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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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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 17
Gots: 27 | 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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010)
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Photo of NCSUdo


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear dark copper under a medium white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet nose with some oak and vanilla, slight hint of whiskey.

T: Malty, toasted, sweet mixed with a big oak, vanilla character. Hint of whiskey again.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is good. Very balanced beer and solid through out.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:43:47 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10 oz. cocktail glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a honey tinged glow and a very slight sudsy head of carbonation which disappeared completely, leaving the ale looking like a glass of whiskey.

S: Smells slightly spicy and herbal, with hints of oak, charcoal and tobacco.

T: Flavor is muted and smooth at first, with a semisweet caramel malt flavor, low in dextrose. Then, in comes this whiskey flavor which dominates the entire palate. Very oak and spice flavored with a whiskey-tinged alcohol sting and mellow, earthen finish. No real bitterness, save the bite of the wood, so hops are muted in the process here.

M: Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied and smooth as hell. Very low carbonation, but not syrupy at all.

D: A dangerous sipper indeed. I honestly felt like I was sipping a whiskey high ball. The wood-aged character and flavor is so pronounced and makes this 6.4% ABV bock one smooth criminal. I could easily have had a few - before during and after dinner. Nice work, Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 03:36:02 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of PBoegel

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a chalice, pours golden light orange, average clarity with an off white head, tight beads about an inch and a half thick.

Aromas are barrel upfront, vanilla, toasted coconut and orange, some clean slightly sweet malt, very little hops but some earthy and herbal notes.

Flavor is very well balanced, some nice dead guy clean slightly sweet malt and light lemon zest hop character, vanilla, oak. Earthy and woody hop character in the middle. Some bright citrus in the middle as well with a nice front to back bitterness. Caramel and toasty notes linger in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation and some slight woody astringency but characterful.

Really like this twist on Rogue Dead Guy, a bit expensive for a 22oz beer, but all things considered a good and worthwhile beer to seek and experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:57:22 | More by PBoegel
Photo of hustlesworth


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dead guy was the first beer i reviewed and it was so elaborate because it was also the first time that i actually tried to taste and smell everything a beer had to offer. let's see if this brings back old enthusiasm.

A- bright hazy orangeish up against the light with a nice creamy beige head and lots of swirly curly lace. i've always been partial to a nice orange colored beer.

S- big notes of vanilla in the nose along with caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and a malted chocolate milkshake. most of these aromas, i assume, are from the whiskey barrel. behind that is creamy and marshmallowy and good. almost dessert-like. plus very earthy and woodsy. there's something fresh like dill and a bit herbal. whether it's the hops or not i couldn't say. similar to a big bodied scotch in ways.

T- bourbon sweet and scotch woodsy. anyone who has spent any time with either one of those whisk(e)ys could tell you that right away. the sweetness subsides for a while and then "hey guys, i'm back again!" in the finish. i would prefer to have the sweetness check out after the first appearance because it has a tendency to cloy the finish for me. mild but sharp bitterness glides throughout but hardly checks the sweet. hugely malty. caramel, honey, toffee, lots of vanilla, sandalwood, and a touch of floral alcohol. this is indeed dead guy on woodsy oaky vanilla steroids. the finish is long and grainy with vinous hop character and still more vanilla. charred oak (not smokey) flavors come out at the very end reminding me of my recent oak smoke rack of beef back ribs, which this would probably go insanely well with. sweetness abates as it warms up a bit and drier woodsier tannin like flavors are more pronounced. optimum serving temp for me, 50-55 degrees F.

MF- very full and rich with toned down carbonation. the body and softness on this one is borderline heavy stout territory and i'm glad the bottle conditioned bubbles were treated as such. grainy yeasty powdery feel with an edge of tannins to contrast the sticky residual sugars just a bit.

D- dead guy was one of my gateway beers that brought me from the world of BMC over to this planet, along with sam adams and shiner bock. i'm happy to have this one with such pronounced whiskey barrel character and i believe (as i'm sure john and john do) that dead was the perfect guy for the job. this is a good one to swirl and sniff before a sip because the aroma is that nice. taste is a little too sweet but i can live with that. nothing about this beer really fits the maibock category for me but i'm not judging it on style guidelines, just on the beer itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:53:28 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of DoppleJock


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a rich amber with big off-white head. Tons of lacing. Not too shabby.

S: Definitely has an oakey scent from aging in the whiskey barrels. Some hoppy notes as well.

T: Oakey with roasted malts and lots of hops. Mild bitter hop aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth, yet full-bodied. Feeling improved a lot by the end of the bottle.

D: Nice one-off from Rogue. I love beer and I love whiskey, so I'm glad I had a chance to try this. Looking forward to trying Rogue's other recent brewmaster/spirits master combos.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 04:12:39 | More by DoppleJock
Photo of Airyk12


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a small sand-colored head.

Smells of fruit, ripe and some dried. Notes of caramel and brown sugar. Whiskey smell is noticeable, but not bad.

Dried fruit and whiskey are the dominant flavors, along with toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness.

Carbonation and heat from the alcohol dance on the tongue and go down smooth. Medium body.

A truly complex beer. Not much of an improvement over the original, but definitely good. The whiskey aging is noticeable and good. The price makes it worth a try, especially for a limited release.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 06:24:37 | More by Airyk12
Photo of deereless


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid inch and a half of head from a hard pour, foam is quite craggy and drops to show spots along the inside of the glass, color is a dark gold to copper - 4.00, S: The nose is tough to decipher with the exception of the whiskey that is quite evident and really conceals a lot else that might be going on, I do pick up a sweet bready aroma and possibly some slight earthiness - 4.00, T: The whisky certainly makes a showing on the palate, a smooth butterscotch pudding sweetness pervades, some vanilla and oak, there's also a significant hop bite which comes through with a touch of spice and some definite earthiness - 4.25, M: Quite smooth and creamy - 4.25, D: All around a very pleasing beer, I was quite surprised how well a Maibock came out of a whisky barrel, I would drink this again - 4.50

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 00:37:00 | More by deereless
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear bittersweet orange with a fairly thick orangy-beige head that does not hang around too long. Aroma is yeasty and woody, slightly malty with a hint of smoke. Flavor is rich, malty, woody and a little yeasty with hints of smoke and sweetness. Texture is silky smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a pleasantly woody finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 00:11:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of adamette


4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler that I bought for $22 from Fat Heads in North Olmsted earlier today into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Brief but creamy light brown head over a dark honey, caramel body. Head is very, very brief compared to the on tap version that I had earlier today at Fat Heads but the body color itself is attractive. 4.0

S Some sweet whiskey notes, some light to moderate hops, very interesting and inviting. 4.5

T Nice, moderately strong balance of whiskey malt sweetness and hops in a complex, deep bock taste. 4.0

M Moderate feel of malt and hops and very appropriate to the style. I really like the feel of this beer which is beefy enough but not syrupy thick or biting hops. 4.5

D I finished two pints within about 20 minutes. I will drink two more pints tomorrow night from the growler. 4.0

Notes: The oak whiskey barrel aging (I think that is what they did....) really works for this beer. I am very impressed with the taste of this beer that I was not sure that I would like. Recommended for sure!

Serving type: growler

06-29-2010 03:12:17 | More by adamette
Photo of russpowell


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Tulsa at mid-Town, finally getting around to drinking this after a few weeks, this should go great with a lovely Spring afternoon...

Pours a fairly effervescent amber/apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head/ Murks up a touch at the bottom the bottle, super lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready, a touch of estery yeast, & then a kiss of Whisky once warm

T: Citric hops, breadyness & kiss of caramel up front, along with herbal hops & a touch boozeyness, Breadyness with a bit of herbal & metallic hops as this warms, plus plenty of grapefruit as this warms. Oaky & toffee notes assert as well once warm, along with Bourbon increasing the warmer it gets, but very smooth. Finishes dry, oaky & with nice Bourbon twang; really opened as it warmed

MF: Chewy, lightly carbonated & super balance

Drinks fairly easy, not a traditional Maibock, but tasty enough, I like where Rogue took this, one the better "barrel bocks" I've had

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:13:33 | More by russpowell
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangy light-brown color with minimal head. Smell is of carmel with a touch of toasted grain and vanilla - faint hints of whiskey, coconut, tropical fruit. Taste is a delicious, mild, yet well blended concoction of toasted grains, sweet carmel, vanilla, oak, whiskey, tropical fruit and coconut. Great smooth body, light carbonation, not sticky and no aftertaste. Very good beer... the coconut was a big suprise and the toned down whiskey heat is very welcomed after too many barrel aged beers going overboard.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 16:11:35 | More by rfgetz
Photo of vkv822


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into taster glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden orange color. It has a light tan head with mild retention.
The scent is of sweet malty caramel with hints of alcohol, which both hold true for the flavor. It starts with a bit of whiskey flavor followed by the malty sweetness of caramel and perhaps vanilla. The oak also comes through towards the end. Not much hops at all, possibly towards the end, but is masked by the oak.
It has a nice mouth feel, medium bodied and enjoyable although nothing too spectacular.
It is a very enjoyable beer, and although I felt it was a bit heavy on the sweet side, as I was expecting a bit more of the whiskey to come through it was still very nicely balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 04:27:17 | More by vkv822
Photo of sk8man121


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into 10 oz Allagash chalice.

A: Pours a beautiful apricot with a substantial orange-cream head. This beer looks awesome when held up to the light.

S: Smell is very clean; apricot & orange-blossom honey with a touch of oak. I was expecting this to have a boozy nose, but it has none whatsoever.

T: Hops come through very nicely and citrus/floral notes are in the forefront. The ethanol finally comes through during the finish, along with some oak and vanilla. I was told this was drinking hot, but I think it's quite balanced and pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is perfect given the style. Hefty carbonation leads to a creamy sensation that starts thin but quickly builds body and coats the tongue after it goes down. Very nice.

D: ABV is rather low, making this quite drinkable. The clean flavors make me gravitate towards another sip quicker than I had expected to. I would've liked to see the whiskey take a bit of a more assertive role, but this is a very nice beer that warrants at least a second purchase.

Very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:09:15 | More by sk8man121
Photo of Patrick999


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw it and picked it up. Looks like a novel beer, Rogue's not-quite-Maibock in whiskey barrels.

I poured it into my imperial pint glass, where it raised a ton of head over Dead Guy's typical clear burnt orange.

Wow, you do get obvious young whiskey barrel here. Bright oak aroma...not a dank old barrel smell. Toasted coconut too.

My first impression here was "shit, too much whisk." I thought the whiskey was overpowering the Dead Guy at first. While I do think it is dominant, the base beer starts to come through more and more the more I drink of it, I find. Yet, it is very woody - vanilla with a lot of that toasted coconut I was smelling. Dead Guy hoppiness there, but relegated to the background. This beer is straightforward and over the top, but pretty enjoyable as it stands.

For all the foamy ruckus this raises in the glass, it's pretty damned smooth, almost creamy.

First couple sips, I wasn't that crazy about this, but it's been a grower. There's something about that toasted coconut taste that keeps me coming back for more, not to mention the creamy smoothness that could keep me drinking this all night. I was kinda prepared to scream "gimmick" with this one, but I find that I can't. Good stuff, surprisingly good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:59:59 | More by Patrick999
Photo of jampics2


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Rozis. Was excited to try this - Rogue is probably the only place in the country that could pull off a beer with proprietary estate grown malt and hops aged in their own spirit barrels. At 6.4%, I'm wondering if this will be like the Kentucky Bourbon Ale.

Appearance tells me this is going to be more of a substantial beer than I thought. Copper with a small white ring.

Smells of vanilla, bourbon, caramel.

Taste is quite nice - the bourbon is subtle but there is a nice depth it brings. The wood has imparted a wonderful vanilla taste. The aftertaste is reminiscent of a famous bourbon. The elements I remember being associated with dead guy aren't as defined - this is smooth caramel, not hoppy at all.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Good amount of carb. Nothing exceptional.

Smooth and drinkable. A nice beer - I enjoyed this and may pick up another. Not one I see aging adding anything to, and I think it could have picked up a touch more wood, but a nice beer from Rogue - probably the best thing I've had from them in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 16:06:43 | More by jampics2
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Two year old refrigerated bottle, poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber. One finger white dissipating head leaving a ring, little lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, light whiskey. Starts with caramel and transitions into whiskey, wood and vanilla. Whiskey, vanilla, coconut finish. Hint of hops. This is a two year old refrigerated bottle. I think the hops have faded, the the balance is still well balanced and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 22:02:18 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of biancasaur


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely amber with a nice haze.

Mmm. Cherry! Vanilla! Oak! WHISKY! Also citrusy - grapefruit tones, candy-sweetness, perfume.

Pure delight. All the delectable aromas from above, coupled with a nice, subtle hoppy bite and an astringent finish.

I loved this beer. Just enough sweetness to delight, with some bite. I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:18:09 | More by biancasaur
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bottle served in a Duvel Tulip. Poured a hazy, reddish gold with two fingers of off white head. Toffee in the aroma. Mild noble hop aroma. Oak really starts to come out in the nose as it warms. Medium bodied. Nice oak character with plenty of vanilla. Also a lot of butterscotch/toffee. Mild hop bitterness. Lots of whiskey character if you like that sort of thing (and I do). I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 19:23:09 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of goatxpower


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up a Gravity in Olympia

A- looks like Dead Guy... maybe a little darker. Nice copper, gold hue. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

S- Faint aromas of malt and wood.

T- For a barrel aged beer, this is really something else. Most of the BA beers I'm used to have such an up front woodiness, or booziness in some cases. The barrel is really subdued in this beer. You get some wood and whiskey right on the nose, along with the earthy hops and bready malts of the base beer. The whiskey shows up again on the tail end, with some almost berry-like flavors. The flavors are very well integrated, and unlike many BA beers, this one is ready to drink NOW. A great example of what ELSE can be done with whiskey barrels.

M- Light, moderately carbonated, sticks around on the tongue for a while.

D- Much like the regular Dead Guy, this goes down really easy with a lot of flavor. If this came in decently priced sixers, I would buy this for a session. Not my favorite style, but nonetheless, awesome.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 06:22:38 | More by goatxpower
Photo of Docer


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally found this to try.... of all the hype, and wide spread release... it actually showed up in Vancouver WA. Must be easier to find in Japan.

- Copper clear brew.. fuzzy fingers of white head down to a thin steady 1/8th inch of fizz.

- Sweet grains, biscuit, caramel, smokey woodiness.. light bitterness... hides it's scent rather well.

- Smooth vanilla and oak character... sweet, caramel, bitter pine hop... all blended really well. Almost like a cream soda. Very surprised.

- Smooth, lightly creamy, slightly chewy bitter... overall well carbonated.

- Much more drinkable than even the flagship dead guy.. like a slightly sweet cream soda of beers... rather flavorful, well thought out, and made.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 03:42:35 | More by Docer
Photo of erosier


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a big whiskey aroma consisting of nice oak notes, and a nice quick hop aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, deeper caramelized malts, oak notes and a big whiskey flavor with a hint of hops which is pretty nice.
M: Very smooth, warming, lighter feeling than I thought it would be, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, but the whiskey was the main flavor in this one so you'd better like Dead Guy Whiskey. Overall a really cool idea and I liked how it came out.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 11:29:29 | More by erosier
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most excellent gift from brewtull, I believe purchased at Ledger's.

Hazy and pale. Reminds me of Victory St Boisterous in appearance. Musty and smoky aroma. Flavors are akin to a very mellow whiskey drink, maybe a ginger ale with Canadian whiskey but very watered down with ice. Tons of vanilla. A very well-crafted beer that I wouldn't change a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:31:14 | More by rayjay
Photo of Strix


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel color, frothy head.

Smells of caramel malt, some vanilla, some piney hops.

Very different from regular dead guy. Big caramel flavor, slight piney grapefruit hop when cold, as it warms, the vanilla and oak really stand out. Rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel somewhat creamy.

I found this to be quite enjoyable. An interesting blend, but it works.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:45:34 | More by Strix
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass - mild head with nice lacing.

Appearance: golden copper hue - cloudy

Smell: pears, hint of whisky, pineapple, orange flinstone vitamin, honeydew, very simple and nice smell, hops, apricot

Taste: light - pineapple, hint of whisky, citrus, sour tangerine, apricot, slight taste of hops, faint milk chocolate on forefront of aftertaste, bitterness, alcohol dries out the back end of the taste

Mouthfeel: watery, chewy, crisp

Drinkability: very drinkable - not overly rich with fruit or flavor like some maibocks. very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:37:30 | More by LauraAlberts
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Duvel snifter. Served 45-50 F. Thick layer of sediment on bottom of bottle.
A: Dark hazy brown and purple around the edges. Pours thick inch of frothy head that has large pock marks. Head reduces to thin splotchy lace the sticks around snifter.
S: Sweet toasted malts. Slight woody aroma.
T: Sweet toasted malts, mild nuttiness, and smooth woody linger. Sweet whiskey is more apparent as beer is consumed.
M: Medium on tongue, very slight syrup feel.
D: Whiskey barrels smooth the brew out and enhances its subtleties.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 03:25:57 | More by THORN
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.