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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

566 Ratings
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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"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.

16º PLATO
40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010)
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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ColForbinBC, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of dbrelsfo
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

dbrelsfo, Apr 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Beerme09, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of alpineclimber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

alpineclimber, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of mjyoung
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank 6/6/11

A: A reddish amber hue with some nice, just off-white head. Some spotty, erratic lacing.

S: I always have to be reminded that Dead Guy is a Bock. The nose is pretty damn similar to regular Dead Guy, and for that I knock it down a bit. Other than that it's good.

T: The whiskey comes though! That being said, it's like pouring a quarter shot of whiskey into 8oz of Dead Guy. I'm not too impressed, but it's definitely not bad.

M: On the light side of medium, with good carb and a solid finish. I wish it were a little smoother.

O: This beer constantly leaves me wishing for just a bit more. It's not a bad beer, but it could have a little more panache.

mjyoung, Jun 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

goblin7704, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

facundoCNB, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

iamnotadude, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Yeti1979, Jul 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

t0rin0, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ryanpj, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bbrown12, Jan 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JoshBrews, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jbaker67, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Rathakem, Apr 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

rocklibster, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a slightly hazy brown body with a spongey beige head that last and last sticking to the glass in clouds. There is a gentle carbonation gliding up the sides.

S- The slightly sweet rum and sugar aroma has a green hop aroma that lingers. There is an odd blue cheese and peat note that grows in the finish.

T- The sweet oak and caramel flavor has a slightly sulfury green hop note that is soft in the finish with a bigger bitterness that lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice oak flavors but the sweetness really grows too sweet and the bitterness that tries to balance it is too harsh and abrasive. There is balance but both of the dominate flavors are too over the top to really enjoy.

rhoadsrage, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: A bright and clear golden orange splashes into the glass and a head quickly forms and settles about two inches above the beer. Head manages to stick around for some time but not evident lacing is left behind.

S: Smells a whole bunch like Dead Guy, not much barrel but it's there in traces of vanilla, cherry, oak not really all that much whiskey character but it really does not detract from the overall aroma. Subtle, soft and delicate, sort of wish there was more coming at me but alas it does not.

T/MF: Tastes much like the regular Dead Guy but with hints of the barrel: light cherry, vanilla, toffee and oak just like the aroma that imparts a soft sweetness on the beer. Feel is incredibly smooth, also cask like in its softness. Finish is lasting but not overpowering and leaves traces of buttery vanilla on the tongue.

D: Interesting beer and a lot lighter on the barrel character than I would have ever anticipated, which in a way is nice, sometimes it's nice to let the beer do most of the talking and the barrel compliment everything else that is going on, but there is still a lot to be desired here.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on this one.... I know I probably shouldn't flinch at a barrel aged beer, but the price seems a tad too much.. and I don't really like Dead Guy alot either.

The bottle foamed up into the neck pretty quickly.... Off white foamy head... good lacing... clear amber brew.

caramel... lite vanilla ... mild oak and whiskey.... the whiskey seems a bit astringent and off putting to me..

ehhh... toasty malt... some caramel and vanilla... the whiskey really shows on the finish and lingers... sorta like a copper taste that I find odd.. medium body with abundant carbonation...

This just seems like too mild of a beer to be barrel aged..

4/3.5/3.5/4/3

JohnGalt1, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Snagged a bottle at the House of 1,000 for 5 bucks.

A - Pours a hazy amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky opaque head.

S - Smell is nice even though I get very little dead guy. Mostly whiskey and dough with a touch of caramel malts.

T - To me it seemed like such a waste of good whiskey barrels. Sure it has mild bourbon undertones and some dough but it had very little hop or dead guy balance so it seemed too light for it's own good. I think the only aspect that would remind me this is dead guy is the caramel/toffee in the finish.

M - Medium and kind of chewy. Ok i guess.

Overall they had the barrel thing down but used too low of an ABV beer that wasn't even too complex to begin with. Now if they aged double mocha porter like this is would be world class. Worth picking up for 5 bucks I guess.

DrDemento456, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a sunset orange with virtually nothing of a head atop this beer and no lacing whatsoever.
S- The aroma is really lacking on this one. A slight fruityness on the nose, along with a bit of sweetness.
T- The taste is a bit better, but it really is not much of an improvement on regular Dead Guy. Somewhat fruity (think apricot here), a bit sweet and a bit earthy. The barrel aging doesn't seem to add much. Perhaps a slight vanilla touch in the finish but that's about it.
M- Aggressively carbed. I will say that the body is not too shabby.
D- This was a bit of a let down. It really was not anything of an improvement on regular Dead Guy. That being said, if the price was lower, I would have no problem drinking this all night. It's an ok beer, but it just failed to impress.

jsprain1, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle foamed over as i was lookin for my glass. poured into duvel tulip
A: pours deep honey to amber, with a finger or so of off white head.
S: smell is very similar to dead guy ale, malt and bit of earth but a almost unoticable whisky hint.
T: to quote my dead guy ale review "sweet malt, very light hops. straight forward taste" but with the again slight whisky and charred oak flavor.
M: a little bit thicker than regular dead guy,
D: this could be a pour, its easy to drink just not much new in the taste department. not the best greatest but not the worst...

rootbeerman, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a bit darker in color than John John Juniper with a smaller head. The retention is only ok, and the lacing doesn't really exist. It does settle nicely clear, but Juniper looked better.

S: Strangely...this smells amazingly similar to the Gin barrel aged version. The difference (obviously) is the whiskey. Very woody and sweet, I'm left wondering where the Maibock is? A bit light overall

T: The whiskey is stepped back a lot from the aroma. Oak, vanilla, and some maltiness from the bock base. It's nicely balanced, but as I've said the oakier side of beers are not my thing. I'd really like all of the aspects of this beer to be a bit better and well integrated. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but not great.

MF: Light with a lower amount of carbonation than I expected. The beer isn't that great, so the drinkability for me isn't that high. It's a little too malty and oaky for me.

O: $8 for a bottle, which I was happy to buy and share. I suggest you do the same as drinking a whole bottle might be too much. The whiskey isn't there enough, and the base beer isn't strong enough to carry it through.

russwbeck, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--John John Ale--Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Maibock Ale--Whiskey. Rich lacy dense foamy off white head. Clear bright light amber orange color. Bottle Conditioned, but no sediment. Hazes at end. Mild vanilla hop whiskey aroma. Mellow sweet fruit ester oak hint mild caramel Maibock Ale body. Smooth mild whiskey balanced hop spice end. Easy whiskey barrel aged brew. Sampled 7/9/2010. 2 @ $9.99 Each.

philbertk, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of lifeboyq
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How can a maibock or hellesbock be fermented with the standard traditional pacman yeast? I know this is their standard yeast but you cant brew world class offerings from other styles that have nothing to do with an american yeast. For this reason, this beer is complete garbage and cant even be reviewed in the category its classified. It makes no sense. It lacks the complexity that any hellesbock should have by what is imparted throught he yeast and just ends up being a bland malty slightly sweet offering with back notes of straw. complete garbage for the style. a decent matly beer if you have no other choices. not recommended against the style and certainly not for the price. this is a problem for rogue with more than just this beer.

lifeboyq, Dec 27, 2010
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.