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Double Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

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very good

1,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 1074
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%

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 Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port.

This is not a doppelbock. The only thing that's vaguely 'bock' is the strength & the touch of Munich malt. The hopping is actually more like the Brutal Bitter than the Dead Guy.

It blurs all style boundaries, I'd be inclined to call it an American Strong Ale.

A: Deep amber-copper with an off-white head; little retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma, the Crystal hops are readily apparent (grassy, piny & a hint of citrus). Some underlying American pale malt aroma.

T: Huge hop flavour (grassy, piny & a little citrus). Slight grainyness from the American Pale Malt with a touch of toffee. Assertive Bitterness.

M: Very well-attenuated moderate body has an incredibly dry finish.

D: You've gotta adore the crystal hop for this one.

Commercial info:
"Malts: 2-row Pale, Munich, C15. Hops. Cascade for boil (because John was out pf Perle) and Crystal for aroma (because John was out of Sterling ...) IBU's approx 50-60. 19.8 Plato Original Gravity, 4.9 Plato Terminal Gravity."

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2008 16:10:16 | More by Derek
Photo of ccrida


3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Draught at the PDX pub, served in a small pils glass, Double Dead Guy is a chill hazed copper with a small, eggshell skim that leaves foamy lace.

Smell is muted, crystal malts and sour citrus as it warms from a cold serving temp.

Taste a very rich maltiness, honey, toffee and caramel, tempered by a strong bitterness. Boozy, with lots of fruity esters, with the citrus hops opening up more as it warmed. Hot.

Mouthfeel is slick, not as heavy as one would expect.

Drinkability was so-so, it's not my style, hot and homebrewy. I'm gonna give my bottle at least a year of cellaring before I even think about cracking it open.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 20:21:28 | More by ccrida
Photo of Tone


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, all spice, and some raisin. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, tart malt, and slight citrus. Overall, strong flavor, noticeable alcohol, good blend, and good appearance.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 23:01:42 | More by Tone
Photo of beertunes


3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice honey-gold color with an inch+ of white head that had good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was a bit sweet, with some hops at the back of the nose. The taste was very good, a nice mix of malt and hops with a tangy finish.

The body was decent, but a little too thin, with a lingering finish. Drinkability was decent, and will very much depend on how much you like the taste. Overall, a decent beer that I sort of like. I hate the regular Dead Guy (it tastes like it has an actual dead guy in it), but enjoy one of these every so often.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2010 08:13:59 | More by beertunes
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. In the taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a big mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big hops, big alcohol, and a bit abbrasive, yet quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 22:12:32 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous semi clear amber/medium to darkened orange color with an immensely tall and lusterious topping of frothy yellowed foam that sits a solid two inches thick. Keeps about half an inch of it sitting around like lather and coats the glass with tons of lace that looks like drippy icing.

Aroma isn't all that malty for a doppel. Seemingly reminds me of a paled pale ale that has some toasted grains and crunchy leafy hop notes. Slight burnt biscuit, citrus, apple, and some tannins are noted as it warms.

Taste is a bit plain as well. Well made and wholesome. Just not as big and definately short on malt tones and any chewy factors that would normally be found in the style. Slightly toasted malts, burntish bread crusts, wood toned hop notes, old red apple, and pale biscuit-like malt tints smurfing things up in some areas. Slight caramel begins to emerge as it warms, but not nearly enough to make it more interesting.

Feel comes up kinda short too. Mostly again in the malt area of sweet chewyness that usually would linger forever in a Doppel. This has a simple balance and tone that's just not pulling any kind of malty weight that I normally like out of a Doppel. Its about medium bodied with a feather frothyness to its nature and a slender pale and dryish tone that seems more like an amber.

As all ready stated, this Dbl. Dead Guy is not really speaking the tongue and chewy cheek sticking Doppelbock that it should. And for the price I'd rather get me some Celebrator. Sorry, this Rogue beer didn't do much for me other then teaste me with its great appearance and fancy cool red bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 00:06:00 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark honey-golden, clear with fine bubbles, and a very thick off-white and fairly persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty with undertones of caramel and hops. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, with a good balance of maltiness and a sweet undertone - there is a fair amount of bitterness, but it is not overwhelming. Texture is smooth and edgy and very pleasing. Overall, another winner from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 23:27:52 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich, dark amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed smell of hops, malt, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel, pine, and a nice, subtle maltiness. This almost tastes like a barleywine, though not quite as thick and viscous. Still, a solid earthy flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a powerful, fairly forceful beer. A well made, interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 12:05:33 | More by avalon07
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 22:51:19 | More by Bitterbill
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3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber of the 2009 vintage. Pours a very clear, bright amber color with a thick, creamy tan foam. Retention is pretty ridiculous and lacing is average. Really a good looking beer.

Smell is definitely on the malty side with plenty of toast and toffee. Little bit of yeasty bread and light...very light hop aroma. Smells a bit like a fruitier version of a Skor candy bar. Alcohol, some tropical fruit and maybe even some raisins come out upon warming. Fairly complex, but not sure I am really digging on it.

Taste is malty sweet with a fairly generous amount of bittering leafy hops and toasty malt. Not much hop flavor here. Pacman yeast is discernable and provides a biscuity/bread flavor. Some medium fruits come on in the middle...guava, pineapple and raisins. The burnt biscuit aspect is still the dominant flavor though. Not bad, it kinda grows on me as the bomber depletes. Still, just an ok beer. Alcohol is big on it and the flavors are all just a bit too toasty for me. Also, not a huge fan of Rogue's yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 03:02:31 | More by twiggamortis420
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:18:18 | More by RoyalT
Photo of bluejacket74


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

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark amber/red color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like caramel malt, bread/biscuit, yeast and some citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma but with some pepper and alcohol noticable. Also the hops come out much stronger in the finish than I expected as the bitter hops linger around a quite while. With that being said, there's still good balance in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and chewy and also has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd pick it up again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:47:23 | More by bluejacket74
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3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia, MD. This is not a dopplebock, no matter which way you spin it.

A: Orange with a thin white head. A little murky in an appealing way

S: Hops - citrus with a prominent mango component. The malts are present with hints of caramel.

T: This is a very poor dopplebock but it is fine in its own way. Massive hop aroma up front with just enough malt to come through in the middle. The finish is dry and bitter. Nothing exceptional but it's still worthy.

M: Well carbonated and pleasant

D: I'm not sure I'd want another

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2008 02:45:02 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of gford217


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

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a small beige head that lingers for a little while as a thin cap leaving traces of lacing around the sides.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and a bit of dark fruit and a slight toasted character as well. There are a bit of hops in the background but nothing really noticeable.

The taste is much more toasted than the aroma and the toasted malts dominate the taste throughout. There are definitely some dark fruits in there as well as some citrus hops that tingle the tongue slightly in the finish.,

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that accentuates the tingly feeling on the palate.

As an amped up version of Dead Guy, it's a good beer. I certainly wouldn't call it a dobblebock as it is probably doesn't stack up to the better dobblebocks out there. Either way, it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 20:04:41 | More by gford217
Photo of scruffwhor


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and orangey sunshine hues captivate the slow, tiny bubbles making their way to the top of a ring o' foam head. Don't care much for the lack of foam. Sweet , toasted and faintly sugared malts give off aromas plums. Plus the faintly herbal and grassy hops. Thisis one bitter dopplebock, 72 IBU's!!! Astringent at the beginning of the taste. Then the malt definition???? Very interesting. Astringent, lmos medicinal hops in the front. Then sweet toasted caramel and crystal malts in the middle. The finish sees a blending of herbal chammomile and rosemary from the hops blending with very sweet, bready malts. Lots of caramel and toast. Very clean palate for a dopplebock. I wish there was some more sweet lingerings going on in this beer. Alcohol seeps in on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:24:19 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of bark


3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Vintage 2009.

The colour is red-brown, the liquid is clear. The warm white head is low. Fine lacing.

The smell got notes of honey, sweet malt and some clean bitterness.

Honey is also present in the taste. Bitter, somewhat sharp notes. Dense sweetness. The body is thin. Aged notes of raisins, alcohol and frowsy hops.

Light sharp carbonation. Light liquid.

Too old. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 17:38:03 | More by bark
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a nice tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, dark fruit, citrus. Nice medium full mouth feel. Subdued caramel and toasted malt and dark fruit flavors with an interesting peppery and hoppy finish. Not overly complex, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:23:31 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of dgilks


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

Fairly clear, deep amber colour with a small, creamy off-white head. Decent head retention.

Big, rich, sweet malt aroma. I get lots of caramel and melanoidin. A tiny hint of earthiness. Clean, malty goodness.

Big, malt flavour with those notes of caramel and toffee. Biscuity too. The beer is nonetheless incredibly balanced with a big bitterness charge cutting through. No real hop flavour but that is a good thing. Big, tasty, yummy.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable to match the beer.

A big, tasty beer with lots going on. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 08:32:33 | More by dgilks
Photo of cokes


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

It pours a translucent copper-amber-peach color with a tight ecru foam that endures for a couple minutes before vanishing.
Sweet caramel nougat and bruised fruits on the nose with a definite vinous alcohol flair.
It enters the mouth with a sweetbread doughiness, all glazed with caramel, and topped with a variety of fruits, mostly appearing as phantasms, Indistinct figs, dates, mangoes, apricots, and green raisins. A touch yeasty in the middle, with a reacquisition of the sweet, doughy tones. Hops are essentially shut out, tastewise, but this remains balanced enough to be drinkable and non-cloying. Alcohol shows up late with notable Zinfandel-grapey warmth.
Heavy bodied, but a slow, struggling carbonation stays with it throughout. For it's strength, it's a nice malt-focused drinker/sipper. But I'd like something to stand up and take charge, aside from it just tasting larger than normal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2008 06:39:51 | More by cokes
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 20:21:02 | More by champ103
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Taco Macs in downtown Atlanta. The beer style wasn't stated, but I claim it to be a hopped doppelbock (not unlike Smooth Hoperator). The beer was a little murky, dark copper colored. The aroma was malty and bock-like with a citrus character added to the mix. The taste was nice, sweet malty flavor with aggressive hops on top adding some bitter citrus sweetness. A little ethyl alcohol is apparent in the flavor, keeping the drinkability score low for me. An interesting beer that I'm glad I tried.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2008 21:24:07 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of tpd975


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes

A: Pours a nice vibrant amber with an above average sized tan head. Nice retention and some lace noted.

S: Aromas of rather sweet. Lots of caramel, brown, sugar and light bread. Very light traces of earthy floral hops are there as well.

T: Sweet candy malts with a nice grapefruit bite. The finish is a bit boozy.

M: On the fuller side of medium, a bit too sweet and boozy.

D: This one just don't seem to come together.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 23:51:00 | More by tpd975
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber split with Swedes21

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. As well, there is a little bit of an orange flavour and a rustiness. As the beer warmed up I could also pick up on some light chocolate flavour. The beer finishes with a malty slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I think I expected more from this beer. The flavour was well balanced, but it just didn’t have a wow factor. The smell was very light and the feel was pretty boring. The taste is nice and the alcohol is well hidden however.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 17:24:38 | More by spinrsx
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New York

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)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 15:37:39 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 00:22:57 | More by RedDiamond
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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