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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,107
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 548 | 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 GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

10/16/05- Purchased in Jackson Hole, WY.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no dating imprinted on the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearnace- Darker amber colored pour. 3/4 inch head with above average lace.

Smell- Mid range semi sweet caramel malt scents as well as a small bitter hop presence.

Taste- Weird. Almost reminescent of Three Philosophers, yet without the 10% abv. Has a strange, but nice chocolate raspberry flavor. Caramel malts with a pretty heavy dark chocolate fruit taste. The hops come out at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation.

Drinkability- Couldn't even find word one about this beer. Don't even know if it's a Pale Ale or not. I just know it was pretty damn good. Different and quenching.

GClarkage, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of fromage
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I must have had a bad bottle of this a year ago which turned me off for a while. A nice beer for that transition from hot to cold (or vice versa, as intended for the style). I don't have a ton of experience with bocks, but this seemed like a pretty good take on the style, having recently had Einbecker's various versions.

Poured into a pilsener glass: a nice copper / honey hue, initially a good deal of bubbles sticking to the sides, with a decent head of slightly large bubbles which quickly faded, leaving no trace behind.

The smell is surprisingly strong, until you remember that this one has about 40 IBUs--not much of the malt comes through except a bit of pears, apricots, peaches, and caramel. No toffee notes. 6 kinds of hops here--i sure can't distinguish them. Basically smells grassy to me, maybe a bit of citrus. I ought to buy some hops and practice smelling them!

Quite a refreshing, bitter impact that lingers until the back of the throat. The caramel comes through a bit more, which nicely balances the hop punch. Finish is dry, not cloying. No trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, a good deal of carbonation. Not too tacky.

Quite drinkable--perhaps a bad thing due to it's 6.5 abv! Easily a session beer and could go with many foods.

A nicely balanced, refreshing beer--bracing enough for 50 degree nights. I have no idea why it's Dead Guy ALE.

fromage, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of sopor
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I didn't know the style of this beer when reviewed, so that was not taken into consideration. Knowing now it is a maibock, it does a pretty good job of fitting the bill.

Darkish honey with plentiful but not overly rambunctious off-white head that subsides as a thin film. Smells of sweet caramel malts and a hint of hop.

Sweet honey and caramel with perhaps a hint of of munich malt. Delicate hop bitterness is perhaps a bit underbalanced. Some tangy notes after malts. Pleasant moderately thick body with very light carbonation.

Ok, but not all that great, I won't go out of my way for it, but I'll take it if offered.

sopor, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of lordbrad1
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review...so take that into account.

When pouring into a pint glass the head is found to be a bit lacking. However it looks great once it's there. A nice dark coppery color. It has a nice mild spicy smell to it. Taste wise I've often likend it to "opium in a bottle". It has a mild hoppy bite, and tastes absolutely wonderful. I could drink it all day, and never get tired of it. I've often sold people on it because it's similar (somewhat) to Arrogant Bastard.

Not for the feint of heart, or the novice beer drinker.

lordbrad1, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of davidchollar
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a totally biased review - dead guy is one of my favorites and rogue never lets me down

looks good. crimson orange, brief head.

smells tasty, full, spicy and inviting.

tastes scrumptious. everything i want out of a beer. awesome.
excellent. this is highly drinkable but also high abv ! caution.

davidchollar, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of bigdeuce
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's hard to find a really good maibock. Dead Guy Ale is exceptional. Very full mouthfeel with the perfect balance of hops and malts. And lots of both. This beer doesn't mess around. This is the best maibock I've tasted since Wurzberger's Maibock and I don't even know if that is produced anymore. The only drawback to the beer is it's $11 a six pack. Steep price for an American beer.

bigdeuce, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of xoqx
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautiful deep amber and cloudy with a 1.5 finger creamy head that somewhat quickly died down to a sparsely large-bubbled creamy disk of foam

Smell: The nose here has citrus and rich smelling malts, and I swear some hint of banana, but that’s very slight and only after swirling to expose to the air.

Taste: fat malts fill the mouth on this one with a very delayed hop finish ending moderately bitterly. Tastes nicely balanced with plenty of malt and plenty of hops. Neither one collides with the other. Long after the hops have died… like two minutes after a drink, there is a very nice malt aftertaste left over. Caramelly.

Mouthfeel: chewy and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Balanced.

xoqx, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of BurnsTau
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at On-Tap in Birmingham.

Pours dark brown with a decent amount of head which soon settles. Leaves a great lacing on the glass.

The first thing noticable about the taste is the sweetness of the malts, but the hops balance very nicely. Noticable alchohol taste, with a great meduim mouthfeel. This is a great beer which is even better on tap.

BurnsTau, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of macpapi
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had Dead Guy Ale several times, probably due to the unique bottle. In the past, however, I've never paid it the close attention that it deserves. Also it's price in this part of the country has steered me away. Miss those days out west when I could get a sixer for $5.50. Here it's almost twice as much. Anyways:

D.G.A. pours a reddish-amber color with a pillowy half inch white head. Slow but rising bubbles are noteable in the glass. Lacing is decent.

It has a sweet and buttery aroma to go along with an impressively strong malt presence. Some hops are accounted for, but not terribly noticeable upon first whiff.

The taste is sharp and relatively bitter. Malt and caramel hit the tongue impressively. Fruit (do I detect plum?) soon follows. The hops are well balanced, laced within a fruity/sweet overall flavor. Alcohol is noticeable in the throat, adding a bit of a stinging sensation--but taking nothing away from an overall enjoyable experience.

In the mouth, Dead Guy is full and moderately carbonated. There is not a terribly bitter aftertaste, but the caramel and alcohol presences linger nicely.

Overall, this is a very good and filling beer. Good flavor, impressive appearance and very well balanced overall. Too bad it costs too damn much to make it a regular.

macpapi, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of jmz62565
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great looking two finger head with a dark coppery look.When I picture an ale in my mind I picture this color.Too many ales are to light in my opinion.A full spiced ale, but not an overwhelming taste,just right.This is a great ale from on of the best brewers in America.

jmz62565, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, maple-caramel colour toped by a short, dense, cream head that showed a bit of lacing. Grainy, caramel maltiness in the aroma, with fruity undercurrants. Hops are restrained, but there is a bit of grassiness. Bitterness hits you right away, while the rest of the flavours seem to complement this character as they appear and fade away. Toasted malt shows up next, followed by a bit of plum and light spicy, herbal hops. Caramel and pleasant alcohol appear at the end and carry through the finish, at which point the bitterness finally starts to fade. Soft carbonation is well integrated with the texture, which starts to dry out in the middle, but this fades in the finish. Fully bodied without being sticky. Lingering alcohol warmth at the finish as well. All around, this is a really enjoyable beer with just enough complexity to keep me coming back.

DrJay, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing orange with a thin white head that quickly goes to a bubbly collar that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is caramel malts and some grassy hops and a little fig.

The flavor is caramel/toffee malts and a little sweet fruitiness. Bitterness is barely perceptible, but helps balance the sweetness and leads to a dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a well-made beer, but it doesn't do a lot for me.

Beaver13, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nice ale. Strange they call it a Maibock. The Skeleton guy on the bottle looks cool.

Pours a deep copper color with a wispy egshell head and minimal lace. The aroma is a beautifully clean and fresh maltiness. Hops take second chair in the nose, they are herbal and citrusy. This beer has a complex malt structure thats well balanced with PacNW hops. I taste christmas cake, tangerines, cinamon raison bread, raspberry jam and tea. Theres a pleasant hop bitterness that lingers in the very long finish. The mouthfeel is thick and mouthcoating. Alcohol flavors are complimentary and never distracting.

Wow! I was expecting a good beer and this exceeded my expectations. It has all the characteristics of a kick ass session beer, maybe a little high ABV though.

CAMRAhardliner, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of jaluria
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an organe-color with off-white head and little lacing. Slight carbonation.
Smell - Strong hop presence with very subtle fruit undertones.
Taste - Smooth without any bitterness or residual stickiness. Not overpowering in anyway. What appears like a lack of complexity is actually a well-balanced hop/malt profile.
Mouthfeel - A bit on the dry end; mostly residual carbonation and slight bitterness.
Drinkability - Because of it's mild taste and subtle character, it is easy to drink.

jaluria, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Funny I never got round to reviewing this ale after all the times I’ve had it on tap but this is the first time I had it in a bomber.

Pours deep amber with a great rocky cap. Aroma is unique and a signature of this hybrid beer. It has the sweet cookie dough aromas of a bock with the spicey-fruity notes of the ale yeast and just a hint of orange peel and herbs from the hop mix....great smelling beer/ale.

Starts with a rush of sweet cake-like malts that are swiftly subdued by citrusy-herbal hopping. Fruity tastes are in the background as the finish comes up fast. The sweet malt drops away and a nice German hop herbal tone departs in the finish....bready-sweet after taste and a slow warming form the alcohol (which, surprisingly, is not hidden very well). Mouth feel was on the aqueous side for an ale with a medium body... and I don’t recall the drafts of this I had at the Black Swan revealing the alcohol so easily..

....all in all a unique brew which bridges the style gap between maibock and ale ( if anyone asked for this). Perhaps I feel let down aster all the hype touting this as a Grman style ( and I'm a mad German bock and lager hound). Frankly I’d rather drink mellow lagered German Maibock but if there is none available this ale will fill the bill.

pootz, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tough review. It's a very good beer, but I'm not sure how well it fits within this style. The website even says 'Dead Guy is a German-style Maibock made with Rogue's proprietary "PacMan" ale yeast.'

I guess there's a few "Octoberfest" beers that are made with Ale yeast as well.

I don't have a HUGE problem with this... but they should be fermented at a cooler temperature, so you don't get the fruity flavours!

The fruityness isn't like ANY german beer... an Altbier might be a stretch. If it wasn't so carbonated, it'd be closer to an ESB.

A: Copper-bronze, with plenty of fluffy white head. Good head retention, nice lacing. Really couldn't be better.

S: The hops are a little more apparant than the malt.

T: The 40 IBU of hops really hits you. More Perle than Saaz flavour. I wondered if they used cascade hops, because I taste a little bit of that passionfruit flavour. It's a bock... it shouldn't have this fruity flavour. There's a REALLY good malty base, but the balance is tilted towards the hops.

M: Moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: It is quite drinkable. Lots of good flavour.

It's a wonderful beer... it's just not a maibock!

Derek, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There’s a fire in my mug!!! All sorts of red, yellow, and orange hues. One of the most beautiful beers I’ve ever seen.
Scents of caramel, toffee, toast, and some floral hops. Man this tastes really good. Honey rolling over my tongue. Medium bitterness. Rather full bodied, and medium carb. I’m going to score this a bit lower and the overall because its not a maibock if its made with ale yeast. Its probably a bit too dark also, but damn it is good.

tjthresh, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of quasimoto
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured orange/copper with very little head. But I think that is only because I poured it too softly. The aromas were of slight hops up front, buit were quickly covered by the sweet caramel malts. The taste was of citrusy caramel malts, and a little bit of grape nuts. The bitterness of the hops made for a dry finish and the low carbination made for a smooth mouthfeel. The drinkability of this is that it should be enjoyed by everybody.

quasimoto, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of apfactor
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

650ml Bottle. Light brown glow to it. No head present.
Malty aroma with just a hint of hops.Slight pineapple smell to it.

A lot less hoppy then I was expecting. The hops give way to the malt. Almost a warm nutty after taste. Very well balanced ale. Comforting.

Very smooth finish. A great "session" beer. Also a good beer to recommend to someone just getting into mirco's.

apfactor, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of tomParis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Compared to some of Rogue's other offerings, this beer doesnt' quite stand up. However, its still a very good beer, and I'm trying to be as objective as I can about it. I am reviewing this beer as if I don't know who made it.

Pours a dirty blond color, slightly copper-red-orange tint, with an average head that isn't very dense.

The smell is light and not all that complex. IMO, many of Rogue's offerings have very average smells, but are extremely tasty brews. This definately falls into that category.

The taste is very good. Well balanced, a little sweet, a little malty, and a a bit more hoppy. There is also a slight hint of a taste I can't put my finger on. The only other beer I've had with something like this taste is Arrogant Bastard. The taste in this is very similar, but much more subtle here.

The mouthfeel is good. Not chewy or light, average body. Smoother than I had expected.

Not a great session beer, but still good. Its not very filling. Certain subtle tastes in it would make hesitant to drink more than a few of these. They are good tastes, but I think I would get sick of them after a few of these.

tomParis, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a bit cloudy with a copper brown color and a small off white head.

Its aroma is dominated by hops, but remains sweet.

The flavor is hopy with hints of brown sugar, yet there is also a definite malt presence in the middle.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and mildly carbonated. Worth a try.

Naes, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a wonderful beer; I'm surprised I've never reviewed it. Drank once or twice per month at the local pizza pub. Pours a nice deep coper to auburn color; translucent; vibrantly carbonated and impressively headed and laced. Smells of sweet malts, dark fruits, spices and esters. Tastes about as sweet and dark as possible without getting into heavy roasted grains. Lots of barley, molassas, and brown sugar. Mild, smooth flavors of prunes, dates, raisons, and almonds. More highly hopped than most would expect; picking up fuity esters and spicy alcohol. Full rich body that remains creamy under the abundant carbonation. Finishes sweet and a bit malty. I've always considered this a dopplebock. No matter where you categorize it, it's a good beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of zjungleist
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish honey color with a large bubbled off-white head. The smell is weak but non-offensive. Fairly basic, with rich malt smells, but just not much of them. The taste is slightly complex, sweet malts in front, followed by a strange fruit flavor, and finnished with slightly bitter hops. I'm not sure about the fruit, it seems almost peachy, but maybe darker. Mabye there is a real small amout of extract in it. Carbonation is decent, and the feel is not exactly heavy or oily, but not light either. This is a real middle or the road brew. Overall it's a real drinkable beer, but sorta hard to describe. It is my first maibock review, but this beer is just sorta hard to pin down. I would buy it again, I suppose.

zjungleist, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of KoG
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love it in the bottles and it's even better on tap.

Deep orange body with a frothy light tan head. Leaves good lace rings all the way down.

Smell is sweet malt some a somewhat nutty character abcked by some citric and flowery hop presence.

Very well balanced taste. The sweet malt melds with the hops and finishes with less bitterness than the bottled counterpart. Super easy to drink.

One of the best brews to grab on tap as far as I'm concerned.

KoG, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came highly recommended from my girlfriend, so had high hopes. Was expecting something different, but still rather good.

Pours a dark honey color with a fat finger of creamy head that dissipates in several seconds, leaving a very light lacing. Pretty color. Smell is pretty strong, containing hefty malts (detecting a lot of caramel and coffee) along with solid hops and some alcohol. Taste follows suit with a strong but good balance of malts and hops. A lot of caramel and coffee flavors mixed with the bitterness of the hops. I can taste the alcohol, too, eh. I expected more smoothness from the mouthfeel, although some is present. Overall, I'd drink it again if I were in the mood for its features.

aquatonex, Aug 14, 2005
Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,107 ratings.