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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

559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | 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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gford217

Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a crystal clear amber with a big creamy beige head that recedes fairly quickly to a small cap and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma has a hint of bourbon with some sweet vanilla on top of the underlying beer which features caramel malts and some toasted grains. There are some light fruits as well - apples and pears come to mind.

The taste has a heavy dose of bourbon and seems sweeter overall than the aroma would suggest. The caramel malts are more prevalent, as well as vanilla and oak. The finish is very dry despite the sweetness of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is extremely smooth, but still dry and with plenty of bourbon in the finish.

I'm not convinced this one is any better than the original as I don't know if the original beer is big enough to hold up to barrel aging.

03-28-2010 03:27:08 | More by gford217
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Deep amber with a light white head

S: Caramelly malts with a bit of oak and vanilla and some bourbon

T: Sweet malts come out and the whiskey flavor is apparent. Some earthy and mildy bitter hops on the back end.

M: Medium bodied with some light bitterness. Not much alcohol heat.

D: Fairly drinkable

Overall, this was a neat experiment and an alright drinker. Nothing amazing though.

03-28-2010 02:02:45 | More by tuckevalastin
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rye726

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

Pours a medium brown with a tan head.

Nose has caramel, toffee, nutty malts, light hops and booze. Where is the barrel presence?

No oak, whiskey or vanilla presnce. Just a below average malt strong ale.

Why age Dead Guy and not something better? Old Crusty, Imperial Stout, or even Double Dead Guy?

03-27-2010 19:42:04 | More by rye726
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klewis

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -30.6%

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.

03-26-2010 00:41:20 | More by klewis
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -21.5%

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..

03-24-2010 04:32:22 | More by Tilley4
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nickd717

California

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head and average retention.

Aroma is caramel malt, vanilla, wood, light fruits, and whiskey. Smells pretty nice.

Flavor is dominated by the barrel notes. I had my doubts about Rogue -bal aging such a subtle beer, but it actually didn't turn out too badly. Flavor is whiskey, oak, vanilla, coconut, and tropical fruits. Actually pretty well-balanced and tasty.

Medium-bodied and fairly smooth on the palate with appropriate carbonation level.

Highly drinkable, and thinking back on this beer, I would definitely enjoy it if offered again. Not terribly exciting for a -bal aged beer overall, but really great for a heller bock.

03-22-2010 22:14:34 | More by nickd717
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

03-22-2010 19:23:09 | More by homebrewhawk
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dirtylou

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

22oz bomber

split/consumed during march madness

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an orval chalice, deep caramel body, foamy beige ring, decent lacing

smell: caramel, grain, rather malty. smells a lot like the standard dead guy, with only minimal traces of whiskey and oak

taste: cool concept of aging this beer in Rogue Whiskey barrels - this one is not overdone, probably by design. I think i just like my barrel aged beers a little more flavorful - whiskey and oak are very subtle.

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: fine

03-22-2010 16:40:40 | More by dirtylou
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

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!

03-22-2010 00:29:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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AlFromBayShore

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

03-22-2010 00:14:56 | More by AlFromBayShore
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

03-21-2010 16:54:43 | More by GordonQuid
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Had the John John Ale without really having tried the normal Dead Guy Ale, also my first Mailbock I believe. It pours a great caramel color, with nice head that laces the glass. There's a hint of caramel/bourbon in the smell. Hint of the hops in the smell as well. Taste is a little sweet, but like a stronger alcohol at the same time. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but tolerable. A must for BA's.

03-21-2010 02:54:25 | More by Cubsfan1087
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

22oz bomber into stout style glass at 40 degrees.

Rich off-white head, about 2-3F worth, over a orange-brown body and visible carbonation. Pretty darn clean and clear body. Nice amount of lacing.

Aroma kicks off with raisin bread, and a woft of irish whiskey and some rich, dark fruit.

Light oak/vanilla comes through in the flavor accompanied by plenty of butterscotch, and then some lime in the finish - a bit odd, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and sticky, but is cut by some orange-peel-like bitterness in the finish.

My first barrel-aged maibock, so nothing to compare it to, but I found the overall quality to be solid - just not sure it's worth more than $8 a bottle.

03-20-2010 19:08:53 | More by BeerImmediately
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A - Slightly hazy copper with a thin head.

S - Caramel, fruity, wet oak, slightly noticeable alcohol, light vanilla and really young whiskey.

T - Rich caramel with a bit of alcohol and alcohol sting. Vanilla, wet oak and hints of fruitiness. Lingering cheap whiskey finish like l just downed a shot without the alcohol burn.

M - Medium body and sweet with a good amount of carbonation and slight boozy sting. Long lingering whiskey finish.

D - I like the idea but the whiskey/barrel combo is slightly over powering.

03-20-2010 01:11:22 | More by brewcrew76
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Nice copper pour with some sediment, beige foamy head that settles, but is brought back with a bit of a swirl. Nose is malty sweetness, carmel, not much alcohol - faint whiskey notes. Taste is sweeter than I remember Dead Guy tasting, with a bitter finish - a nice addition which keeps it from being cloying. Faint edges of whiskey and vanilla. I am glad to see that the whiskey presence in this is so subtle. I have had some bourbon barrel aged beers that come off like boiler makers. Smooth body, light carbonation, easy sipper. Alcohol in not noticeable. Nice drinkability. If I had another, I would have killed it too.

03-18-2010 17:09:52 | More by Onibubba
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drocpsu

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was a medium brown and had a nice and large 1.5" head. Left reasonable lacing on the glass as it went down.

S - Smell was slightly sweet (not fruity). It was hard to put my finger on at first, but vanilla became much more apparent through the flavor.

T - Flavor was like a more mellowed and balanced version of the regular dead guy. Had a slight vanilla flavor to it (whether or not there is actually any vanilla in it, I have no idea) and oakiness toward the finish. As the beer warmed up, seemed to get smoother and more balanced.

This was very good overall. I really liked this beer and would love to get my hands on another bottle. If you like Dead Guy, this is definitely worth a try.

03-15-2010 03:01:08 | More by drocpsu
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JBogan

Nevada

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a dark honey color with a one finger creamy head which remains for a while and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma has some caramel malt along with some citrus hops and a strong whiskey bite.

Taste follows the smell, with the whiskey remaining on the tastebuds at the finish.

The medium body is smooth and with a nice carbonation edge.

This one is pretty much as advertised. It tastes like a Dead Guy ale with a good whiskey presence. Not my favorite beer from Rogue, but another solid offering.

03-15-2010 00:49:17 | More by JBogan
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deereless

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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

03-15-2010 00:37:00 | More by deereless
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%

on-tap, served in 10 oz glass.

A- clear golden copper, with minimal head and lacing

S - the main aroma is whiskey, with a little sweetness, vanilla

T - for as much of the aroma is whiskey, it's precense in the taste is minimal. basically tastes like a smoother version of the regular dead guy ale

M - moderate carbonation, light to medium body

D - smooth and easy drinkin'

03-14-2010 22:25:10 | More by jmdrpi
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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

03-13-2010 05:25:05 | More by JohnGalt1
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

If the idea of aging one of your ales in a used spirits barrel, then using one of your own barrels is a marvelous idea. It makes me think that the actual Rogue whisky isn't so important, but the barrels to age beers in... a different story?

John John Ale starts out looking a lot like regular Dead Guy: A medium copper color, low carbonation fuels a slight head that fades soon enough. Soft white foam with no lacing.

Aromas of rich caramel, high fruits, and mild alcohols hit up front. Maltiness seems very sweet with caramel and toffee leading the way. Apples, peaches, and appricots follow in strong Rogue fashion. Alcohols are present but seem to weave in and out of the sweetness very well.

Flavors are even sweeter than I got from the nose. Extremely caramelly in a one-dimentional kinda way. Fruitiness does accurately portray the tropical varieties found in aroma. Alcohols and woods may have given an oddly sharp bitterness that proved to be as much a distraction as a reprieve from sweetness. A nearly soapy note comes in late and keeps me from completely buying in to the beer.

The body is rich and sweet; almost cloying. With low carbonation the sweetness seems to linger on the tongue indefinately. Alcohol warmth is welcomed as it thins the beer for better attenuation and much needed dryness.

I am happy to see this experiment with the Rogue-on-Rogue barrel aging. While this beer finishes on the sweeter, stickier side I stand my their efforts.

03-13-2010 04:27:29 | More by BEERchitect
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Halcyondays

California

4.05/5  rDev +6%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a frothy medium white head, nice lace.

S: English Toffee, light notes of oak. Not over the top, but a real elegant subtle whisky nose which I really liked.

T: Unique whisky flavour to this one, not like a bourbon barrel at all, but you can surely taste the spiritious quality. Feels like a higher alcohol beer because of that, but the alcohol flavour doesn't come out. Malt is a tad hard to find, the whisky is in the forefront, with some bittering hops mid-palate, some peach cobbler and vanilla in there too make for an interesting flavour. I would have preferred a little sweeter finish, but this is really a nice beer.

M: Soft carbonation feel, but biting at the finish. Full body and creamy.

D: This is a delightful effort from Rogue. I'm not the biggest Rogue fanboy so I'm glad to try a brew this good from them. A little expensive, but it's nice to try something different.

03-13-2010 02:19:22 | More by Halcyondays
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

A - Medium Amber color with about a finger of head that fades to a light film.

S - Smell of Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, Oak, Vanilla, and Honey.

T - Tastes are similar to smell; Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, and Honey. I bet this would be very good on cask.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with medium carbonation and a slight oily.

D - I don't think I could drink a whole lot of this but I wasn't of the regular Dead guy Ale.

03-12-2010 05:47:54 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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yemenmocha

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -22%

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.

03-12-2010 04:30:49 | More by yemenmocha
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PBoegel

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

03-11-2010 23:57:22 | More by PBoegel
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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