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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,789 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,789
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 kdmorse


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, auburn hue topped with 2 fingers of crème-colored head. Bubbles race to the surface.

S: Drippingly sweet orange caramel scent. Both hops and malt at once.

T: Hops and malt all at once. Sweet and bitter. Savory with a clean finish.

M: Creamy and tasty. Very easy on the tongue, stomach, and the mind.

D: Very drinkable on one of the first 70 degree Spring days in Indiana.

Glow-in-the-dark bottle gets extra points for appearance!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 23:33:33 | More by kdmorse
Photo of cracgor


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a darker orange colored beer with a relatively weak head on top. Very grainy and salty smell to it. Not all that aromatic. Has a nice bitterness to it. I'm not really sure what type of hops this beer uses, but they are quite delicious. The maltieness is the major note and reminds me of a hearty bread, but it is well balanced with the hops. It is clean and crisp and easy to drink. A nice offering from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2006 00:44:44 | More by cracgor
Photo of aforbes10


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a bottle from our friday bio meeting. pours orangey-brown. nice white head. bubbly. odor is kind of citrusy and earthy, a bit like oranges. taste is malty and crisp. good hop flavor, not too powerful, some alcohol on the edges that is almost, but not quite unsettling. actually, i think the alcohol taste is tamped down to some extent by the citrusy hop flavor. smooth and eminiently drinkable. a good session beer in my opinion. this is my first try of rogue's flagship beer and im impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 18:51:24 | More by aforbes10
Photo of fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in colour with a bit of haze and lots of carbonation. Very malty aroma and flavor, with some minor caramel and orange notes. There’s a bit of roasted grain nuttiness on the finish as well. I detected a bit of spicy hop bitterness, but this is one doesn’t seem nearly as hoppy or as complex as other Rogue products that I’ve sampled. Solid, but unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 14:59:14 | More by fisherman34
Photo of guinness9880


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm copper with an off white head. Smells biscuity, a strong malty base with mild hops and citrus not much nose to this one. Taste is very balanced sweet malt on the palate with a dry hop finish, a very solid session ale.I could definately down a lot of these

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2006 04:00:03 | More by guinness9880
Photo of doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I opened this with excitement, as I've never had a maibock beer before.

Poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Not much head, which quickly dissipated, leaving only a slight ring around the edges. Cloudy, orange-red color.

Smelled flowery and sweet.

Taste was good. Sweet, with a distinct bitterness that really left the palate dry. Not much aftertaste, other than the continued dry palate.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I wasn't expecting such a dry finish. The flavor was good, but I don't think I'd drink a lot of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 23:37:13 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Chicago. A bit of a surprise since I did not know what style this was. A flagship beer from a northwestern brewer that’s not full of hops? So be it. Big malt smell upon opening and pouring, almost like malt candy. A lovely brown body under a cream colored head. Great taste of caramel malts and something that must be honey, that can’t help but overpower any hop bill. Big caramel and toffee malt finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 18:49:45 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of redelephantdane

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- dark honey, red, does not let a ton of light through. one inch white head, very fine little bubbles

s- sweet and nutty, some malts

t- a good balance, a good amount of malts up front, followed by subtle hops, nut taste through out.

m- weird mouthfeel, medium bodied, lingers in your mouth for a while. my mouth feels coated with a thin layer of film.

d- this beer lacks a whole lot of drinkability

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 16:36:13 | More by redelephantdane
Photo of IntriqKen


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow. This is an interesting brew.
Poured deep amber orange with a nice head that disappeared too quickly but retained a faint lacing.
Aroma is a nutty malt scent...lots of nuts going on in the malt.
Taste doesn't disappoint...same as the smell...first a nutty taste followed by fresh sweet malt then a faint hop bitterness on the backend. Finishing back to the sweet nutty malt.
Mouthfeel is med...nice carbonation...clean and fresh, but nothing chewy. Appropriate for the style.
Nice brew to style making it a very sessionable malt refresher.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 03:13:53 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Koolbreeze2


3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice bottle. Love the label-but you can't drink a label. Copper color. Small head, gone in a flash.

Smell: A somewhat strong, fruity smell. Not bad.

Taste: Bitter and sweet? Nice taste. Surprised me.

Mouthfeel: A nice light and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I probably would not buy it but I would drink it again. Smooth, refreshing. (Nice bottle) I have my old time male friends who know nothing about beer but drink this just because of the look of the bottle. Interesting what we (men) do.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 15:35:30 | More by Koolbreeze2
Photo of plaztikjezuz


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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan.
pours a wounderful amber with a slight head.
aroma is malty with some toffee, bit of carmelized malt.
the flavor is malty, bit of hop spice, drops off to with a minerality.
the mouthfeel is full, coats your mouth with malty goodness, but not to thick.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 04:26:41 | More by plaztikjezuz
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle erupts a clear amber with a frothy, bubbly head that recedes slowly. Aromas are sweet and malty, though there isn't much coming out, mildly spicy with little hops detected. The flavor is pretty clean, sweet malty, no hops tasted. A bit alcoholic at the end. Body is weak, slightly watery. A little dissapointed with this as most Rogues seem very good. Very clean, somewhat refreshing though this caramel bite is halfhearted. One and I'm done..

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 20:33:30 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Dead Guy is one of those classic micros that I used to buy fairly often, but then moved on to all of the latest fads. So it is worth revisiting it.

Pours a reddish-orange color with an off-white head. Floral, hoppy aroma. Bready, slghtly caramel flavor with some citrus notes. Very, very smooth, medium bodied and moderately-to-highly carbonated with a dry finish, incredibly drinkable. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 00:15:05 | More by ColForbin
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: mildy cloudy - ( must be unfiltered some strange way but the yeast is thin is so or could be the special water) Amber/copper color. Head stays for a while then goes to a collar. Lacing is pretty decent.

Smell: slightly sweet/sour. Almost floral.

Taste: hop bite quite present. Alchohol quite present. Roasty toasty. Definitely would go EXCELLENT with some hot food.

Mouthfeel - SLIGHTLY sticky, medium light thickness. VERY refreshing.

Drinkability - this is super drinkable to me. Even with the price so crazy high (it's worth it.)

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 06:48:22 | More by CaskofFlyingDog
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, slightly cloudy copper with a large golden-tan head that is slow to dissipate and leaves good lacing and a large ring around the glass. Aroma is of sweet malts with some plum and alcohol, and floral hops in the mix as well. A bit of yeast and bread are also apparent Taste is lightly hoppy, with plent of malt underlying it. Caramel and butter come through, with some dark fruitiness lying just beneath it. Plum and pear are noticible. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and crisp, very full and satisfying. Drinkability is very good. A very nice ale, interesting twist on a maibock, equally good on a crisp fall day or at the beginning of spring.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 23:18:15 | More by Mandrake
Photo of sevineyes


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle featuring a skeleton sitting atop a barrel.

A: Copper. Poured with very little head.

S: Bready, nutty and a little salty. Seems like there's some alcohol presence. Some residual floral hop.

T: Wow. The flavor really ramps up on this. It starts sweet with some alcohol sweetnes, caramel, toasty and then the hops kick in. Some lemon peel and grapefruit then give way to a floral, but bitter finish. The aftertaste is all bitter and citrus and it keeps going and going.

M: Carbonation on the tip of the tongue yeilding to a mouth-coating then pleasantly astringent finish that lingers. Might be my imagination, but I think I even get a bit of alcohol evaporation.

D: Really drinkable beer. The flavors are compelling and make you want another.

Overall: Sure, the label will make you buy it, but the flavor will keep you coming back. I really like this beer for the flavors it pits against one another.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:30:05 | More by sevineyes
Photo of BeavisCubs


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from quite bad ass looking 12oz bottle; my first maibock and my first rogue product as well; they're not easy to find around here due to the 16oz rule

Pours a dark cloudy amber with cream colored head. I found it difficult to produce a large head. Still a good looking beer. Head dissipates to a thin film quickly.

Smell is malty and biscuit-like with fruit hints. Very noticeable presence of alcohol as well.

Taste is fairly sweet upfront with strong biscuity malt profile. Strong hit of alcohol towards the end.

Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Good thirst-quencher.

Drinkability is hurt by sweetness and relatively high alcohol content. It's good stuff and a nice change of pace, but I couldn't take more than a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 23:48:49 | More by BeavisCubs
Photo of Byeast


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

Kewl skeleton holding a pint, sitting atop cask of rogue ale on my 12 oz. bottle. Poured a hazy dark orange-honey color with a half inch off white head that dissipated to a thin layer. Smell is malty and on the sweet side , with light honey , sweet fruit aromas of papaya , and bit of hops. Taste is also kinda sweet , the 4 malts make it nice and rich , bit of honey sweetness , then the hops come in and clean up the finish, leaving a slighly bittersweet and grainy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth. Mmn tasty and very drinkable. Would love to session this Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 03:42:03 | More by Byeast
Photo of NEhophead


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

Hazy bright copper with flashes of gold. Creamy, off-white head that slowly settles. A bit of spotted lacing with decent strength.

Lightly sweetened honey, cream. Toasted, airy biscuit aroma. Hints of rounded citrus.

Very creamy coffee flavored toasted malts and grains. The wheat and grain profile is very smooth and well rounded. Hints of honey accompanied by some citrus: lemon, lime, pear, apricot. Finish is smooth with an aftertaste of sweet caramel.

Medium bodied; smooth, creamy. Very well rounded and balanced for the style.

Exciting flavor profile for a style that can easily be pretty bland and wheat-heavy. A very well rounded offering from Rogue; highly drinkable. This was my first introduction to the Rogue brewers many a year ago. ('Gratefully dedicated'...I know it's a coincidence, but that's still pretty cool).

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 03:18:25 | More by NEhophead
Photo of scottoale


3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this in a while. The 650ml pours out a darkish amber ale with a foamy, finger and a half of off-white head. Head didn't last too long, leaving not much at all in the lacing dept. This kind of suprised me, as this stuff looked quite lively on the pour, probably due to a shortage of hops.

The smell is nice, very malty, caramel malty, earthy and of wood, not sweet.but hearty. Tastes like it smells, full robust malts and a bit of yeast, with a smooth (not bitter or sweet) finish.

Fairly full in body, good balance, alcohol hidden, carbonation dwindles but it fills the mouth and pleases the taste buds very nicely.

Very drinkable, I can certainly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 21:07:32 | More by scottoale
Photo of Optimat0r


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance - deep caramel with a light reddish tint. moderate foaming.

taste - mmm smells and tastes like german malts at first...then a hint of hoppiness kicks in to remind you its american. not bad...tastes alot like a dopplebock but with a slight tart bitterness at the end.

drinkability - taste is pretty good, stays consistent throughout, isnt too thin, and has a reasonable abv so overall this would be a good beer to have a few of if you options are limited.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 04:14:07 | More by Optimat0r
Photo of Oxymoron


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DOA: dead on arrival. Poured a copper color with strong red-orange colors that glint in the light. A good foam that lasts but not through the whole tasting. Decent lacing but also fades.

The smell is shinny. A sweet caramel malt presence that gives it a bready (almost Belgium) feel to it. A good hop pick up with some woodsy and earthy tone to it. I pick up some herbal that is more of a spicy flavor that enhances the bread-like qualities.

The taste is much more maltier then the nose would indicate. A big caramel taste that really dominates all other flavors. The bready taste comes out more of a cinnamon roll then anything. A light bit of a bite that has more of an earthy taste. But dont get me wrong this mostly caramel that is border line syrupy taste.

The body has a medium feel. Carbonation seems a little low, but still a easy drinking. I don't think I would kill anyone for it, but you never know.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 01:35:04 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of filabrazilia


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

Pours a copper with a small tan head that leaves a trail of lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty, sweet and inviting. There is a carmel and brown sugar quality in the nose.

A malt flavor dominates the taste--it is mildly sweet.

It is a little chewy and residual content resides in my mouth after the swallow. A light twinge of hops grabs the back of my tongue in the finish.

It's been a while since I have had this beer. It is good. Really good. The malt richness of this beer is not so overwhelming. Maybe I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 03:18:53 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of virtualshock


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

A - The color is a deep beautiful orangish brown. It pours thick with a small diminishing head.

S - Smells heavily of honey and malty sweetness.

T - Tastes of a deep caramel mixed with the earthiness of honey. It has a perfect balancing hoppiness to counteract the sweetness.

M - A little chewy, but oh so good.

D - Awesome beer, it appeals to all senses.

I wish I could taste this straight from the tap...

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:37:15 | More by virtualshock
Photo of Flippindiscs


4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Rogue!

Poured out of the bottle a great dark amber color with a great dark head.

Strong in hops to the nose, and a slight yeast character.

Not a lot of lacing with head retreating quickly.

Less hoppy in the mouth, but good aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer to sit down and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2006 02:14:08 | More by Flippindiscs
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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