Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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6,543 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,543
Reviews: 2,295
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 194
Gots: 793 | 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 baxterbrew
1.35/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poored from the bottle with weak head that quickly ran away. The color was murky, orange- almost looks like an unfiltered homebrew. Smell is hoppy, not what I would expect here. The taste is nearly horrible. Very bitter with very little trace of malt. The aftertaste is putrid, almost vomit-like sitting on the back of the throat. This was very disappointing.

Photo of medic25
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured in a pilsener. Hazy copper-orange color, with a frothy white head that quickly fades. Faint smell of malt. Taste is interesting; malty, a little sweet, but finishes up with a little hoppiness. Carbonation seemed to disappear a little too quickly. Smooth mouthfeel with little aftertaste.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head was a little underdone on this brew. The color was fine, though, sort of orange-golden, and it was rather clear. The aroma was nice, features gold robust malt, manifesting as a ripe graininess along with softer caramel notes as a compliment. Not much hops detectable to me, and I also don't get a lot of fruitiness which is a little odd because I seem to recall getting more fruitiness from past samples. Nevertheless I don't smell them now so let's continue. The flavor is strongly malty at the start, and has some nice bitterness for balance, but there is also some higher alcohol notes that do not seem to blend or compliment the other characteristics well - its seems rougher rather than smoother. This is somewhat detracting, and I don't knmow if its more of a flavor or a mouthfeel "issue" so I'll hit it a little in both. Overall this is a decent beer, but for a maibock I think I'd like a more malty / smoother delivery. If indeed, however, its not a maibock, I'd still have to ding it a little for (lack of) smoothness.

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

A deep amber color that was very cloudy. A white head of about an inch vanished quickly, leaving a slick across the top. Average amount of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Minimal thin lacing.

A nice pine scent had a disticnt note of hops on the first whiff. The first whiff ended with a citric quality. Additional scents show a very nice balance between the hops and a malted aroma. Very appealing.

A bitter pine taste was the strongest element of the flavor. There is an underlying burnt malt taste to add sweetness to the bitter. No taste of the citrus noted in the aroma.

Decent feel. Medium carbonation helped the thick body to spread.

Overall a very good beer. A great choice to go with a nice pork roast dinner. Another great offering from a very good brewery. Pick it up and enjoy it yourself.

Photo of xav33
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, resurrected 10/06
Medium pour in a pint glass.

Poured a hazy reddish copper with a medium off white somewhat diminishing fizzy head.

Smelt of sweet caramel corn candy, allspice, butterscotch.

Taste was upfront moderate grainy bitterness and moderate caramel sweetness followed by a moderate butterscotch and spices bitterness on a long strong hoppy grassy and sour lime, slightly candied finish. Mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, syrupy, soft to lively carbonation with light to moderate astringency.

Overall, the smell alone makes this a must try. A bit aggressive on the palate for some, but eccentrically balanced and stands out beautifully.

Photo of Damian
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. limited release glow-in-the-dark bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Awesome name and bottle graphics. Additionally, my silk screened label was a glow-in-the-dark version.

Poured a cloudy, dark amber with a one finger, foamy, light chestnut head. Faded to a thick ring of lace with swirls of lace on top.

Smell was sweet and fragrant. Rich caramel and Vienna malts were apparent with hints of sweet cream and vanilla. A touch of florally hops detectable in the background.

Taste was similar initially. Malty and bready on the front end. Later some aggressive spiciness came in before the overwhelming cascade hops took hold. Hoppy to the extreme with a huge, unpleasant alcohol bite. This beer completely lacked balance. Super hoppy, bitter and dry finish. The beer left my tongue feeling like a piece of sandpaper.

Nice mouthfeel however. Rich, creamy and smooth with a perfect amount of carbonation.

This beer settled down a bit as it warmed but it was still quite tough to drink.

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

Bright gleaming copper tone, Rogue's Dead Guy looks even better when held up to the light. Gummy mounds of tarnished white make for a bounty of head and gluey rings of lacing that stripe round and round down the glass. Unspoiled clarity and the abundance of bubbles assist in the beer's healthy appearance.

I will often do a double-take with the Dead Guy. It is a Jekyll and Hyde of malt and hops; the line that divides the two can become slightly blurred. Rich sticky caramel malts give off an impression of syrupy toffee while a generous hop bill impart a ton of sappy pine-like resins. This is the case in both smell and taste.

Hefty malting and liberal hopping often work well together, but this is certainly the best example I've ever come across of it in a Bock. This also seems to be a thing Rogue as a brewery does quite well. There's really no way drinkability could become an issue - unless you run out.

One of the best pints I've ever enjoyed was a Dead Guy Ale, extremely fresh off tap at the San Fransisco Rogue Brewpub. It was so malty and yet so hoppy. It was Halloween and my flight had just arrived in earlier that day. We watched as the kids trick-or-treated and the bartenders gave them candy. It is a wonderful memory that was made especially extraordinary in thanks to the wonderful beer itself.

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I last had this beer. Had a 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass at Valentine's in Portland, OR.

A: Clear, warm amber without much head but lots of scattered streams of carbonation bubbles. What little head there is appears off-white and creamy.

S: Caramel toasted malts with touches of citrusy hops.

T: Lots of malt flavor with a nice balance of bittering hops. Hops also give a slightly medicinal and grassy aftertaste. Some sweetness from malt and a little yeastiness are in the finish.

M: Medium to full mouthfeel. Crisp and clean finish. relatively smooth.

D: Always a solid choice. Very drinkable. Crisp, pleasantly balanced between hops and malt. A recommended beer.

Photo of rrg1gb
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass.

A - Pours a dark, nice thick head with good retention. It appears cloudy, but has a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Has a dominant, sweet, caramel aroma.

T - It has a thick, dark roasted flavor, with a strong malt dominance, pretty much mimicking its aroma.

M - The roastiness is prevalent from the first sip to the aftertaste. A little bit of caramel overtones, roasted barley, a bit of a woody taste, and some hop flavor.

D - This is a good beer - it has a nice roasted taste with a bit of sweetness to it. It feels very mellow on the tongue, but is still a bit filling. Is fine as a session beer, but I prefer to have this with some food.

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

Brew pours to a cloudy copper color with a nice sized light tan head, which had good retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side off the glass. The aroma was mostly of sweet malt and possibly fruit? The taste is defiantly malt, which leads to a toasted flavor. There is a noticeable hop presence that is noticeable but not as robust as the maltyness. This is a good beer, not a favorite but defiantly a solid choice. If available I will always think about getting one.

Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The classic Dead Guy bomber. Pours a hazy ruby-amber with off-white head. Smells of sweet, fruity amber malts. Tastes of caramel malts with a bit of esters and little bitterness at the end. A very well-balanced beer, although the mouthfeel is just a little hot at times. Very drinkable, give me a keg.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A solid beer. I just had it from the Wild Onion in Wayne, PA, on-tap. It had a nice color, yet not that much smell. There was not much head and and a touch of lace. The head had low retention. The taste, was bitter and not over powering. Don't drink and review.

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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours dark copper to amber in color with a small white head the fades quickly to a sheer lacing topping the beer. Streams of bubbles rise to the surface.

Smell: Malty sweet with hints of caramel, dark fruit and brown sugar with an underlying nuttiness to the aroma.

Taste: Starts with a nice malty sweetness with plenty of caramel and brown sugar, the middle moves along to a finish that is more of the sweet caramel malts but hops finally show with slight iced tea like bitterness. The blend of iced tea like bitterness and sweet malt linger long on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin bordering on medium, slick,very well carbonated, lively in the mouth.

Drinkability: Dead Guy Ale is very drinkable. A nice malty marzen with plenty of caramel, brown sugar and fruitiness in the flavor profile along with a slight nuttiness. Hops are subtle but do make an appearance in the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. A good session beer with plenty of flavor that won't wear out the palette. Overall a nice beer with very good drinkability. Recommended.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Last time I had Dead Guy ale it was 1996 or 1997 and it came in a 22 oz bottle. This time it was a 12oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

AP: Deep amber, clear, good vibrant color. Frothy white head, medium size, creates some nice long and sticky legs.

Nose: Mild maltiness, nutty with a mild hop.

Taste: A semi-sweet and nutty malt flavor at first, slight hop ending with a hint of alcohol detected.

MF: Good activity, nice crisp feel.

DA: This one wasn't as great as the first time I had it....but still easily drinkable.

Photo of dickroop
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color was orange-amber and hazy, there was minimal head on the pint-tumbler serving, but it left some nice lacing. The aroma was defintely hop-challenged and faint to almost non-existent.

Taste was another matter. the first taste was sweetish, there was a rather complex combination a flavors in the mid-palate, and the finish was dry (and good). The brew has malt sweetness balanced with indistinct hop bitterness, some flavor notes of grass and maybe a touch of lime. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with some malt-stickiness. All in all the drinkability was good, which is nice because I've got a six-pack of it to sample. I'm glad to have tried the draft version, will go back to it any when the chance arises.

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

Pours with a nice orange color. Creamy white head that dissipates leaving a bit of lacing. Smells of hops and fruit. Taste wonderful. Hints of fruit, nice strong hop flavor, nice bread taste as well, a bit of alcohol burn. Mouth feel is oily and nicely carbonated. Great beer, nicely priced, very drinkable.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice opaque amber or burnt-orange hue. Cloudy with a half-inch head with fleeting retention and a little bit of lace forming along the side.

S: Hoppy and citrusy aromas, a tangy scent that's kind of enticing.

T: A surprising toasted malt flavor to begin with, but not overpowering at all. Relaxed orange-like citrus taste with a spicy tinge to it. A nice rush of hops toward the end with an aftertaste of tea. Good complexity to the body.

M: Refreshing and arousing to the tastebuds, with an oily hop character about it for an enjoyable mouthfeel. High carbonation does well with this beer.

D: Definitely enjoyable offering. I'd have a few back-to-back for its balanced complexity of taste.

Photo of aquaderek
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a Rouge Dead Guy Ale into my tasting glass. It has a very orange color with nice creamy head that turns into lacing after about 10 seconds. The nose slightly hoppy as with the taste. I could drink a few in a session. I am not overy impressed, but it is a pretty good beer.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks b for the housewarming gift. funny that a house'warm'ing gift is served cold. enough for now..

decided to cram the whole 22 into my paulaner 22oz mug. it fit, thanks to a thin, beige head that dissipated with haste. the beer itself glows a rich orange, and maintains a serious level of cloudiness (saw some yeast start to enter the glass towards the end of the pour), tiny bubbles waddle slowly through the visually dense matter here.

aroma is very cereal-grainy with notes of candy corn and a slight hint of cranberry juice... perhaps the hops? overall a malty nose but not as creamy and roasty as i would have envisioned.

immediately i taste a brilliant conflict between spicy hops and an english yeasty flavor. white pepper notes in the cheeks and orange essence come forward from the hop bitterness. these flavors clear out with some berry notes and finish off with a negligible profile of buttery diacetyl and vanilla. this is a maibock? eh, more like an alt to me.. but wtf do i know.

in its favor, it's got a great body. drinkability is fine for 6.5, although the bitter/butter contrast gives alot to wrap your tongue around and slows down consumption. warmth brings out a coconut flavor that improves the overall flavor of the beverage as well and covers up a fair amount of the D.

this is a good standby beer, and would make a great session in an oregon taproom overlooking the pacific and some big m-f'ing redwoods.

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

I had a Bottle of Dead Guy my last trip to Allyn's Cafe here in Cincinnati, OH. I got it just because of the name! BUT... as with most of the offerings from Rogue, it did not disappoint me at all!

It poured nicely and held a nice full head for quite a while.

The aroma was crisp and you could tell that it was going to on the malty side... which it was.

However, I LIKE MALTY! The taste was very good... nice malty flavor with a crisp feel. This beer leaves a wonderful aftertaste which will compliment a spicy food. (I had Cajun Catfish)

This beer is definately on the short list of what to keep on hand!

Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a minimal head. Mellow, malty aroma is very inviting and appealing. Big malty taste with a subtle, spicy hoppiness lingers on the palate for some length. Creamy mouthfeel makes this a very pleasant beer to relax with for a bit.

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

First thing you notice about this beer is the great copper amber color as you pour your first taste. Not a great head, but it does stick around for a bit. Malty smell with hints of distant citrus and just a memory of hops. Mouthfeel is like silk with slight carbination. It is one of the best parts of this beer and will bring you back for another taste. Very much like a Mibock more then it is an Ale. Well rounded beer with nothing that will disappoint.


Photo of adammills
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug and a shocked by the nearly pumpkin hue that the brew has. Little to no head with slight patches of lacing. Both in smell and taste a bit citrusy, orange to it. Slight bitterness with a great mouthfeel that really makes it a pleasure to drink. Just the right amount of carbonation to really make the beer soft on the pallate. Great beer.

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

pours a murky copper colour with a thin yellow head. the head drops quickly and leaves no trace of lacing behind.

aroma is nice. great malty base with a bit of piney hops on top. slightly spicy, almost like pumpernickle bread.

taste is great. excellent malt base is there again along with a nice level of bitterness and a great spicy finish. pumpernickle bread. a little alcohol, but it's balanced well. really nice.

mouthfeel is great. average carbonation level, good body.

drinkability is great too. really enjoying this one and looking forward to more.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy copper, with a solid creamy head.

S - Slightly boozy with lots of fruity and floral notes. Slight toastiness is in the nose as well.

T - Thick malty flavour with a solid hop kick in the back end. Citrusy grapefruit flavour is quite strong. Noticeable alcohol adds a sweet touch.

M - A little overcarbonated I think. Otherwise, medium bodied with an oily slickness.

D - Not what I'd call a refreshing beer, although the hoppiness helps a bit in that regard. A heavy boozy drink, but with some complexity.

Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,543 ratings.