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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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very good

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:
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 neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is being written from notes as I drank this beer at least a month ago now. Poured out of a bomber into my mug. This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber color. The white head is about 1/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with good lacing. Sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt, along with a bit of maple or homey, perhaps some dark fruit and a noticeable amount of hops. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet toasted caramel malt goodness immediately hit my palate along with a bit of spice and dark fruit before giving way to the hop flavor. Good balance of flavors here. The taste of alcohol does burn a bit. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way.


neenerzig, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark amber color with produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head that retained that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a huge maltiness with citrus hops, I guess they are not following the Dead Guy and making this in the Bock style

T - The taste of this beer further enforces that this is not Dead Guy x2, a sweet malty start that is followed by a mix of citrus hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was surprisingly light, and a moderate amount of carbonation, but this brew is smooth

D - This beer is a good example of American craftsmanship in beer, just don't expect Dead Guy +, and you'll be fine with this one

cvfish, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/8/08. Cool bottle! Pours a clear dirty orange with a thick light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of doughy bread and soda. Flavor of sweet malt, bread, light fruits (apple). Doesn't taste very hoppy like I would expect from an ASA, mostly it's just lots of malt. Alright though.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of FSUmac
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass....


Pours out a copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice lacing forms as well.


Very malty with some floral hops in the background. Sweetness on the nose.


Sweet maltiness, but not too sweet. Also some bready and caramel notes. The hops come in at the back and balance it out nicely. You can taste the alcohol, but it is hidden fairly well.


Slightly sticky, but still goes down quite smooth for a high gravity beer.

Overall, I like this beer. If you like Dead Guy Ale, you should definitely give this a try.

FSUmac, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Bagman007
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Clear copper coloring with a finger length head that lasts a couple minutes.

S- You can definitely smell some hops in this beer, but it is not an overpowering smell. Also smells a little sweet.

T- Hoppy, but not too hoppy. Kind of sweet. Definitely a very good taste, but nothing amazing.

M- Has a somewhat dry finish, but it is not too bad. Fairly smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Definitely can have several of these in one sitting.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing spectacular, but still a solid brew. Would definitely have it again.

Bagman007, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of BWH3
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The double dead guy is a dark copper ale topped by a finger and half of almost white head. The aroma is massive malt richness with bread and toast and a hint of melanoidin. The taste is similat but with a large dose of floral hops to temper the malt. Huge bodied doppelbock that is truly delicious, even more than the other dead guy.

BWH3, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good looking beer. Perfect sized two finger off white head forms and remains atop this beer. The beer itself is an orange/amber color with good clarity. Only the slightest of a haze exists. There is a light amount of visible carbonation.

The aroma was a little hoppier than I had expected. Some floral and citrus notes. A sense of sweetness as well.

Flavor is quite interesting. Some initial bitterness followed by some alcohol flavors. Then you get a moment of maltiness. After this onto some hop bitterness. Not too much. The aftertaste is laced with the remnants of the alcohol again. I hope this opens up a bit as it warms. Some nice malt flavors are starting to emerge as it warms, but the alcohol remains. ( a good 25 minutes has gone by and I still get a strong sense for the alcohol.. If this was too cold before, it's not now)

The mouth feel is quite full. Some fairly thick body here. The carbonation is slight and just right.

The drinkability is definitely effected by the presence of the alcohol. Obviously, you expect a bit of this at 9% abv, but I think the alcohol takes up too much of the flavor profile to make this wonderfully drinkable.

Reagan1984, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours a dark orange/amber with a decent head that settles to a swirl. Sweet and malty up front followed by a beautiful citrusy hoppiness featuring grapefruit peel as the predominant aroma. The taste is even better. The malty beginning transitions to a beautiful orange and grapefruit bitterness that really lasts. The mouthfeel is full, rich, and smooth. This is a very hearty and satisfying beer, especially on tap where it picks up a bit more smoothness.

Georgiabeer, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some honey & dark fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is bready up front from the yeast and a hearty malt character. Then there are some sweet flavors of caramel, honey, spice and some fruit. The hops presence is on the strong side for the style and provides a nice balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a long time. As the name implies, it's an amped up version of the regular Dead Guy Ale, even though I don't think it's quite as good as the original.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 21, 2008
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A strong pour gets nearly four fingers of light tan head that receeds in a couple of minutes leaving just a hint of consistant lace. Body is a glowing orange amber in color. Nose has hints of citrus based hops, sweet malt and some softly phelonic alchol spice. With first sip you get a even dose of richly balanced mineral based bitter hops. Malt joins in and gives just the right amount of balance without overtaking the hops. Mouthfeel is smooth rich and crisp with a bit of thickness. Hop bitterness does flash nicely at the end. Alchol is super well hidden for 9%. Very nicely drinkable brew.

SPLITGRIN, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of CHSLBrew
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml red bottle shared with a friend. Poured into pint glasses.

The Rogue website calls this a "Strong Ale," while it's called a dopplebock here (assuming it's the big brother of Dead Guy, this makes sense). I'll rate it based on a mix of the two.

A-Rather clear dark amber brew. Would have liked more clarity from the lagering. Tan head forms a finger or two with a vigorous pour, slowly reduces.

S-Some spiciness, but overwhelmingly the aroma is dank hops. Fresh and resiny, pungent. Under the hoppiness, some tones of brown bready maltiness are present, but subtle. More of an ale than a DB aroma profile.

T-Quite bitter, no? As with the aroma, a little bit of spicy, but a lot a bit of resiny and piney hoppiness. Really, it's almost grainy with hoppiness, both flavors and bitter characters. There are some malts in there, but they seemed to get lost in the commotion of the hops. Again, as a dopplebock, the flavor is out of character, but as a type of ale, the flavor seems more acceptable.

M-Medium carbonation, rough/grainy mouthfeel and a moderate body.

D-It's a higher alcohol brew, but it doesn't taste like it. It goes down pretty easily, though the hoppiness does get in the way of the smooth maltiness a dopplebock should have. Nonetheless, I think it's pretty enjoyable, surprisingly hoppy and bitter, and an enjoyable drink.

CHSLBrew, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Dead Guy Ale, and this one is even better. Pours clear ruby red with an off-white head. Delicious Munich and crystal malt in the aroma with a healthy helping of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Resin and pink grapefruit hops in the taste, with the tang of the crystal malt. It truly is an Imperial version of the Dead Guy.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

A - A deep amber color with good clarity and a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing too.

S - Sweet and syrupy with molasses and brown sugar.

T - Leads with a mildly sweet and malty tone and then transitions into a nice hop flavor and a firm bitterness. Quite a combination. The 9% alcohol is well hidden and the hop flavor lingers nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation and a thick, almost chewy consistency.

D - A nice, balanced beer. Maybe too easy to drink.

GJ40, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 11/9/08: Rogue Brewing Co.
Double Dead Guy 2008
Nice looking 750? red painted bottle 9% abv.

Appearance=Vigorous pour yields a 2 finger head. Looks like a DIPA or a strong ale rather than a doppelbock. Carbonation is intense. Good head retention. Beer is a deep red/orange color.

Smell= nothing intense. Smells of bread, sweet malt and hops.

Taste=good. Not really a doppelbock. Not hoppy really...good flavor though. Alcohol is really well hidden.

Mouthfeel= just fine, if anything i would say it was thin.

Drinkability= Not really a quaffer. A sipper fo sho. good beer, not what i was expecting though. I would not seek out again @ the price tag of $15 I think it was...

Grabbin2nd, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of Lukie
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As soon as this poured, I thought... this is not a Doppelbock. Poured out a hazy dark golden syrup colour, with a thick bushy off white head, which dropped into some nice lacing. It is not as clingy as the hoppier rogue beers.

Strong malt smell of honey and caramel, with some almonds and a little piney quality. The alcohol is evident in the smell.

A strong malty attack, with sweet honey and caramel. The piney quality from the hops comes in quite subtle at first, then leaves a lingering after taste.

This was nothing like what I expected, but by god its good. The alcohol is not evident on the taste at all, and that makes this one scary beer because it's so easy to drink!

Lukie, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of VOR
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impression was a nice lacey head.

The I gave it a sniff.
ok, so I used to work in a Horse farm back in the day and moved a lot of hay bales. This beer smelled like horse food, and it quickly earned the name horse food. Mind you I could smell the alcohol. but when horse food sits it begins to ferment too. Ok thats not fair, but this beer smells like a hay field while being harvested with a hint of alcohol.

I like Rogue, I really do, but I was not thrilled with this offering. The grainyness is extremely evident before even tasting.
Cant say I was suprised by the taste. It was not too strong tasting for 9% so that was nice, but the malts were MONSTER. reading the other reviews I learned the term rank malt. I still think horse food. There is a real molases flavor that I could not get past. but a bitterness came in after the alcohol nip.

doubling up the alcohol was not woth the effort to me and more of a gimmick than anything.

Some here might judge me, but I poured out 90% of the bottle.

for context:
This was the maybe 4th beer of the night with some DFH 90Min and a growler of City Steams Carpenter ale as our base line.

We had a DFH 120 Min break, went back to the base line, then double dead guy.

tonights recap...
Carpenter might be better than 90, but 90 is so drinkable!!! 120 let me down this time, but is still nice to try from time to time, but double dead guy?!?! never again. and I wont try tripple now either.

VOR, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clouded orange/copper color with a light tan head. Nose is sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. Taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a decent mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. A hyped up Dead Guy but I did not find it that much more impressive.

barleywinefiend, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded amber, copious carbonation, fluffy head. Looks great.

Smellin' it...lovely! hoppy and fresh! Pithy fruit and pine, citrus and tropical...nice!

Drinkin' it: Hops up front, then smooth and malty...alcohol undetected, but hinted at. Drink again...big, fat yeast, zesty hop, luscious malt...yum, yum...A little earthy, rich grain...but still bright and hoppy. Delicious.

Yup. Just damned delicious! Not sure why it's called a "doppelbock" here, nothing like one...more of a beefy, unfiltered hoppy lager...I think.

but damned good!

feloniousmonk, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a solid orangish-brown in color with little floaties all over the place and a nice, lacing head.

Smell - This has a very rich, almost barley wine aroma with a light herbal hop compliment. It's the malts though that carry this nose. They are very deep and dripping with booze.

Taste - The winey malts came out huge at the taste. Even cold it's a slow drinker. It has a large dose of rank malt, vodka, and a little spice. The hop flavor itself is somewhat hidden, but the bitterness is massive especially at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer, much more than medium-bodied if not quite full, with as I said some slammin' bitterness throughout but intense at the end. The 9% ABV is brutal in the throat and way too boozy for the style.

Drinkability - Bocks are supposed to be real session beers and DBs less so but still quite quaffable, so in this sense the beer is a failure. It's way too thick and boozy to throw back but lacks the complexity of other quality "big beers". Diehard dead guys might buy into the packaging hype but this was a disappointment. The awesome drinkability of the DGA is lost on its big brother. But hell, it's 9% so I'm drinkin' it!

RoyalT, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy copper-orange. Creamy pure white head. Big thick frosty lace on the sides. Clear but also hazy.

The smell is bready English ale malt. Tangy dark berries/fruits. Grape. FLoral and citrusy hops buried beneath. Dark sgars and dark barley. Really something else. Brandy as well as hints of mocha.

The taste is a major blast of alcohol. Roasted barley malts. Hops spicier in the taste than in the aroma. Raisins and leather. Dark flavors; lacquer-like. Rich and heavy. Barleywine-ish.

Oily and thick on the tongue. Chewy but not a choker. Has the strength of a barleywine. Severe. A sipper, but a good one. Strong and challenging. Very good, but will be hard to repeat.

williamherbert, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of jjanega08
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= a little darker amber color with a decent head that leaves quicly but leaves nice lacing as the beer warms
S= yeasty and doughy at first. Malty too! Wow lotta malt sweetness in the smell
T= malty to the max. The doughy flavor is awesome. Great flavor through and through.
M= smoother than the average dead guy. Creamy too
D= very high. I'm scared of the high abv though...great brew

jjanega08, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of burnstar
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a big persistent white head. Smell is sweet and malty with some fruit notes. Pears. Taste has a nice very carmelly sweetness. Bitterness in the middle and through the finish provides some balance. Some hoppy herbalness in the finish also and a little warming alcohol. Nice but not particularly distinct or memorable. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

burnstar, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange, light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very malty, light caramel and biscuity notes. Has more in common with a strong ale than a dopplebock. Starts out sweet with sugar cane and caramel, but a heavy bitter undertone overtakes, somewhat piney but not overly so like an IPA.

An interesting brew, but the price likely will keep me from buying this again.

saintwarrick, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super-creamy head made of all sizes of bubble, leaving rings of lace as it slowly drops to a thinner quarter-inch layer. Color is a rusty reddish-brown. Head retention is excellent, never leaving the entire time.

Aroma is candy-like, gooey-sweet, malty, hoppy, and just the slightest hint of alcohol. Reminds me of Stone's Bastard brothers. And that's a good thing.

Malt sweetness hits first in the flavor, delivered in the form of caramel, toffee, nougat, honey and butter-rum/butterscotch candies. The Cascade hops are obvious too, once they make their way through the mounds of malt (can't say I know enough about Crystal hops to comment on those). Malt, hops, some cake batter and just a hint of alcohol mingle in the wonderful finish. Bitterness and sweetness are largely present but never out of control. This covers all manner of beer styles, reminding here of the malty, robust characteristics of a Scotch ale; reminding there of the earthy, easy-drinking appeal of an all-malt lager. Does it remind of Dead Guy, from which it was born? Yeah, kind of...but this beer is far more complex, more delicious, just more more more...

Should I be surprised the mouthfeel leans toward the thinner side and has a softness about it? Probably not, as that's what a lot of Rogue beers feel like to me. Sometimes it's a detriment, but here it actually works. The gooey sweetness of the flavor is big enough--a super-thick texture to match just might've gotten to be too much.

Double Dead Guy basically says "to hell with styles." And if a style must placed on it, it seems more like an American Strong Ale than anything. (Maybe I should check the Rogue site for the official word on this.) No matter, it's my kind of beer, and a damn fine way to spend a Friday evening inside on a chilly evening. The gorgeous red bottle sits staring at me, taunting "why the hell did you buy only one, eh?" Glad it's a big one.

Metalmonk, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a hazy brownish/red color, reminded me a little bit of apple cider. Huge head of thick off-white foam and pleanty of sticky lacing left behind. Looked just about perfect to me!

A - Malty as hell! Slight hints of caramel, apple and pear.

T - Malty with a very slight sweetness up front followed by a good amount of hop bitterness (grapefruit/pine) in the finish.

MF&D - Perfectly balanced and complex. This ale had a nice sticky mouthfeel and at 9%ABV it was extremely drinkable. My only complaints are this ale should not be billed as a Doppelbock, its clearly a Double/Imperial IPA, and at $12 a bomber its a little pricey to get hooked on.

nasty15108, Dec 05, 2008
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,143 ratings.