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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: 106 | 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 yemenmocha
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not a dopplebock. The brewery even says it is a strong ale.

Anyway, pour is a hazy dark amber color with tan head. Nose has overripe melon aromas with some malt extract like components that reminds me of the extract I always used in homebrewing - big caramel.

Palate is quite alcoholic/hot, even at cold temperatures. There is a notable toffee malt flavor with big hops to balance, but it is nothing in the league of a doppelbock. It is a freak and needs a new name.

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

Consumed 04/30/09 from a bottle labeled "2008" and purchased just before Christmas. Refrigerated at 49 degrees F since purchase. Served at the same temperature.

Wow, this is a carbonated beer! I got a five finger head of very light biege froth in the pilsener glass! Creamy head. The bubbles actually sparkle in the light. Cool. The beer is a very clear deep honey color with lots of bubbles rising throughout. Good looking beer!

The aroma is a touch boozy. Slightly bready with candied sugar notes.

The beer is a little thick as it enters the mouth and slides over the tongue, but I'm stopping just short of calling it syrupy. Well carbonated.

Flavors... starts sweet with a pleasing mineral component. Hot, nearly barleywine levels of sugary malt. THIS close to overdone. Piny, resiny hops on the finish, leading to a very strong bitterness after swallowing that helps cut the sweetness. Warming in the stomach. Rogue says this tastes like peanut brittle? Really? It's a stretch...

Not sure I could drink this often, as it is a standalone solo bomber. Just fine for tonight, though.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with a beautiful firelight glow when backlit with bright sunshine. The massive crown is pale orange-ecru in color and displays the usual Rogue quality. These guys have head and lace nailed. Speaking of which, the glass is beginning to be coated with gorgeous sheets of honeycomb-like decoration.

Even though Dead Guy is a maibock, Double Dead Guy isn't a doppelbock. According to the brewery, it's a strong ale. Who ever heard of a doppelbock that uses Cascade hops (and Crystal hops according to my bottle) and has 60 IBUs? Unfortunately, the nose isn't that compelling. It's lightly toasted and a trifle fruity, with no appreciable alcohol.

There's plenty of Munich malt in the brewhouse, along with pale and C-15, which is a lightly roasted variety. I'll go along with Rogue's flavor description of peanut brittle since it seems to be right on the money. Toasted cereal grains, English toffee and a certain earthiness are present as well.

Double Dead Guy Ale is in the ballpark of sweet-bitter balanced, with the accent on bitter. It's also pretty close to malt-hop flavor balanced, with the clear accent on hop flavor. It sure doesn't taste like any damn doppelbock to me. Grapefruit, orange peel and spruce dominate, even more so on the lingering finish. In the end, there's more than enough hoppiness to win the day (and this is a 2008 vintage). Don't... age... this... beer.

As the liquid falls with drinking, the incredible array of lace gives me no choice but to bump the appearance score. I was leaning in that direction anyway. In addition to being masters of foam, these brewers are masters of mouthfeel. DDGA is on the light side for the ABV and the style, but is so glassy smooth and luxurious that the above score is an easy call.

This has to be one of the all-time great bottles. The contents aren't quite as spectacular, but Double Dead Guy is well worth a purchase if you like big, hoppy, creamy beer. Say what you will about their prices, Rogue almost always delivers the goods.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a good 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big grain with some roasted malt and bread. Some nice caramel malt notes here as well.

The taste is malty sweet in spades! Big bread and light roasted malts add to the flavour nicely. Pretty big warming durin and after the swallow but it's a very tasty brew.

The mouthfeel and carbonation....medium and silky smooth.

Drinkability? The big bottle and ample abv say this is a one of at a sitting but it's certainly not at all hard to drink. I like!

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double dead guy from a red painted bomber. The brew pours a clear amber color with a lively, and quite stick, head. Very attractive. The nose tickles the senses with sweet caramel, dark fruit, raisins, and a hint of citrus and pine hops.

This beer is jumble of sweet and bitter. The sugar caramel maltiness is dominate in the beginning, especially as the beer warms. Straight bitterness, which was lurking in the background while the malt was on stage, dominates the center and finish of the this brew. The alcohol warms the chest during exit, signaling the gravity of this brew.

All in all, not bad. Definitely balanced, but not necessarily complex. This brew is barleywinesque, but lacks real depth. Worth a shot if you enjoy malt, hops, or both.

Photo of HopHedz
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taste of this beer from a bomber that my friend picked up.
Being a huge hop-head i didn't feel that this beer would live up to my standards, even though its not "hoppy" didn't sway my tastebuds though.
This is one helluva smooth big and boozey brew. IT surprised my taste bud's with a great malty profile and i found myself begging my friend for a little more. All i can say about this brew is WOW. Good job Rogue, keep up the great brewing!

Photo of SykDoc
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It pours a nice amber/copper color with carbonation noticeable and no sediment. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces to a mild lacing.

My initial thoughts on the aroma were that it is strong on the yeasty/bready components but there is a solid caramel malt sweetness in the background. Unfortunately weak for a strong beer.

The taste brings out a lot more of the caramel malt sweetness, with some lesser notes of bread and a unique and pleasant bitterness from the hops which lingers. The taste is quite impressive to me and a nice blend without being overly complex.

The mouthfeel demonstrates a medium bodied beer with a nice crispness from the carbonation. It is still quite smooth and leaves a very nice bitter/dry aftertaste on the tongue and upper palate.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I think it is very drinkable and it is a telling sign when my wife also enjoys it and wants more. You have to pace yourself because of the ABV and how easy it is to drink. Either way, this is very drinkable and very good.

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!

Photo of SeattleAdam
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of RedDiamond
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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.

Photo of mempath
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of horshack7
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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

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.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of murphyzd
4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
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!

Photo of kbnooshay
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of champ103
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of aaronhanson
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Fatduck
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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