Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

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very good

1,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 99
Gots: 115 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mnapier on 02-17-2008

7 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich and C15.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,178 | Reviews: 525
Reviews by eclipse54:
Photo of eclipse54
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 ounce bottle shared by a friend. Review from notes taken 07/19/2011.

Pours a deep burnt orange/red, almost rust colored body. An inch of foamy white head develops, but leaves minimal lacing. Regardless, the initial presentation is very good. Smells of delicious, toasted malt, floral hops, some piney herbs, and freshly cut grass. Taste emphasizes the toasted malt, some caramel, muted hops, faint vanilla, and a touch of alcohol. Mouth is very smooth, with moderate carbonation and a superb finish. Overall, just a great beer all around; I'd gladly have another.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed lighter amber with some dark orange tint a frothy smaller head atop.Noticeable honey and caramel malt in the nose with underlying pine resin hop,a bit heavy not a great midafternoon brew after stuffing your face like I did today but thats my own fault,sweet honey notes mixed with some toasty caramel biscuit finishing with that Rogue trade mark of citric/piney hop bitterness.A nice newer version of the old DG classic nice flavors.

Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a solid orangish-brown in color with little floaties all over the place and a nice, lacing head.

Smell - This has a very rich, almost barley wine aroma with a light herbal hop compliment. It's the malts though that carry this nose. They are very deep and dripping with booze.

Taste - The winey malts came out huge at the taste. Even cold it's a slow drinker. It has a large dose of rank malt, vodka, and a little spice. The hop flavor itself is somewhat hidden, but the bitterness is massive especially at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer, much more than medium-bodied if not quite full, with as I said some slammin' bitterness throughout but intense at the end. The 9% ABV is brutal in the throat and way too boozy for the style.

Drinkability - Bocks are supposed to be real session beers and DBs less so but still quite quaffable, so in this sense the beer is a failure. It's way too thick and boozy to throw back but lacks the complexity of other quality "big beers". Diehard dead guys might buy into the packaging hype but this was a disappointment. The awesome drinkability of the DGA is lost on its big brother. But hell, it's 9% so I'm drinkin' it!

Photo of ricke
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Good lacings.

S: Leafy and grassy hops and fruity notes that are quite pleasant. Bready malts, fudge and earthy aromas. The smell is kind of weird - not very powerful yet out of focus, but still decent.

T: Malty and sweet in the mouth. Mostly white bread with notes of bark and fudge. Hints of earth and boiled vegetables. Some hop notes, mostly with a leafy and grassy character. A taste of caramel in the middle, which gets enhances towards the end. The finish is rather bitter with a hint of minerals, peppery hops and sweet herbal alcohol. I'm not impressed by the taste, it's unbalanced with a strange composition.

M: Quite a big body with a creamy texture. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is really good, but for some reason it doesn't go very well with the flavors.

D: I didn't really like this one. It came out a bit strange to me. It's not very powerful, yet it's unbalanced. Considering the hefty price tag on it, it was quite a letdown.

Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue really knows how to make a bottle of beer look good. Don't they?

Bottled in 2008 served on 5-12-10

The beer is clear with a copper hue and a gracious white life-boat that stays afloat for the duration of the trip.

Sweet, sweet aromas of doughy caramel and hints of alcohol.

It tastes sweet and caramelly as well. The soft Munich malts give way to a gentle, flowery hop finish. Not anything to crazy. It's pretty straight-forward with the bock feel.

If I'm considering that this is a take on a bock, I like it quite a bit. Not my first choice of beers to age. Regardless, it holds up well and is very easy to drink while stomping some mario 3.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Austin gingerman.

A-Amber color with nice white 2 inch head, great lacing on glass
S-Smells of biscuits and sweetness, some grain smell as well, pretty decent
T-Grain and alcohol flavor, sweet malt that have a biscuit flavor on them, there is an earthy hop flavor as well, a little strong on the alcohol downgrades the flavor
M-Smooth and silky in mouth but a meduim body, one of the better aspects of this brew
D-I could have another pint but wouldn't go much farther

Photo of weatherdog
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield Il

Poured a hazy orange into a snifter. The fast pour created a nice foamy head that spilled over the rim a bit but then settled to a managable size. As the liquid level got lower and lower it left a beautiful intertwined network of lacing.

The nose has a bit of malty sweetness and then a dry firm citrusy hop aroma hit you.

The taste was an interesting one. It was hoppy with some malt sweetness in the front just like the nose. It then went surprisingly dry and with a tad of funk. It had some similarities of young brett although I didn't think this beer had any in it which is why it was unexpected.

The mouthfeel was fine and it was a great sipper of a beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue X:

A beauty of a frothed mess for the head, sea foam-like sticky lace shows the beer wants to hang around for a while. Almost clear, copper-hued brew, perhaps just a light chill haze here. Malt bomb is what the nose says, with layers of sweetness, toasted bread and yeasty fruitiness from the fermentation. Aromas of peppercorn, vanilla beans and exotic fruit from the alcohol. Very rich mouthfeel with a dense smoothness and solid medium body. With each sip, the flavors try to reach the taste buds all at once. Lots of maltiness for the palate to register, with caramel sweetness and toasted grain holding steady. Hops actually come in higher than the aroma had let on, bitterness helps to balance this big beer out and the flavor seems to have more play, with fresh-cut grass and citric tones. Finishes a little chewy and semisweet with some lingering hop flavor.

Yeah, this is a big beer. A little rough around the edges, but that is the Dead Guy way, right? We are just as much proponents of session beer as we are of big beers. With this bottle, we're asked again if a strong beer can be a session beer.

Photo of steelerguy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color, slightly hazy, moderate carbonation, tall tan head that drops quickly but keeps a covering over the beer.

S - Lots of malt, some caramel and toffee like aroma.

T - Much like the smell this beer has a stout malt backbone, there is some residual sweetness, and lots of caramel flavor. There is also a nice hop bitterness to complement the sweetness, although not a lot of hop flavor.

M - That residual sweetness must come from some complex sugars that were left behind because they give the beer a nice silky smooth texture.

D - As drinkable as regular Dead Guy just amped up a bit. I think Dead Guy is a beer that pleases a lot of people, including those that are not big beer drinkers...this is Dead Guy on steroids for the beer lover.

Photo of blackearth
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2009 vintage. Pours a medium-dark amber body with a thick, yellow-tinted white head. Aromas of caramel syrup and oak. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a medium carbonation level. Thick malt flavor with a puckering wood flavor. A little heavy in the oak department, but still good. I feel the hop flavors are overshadowed by the woodiness. Overall an interesting beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this beer while rummaging around Gary's in Portsmouth, NH. Really cool bottle. It was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized off white head and a bit of lacing. Caramel malt aroma. Very malty taste, sweet, some hops. Nice enough beer, didn't knock me over.

Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, dated 2009. Pours a hazy orange amber with a frothy smallish head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts, toasted toffee, and some fruits and a little alcohol.

The flavor is toasted biscuity malts, nuts and some fruitiness with a little alcohol and some decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer. I like this a lot better than than the regular version but there's still some of the toasted biscuity malts that I don't much care for.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head forms and quickly moves to the glasses edge. It has a amber color and is transparent

A nice nose malt sweet with an almost honey mixed with a woody notes nice

The taste matches the nose, starts smooth and moves to a slight woodiness almost a bourbon alcohol finish like its been aged in barrels

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These premium bottles of Rogue are a bit pricey($15 in Knoxville) but they're so damned heavy they make a good doorstop when empty. This one pours a slightly hazed, orange amber, almost copper, body with a lavish almond hued head. Lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma opens with Cascades hops, lots of pine and a hint of grapefruit. Sticky caramel comes on stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel is solid medium bodied, with ideal moderate carbonation. Creamy feel, and the alcohol is quite well concealed for 9%.

Taste is interesting. I'm going to refer to an excellent review here by markskar(no idea who he is) who notes that this ale has an American hops presence that doesn't overwhelm the malts as might be the case in s DIPA or American barleywine, yet the malts don't dominate in the manner of an English style barleywine. Well done there, markskar! Simply put, this is an exceptionally balanced strong ale. Not quite chewy, yet a solid caramel malt backbone. Not overly dry or bitter, still an aggressive hops presence of pine, earthiness, and faint citrus. Finishes with a flourish of fruity citrus, but leaves a dry aftertaste.

This is really an interesting ale and I'm growing very fond of it. Probably my favorite Rogue.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer. great looking, bright red bottle. Pours clear medium honey amber, short lived medium tan head, that leaves better then average amounts of sticky lace. Nose is all about the malt, bready, sweet and enticing. A few slurps here reveals a quite over the top malty brew, peppery alcohol lingering in the rear. Strong and flavorful, bready/toasty malt continues with the theme.. Nothing spectacular as far as I can tell going on, however as a lover of "double" whatever style you have, this one is one I would buy and enjoy over and over again.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by mar.

Pours cloudy orange with a huge white head. Aroma is malty sweetness withe some fruit. Flavor is very fruity with a good malt backbone and enough hops to keep the beer from being overly sweet. Medium mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable beer. I have had this before and enjoyed it better this time.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Dead Guy Ale, and this one is even better. Pours clear ruby red with an off-white head. Delicious Munich and crystal malt in the aroma with a healthy helping of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Resin and pink grapefruit hops in the taste, with the tang of the crystal malt. It truly is an Imperial version of the Dead Guy.

Photo of Swedes21
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice red/amber mix, some clarity, 2 finger offwhite head, some good lacing, nice carbonation levels

Smell - Faint alcohol, some breadniess, some light hops, bread,

Taste - Orange, light, not much happening here in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Not much added, same as in taste, maybe a slight volume increase.

Overall - I was expecting more, this was not as dominant as the hype had it built up to be. was a good beer, id have it again, just lower my expectations. Great share with SpinRSX!

Photo of beerkittycat
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright red bottle. Appearance is clear amber-red that poured into my glass with a finger width of off-white foam. Good lacing. Not much in the aroma department. Some of the bready melanoidens typical of the style. Very faint noble hop aroma. Taste is mostly malt here similar to the aroma with a little bit of a winey aftertaste. Medium to medium-full mouthfeel, good carbonation, and medium-low hop bitterness makes this brew very drinkable for 9% ABV. Still, I'm a tad disappointed since I paid $11.99 plus tax for this bottle. Way overpriced but still a delicious beer. As I drink more of this beer I do like the use of American citrus hops. Kinda of gives it a crisper and more refreshing taste. Still, there are better examples of this style.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 22oz snifter; slightly translucent orange-red with a thick rocky cream-colored head that fades slowly, leaving chunky lacing. Smells of sweet, nutty, toasted malts with a hint of hops. Taste follows nose well; sweet nutty toasted malt with a good dose of warming alcohol, oak and some slight hop bitterness. Finishes with some lingering nuttiness.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being pretty disappointed with regular dead guy ale, I went ahead and ventured the waters of double dead guy. Darker than normal dead guy, its a darker golden, almost light brown, not much head to it. Can't pick up much aroma.

Taste, just a thicker dead guy. No complexity, just blah. Lots of alcohol, aged in rubbing alcohol almost, almost fusel like. More bitterness, still nothing appreciable in hop mouthfeel. Seems to have a yeastier taste perception on it. Toffee. Malty, nutty.

Too expensive for a blase beer in my book, not impressed.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in the red label, as far as I can tell they don't date these Rogue bottles. I call bullshit on that policy. Pours a deep ruby hue with a tan beige head forming thick in my chalice. Aroma sweet malts and deep brown sugar caramelization going on. A touch of backing alcohol and subdued hops comingthrough in this 22 ounce offering. Upfront high malt content in flavor reveals semi caramelized burnt sugars with a standarad hop/Rogue tolerance. Hops provide earth citrus bitterness amongst the sweet fruitiness/carmamelized malts with heavy backend bitterness being almost leafy in the finish. Mouthfeel some big juicy residual sugars left behind make each sip heavy handed with the malts and I call it an even medium bodied carbonation rolling steadily pretty solid. Overall a beer I would drink with friends again, big malt the original definitely more friendly to a palate searching out balance. this is a bigger sweeter hoppier version.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at BSP in Atlanta.

Pours a dark copper color with a little less than a one-finger white head that dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells pretty good. An equal amount of sweet and bready malts along with a mild hop aroma - mostly bitterness.

Tastes similar to the smell. It's sweet up front, that delves into a more bready flavor near the end, along with some mild bitterness. Very robust. There's a warming sensation, but other than that there's no real sign of the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is solid. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is enough to bring out the flavors. Goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is good. The flavors all work well together, but nothing really stands out as superb.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a good beer. Worth a shot if for no other reason than it's a limiting offering from the boys at Rogue.

Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big light brown head rest atop a clear reddish copper colored ale, very appealing from the onset.

Alcohol is what first hit me, a light alcohol aroma followed by a light caramel malt with a very light citrus somewhere in there.

More caramel malts and light alcohol in the taste, pretty good combination with little extras, a hint of sour, another of some citrus going on. but mostly a light alcohol blended with a light sweet caramel malt, leaving a light caramel dry aftertaste.

Overall a pretty good beer, kind of makes you think of beers from micro brews which is always good thing.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a powder coated red 2009 bottle pours a slightly hazed reddish orange beer. A thick tan head rises two fingers above the brew. A stable construction of bubbles that lasts the duration of the drink as soapy suds on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweetly syrupy and kind of boozy with congested malts and grassy hops. Nice parts but as a whole it doesn't really come together.

The taste is boozy and bittered. It's much like a rough melon cough syrup with a bunch of mediocre grassy hops added for balance. It's not really very good and I find myself wanting to pour it out but stopping only because I paid $13 for this bottle.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer for me. It is full bodied, creamy and has a satisfying bitterness. The abv warms my belly nicely and helps shroud the poor flavors. Rouge ales are consistently a disappointment to me. Lame beer.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,178 ratings.