a great summer beer, not something I would offer to people who are not "into" microbrewed beer. I enjoy the after taste and think this beer is great to bring to a BBQ or even with a steak dinner.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 02:07:34 | More by blackheartbilly
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnace: Golden-amber with an off-white head that dissipates into a ring, leaving plenty of sticky lacing.

Smell: A bit bready/grainy, lots of toasted malt, hops and oranges.

Taste: Very malty, biscuity, floral, subtle notes of honey, wrapped up with a nice hop kick.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light in body with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the best session beers out there. Extremely quaffable and with a fairly unique character that makes it stand apart from other brews you might commonly find in the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 23:39:11 | More by largadeer
Photo of bluemoonswoon


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

Apperance: 12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Dark cloudy amber with sandy colored one inch head that disspates into ring around the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Big bready biscut scenct with carmel and hops in the background, very complex and quite pleasing.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Hops attack the front of the tongue with mild fruit flavor, apples mostly that moves into a beady carmel biscut flavor. Leaves a oily herbal finish, very nice.

Drinkability: Not my favorite from Rouge but one of the better brews out there today, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 22:16:31 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of becktone


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eye: Nice creamy head. Great lacing as it recedes from the three finger head from the pour. Color is golden amber, reminds me a bit of a cider. Also has nice retention, overall this brew looks great.

Nose: Very balanced aroma. There's a very nice hint of spicy hops that are in just the right proportion to balance the sweet malty aromas that hail from my glass. Could be a bit more potent, both the hop and malt aroma were just a bit hard to smell.

Tongue: Very strong malt backbone in this beer. The sweet caramel and slightly roasted flavors really make up the flavor profile of this brew. Bit of spicy hop flavors near the end that attempt to balance the brew, but this beer is mostly malt driven.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied, with lower levels of carbonation. The spritzy feeling of carbonation nicely melds with the flavor of the malts, which suits this style-in my opinion- quite nicely. Finishes slightly dry. Was a bit lighter in body than I expected. The brew is easy to drink, and goes down smooth. This is something I could be seeing myself buying again, though I'd like to explore other offerings from the same style first.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 00:42:48 | More by becktone
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this maibock for years now, mostly on tap. This time, I poured this one from a bomber into my nonic glass expecting good things as I always do from Rogue beers.

The appearnace was a honey yellow color with a thin head line. Nice carbonation. Very inviting

Frankly, the nose was very faint, however there were whispers of honey and spring flowers but not much beyond that.

The taste was smooth, malty and delicious with nice hop bitterness in the finish and moderate carbonation. Somewhat honey sweet, but very nice indeed.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a solid balance between malt and hops.

This is always a drinkable brew no matter the season or occassion. It's even better on tap. Rogue scores again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 11:38:54 | More by jim102864
Photo of robocrouch


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured this one into a pint glass. A fuzzy amber color with a hazy look to it. A very nice head that is almost three fingers thick. Not much lace to it.

S: Fruity and sweet. The floral hops dominant the smell but I do pick up a hint of some fruit, not sure what though.

T: This beer has great flavor. I loved the balance with the toasted malts and the hops, then there is this fruity sweet finish that leaves you craving more. I also picked up on a biscuit-y bread feel to this beer. This beer is bursting with flavor.

D: Very drinkable but also complex enough to keep your interest. A must try and a beer I will definitely be picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 16:28:59 | More by robocrouch
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4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber color, mostly clear. Moderate to low head and carbonation.
Light malt, crisp apple.
Light malt, very light floral hop. Small array of complex flavors.
Nice carbonation.
Not bad, fairly subtle. Tastes good and is quite refreshing. I’d have another.

Red copper honey color / clear / very mild carbonation / mild head
Sweet honey fruit / light hop bouquet
Sweet toffee sugar / smooth and thick / roasted malt / light floral hop balance and bitterness / finishes dry and mostly clean / very nice
Quite nice, very tasty and drinkable. Damn good I say.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 04:38:57 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of montageman


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

Poured into a Schlitz chalice (awww, yeah!).

A: Cloudy amber that is pale when held up to the light. Bone white head around 1 finger big slowly dissipates to a ton of lacing.

S: A slight fruity/floral character is evident, but the nose is primarily malty with a touch of sweetness (honey, maybe?)

T: Balanced. Creamy maltiness up front & a nice dry floral hop finish. There is some definite sweetness as well, but it works nicely.

M: Slightly carbonated and quite creamy - a nice balanced feel.

D: Easy drinking, balanced beer. If nothing else, this is a perfectly balanced beer that might be a little too strong for sessions. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 03:51:52 | More by montageman
Photo of eberkman


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, bright orange gold producing a tight, creamy light-tan head with good stickiness and admirable retention. Lots of small carbonation bubbles surfacing from the bottom.

Bold aromas of citrus, caramel and bready malts.

The taste is very complex and shifty. Yeast, malt on the intake, sour citrus in the middle with a refreshingly dry, bitter finish that lingers, inviting another sip. Sweet without being syrupy. Bitter without being over-the-top harsh for the sake of being harsh.

The mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly -- very refreshing.

Highly drinkable -- not one that I would think to pair with food, though it would go pretty well with sausages or barbequed chicken. But certainly a good one to sit back with and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 05:01:00 | More by eberkman
Photo of NCSUdo


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice head with good color. A little hazy, caramel in color. Lighter shades closer to the sides of my glass. Good lacing as the head goes down.

S: Great smell, so complex. Really sweet and hoppy. Caramel, oranges, lemons, incredible citrus character. Malty over & undertones. Excellent nose. Gotta be the best part of this brew.

T: Caramel/sweet up front. Big maltiness with a nice hop bitter finish. Taste does leaves something to be desired as it just doesn't seemed balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Just OK mouthfeel. Drinkability could be better, but it's such a puzzle that the drinkability goes back and forth.

Overall this is another good offering from Rogue. However, this one seems to defy convention. At first the taste and drinkability are top-notch, midway through, both seemed to lose a lot. However, as the level in my glass got closer to 0, both picked up again and I could feel myself desiring another. An enigma of a beer. Pick it up and decide for yourself. My rating should be accompanied by a +/- because it is that easy to go back and forth and this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:05:17 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of meadhead


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just a solid good offering
of honey malt and floral hops
a little sweet
a little bitter
with a slight head on top

color is color and this pours
orange and tan

smells like it tastes
not too rich
not too bland

some other slight nuances
a little citrus and nut

mouthfeel is balanced
sips or gulps easy enough

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:51:57 | More by meadhead
Photo of rm0312


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle and on tap. Pours a nice amber/copper color with a minimal head. Malty and hoppy in aroma and taste with some citrus too. Slight bit of peppery bite in there as well. Leaves a nice hop aftertaste. Bought a case of The Dead Guy at the Brewry while visiting Newport, OR. I have not disliked a single Rogue product.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2007 20:44:03 | More by rm0312
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four-finger creamy head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Hoppy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet/hoppy then a serious hoppy/bitter finish that doesn't really linger. $1.89 for a 12oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 22:48:08 | More by jdhilt
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure it's been addressed in the BA forums before, but I still don't understand how a maibock can be called an ale by the folks at Rogue. Very confusing....

Pours a rich copper apricot color with a nice thick foam head that stays around. Leaves chunks of lace around the glass as the beer recedes. Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of candied sugar and caramel. Some dark fruit scent here as well. Hint of apple and pear too. Sweet tasting brew, again with a caramel appeal. Some pear/apple/strawberry sensation, as well as a sugary, vanilla taste. Tasty, to be sure, although I'd only want to drink this beer fresh. In my opinion, maibocks do not age well. Smooth mouthfeel and good drinkability. Deceptive alcohol content, though, at 6.5% ABV. Another nice brew by the folks at Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 01:22:32 | More by Atlas1
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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, gorgeous orange color, and a terrific head. Nose is thick toasty and robust, with some very large citrus notes. Taste is unique as hell. Honey, caramel malt, toffee, and HUGE hop presence. Mouthfeel is substantial, and sticky. Great, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 04:48:18 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of prototypic


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a cloudy, dark amber to copper color. Modest one finger head. Retention and lacing were decent, but not spectacular.

Smell: Pretty straight forward. It's a mix of toffee or caramel malts, a bit of honey, and yeast. There's a bit of a light hop aroma.

Taste: Plenty of malt in this one. Mostly tastes of caramel malts and a honey flavor. It does have a bit of a biscuity taste which leaves a yeasty aftertaste. There are some hops there, but it's far from a really bitter beer. Just a nice, well-balanced brew.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and carbonation is perfect. This is a great session beer. The abv may be a little higher than what some would say a session beer should be. But, it's so easy to drink. In my mind, it's a great session beer, as most Rogue brews are. Overall, it's a good, solid beer. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 03:45:01 | More by prototypic
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3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from an undated bomber a medium amber color, with a frothy 1.5 finger head. Decent retention yeilds into a thin blanket with decent lacing.

Aroma is slightly malty, with biscuit and yeasty notes. Overall fairly clean, but there is a slight hint of sulfur in there that is a bit out of place.

Flavor is malt dominated as well, mostly toasted biscuit like malts, fresh bread, and yeasty flavors. Sulphur isn't present on the flavor, but stale hops are on the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and flat. Drinkability is pretty good.

Personally, I feel that this is an overrated beer from a good brewery. As far as a Helles, it's not that bad, but the few flaws that it has, and the lack of any kind of wow factor really hurt this one. In addition, it tends to be MUCH better on tap.

One other odd thing I've noticed, is that this is the ONLY Rogue beer I've ever seen that doesn't list all of the ingredients on the label. What is in there that they don't want us beer geeks to know about?

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 02:11:41 | More by phisig137
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3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper, amber color with a white, two-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of sweet malts and grasses.

T - It tasted of toasted malt and some hops and clove.

M - It was crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Not to mention a great label.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 01:29:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of puffybh

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

s: bottle no born on date
A: cool bottle but with no history of the beer
S: one of the best i have had
T: some what chunky on the front but with good after tones
M: Big but wonderful
D: as a daily drinker, you would be falling off the chair but one of the best that i have had

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 05:38:52 | More by puffybh
Photo of jar2574


2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Amber color. Plenty of head and good carbonation. Looks tasty. Has a faint smell to it, can't really identify any distinct aromas.

Not too much taste. I'm just not getting that much flavor here, besides a faint taste of alcohol. Don't know what else to say.

This goes down fairly easily, and doesn't make me cringe or anything, but it doesn't really make me want another.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 23:45:55 | More by jar2574
Photo of Doctuh


3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well poured head faded quickly leaving a naked clear amber/honey body. Some promise of hops in the aroma. Thickness in the moment as excited carbonation develops in the mouth, not affecting the warmly received bitter followthrough. A syrupy caramel linger in the shadows of the swallow, at the disappear a hint of spice.

- Bomber pour, cellar temperature, into a pint glass -

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 23:17:10 | More by Doctuh
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