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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
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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 Sticket
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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
4.33/5  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 -4.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.83/5  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 +0.8%
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 +4.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
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
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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...

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of Zippie9999
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

Photo of rodrot
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of toolbrew
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of shroompod
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of BretSikkink
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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