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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 85
Gots: 99 | 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.

60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond

(Beer added by: mnapier on 02-17-2008)
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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 LittleBreeze
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding bottle.

Amber with about an 1 1/2 inch off white heat.The aroma is not overwhelming. I can pick up a bit of citrus, vanilla and bready goodness. The taste adds caramel and lots of hops. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. This is an intense beer. I found it fun to drink it a few ounce pour at a time. If you like Dead Guy, you're going to love this. If Dead Guy isn't your thing, skip this one.

Photo of Gmann
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a nice dense cream colored head that settled into a good cap with plenty of lacing. The aroma is of bready munich malt, grape like hops, and a touch of booze. Similar to a barley wine. The taste is of a bready honey malt, touch of peppery and grassy hop, some alcohol, grapes. Kind of a boozy, hoppy, munich lager, thus the double dead guy lager name. Definitley some barley wine characteristics though. The feel is thick and slick, soft carbonation and finishes with a nice hop bitterness. Definitely a big beer with some appealing characteristics. Not sure it is a dopplebock though.

Photo of Deus1138
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a nifty 750mL bottle that seems appropriate for Halloween. Color is a clear amber-red. Got a good inch of head with nice lacing. Smell is mostly of hops, piney and citrusy. Taste is mostly citrusy hops with some bready malts to back. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, but not distracting. Finish is a bit dry and hoppy. Drinkability is good. It's hoppy and alcoholic, so it's a sipper. It's worth a try.

I see a lot of people referring to this as a Maibock and Doppelbock. It's neither. The bottle clearly indicates it is made with top fermenting Pacman yeast, so it's an ale, not a lager. I've seen some people classify this a Strong American Ale. That's how it was labeled when I bought it at the store. To me, it tastes more like an American Barley Wine.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark amber/red color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like caramel malt, bread/biscuit, yeast and some citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma but with some pepper and alcohol noticable. Also the hops come out much stronger in the finish than I expected as the bitter hops linger around a quite while. With that being said, there's still good balance in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and chewy and also has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd pick it up again for sure.

Photo of bhalter8
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Over the past week I have now had the DDGA on tap at Taco Mac and at home out of the 750 ml bottle. Overall, I am now thinking I preferred it on tap. As I poured the 750 ml bottle, you see a uhc lighter, but very beautiful copper color. Solid, but somewhat light head. The smell does not really indicate much, to be honest. I felt this was the biggest shortcoming of the beer. The taste was interesting balance of a lighter than usual dopple, with a lot flavor. The hops are very strong in the flavor. There is a fairly present carbonization, which adds to the some what bitter aftertaste. A very drinkable beer, but nothing groundbreaking. I wanted to echo another person's feeling of let down, I had hoped to age a few of these, but am wondering if it is worth it now...

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear darkish golden/amber with a Huge tan foamy head. The head is gigantic and the leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with "bisquity" aromas along with alcohol,vanilla,and bitter hops. The taste is a combination of bitter hops,bread yeast,and alcohol. A nice flavor that's not too harsh and bitter for a high octane brew. The m/f heavy with all the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer from my all time favorite brewery. Cheers.

Photo of joekfsu
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with 3 cm of tan foamy mostly diminishing head. Aroma of caramel, yeast, and hops. Initial flavor of sweet caramel malt. Flavor becomes more balanced as the citrus hops show up on the back end. Aftertaste is fairly bitter and long lasting. Light carbonation, light lacing, light to medium body, and definite alcohol presence especially as it warms. Overall another well done beer by Rogue and worth a try

Photo of blakesell
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750ml painted bottle into my favourite Belgian style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden amber with a finger and a half of white foam comprising of large bubbles across the top. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass on this one.

Smell- Lager malts, there's something strange about this malt. Perhaps it's Munich malt? I can't really tell. One thing is certain, there are way too many hops right off the bat on the nose. The signature Pacman yeast is there as well right away. That malt just doesn't smell correct for a doppelbock. Strong alcohol phenols as well on the nose, which is somewhat strange considering the gravity.

Taste- First thing I get is way too many hops. The malt seems more balanced here on the flavor. Malty, but not so much rich as it is bready. Somewhat burning on the alcoholic warmth. Tastes as if they try to hide these fusel alcohols with hops, and it doesn't quite work out. Not sweet as most doppelbocks tend to be.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, sticky, overly warming and alcoholic, medium bodied, and medium in carbonation, not smooth, harsh and astringent.

Drinkability- I really wanted to like this one after it's beautiful packaging. I wanted to get a ton of them and cellar them as I am prone to do, but just like the original dead guy, there are serious problems that make it very strange that this beer is in their front line.

Why not release a better beer such as something out of John's Locker stock?

Photo of erikm25
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dense copper and reddish mahogany. Reasonable light golden tan (one finger) head that hovers for a bit. Lacing is slight to moderate. It pours heavy and sits in the glass perfectly.

S: Bready and sweet vanilla malts. A nice touch of caramel, clover, and toffee combined with a surprising hoppy fragrance.

T: Upfront the hops are apparent. With a spicy caramel malted taste in the back. Piney alcohol, creamy malt, and crisp vanilla are all there. A very complex and interesting beer. The alcohol is well hidden behind the sweetness but still present in the mouth after a couple of drinks.

M: Medium to full body. Heavy and creamy with a nice bitter alcohol tinge. Despite the heftiness it is still very crisp and sharp. You can feel it right down into the stomach.

D: This is a huge and filling beer that is easy to drink. I would save this one for special occasions and special meals. Halloween is coming up and in a dream world people would hand this out instead of candy. Plus, the bottle is a keeper.

Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,159 ratings.