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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

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527 Reviews

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Reviews: 527
Hads: 1,187
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 18.16%
Wants: 105
Gots: 117 | 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
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Reviews: 527 | Hads: 1,187
Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Buckeye brew engine. A good bitterness,balanced with lots of caramel, tasty stuff, average mouthfeel. A poetry of lacing on amber. 2-row Pale, Munich, C15. Hops. Cascade for boil, cystal for aroma.Good drinkability but the ABV halts this from being the mainstay.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with the addition of a perfume-like flavor that isn't too pleasant. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that I really don't care for too much.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.04/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at the Stuffed Sandwich tonight among about a dozen others that Sam was pawning off on us, most of which were retired light beers like the Royal Duffer Golf Society Premium Ale and a couple of Casta beers. I'll start off by saying this is not a doppelbock and dead guy is not a bock. They are ambers.

Pours about right, mostly copper in color but some red showing. Clear, medium head and lacing, not much lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty, heavy on the crystal malts for sure but very boozy. Not real inviting at the 60 degrees or what ever it was served at. Maybe better cold? I doubt it though as the soft malts wouldn't be as noticeable I'm sure.

The flavor was alright. Quite sweet, only a touch of bitterness. Some booze present but not like the aroma. It doesn't have the strange chalkiness that I usually find in ambers and reds so I guess thats a plus.

Medium/heavy body but not quite as much CO2 as it should have, still quite alright. Drinkable but I wouldn't buy it. Again, not a doppelbock by any stretch, I'm not even sure this is a lager. Overall an alright beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark amber color with a tiny head that recedes quickly without really bringing any lacing forming. The nose is definitely quite a bit of malt with some caramel, toffee, and bread. The flavor brings quite a bit of booze. A lot of booze. Some booze-soaked bread and a bit of fruity yeast. Mouthfeel is dominated by booze and a bit of sugar. Too boozy and not really all that complex.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 12-7-2008, the expectation I had of this beer going into it was that it was going to be an imperial version of the dead guy ale. Not the case one bit, this brew was completely different. The beer poured out as a amberish brown color with a little bit of head on it. The smell was of malts and had a little sweetness to it. The taste I felt was a little bland, I was just struggling to figure out what the flavor was supposed to be on this one. The mouthfeel was barely carbonated making this a little on the flat side. Overall I found the best part of this beer was the bottle it came in. I still have it in my from as a dust collector on my dresser. I should really look into finding this again and trying it one more time.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a modest head that leaves nice strands of lace

Smell: Boozy combination of stone fruit and caramel malt, with some underlying bitter citrus peel

Taste: Grainy bitterness at the outset, with underlying caramel malt and subtle stone fruit flavors; after the swallow, the flavor profile gets rather boozy with a bitter, somewhat medicinal character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Really don't care for this one at all; the harsh, grainy flavors clash with the medicinal elements and the overall booziness just doesn't bring this together for me

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of the hype surrounding this beer, it seems that the actual samples have not held up to the anticipations. However, the beer turns out better than I expected. The appearance is similar to the regular Dead Guy, but the carbonation seems appropriate for the viscocity and the color is a bit darker- but still with the golden-amber, hazy hue. Light on head formation, but good with retention. Aromas are moderate and take on dopplebock melanoidins, rich, bready, alcoholic, and fruity with raisons, dates, and figs. Quite un-dopplebock-like with hight hopping rates of citrus and pine, and estery fruitiness of apples, pears, and berries. Aromas transer to flavors very nicely with a good balance of malts to hops that keep the beer from the overly sweet character of the original Dead Guy. Body is rich, but the hops and a alcohol bittering keeps the body from cloying, syrupy, or heavy. This beer works very well for a dopplebock, even if it is off of style a quite a bit. I think this is a better beer than the original.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large frothy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma is more geared toward sweet malt then hops as I was expecting. Taste is very reminiscent of an American barleywine with loads of cookie dough sweet malt with a bitter hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done with an interesting balance between sweet malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, bright red painted bottle, with an equally out there price tag - double the Dead Guy, double the sticker price, I guess.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, glassy medium copper amber hue, with two fat fingers of densely foamy, somewhat rocky beige head, which leaves great swaths of newfound continent lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sweet caramel/toffee malt, spiced orange, warm vanilla, earthy honey, brown sugar, and grassy, citrusy hops. The taste is more bready caramel, vanilla, raisin, and toffee - a whole range of semi-sweet malt essences, which are nicely tempered by an even blend of muted citrus, floral, and earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite laid back and subtle, the body a lighter medium weight than I was anticipating, and adequately smooth. It finishes with a late-arriving upswing in the citrusy, piney hoppiness, one that makes a small, but still mostly dismissible case for the DIPA contingent out there.

A pretty agreeable big boy beer, which justifies the cost somewhat, I suppose, what with the eponymous malty maibock all revved up, and West Coast hops judiciously, even sparingly used at times. Also, the equally elevated alcohol is so ably integrated that it's hardly noticeable, but those 9 points do catch up as it warms, and that tacky bottle nears its end.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with a beautiful firelight glow when backlit with bright sunshine. The massive crown is pale orange-ecru in color and displays the usual Rogue quality. These guys have head and lace nailed. Speaking of which, the glass is beginning to be coated with gorgeous sheets of honeycomb-like decoration.

Even though Dead Guy is a maibock, Double Dead Guy isn't a doppelbock. According to the brewery, it's a strong ale. Who ever heard of a doppelbock that uses Cascade hops (and Crystal hops according to my bottle) and has 60 IBUs? Unfortunately, the nose isn't that compelling. It's lightly toasted and a trifle fruity, with no appreciable alcohol.

There's plenty of Munich malt in the brewhouse, along with pale and C-15, which is a lightly roasted variety. I'll go along with Rogue's flavor description of peanut brittle since it seems to be right on the money. Toasted cereal grains, English toffee and a certain earthiness are present as well.

Double Dead Guy Ale is in the ballpark of sweet-bitter balanced, with the accent on bitter. It's also pretty close to malt-hop flavor balanced, with the clear accent on hop flavor. It sure doesn't taste like any damn doppelbock to me. Grapefruit, orange peel and spruce dominate, even more so on the lingering finish. In the end, there's more than enough hoppiness to win the day (and this is a 2008 vintage). Don't... age... this... beer.

As the liquid falls with drinking, the incredible array of lace gives me no choice but to bump the appearance score. I was leaning in that direction anyway. In addition to being masters of foam, these brewers are masters of mouthfeel. DDGA is on the light side for the ABV and the style, but is so glassy smooth and luxurious that the above score is an easy call.

This has to be one of the all-time great bottles. The contents aren't quite as spectacular, but Double Dead Guy is well worth a purchase if you like big, hoppy, creamy beer. Say what you will about their prices, Rogue almost always delivers the goods.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, orange or amber color with a thick, bubbly, foamy, tan, three-finger head. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malt and grassy/citrusy hops.

T - Very spicy bitter hops it you upon first sip. The caramel maltiness comes along to balance out the hop kick. Nice citrus flavors come through, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer despite the high ABV.

D - This was delicous. I wish I had been able to try it while it was on tap in town.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to have this on on tap at Barleys last night and I have to admit I was highly impressed with what I found. I was hopping this was not going to come off as over the top, and I was very happy to find that it really did not. Poured a very nice looking ruby tinted hazelnit brown with ample off white head gracing the top. A nice gradual faded left behind copious amounts of side glass lace which gooed up the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Very nice look overall.

The aroma was a caramel sweet malt bomb, which is about what I had expected, but with a very subtle alcohol touch to it, which to be honest only served to enhance it. Some nice earthy hop notes were clearly evident here and really added a great deal of depth to the whole package, very nice overall here. The flavor followed along beautifully with a very nice caramel flavor up front which morphed into a nice nutty flavor. Very nice ho presence showing up now as well. A rich sweet flavor on this one, with virtually no hint of the alcohol. Very smooth and creamy, with a thick medium body that was just carbonated enough. I easily threw down the glass, but I felt it afterwards for sure, definitly a big beer, there was no doubt about that.

Overall I thought this was excellent and much smoother then I ever thought it would be. A better version of dead guy would be the best way to descrivbe it. Go out and get this one while you can.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rather elaborate presentation, here...the beer itself is copper in color with about a finger high off-white head.

S: Smells good. Significantly better than regular Dead Guy. Nicely nutty and sweet with plenty of toffee and caramel notes. A more pronounced hoppiness with good floral and spicy aromas. A little bit of citrus in there, too.

T: Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavors are plentiful. A nice floral, spicy, and citrusy hop combination that works surprisingly well. A moderate bitterness is present and helps to keep the beer in balance. Nicely toasty, too, which comes through a bit more as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full in body with a lively carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty good, but I just can't see myself (or anyone) routinely paying $10+ for it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, rather lovely-looking amber body with a thin ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: Toasty malts with a light scent of sweet caramel. Floral, citrusy hops smelling appropriately of orange blossoms.

Taste: Sweetish caramel and toasted grains blended with a full dose of hops tasting slightly spicy, but mostly citrusy. Moderate hop bitterness. Tiny hint of apricot. Touch of peppery alcohol near the end. Finishes with both toasty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: That wasn't half bad! Rather drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV, I must say. Though I'm definitely glad I found it reasonably priced on draft as opposed to plunking down the dough for the bottle -- I don't want to be a Double Broke Guy.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany colored amber with a finger width of creamy off-white head. The retention is very impressive, barely shrinking down from it's original size and leaving just massive rings of lace that completly coats the glass. The aroma is sweet carmel malts mixed with some citrus notes and a waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a bitter piney hoppiness and citrus notes that lasts pretty much through the entire sip. That is backed by a sweet, heavy backbone of caramel and toffee malts. The finish is a mix of both elements with hints of sticky hops and sweetness lingering on the palette. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice full carbonated feel to it. The 9.5% ABV is present but doesn't distract from the flavor, instead adding some beef and a nice sense of warmth to the overall feel.

I liked this. It truelly is a double Dead Guy ale, maintaining the sweet flavors and hoppiness of the original, while successfully adding a bigger and badder feel with the jacked up ABV. Actually, even with the higher alcohol element, I still found this to be a highly drinkable affair and one that I would return to.

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Photo of jlindros
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Debating whether or not to age this one, but gotta try it fresh first then decide to age it or not.

A: Upon popping the cap a slight foam rises out the top forcing me to pour a little earlier than expected. A nice thick and bubble head rises up in my SN 30th Ann. balloon glass. Its a very hazy reddish-orange slightly dark color. The head leaves a slight lacing, with the sip-notches.

N: Very much like a DIPA. A nice malty aroma with lots of thick malts, dark and light alike, just lots of em. A slight boozy aroma but not too much. Some syrupy sweetness. WIth that comes some heavy hops. Not too aromatic, but aroma is of some bitterness. SOme earthy chewy hops mostly with a slight pine. Reminds me of a nice hoppy barleywine without the fruit.

T: Yep, pretty much what I expected. Lots of malts at first. Not too much on dark malts though, lots of pale malts and perhaps a little dark malt. Some sweetness but not as sweet as I expected and not as syrupy either. But there is a thick chewy malt presence. A slight boozy taste and hints of heat. With all that is a hop presence but also lighter than I expected. Not very bitter, lots of chewy and earthy hop tastes though, with again a hint of pine and citrus. This time I do get a slight juicy ripened fruit taste.

M: Pretty thick and chewy with good carbonation.

F: The bitterness comes on a little more but still lighter than expected. Some lingering chewy malts, with a very little boozy finish (less than I expected). A slight tangerine and citrus flavor with some lingering ripened fruit. A slight spicy citrus and pine hop character. It's slightly dry with a slight syrupy mouth feel lingering...

Edit: Actually, the more I drink it, the more bitter it becomes. It starts to get pretty tasty as it goes and as the bitterness comes on stronger. The heaviness never goes away either.

Overall this beer is slightly how I expected it but in many ways not what I expected, specifically much less hop presence than I expected being Rogue and all. It was also heavier on the mouth and less sweet and the booze was actually hidden pretty well. It is pretty good fresh, now I will have to get a bottle or two to age.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some honey & dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front from the yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there are some sweet flavors of caramel, honey, spice and some fruit. The hops presence is on the strong side for the style and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time. As the name implies, it's an amped up version of the regular Dead Guy Ale, even though I don't think it's quite as good as the original.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.56/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ooooh. Pretty bottle.

Pours a clear brown amber with a thick creme head. Nose is not that eventful with mild malts. Floral fruity thing is kind of there as well. Flavor is malty. Bitter tone with a slight roasted edge. A noticeable alcohol edge. Feel is kind of sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is low and a bit biting. Overall this beer is "eh".

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Striations of lacing & average head retention

S: Light fruittyness & a whiff of citric hops

T: Metallic hops right up front, along with a bit of booze, orange slices, some breadynesss & herbal hops. More metallic hops as this warms, along with apricot, caramel & apples. This is neither a dopple or tasty. Finishes with green apple & piney hops

MF: Starts off chewy with low carbonation. Become more astringent as this warms

Drinks okay for the abv, nothing special here. OVERPRICED, glad I tried it, not sure I'd ever have another

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lighter (copper) than expected and very clear. Rocky head that leaves foam, ring lace on each sip.

Sweet and fruity esters; light hop nose.

Some pineapple flavor; Fruit punch flavor cut by a dry bittering hop. Light alcohol warmth in the background. Not over the top like some double bocks. Superb balance.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice strong ale. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready/nutty malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded amber, copious carbonation, fluffy head. Looks great.

Smellin' it...lovely! hoppy and fresh! Pithy fruit and pine, citrus and tropical...nice!

Drinkin' it: Hops up front, then smooth and malty...alcohol undetected, but hinted at. Drink again...big, fat yeast, zesty hop, luscious malt...yum, yum...A little earthy, rich grain...but still bright and hoppy. Delicious.

Yup. Just damned delicious! Not sure why it's called a "doppelbock" here, nothing like one...more of a beefy, unfiltered hoppy lager...I think.

but damned good!

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
88 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.