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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

6,527 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,527
Reviews: 2,294
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 190
Gots: 761 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 oneeyedhoolie
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, one of the best beers I've ever tasted. I can, and do, drink these any chance I get.

A - Pours an red-amber to the light with a thick, tan one-finger head.

S - Good amount of hops but very balanced. It does have a decent taste of caramel

T - Very smooth and very malty. A bit of hops near the end, but once again, it's very balanced.

M - Found it to be quite stimulating and crisp

This beer is really, really good.

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

An orange amber color with big bubbles in a otherwise thin head that settles to a modest lace. The smell is not very perceptable, a very light biscuit. There is a little bite at first taste but then a dry-hopped middle to it. A bitterness that hints at licorice, kind of tangy at the front but not much aftertaste here. Overall, it's good, I would drink any time.

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

A very good Ale. Interesting in that it uses a malt recipe for a bock, but uses top-fermenting ale yeast. A little different than your traditional ale, it might not appeal to some. If you want more of a traditional ale, try Rogue American Amber Ale. Smell and taste of caramel hops, a bit of a sweet taste. Poured with small head that didnt last too long. Some hop bitterness.

Photo of yourunclewalt
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque brown / red-amber to the light with a thick, tan one-finger head with a decent crown. Carbonation but no sedement visible in the otherwise crystal body.

S - If there are hops in this beast, you wouldn't know it. Caramel, butterscotch & a bit of fusel alcohol.

T - Very smooth. Strongly malty without being in-your-face about it, like a watered-down Imperial. A bit of hops near the end, but just enough to round off the edge.

M - Surprisingly thin and crisp for a beer this dark.

D - Delicious, with just enough sedation to prove to be a solid session candidate.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the first time i tried this beer was in 12oz bottles and the 6-er disappeared fast. for this review, i'm goin for a 64oz growler that i bought in outer banks, NC last week. now that i'm not overwhelmed by how good this beer is (or by how too many will put you on your ass) i can take the time to notice it's subtleties. before i drink the 1/2 gallon haha.

A- i'm a bartender so i pride myself on the perfect pour. this beer poured quite easily with less head than i'd usually prefer (i like a big fluffy cloud stickin out the top of my pint glass whenever possible). it had a soft dense white SLIGHTLY tan 1/2in of foam that settled quickly to a beautiful thin layer that reminded me of an overcast night sky speckled by constellations of tiny bubbles and nice almost symmetrical lacing stuck to the glass like looking down into a king's crown or something. carbonation continued to rise from the bottom of the glass until it was empty giving quite a sweet effect to the hazy copper-amber-orangish-brown color.

S- the more i closed my eyes and sniffed, the more i could smell and that made me appreciate this beer even more. first there was citrus and malt, followed by dried fruit and raisins, like trail mix, followed again by sweet red wine and fortified wine like sherry or marsala and apple cider.

T- with the images of wine in my head, the first sip tasted like the wooden casks the wines were aged in even to the point where i knew it was white oak or maple. impressive. after that i found bitter orange peel, perfectly balanced hops, and the faint taste of the way my vegetable garden smells in the summertime led by fresh dill of all things. drink one then go chew on a dill seed and you'll know what i mean. after it warmed a bit that all changed to roasted nuts and malt, toast, and caramel that's been set on fire.

MF- very smooth with medium weight and the perfect amount of carbonation in my opinion.

D- close to the top if not one of the best, you can hardly tell it's 6.5% until you drink 3 and stand up. cannot wait to try more from rogue.

Photo of giblet
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very interesting combo. i am not sure of the bottle that i drank but there are 5 more so i will check on them.

poured beautiful into a pint glass. serious lack of head...not sure cuz the glass was clean and cured. anyway there was some light carbonation and some lace. smell was good. taste was very good. this beer was lighter in color than i figured but tasted very nice.

would get a better rating from me if it gave about 1/4 - 3/8 " head but it gave skin thickness.

good beer.

suckem up and movem out!


Photo of BrewSomerville
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, vanilla, apples, black currants, raisins, maple sugar.

Looks: Amber/red in colour. Small cream/ off white head. Poor retention. No lace.

Taste: Caramel, apples, citrus, raisins, maple, nutty. Alcohol is tasted. Vanilla. Hops are in the background, and not overdone.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is well done, not too much. Bubbles are a bit prickly, but not offensive.

Overall, a good, strong Beer. This is a malty Beer that is higher in alcohol. It does taste like a good Bock, but Bocks are bottom fermented and this Beer is top fermented.

Photo of flowerysong
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt umber. Head is two fingers, decent retention.

Smell: Citrus notes over a malt field.

Taste: Bittersweet malt front leads into a middle that demonstrates medium hop bitterness, with fruity citrus hop flavour and piney overtones. Finish is long and malty, with some lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, maybe a bit over-carbonated.

Drinkability: Good balance between hops and malt. Very drinkable.

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

Pours a medium honey color (like gold leaning to copper) and was a touch hazy. Initial head was about one inch. to a film.This drops to a thin layer, but never Sweet in the smell came through like peach with some sweet/sharp orange coming off the hops. Taste gets complex, but orange comes through more than anything else. Hop bitterness is solid, but not huge or overpowering. And the aftertaste is neither too astringent/hoppy or too sweet. Great mix, with most of the hops trailing off leaving a slightly dry orange kicking around. Mouthfeel was at medium body, with a creaminess tempered by carbonation that hits both in front and throughout the taste. While the carbonation might make more than one or two these filling, it's very drinkable. I know it's a bit out of the recommended pairing, but I'd like to try this with non-coconut milk-based curries.

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

appearance: 22oz bomber, a skeleton perched on a beer cask drinking from a mug painted on the bottle. I remember years past when the skeleton was glow in the dark. Amber ale with a fine bubble carbonation.

smell: Ale fruitiness, apricot, canned peach, alcohol.

taste: Caramel, toasted bread, malty sweetness, mellow hop bitterness, ale fruitiness(apricot, canned peach)

mouthfeel: Very easy to quaff because of the creamy ale carbonation.

drinkability: A session beer thats great with meals.

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

Hazy copper color with a medium head which recedes quickly and leaves some nice lacing. Slightly sweet malty aroma with some herbal hops. Nice malty flavor with some interesting notes- a bit buttery on my first sip, perhaps some dark fruit. Medium to full bodied and very well carbonated. Pretty good beer. A bit heavier than it seems at first but still quite drinkable.

Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appealing orange body, head retention is excellent in my pint glass.

Smells bready....kind of a sweet orange spice bread.

Very nice explosion of flavor - smoky caramel-covered hops with the above mentioned orange spice bread with some sweet raisins thrown in.

Crisp, drying and lip-smacking the way I find every Rogue beer I've had.

Certainly very drinkable, at 6.5%, though due to its substantial flavor, you might not be in a rush to session this. It's a savory beer. Maibock is a style a little out of my comfort zone that I've been appreciating more lately, and this is good stuff by my reckoning

Photo of cdoublev
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

let us raise our glasses and praise Rogue for its ability to craft such a fine ale. let us bow our heads in remorse for those dead guys who never got the chance to allow this one to pass between their lips as they truly missed out on something special.

it pours a dark orange-amber color with a one/two finger head that sadly dissipates faster than i would want. it smells sweet though fainter again than i would want, but that's ok as the taste is what i like most from this one. a sweet start that moves to a slight bitterness that is welcomed greatly. all in all this is a drinkable beer despite its 6.5% alcohol content. i would welcome this in my fridge any day any time. i look forward to more from Rogue.

Photo of kevinglin
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 22 oz. bomber bottle, not dated, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Very clear, clean copper in color - poured with a white head 1-2 fingers deep that didn't stay around too long.

Smell: I got a lot of hop characteristic, very fragrant.

Taste: Wonderful. I really enjoyed the full flavor of the hops, but very well balanced with the malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Not overly carbonated with a medium body.

Overall Drinkability: My first Maibock and I definitely wanted another one - too bad I had only purchased one bottle! I can't see having too many in one sitting though as I think the ABV will sneek up on you before you know it. Recommended to all.

Photo of flacks360
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice burnt-orange with a thick 2-finger head that sticks around awhile and leaves some fairly substantial rings around the pint glass.

Smells fresh and almost summery, but still with some robustness.

Incredibly smooth, with a faint carmel note. Very sweet, and somewhat thick malty taste, but the hops in the finish do a nice job to balance.

A highly drinkable, possibly sessionable brew, but at 6.5%, be careful with this stuff.

This is my first Maibock, and my first example from Rogue. I'm pretty impressed, and I expect to see more of this in my fridge.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap for the first time a couple of weeks ago. My first Rogue, and it did not disappoint. Poured clean out of the line, amber in color with a small head. Aroma was of a slight fruitiness, generous use of malts and maybe a note of hops. Taste was just delicious. A well-balanced beer. Robust example of an ale, balanced by malted barley, fruits, spices and a glancing of hops on the tongue. Just a great beer overall and a joy to drink. Wish I had another right now.

Photo of PCmofo
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Appearance is a great crisp and clear amber color.
S- Smell is slightly hoppy with just enough hops aroma
T- Taste is strong and hoppy without being a strong IPA taste
M- Mouthfeel is great just light enough without tasting like light beer or a lager
D- Drinkability is high because this beer is both delicious and not too hardy

This is one of my new favorite beers. Its taste and smell make it a very pleasurable beer to drink.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an slightly hazy, orangey-amber body with thinnish, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling floral, yeasty aroma with hints of dried fruits and apples.

Taste: An overall sourish taste, with flavors of honey, dried fruits, and cider. Light hops on the finish and a yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: You know, if you can't say something nice, don't say it at all!

Time for an update! Not all too much has changed, except there's a more distinct toasty, bready malt character. Still sourish, less cidery and more akin to a non-oaked white wine. Slight score bump overall.

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

Strait out of the bottle into a pilsner glass this brew has an amazing cloudy orange color with a slightly red tint. A good amount of head that is not quick to dissipate. Upon first sniff i get a sweet hoppy smell. When I dig a a bit deeper a muted fruit scent is detected. It has a very balanced taste: Clean wheat with a delightfully mild bitterness which seems to complement the flavor nicely. The mouthfeel is very smooth all the way through. I hate to use the same descriptor twice but it finishes absolutely cleanly begging you to drink more. All in all this is a highly drinkable beer. I could easily enjoy a few of these on an average night with some good food and great company.

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.

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

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.

Photo of canucklehead
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

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.

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.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,527 ratings.