John John Dead Guy Ale - Rogue Ales
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3.63/5 rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - the cap pops and the foam starts rising up the bottleneck. Just feisty, nothing more. Getting this into the glass quickly, it's a bright but muddy tangerine and amber color. The head is quick to form, flare, and die down. Watery and wispy, it does somehow manage to hold a thin cover for a bit.
Aroma - a mixture of oak, coconut, and mash. Definitely influenced by the barreling.
Taste - the malts are short-lived with a splash of chew before the whiskey flavors start up. Lots of oak and coconut. On the swallow, the hops lend a shallow kind of bitterness. Maybe some light grapefruit rind but mostly just a base moderate bitterness. A decent melding of the flavors on the finish, good length as well.
Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, good smoothness, slightly tempered carbonation, or its just a little bogged down with the weight of the brew.
Drinkability - the hops come across a little tangental to the rest of the beer. Maybe a fruitier variety or just less of them would have made a more concise flavor profile, but I like the beer apart from that.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2011 05:01:44 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.28/5 rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours a honey gold with a billowing white head that recedes quickly. After a couple of seconds, a thin white mousse is all that's left of the head.
S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, honey, grain, and whiskey are quick to make their presence known. This beer does not demonstrate the really whiskeyish, complex aromas of some other barrel-aged beers, but the aromas that are there have a beautiful presence and balance, gradually blending as the beer settles and warms.
T: A malty, sweet entry quickly leads to pronounced notes of bourbon barrel cake, blended whiskey, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, pepper, oak, and grassy hops. The finish is rich and long with notes of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and coconut.
M: Medium to full in body with a dry, firm character. Carbonation is not all that present, but it's there in the background. A bit more drinkable than some other barrel-aged beers I've run across in recent months.
O: This is an extremely nice barrel-aged ale that does not lose the character of the regular Dead Guy Ale. As I am a huge fan of the regular version of this beer, I cannot help but view this as a richer, more complex version of it. Very well done.
Serving type: bottle
12-11-2011 13:08:46 | More by mrfrancis
4/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A nice big three finger head of off white is produced with some good retention and cap. Body color is a nice red copper but also just a little hazy too. Has almost a frozen like appearance.
Great nose on this, mild butter, oak, vanilla and malts. Some dried spices, almost juniper like and herbal. Good mix really enjoy this.
Taste is unexpected. Tart, vinous but wet, almost sour, a complete one eighty degree turn from the expected nose. Malt richness expected from the nose just doesn't come with any of the feel, it's quite wet, but also brings a complimenting herbal quality. Finish after awhile brings sour peach and fuzzy apricot, which is quite interesting.
Overall this is a very unique beer, nothing like I've ever had. I guess I am still drinking it and enjoying it so I'll call good, even though at first it seems real unexpected, wish there was a bigger malt backbone on this but there ya have it.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2011 17:25:41 | More by smakawhat
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Like DG, this beer is a hazy apricot color. It has a good-sized head and the nose carries notes of toast and citrus, plus a slight woody aroma.
Like DG, this beer is quite strong. It has a nice rich, malty backbone with flavors of biscuit, lots of marmalade, and maple syrup. Rogue did a good job with the barrel-aging on this one. It must be minimal, for the oaky vanilla flavors normally associated with it are subtle. They tend to blend in with and complement the other flavors of the beer instead of overpowering them, making the beer taste ``muddled'' (I think Southern Tier Unearthly suffers from this).
This is a strong beer and must be quaffed with respect! I enjoyed it.
Serving type: growler
11-21-2011 11:26:42 | More by deadonhisfeet
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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