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John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 573
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Belchmaster
1.81/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was TERRIBLE...Just TERRIBLE.
I chilled the beer to 50 degrees and poured it into a 4 ounce snifter.
The color looked good, a golden-brown ale.
Smell was OK, could smell the whiskey barrel aging a bit and thought this might be a decent drink.
Took a mouthful and holy what the heck...a combination of sour elephant dung, decaying squid heads, and pig urine in a thin watery Budweiser-like fluid. This bottle must have been a bad batch...that's all I can honestly think. It was clear though so I think it was a non-infected beer - just horrible as heck.
I paid $12 for this???
So I let it warm up and took a sip every few minutes thinking, "this is going to improve as the temp gets warmer".
No Such Luck. This remained feces in a bottle.
I felt obligated to drink it after dropping so much coin on it so I decided to mix it with a stout to make it palatable. No way, it just ruined the stout.
I dumped out the remaining 14 ounces and I'm so dis-a-frickin-pointed.
I've had a few other Rogue brews and while I'm not an avid fan, they do make a few decent beers (Old Crustacean). ..but this one???OH man If I could get a refund, I would be all over that.

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Photo of Cresant
2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was the color of a penny and clear of sediment. The light tan head left creamy lacing. Pretty.

Smell was simple - whiskey.

Taste was whiskey and Rogue yeast. Malty, caramel sweetness, but primarily whiskey. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one but I just felt like I was drinking a bad whiskey cocktail. I am no stranger to bourbon barrel aged beers but this one was too overpowering.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate zippy carbonation. Not one I would seek out again, but if you really like whiskey, this is your beer.

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Photo of JayAre46
2.26/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had on tap at MLG AND...HERE...WE...GO

A - ok, presented in a tall pilsner style glass hazy red orange color, could have been the low temp of the beer. Absolutely zero head, just a thin ring around the edges, and obviously no lacing.

S - this beer is of sweet caramel malts maybe a hint of toasted malts, vanilla, not getting any hops, not a lot of bourbon in the nose as well but thats probably for the better.

T - this is where it got bad for me, absolutely a cloying mess on the sweetness; aramel, vanilla, bourbon, and malts all over the place and maybe i just missed the hops. There is a hint of woody flavors but not enough to overcome any of this messy concoction, and where are the hops?!?!?! the worst part is that the temp was most likely well under the recommended serving level, thank God everything was dormant in the brew and didn't come to life.

M -light to medium and slick, medium carbonation. nothing to rave about.

O - i have never given the majority of a beer to the drain at a bar, i kept trying and i just gave up after about 6 of the 16 oz. couldn't do it. take this for what you will but i will never forget this brew...in the beers defense this was the first time ive experienced John John Dead Guy Ale so i can say i'll give it another shot, but not anytime soon. maybe this should be called "The John aka the Shitter"

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Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dad picked this up in NC sometime in the spring. Thanks for thinking of me pops!

From a bomber into a snifter
Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, very loose, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a good foam cap and holds there. Perfectly clear saftey orand in color with medium carbonation evident. Only a faint, splotchy wisp and ring remain with touches of lacing down the glass. Really lousy head, but the body was quite nice, which saved it some.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, and then some green fruits, like apples and pears. Some honey and spicy notes from the yeast, perhaps. Almost something Belgian about it, like a Belgian pale or triple. Relatively mild on the nose as well.

TASTE: Mild in flavor as well. Caramel and toffee up front with some green fruits at the swallow. Green apples, pears, and then a mild and lingering finish of malt sweetness, fruits, a light, spicy yeast note and a hint of oak vanilla flavors. The barrel is very mild on this one, and the base beer isn't all that impressive either. The yeasty, green fruit charecter reminds me of Belgian pales/triples as well.

PALATE: Medium-light body and higher levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, could definitely be smoother, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Definitely needs to be creamier and smoother.

OVERALL: Unfortunately there are no dates on this, but this bottle isn't more than 6 months out from being sold. Mild in the nose and taste, and the barrels are boring at best. I guess they decided to just put an unimpressive beer into unimpressive barrels. The feel sucks as well. This is a boring beer I'd hope they'd forget about making again. I've had better from Rogue. Thanks again for the beers dad. Always appreciate you thinking of me while you're lapping up the sun.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt, bready malt, honey, and floral hops. Flavor of whiskey plus the Dead guy malt. Wow, the whiskey does NOT go well with the malt base! What was Rogue thinking? This was pretty disgusting flavor-wise.

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Photo of bobhits
2.47/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

it's hard to review a Rogue beer. When was it brewed? Why is it so expensive? So yeah...it's Rogue, I'm sure this is a 5 dollar beer sold for 9. I'll just have to see how it works out.

Golden orange colored body. Big pillowy cream head. A lot of bubbles shooting up from the middle, very tiny.

Bourbon barrels aroma just DOMINATES the nose. Mixed in are some citrus hops that barely are able to separate themselves. Also a bit of caramel malt as well.

This beer lacks the flavor the nose hints at. Opens with almost not flavor, and has it moves back you start to pick up a strong malty caramel finish. There's a touch of hops in the finish and not much else to speak of. The barrel aging has mellowed this beer but not imparted much flavor. Perhaps a bit of vanilla from the barrels. The 40 ibu's I feel are greatly a result of oak aging ruining an ok beer. The end result though isn't bad. It's a tasty malt head's ideal use of oak I'd say.

Kicks with way too much alcohol, heavy bodied, and rather creamy. A step down from dead guy to say the least.

This bottle will be all I want and then some. Maybe make a 4 pack of this in 12 oz bottles? I mean if you like it 12 oz is more than enough. If you don't like it you won't even consider them. Oh wait...this is rogue. They're fine with their beers just sitting on shelves for months/years.

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Photo of bth86
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start out by saying this is the second time I've tried this beer. Back in January the bottle of John John REALLY impressed me! It's smooth, creamy, and sweet caramel taste had me craving more. After trying to hunt it down I finally came across a bottle and picked it up to review.

I must say the second time buying a bottle of this, and I was much less impressed! Not too sure if it had been sitting out too long or what, but I couldn't finish the bottle. The smell was nice, giving off a nice touch of oak, however the taste was poor. Very bitter, sour, skunky! After a couple sips, I poured the rest out.

How disappointing! And I hate giving this beer such poor ratings. However I would love to try this one again, as I think I simply just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've loved plenty of John Maier's offerings but this one explodes with the malts and whiskey barrel aged effects. Appears a pale copper hue with a bright off white beige head, forms thick lacing scattered on the sides of my laced ridden imperial nonic pint glass. Aroma hits with the smoked vanilla and bourbon barrel aging going on that's what comes through in the beer not the underlying dead guy ale. It opens up the nares and eyes with alcohol vapors, what a beer indeed. More malt ridden alcohol, vanilla, bourbon aged light bodied presence with a hars oak after taste is left on the palate making this one nearly impossible to finish with a smile on your face. I'm one of the biggest fans of Rogue beer but keep your whiskey seperate from your bread winning Dead Guy, these two creations have no place joining as one. It's hot with alcohol on the palate, carbonation is soft and mellow the body is medium but soaked with alcohol. Drinkability overall is pretty freakin' poor, not a beer I would ideally indulge in if I knew that it was soaked in alchoolic oak barrels of whiskey.

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Photo of armock
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A - Poured a brown color with a thin tan head with no lacing

S - Has a roasty nutty nose for the most part

T - Follows the nose with a roasted and nutty malt flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - I was very disappointed with this beer this is what you get when barrel aging doesn't work the barrel added nothing to this instead it hurt it don't bother with this if you see it save your money and buy something good

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Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours golden with a moderate bubbly head. Good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and toffee with just a hint of whiskey.

T: Dominant whiskey flavor in the taste with a mild sweetness. Another sip, and the whiskey seems to bite even more. Some earthy astringency in the back.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Very one-dimensional with nothing to offer except whiskey flavor. The Dead Guy just doesn't hold its own against the barrels.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Near clear, bronze body providing no real head formation beyond a scant white ring. Looks befittingly dead, I guess.

Smell: Aroma loaded with a dominating mediocre whiskey scent. Beneath the wood, the lighter vanilla, and overall fuming hotness are notes of glazed bread and toasted grains.

Taste: A befuddling scrambling of varying flavors in the taste. Sweet start of lightly toasted bready malts with light honey-toned accents are soon surged with Old Grand-Dad Whiskey. Touch of menthol. The whiskey is just a bit disproportionate to the underlying brew. Modestly hoppy, with a fair amount of bitterness and hints of citrus and spice. Coarse, hot, oaken finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Uncomfortably unbalanced. Honestly, it's a bit tough to finish off. An accompanying glass of water was immediately requested. If someone had asked me what I thought would be the top ten best candidates for barrel-aging of any kind from the Rogue stable, DGA would have been absent from the list.

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Photo of Brewmeist
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a standard pint.

A - a cloudy brown amber, decent lacing that stuck around. minimal head retention.

S - very faint of the barrel it was aged in. Faint rasin and citrus.

T - sweet, mild oak and grainyness. Not throughly impressed for a beer with this price tag.

M - mild. Lacking carbonation, but I'd imagine you'd have that with barrel aging.

D - drinkable but not blown away. I'd much rather enjoy a regular dead guy for half the price.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Glass = ommegang stem glass

A - pours a clear golden color with some orange highlights and 2 fingers worth of white head. Very nice looking beer.

S - wow a lot going on here. Strong alcohol pressance, along with some cherry, oak, vanilla and some smokeyness.

T - basicly it tasted like dead guy ale with a shot of jameson. And it's not as appeling as it sounds. The flavors just did not mess well.

M - medium bodied a little higher on the carb.

D - the flavors just didn't jive well together. While I like some whiskey and I like a good dead guy ale this combo just didn't work for me at all.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bomber into nonic

A: slightly copper, massive pillow of a head that just didn't want to go away, active carbonation

S: sweet, maybe a bit buttery or maybe that is butterscotch (Diacetyl), slightly herbacious,

T: buttery in the mouth (could this have turned over the months it was sitting to the side?), a slight bite of green piney bitterness at the very end,

M: Smooth but ends surprisingly dry

O: My gut says that this bottle may have been sitting for too long because i'm pretty disappointed with the experience, too much Diacetyl, whether from the brewery or from further maturation. It is, however, a beautiful beer to look at.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very slight haze to this orange to pale amber beer. Not much head, even with vigorous pour. Nose has some peach skin fruity aromas. On the palate there's the immediately noticeable high abv, honey-malty flavors, some cough drop flavors, and then finishes with more malty sweet and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of jsh420
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours dark amber copper with a 1 finger off white head that faded pretty fast and left some spoted lacing

smell is light and watery - some faint malts and earthy hops

taste - much better then the nose - but still for whiskey barrel aged this beer is a joke - telling me it was aged in barrels and it adds nothing only hurts the beer - it tastes so so maybe some oak - light malt some fruit some hops - nothing to see here move along

mouthfeel is a little heavy - good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is not good and i would never buy this again

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Photo of Tilley4
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a surprisingly light golden with a very small wispy head... Nothing remarkable here...

Aromas of lightly roasted malts and loads of bourbon... The bourbon is predominant here which is sort of disappointing... I was hoping for a little more vanilla and oak but this is mostly bourbon...

Very thin watery mouthfeel on this one... Tastes are very generic of malts with a huge dose of bourbon that seems to overpower everything else...and not in a good way...

Sort of disappointing here... Won't be getting this one again..

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Photo of vfgccp
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Apple red amber. Yellowed white head that dives straight into a halo, but hangs around once it gets there.

S - Bright brown sugar, notes of booze, drop of lemon, bready malt.

T - Strange profile. Ramps up almost instantly then trails off. Tingle of booze up front. Light-brown breads. Some of that lemon from the bouquet comes through. Finishes with rolling brown-sugar a mulling spice.

M - Thin body with a moderately boozy feel throughout the profile. Finishes pretty much dry.

D - Ok, but not great. The taste and booze didn't keep me coming back.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was very happy to see this one tap at Barleys last night. Served chill and consumed on 02/27/2010.

Pour was a little weak, headless light brown in color with no visible carbonation coming through the glass at all. Not exactly the way I would have wanted to start this one out. Aroma is warming, bourbon, vanilla, hints of grain and a touch of buttery note coming through but as it warms the bourbon really takes over and owns the night. Hot, unbalanced flavor for me. Light touches of vanilla and oak are overshadowed by way to boozy of a flavor. To me it spent too much time in the barrel as the underlying flavors are gone. Sharp, very hot finish that leaves you a little put off.

The original dead guy is a classic, but I really just dont think this treatment worked as well as it could have, dont think I will buy a bottle of this one.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured 22 ounce bottle in a pint glass

A: golden, large head, leaving a great lace.

S: kinda flat was expecting more pop!

T: lots of whisky kinda loose the dead guy in an over powering display of the whisky,

M: feels like a liquor hot, and dry not that enjoyable.

D: I split the bottle and was glad I did at the end of my glass.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft into a Samichlaus snifter.

A: Orange - red - hazey - very pretty - thin head, slight lacing.

S: Vanilla, nutty, musty.

T: Some roasted nuts, earthy malts, oak.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

O: I got it on draft for $3 and was not impressed. I'm a big fan of barrel aged beers, but this one didn't gain many interesting characteristics from the barrels it was stored in. Don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin tan head.

The smell is a bit malty and slightly tart, a touch of sourdough.

The flavor is strangely tart with a long lingering grain flavor, a bit of oak and cedar notes come through, but the weird tartness seems to overpower everything else.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

A strange beer, it really makes me think that rogue's whiskey must be strange as well.

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Photo of beagle75
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with a weak peripheral ring of white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass and fine particulates hang suspended in the column.

S: Mild overall--what is detectable is a sharp combination of citrus and floor cleaner. Sourness is also suggested, as is honey.

T: Begins dry, with slight tartness and harsh chemical notes suggesting under-aged or otherwise poorly executed spirit. Acidity is excessive in the flavor. Volatile spirituousness stands out more in the middle where a trace of cider emerges. Beer qualities are most apparent in the finish where clean bitterness is on display and grainy malt lingers.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and ropey on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: If a beer is to be flawed, then it would do well to do so in flamboyant and memorable fashion. This beer is able to pull that off at least, defying categorization and being simultaneously hard to really like but impossible to walk away from. A very unique beer experience.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear copper with a 1/2" slightly off white head that faded quickly but left some decent lacing.

S-Whiskey hits immediately, followed by a somewhat sweet maltiness, some oakiness, maybe a bit of caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T-Whiskey is dominant here. There lurking somewhere in the background is some caramel, lightly roasted malt, and a faint lingering woodiness. Its...interesting. Not bad, not great.

M-It feels hot, but its not. Its just the whiskey barrels. Medium body and carbonation.

D-The pervasive whiskey nose and taste make this one a sipper and a one and done. It was tough to drink a whole bomber myself. I wish I would have had someone to share with.

Its an interesting one to try, but I can't see myself buying this one again.

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