John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.1/5 rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Appearance: Pours a clear light orange to golden color with a small head of off white bubbles that was fizzy and fell back into the beer quickly. Afterward there were very few bubbles rising so the head was reduced to a small ring and the beer looked rather lifeless overall.
Aroma: The aroma had some defined hops, but the oak character from the barrels is definitely a strong component of the aroma. There is some clean vanilla as well as a bit of booze noticeable in the cold beer. There is a phenolic component that is coming out in the aroma now that I have tasted the beer.
Taste: The flavor is an odd hodge podge of different components that aren't really jiving together all that well. The hops are pretty strong and they are just sitting on top of this vanilla thing with a subtle mix of sweet caramel and toasty notes from the malt. This malt thing is also rather odd in how it contributes and then the lack of carbonation shows through to let the beer sluggishly come across your palate on the way to the belly. The beer itself is medium bodied, but feels light, so any more carbonation would make the beer seem thin. The finish is pretty balanced between hops and other sensations. I would say that the hops nudges out the rest slightly, but it isn't nearly as strong of hops in the finish as the original Dead Guy.
Opinion: I don't know. This beer misses the mark for me on a number of levels. I think that it starts out by calling the Dead Guy a Maibock as it is a really hopped up version of that beer, if you can even call it one. That said, now you mix this with some bold barrel flavors that don't really seem intended to be there, so the whole thing falls apart. If barrel aged beers are your thing, which I really enjoy them myself, this may be a good one to try so that you can get another review. Otherwise, I doubt that aging this beer will bring it together, so I would steer clear if I were you.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2012 05:18:10 | More by SkeeterHawk
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