John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by donniecuffs:
4.8/5 rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Bought a bottle of this at Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured golden-orange, with a high degree of carbonation, two fingers of off-white head, and great retention and lacing. The nose revealed citrus, honey, caramel, oak, cherry, and vanilla. The taste was a beautiful blend of the aforementioned flavors at first, then dissolving to a more pronounced malty cherry-vanilla flavor on the finish, with only a slight hint of the alcohol content. Dry warmth afterwards, which further reinforced the mental association with whiskey. With the great head retention, it felt creamy smooth, as less carbonation was evident in the feel than in the appearance. Medium thickness. Awesome sessioning beer, with the standout feature being the balance. I respectfully disagree with some of the earlier reviews that claim that the taste doesn't live up to the nose, or that whiskey dominates; I truly believe that this beer has an excellently blended flavor profile resulting from the barrel aging. If I may make the analogy, it tasted like a Nugget Nectar, which further morphed into cherry vanilla goodness...if that makes any sense to you. Oh, and by the way, in my humble opinion, of the three John John Ales that Rogue has released (and I have tried), I find this offering to be by far their most complex...and best.
Serving type: bottle
12-23-2010 23:17:41 | More by donniecuffs
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4.09/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I love beer aged in oak and just could not pass this one up.
Appearance 4.0: Gorgeous, deep golden color. Nice, 1/2" head that stuck around for most of the session. Opaque with some particulate matter, which is always a plus in my book. Very nice lacing.
Smell 4.0: Nice nose on this brew. Subdued and somewhat dry, but with a very nice bouquet of corn, oak tannins, malt, vanilla, wood rosin...lovely.
Taste 4.25: Front is slightly tart, but mellow. Middle is where the barley and the oak start to mingle and...wow...what a delicious mingling it is. Also, at this taste level, I detect hints -way in the back of the palate-- of whiskey. Finish features a fantastic vanilla/wood rosin taste mingling with the liquor notes and the light hops along with the malt. Aftertaste is long and features so many flavors, but the oak notes are of special interest to me.
Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.
Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Reminds me of Innis and Gunn in the old days, before demand forced them to change how they aged their beers. However, I&G never featured taste collages like these. Excellent balance on almost every level and just an all-around fantastic beer. Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
08-20-2013 22:01:04 | More by BeerDocT
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.