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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: 570
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 570 | Reviews: 298
Photo of lordkman
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith Irish Tulip glass right out of the fridge. Paired with some homemade pizza.

A: Great pale amber color with sufficient clumpy lacing.

N: Pale biscuit malts and oak woodiness dominate. Nice german lager yeastiness. Nice subtle, spicy hops as well.

T: Begins with a vanilla and toffee-like oakiness that sticks around throughout the palate. Spicy hoppiness on the finish. Oak tends to dominate though, and while lending a nice dryness to the beer, tends to overshadow the malts.

M: A bit buttery, but not overly so. Very drinkable, especially as the beer warms up.

D: Great drinkability. Nice and light and easily sessionable at 6.4%.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. The oakiness was very pronounced, and I enjoyed this. I do notice though that it overshadowed some of the subtler aspects of the beer, and I would have rated it higher if it had a bit more of a malt characteristic.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of bheilman
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. The appearance is amber with a good head. The smell is a strong whiskey tinged scent. The taste is good. It doesn't remind me of a maibock, more of a strong amber ale, and the whiskey really comes through nicely. I'm not a storng amber ale advocate, but this balance of flavors is good. One of the best beers I've had by Rogue for a while. The afterttaste is not that great as it rounds out overwhelming maltness without much hop flavor, but it isn't bad. The beer is best while it's in your mouth. It is fairly drinkable although the unique flavor makes me not really want to drink too much of this in one sitting.

Photo of KBomb
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A slightly dull amber body is just a little opaque, with a fine 1 finger head. Smells a bit of green grape, booze, and just a bit of bread. The taste begins with mellow Maibock flavors of bready sweet malt and subtle notes of hops, but the finish on the beer is really impressive: the green grape sweetness is complimented by a fine oak flavor and a hint vanilla. Its like you start drinking a decent pale ale and end with a great chardonnay! The finish is nice and clean. Mouthfeel is on the dry side with effervescent carbonation that contributes to the crisp clean finish. Despite a boozy smell, no alcohol burn can be detected at all-- yet a pleasant alcohol warmth travels down your esophagus and warms your belly with each sip. Its a fascinating brew that manages to be both crisp and refreshing yet still rich and satisfying.

I like it.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance:looks like dead guy....

smell: whiskey definitly present

taste: nice whiskey flavor and it didn't dominate beer like most do. could of used more hop power like dead guy does

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: nice beer, great for a whiskey beer for me.

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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

Photo of Reaper16
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle served into a snifter. Thanks, FernMaster.

Pours a bright shade reminiscent of a ripe tangerine. The head, well, its not there. Maybe its the snifter? Anyway, the foam was only like .25 fingers at most. This looks like beer, but does it look impressive? Nope.

For brevity's sake- think of how a Dead Guy ale smells like. Sweet, caramelly, hoppy. Now imagine that the apple skin scent is increased. Now imagine that there is all kinds of vanilla and oak and brown sugar. This is much better smelling than my description would have you believe. This is light but fruity and and smooth and silky. Yeah, it smells silky. That's the word that comes to mind.

On the palate the beer is less impressive. There is a lot of drying whiskey flavor, plenty of charred oak barrel taste. The Dead Guy malt base shines through with familiar flavors but the hoppiness of Dead Guy is sacrificed. Its kind of a sweetness bomb; the hop character is missed. The barrel aging, while adding a unique twist, actually detracts from the beer in some aspects.

The barrel aging has contributed a smooooth mouthfeel. The silky feel compliments the abundance of sweet flavors. Drinkability is not very good. Too much sweetness. I wouldn't want more than, like, a 12oz. bottle (or less) of this beer at one time.

I LOVE the concept behind this beer. Age Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels which itself is made from Dead Guy Ale's malt bill. It is totally cute. Unfortunately the execution doesn't match the quality of the idea. Its still a good beer though; give it a try.

Photo of jdense
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Rogue SFO $5 chalice to Rogue Nation citizens.

1/2 finger white head tiny bubbles, pretty fast dissipation with minimal lacing. Orange amber clear body, very little visible carbonation. The nose is very boozy, really took on a new character after barrel aging, hops overwhelmed by the vanilla, oak elements. Taste is reflective of nose, oak, some vanilla, quite boozy, the hops are pushed aside. Medium mouthfeel, smooth, a bit sticky. Too boozy tasting to be drinkable, needs some cellaring to calm down the hot alcohol character, I'm going to sit on the bottled version for a while. Interesting, but too bourbony for me.

Photo of ToasterChef
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. The beer is opaque with an orange/copper color. There is one finger of off-white foam that is slow to settle. It leaves some lace behind. I can pick up some whiskey and oak in the nose. There is a little bit of sweet malt hidden behind the barrel aging aromas. I can taste orange citrus and sweet caramel malts up front. As I swallow, I pick up the whiskey, but without any burning feeling. The finish is almost a bit funky. It's interesting. This aging complements the already great Dead Guy. The beer has a heavy body. I can really feel the carbonation in each swallow. It also feels a bit creamy. A thin coat is left behind. My glass of this beer is pretty drinkable, but the brew isn't as suited for multiple rounds like the regular Dead Guy is. I can see the whiskey notes being off-putting to some drinkers.

Photo of sk8man121
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of gford217
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tuckevalastin
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rye726
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.01/5  rDev -21%
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..

Photo of nickd717
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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