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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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very good

1,168 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,168
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 93
Gots: 107 | 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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Photo of LittleBreeze
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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 -7.1%
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 +1.8%
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
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +1.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Sticket
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- a 22oz brown bomber bottle coated with a slightly redder than Allis Chalmers colored paint and a declared 9% ABV.

A- pours a semi-hazy medium copper color with a nice whitish-tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S- caramel malts, white grapes, mild piney aromatic hops.

T- sweet caramel malts up front balanced with a moderate level of hops mixed with a touch of alcohol. The hops coat the mouth and give a longer than average half-life that lasts about a minute before fading which helps to balance the level of alcohol in this one.

M- medium-full body that is slightly carbonated, hop resins coat the mouth and leave a slightly oily and lasting impression as noted above.

D- a very good ale with take you by surprise strength recommended with valor, two purple hearts.

Photo of ckaufman
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two liter growler into a pint glass... multiple times!!!

I had this beer for the first time at Max's in Baltimore in March 2008. I picked up a growler at D's Six Packs & Dogz in Monroeville this past week... very exciting!

Double Dead Guy poured a hazy copper color with a nice one finger off-white head. Minimal lacing, but good retention on the inside of the glass. The smell was not as potent as I thought from my first experience, however the aroma is very complex with caramel malt, bread-like yeast, piney hops, and of course the smell of alcohol. The caramel malts hit you first in the mouth, then the sweetness fades out to a strong hop finish with a long hang time. This beer is full-bodied and viscous with medium carbonation. Double Dead Guy is surprisingly easy to drink, however the alcohol will catch up to you very quickly! Highly recomended... if you can find it.

Photo of Foxman
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a quite clear, genuine bug-in-resin amber. Two fingers of light beige head maintain a frothy top-lip caterpillar-maker. Saturn rings of lacing orbit the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a disappointingly sparse, barely fruity malt note that taunts an equally distant tinny hop intimation. Even the alcohol is tough to nail down.

Upon tasting, and in sharp contrast to the watered-down aroma, the malt is a thick blanket studded with berry and sugar sweetness. Caramel and bread dough loom as well. The hops spice with a sprinkle of black pepper, but also come on crisp and bitter. Alcohol is present but rather muted. A tinge of baked biscuit and a notably dry character carry into a clean, crisp finish. The profile salvages what the nose might have otherwise torn asunder.

Medium bodied, its slick, round, and creamy, with a soft touch on the palate that finishes with a crisp glow.

Yes, the aroma is like a Manhattan pothole, coming out of nowhere to almost take off a wheel, but the rest of the crew comes to the rescue and it's worth the patience it takes to not disregard it. The alcohol is a sneaky monkey, much stronger than it presents, but that also helps it drink willingly, if a bit daringly as well. So I have no idea how the smell comes up so damned short, but it's recoverable, and I'm glad it was, in the end.

Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a nice darker amber-brown color with a tall and thick tan colored head that takes some time to settle before fading down the sides of the glass.
S: Smells of sweet and bitter malts with some spices and a nice piney aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of nice sweet and some bitter malts followed by a sweet caramel flavor and then a big piney hoppy bitter end to it.
M: Feels kind of heavy but nowhere near the alcohol percentage it has. Nice carbonation.
D: Very drinkable as the whole bomber was easy to finish. Very nice mix of all the flavors and a beer I really enjoyed.

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

Had this on-tap at Aromas in Athens, GA. Served in a standard pint.

A: Poured a very nice and rich copper color with a good finger and a half of foamy off white head. The head didn't take long to falter to just a top cap but that cap did produce some sticky lacing that notched the glass on the way down.

S: Smell is of course of some serious malt. Caramel, vanilla, and breadiness throughout the aroma. There is also a touch of spiciness that comes through as a peppery touch. Slight hint of alcohol as it warms up.

T: Taste is also of rich malt that is mostly caramel with a touch of sweet, breadiness. There is a not of some gentle fruit in here, maybe apricot. Also some nice notes of some piney hops throughout. Once again as it warms, booze comes through. It can hit you hard in the palate. Has a semi-sweet finish that is mostly of caramel malty goodness.

M: Carbonation is nice but not over the top. Gives it a somewhat crisp feel. Medium in body as it slides down your throat. When cold, the alcohol is not detectable at all. As it warms, you can feel it big time. The alcohol takes away just a bit from the feel IMO.

D: Good brew that has a lot going on. The alcohol really can hit you hard if this thing is warm. The flavor and aroma are very good. I would absolutely drink this again, especially if the bottle price drops a bit. As for now the price negatively affects the drinkability to me.

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

750ml red painted bottle '2008' served in a standard pint glass.

L - fairly clear, orange/amber color with a beige head that left bits of lacing behind.

S - sweet malt and piney hop aroma.

T - good balance of flavors, bitter bite upfront and kind of strong piney taste most of the way through, the finish gives a hint of alcohol before the sweetness shows itself well.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - this is a very tasty beer that's easy to drink, just watch out for the abv.

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

Vintage 2008 750ml bottle

A: Lots of frothy off-white foam perched atop the light mahogany liquid. The foam laces quickly.

S: The aroma is complex. I pick up on sugary fruit, floral bouquet and pine followed by a definite earthiness and faintness of yeast.

T: At first the hops and malt burst forth in equal strength like the mighty hammer of Thor upon the palette, with the malt eventually transitioning into the pear, pine and dried fruit-filled mid-palette. The strength of the alcohol is very evident in the finish, which leaves me with a lingering sticky sweetness.

M: While an obviously medium-bodied brew, its viscosity makes it feel alot heavier in the mouth. The carbonation is very crisp and spot on, as it carries the beer's weight.

D: I really like this beer. To me, it has all the great qualities of a double IPA (big hops, citrus, crispness) in conjunction with what I like out of a big malty beer.

Overall, you must get this beer if haven't already!!! Seriously.

Photo of brantadid
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark copper color with a thin white head. No real lacing to speak of. Very clear.

Smelled of honey and citrus. Some grass notes. Lots of hop fragrance.

A lot going on in the taste of this beer. Throughout the palate, various hop flavors present. Grass, grapefruit, and a really nice bittering on the far palate. Underlying notes for caramel and malt. Great length of flavor. Alcohol is well masked.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, with lower carbonation. Bitterness really cuts the creaminess.

Fairly drinkable. I'd have another.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a creamy, off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with citric, earthy and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel, solvent alcohol, earthy/citric backing. Sweet with a late, almost detached bitterness balancing it.

It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Alcohol is noticeable, but not sharp. Drinks well despite that. This is a nice one!

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

On-tap at Aromas

Pours into a pint glass a caramel amber with orange highlights near the top of the glass and one finger of pearl white foam that drops quickly to a collar, good bands of sticky lace creeping down as the glass empties.

Nose is sugary, sweet and malty. Pears in syrup, candied fruit, caramel, and honey. Some earthy and slightly piney hops creep in from time to time, but the malt is far more prominent.
Alcohol seems to be pretty well hidden here as well.

Good lord, where did all this hop flavor come from? The malt is just as prominent in the mouth, but the hops are right there with it, far stronger than the aroma suggested. Caramel, toastiness, pears and honey help lead the way in, but there is also some spiciness at the beginning as well. This gives way at mid-palate to the malt, and then spirals into a very bitter spicy, piney and earthy hop fade. Good balance for such a big beer, a little hot toward the end though.

The mouthfeel is pretty lush and chewy, just over medium bodied with solid levels of carbonation. A treat.

Double Dead Guy is a great beer, and one that I expected a lot from. Happily, I wasn't too let down. It was way easier to drink than I expected it to be, as my empty glass attests to. Again, it can be a little hot, but not really that much, especially considering the 9% abv. Recommended.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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 IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 22 oz. glass bottle coated in red enamel, it's actually pretty striking. Pours out a rich hazed amber, tall chunky cream coloured head that settles to a thick cap. Lots of lacing.

Intense chewy malt up front on the nose, along with fresh hops, they certainly turned up the volume in the aroma for this one.

The flavour is bold as well, the hops seem to beat the malt to the punch first up, although the malt is thick and sweet and chewy, like oats and honey. The Crystal hops seem to steal most of the show throughout, with mild Cascade hops really shining through only on the finish. Dry spicy aftertaste, mingled with astringent hops.

The mouthfeel is gorgeous on this stuff, full, smooth and creamy, a bit sticky and oily on the finish.

I like this stuff better than the regular Dead Guy now, even with the extra octane they managed to keep things in control and give it all an extra boost of goodness. I'll have to save my paper route money for another $16 CAN bottle of this stuff!

Photo of Buebie
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up 2 of these bottles today, 1 to cellar and one to review now.
I will add a review of the cellard bottle after it gets some years on it.

Poured rigerously into an oversized merlot glass.
The bottle is faux ceramic, a 22 oz bomber with a dip coating.
Very appealing bottle, a 2008 version. Very out of character for Rogue to print the abv on the bottle.

Appearance on this is a nice golden transparent amberish orange.
Fluffy frothy 3 finger white head adorns my glass, with everlasting retention.
White webbed lace lines my glass. Poured on a humid day, the bottle and glass are sweating profusly.

Aromas of biscuit dough, pine and grapefruit, apples, clover honey.
The ale yeast provides some wonderful sweat fruity flavor and aroma. But as a dopplebock it still holds some of the dry finish character of a lager.

Taste and mouthfeel: Sweet creamy and rich upfront. Carbonation is thick and creamy, not overwhelming with no real bite to the tounge.
Sweet buttered caramel rolls, butterscotch, fruity hops with a dry mild bitter, some candi sugar or brown sugar?
Through the swallow it becomes dry and bitter hops burst along my tounge through the finish and linger with big pine flavor. Creating a thick woody overwhelming (in a good way) flavor, but still coming through is the sweet creamy flavor.

Great balance here, so many flavors that compliment each other very well. ABV is modest in flavor and smell not at all revealing its 9% to my senses.
Very good beer, thanks Rogue for finally bottling this. I've had it on tap, but for $6 in an 8 ounce glass. This is by far a better value at $11 for 22 ounces.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz bottle into a pint glass in three servings (cool bottle by the way). Pours a copper color with huge, thick head and a lot of lacing. I had to let it settle for a few minutes before drinking. Smeels mildly malty, with sweetness and citrus mixed it. The hops are noticable, but the 9% ABV is not. Moderate to heavy body with mild carbonation. Tastes malty and sweet, but not overly malty. Tastes somewhat smokey to me. It goes down smooth and is a very drinkable doppelbock. I enjoyed this.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML red, ceramic-like bottle with two skeletons purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield for $11.99...
Appearance: An aggressive pour yielded a deep, dark copper, tawny, ruddy hue with a massive foamy and frothy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Smell: Aroma was more subtle and non-assertive than expected... Definitely noticeable was a strong malt-backbone with hints of caramel and toffee...
Taste: Very different, especially for a doppelbock... Medicinal, with a powerful malt dominance... Hints of caramel, sugars, sweet, candied sugars, toffee, vanilla, and slight cotton candy abound... The depth is definitely there in terms of taste, which took a bonus hit due to the fact that the hefty 9% ABV struggled to be noticed behind a conglomeration of thick, robust flavors...
Thick-bodied, rich, creamy mouthfeel...
An interesting sample from Rogue... In my opinion, certainly not worth the price... More than anything your'e paying the extra dollar for the cool bottle...

Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,168 ratings.