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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

5,976 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,976
Reviews: 2,263
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 150
Gots: 477 | FT: 0
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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 danielocean03


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured an orange-hued coppery color with the thinnest off-white head that quickly fell to very light lacing. Smells primarily of floral hops combined with a blend of caramel malt and has a nice sweetness about it. Tastes of caramel / toffee malt and slight hoppy bitterness, alcohol flavor present as well. Medium body with fine and light carbonation, mouthfeel is rougher than most, leaves a slight alcohol/hop bitter aftertaste. Overall a solid beer, nothing too complex or over the top about it, easily drinkable. Have had much better from Rogue's, but not bad at all.

02-10-2006 23:32:04 | More by danielocean03
Photo of mcowgill


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

This beer poured a really light clear dark honey color with almost no head. Very few carbonation bubbles come up from the bottom. The smell is a nice mixture of hops, malts, a faint fruit. This is a good tasting beer with a great balance of hops and malts. It's a nice rich tasting beer actually. This is a dangerously drinkable beer if you ask me. Goes down very well.

02-09-2006 00:20:42 | More by mcowgill
Photo of HugoGrim


3.95/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 650 ML bomber into a standard pint.

Hazy copper color. Aggressive pour produced a nice substantial head which left some spotty lace.

Scent is floral with something I can't quite put my finger on.. something fruity.. maybe berries, or some other more fleshy fruit.

The flavor, just like that smell has something I can't quite name. Hints of apricot? Hop profile is subtle, and could be stronger in my opinion.

02-08-2006 02:12:44 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

i bought a bomber at arrowine. i think i've had it before, but probably not in a state fit to review

deep reddish honey color (the bottle says so, so i'll stick to it). there's a tight head on top, sticking to the walls of the glass too. no visble carbonation

dark munich aroma. deep kilned smells: toffee. no fruit

moderate bitterness and hop flavor, with alcohol flavor noticeable as well. the toffee comes through here, too
medium mouthfeel contributes to the flavors sticking around for a little while

meh...it's okay. never had an example of the style before, but from what i read this seems to be a fair example. i guess i'll give it another shot sometime

02-07-2006 03:22:32 | More by bruachan
Photo of gatorsuf1


3.83/5  rDev -3%

Pours a deep amber with a decent head that clings throughout. Smells sweet and malty. The taste is much stronger than the smell suggests. Fruity and malty at first. Then you can really taste some alcohol. Finishes quite hoppy, to perfectly balance the malt. Moderate carbonation, with a slick, smooth mouthfeel. A well balanced beer, I'll take another.

02-04-2006 00:59:18 | More by gatorsuf1
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Grabbed this bottle at the UTOBEER stall in the Borough Market, London. It's actually the most expensive one amongst the Rogue range available there--3.95quid a bottle! Served lightly chilled in a 500ml weizen-glass.

A: most elegant chestnut-brown to tawny hue, coming with a medium-thick beige-coloured beer head settling to a very thin layer of foam on the top; medium-sized bubbles slowly ascending from the bottom.
S: peach-fruity, sweet-flowery and honeyish aroma--very enticing hoppy nose upfront; the second-layered aroma contains a brown-candyish maltiness backed by caramel, longan-fruit tea, and a refreshingly doughy-sour note. Rich but not OTT and enticing enough. Yet somehow it reminds me of some American IPA/DIPA~~
T: a slightly sharp touch of flowery syrup and chemical note of calcium pill upfront accompany a profound, rich and oily-textured caramel maltiness reminiscent of raisin-flavoured toffee and burned brown sugar; gradually a slightly rough mouthfeel develops in the mid-flavour, consisting of coarsely-mashed malts, prevailing bitterness of herbs and longan-fruit peel, and more burned sugary flavour. Chewy, bitter-sweet malts sustain in the satisfying and lingering finish, along with lots of residual flavour of bitter-sweet fruitiness (akin to ripe black cherry-skins!!) in the end.
M&D: big, rich and oily initially on the mouthfeel, yet softening all the time towards a soothing texture in the very end; this is my first-ever Maibock, and I must say I'm quite impressed. Yet it's hard to imagine a German lager is so low in terms of carbonation and contains such high-octane aromatic hoppyness~~ In a sense it is indeed like some American IPAs I've tried, and it's so very nice all the same.

02-03-2006 03:03:17 | More by wl0307
Photo of beltranzandar


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%

i've been purchasing this beer often these days

a- the beer in the pint glass approches black. it has red hues. very pretty little beer. a conservative pour gave an inch of foam.

s- sweet but not fruity

t- a second after it hits my tongue it produces a mildly sweet taste that stays after it has gone down

m- its a thicker beer. it almost seems as though it coats my mouth with is malty flavor.

d- really pleasant to drink a couple. i wouldn't choose it for beer pont though

02-02-2006 21:01:30 | More by beltranzandar
Photo of chOAKbarrell


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Very very red, small head, some lacing.

Bready, earthy, yeasty scent. Very calm and relaxing. Reminds me in some ways of an oktoberfest.

Taste reminds me of an oktoberfest as well, although this is much tastier than most oktoberfests I have had. Malts are the star here, and the hops take a backseat. Again, a bready taste, very full body, almost chewy mouthfeel. Pleasant amount of bitterness hiding in the background.

Looking forward to having Deadguy again, hopefully on tap!

02-01-2006 23:44:23 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of descartes


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from 12 fl. oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pale red with quarter inch head which dissipates almost instantly.
Smell: Strong malt smell, hint of hops and wheat.
Taste: Strong wooden hop taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall a good beer but nothing too special either.

01-30-2006 07:24:13 | More by descartes
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Slightly cloudy, glowing amber orange in color with a nice bubbly cream colored head. Nose is juicy fresh earthy hops with nice malt character. Spicey and floral as well. Very relaxing brew. Soft and subtly syrupy with appropriate carbonation. Spicey yeast with a slight citric bitterness blends nicely with earthy and doughy notes. Carbonation seems a bit high at first but beme perfect when the beer warms. Amazing creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable too.

Very mellow yet awesome.

01-29-2006 22:05:25 | More by tastybeer
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Slightly hazy orange amber with a large frothy head. Dry grainy aroma - sweet and lightly fruity. Nice, thick, malty sweet flavor with light floral and spicy noble hops. Rich with hints of caramel and bread. Very smooth and medium bodied - nice balance in the finish.

Quite tasty...a whole lot of Munich malts. Seems to get sweeter near the end. Probably too fruity to fit the style, but Rogue has never really adhered to "styles" all that well.

01-29-2006 20:54:01 | More by wedge
Photo of dawg


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Having this on directly from the bottle. Seen plenty in a glass. Pretty cool bottle.

Smells like a basic ale with malt (mostly light roast) and hops. Kind of smell a smoky and fruity aroma.

What drove me to whip up this review was the last sip I just had when looking thru the BA forum. The sip had a strong iced tea, lemony taste. This sip was very complex and the first time that I had one from Rogue Dead Guy Ale. Overall this ale tastes pretty mainstream. I do get some different tastes as the beer sloshes around (nuts, fruits, floral, toast) but the iced tea taste was one of a kind.

Feel is good and I bought a case of this since I know it drinks rather well.

01-27-2006 23:33:45 | More by dawg
Photo of russpowell


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours amber with a 2 fingerdeep sand colored head that drops fast. Minimal Head retention and lacing

Smell: Fruitiness and a slight smokiness?

Taste: Rich and fruity with a slight hint of vanilla, toastiness, slight hop bitterness on the tounge and a slight nutty taste. Sweetness and slight bitterness on the finish.

MF: Slighlty chewy with good balance, slightly undercarbonated

Drinkable enough but nothing special

01-26-2006 17:35:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of AltBock


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

12oz. bottle with a cool picture of a skeleton wearing a tall hat, a mug of beer in one hand, and sitting on a barrel marked with the Rogue label. Something you need to see to believe. It was originally brewed to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead, but is now brewed all year around.

When poured into a Pilsner glass it was a light orange color (almost honey color) with a nice head of foam that left some rings and lace around the glass. It had a wonderful aroma of juicy fruits with some sweet malts in the background. At first I was expecting this to have an average ale taste, but there is nothing average about this taste. Up front there was some juicy fruits, then some sweet malts, and at the very end, some bitter hops. It wasn't too hoppy, it wasn't low in the hops, it was just right. Much like the Three Bears story, but with hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and with a nice dose of carbonation. This made for a nice well balanced ale and a good Rogue product. I wish I had bought the 22oz. bomber of this beer.

01-18-2006 19:07:44 | More by AltBock
Photo of amstelcat


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Kinda brick/brown colored as it sits in my glass. Not much of a head with non-existent lacing down the side. Smell? Well, hard to describe but I can detect some kind of fruit, maybe raspberry? Taste of fruit on the tongue as well and hoppier than expected for the style. Come to think of it, maybe a little darker colored for the style. I would rate this a slightly better than average brew to drink, have had it with smoked brisket and thought it went well.

01-18-2006 02:39:22 | More by amstelcat
Photo of objectivemonkey


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

This pours a hazy amber. Gave is some good head, a fizzy bubbly stuff that shrinks to nothing after a while. with little head to speak of. Smells sweet and of mildly toasted malts and hop goodness, and has a deep fruit aroma, something orangish and tropical. Pretty nice. Taste is initially of grainy earthy hops, and some good malty toasted something seems like. The alcohol becomes apparent throught the middle and and has a very nice warming touch. This is one of those I'd call very well balanced in character, with carbonation and smoothness and alcohol warmness and hops and malts all balancing each other out one way or another, which makes this an extremely drinkable beer.

01-17-2006 01:34:02 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of crawfow


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz. Bomber

A: Hazy amber/honey color with a bit of haziness. Definately unfiltered and thankfully so. Clears as it warms, so I detect a bit of chill haze. I was a little disappointed in the head...This bottle was not carbonated very well.

S: Wonderful mixture of caramel and toasted malt aroma...throw some wildflower honey aroma in there too. Some grain huskiness in the aroma as well. Appears to have a significant amount of Vienna/Munich malt and Medium Crystal malt in the grist. No hop aroma here...all malt.

T: Initial toastiness, a touch of smooth alcohol in the middle, finishes rather sweet. Grain husk is apparent in the flavor as well. Only enough hop bitterness to balance the sweet finish.

M: Medium to full body...Probably due to the residual, complex, unfermentable sugar that the crystal malt lends to this beer. Low carbonation.

D: Very drinkable, although this beer is not for the faint of heart...the alcohol is hidden very well. It may be an ale but the maibock character really comes through. This is a fest beer and should be enjoied as such...Proist!

O: Props to the guys at Rogue...wow a style that is typically fermented as a lager and they used their pacman ale strain. Awesome job and I highly recommend this beer!

01-16-2006 19:43:07 | More by crawfow
Photo of NClifestyle

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Dead Guy is an amazing, cloudy, amber/dark honey color when poured into a pint glass. A 1-inch thick perfect head of bubbles sits on the beer, but drops to a sparse covering soon after. The beer presents sweet cinnamon malt smells with an herbal accent of bright hop aroma. Toasted bread greets the tongue, drops to a delicate but wonderful spicy, floral hop aftertaste, with a touch of very ripe red grape to boot. Malt comes on strong late in the glass.
Dead Guy Ale is medium to full in the mouth, with a creamy smooth carbonation. This is a strong tasting beer, lots of flavor all over the place, sweet, sharp, malt and hop. Dead Guy might be one of the neatest, most original, great-tasting beers you can get.


01-13-2006 06:43:20 | More by NClifestyle
Photo of nickss


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

Pours a cloudy deep orange hue with a surprisingly small head, which quickly disipates.

Hops and malt intermingle beautifully in this brew, with the malt finally winning out with a generous smattering of rich sweetness.

Big malty flavouring mildly counteracted by piney hops. But once again, the thick maltiness wins out.... a well balanced brew to be sure, but lacking in complexity.

The moderately thick mouthfeel is consistent with the style, however I find this brew to be a bit too carbonated for my taste.

Quite drinkable... while I was not as impressed with this brew as I have been with many other Rogue brews, it is still quite well done. Rogue remains one of my top 5 favorite brewers.

01-11-2006 00:27:52 | More by nickss
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

My first time for any Rogue product, found it in Belfast. Pours a bit hazy orange brown color. Smell score is 3.5 only cause my sense of smell sucks, so I'll be neutral. Taste is quite like dried fruit and malt. Bitterness and some alcohol bite work well with the sweetness. Finishes very nice.

I like this, will pick up more soon!!

01-06-2006 04:05:12 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of bahumutx


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber/Copper in color with a nice head.

Smell: Can’t really pick out a lot. Just some malt and hops. Some breadiness is also present. Great taste. Very balanced.

Taste: Starts with some hops and ends with a bready flavor. There is also a slight sweetness and alcohol warming. Neither is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

This is another good brew from the folks at rouge and my first Maibock. Look forward to trying other examples of this style and other Rouge br

01-05-2006 02:33:22 | More by bahumutx
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -18.2%

I bought a growler of this instead of a sixer because the bottle will be a cool decoration.

First of all, I think there is a difference in the taste between a growler and bottle. This is quite a bit more bitter. It looks a bit darker than I remember and also seems to be a bit cloudy. The head was small but reading my bottle reveiw I said the same thing about it then. There seems to be a little difference in taste between serving types. I have had this beer on-tap as well and it was far different. Perhaps I will reveiw it on-tap sometime. Still a good beer from a good brewer.

01-05-2006 00:59:33 | More by Enola
Photo of Brodirt

New York

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

This is the one beer to have when you are having only one....cuz any more then one of these guys (12 oz.) and you arent getting up. It is THAT heavy a feeling beer. The problem is that it just doesnt have the rest to back it up. All that weight in your body and the body of the beer is just medium....think Guiness-. Flavor is pretty one dimentional too, nice bitterness along the lines of a strong cup of coffee. Sweetness and maltiness are sort of muted by the odd alcohol/something I cant place aroma...not bad, just not part of my palate memory. All in all not what you are hoping for and ye for some reason I come back to it every so often just to be underwhelmed.

01-04-2006 01:00:22 | More by Brodirt
Photo of snilsen13


3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

It's flavorful. It's not that great though. I think there's a certain hype about this beer. I was hoping for something good-excellent, but I got an average strong beer. I didn't go reaching for a second bottle and neither did anybody else. There are better drinks to quaff.

01-03-2006 15:54:14 | More by snilsen13
Photo of atigerlife


3.58/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured a nice amber color. Some reddish hints. Somewhat small head that didn't last very long. Some lacing, but not much.

The aroma is malt. There is some hops that start to shine at the end. Somewhat sweet and bready. Nothing spectacular.

The taste is roasted malts. Much dryer than expected. Some hops, but not too much. Definitely a straightforward but somewhat unexciting taste. Mild flavors.

There is a light carbonation, but the mouthfeel is overall quite nice. It is refreshing. Overall, it was different than expected. A much simpler brew. While I could probably have another, I don't see the point. More exciting stuff out there.

12-28-2005 06:18:49 | More by atigerlife
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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