John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
22 oz bottle into a goblet.
Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth foaminess, which leaves back a cascade of froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass but doesn’t leave a whole lot of lacing behind. The aroma is heavy with oak and vanilla that meld fairly well with the caramel sweetness here, while a touch of ripe citrus sits underneath.
The taste is nearly identical to the aroma; with more strong oak and vanilla character which sticks to the base sweetness of this while underlying citric hops add a touch of crispness to the profile. More of a burnt whiskey feel hangs on the edges and pull in the back where it leaves the finish dry and tannic feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling on the tongue with a firm creaminess that then blows a bit on the palate. The only alcohol I’m getting here appears to be coming from the barrel.
This was OK but overall, the base Dead Guy just doesn’t seem burly enough to hold up to the strength of the barrel at times, with a lot of oak, vanilla and burnt character really starting to emerge as this warmed up. This wasn’t bad to me or anything but just seemed like it needed a little more balance between the base and barrel.
09-21-2012 15:42:56 | More by Kegatron
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint
Pours a golden orange with loads of bubbles forcing their way to the surface. A fluffy, thick slightly yellow cap rose two fingers and fell slowly. Lines and rings of lace leave their mark.
The aroma of vanilla and oak dominate. Some lemon rinds and toffee round out a rather straightforward aroma.
Lemons and oak hit the palate up front with vanilla and toffee finishing. Not overly complex by any means.
Medium body with a sweet, woody finish. Carbonation is a little tuned up, taking away some much needed creaminess.
With the carbonation tuned up, and the smoothness slightly compromised, this guy rests a little lower on the drinkability scale.
I feel like this beer does everything good, but nothing well.
02-10-2010 22:08:26 | More by ColForbinBC
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Picked this one up in Oregon on a recent trip, thought I better drink it before it gets lost in the fridge that seems to be gaining tons of beer these days.
The brew was poured into a chalice, small tan head on a murky amber beer. The nose is fruity and sweet, nothing really stands out, maybe some melon. Taste is decent, some fruit, a slight sweetness, the hops are there just not what they typically are in a Rouge Beer. Not sure about the whiskey barrel aging, this did not carry through to the taste. The label boasts 40 IBU, i have tasted beers with the same IBU that have a bigger hop profile, the malt probably balances everything out. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation seems light.
Not a bad beer, very easy drinking. This is my first Maibock, very interested in the other Maibock that Rouge puts out, it seems to get good reviews.
06-13-2010 02:16:07 | More by alpineclimber
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.