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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

1,136 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,136
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 78
Gots: 91 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
7 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich and C15.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond

(Beer added by: mnapier on 02-17-2008)
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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a damn fine brew. this was the 2008 vintage from a bomber.

poured beautifully into the glass with an inch and a half of head. head settled to a light film in the center and a bit of froth around the edges.

smell is of light roasted malt with a hop twinge. the taste was egg so lent! a little easter lingo... yum. i let this beer age in the fridge to age and settle for about 30 days. now i wish i got two of them!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of SeattleAdam
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at a local shop intrigued by the red painted bottle. I have had Dead Guy on many occasions and have always regarded it as a great beer. A session beer, if you will.

This Double, however, is not a session. It's quite big and boozy and...great.

A- Dark amber. Head is big and fluffy! The lace lines the glass after each sip. The retention is amazing and will accompany you as long as you need to enjoy the entire glass.

S- Floral and boozy.

T- American strong ale with fruits in the beginning and a warm tingly...dry finish. Spirit-like.

M- This beer does not lack body at all. Carbonated just right. Just like the taste, it's quite warm.

D- Careful. This beer tastes so good that the 9% ABV creeps on you! Very easy on the tastebuds but not something you wanna drink fast in high quanity.

Notes: Dead Guy is a great beer to bring to a BBQ and establish yourself above the Coors Light drinkers....Double Dead Guy is something to enjoy slow and sit inside and really....feel. If that's the right word. Great after dinner beer to be enjoyed at night time with a good movie and a good woman who knows good beer.

Good. Good. Good. Kudos Rogue!

SeattleAdam, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of RedDiamond
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's tempting to think of Double Dead Guy as an imperial version of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, a quasi-maibock known for it iconic skeleton sitting contemplatively on a beer cask. The two beers actually share little in common materially aside from their use of Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast strain.

Of the two, the Double Dead Guy (Dead Guys?) holds my attention more fully for its distended fruity nose ripe with barleywine-like sweetness. The lace lingers, the deep amber body lifts precious few bubbles, the head is a carpet of buoyant dust. Double Dead doesn't express heavy bitterness, but is augmented with a rapturous malt quirkiness that bespeaks of a marbled ambrosia. A delayed bittering arrives as a final coup de grâce.

Engaging, peculiar, and repeatable.

RedDiamond, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up locally with an assortment of other Rogue ales.

Poured into a darkish amber color with plenty of sticky white head. You can smell a bit of the yeast, but there is also an underlying sweetness to it. The taste is of a medium malt, with some bitterness and minor sweetness. Overall feel is somewhat thick. Possibly something with some food, but I probably wouldn't want to drink several in an evening.

Seanstoppable, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! Well that pretty much sums it up, ok then goodnight.

A: The presentation of the bottle is very interesting. The whole thing has been painted red except for the very top. Why stop there, was the cost that much more to paint that extra 1/4 inch. Other than that the 2 dead guys on it are fantastic. Oh yeah the beer. Pours a dark amber color with a bubbly off white head. It leaves a fantastic ring on the glass with each pull. Unbelievable separation between each ring. Good carbonation seen and no impurities. The only reason this didn't get a 5 is because I question the motives behind the bottle.

S: Very sweet malt, almost maple like. I wish I had more to say about it, but its really good, but simple.

T: Not as simple as the scent, but still basic. Starts off with a sugar kick to the tastebuds, but mellows off to allow the malts to bitter it up a little. Makes a great balanced taste.

M: Smooottthhh! Medium/full bodied. Carbonation doing the mamba. It's quite enjoyable.

D: Don't drink them fast because you won't enjoy them as much. Not because its complicated, but because it is that good. To many of these though and you won't be drinking much else for the night.

bilyboy65, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of mempath
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright, deep orange with a killer head leaving nice lacing...smells of caramel yeastiness, a sour-sweetness...nice balance.

taste is both quite sweet AND bitter...again, nice balance...not sure if this is dry-hopped, but seems like it is...the sweetness is sudden and shrouded over by the lingering bitterness (much like the smuttynose...!). doesn't seem like a 9% ABV.

mouthfeel is thick, moderate carbonation. actually pretty drinkable in a suicidal session sort of way...but one bomber ought to be enough to get a sense and appreciation for this superb bottling. and bottle.

mempath, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of horshack7
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: From a 2008 750ml pours a clear orange copper color. With a fairly thick that looks like frothed milk only foamier.

Aroma: A bit of a sweetness at the start a little bit like maple syrup with mild hints of caramel. Light floral hoppiness and slight fruitiness.

Taste: An intersting sweetness to it with nifty hints of hoppiness. A little bit of bready texture yet still smooth it's quite nice.

Notes: This is another winner from rogue. I like the sweetness from this one. A tasty beer all around. Cheers

horshack7, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of msolar
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty good beer if not a complex one. It had a strong fruity/floral flavor up front with a moderately hoppy finish.

Good beer but I wouldn't consider it the most drinkable beer. I prefer their stouts more than this. I'm glad I tried The Double Dead Guy, but I wouldn't buy a keg of it.

msolar, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got an '08 of this at Legacy Liquor in Burbank.

A: Clear reds, browns, and oranges with hues of yellow around the edges. Thick, creamy off-white head that lasts and sticks heavily to the glass.

N: Dark plums, raisins, and nuts. Caramel malt and a touch of floral hops in the background.

T: Plums, raisins, toasty caramel malt, and a hint of walnuts at first, followed by dry tea leaves and a grassy grapefruit bitterness. Caramel malt, tea, and grassy hops linger into the aftertaste. I cannot taste alcohol at all, but I can definitely feel it.

M: Medium bodied (a bit sticky) and well carbonated with a semi-dry finish.

D: Overall, a pretty decent beer. The tea flavor is kind of off-putting, and the alcohol gets you buzzed pretty quickly, which limits the drinkability.

KevinBrewer, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2008 bottle.

A - Pours Deep darkish copper, murky, small off white head leaves to ring. Some clingy lacing.

S - Deep malt with a faint hop smell

T - Massive malt affront with a hop response that can't compete.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb and see taste for balance.

D - I couldn't do much of this, as much as I like it.

srandycarter, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper orange from the bottle into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass. Perfect clarity. Nice two fingered head of light tan dense foam. Moderate lacing on walls of the glass, but head is relatively short lived.

Aroma of sweet roasted malt and hints of citrus, with some burnt sugar.

Flavor is a blend of sugary malt, alcohol and bitter hop notes. The mouthfeel is very luxurious, almost velvety. Full and rich with a thick coating on your tongue which lasts until the bitterness finally makes you suck it away.

I like this style of doppelbock although I feel the flavor is a little one-dimensional. I wish there was just a little bit more fresh hop citrus flavor to go with the bitterness so that it would help to balance this ale which is so full in mouthfeel.

ABOWMan, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of murphyzd
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep, almost orange copper and produces and moderate head.
The smell is appealing and hints at the citrus and mineral/herbal undertones. As for taste, I love bitter hopes, the more the better! This Beer hits your mouth hard with a pleasantly complexed smooth sweethness. I sense hints of chocolate smokey undertones below the noticeable citrus profile.
This is a limited release. Hopefully they will come out with it again, I agree with some of the other reviewers...with a bit more age, this will be an even more delightful brew!

murphyzd, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber orange color with light carbonation. The thick and creamy head was creme colored. Awesome lacing. Aroma was doughy and hoppy. The flavor is also of doughy malts and hops. Flavor is kinda earthy. Feel is tingly but moderate.

I know the regular dead guy is a helles Bock and this is a double version that but this isn't your typical doppelbock.

This is interesting. I like dead guy and this is a big dead guy. Not amazing but im glad i tried it.

kbnooshay, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear orange/copper color. A small head forms with light lace.
S: Dark fruits and sweet malt. A hop bitterness as well. Plenty of alcohol in the nose.
T: Sweet and sour malty flavors. A sugary sweetness. Some fruitiness. Plenty of hop bitterness, and alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and medium carbonation. A sharp alcohol burn makes this hard for me to drink.

I am not a fan of this beer. Its hard for me to describe, and does not seem to fit the style IMO. Something I would not recommend over so many other great Dopplebocks.

champ103, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of aaronhanson
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orangeish tan with almost two inches of head

S - Mild smell, not offensive but not appetizing either

T - A bit sour and very bitter

M - Sharp on the tongue, you can tell there's a lot of alcohol in this beer.

D - A bit harsh because of all the alcohol, but pretty good. Not worth the price though.

aaronhanson, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper, near orange. 1/2 finger head. Moderate lacing.

Nose is a little lighter than expected, but there is a lot to suggest the hops to come - with slight notes of sour apple.

Very bright on the hit, with the bitters coming through almost immediately. Slightly burnt, slightly syrupy finish.

beer2day, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of mwilbur
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle (2008) into pilsner glass.
A: Pours a clear pale orange with high carbonation producing a moderate 1 inch white head.
S: Strong herbal hops with some mineral and citrus notes.
T: Bitter herbal hops with some background citrus sweetness.
M: Strong bitter hop...sharp feel. There is background smooth sweetness. Interesting contrast here.
D: If you like strong bitter herbal hops, this is your beer. ABV is well hidden. However, the next one of these I get I'll cellar for a bit to let it soften. I think it'll be better in a year or so.

mwilbur, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Fatduck
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml 2008 bottle.

Pours a hazy orange with a big ass fluffy head. Smell bursts from the bottle, sweet, real sweet, with a herbal hop scent.

Taste is pretty mild for a 750 from rogue, sweet underlying malt taste, lots of caramel, and again a nice blast of some clean herbal hops.

The bottle claims 75 IBU, it must be diminished by age, this one is barely bitter and sweet, but its a good balance, I remember liking this one last time I tried it, but this time It's really blowing me away.

A must try for anyone who likes rogue.

Fatduck, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of SickBrew
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one the other night with some friends. Pours a hazy golden yellow into my 6 oz tasting cup with a heavy amount of white head considering the cup size. Nose is hoppy, fruity like pine and grapefruit with hints of malts backing things up. Taste is more malty that suggested by the nose but the hops are still out front. Overall flavor is nice but it is just a bit earthy. Body is medium are carb level is medium as well. This is a really good brew from a great brewer.

SickBrew, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a handsome red magnum marked 2008 into my Sam Adams glass (thanks guys). Light clear amber color with a decent amount of precipitating carbonation. Surprising clarity. One finger of light tan head that fades at a moderate pace leaving behind bits of sticky lace. Nose of piney hops and buttery caramel hops. In the mouth, there's a somewhat surprising tea-like favor along with an obvious citrus and pine hops bite. Clean sweet malt with a bit of butterscotch. Somewhat astringent. Finishes on a crisp piney note. Mouthfeel is middle of the road with light to middle viscosity. 9% ABV is hinted at but is well masked. Easy on the palate with crisp carbonation complementing the hops but smooth and malty as well. Drinkability is quite good.

Is this a doppelbock? An Imperial Brown Ale? Or just a double Dead Guy ale? Whatever it is, it's good, though not fantastic. Nice hops-malt balance though a bit astringent in the summation. Another solid offering from Rogue, and definitely worth a try.

jettjon, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of jpalarchio
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a nice fluffy head and pretty good lacing.

Smell is very pine like, taste seems to be very woody and heavy on the malts.

Fairly drinkable but one is enough.

Not a bad brew, I think $10 was a good price compared to what I saw it for elsewhere but doesn't seem like the greatest value at that price.

jpalarchio, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

of course the first thing you notice is the awesome bottle...after that, it pours a nice deep amber color, and formed a 4 finger head for me, and still had a one finger head by time i finished, it was pretty white, and rocky, and pretty thick. Pretty sweet taste to it, and it finishes a bit more bitter then i would normally prefer, but its not off putting for me. I can also taste the alcohol in the end, but its not TOO overbearing. I still prefer the Dead Guy Ale to this, for the less bitter taste and DEFINITELY for the price, i wouldnt buy again, not because its a bad brew, but because its not worth the money to me....but of course i would drink it if it was given to me... :)

webbcreative, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of nixhecks
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Right off the bat, I have to say this beer is nothing like any dopplebock I have ever had, yet at the same time I have never felt that the regular Dead Guy Ale ever fit into a "category" either. To compare/review this as a dopplebock is certain to bring about misconceptions. That said...

The way I feel about this beer is that it is very accurately titled as a Double Dead Guy. I found myself thinking that this beer tasted, smelled, and yada yada like a concentrated Dead Guy - thus, double Dead Guy.

Had a standard pour - nice head, medium carbonation that subsided after a few minutes. Cloudy and dark tan in color.

Smell was dominated by a malty, "box of raisins" aroma - I couldn't pick up any real hoppiness.

Taste - Like i said, I've never been a huge fan of Rogue's Dead guy, but I have drank a lot of 'em and, to me, this really tasted like a big Dead Guy...Hardly any hops, yet there is still enough bitterness to carry your tastebuds out of a malt infested warzone and into safety...I wouldn't call it balanced but I wouldn't say it is out-of-wack either.

Mouthfeel - perfect...carbonation and body are both suitable for a Double Dead Guy, as well as for any brew that claims to have any similarities .

Drinkabiliy - One is plenty, at least for me. Supplement this brew with others of similar quality and characteristic - if you like to slam down Dead Guy Ale, then you will love to sip away at this one

nixhecks, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of HugoGrim
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bomber into an Imperial pint. The head is exceptional, fluffy, bubbly, thick, and lacy.

The aroma is heavenly. Thick, sweet, robust malts meld with a hops that are perfectly balanced. Nothing over the top here.

The flavor seems to make up for the intense hops lacking from the aroma. An assault of spiced, bitter, piny hops wash over the tongue.

HugoGrim, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of RodBurg
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a huge, fluffy, cream-colored head. Excellent lacing with each sip.

The smell is a little weak. The first thing I notice is the floral hops. After a few more whiffs I can make out some citrus and caramel malt.

Really solid flavor. Nothing over-the-top or insanely complex, just a really solid and tasty balance of toffee/caramel malt and floral hop flavors. The 9% ABV isn't noticeable at all. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

Very good offering from Rogue. I enjoyed.

RodBurg, Feb 01, 2009
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,136 ratings.