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John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale

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very good

299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 573
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010

"Dead Guy Ale aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels"

Malts: Carastan, Rogue Micro-Barley Farm Dare & Risk malts.
Hops: Saaz, Willamette, Rogue Micro-Farm Hop Yard Revolution hops.
Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond
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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This twist of dead guy ale, aged in dead guy whiskey barrels is an amazing beer. Pours a dark amber with a tiny white head. Smells of light vanilla. The classic dead guy ale taste has completely changed. It's there but with a smoother, oaky, sweet vanilla whiskey flavor ending with a slight bitterness comparable to the original ale. I'm a big fan of the classic dead guy ale but I'd choose this over that any day. I love the complexity.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.77/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of amanofbeer
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy bronze; thick head...beautiful
Smell: mild; sweet, fresh piny bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate.
Taste: mild; aged hops, very subtle bourbon, vanilla, not very strong.
Mouthfeel: feels heavier than it tastes; thick, supple, but not overwhelming
Drinkability: the agedness commits much to the drinkability of this beer. Dead guy ale has much sweeter overtones; much bigger flavor, but not better by any means.

While some may feel that this beer 'sucks,' I would argue that it is one of the most accessible bourbon barrel aged beers available. I may not know much about what to expect from a maibock, I know what to expect from a good beer, and this evenly balanced beer satisfies that expectation. Only he with an extremely desensitized palate could ever call such a beer terrible. It is a beer of the upmost delicacy; a beer meant to be paired with foods, not blow the mind of the palate on its own.

I would pair this with anything in need of a mild refresher, but where a full body is not offensive; stronghly seasoned mushrooms, dishes with mozzerella and parmesan, etc.

It doesn't matter what yeast was used. It's an American beer for god's sake; American yeast makes sense. No harm in that. While one may criticize the manner in which this beer does not fit the mold of a Maibock, I don't give that one thought. It fits the mold of a tasty beer.

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Photo of Radley521
4.67/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The thinnest of heads atop a rich honey color. Somewhat hazy as it is bottle-conditioned.

Aroma: Malty caramel and vanilla tones from the oak barrels.

Taste: Wow, great complexity. Up front there is a significant floral and pine. It is amazing that this beer is only 40 IBU. The mid-palette has honey and caramel highlights. Then, the surprise...this wonderful vanilla-oak that arises from the throat with the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Silken and smooth. Very little carbonation

Overall: This paired with the vanilla ice cream and butterscotch...hedonist, indeed. This was in my top 10 beer experiences.

Redneck Grade: Slap your momma, your sister, and your wife!

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Photo of hutch312
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Dead Guy, Double Dead Guy and St. Rogue Red, so I figure this must be good. Bought 3 bottles and took them out camping for a hot late May adventure. I am not much of a whiskey drinker but the combination is suburb, it actually improves the drinkability and and as the bottle warms up the transition of flavors is incredible. Next on my Radar is the John John Juniper ale.

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Photo of djaeon
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at Small Bar in San Diego.

A- Pours with a medium amber color with little head.

S- Smells like a good strong Bock with some definite whiskey undertones. Not out in your face, but definitely not hiding either.

T- Malty, lightly oaky, lightly whiskey'y. Some hoppiness and citrus flavors, although not too strong.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. I likes this one a lot.

D- I found this to be surprisingly drinkable. A lot of the whiskey barrel aged beers seem to have a stronger flavor than this one, but I think it works here. I'll pick up another if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of jera1350
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with massive head of fluff that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Head retention is outstanding.

Amazing smell of vanilla bean, tons of oak and whiskey. Just a pleasure for the nose.

Nearly as pleasing as the nose. Oak and whiskey shine brightly in the taste. Warm booze and complimenting vanilla. So much flavor in a style not known for it.

Soft and creamy in a medium body. Very dry and clean finishing.

Drinks so easily and so well. I will have no problem putting 22 oz. of this down. An all around well crafted beer that is so unique for this style. I will have to pick up some more of this one.

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Photo of BJsLove
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this brew for a day off and something new. Pours as almost a summer beer, gold with a hint of copper pour. When you popped the top the smell was immediately noticeable. The gin barrel aging is great, you get all the flavor of gin without the necessary lime and tonic mess (sorry im a beer guy) a great beer, I just wish i didn't have to pay $5.99 for 22 oz of the stuff. Still, I would recommend to a G&T lover that occasionally drinks beer. It might turn them to the lighter side of drinking

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Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased somewhere local in MA.

Poured into a DFH snifter, formed a 1" beige head over the shiny copper brew. Dense head lasts well, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is sweet with ample whiskey character.

Taste follows the nose, moderately malty upfront, a peek of fruitiness, and then a dollop of whiskey to close. Everything seems to flow together easily. Mouthfeel is small-bubbled and smooth, with excellent drinkability. Loving this one, and best carbonated barrel-aged brew I've seen in a long time.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy honey with a wisp of white head atop. Very floral nose with honey and vanilla in the back. Of all the bourbon barrel aged beers I've had, this is easily one of the most bourbony. A bit of a bitter alcohol punch in front followed by vanilla, smooth butteryness, and wood in the finish. It has quite a bit more of a hop kick than most beers with this much bourbon, and it works as a nice counterpoint. The finish isn't long and smooth like other barrel aged, it's short, bitter, and dry.

Overall, very complex and delicious!

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - AmberGoldOrange...

S - Coconut, something that reminds me of the aroma from a milk stout.... and that's all I can say about this.

T - The barrel aging gives vanilla and coconut accents to this toasty malt flavored ale. The finish crisp and bitter and lingers.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a gusher! This pours a dirty, swampy brownish-amber (looks like a very cloudy unfiltered apple cider) with copious floaters. Perched upon the head are flecks of yeast. The head settled down quickly. I thought it looked ok; some might be offended by the murky appearance & abundant coarse particulate matter. It doesn't bother me because I find unfiltered beverages to smell and taste better & more complex.

S- Huge aromas of pina colada, toasted coconut, vanilla cake, soft banana, mango... interesting.

T- Big flavors of sweet banana cream pie with toasted coconut. Similar flavors as the S.T. Cuvee´ Series 2, but drier. Very tasty indeed.

M, D- Medium bodied, very drinkable, ideal CO2, imperceptible ABV.

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Photo of GordonQuid
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

Deep golden amber with a slight quarter inch head but with good thick lace.

Smells of the classic Dead Guy Ale-love that Pac-Man yeast, with vanilla oak barrel characteristics.

Taste has got 'dat whiskey thang going on mixed with a malty maibock and exquisite Pac-man yeast characteristics. Very good!

I question the ABV listed on this one... This beer seemed to mess me up more than the listed 6.4% ABV listed.

This was a bit of a moderately heavy sipper for me. If your into the oak aged thang then this is a must try.

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer! Poured at a good temperature wilth a decent size, light tan, foamy, frothy head that soon settled and some lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is the best part here and is malt, whiskey, hop and aromatic. Flavor doesn't have mujch of the whiskey, but lots of malt and some hop comes through. It's also fairly dry with carbonic tang balanced nicely with the bitter and the slight sweet to take the edge off. Body is also excellent and is soft, but not overly and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, good burps, a little boozy, the whiskey flavor finally comes through, and a bit on the long side.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The brownish, orangeish appearance definitely seems to be related to the oak aging.

S- Some nice caramelly, grainy malt notes mingle with a little subdued stone fruit. Very enticing.

T- A nice integration of what makes Dead Guy Ale so tasty along with the enhancements from the whiskey barrel aging. The result is a round, pleasantly bitter beer, with tons of complexity. A really nice sipper that's easy to drink.

M- The combination of the mild carbonation and the malty roundness really make for a nice mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish.

O- Would be great to try this side by side with a regular Dead Guy, but we love it just fine on its own. Another great Rogue offering.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a straight pint glass, nice copper colour with a good amount of white head and some lacing.

Subtle oak aroma with some citrus hops and a hint of caramel. The oak is not so obvious in the taste at first but is retained in the mouth after swallowing. Lightly sweet up front with a nice dry finish. It's very well balanced between malt and hops. Good mouthfeel.

If anything, this is just a little too easy to drink. Very, very nice indeed.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A cloudy amber color with a creamy head that diminished to gook lacing.

The fine smell of oranges and vanilla

I was expecting malt, but the initial taste was citrus, pine, the oak and whiskey presence was in the back, good balance.

Overall a very refreshing and drinkable ale

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Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bomber was all expensive and shit, but seeing as I live a balla lifestyle I didn't think twice about grabbing it.

It's been at least a few years since I had a Dead Guy, but it pours almost exactly as I remember it. A deep, sparkly shade of mahogany that's so exactly redbrown that it seems to fluoresce.

Smells pretty weak. I'm fairly sure that Dead Guy actually has a firmer aroma. Smells like rounded, buttery toffee malts and then just the wee bittiest hint of bourbon burn.

Tastes not as strong as I had expected but nonetheless fucking excellent. Like, wow. Deep caramel hangs over a start of buttertoffee and ripe fruit, moving into herbs and citrus hops, then finishing on vanilla and bourbon and Rogue's delicious wonderbready yeast. That's the kicker, right there: the yeast.

I nearly thought this was a letdown, for the first few sips, and had I written this review at the beginning of the bottle I probably would have given the taste a 4.5. Thing was, it seemed a little light to cost as much as it did. But I can't hold that against this, as it's not supposed to be a big beer. It's supposed to be balanced, smooth, drinkable, and wonderfully variegated, and it's all of those with spades.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After just having a deadguy ale, this is an interesting counterpoint. It is clearly a similar beer, but is also smoother, more rounded, dynamic, and interesting. The appearance has the same amber hue and white head. The smell, though, has a rounded complexity...wood, sweetness, brandy-like vinous scents, and some smokey notes. The taste is also smoother, and more blended. Sweet, but very drinkable. Full in body. Great.

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Photo of clickpush
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to tumbler. Found this at Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA... never seen (nor hear of) it before. $7.49 for a one off bomber is a rare find. Had to try. Strong pour yields minimal white head over dull copper body. A slight haze but for the most part pretty clear. Very little carbonation visible, slow & far between. Head has diminished to almost nothing... a tiny halo w/ a spit of lacing. The beer looks inactive (and perhaps dead)... let's have a whiff.

Nose is light for a barrel aged beer. Some vanilla, light fruit aroma of peaches & cream. Some notes of pale malt, slightly acidic, and a hint of grassy hops. I thought this one would come screaming out of the glass, but I'm underwhelmed. Let's give it a chance to redeem itself...

Bold, hoppy body, full, thick, creamy, and long lasting. This is a substantial beer in the mouth. Enters with subtle, sweet notes of vanilla & honey, then EXPLODES with hops as it progresses backwards, bitter yet flavorful, pine bough and grapefruit pith. The swallow leaves a long lasting bitter flavor in the mouth, somehow dry yet sweet in the after taste. Well carbonated, long lasting, and chewy goodness.

This tastes like a might fine, mighty big beer. No idea on the alcohol but I'm sure it's high. One thing on the label surprises me: 40 IBU?! This is a killer hoppy beer. I mean that in a good way... and I am by no means a hop head.

More please. Great flavor, great value. Very drinkable.

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Photo of AJDean
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Amber hue. Nice creamy head, that keeps some head retention. Not the focus of the beer.
Smell- Does not give an overwhelming or complicated aroma. Smells similar to the regular dead guy.
Mouthfeel- As a ale should be. Lingers on the tongue but doe not over stay its welcome. It is perfectly round, and clings to the palate nicely.
Taste: exceptional. At first you get the flavor of a dead guy. The back finish is unbelievable. Smoke, wood, whiskey. Everything it promises. I was not expecting much from this beer. I have had other "john john" Rogue beers, and this is by far the best. This will join the shelf in my garage with the other top 20's. I will gladly pay the meager 6.50 asked for this beer again and again.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy Ale aged in whiskey bottles? Sounds interesting.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy head that fades down, leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of a hint of bourbon with sweet malt and floral hops in the nose.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy, chewy malt with just a hint of bourbon. Coats the mouth with a nice feeling. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and bourbon. No offensive flavors. Very light at the back of the mouth.

Very drinkable and certainly not strong as I had thought. The bourbon is muted enough to make it accessible to people. Very well done. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange color with excellent carbonation and billowing dirty white head. Nose is pretty faint on this one. Some whiskey but man it was not there for me. taste is very good. Dead Guy with vanilla, oak, bourbo, caramel, toffee and butterscoych. Mouthfeel is sweet, syrup, a little booze with a big sticky vanilla, oak presence on the back end with some hop bite and nice booze tingle. I like this beer!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer at the Bottle Shop in Potomac Maryland.
It pours a interesting orange gold with a nice white head building.
The smell is earthy, with hints of vanilla or banana. Very inviting !
The taste is really a great experience. A robust, but fruity beginning, with banana and vanilla tones balanced by a great hop selection. At the end the whiskey barrel taste lingers mildly.
What a great job of composing a beer. Very drinkable !!
Certainly will pick up more from this brewery,

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub's. Pours a lovely amber orange color with a large white head that left some solid lacing on the goblet. Standard Dead Guy aroma of bready yeast, light hoppiness, but there's another woody/vanilla dimension that adds a nice touch. Flavor is dead on what I expected. Dead Guy with a touch of vanilla and wood but very light on the actual whiskey flavor. However, everything is well-integrated in this beer. I never thought this would be a great candidate for wood aging, but Rogue proved me wrong. I like Dead Guy Ale, and I thought this was a great version of it.

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.