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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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very good

299 Reviews
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Reviews: 299
Hads: 573
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 21
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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%

2010 vintage that got lost in the cellar, so oak and whiskey are probably long gone.

Fairly hazy, peachy copper with a foamy cream head. Aroma is herbal and sweet, with caramel malt dominating, and a surprisingly strong whiskey and vanilla character. Flavor is also sweet and malty, with said whiskey and vanilla adding complexity, and a lightly bitter, oaky, toasted finish. There's a bit of a tangy character that's slightly offputting. Not sure if it's barrel-derived, but that wouldn't surprise me. Still retains a bit of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick off-white head into a snifter that dissipated quickly. the body was a bright amber color.
s - honey and caramel.
t - honey and caramel with some oak coming through.
m - medium and slick body.
o - decent beer but i wish the oak was more pronounced.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't seen this one before and thought it was neat. Loved Dead Guy and enjoyed Double Dead Guy so I figured I'd pick it up.
Poured into pilsener glass; light amber like honey in color with a fluffy long-lived white head made of very fine bubbles.
Smells of buttery crackery malt, light caramel.
Taste reminds me a lot of Double Dead Guy, without the booze heat. Crackery caramel malt, tons of Maillard reaction flavor with some light vanilla and oak in the finish.
Mouthfeel is clean and medium bodied.
Overall, not much difference from Double Dead Guy here. Maybe I should try them side-by-side but eh well. Still tasty!

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love beer aged in oak and just could not pass this one up.

Appearance 4.0: Gorgeous, deep golden color. Nice, 1/2" head that stuck around for most of the session. Opaque with some particulate matter, which is always a plus in my book. Very nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Nice nose on this brew. Subdued and somewhat dry, but with a very nice bouquet of corn, oak tannins, malt, vanilla, wood rosin...lovely.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly tart, but mellow. Middle is where the barley and the oak start to mingle and...wow...what a delicious mingling it is. Also, at this taste level, I detect hints -way in the back of the palate-- of whiskey. Finish features a fantastic vanilla/wood rosin taste mingling with the liquor notes and the light hops along with the malt. Aftertaste is long and features so many flavors, but the oak notes are of special interest to me.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Reminds me of Innis and Gunn in the old days, before demand forced them to change how they aged their beers. However, I&G never featured taste collages like these. Excellent balance on almost every level and just an all-around fantastic beer. Recommended.

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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 Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a hazy and cloudy amber color with some sediment floating around, small white creamy head with decent retention and no lace

S- typical sweet and malty helles aromas, a bot of toasted grain and some woodsy oak undertones

T- upon first taste, it tastes similar to regular Dead Guy Ale, the barrel flavor kicks in mid-palate with oaky vanilla notes, I'm not really tasting any whiskey flavors. The finish is sweet and malty with more woodsy notes

M- medium body with low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel leads to a slightly sticky finish

O- for the style, its pretty flavorful. Was a bit dissapointed in the lack if whiskey character, but overall nice and malty with an oak kick

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-orange amber color with an off-white head and decent lacing

S-malt, caramel, vanilla, oak, hint of whiskey

T-bready malt, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, whiskey, minimal bitterness in the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol a little more noticeable than I would have thought

O-a decent barrel-aged ale, flavors work pretty well together

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Photo of Moose90
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A — Pours a really deep coppery hue into the glass. There is a thin head on it that fades and leaves a little bit of lace with each sip, though its more of a coating, kind of oily.

S — Smell is boozy, rich, malty, slightly corny, and whisky forward. There is a nice chewy malt base as well.

T — Taste is driven by the barrels, the base beer gets kind of dominated and overwhelmed by the barrel and whisky component, unfortunately.

M — Medium-Full bodied, quite sweet, rich, and boozy, but not heavy somehow.

O — Nice overall, certainly assertive on the barrel presence, the base beer kind of fades out and doesn't seem to stand up the the barrel.

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Photo of Danno48
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

She pours a hazy iced tea accompanied by a very shallow and quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing.

Smells.... well fantastic. A proper smelling beer. Very sweet on the nose with grape and fig fragrance. Smells very much like a Belgian strong dark.

Tastes of honey and oats... then a slight and soothing woodsiness from the barrel aging and maybe a dry, apricot type sweetness. Just delightful.

Very light on the tongue for the amount of flavor. Mild carbonation.

Lovely beer. And worth the money for one who wants to try something once. Having it with some nice Bleu d'Avergne which works wonders.

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Photo of Alyssat_
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I drank the first half of the bottle just under room temperature while the second half chilled in the freezer. The first half was wonderful. The whiskey notes were prominent but not overwhelming. I can't really put my finger on the taste, but there is a mellow sweetness that follows the initial whiskey flavor. The second half tasted like a slightly hoppy Blue Moon. I regretted letting it chill! Really interesting aroma. Misleadingly herbal. Overall good beer. I prefer it to regular dead guy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter.

A: The beer is hazy orange-amber in color. It poured into my snifter with a sudsy head that quickly died down to a thin partial film over the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

S: Moderately strong aromas of malts, whiskey and wood in the somewhat fruity nose. Interesting and complex, although not a perfect mix in my nose.

T: The flavor is a little better than the aroma, with a solid malt/barley base, beer is quite malty and notes of wood and whiskey from the barrel aging process. Hints of yeast, spicy and herbal hops, honey and dark fruits are also present in the taste. Good sweet/sour/bitter balance, leaning slight towards the sweet/sour dimensions.

M: On the high side of medium-bodied with a very good, low-moderate amount of carbonation. Quite smooth with nearly no alcohol harshness.

O: A rich and complex ale I enjoyed quite a bit despite having no particular fondness for whiskey. The whiskey barrel aging adds a good level of wood and whiskey to the aroma and flavor, and probably contributes to the fine mouthfeel. Improved with warming.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. No bottled on date, and I dgaf. Super stoked to try this beer! Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

A - Pours a murky cloudy orange color. No head to speak of. Looks amazing!

S - Oaked vanilla from the Dead Guy Whiskey barrels, amidst a crisp floral hop smell. Smells amazing, too.

T - Extreme burst of vanilla. Hot booze. Super delicious. Barrel aged beers are definitely my thing, and I am dying to try the Dead Guy Whiskey, so my first bottle of Rogue John John Ale is a lovely precursor to that for sure! I might be enjoying this beer more than I enjoy the actual Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

M - Sweetness invades the palate from start to finish. Burnt brown sugar taste lingers, which is very distinct.

Overall, very glad to have found and tried this. If anything, it might have been just a tad bit TOO sweet, but an excellent beer! I will definitely buy this again.

Rogue John John Dead Guy Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of warrenout330
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a chalice

A- pours a deep orange golden color. Frothy white thick head, quickly disappears to nothing but a thin white sheet over the liquid.

S- caramel malt, vanilla woody undertones. Earthy funk, mild alcohol ting in the nose.

T- earthy funk. Vanilla woody highlights through out the beer.. earthy hops. A perfect melody.

M- prickly in the mouth followed by a hop bite. Sweet highlight through out the ale
... almost slight creamy in the back.

O- very interesting take on a hells Bock. Dead Guy is a phenomenal ale.... this really highlights it on a slight Bourbon barrel feel... they really did well with timing on the aging of this beer on the wood. If anything longer this would of been a mess

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Photo of drpimento
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer! Poured at a good temperature wilth a decent size, light tan, foamy, frothy head that soon settled and some lace. Color is a clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is the best part here and is malt, whiskey, hop and aromatic. Flavor doesn't have mujch of the whiskey, but lots of malt and some hop comes through. It's also fairly dry with carbonic tang balanced nicely with the bitter and the slight sweet to take the edge off. Body is also excellent and is soft, but not overly and great carbonation. Finish is like flavor, good burps, a little boozy, the whiskey flavor finally comes through, and a bit on the long side.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark honey colored with a thick white head that leaves a little bit of lacing down the glass. Lots of cloudy stuff lingering around in the glass.

S - Sweet malts, wood, and a little alcohol hit the nose.

T - Hits the tongue a little flat. Turns into whiskey and hops. Very sweet and pretty smooth. Not a lot of depth, but if you're a whiskey lover it works well. Could use a little more love from the ale, but not bad at all.

M - Full bodied and leave a very thick film in your mouth. Pretty flat, I think more carbonation would really set this ale off.

O - Decent barrel aged ale that I would really like to try on draft.

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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 Wolfpack2005
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep tawny hazy orange that leave about a two finger head that fades quickly but maintains a minimal coverage.

S-Sweet caramel malt aroma with small hints of whiskey.

T-Taste follows the nose with the sweet caramel malts with a slight honey sweetness. Then I get a mild whiskey/oak barrel flavor thats not overwhelming and grows stronger as the beer warms up. Also picking up some slight vanilla notes.

M-Noting exceptional, medium body, light carbonation.

O- This whiskey/barrel flavor is very subtle. I really like the beer because dead guy is one of my go to beers and will still get this beer on occasionally in the future, but would have liked a little more of the barrel flavor.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Autumn Brew Review, from notes.

Pour was a reddish haze of amber with a finger of creamy foam. Smell was biscuit and bready malt, caramel, dark fruit, oak, lightly vanilla.

Taste started with a nice base of honey sweetness, biscuit and bready malt, honey-nut-caramel and peach, then a very pleasant oaky-vanilla tone from the wood.

Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation.

This is an already decent beer that has been barrel aged to add some subtle complexity. Not at all overpowering in the whiskey department. Very nice.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth foaminess, which leaves back a cascade of froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass but doesn’t leave a whole lot of lacing behind. The aroma is heavy with oak and vanilla that meld fairly well with the caramel sweetness here, while a touch of ripe citrus sits underneath.

The taste is nearly identical to the aroma; with more strong oak and vanilla character which sticks to the base sweetness of this while underlying citric hops add a touch of crispness to the profile. More of a burnt whiskey feel hangs on the edges and pull in the back where it leaves the finish dry and tannic feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling on the tongue with a firm creaminess that then blows a bit on the palate. The only alcohol I’m getting here appears to be coming from the barrel.

This was OK but overall, the base Dead Guy just doesn’t seem burly enough to hold up to the strength of the barrel at times, with a lot of oak, vanilla and burnt character really starting to emerge as this warmed up. This wasn’t bad to me or anything but just seemed like it needed a little more balance between the base and barrel.

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Photo of Kromes
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a thin lie of bubbles on top. Sweet honey and caramel malt aroma with a touch of alcohol and fruity esters. Sweet caramel malt and fruity esters mix with a vanilla and oak flavor. There is a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish to balance it out. Medium body and the feel is peppery from the carbonation with a lingering bitterness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark burgundy color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aromas of whisky notes are quite dominant with some light caramel malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a good mix between the caramelized sugars from the malt backbone with some nice whisky notes that are not too boozy. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing earth shattering here but very nice nonetheless.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden orange color with a fingers worth of slightly off-white head

S: Less pungent than regular dead guy, but some nice light oak and caramel notes come through. Not particularly strong in any way, which is a big turn from the regular which is usually in-your-face lager yeast and malts. Interesting difference for sure

T: Very pleasant. The base beer is still great and recognizable, but the barrels add a nice subtle oak and vanilla flavor to the picture

M: Medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation

O: If you want a beer that is going to slam you with whiskey, this is not your beer. The oak and whiskey are light and subtle, but present enough that you certainly notice them. Very solid beer and barrel-aging job here by Rogue

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz served into a snifter.

No born on date, but supposedly fresh from the truck.

A - Pours a slightly hazed amber/red. 2 fingers of cream colored head looks thick and blankets the ceiling with micro-bubbles.

S - Bready malt, alcohol vapors, golden grahams cereal, faint fruit, hints of vanilla, bright fruit, peaches,

T - Bright caramel, honey sweetness, very bready, suggestions of wood, clean but doughy yeast (if that makes sense), peaches, toasted grains covered in honey.

M - Very smooth feel, light to medium bodied, semi-sweet finish.

Bright and bready are 2 words that would describe this beer.

If it wasn't printed on the label I would have never guessed this was aged on whiskey barrels.
The signature pacman yeast is very present.(nutty and doughy) The barrels seem to add creaminess and hints of vanilla. (I guess) Nice fruit profiles and nice honey flavor.

A solid beer that has grains of barrel aging and pulls it off. Outrageously overpriced so this is a one and done.

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