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Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Dead Guy AleDead Guy Ale

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very good

6,696 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,696
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 218
Gots: 983 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-05-2001

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
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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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Floydster
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of JBogan
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

Photo of smttycty
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of Thanby
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of mpyle
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of xymyl
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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?

Photo of zerofear13
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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.

Photo of crayphish
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

I was attracted to this beer by it's name. I give Rogue two thumbs up for marketing a beer named "Dead Guy". My most memorable time with this beer was the third time I tried it. I was with my brother in law, who at first thought it tasted better than any domestic, but how could he know...it was his first beer ever. I give him props for his first beer being a Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

This darker beer comes with testosterone. (not literally) You have to be a real man to dig this stuff or an extreme beer lover. (not to exclude our women beer lovers) I recommend this beer to everyone. If you are someone who wants to get into beer tasting, make "Dead Guy Ale" one of your first. If my memory serves me correctly, since it has been a few months since I last had a pint of Dead Guy and I have drank many beers since, Dead Guy is a pretty smooth beer. The real flavor comes in the aftertaste. That is when it hits you and you think, "this is a great beer".

Photo of peck95
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice brown color with a good sized head and a decent retention. Smell of malts, caramel. It was a little bit bitter taste nuts and hops. A good mouthfeel not to waterery. A good beer just not to my liking to much clashing between hops and sweet. I would drink another but I wouldn't search it out.

Photo of leviathan85
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: a light mahogany with a thin white receding head.

S: Very malty with slight hint of alcohol.

T: Starts with a heavy amount of malt and finishes with light fruits. Complex.

M: Smooth with mild carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable, I was definitely craving another once I was done.

Overall a great beer. Complex with a great taste, and highly drinkable on top of that.

Photo of oneeyedhoolie
4.7/5  rDev +19%
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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!


Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 6,696 ratings.