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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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1,143 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,143
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 80
Gots: 93 | 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 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
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.


JohnGalt1, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
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).

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of tonistruth
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)

tonistruth, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

OWSLEY069, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
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.

wagenvolks, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of ski271
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.

ski271, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Derek
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."

Derek, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Kendo
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. . . .

Kendo, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of ewright
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.

ewright, Apr 10, 2008
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.