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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: 567
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 18
Gots: 32 | 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 mynie
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bomber was all expensive and shit, but seeing as I live a balla lifestyle I didn't think twice about grabbing it.

It's been at least a few years since I had a Dead Guy, but it pours almost exactly as I remember it. A deep, sparkly shade of mahogany that's so exactly redbrown that it seems to fluoresce.

Smells pretty weak. I'm fairly sure that Dead Guy actually has a firmer aroma. Smells like rounded, buttery toffee malts and then just the wee bittiest hint of bourbon burn.

Tastes not as strong as I had expected but nonetheless fucking excellent. Like, wow. Deep caramel hangs over a start of buttertoffee and ripe fruit, moving into herbs and citrus hops, then finishing on vanilla and bourbon and Rogue's delicious wonderbready yeast. That's the kicker, right there: the yeast.

I nearly thought this was a letdown, for the first few sips, and had I written this review at the beginning of the bottle I probably would have given the taste a 4.5. Thing was, it seemed a little light to cost as much as it did. But I can't hold that against this, as it's not supposed to be a big beer. It's supposed to be balanced, smooth, drinkable, and wonderfully variegated, and it's all of those with spades.

mynie, May 06, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark copper color with a half-inch of frothy foam. The aroma is dominated by a very strong whisky scent, to the exclusion of all else. Thankfully, the whisky woodiness is more subtle upon taste--moderate bourbon with a creamy vanilla edge mix with decent caramel malt and medium bitterness. Yeast character is lightly fruity--is this really supposed to be a maibock? Finish is a nice balance of woodiness and malt.

One of the better whisky barrel aged beers I've had. Well-balanced.

allengarvin, May 02, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

JustinA1 hooked us up with this gem.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured out clear and pale gold, but settled as bright copper. A tall, foamy, white head formed on top initially, though it settled to a thin halo after a minute or so. Very fine sediment is suspended throughout the body. No lacing.

Smell: Lots and lots of juicy, red apple. Whiskey is certainly there, but the alcohol component is absent. Very interesting.

Taste: Lots of juicy red apple and whiskey flavors, just as in the smell. I appreciate that the alcohol is kept very low in this one - it really allows the milder flavors, like ginger and oak, to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated but soft and foamy. Medium-to-light in body, malty, very smooth. Nice!

Drinkability: This was odd, but interesting. I was happy to try it once, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

ThreeWiseMen, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of femALEist
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of the bottle.
This beer is aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.

It poured a clear orange teak with no head.

It smelled sweet with honey, some light whiskey, light oak, caramel and slight mango.

It tasted of caramel, toffee, whiskey, slight grapefruit, with a good hop finish. It had a slight burn to it from the whiskey but it had good carbonation.

It was light but had a good flavor. I am glad I tried it. I wouldn't kick it out of bed.

femALEist, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of gnemesis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks richbrew! Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter on 3/29. Pours the color of honey just like the bottle says! 2 finger white head quickly dissapates. Smells of fruit, malt, little hops, and apple juice?! I get the same tastes with wood, sweet honey, and a slight alcohol finish. light to medium body and lightly carbed. Drinkability is so-so. A whole bomber is almost too much.

gnemesis, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Exiled
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz Bottle)

Pours a hazy orange color with an off white head. Smell is caramel malts, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Taste is caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, with some whiskey notes. Creamy medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

Exiled, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Waterbury, VT...
Appears a muddy toned haze of amber with a small, off white head that quickly fizzles away. Very little lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.
Taste is of the same with a hint of hops peaking in between sips of this hot beast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, oaky, smooth, and hot of the booze via barrel aging.

weeare138, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of rayjay
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

rayjay, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of colts9016
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is white head creamy frothy with good retention. The color of the beer is a dark amber color. The beer's clarity is clear to brilliant. There is some effervescence bubbles coming from the bottom. There is some lacing.

Nose: A nice caramel roasted malt, yeast, bread, and biscuit aromas. There are notes of low fruity esters and wood.

Taste: A nice solid malty base that has notes of caramel, yeast, bread, and toasty. There are notes of a nice floral bouquet, citrus, pine, and white pepper.

The mouth feel is carbonated, slightly astringent, and clean.

Overall The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This is a descent beer. has a lot of characteristic of the dead guy but a little more woody. Not a bad beer, enjoyed drinking it.

colts9016, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle foamed over as i was lookin for my glass. poured into duvel tulip
A: pours deep honey to amber, with a finger or so of off white head.
S: smell is very similar to dead guy ale, malt and bit of earth but a almost unoticable whisky hint.
T: to quote my dead guy ale review "sweet malt, very light hops. straight forward taste" but with the again slight whisky and charred oak flavor.
M: a little bit thicker than regular dead guy,
D: this could be a pour, its easy to drink just not much new in the taste department. not the best greatest but not the worst...

rootbeerman, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of mmva321
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields 4 fingered head that is slightly off-white head that recedes faster than my patience for this beer. The body is a clear, light-amber color. Like a thin honey. Not too impressive, but that's fine. There's a lot of carbonation that rises in little columns and is fun to watch.

S: Perhaps the best aspect of this beer. It's pretty sweet. I immediately pick up the malts and Sazz hops and some apple scents. A little vanilla coating seems to meld it all together. I pick up the slightest hint of oak barrel, but I don't know if I'd get that if I hadn't known to smell for it.

T: The idea hypes this up for me. Dead Guy Ale (one of my first beer loves) aged in whiskey oak barrels. A brilliant concept. So why does this taste like watered-down Dead Guy Ale!? That brilliant maibock taste becomes a bit convoluted with the slight hints of oak and whiskey barrel along with a stronger presence of sweet flavors like apple and caramel. Nothing seems to dominate here, but intead of that making the beer well balanced, it seems more like a messy cacophony of flavors. Still, considering its base as Dead Guy, it still tastes good.

M: Watery. It doesn't serve the beer well. Also, the carbonation seems a little flat.

D: A disapoitment for sure, but it still is a an easy drinkin' beer and easy to enjoy. Perhaps I would have liked this more if I had less expectations and less experience with Rogue and barrel aged beers. But still, the concept screams out to be bold, but it holds back, settling for safe instead of great.

mmva321, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Radley521
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The thinnest of heads atop a rich honey color. Somewhat hazy as it is bottle-conditioned.

Aroma: Malty caramel and vanilla tones from the oak barrels.

Taste: Wow, great complexity. Up front there is a significant floral and pine. It is amazing that this beer is only 40 IBU. The mid-palette has honey and caramel highlights. Then, the surprise...this wonderful vanilla-oak that arises from the throat with the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Silken and smooth. Very little carbonation

Overall: This paired with the vanilla ice cream and butterscotch...hedonist, indeed. This was in my top 10 beer experiences.

Redneck Grade: Slap your momma, your sister, and your wife!

Radley521, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of SShelly
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear, medium amber, little head with zero retention.

Light malty aroma with not much behind...decent

flavor is medium malt with subtle crisp bitterness Behind, finishes light and sweet.

Not as far away from regular dead guy as I was expecting, decent but not exceptional.

SShelly, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of taxguyjase
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lightly opaque amber; with a sturdy white, frothy head. 3.0/5.0

Smell - Hmmm...whiskey. Malt is subdued and slightly sweet. I would have preferred a strong aroma. 3.5/5.0

Taste - Gotta say it again...hmmm...whiskey. Oaky, with a tasty, toasty sweetiness near the middle of the taste. Finishes off as you would expect a sip of quality whiskey would, with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Flavors are balanced and not overly strong. - 4.0/5.0

Feel - Smooth, full aftertaste. Lacks the syrupy quality that I've seen in bourbon beers, but that's ok, this one works. - 4.0/5.0

Drinkability - This is an amazing harmony of a spirit and beer, would definitely get this one again. 4.0/5.0

taxguyjase, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

GLASS: Pilsener Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This pours up a nice looking golden amber color, with a decent orange cast to it. Almost three-fingers of off-white colored foam sit on top. The retention is pretty good and the lacing is better than minimal, but not really impressive.

The nose is full of graininess. Light touches of fruit sweetness come in and out. Hint of yeastiness. Decent, but slight, whiskey barrel presence.
The nose is a lot less than I expected. Underwhelming at this point.

The taste is slightly better, but it's still dominated by a huge graininess. The whiskey presence is detected a touch easier here. Light hints of vanilla with a good amount of oak. Mild fruit sweetness, like a ranier cherry. Full yeastiness, bringing a good deal of spiciness with it.

This is full-bodied and has a great mild-to-medium level of carbonation. This gives it a clean feeling, yet also brings in a good touch of creaminess.

I'm not a huge Rogue fan, but I really thought that this might be the one to win me over. No such luck. It's okay, but that's about as good as I can say about it. I'd reach for quite a few other beers before this one....barrel-aged or not.

coldmeat23, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of pastradul
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep caramel color and look a bit on the thicker side. The aroma isn't much there, maybe the beer could of been a little bit warmer then when it was served? At the initial taste it has a bit of caramel taste to it, but much less then the standard Dead Guy Ale. The whiskey flavor is much less then you would hope for. This was an easy to drink beer, but nothing all that special... like I said, going after Curieux is a tough job. give this one a 3.5

pastradul, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of peabody
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy light iced tea color with one finger of off white suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is yeast and hops. Not really floral but a laid back hoppiness. Alcohol is present in the nose.
Taste is a sweet mix of candi sugar and mellow malts with a tinge of bitterness thrown in. Kind of a boring beer but the taste is very nice.
Mouthfeel is OK. Kind of flat but that could be the age of the bottle. Don't see the date.
Drinkability is good here despite the slight flatness.

peabody, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Teleweizen2
2.78/5  rDev -27%
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.

Teleweizen2, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Big 3 finger head. Slightly off white head. Golden ruby/orange color. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Smell is caramel malt, oakiness, smokey. Interesting smell. Toffee, a litlle acohol hint of whiskey. Some rye, vanilla.

T. Earthiness, toasty grains. Somewhat sweet finish. Unique tasting beer. Mild whiskey flavor. Taste is good.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a slight sweet aftertaste.

D. This is an interesting beer. Many subtle flavor nuances that make this unique. Drinks very easy.

siradmiralnelson, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized beige head. Good retention and some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

Lovely aroma has a caramel malt profile with an abundance of citrusy hops(orange and pink grapefruit). Hints of whiskey and woodsy oak add a nice touch.

Medium body and carbonation with an earthy feel from the barrel and yeast.

Taste is balanced. Plenty of caramel maltiness here, but nicely countered by dry and grassy hops that have just a hint of citrusy grapefruit. Oaky wood is prominent, but I didn't pick up any vanilla. Bourbon whiskey notes emerge as it warms.

Barrel aging is subtle and it works very well here. Just a bit edgier than the regular Dead Guy.

merlin48, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive rocky head; it leaves chunky lace on the glass. The liquid is cloudy and deep amber in color

Creamy malt aroma. Little, to no hop nose. The alcohol is subtle but present.

There's a greater hop presence in the taste (particularly in the foam of the head), but this is still a malty offering. True to the bock style with a slightly bitter bend. The body is not as rich as some bocks, but I'd still describe it as above average for most beers (naturally). Perhaps it's the just below average carbonation.

This is an easy-to-drink bock with a greater level of hops on the tongue--the kind of bock I like best.

smcolw, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of lordkman
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

lordkman, Apr 09, 2010
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of bheilman
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

bheilman, Apr 08, 2010
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.