John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales

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John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale

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86
very good

568 Ratings
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Ratings: 568
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color. It poured with a half finger-high off white head that quickly died down and left a thin film of bubbles covering the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of malts and oak in the nose.
T: The beer is quite malty and the barrel aging process contributes notes of oak and hints of whiskey. Hints of spices are also present in the taste.
M: It feels on the high side of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has a bit of dryness and hints of stickiness.
O: The whiskey barrel aging makes the aroma and flavors slightly more interesting compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Sometimes I think I'd be better off dead. No wait, not me, you."

--Jack Handy

Blazing bonfire orange with butterscotch highlights. Generous carbonation has created a pillowy crown of golden beige hued froth that filled the upper half of the pint glass on a controlled pour. There are plenty of interesting surface features during melting and the glass is beginning to see small sheets of suds-like lace.

The nose is a letdown. The base Dead Guy doesn't add much and the whiskey is barely appreciated. Earthiness, tanginess, wood, alcohol... that's about it. Time and warming add nothing.

John John Ale Dead Guy fares a little better on the palate, but this isn't much better beer than JJ Spruce Gin or JJ Hazelnut Rum. It sure is a head-scratcher why the offerings in this series don't measure up to their base beers. Maybe the brewery needs a lesson or three in how to barrel-age.

Okay, so it tastes like a maibock aged in whiskey barrels. Points for that. I'm still not sure why it doesn't come together as well as it should. Lightly toasted-earthy-bready-sugary malts combine with wood notes and what tastes like a less than well-distilled spirit that doesn't contribute much caramel or vanilla. Dead Guy Whiskey might be world-class (doubtful), but it's impossible to tell given what it adds/ doesn't add to this beer.

Competent alcohol masking (not that difficult given the ABV) and some improvement with warming allow the drinkability score to be bumped. The mouthfeel isn't as buzzily bubbled as feared. In fact, it's silky smooth and creamy, which is no surprise given the brewery in question.

In the end, John John Dead Guy is probably my favorite in this series, barely edging out John John Spruce Gin. I'll still take Rogue's regular offerings every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was very happy to see this one tap at Barleys last night. Served chill and consumed on 02/27/2010.

Pour was a little weak, headless light brown in color with no visible carbonation coming through the glass at all. Not exactly the way I would have wanted to start this one out. Aroma is warming, bourbon, vanilla, hints of grain and a touch of buttery note coming through but as it warms the bourbon really takes over and owns the night. Hot, unbalanced flavor for me. Light touches of vanilla and oak are overshadowed by way to boozy of a flavor. To me it spent too much time in the barrel as the underlying flavors are gone. Sharp, very hot finish that leaves you a little put off.

The original dead guy is a classic, but I really just dont think this treatment worked as well as it could have, dont think I will buy a bottle of this one.

Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly above average brew, The beer poured out as a light orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of this beer wasn't too bad. There was a noticable amount of barrel aromas in there along with the malts and some faint hops in the distance. The taste was really good on the first sip, there was a good amount of barrel aged flavors but as I drank more it seems to fade away. The beer starts to taste like a normal Dead Guy ale to me by mid glass. The mouthfeel of the beer was again a little on the thin side which bugs the hell out of me... Overall I've had much better barrel aged beers in the passed. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 oberon
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ale or maibock?Who knows,but I have always kinda liked the Dead Guy,oak aging it left me skeptical but I liked it.Poured into a .5 liter stein a hazed burnt orange with a craterous one finger head atop.Toasty caramel aromas with some of that vanilla tinged oak,a slight leafy hop presence shows thru as well.Flavors are toasty and warming,I picked up a hint of melon and leafy hop as well.I like the toasty warming finish,solid and not overdone.

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

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of tight foamy, creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice webbed lace around the glass as it duly recedes. It smells of sweet and astringent whiskey barrel characteristics - vanilla and wood, over a generic maltiness. The taste is semi-sweet malt, followed by that unmistakable bourbon whiskey - nutty vanilla, corn mash, caramel, wet wood, and mild alcohol. A bit of bitter leafy hoppiness rounds things out. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight and smooth enough. It finishes bittersweet, the barrel, malt and alcohol intermingling to that effect.

An enjoyable whiskey influenced beer - the subtleties of the base bock overridden by the barrel. That's not to say that this is over the top, just that it's nicely augmented by the extra flavours.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, caramelized malts, some fruit and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of honey, whiskey and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, continuing Dead Guy Ale or Lager argument aside it's a good representation of style, although this is a case in my opinion where barrel aging does not really improve a good beer, this is version is still worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper-amber body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - A fruity aroma of plum and red apple with some herbal notes of sage and cinnamon. Light whiskey notes of vanilla and wood.

T - Bready malt up front with some brown sugar and red apple. Spicy notes of cinnamon and clove in the middle as well as a bit of vanilla. The barrel notes really kick in during the finish with more vanilla and a woody whiskey note that blends well with both the burnt sugar and the spice. Lingering red apple and cinnamon as well as a moderate hop bitterness and burn sugar acidity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, the barrel aged character is much more prevalent in the flavor than it is in the aroma, though there is a definite uptick in complexity of the aroma, compared to regular Dead Guy, that would have to be due to the time spent in the barrel. The woody character in the flavor seems a little thin to me as compared to what I am used to from most barrel aged beers. This may be because the average barrel aged beer consists of a stronger base beer, or it may be due to the characteristics of the barrel. Either way, while this is an interesting experiment, it comes off a little flat and seems to need something more to make it really pop. In the end I don't know what to think about this one. On one hand it is lacking and weak, with flavors that need more force to back them up, but it is something more interesting and flavorful than the base beer, so I can't quite say that it was a waste of a barrel. I don't regret the opportunity to try this, but next time they might be better off using double dead guy when they have the itch to put something in a barrel.

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge 3 finger head on my aggressive pour. It fades at a medium pace with fluffy bubbly results. The beer is very clear golden orange color.

N: Semi bock like, with some malts, dark wheats, sweet toasty wheat malts, a little caramel, some oak and vanilla too, quite a bit of vanilla, somewhat creamy. Touch of toasty sweet malty lager like aromas.

T: Starts somewhat bourbony and a little boozy. Semi sweet with creamy wheat malts, a little caramel and sweet syrup, A little chewy malts. Some toastiness and touch of sweet malts lager flavors. A little boozy and alcohol flavor which is surprising for only being 6.4%. Touch of oak and some vanilla. It has a slight hay flavor and a somewhat unpleasant bitterness as it warms.

M: Somewhat creamy, medium to light body, decent carbonation.

F: Gets somewhat bitter on the finish. Not really much of a hop flavor but bitter. A touch of grassy hops though. Some sticky sweetness and more sweet malt lager flavors lingering. A little hay flavor and wheat.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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