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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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1,152 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,152
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 84
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
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 Billolick
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.

Billolick, Sep 21, 2008
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.

tempest, Jan 15, 2010
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 superspak
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.

superspak, Jan 13, 2014
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 LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big light brown head rest atop a clear reddish copper colored ale, very appealing from the onset.

Alcohol is what first hit me, a light alcohol aroma followed by a light caramel malt with a very light citrus somewhere in there.

More caramel malts and light alcohol in the taste, pretty good combination with little extras, a hint of sour, another of some citrus going on. but mostly a light alcohol blended with a light sweet caramel malt, leaving a light caramel dry aftertaste.

Overall a pretty good beer, kind of makes you think of beers from micro brews which is always good thing.

LXIXME, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

ejimhof, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 finger off-white head with good retention and foamy lacing.

S: A little bit of spice, caramel, some dark fruits, and I get some nuts as well.

T: Lots of dark malts and dark fruits. Has an earth quality to it, don't pick up much in the way of hops.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, a little thinner than I expected going in. For the style, pretty easy drinking, but just not my favorite.

mdaschaf, Mar 10, 2011
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +1%

BillRoth, Dec 15, 2013
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.

Wasatch, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +1%

rab53, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1%

Kelp, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured copper in color with a one inch frothy and bubbly white head. The head faded down to a thin dusting but left some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a mix of a floral hoppy, citrus and pine presence and a caramel slightly fruity and nutty malt flavor. The taste has a pretty big toffee and caramel flavor but there is also a bright citrus, grapefruit and pineapple flavor coming through from the hops as well. It's pretty well balanced between bitterness and sweetness although both flavors come through fairly strong at some point.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malt and hops flavors. Reminds me more of an American Barleywine then anything else.

billab914, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a couple pint glasses with the girlfriend.

Pours an amber-brown, with a soapy offwhite and chunky head. Larger bubbles for the most part, that leaves some sticky lace and moderate retention. Nose has some hops, citrusy for the most part, but holds more malt than anything. Big caramel notes, and some moderate alcohol. Taste has layers of toffee and caramel, sugary with some candied flavours. Good hop bite in the finish. Light bitterness and a reasonable malt sweetness. Good flavour, albeit simple. Mild alcohol. Body is about medium, and a has good weight in the mouthfeel. Quite nice, and a bit pricey but worth the shot.

liamt07, Jun 16, 2011
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.


JohnGalt1, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Viggo
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!

Viggo, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 24, 2012
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.

Bighuge, Dec 03, 2008
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
89 out of 100 based on 1,152 ratings.