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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,255
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 174
Gots: 622 | FT: 1
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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 baos
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. into favorite Trappist glass.

A: Pretty reddish amber color. One finger head that dissipates to some nice lacing and a ring around the rim. Very pretty beer.

S: Little hops and malts.

T: Bitterness isn't balanced with anything. Leaves an aftertaste that is kind of metallic bitter. My taster may be off, because the last time I tried this beer it was more balanced and yummier. Alcohol taste too, that needs to be masked better.

M: Feels pretty good.

D: This beer goes down good. I give her a B-

baos, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's likely the talker on the bottle influencing me, but the brew is an attractive honey color crowned by a decent finger of head. Very little lacing if any.

Now this is not the bottle influencing me: it SMELLS like honey. Throw in some prunes, toffee and a hint of herbs and you've got an interesting nose.

Malty in a very neutral way; not overly sweet although the biscuity malt flavor dominates what little hops eek through. I suppose it's a bock but it is certainly one with an American accent.

Mouthfeel is solid. At no point does it slip into the watery character that some Rogue brews do. Yet it also resists the thickness that such a malt-driven beer can easily take on. Nicely done. I don't love the beer although I could see easily finishing the bomber. Still, I'm not sure how this has become Rogue's flagship (at least in terms of visibility) brew with so many more easily approachable beers on their roster.

malcontent, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice amber color with an off white head that was about 2 inches thick.

Smell- Very sweet smell from the malts and fruits.

Taste- Again I can taste the fruits. It had a nice bitter taste from the hops. A bit spicy as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This is a great beer that I decided to revisit. I had this beer when I first turned 21. A long time ago.

Beerbuddha, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Fireal1222
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

i've been drinking a lot of StoneIPA. Sierra Nevada. and Newcastle. and needed a change

i'm drinking rogue dead guy for the first time as i type this. my friend recommended it to me at the distributor so i decided to pick up the case. i told him i was looking for a beer with a good taste. that would get me pretty buzzed off of a small amount

he told me to try this rogue dead guy. and im not disappointed. for a strong beer. it has a very calm taste. its something you could give to your girlfriend and she probably wouldnt complain.

give this beer a try. i bought a case for about 38$

Fireal1222, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of Overlord
2.33/5  rDev -41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drinking this while I type.

Coppery color, long lasting head (maybe a quarter of a centimeter still here after close to an hour of sipping a bomber). Mouthfeel is somewhat viscuous, and not altogether enjoyable.

I don't like the taste. Has a metallic sweetness I don't find pleasant, and the malt is unappealingly cloying. I don't detect much fruit, maybe a hint of hops and pine, but this is just not fun to drink.

I've been going on a Rogue-sampling binge, and maybe one of the four beers I've tried has been to my taste. I appreciate that folks love the Rogue brewery, but at this point I'm beginning to suspect that their offerings are not for me.

Overlord, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of meechum
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great Rogue offering

A - Poured a cloudy copper color with a fluffy 2 finger head that settled into a ring around the glass with a nice amount of sticky lace down the sides all the way around the glass

S - Nutty and malty with little hint of the hops...kind of Ofest smelling actually (I just had a Spaten Ofest before this..may have affected that)

T - A very good bold malt taste with a nutty hint in there, kind of sweet with a hint of bitter hops to cut it from being too sweet..

M - It's like 50/50 Cream/Oily...carbonation is spot on

D - Extremely drinkable....I found myself downing it a little too fast and had to slow down...I bought a six and it won't last very long

meechum, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Heorot in Muncie, IN.

It pours a very nice deep amber color with one finger of white head on it. Sweet malt and floral aromas for the smell. The first sip is very malty and well balance with medium carbination. As the beer warmed I got a good taste of toasted malts and a slight breadiness. Great mouth feel that is light and would be nice on a warm day. Very highly drinkable and a good offering from Rouge.

TheodorHerzl, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not much haze on draft, same amber color with the tan, wispy head. Good retention, lace lasts the whole pint.

Aromas of malt sweetness and some fruit are a bit weak, but pleasant. The flavor is a little more bold, with good complexity of malts that hark back to Germany. Smooth, even body of medium depth. Fairly malty, but well balanced with oily hopping. Finish is a little dry, and bready.

Old stand-by, good beer.

BretSikkink, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of livingregret
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 1pt 6fl oz

Appearance: A deep reddish copper colour. 2 finger head that dissipates to quickly w/ no real lacing

Smell: Sweet malt....and some dark fruit. Can't quite place the fruit smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and not to thick. A sweet malt taste and still the dark fruit I can't place. Not overly sweet because it's quickly cut off w/ a bit of bitterness. Very tasty

Drinkability: FINALLY!! A Rogue Beer that I enjoy. This is a very drinkable beer that goes down nice and has a good taste

livingregret, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. single(1/21/07) from Party Source poured into a curved pint glass.

A: Dark amber lager look with some rustiness to it. Nice big head that dies quickly to 1 finger. Like lacing, probably because of the pint glass instead of a pils.

S: Smell of carmel paples with a light alcohol background. Getting a refreshing floral smell, too.

T/M: Smooth, creamy malt flavor. More of the carmel thast. As it warms further, the alcohol taste and smell come through a bit too much. Kinda weird for a 6.5% beer. Medium light body with moderate to heavy carbonation.

D: It drinks easy enough with the lighter body but the higher carbonation , and nothing in the taste department, makes this less than ideal for a good session beer.

pwoods, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dead guy comes in a black label with no freshness date. The pour is a light amber is little or no head on the beer. Seems a little low on the carbonation.

It has a unique mellowness to it as it balanced between the hops and malt. I taste a citrus fruit like a sweet lemon or lime flavor. The ale finishes definitely on the hoppy side as it leaves its trail on the back of you throat. I bought a six pack of this at the beach and it is a nice style to quaff.

cswhitehorse, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle from Trader Joe's bought indvidually

Pour was a golden brown with a small head

Smell did not really capture me

Taste was light, but good with a nice little punch at the ned

High alcohol content, but can drink several if desired

Available in six packs and bombers for those of you wanting to try this

Floydster, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at the Issiquah Brewery outside of Seattle, Rogue bought out a few years back.

A - Poured opaque brown and red-amber tint. Half of my finger head w/little sediment.

S - Hops are disguised w/the butterscotch accent.

T - Smooth strong malt

M - Crispy

D - very easy on the pallet to quaf.

Brianmerrilyn, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as much head as I'd like (that's what she said). It smells kind of creamy, a strong maltiness with a slight balance of hops that gives it a very slight tinge of floral aroma. It tastes much like it smells -- creamy, slightly toasted malts, with just a fine balance of hops, and it warms excellently, unlike some hop-heavy brews. It tastes good, and feels good enough going down that I know I could drink a lot of it (that's what she said). I'm confused as to why it's called an ale, however, when even Rogue refers to it as a maibock.

porntipsguzzardo, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel brown with a 1-finger head

S: Smells very good. Has a West-coast ale smell that I've gotten used to from other Oregon beers. Sweet malt and nice hops with some spices.

T: Initial taste is a strong sweet caramel malt and spiced apple taste. Has a touch of alcohol in the middle, and finishes with a nice yeast note, bringing you back for more.

M: Fairly dry, and goes a little bit astringent. Perfect carbonation for this style.

D: This is a really drinkable ale. One of my favorites currently.

ralree, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of JBogan
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy medium brown with a good creamy light tan head.

Malt is the main aroma, hints of caramel and toffee.

The smell and taste go very much hand in hand, very malty with a bit of caramel and toffee joining the party later.

Medium carbonation, creamy and smooth going down.

A very pleasing and easy to drink beer, one of my favorites. Dead Guy is a brew to share among friends or just to relax with and enjoy by yourself, great stuff!

JBogan, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of smttycty
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A honey colored body under a rocky 1F crown of ivory with fair retention. Good lacing with long legs on the side of my snifter. A light nose of caramel-sweet malts with a whiff of pit fruit on a summer breeze. The flavors are a perfect balance between sweet and bitter (for the non-hop head that I am). Earthy with some white grapes, and just the right amount of spice and hop bittering. Ying and yang in liquid form! A fairly light body belies the long legs that continue to coat my glass, and the soft carbonation matches the whole picture to a tee. Hard to believe this is not a European brew, more so that it's a West Coast beer.

smttycty, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, very reddish amber with a slightly off-white head that fades to a dusting. The aroma has a lot of fruit and potpurri spices too it, as well as some musky hops and amber malts. An ale character suffuses all of this. On the palate, rough fruits and scratchy hops first off, followed by some tea-like malts at the mid-palate. The finish dries out and brings a hoppy bite and some alcoholic burn. Overall, this is quite a nice beer, but it's no Maibock. Very ale-like character, especially in the mouthfeel, which has too many rough edges for a lager. In spite of the lack of stylistic distinction, it's still a beer that drinks well.

geexploitation, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of Thanby
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice amber honey color with two fingers of creamy-looking head that dissipates in about two minutes but leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Very malty, nice and round, surprisingly mild. The spices stand out the most, but the only one I can really separate enough to identify is the cinnamon. Also a bit of honey and some kind of grain that I can't put my finger on.

T: Initially quite sweet. Very smooth, the hops kick in after a second and linger as the finish. The flavors are blended so well it's hard to figure out exactly what they are. Toasted, some hickory, a little honey and again the cinnamon and maybe some cloves.

M: Smooth and rich. Nice carbonation, easy to drink. The slightly hoppy aftertaste is very pleasant. Light to medium body, I could drink several of these.

Overall a very good brew with a nice balance. There's something slightly odd about the hops that I can't quite put my finger on, but it isn't bad.

Thanby, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Strix
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: 1.5 Pint bottle

Deep amber color.

Smells of malts, with a sweet finish and roasted notes. Caramel and hops are also in the smell.

Taste is very complex, starts out smooth, with malt and caramel, then a slight twinge of alcohol, a roasted note, fresh bread crust, and a slightly hoppy and sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste is really nice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing.

Overall, quite delicious. This really hits the spot. I need to find some more Rogue brews.

Strix, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Must preface my comments by saying that never in a million years would I say this is a Maibock/Hells Bock (aren't Bock beers lagers?). While reviewing it I was thinking an American Amber/Brown Ale. With that out of the way....

App - Cloudy pale ambert color. Moderate-sized whitish head, creamy and long lasting

Aroma - Malty and clean - minimal aroma

Flavor - Some dark malt roastiness good malt flavor complexity. Finishes slightly roasty bitter, but aftertaste is minimal and balanced.

Med body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming

O'all drinkability - A malt-dominated beer with exceptionally clean character. Could use more hop flavor if an ambert ale, works fairly well as an American Brown.

mpyle, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of xymyl
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Creamy off white head falls quickly even in the storm of carbonation but leaves some lacing along the way leaving a respectable 1/8" + layer at the top of the glass. Color is vibrant orange with reddish/copper highlights.

Aroma is full of malty lager notes, but with layers of subtle hidden esters deep beneath. Clean, light bready malts along with sweet citrus, old dry cedar and a wiff of smoke come forward. In the distant background are caramel malts and even coffee and chocolate.

Taste is an interplay of hop bitterness, alcohol and the lager-like clean lighter malts while a game of "keep away" happens in the background with the hidden darker malt and fruity notes. The smoke chimes in again.

Body is medium light to medium. There is a slight buttery quailty that has always been here. It's been a long time, what a great beer. Why do I forget some of these greats?

xymyl, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of zerofear13
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured right out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Decent head, but fades pretty quickly. Deep amber, red or brown color. Smells of strong alcohol, malt, and caramel. Taste follows smell pretty well. All sweet caramel malt with strong alcohol finish. Your first few sips may be very warming as the alcohol hits the back of your throat and chest. Very full beer, but the alcohol drops the drinkability considerably. Overall, I can see where the fan base would be for this beer, as this is pretty accurate reflection of a maibock, but doesn't tickle my fancy as the alcohol was a bit too in-your-face.

EDIT: (01.30.09) After a year of not having this beer, and after many more beer tastings, with a new refined palette, I can say I have a much greater appreciation for this beer. The honey, sweet caramel malt notes of this brew is amazing! I'd agree that the alcohol is still a bit of a smack in the face, but that sweet flavor is wonderful.

zerofear13, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Rogue does it again. Gorgeous orange color with thick, foamy tan head. Subtle hops in the nose with a rich malt scent. Taste is almost all malt (foam too) with just a touch of bitterness. Alcohol is in check and with rich flavor and gentle carbonation, this is an absolutely phenomenal beer. Well worth seeking out.

tugdriver7, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of crayphish
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, a true malt bomb. This Rogue offering poured a fairly opaque brown capped by a creamy foamy head. Moderate carbonation and a fair amount of lace. Aroma is all malt. Caramel and other sweet fruits in the nose as well. Apples are brought to mind. Taste is more malt. Any hops in this brew are buried. The malt taste has layers of vanilla, apples, and yeast. Mouthfeel isn't as thick and chewy as one would expect from a malt bomb. Pleasantly crisp. Extremely drinkable, do so with caution.

crayphish, Aug 22, 2007
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,255 ratings.