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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 84
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 brantadid
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

brantadid, Sep 14, 2008
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!

jwc215, Sep 13, 2008
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.

SiriusAth, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

glid02, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

IronDjinn, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Buebie
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Buebie, Sep 11, 2008
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.

mtbbaboon, Sep 09, 2008
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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...

dsa7783, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml red painted bottle into Scandanavian mug. Dated 2008.

Clear honey amber hue with a very thick two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Thick and frothy, and leaves behind solid lacing in its place. Rings of lacing along the glass as the beer descends.

Lightly toasted grains in the aroma, along with a little bit of caramel.

The malts have a little bit of a dry toasty flavor, that gets wiped away by a slightly bitter hoppiness. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is a little bit of lingering hops.

It's hard to say much about this one, except maybe that it's a slightly stronger Dead Guy Ale. It's certainly not a doppelbock in the traditional sence, as it's less malty and sweet. Plus, it's brewed with an Ale yeast (Pacman) like Deadguy is. Maybe it's lagered? I don't know. It's hard to call an Ale a Lager when it's crossing one of the more fundamentel boundaries of beer (top vs. bottom fermented). Either way, it's decent, but not the most enjoyable beer I've ever had. This one's open for interpretation.

BeerSox, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Zippie9999
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Loved the red 22oz. glass bottle w/skull and cross bones on the label. Hail to satan (LOL!)
Just revisited this beer after having the original version at least 10 years ago. ( I'm sorry for letting this brewery lose my attention. Damn ADD, LOL!) Poured a nice orange color w/ a minimal beige head that left a moderate lacing on my glass. Poured into a chouffe houblon goblet "borrowed" from Eli Cannon's in Middletown CT.
S: Some citrus, some fruit, a slight after thought of biscuit due to this being a possible doppelbock. Gives Thomas Hooker a run for its money.
T: Nice citrus, fruit taste up front. As the beer warms, it seems to mellow a bit and the hops take precedence. Overall, a great beer that does a great job hiding the ABV, which is listed at 9% on the label.
M: Creamy, oily, what I expected in a beer with this ABV%
D: Nice beginning, middle, and finish. I recommend picking up a 22oz., throwing it in your freezer for 20-30 min (if bought at room temperature) like I did. Drink the first part of the "bomber" at freezer temp and then allow it to warm. It truly gives the full spectrum of the beer's potential. FYI: I do the same with ommegang's three philosophers and unibroue cheque chose? Not sure if I got the spelling right. It's unibroue's low carbonation cherry beer (I'm too lazy to check the spelling)

Zippie9999, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of rodrot
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.

rodrot, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
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.

toolbrew, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of shroompod
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.

shroompod, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
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.

pinotboy007, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of Redwood21
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

Redwood21, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
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.

BretSikkink, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
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.

BigJTrucker, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of madtappers
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

madtappers, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
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.

kirok1999, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of lightindarkness
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.

lightindarkness, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of daledeee
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.

daledeee, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of froghop
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.

froghop, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of deltatauhobbit
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.

deltatauhobbit, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
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.

swizzlenuts, Aug 20, 2008
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.