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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

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very good

1,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 1073
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%

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 smcolw


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lighter (copper) than expected and very clear. Rocky head that leaves foam, ring lace on each sip.

Sweet and fruity esters; light hop nose.

Some pineapple flavor; Fruit punch flavor cut by a dry bittering hop. Light alcohol warmth in the background. Not over the top like some double bocks. Superb balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 19:04:01 | More by smcolw
Photo of Halcyondays


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium orange-red with a small off-white head, with thick concentric rings of lace.

S: Had a tough time finding the scent, I expect it to be more robust in a high gravity beer. I get a general malt-centered nose, with caramel and dried fruit.

T: Big malty flavour, with an interesting fruit character which is quite similar to strawberries on the first taste. Solid flavour, tastes more like a red ale than a Doppel though.

M: The 9% is nowhere to be found, it really drinks like a 5% beer, so be careful with this one. Cleanness from the Pacman yeast is there as well, off-dry finish.

D: A good beer from Rogue, certainly gets more interesting as it warms up. I could drink it again, but I'm not going to pay $12 for a bottle, if it was a $4 bomber OK.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 20:35:01 | More by Halcyondays
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 00:37:11 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received a fresh bottle for Christmas and shared it shortly thereafter with friends. While this beer was tasty, I'd like to see how this beer tastes in a year or two. The flavor is a nice mix of raisin and fig fruit notes with a hoppy citrus hit, but it's fairly simple for such a big beer. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick (but not too syrupy). And if this brew had more depth, it'd be a fantastic dessert or late-night beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 03:32:57 | More by tempest
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer. great looking, bright red bottle. Pours clear medium honey amber, short lived medium tan head, that leaves better then average amounts of sticky lace. Nose is all about the malt, bready, sweet and enticing. A few slurps here reveals a quite over the top malty brew, peppery alcohol lingering in the rear. Strong and flavorful, bready/toasty malt continues with the theme.. Nothing spectacular as far as I can tell going on, however as a lover of "double" whatever style you have, this one is one I would buy and enjoy over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 19:37:06 | More by Billolick
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to tburkhart and jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale glass a very nice slight haze golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacingin left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet/honey, malty, with some caramel. Medium body, you would not know this was a 9% ABV brew, very well hidden. Drinkable, another very nice/tasty brew from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 22:04:22 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick foamy beige head. Very roasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel and hops. Flavor very similar with lots of roasted coffee bean, chocolate malt, toffee and a dry bitter hop finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 17:32:22 | More by corby112
Photo of woodychandler


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

Transcribed from undated notes.

Pour resulted in a huge, off-tan head with outstanding retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had the standard Rogue yeastiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit more hoppiness than standard Dead Guy. Finish had a slightly honey-ike sweetness to offset the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 19:59:02 | More by woodychandler
Photo of stakem


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 5/22/10.

Double Dead Guy, the easily identifiable red 750ml bottle that catches your attention no matter how hard you try to ignore it. Poured into a snifter, it appears a hazed orange amber color with a finger of slightly yellow stained creamy head that receeds slowly leaving patches of lace about the glass. Aroma is sweet malt almost candy-like with a touch of hops that are both citrusy and herbal. Alcohol comes through just a bit in the scent as well. Taste is bitter with a faint malty grain sweetness that gets a little spicey towards the finish as the 9% alcohol comes through. There is a lingering flavor left from the alcohol that elevates the flavor of the hops without getting out of control with the bitterness. Light feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall pretty decent but was expecting a bit more out of the double aspect. I enjoyed the aroma of this brew more than the taste which is unfortunate. Not being a big fan of the normal dead guy ale, this one is a little better but still not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 16:37:34 | More by stakem
Photo of DoubleJ


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm indifferent about Dead Guy Ale, so why would I go for the 2X version? On-tap at Slater's 50/50, on to the beer:

Nearly crimson colored with a smidge of orange. There's very little head on top, but that little thin layer stays nearly all the way to the end. Freckle-like lacing sticks to the glass. The nose doesn't provide as much power as anticipate, but there's something. Passionfruit cut with earth? Maybe the intesnity is all in the taste.

This beer grew on me. Burnt sugar and sap hit, then comes a heathly sprinkle of hop pedals, delievering a passionfruit note. Licks of honeydew arrive to the scene. For a moment, I thought that I had a different beer in my hand because 1) it didn't taste resemblant like Dead Guy Ale, and 2) it's not as intense or alcoholic like a typical 9% ABV beer would be. It's surprisingly easy to dirnk all the way through.

What a surprise for me. I was expecting a boozy, thick mess, but got one fo the bettter Rogue's that I've tasted. Normally a $7 draught pint would be viewed as expensive, but when 22 ounce bottles are going for over $10 at retail stores, it doesn't look so bad.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2010 01:06:23 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Kegatron


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany colored amber with a finger width of creamy off-white head. The retention is very impressive, barely shrinking down from it's original size and leaving just massive rings of lace that completly coats the glass. The aroma is sweet carmel malts mixed with some citrus notes and a waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a bitter piney hoppiness and citrus notes that lasts pretty much through the entire sip. That is backed by a sweet, heavy backbone of caramel and toffee malts. The finish is a mix of both elements with hints of sticky hops and sweetness lingering on the palette. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice full carbonated feel to it. The 9.5% ABV is present but doesn't distract from the flavor, instead adding some beef and a nice sense of warmth to the overall feel.

I liked this. It truelly is a double Dead Guy ale, maintaining the sweet flavors and hoppiness of the original, while successfully adding a bigger and badder feel with the jacked up ABV. Actually, even with the higher alcohol element, I still found this to be a highly drinkable affair and one that I would return to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2008 17:41:01 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's nothing dead looking about Double Dead Guy Ale. Its colour is lustrous and avid and its head very much alive and well. Brilliant clarity and bright tawny shine make for a handsome looking beer that entices more than it intimidates. As for the foam, none of it sticks to the glass but the better part of it at least sticks over the surface.

One of the great things about brewing is that it gives options instead of rules. Rogue took great liberties by heavily hopping their Dead Guy Ale recipe (not typical of the bock style) and, true to its name and Rogue's track-record, they've doubly hopped Double Dead Guy to make something rather unique from a style that is rather traditional. Pine resins abound.

So too, however, do alcohol vapors. Bocks are inherently stronger than normal beers; a "double" (not to be confused with "doppel") bock therefore stands to be a little hot. That was certainly my impression of DDGA the first time I had it. This go around, however, despite the generous presence of alcohol, the beer comes across far more balanced...

Initially, at least. Some of the malts' chewy toastiness fades with warmth, but despite a few unwelcome esters here and there, most of the caramelly, biscuity maltiness perseveres. So, too, do the resinous, pine serum drenched hops and the occasional flash of grapefruit or pineapple. That taste of citric, sugary fruits compliments the wafer-like malt backdrop.

The hops have a kind of juniper-like flavour to them that, combined with the alcohol, is almost gin-like. The beer is easily, enjoyably drinkable although a 750ml bottle will cloud the head, make no mistake. For those who like Rogue products (and who doesn't?) there's no reason to hesitate dropping the money down for this quintessentially Rogue ale.

Dead Guy Ale is where the marriage of hop and malt is consummated in holy matrimony; Double Dead Guy Ale is where the two experiment with wild, kinky sex. While it offers very much the same experience as regular Dead Guy - a smooth, simultaneously malty-hoppy ale - it does provide a little extra "oomph" that'll put the zowsers in your trousers.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:02:09 | More by biegaman
Photo of weeare138


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent with some steady streams of carbon dioxide rising to the top of the mild white cap. The head quickly fades into a gentle floating pad and collar. Spotty streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy bread, clean citrus, caramel, vanilla, and nougat.
Taste is of the same aromas with vanilla beans and cream coming to the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with sugar cookies lingering. Tingly finish with the CO2 but overall, nicely balanced.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 19:18:33 | More by weeare138
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Max's the other day. I like the regular Dead Guy just fine, so figued I'd like this as well...

The beer pours a rich amber color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malty fruit flavors. On the palate I'm just not in love with this beer. It's very sweet and malty, with kind of an unpleasant bitter edge to the finish. This makes the beer very heavy and tiring to drink, and frankly I could barely finish the one glass. The abv. is not overly obtrusive or prominent, but it's definiitely noticeable.

Just not thrilled with this one and probably won't order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2008 15:12:05 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Ontario (Canada)

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

750 ml bottle, big thanks to NASH for sending in the CanBIF5!

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange, almost red, thick and chunky slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring, a shit ton of lace sticks to the glass, big chunks. Smell is nice, very malty, big bready malty character, raisin, toffee, graham crackers, brown sugar, lightly fruity, mostly just a very thick and malty aroma, some alcohol comes through. Taste is similar, insanely malty, caramel, very bready, biscuits and light toast, brown sugar, dry crackers, a touch of fruity sweetness, Werthers candies, very malty, butterscotch, alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very thick and chewy. Just a real big malty ale, doppelbock/old ale character. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 02:52:55 | More by Viggo
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.8/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After being pretty disappointed with regular dead guy ale, I went ahead and ventured the waters of double dead guy. Darker than normal dead guy, its a darker golden, almost light brown, not much head to it. Can't pick up much aroma.

Taste, just a thicker dead guy. No complexity, just blah. Lots of alcohol, aged in rubbing alcohol almost, almost fusel like. More bitterness, still nothing appreciable in hop mouthfeel. Seems to have a yeastier taste perception on it. Toffee. Malty, nutty.

Too expensive for a blase beer in my book, not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 01:33:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramel colored body. Slight haze. Bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is quite abundant for a 9% beer. Very thick nose of malt. True to form for a dopplebock. Throw in some blackstrap molasses and a little anise and you've got yourself a damn nice aroma. Upon tasting, it's really hard to tell that this fucker's got 72 IBUs with all the malt that I'm getting. Don't get me wrong, I get the hops and bitterness, but this is a malt forward beer, as it should be, with a little bit of a hop 'zing' "Rogue Style." It's a very enjoyable beverage. The malts are rich and bready. Oozing with nougat and caramel. Bread pudding comes to mind as well in a ghostly kind of way. It's way too easy to drink for the octane level. I notice the alcohol, but it's not intrusive and really fits into the context of the whole beer nicely. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 04:42:20 | More by Bighuge
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New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep, rustic, marzen-orange with a 2 finger creamy, sandy-beige colored head that was well lasting falling to a thin covering while leaving concentric rings for lacing down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light, with a honey-caramel sweetness, with an underlying fresh pine and citrus hopping. Overall the aroma was moderately sweet and fair in strength.

T: sweet, dry toasted caramel with a citrusy flowery hopping. Bitter, dry with noticeable alcohol fusels (nutmeg) which produces a light alcohol warming. Dried honey, dried citrus with a powdery pollen hopping. There is some dried fruitiness (apples) from the yeast while a spicy and bitter hopping of dried grapefruit rounds things out and sticks around lingering quite a bit after the swallow with some spicy floral notes.

M: full-bodied, oily, with a good viscosity. Bitter, dry with a lingering dry citrus hopping graces the tongue with a good lingering fade. Carbonation is very soft.

D: Overall, some noticeable alcohol fusels and warming may limit consumptions, but much like the beer, you will warm up to this the more you drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 23:00:24 | More by beerthulhu
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Served on tap at fatheads into a snifter. Nice ruby appearance with a small white head that fades away.

S. Malts up front with some floral hops.

T. Rogue pacman yeast strain evident. A subtle fruityness coupled with a sugary malt sweetness. Earthy raw hop balances a bit. Just a touch of clean alcohal. Overall a very tasty dopplebock.

M. Smooth and a bit chewey.

D. This was a very interesting brew and one Im glad I had. I would try it again. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2008 16:20:42 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2008 04:04:43 | More by glid02
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.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 07:44:50 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brad007


3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a thin one-finger head and not much else to see.

Aroma is strong and chewy with hints of raisin and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste is strong upfront with some alcohol burn masking flavors of chewy malt, raisin and brown sugar. Smooth and clean once past the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is dry and chewy with a bit of alcohol burn. Smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good here. Beer needs some aging to get rid of the alcohol burn. Otherwise, a great doppelbock that makes me hunger for pizza.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:11:00 | More by Brad007
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2008 22:21:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice strong ale. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready/nutty malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:26:09 | More by superspak
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North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a murky burnt orange to copper in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring (of moderate to large bubbles) at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with lighter notes of cereal grain malts and just a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet cereal grain malts with notes of toffee and caramel. There is a hint of brown sugar which is followed by moderate flavors of earthy and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while with some hints of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry with moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Personally this one is a little too boozy for me and a little too boozy to really be an easy drinker. I don't think I would get this one again as I feel like there is a clash between the sweet malt flavors and the strong (almost medicinal) flavors of the hops - seems out of balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 02:53:01 | More by dbrauneis
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,073 ratings.