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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

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Saviorself
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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

Was quite pleasantly surprised to find this on a recent excursion to Lawrence. Pours a rather vibrant ruby red to rust ornage with a high level of carbonation and a large billowing head that's a full inch high. The nose is very fruity and floral; though there is some woody notes likely due to the barrel aging. The hops accentuate the floral notes, this beer makes my mouth water. Light mouthfeel from such a complex beer, I was expecting it to be somewhat syrupy but it's not nearly that heavy. Kind of disappointing, actually. The first thing you notice about the beer is the finish. Up front it has all the qualities of a nice pale ale. There's some fruity hop things going on giving way to malt sweetness. But the finish to this beer is almost mind blowing. There's this terrific flowered wood finish that reminds me of a creek in spring, or something similar. I don't really care for the minor alcohol notes, most likely from the aging process, but that's to be expected given this style of beer. As the beer opens up it gives you a lot more from the flavor profile. The hops are floral. I get lavendar, marigold, maybe even lillies. Quite lovely. These accent the sweet caramel malt, finally leading into that wonderful finish. It's a very circular flavor, if that makes sense. There's not a lot of breadiness or biscuit qualities to this beer, it's very light on the palate and quite delacte. This wasn't what I was expecting from this beer at all, but it's enjoyable and delicious, a perfect compliment to the end of another day in a neverending hot summer.

Photo of henrysunset
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz sampler at the Rogue/issaquah brewhouse.

very clear of haze, with little head. smell is really impotent, until I accidentally got it on my nose. That brought out the woody and smoky tone that reminds me of salmon cooked too long on a wooden plank.

Flavor is good. I taste the grain, the smoke, wood and still taste some fishy meat flavors. It is interesting, and easy to drink. Really mellow.

Smoothness and drinkability are exceptional, especially at 6.4% abv.

Photo of 100floods
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold/amber hue with a cream white head. Decent amount of carbonations just from looking at all them bubbles rising to the top. Nice crisp malty aromas with some hints of vanilla added in there, probably from the barrel. Definitely tastes like Dead Guy for sure. Burnt malt yet very clean in execution. Again, notes of vanilla flavor that seem separate from other flavors. There are also some woody flavors that do better job blending with the original beer. All the different things going on leaves the buds guess each time, but not confusing them. Definitely could use a little more focus, or could it? Huge points for making a barrel aged beer out of something so 'non-imperial' as Dead Guy. Definitely something on the original end of the spectrum. Somehow the beer makes sense. The vanilla does compliment the wood and malt notes very well. If Dead Guy was a hamburger, putting this beer in a whiskey barrel is like adding cheese and bacon to the burger.

Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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 bentonquest
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of acknight
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of OldCrustacean79
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Nyskizy
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jimmy13
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ckk527
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of thearsenal
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of AdamGarcia
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip pint.

A: Bright orange. Head disipates to thin layer of lace and hangs around for a bit. Nearly identical to Dead Guy.

S: I had to search but it has the smell of a barrel aged beer plus the sweetness you'd expect from a bock.

T: Sweet caramel. Soft rum and vanilla notes. Oak aging is apparent in flavor, but not intense.

M: Soft, creamy, and full on the palate.

D: No problem finishing a bomber. average.

I was exicted for this and ultimately a little underwhelmed. My fault really, because I'm not a huge fan of Dead Guy (or maibocks in general) to begin with. Not sure why I thought the barrel aged version would be a drastic departure. It is an improvement however. Lesson learned: if you don't like the beer, don't expect to love the BA version. Glad I tried this one though, and I'll definitely pick up the other John John ales as they become available.

Worth a shot.

Photo of drinkinmiles
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Rathakem
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Whsrickqb12
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Kaiser81
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My cousin, Anthony, brought a bottle of it up to Mammoth on our ski/snowboard trip. I poured it from a 22 oz bomber into the closest thing that looks like a pint glass here in our rental condo.

A - Pours over a finger width of head Light amber color, with no carbonation bubbles coming up. The head settles to a nice ring that just floats on top of the beer. There is some lacing left on my glass.

S - I get some faint citrus smells, possibly lemon.. There is some grain mixed in, and maybe light alcohol notes. Kind of lacking for being aged in a whiskey barrel.

T - The flavor of dead guy ale comes through, predominately. There's some other citrus notes mixed in, with maybe a lingering taste of alcohol long...long afterwards in the aftertaste. But the aging in the whiskey barrels really hasn't done that much for this beer.

M - A heavy/syrupy body with plenty of carbonation. I don't really know what style this beer is supposed to represent, but it feels nice. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.

D - Tastes good, alcohol is hidden. It's very drinkable...just not what I was expecting.

Photo of dandmc24
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of Irish12
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of matthageman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of amnesia85
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.