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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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560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010)
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Photo of weeare138


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

04-21-2010 17:01:58 | More by weeare138
Photo of rayjay


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

04-21-2010 04:31:14 | More by rayjay
Photo of colts9016


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

04-21-2010 04:15:25 | More by colts9016
Photo of rootbeerman


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

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...

04-18-2010 06:15:28 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of mmva321


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

04-17-2010 04:58:49 | More by mmva321
Photo of Radley521


4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

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!

04-16-2010 12:54:05 | More by Radley521
Photo of SShelly


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

04-16-2010 01:31:54 | More by SShelly
Photo of taxguyjase

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +1%

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

04-15-2010 21:01:59 | More by taxguyjase
Photo of coldmeat23


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

04-15-2010 20:09:19 | More by coldmeat23
Photo of pastradul


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

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

04-14-2010 16:27:19 | More by pastradul
Photo of peabody


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-13-2010 01:47:05 | More by peabody
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -27%

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.

04-11-2010 21:27:30 | More by Teleweizen2
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-10-2010 17:19:12 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of merlin48


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-10-2010 14:02:13 | More by merlin48
Photo of smcolw


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

04-10-2010 00:20:12 | More by smcolw
Photo of lordkman


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

04-08-2010 23:18:14 | More by lordkman
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.85/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

04-08-2010 17:07:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bheilman


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

04-08-2010 00:39:28 | More by bheilman
Photo of KBomb


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

04-07-2010 02:42:35 | More by KBomb
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

04-05-2010 14:12:19 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of russpowell


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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

04-03-2010 22:13:33 | More by russpowell
Photo of Reaper16


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

04-03-2010 05:24:07 | More by Reaper16
Photo of jdense


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

04-02-2010 16:21:35 | More by jdense
Photo of ToasterChef


4/5  rDev +5%

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.

04-01-2010 11:55:18 | More by ToasterChef
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.