1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Not Rated.
Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

1,116 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,116
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 73
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

20º PLATO
60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond

(Beer added by: mnapier on 02-17-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Double Dead Guy Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,116 | Reviews: 524 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rodrot
rodrot

North Carolina

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

Poured a clear reddish color with a small head that dissipated quickly. I expected more carbonation from this beer. Aroma was hoppy, but with a good bit of sweet, honeyish malt aromas mixed in. Taste was quite sweet up front with some notes of honey and caramel. The finish had a sharp alcohol bite. I think this one needs 6 months or more of aging to round out as it was overly sweet and cloying. Drinkability was slightly above average. I plan on picking up another couple of bottles to lay down.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 17:14:44 | More by rodrot
Photo of toolbrew
toolbrew

Illinois

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

Pours a reddish copper color with a thick off white head. Head fell, but some lacing.

A very hoppy aroma. Smells sweet and citrusy.

Crisp hop flavor up front which mellows quickly into a sweeter finish.

Lots of hop sensation on back of tongue.

This was a great session beer that I would love to enjoy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 13:48:00 | More by toolbrew
Photo of shroompod
shroompod

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red , good size head, some lacing.

Faint hops , some caramel sweetness in aroma.

Nice hop bite up front , some sweet malt in the background.

Mouthfeel is heavy and sweet with some residual sticky sweetness, good carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty brew , recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 01:51:40 | More by shroompod
Photo of pinotboy007
pinotboy007

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from the very cool, bright red 750ml bottle. Appears similar to iced tea with a decent, creamy cap and some lace.

S - Faint hops, leather and malt; perhaps too cold right now but it has been out of the fridge for 25-minutes.

T/M - Leather, herb, tea and hop oil jumps at you all at once making this a bit choppy, but very nice nonetheless. The alcohol is there. It has nice creaminess and supportive carbonation to it along with a hoppy finish.

D - Just shy of refreshing, but certainly drinkable. I've enjoyed better offerings from Rogue and for me the 9% ABV detracts from an otherwise nicely crafted ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 22:13:57 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of Redwood21
Redwood21

Virginia

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

A: this beer has a delicious almost sweet tea look to it with a nice frothy off white head that "sticks" around for a period of time worth enjoying. the head does die off a bit but is persistent

S: some what caramel and malty but not particularly as it warms the 9% is a bit more obvious

T: the most important part, not bad. if this is truly a dopplebock its underwhelming. there is a skosh of caramel and malt taste but its light and mellow. this is an easy drinking bock beer that has the 9% sneak up on you

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 04:17:08 | More by Redwood21
Photo of BretSikkink
BretSikkink

Mexico

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slight chill haze, with small upward streaming bubbles that slice through this reddish orange brew. Tan head has a few large bubbles along with a solid foaming action, I can see already that the lace will be quite sticky and lush.

The aroma is made of acceptable power, lead definitely by the malts which are really sweet: think caramel and toffee, pretty clean overall. There is a significant fruit component as well, not sure whether to attribute this to the sugary side, since fruit is definitely sugary, or to the hops, which are mostly quite here, except for an herbal edge that's noticeable.

Quite hoppy on the tongue, lots of good bitterness, although this seems to have come at the expense of the chewiness. Lots of herbal flavors, a little bit spicy or peppery, and some citrics as well. The malts are back there, but throw in the caramel flavors along with a moderately toasted edge.

For the doppelbock style I don't think the mouthfeel is good. For a top-fermenting, 9% abv domestically brewed ale (Read: American Strong/Stock Ale) it's just right, with the right combination of lip-smacking hops with a solid malt backbone. The finish is somewhat bracingly bitter and peppery, but it's the first hint of the alcohol so here's a pass on that one.

Bocks lead malt-first all the way while this is leaning on the hops side. Bocks can get sickly sweet and sticky, while DDG gets abrasively bitter as it warms. The style issue has been beat pretty hard here, so I'll just say that I enjoy this high-gravity ale, and while it's not the best effort Rogue's put out, it's certainly an enjoyable night's drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 03:40:26 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of BigJTrucker
BigJTrucker

Oregon

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

Picked up this tasty brew at the Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon.

Pours a clear amber color, with a big frothy off-white head that settles fairly slowly. Aroma is somewhat dried fruit and sweet, chock full of malty goodness. Flavor has a nice, initially subdued hop presence that become more and more apparent. The heavy malt load helps create enough sweetness to mask the high 9% abv. Mouthfeel is full bodied, surprisingly less sticky than i would've expected. Tasty brew from Rogue. Surprised how un-deadguy the taste appears to be, but i'd have to do a side by side tasting to be certain.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 07:28:44 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of madtappers
madtappers

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Great beer but, was expecting alot more for $15

Poured from the red bottle nicely created a nice 1" head in my oktoberfest mug.

Very easy to drink not to hoppy with a nice malt finish.

Worth drinking once but not that much better than regular DEAD GUY imo

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 16:30:35 | More by madtappers
Photo of kirok1999
kirok1999

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful copper with tons of sticky lacing, very little apparent carbonation.
Smells richly sweet, there's tons of malt here, nice caramel and some floral hops.
Taste is just massive, lots of sweet caramel. some spiciness, and lots of hops to help things along. This goes down very smoothly, even better as it warms.
Very smooth and creamy with just a bit of very smooth carbonation.
Never would have pegged this as a doppelbock. Actually more of a slightly mild DIPA. I'll sure buy more.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 22:55:23 | More by kirok1999
Photo of lightindarkness
lightindarkness

Florida

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

750mL bottle into a Unibroue tulip

A- Plenty of ivory foam sits atop a gleaming deep ambery - near copper - orange body. Sticky web of lace strings along as it settles.

S- Nose is bready sweet, with a roasted caramel smell and some gummy stickiness to it. Slight alcohol spice over sweet honey-bun like dough. Maybe even a touch of coconut. Very pleasant, sweet, but not overly so.

T- Rich taste without being too strong, syrupy, or over-dramatic. Caramel depth rises to a nice full soft doughy bread flavor giving way to some fruity banana and berry sweetness. It all seems to blend really well into a frosted sweet bread treat. Finishes with a lingering soft sweetness, some alcohol fume, and faint grain chewiness. Increasing hop character fuses nicely toward the finish with some swelling dry bitterness, though succumbing to the overall cohesive balance before it overwhelms.

F- Plentiful medium body, bordering on full. Doesn't come across as being too heavy or syrupy, but rather very sturdy with a hint of delicate balance. A little alkali slickness at the finish lightens to a thin coating.

D- I don't think I meant to drink 750mL, but the bottle, which is sprayed red, is deceiving for its size, appearing more like 22oz which is somehow mentally more justifiable than drinking all 750mL. Either way, I found it very easy to sip on. Satisfying without being at all too heavy. Very nicely flavored, not getting old at all, but leaving the kind of lingering taste that causes you to keep putting the glass to the lips for more. At 9% abv the alcohol is respectfully well balanced into the overall character of the beer and has little negative impact beyond physical effect on the body.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 21:02:47 | More by lightindarkness
Photo of daledeee
daledeee

Iowa

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

I thought this was a imperial pale ale!! When I began the review it says doppelbock. The taste does not reflect that.

This beers pours a dark bright brown. Nice head and lace stays around. I could smell the floral and citrus from far away. After the beer is poured the is more hops and malt.

This beer started out a little astringent and metallic. It got better as it aged in the glass. There is a fair amount of citrus but I believe malt is prevalent. A good dose of hops as well.

I felt the nose and taste were very complex and the beer grew on me as I drank it. I still would not rate this as a doppelbock. This is more of an American ale or brown ale?? Hard to catagorize this one. A good beer in an interesting package. There are several in their new lineup but some others are rather pricy.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 22:46:28 | More by daledeee
Photo of froghop
froghop

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy copper red with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell of fruit, floral, some citrus, few hops, a little spice and some roastiness.

taste is watery at first then thickens up as it warms, grapefruit hops, malt, few sweet fruits, touch of caramel, ends with a very bitter aftertaste and slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 00:56:38 | More by froghop
Photo of deltatauhobbit
deltatauhobbit

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8oz draft at Novare Res, review from my limited notes there.

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a good amount of head, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass.

The smell is unlike the regular Dead Guy Ale, in which it is virtually all hop aroma, the regular has a strong caramel malt backing that smooths the character out, where in the Double it's so subtle it's barely noticeable. This is similar to the taste, where it's much more raw tasting.

I'd like to try this again in bottle to see how it compares.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 18:55:03 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of swizzlenuts
swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured a copper a colour with a nice two finger head. Really good retention and lacing. The nose on the beer is malty with a bit of spicy hops. the beer has a nice bitter hoppiness with a nice caramel maltiness. This is NOT a dopplebock. it's probably closer to an strong American ale or something. The mouthfeel is quite thick and this beer is really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 23:43:52 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition 750 in a cool looking painted red bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $10.50... I normally won't pay this much for Rogue brews, but I know it is probably not going to be around for that long... Bottle says 9%

FYI.. there is no way I am going to review this as a Doppelbock.. because it is not a doppelbock.. not even a big Maibock... therefore, it will be reviewed on its merits only.

2 finger head takes quite a while to die back... very pretty lacing.. brew is crystal clear amber with alot of orange to it.

Malty aroma with spicy and citrus hops in the background and quite a bit of fruity yeastiness.

Palate begins with a big bracing bitterness... smooth maltiness and a little bit of toasted bread.. citric hops and a little bit of spice but the hop flavors are more in the background. It says 72 IBUs and I believe it... bitterness is a little out of whack but gets better as it warms and the malts start showing up more... subtle caramel and more toasted malt character... Definite but not bad alcohol and a lingering bitter and yeasty finish.

Body is not as thick as I would have expected.. and I'm okay with that.. carbonation is fairly smooth... drinkability is much better as it warms.

Not bad, I should probably pick up a few more bottles to trade.. but I probably won't buy it again unless I'm at a bar and it strike my fancy.. too pricey for the bottle and the quality of brew.

4/3.5/3.5/3.5/4

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 07:44:50 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Gueuzedude
Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2008
Arrives from the tap with a clear, red-amber color and a thin, wispy, tan colored head that clumps to the sides of my glass. This has a very malty aroma to it and is almost fruity, but definitely has a caramel edge to it along with some concentrated malt sugar aromatics. At times this seems to strike a good faux-Bock like aroma; fairly clean with a strong-lager like concentrated malt character. There is a nice herbal hop component to the nose though and that fruitiness might also be contributed partly by the hops.

The flavor is much more hop focused than I expected (based on the aroma); hop flavors of fresh cut herbs and a green bitterness are quite noticeable. This gets a bit hot in the finish with both the sharp hop notes and noticeable alcohol. The hop character is actually dominant in the flavor, but there is a solid malt contribution here that contributes flavors of caramel and toasted grain and also accentuates notes of fruity berries and soft citrus. I really like the balance of malt and hop that this beer has. This is chewy with a rich heft to it that doesn't get cloying or overly thick.

This is an interesting brew, it is surprisingly hoppy in the flavor and hides its alcohol fairly well (though it can get hot at times with the peppery alcohol notes in the finish).

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2008 04:16:07 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of tonistruth
tonistruth

Nevada

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Stone in Escondido, CA

A- pale straw color with an orange tint and a little white head, decent retent

S- floral and earthy, grains

T- hoppy with sweet grains, cookie like malt sweetness balanced with citric hops, very similar to dead guy

M- smooth medium body with a carbonation tickle at the finish

D- scary close to dead guy ale though subtle differences can be noted, mostly in the malt department, rare brew so do try, though I wouldn't pay a rare price (if you have too that is)

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 07:01:58 | More by tonistruth
Photo of OWSLEY069
OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. In the taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a big mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big hops, big alcohol, and a bit abbrasive, yet quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 22:12:32 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of wagenvolks
wagenvolks

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham.

Barkeep hands me a pint of clear, golden-orange beer with a thin cap of light khaki head that retains decently fails to leave much lacing. The aroma is a fruity, hoppy blend of citrus, mango, pineapple, and some pine. Pale malts fill in the background.

The flavor is a lot like regular Dead Guy, just, well..."Doubled". Double the hops, double the malts, double the sweetness, and double my enjoyment. The hops are the highlight here, and while the resinous pine notes don't necessarily fit within the Dopplebock style, I definately enjoyed it. Body is creamy smooth, medium-bodied, neatly carbonated, and provides a lasting hoppy bite. I'd definately look for this beer again, and I hope to god that Rogue decides to bottle it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 19:45:32 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of ski271
ski271

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA.
Deep amber-copper color with an off-white, foamy, fully diminishing head. The smell is predominantly of citrusy and floral hops, with a little caramel malt in there. Not as big I was expecting from DOUBLE Dead Guy. The taste is quite a bit bigger, with a big initial hit of citrusy and piney hops. Grapefruit for sure, then the outmatched malts show up for a little while before being shoved out of the way by the bitterness and warm alcohol on the finish. It has a medium-full body, light creamy texture, and moderate carbonation. I don't know. Something about this beer just didn't impress me at all. It was good, but I still consider it a bit of a let-down. And I DEFINITELY have to knock some points off for it not being a good example of a doppelbock at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 20:08:45 | More by ski271
Photo of Derek
Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port.

This is not a doppelbock. The only thing that's vaguely 'bock' is the strength & the touch of Munich malt. The hopping is actually more like the Brutal Bitter than the Dead Guy.

It blurs all style boundaries, I'd be inclined to call it an American Strong Ale.

A: Deep amber-copper with an off-white head; little retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma, the Crystal hops are readily apparent (grassy, piny & a hint of citrus). Some underlying American pale malt aroma.

T: Huge hop flavour (grassy, piny & a little citrus). Slight grainyness from the American Pale Malt with a touch of toffee. Assertive Bitterness.

M: Very well-attenuated moderate body has an incredibly dry finish.

D: You've gotta adore the crystal hop for this one.

Commercial info:
"Malts: 2-row Pale, Munich, C15. Hops. Cascade for boil (because John was out pf Perle) and Crystal for aroma (because John was out of Sterling ...) IBU's approx 50-60. 19.8 Plato Original Gravity, 4.9 Plato Terminal Gravity."

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 16:10:16 | More by Derek
Photo of Kendo
Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is honey-amber in color, with ruby hues when backlit. Slightly off-white small head settles quickly, leaving behind rings of lace.

S: At first, almost nothing in the nose. I conclude it's too cold. As it warms, I get a waft of alcohol and, surprisingly, more hops -- piney hops -- than malt, though there is a touch of caramel malt there as well.

T: Like the nose, there's some caramel malt, but again, the dominant flavor from my perspective comes from the hops at the end -- citrusy and piney hops, with a touch of spice, that finish it all off with a dry, lemony bitterness. Alcohol warmth is felt on the way down and in the belly.

M: Pretty creamy in feel and I'd describe this as medium-bodied in heft.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength (I was told it's 9.5% ABV).

Notes: Not really sure how to describe this, style-wise, which makes sense given that regular Dead Guy is a bastardized style anyhow (a maibock is a lager yet they use an ale yeast). At times I thought this reminded me more of a Strong Ale, while at other times I was actually thinking American Barleywine, bordering on DIPA. I'd get it again though, whatever you want to call it. . . .

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2008 18:56:01 | More by Kendo
Photo of ewright
ewright

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the new Tyler's Taproom in Apex NC

A: A clear amber/orange brew with about 1/2" fine foam floating on top. As the beer goes down, there is nice lacing on the pint glass.

S: Overwhelmingly hoppy with tons of citrus aroma.

T: Hops hops and more hops. This tastes like an IPA more than anything else. Hints of bitter orange peel are apparent underneath the bitterness.

M: The bitterness leaves a bit of astringency on the tongue.

D: If I think of this as a dark IPA, I'm ok with it, but I'd much prefer the original Dead Guy ale over this one. Dead Guy is a wonderfully balanced beer. This isn't.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 23:37:10 | More by ewright
Photo of pershan
pershan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thin, dense, tan head into a chalice. Aroma was of piney hops. The beer was very well balanced, with a big hop flavor coalescing with a honey-malt sweetness, and with a solid bitter hop finish. A much better effort than the Skull Splitter, which I had the same day. A great "upgrade" to the standard Dead Guy Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 03:38:36 | More by pershan
Photo of Jerzdevil1116
Jerzdevil1116

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ.

A- Small white head. Clear amber/copper body. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Malt sweetness. Also some earthy/piney hops and alcohol.

T- More bitter than I was expecting. A lot of hops, a little spicy. More alcohol presence as it warmed.

M- Light to medium body.

D- Good and drinkable but I think I prefer the regular Dead Guy to the double.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 03:27:46 | More by Jerzdevil1116
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,116 ratings.