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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: 22
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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Reviews: 299 | Hads: 573
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on may´12. Bright orange color. Off-white, creamy, lasting crown. Floral hop, moderate caramel malt & yeasty with apple touch. Maltiness dominates flavors, eventhough they are well rounded by low bitterness. Ripe fruit -apricot & peach- hints. Whiskey malt notes in the middle, slightly wood-cask too, give a very kind warm touch to such an smooth mouthfeel. Medium body, soft carbonation. Subtle astringency. Don´t like Helles Bock style?. Try, this. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Photo of Suds
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After just having a deadguy ale, this is an interesting counterpoint. It is clearly a similar beer, but is also smoother, more rounded, dynamic, and interesting. The appearance has the same amber hue and white head. The smell, though, has a rounded complexity...wood, sweetness, brandy-like vinous scents, and some smokey notes. The taste is also smoother, and more blended. Sweet, but very drinkable. Full in body. Great.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The brownish, orangeish appearance definitely seems to be related to the oak aging.

S- Some nice caramelly, grainy malt notes mingle with a little subdued stone fruit. Very enticing.

T- A nice integration of what makes Dead Guy Ale so tasty along with the enhancements from the whiskey barrel aging. The result is a round, pleasantly bitter beer, with tons of complexity. A really nice sipper that's easy to drink.

M- The combination of the mild carbonation and the malty roundness really make for a nice mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish.

O- Would be great to try this side by side with a regular Dead Guy, but we love it just fine on its own. Another great Rogue offering.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a SA pint glass

A- Super hazy orange, can see a shadow of my finger through it but a surprisingly light color. A one finger off white dense head.

S- A lot like normal dead guy non surprisingly. A big bit of bitterness. A nice bit of grains and a lot of caramel flavors. The whiskey is also a dominant force here. I want to say I smell alcohol but I know its just my brain playing a trick on me because of the whiskey flavors.

T- Awesome. A lot of carbonation and bitterness prepare the palate. A lot of caramel, light and dark. A complex but subtle grain profile. The whiskey works extremely well in this beer, It almost gives is a candy feel, its sweet and earthy. I never noticed how great whiskey flavors are because im usually trying to get rid of it as fast as possible.

M- This beer has a good bit of carbonation and is quite bitter. The beer is surprisingly warming. It is tasty as hell and quite smooth, body is nice size and quite sticky.

O- Having tried Dead Guy and Double Dead Guy, I can now say this is my favorite member of the death's family tree. I haven't tried many barrel aged beers but I can confidently say it works wonders on this classic brew. Get some.

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Photo of Philousa
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale ale orange, opaque. Good amount of head, tries to lace, but is unsuccessful. Sweet malt, floral, with a hint of hops. Light malt, but with a bit of caramel to bring some substance to it. Some whiskey, hot liquor but it's very slight. The liquor is definitely evident in the taste. Very bitter to start with. Didn't notice it much to start, but as it warmed I got it more and more. Under the bitterness, the malt seems very balanced and smooth (it's Dead Guy, so it's good). There is a malty sweetness to it, as to be expected in a Maibock. Finish is very dry, and the balance is a little off but only due to the barrel aging.

Interesting, somewhat complex beer, but very approachable. A nice spin on an already solid beer.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a bit darker in color than John John Juniper with a smaller head. The retention is only ok, and the lacing doesn't really exist. It does settle nicely clear, but Juniper looked better.

S: Strangely...this smells amazingly similar to the Gin barrel aged version. The difference (obviously) is the whiskey. Very woody and sweet, I'm left wondering where the Maibock is? A bit light overall

T: The whiskey is stepped back a lot from the aroma. Oak, vanilla, and some maltiness from the bock base. It's nicely balanced, but as I've said the oakier side of beers are not my thing. I'd really like all of the aspects of this beer to be a bit better and well integrated. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but not great.

MF: Light with a lower amount of carbonation than I expected. The beer isn't that great, so the drinkability for me isn't that high. It's a little too malty and oaky for me.

O: $8 for a bottle, which I was happy to buy and share. I suggest you do the same as drinking a whole bottle might be too much. The whiskey isn't there enough, and the base beer isn't strong enough to carry it through.

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

Split a 22oz bottle poured into a duvel glass

A: pours a nice murky orange amber with a touch of brown.... A finger and a half of off white head, dissapates nicley leaves light lacing.

S: smells of earth and citrus, sweet hints of caramel.... A bit of yeast... Perhaps the earth is coming from the barrels? I expected a lot more whisky on the nose.... Bit overall the nose is a bit mild... Especially for a barrel aged beer.

T: yeasty breadiness developing into citrus and sweet caramel.... Accented by notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel, the whisky is deffinatly much more on the finish, again I felt like there would be more whisky here... It is very well blended in with the other flavors, making for a very well rounded brew.

M: a bit light.... With sharp medium carbonation, very drinkable crisp.

O: a very good brew, very well rounded and gives a very nice whisky and barrel profile... A mucho quaffable whisky barrel brew.

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Photo of bth86
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start out by saying this is the second time I've tried this beer. Back in January the bottle of John John REALLY impressed me! It's smooth, creamy, and sweet caramel taste had me craving more. After trying to hunt it down I finally came across a bottle and picked it up to review.

I must say the second time buying a bottle of this, and I was much less impressed! Not too sure if it had been sitting out too long or what, but I couldn't finish the bottle. The smell was nice, giving off a nice touch of oak, however the taste was poor. Very bitter, sour, skunky! After a couple sips, I poured the rest out.

How disappointing! And I hate giving this beer such poor ratings. However I would love to try this one again, as I think I simply just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to red color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, a nice abrasive hop and a caramel like malt. In the taste, an abrasive pine hop and backed up with a caramel like malt underneath. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small caramel and note of hops in the aftertaste. No nose really, eh! whatev's!

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John John Dead Guy opens with a strong yeasty aroma, bearing immediate and large notes of fresh-baked and floury breads. These intermingle nicely with strong fruit esters, the aromas here ranging from orange to apricot to berry. Good handfuls of vanilla, oak, maple syrup, caramel, and touches of earthy kola nut-like scents provide interesting counterpoints. The faintest touch of whiskey lingers at the edges, lending an edgy wildness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of superb craftsmanship and incredible attention to ingredients and detail. Only a slight tendency to fade after a bit keeps this from achieving top marks.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mainly malt-based blast, with vanillas, caramels, brown sugars, maple syrups, and floury toasted wheat crusts dominating. Fruit esters mainly tend toward the darker side on the tongue, including black cherry, fig, and plum. Touches of anise and kola nut add an earthiness, as well as black pepper. The oak aging does lend touches of whiskey, charcoal, and oak, but these blend nicely with the malts' darker notes, and do not overwhelm the brew. Hops are hardly noticeable against this onslaught, but do add bitterness, as well as hints of pine resin and plant stem. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the whiskey notes rise gently, as well as does a wet wheat grain flavor. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, lingering for a good time, and moving even more towards the whiskey flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is great beer, and the whiskey-barrel aging has given the normally hoppy Dead Guy ale a nice earthy, oak texture. It does somewhat detract from the hop profile, however, and in my opinion the brew becomes a little to overpowering in the whiskey area as it sits on the tongue and melds into the aftertaste. I also wanted for a stronger sugar base, feeling that the malty notes could have been stronger to better combat the whiskey flavors and give the beer more punch. Still, this is a good bottle, and worth trying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from 6/2011 notes. Two year old refrigerated bottle, poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber. One finger white dissipating head leaving a ring, little lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, vanilla, light whiskey. Starts with caramel and transitions into whiskey, wood and vanilla. Whiskey, vanilla, coconut finish. Hint of hops. This is a two year old refrigerated bottle. I think the hops have faded, the the balance is still well balanced and tasty.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a 22oz of this.
A. The appearance was nice, but not what I expected. Having never heard anything about this beer, I sort of expected it to look like a Dead Guy. It does not. The hue is an almost bring orange with a very bright white head that features prominently and then dissipates quickly. A very light, bright color scheme to this beer.
S. It smelled good! Malty, fruity, and with a nice oak fragrance. The aroma was actually the most pleasant thing about this beer to me since it did in fact smell similarly to Dead Guy but oakier and lighter... which might not sound that great but it was nice.
T. This was where the letdowns started. It tastes good but I expected more. It has nice light fruit undertones and the maibock taste is there but the issue is that it tastes too carbonated and, well, light.
M. Same as above. The mouthfeel really put a damper on the taste for me because it was too bubbly and light tasting. It's mouthfeel is like a pale ale without the hops, basically.
O. A decent beer, but ultimately a letdown. Not worth the price of admission and not as good as Dead Guy, I don't think and especially not Double Dead Guy (overpriced though it is). The worst part: where's the whisky barrel taste?! That's part of what sold me on this to begin with.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a nice light golden orange color with a thin white head. The head was light and faded fast giving way to only a small amount of lacing, but leaving a very persistent layer of wispy foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – Bourbon is pretty potent in the nose. There are hints of some caramel, juniper, and flowery/earthy hop mixed in with the aroma as well. Quite nice.

Taste – While the nose would have suggested a whole lot of bourbon barrel flavor, it was really quite light. The flavor was a bit more on the side of tart fruit mixed with some carmel flavors. Throughout the taste there are some more spicy flavors. While hard to pinpoint the exact identities they seem to intensify more toward the end and leave an interesting aftertaste in the mouth. Not bad, but not great either, just sorta unique.

Mouthfeel – The body is creamy and the carbonation is rather light. It overall creates a very smooth and easy drinking experience and allows the brew to cling to the tongue.

Overall – This was an interesting beer. It had a rather odd flavor profile in my opinion, kind of random, but nothing was really all that off. Although I don’t think I would drink this beer on frequent occasion, it is worth a try.

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Photo of beagle75
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tasting glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with a weak peripheral ring of white bubbles. No lacing remains on the glass and fine particulates hang suspended in the column.

S: Mild overall--what is detectable is a sharp combination of citrus and floor cleaner. Sourness is also suggested, as is honey.

T: Begins dry, with slight tartness and harsh chemical notes suggesting under-aged or otherwise poorly executed spirit. Acidity is excessive in the flavor. Volatile spirituousness stands out more in the middle where a trace of cider emerges. Beer qualities are most apparent in the finish where clean bitterness is on display and grainy malt lingers.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly acidic and ropey on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: If a beer is to be flawed, then it would do well to do so in flamboyant and memorable fashion. This beer is able to pull that off at least, defying categorization and being simultaneously hard to really like but impossible to walk away from. A very unique beer experience.

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Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy orange with a thin tan head.

The smell is a bit malty and slightly tart, a touch of sourdough.

The flavor is strangely tart with a long lingering grain flavor, a bit of oak and cedar notes come through, but the weird tartness seems to overpower everything else.

The mouthfeel is light and a bit oily.

A strange beer, it really makes me think that rogue's whiskey must be strange as well.

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

Pours burnished copper with a slight soapy head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring.

Aroma is grainy caramel malt, tropical fruit, and a mild mineral quality.

Taste is more of the grainy caramel malt from the nose. However, then a surprising musty acidic tartness takes over. Subtle oak and an unusual vinous quality. Some minerally earthy bitterness appears in the finish.

Medium bodied.

Overall, an unusual take on a maibock. Flavorful and interesting.

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Photo of rogueleonardi
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes - Drank on 1/28 - Had a sample on draft at the Indiana Brewer's guild winterfest, and then picked up a bomber from Kahn's in Indianapolis. (bottle had more flavor to it)

A - Pretty plain bottle, Not the usual cool painted bottles that Rogue does, just a label. Poured from a bomber into a Rogue Dead Guy pint glass. Nice cloudy haze look, the color is a deep amber with some orange and dark red hint to it. Minimal head with not much lacing to speak of. The color of this beer is phenomenal.

S - You can smell the Juniper from the dead guy, but theres some caramel smell from the whiskey barrel ageing, as well as a slight rubbing alcohol smell towards the end.

T - I was expecting a bit of harsh alcohol taste to this after smelling it but luckily I was wrong. The usual overwhelming fruit that comes from the dead guy ale is substituted with in this beer with a pleasant juniper taste up front, with a very refreshing sweet finish. The whiskey barrel aging did wonders for this beer.

M - Light carbonation, very smooth beer. No warming feeling from the alcohol. Has a decent body to it, not real thick but has some substance.

O - This was a very enjoyable beer. Lots of different flavors, I'm usually not a fan of barrel aged ales because the alcohol is usually more potent, but it was hid very well in this beer. However I do wish there was more of a crisp feeling from the carbonation, it's the only thing in this beer that seemed rather plain.

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Photo of bonkers
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, golden orange pour with a slight white head. The aroma is fruity, alcohol. The taste is very similar to the smell, nothing really stands out. Body is medium, good carbonation, slight alcohol. Nothing really stands out, like the idea of aging a maibock in barrels, didn't work. Not sure if it needed more or less time in the barrel.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Rogue Alehouse in SF.

A: Murky, hay-hued gold, like a light barleywine. A foamy inch head fades to a thin topcoating. Excellent sticky lacing; the glass looks like a glazed donut.

S: Roasted malts, a bit o' hops, and a kick of whisky barrel.

T: Similar to the nose. Whisky barrel throughout, vanilla, and creamy hop tones. Bitter hops and whisky finish. Oak stands the test of time.

M: Creamy, a lot more than I thought it'd be. Also, a little hot from the booze.

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Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy amber with hints of orange. Head is approximately half finger tall, off white, and dissipates quickly. There is no lacing.

S: Aromas of malts with floral hops, spices, oak, and vanilla.

T: Flavors are sweet from the malts with some hints of bitterness. The oak, vanilla, and spices really come out as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight creaminess.

O: Better than I expected and not as much alcohol warming as some beers that have been stored in spirits barrels. You can easily detect the taste from the whiskey barrels. This beer would warm you nicely if you were drinking it on a cool spring day.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft into a Samichlaus snifter.

A: Orange - red - hazey - very pretty - thin head, slight lacing.

S: Vanilla, nutty, musty.

T: Some roasted nuts, earthy malts, oak.

M: Thin, lightly carbonated.

O: I got it on draft for $3 and was not impressed. I'm a big fan of barrel aged beers, but this one didn't gain many interesting characteristics from the barrels it was stored in. Don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of BJsLove
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this brew for a day off and something new. Pours as almost a summer beer, gold with a hint of copper pour. When you popped the top the smell was immediately noticeable. The gin barrel aging is great, you get all the flavor of gin without the necessary lime and tonic mess (sorry im a beer guy) a great beer, I just wish i didn't have to pay $5.99 for 22 oz of the stuff. Still, I would recommend to a G&T lover that occasionally drinks beer. It might turn them to the lighter side of drinking

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange to golden color with a small head of off white bubbles that was fizzy and fell back into the beer quickly. Afterward there were very few bubbles rising so the head was reduced to a small ring and the beer looked rather lifeless overall.

Aroma: The aroma had some defined hops, but the oak character from the barrels is definitely a strong component of the aroma. There is some clean vanilla as well as a bit of booze noticeable in the cold beer. There is a phenolic component that is coming out in the aroma now that I have tasted the beer.

Taste: The flavor is an odd hodge podge of different components that aren't really jiving together all that well. The hops are pretty strong and they are just sitting on top of this vanilla thing with a subtle mix of sweet caramel and toasty notes from the malt. This malt thing is also rather odd in how it contributes and then the lack of carbonation shows through to let the beer sluggishly come across your palate on the way to the belly. The beer itself is medium bodied, but feels light, so any more carbonation would make the beer seem thin. The finish is pretty balanced between hops and other sensations. I would say that the hops nudges out the rest slightly, but it isn't nearly as strong of hops in the finish as the original Dead Guy.

Opinion: I don't know. This beer misses the mark for me on a number of levels. I think that it starts out by calling the Dead Guy a Maibock as it is a really hopped up version of that beer, if you can even call it one. That said, now you mix this with some bold barrel flavors that don't really seem intended to be there, so the whole thing falls apart. If barrel aged beers are your thing, which I really enjoy them myself, this may be a good one to try so that you can get another review. Otherwise, I doubt that aging this beer will bring it together, so I would steer clear if I were you.

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Photo of armock
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A - Poured a brown color with a thin tan head with no lacing

S - Has a roasty nutty nose for the most part

T - Follows the nose with a roasted and nutty malt flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - I was very disappointed with this beer this is what you get when barrel aging doesn't work the barrel added nothing to this instead it hurt it don't bother with this if you see it save your money and buy something good

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