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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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1,169 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,169
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 94
Gots: 108 | 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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Ratings: 1,169 | Reviews: 525
Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep, rustic, marzen-orange with a 2 finger creamy, sandy-beige colored head that was well lasting falling to a thin covering while leaving concentric rings for lacing down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light, with a honey-caramel sweetness, with an underlying fresh pine and citrus hopping. Overall the aroma was moderately sweet and fair in strength.

T: sweet, dry toasted caramel with a citrusy flowery hopping. Bitter, dry with noticeable alcohol fusels (nutmeg) which produces a light alcohol warming. Dried honey, dried citrus with a powdery pollen hopping. There is some dried fruitiness (apples) from the yeast while a spicy and bitter hopping of dried grapefruit rounds things out and sticks around lingering quite a bit after the swallow with some spicy floral notes.

M: full-bodied, oily, with a good viscosity. Bitter, dry with a lingering dry citrus hopping graces the tongue with a good lingering fade. Carbonation is very soft.

D: Overall, some noticeable alcohol fusels and warming may limit consumptions, but much like the beer, you will warm up to this the more you drink.

Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale pours a lovely great head over a clear amber
brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is dark fruits and an
alcohol tang. The flavor is big- toasty malts, with notes of fruit up against
sharp herbal and grassy hops off the back. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and
crisp for such a big beer- the hops really dry out the finish as well. The hop
presence contributes to the thick ropy lacing left in the glass as well. Alcohol
by volume- 9%- only really makes itself known in the nose and the warming
feeling as you drink it down. Otherwise it is very much in control- I'm kind of
wondering where it's hiding, this beer being as light feeling as it is. You really
shouldn't judge a tipple by the container, but the bitch red bottle this one comes
in is just awesome. Get it while you can!

Photo of crayphish
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle gets you really excited to try this brew. Out it pours a hazy yellow copper with a craggy medium sized head. This brew leaves an inordinate amount of lacing as it goes down. Smell is sharp ripe fruits with a sweet caramel note. Some bready sour yeasts. Taste was huge bready fruit explosion. Just the right amount of sweetness. Very nice. Some alcohol bite as well. Faint grassy hops. Mouthfeel was initially full and chewy, but is quickly tempered by that alcohol bite. A fairly drinkable big beer, though I found a single bomber to be the right serving size for me.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
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 ccrida
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the PDX pub, served in a small pils glass, Double Dead Guy is a chill hazed copper with a small, eggshell skim that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is muted, crystal malts and sour citrus as it warms from a cold serving temp.

Taste a very rich maltiness, honey, toffee and caramel, tempered by a strong bitterness. Boozy, with lots of fruity esters, with the citrus hops opening up more as it warmed. Hot.

Mouthfeel is slick, not as heavy as one would expect.

Drinkability was so-so, it's not my style, hot and homebrewy. I'm gonna give my bottle at least a year of cellaring before I even think about cracking it open.

Photo of marcpal
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fancy red ceramic bomber bottle. Capped and heavy as hell.

A: Dark yellow color with a fluffy head and a monumental degree of lacing.

S: Sugary, caramely and dried fruits. Strong scents that do not lead me in the direction of the normal dead guy.

T: Dried fruits, some hops and super sweet caramel. Chocolate flavors abound aside the fruit. Too much sweetness for my take on the this one, almost like a thick honeycomb.the zest of white grapefruits and a herbspiciness. There definitely is a complexity and a lot going on but the sweetness is not up my alley, too much.

M: Creamy mouthfell that gets a little bit slimy as time goes on. Coating on the palate with a zip from the alcohol, not too burny though.

D: I find myself a bit let down on this, in terms of drinkability and balance of flavor I will stick with the regular dead guy. Not bad but not great.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly bright orange that is a tad cloudy with a small unimpressive mostly white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of citusy hops and fruits dominate. First sip is creamy with tangy hops bitterness. A nice malt backbone compliments well. The finish is tasty and bitter with the 9% ABV somewhat hidden. This brew is slightly under carbonated. Not bad but but worth $10/750ml.

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 10 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Crystal clear brown with a really thick off white head that stays for a long time.

S - Sweet with fruit. Some raison. There is also some caramel and malt.

T - Really smooth and rich. There is a slight bitterness in the finish. Raison and caramel are very present.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I have been drinking Dead Guy for a long time but have never seen this before. I am happily surprised.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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".

Photo of rajendra82
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bomber was a wonderful blood red in color, but the beer thankfully looked like a normal Dopplebock. The body was clear orange, and formed a two finger thick foamy head quite rapidly. The smell was quite malty, which was a departure from a typical Rogue beer laden with hops. The hops were detectable as a floral and spicy smell, but it melded quite well with the malt. The taste was where this beer really shined. The sweet and caramelized malts were here as they are in any Dopplebock, but they were accompanied by a significant hop bitterness and a resulting spicy and dry finish. While this was a departure from the spirit of the style, it was a welcome change. The beer did suffer a bit on the palette from the high hopping rates, as this did not glide down in a soft manner, and presented a bit of an edgy mouthfeel. I liked it well enough to get it downed quite rapidly.

Photo of Brad007
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a thin one-finger head and not much else to see.

Aroma is strong and chewy with hints of raisin and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste is strong upfront with some alcohol burn masking flavors of chewy malt, raisin and brown sugar. Smooth and clean once past the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is dry and chewy with a bit of alcohol burn. Smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good here. Beer needs some aging to get rid of the alcohol burn. Otherwise, a great doppelbock that makes me hunger for pizza.

Photo of bonbini26
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750 ml. red ceramic looking bottle

L: Slightly hazy sunburnt orangey amber with a tall beige head of creamily fluffed foam, excellent retention and a solid lace

S: Sweet aromatic malts first hit the nose, caramel, toffee and floral honey, then comes a lightly wafting scent of fruity apricots. Reminds me of dead guy with a little more

F: Plushly soft and medium bodied, the body has a nice fully rounded feel in the mouth. D2 has a creamy mouth feel with a slight warming alcohol burn at the end, made sticky by the oily hops.

T: the zest of white grapefruits and a herbal spiciness. The hops also have a good green bitterness. The hops are balanced out by sweetly caramelized malts, sugary with tastes of toffee and chocolate covered nuts. Mid palate is fruity apricots, honey and a hint of maple syrup. The alcohol, while providing a low glowing warmth, is well concealed, blends with the sweet malts before turning peppery in the end. The finish has a long, slow fade, baguettes, toasted caramel, grapefruit juice and herbal, earthy spices.

D: I was impressed by Double Dead Guy Ale, a smooth sipper that you need to be cautious with. I actually preferr regular dead guy to the double, wasnt to impressed by this, better off leaving the dead guy single

Photo of deereless
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Patchy head, pale copper color, the bubbles rise slowly as though in a thickened gel - 4.25, S: This is one of those beers that doesn't need to be right under your nose to get the sense of it, citrus and bubble gum are two of the aromas that first hit me - 4.00, T: This is a hop bomb, lots of bitter and piney hops, some underlying sweetness from a heavy malt base which balances it out nicely - 4.25, M: Medium bodied which lingers on the tongue for a while - 4.25, D: Certainly an extreme beer, the amount of hops alone pushes this beer into the category, I recently had this on tap at RFD in DC, and was happy to know that I had a bottle waiting for me at home, I would recommend this beer - 4.25

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
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

Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a fan. Although let me point out, this beer makes no sense - it's a doppelbock, which is a lager, and yet claims to be Double Dead Guy ALE. I is confused, and yet, I'll drink and enjoy anyway.

It's lighter than most doppelbocks, a nice amber color with a solid head that dissolves down and leaves good lacing. Nose is crazy sweet, molasses straight up. Beer is quite tasty. Cookies, sugar and malt are HUGE, and a slightly chalky aftertaste. Body is nice, medium, with perfect carbonation. Overall, a delicious and interesting beer - I haven't had the regular Dead Guy in a while, so I'm not really sure how it compares, but this is a delicious and sweet treat.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Clear rusty brown under a big, frothy white head. No lace and little head retention.

S: Fruity, sweet, some caramel, brown sugar, bready, yeasty. Really nice aroma.

T: Sweet up front, little bit of fruitiness, with a definite alcohol character in the finish. Some yeast tones.

M/D: Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied, carbonation is light. Decent drinkability as well. The alcohol is there, so it's a bit of a sipper, but it goes down easy.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium orange-red with a small off-white head, with thick concentric rings of lace.

S: Had a tough time finding the scent, I expect it to be more robust in a high gravity beer. I get a general malt-centered nose, with caramel and dried fruit.

T: Big malty flavour, with an interesting fruit character which is quite similar to strawberries on the first taste. Solid flavour, tastes more like a red ale than a Doppel though.

M: The 9% is nowhere to be found, it really drinks like a 5% beer, so be careful with this one. Cleanness from the Pacman yeast is there as well, off-dry finish.

D: A good beer from Rogue, certainly gets more interesting as it warms up. I could drink it again, but I'm not going to pay $12 for a bottle, if it was a $4 bomber OK.

Photo of BDTyre
3.31/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can't really remember Dead Guy Ale since I don't drink it very often, but I figured I'd give this a go.

Nice medium copper colour with a very slightly off-white head that settles fairly quickly.

The scent is raisins, caramels and malt with a very noticeable alcohol essence that almost singes the nose. I've had some higher ABV beers from Rogue, but they don't do this.

Taste is a bit more balanced. Caramel, toffee, raisins and hints of spice. Low hop profile, but still the alcohol is present. Good flavour, but I've had Dopplebocks that are much richer and flavourful and honestly, I do expect a bit better from Rogue.

Decent mouthfeel, not entirely unpleasant. Alcohol burn hampers my enjoyment of this somewhat. Neat bottle.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a light brown color with moderate carbonation and lacing. Smell is sweet caramel and malt. Taste is more sweet caramel, with hints of bread. Average mouthfeel and good drinkability. I'm curious to see how this one ages.

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at their Eugene City Brewery. The beer is an honest amber color with a thick head and fair lacing. Decent clarity.

The smell is sweet malts, bread and more than a fair share of alcohol.

The taste is decidedly sweet with caramel, bread dough, hard candy and a hint of spice. The alcohol hovers behind every sip and is there to remind you to slow down and enjoy. I get a bit more hops late.

I prefer the standard Dead Guy as this one is a little too boozey for me. Still, I would have no problem revisiting from time-to-time.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Painted red 750mL bottle with 2008 vintage date.

Appearance: Thick, almost frothy tan head with small bubbles. Thin, but solid layer of head remains after 45 seconds and some lacing on the pint glass. Medium-amber color.

Nose: Hops and a raisony-sweetness are my first thoughts. Maybe a hint of currant, and apricot. Something like Dulce de leche or maybe condensed milk (without the "ew, gross, it's condensed milk from a can" smell).

Palate: Softer carbonation than I thought based on the head. A smooth, medium-bodied mouth-feel. Nicely bitter when agitated to reveal classic Rogue hop characteristics. The hops still have that delicate floral flavor, which I appreciate. Midpalate is nicely sweet, but not cloying, and is countered by a bitter bite right before the medium-length finish.

Notes: A solid "double" version of the Dead Guy Ale, not quite as extreme as I was anticipating, what with the bizarre packaging. Worth a try and I'll definitely want more of this one!

Photo of 7ways
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Aromas.

Poured a ruddy red/amber with a bleached head that died down to nothing quickly. When I smelled it, I thought that I may be smoking too much. Bread, hops, maybe some orange bubblegum way down deep, but it was all really faint. Tasted huge NW hops, German malts. Earthy, grainy. And most interesting, in the background throughout, a muted sweetness kind of like a congac dipped cigar. This is a Doppelbock? Seemed cloying at first, but mellowed out over the course of the pint.
Felt a little sticky, but goes down well. Quite filling.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in a side by side tasting with regular Dead Guy Ale.

Pours a similar amber color to Dead Guy Ale with what appears to be slightly higher levels of carbonation and more dense, slower to recede off-white head with tons of crusty lacing. Seems slightly lighter in color, but not much.

Aroma is sweeter and more candy/less malty than normal dead guy ale with the addition of slightly hot alcohol notes and a more citrus hop aroma.

Sort of opposite what I would have expected flavor wise compared to normal dead guy. The mouthfeel is less viscous, the sweetness in the nose does not really translate into the taste, as there is far more bitterness than normal dead guy ale, and the alcohol also seems to balance out the malt backbone. Slightly more spicy hop flavor than normal dead guy as well.

Mouthfeel is again thinner, and more carbonated than regular DG. Finish is much dryer also due to higher bitterness levels, more carbonation, and higher bitterness levels.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 crown capped bottle. I must say this is an awesome looking bottle. I know it is what is inside that matters but it looks sweet. On to the beer.

A: A very nice looking amber color that poured with 2 fingers of white head. Magnificent lacing.

S: Tighter nose that I would have expected. Bread is of course there and the biggest element. As it warmed picked up some vanilla.

T: I really don't care for Dead Guy too much but this beer is nice. Tons of caramel. The malt is just up front and in your face with a spiciness at the back end. Even in this you can taste the pacman.

M: Very nice creamy mouthfeel. Full bodied. Very nice.

D: I love me a good Doppelboack and this is right up there. The price was a little high at $12 but it is an enjoyable beer. They called it Double Dead to capitalize on that name but this is a different beast. Very nice all around. While often slept on Rogue can make a damn fine beer.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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