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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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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
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like oak, whiskey, vanilla, caramel and a bit of spice. It tastes like whiskey, oak, caramel malt, vanilla, and a bit of apple and spice. The whiskey/oak flavors aren't overpowering at all, I thought it would be somewhat stronger in the taste since the whiskey/oak aromas were stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit oily and creamy, and also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's certainly not hard to drink. Not a bad brew overall, I think it's worth trying.

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

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly malty and sweet, with a hint of ginger and whiskey as well. On the palate, the sweet malt flavor seems to showcase some cherry and baked apple, with some very light hoppy bitterness. Really don't get a whole lot of whiskey flavor in this beer, though I guess there's a touch. The beer has at least moderate sweetness, though I didn't think it at all heavy or tiring. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice enough beer, though I really don't think it's all that different from the regular dead guy ale.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden color and fills the glass with a slight amber tinge and cloudy. A massive frothy white head forms and has decent retention and very nice sticky lacing. Unfortunately the appearance is the best thing about this beer.

Aroma is decent, but not strong. A definite boozy whiskey hits you. A little spice, good amount of yeasts and malts shine through, and some wood?

Creamy and smooth, medium body mouthfeel. High carbonation, and a very small booze burn. Not hoppy enough compared to dead guy or DDG....perhaps the whiskey barrel aging mellowed it out? A dominate yeast and malty mouth presence lingers...but keeps you wanting more hops. A little dissapointing, but a good drinker and not bad by any means.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a honey yellow with a bubbly off-white head that reduces to a merangue top. Decent retention as it reduces as well.

Has a slightly fruity smell, with barley and malt. Smell is quite subdued.

Sharp, spicy and creamier than expected, decent bitterness, but with hints of peach, apple and pear. Ends lemony and grips the tongue.

A refreshing brew, I'm glad I saved this one for summer. Pretty drinkable if you like a bitter beer.

Photo of TheSarge
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours well for a tight forming a tan head of about two fingers. The body is copper in color and is has a distinct haze to it.

The aroma is mostly of caramel and some fruity and powdery notes.

In the taste the caramel shines through again. In the finish there is a prick of pine and a hint of the whiskey.

Prickly with carbonation and a bit powdery, as is typical with Rogue beers... A little warm in the finish and leaves the palate dry.

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--John John Ale--Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Maibock Ale--Whiskey. Rich lacy dense foamy off white head. Clear bright light amber orange color. Bottle Conditioned, but no sediment. Hazes at end. Mild vanilla hop whiskey aroma. Mellow sweet fruit ester oak hint mild caramel Maibock Ale body. Smooth mild whiskey balanced hop spice end. Easy whiskey barrel aged brew. Sampled 7/9/2010. 2 @ $9.99 Each.

Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler that I bought for $22 from Fat Heads in North Olmsted earlier today into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Brief but creamy light brown head over a dark honey, caramel body. Head is very, very brief compared to the on tap version that I had earlier today at Fat Heads but the body color itself is attractive. 4.0

S Some sweet whiskey notes, some light to moderate hops, very interesting and inviting. 4.5

T Nice, moderately strong balance of whiskey malt sweetness and hops in a complex, deep bock taste. 4.0

M Moderate feel of malt and hops and very appropriate to the style. I really like the feel of this beer which is beefy enough but not syrupy thick or biting hops. 4.5

D I finished two pints within about 20 minutes. I will drink two more pints tomorrow night from the growler. 4.0

Notes: The oak whiskey barrel aging (I think that is what they did....) really works for this beer. I am very impressed with the taste of this beer that I was not sure that I would like. Recommended for sure!

Photo of hutch312
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Dead Guy, Double Dead Guy and St. Rogue Red, so I figure this must be good. Bought 3 bottles and took them out camping for a hot late May adventure. I am not much of a whiskey drinker but the combination is suburb, it actually improves the drinkability and and as the bottle warms up the transition of flavors is incredible. Next on my Radar is the John John Juniper ale.

Photo of alpineclimber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in Oregon on a recent trip, thought I better drink it before it gets lost in the fridge that seems to be gaining tons of beer these days.

The brew was poured into a chalice, small tan head on a murky amber beer. The nose is fruity and sweet, nothing really stands out, maybe some melon. Taste is decent, some fruit, a slight sweetness, the hops are there just not what they typically are in a Rouge Beer. Not sure about the whiskey barrel aging, this did not carry through to the taste. The label boasts 40 IBU, i have tasted beers with the same IBU that have a bigger hop profile, the malt probably balances everything out. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation seems light.

Not a bad beer, very easy drinking. This is my first Maibock, very interested in the other Maibock that Rouge puts out, it seems to get good reviews.

Photo of atsprings
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip pours a somewhat hazy orange with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and oaked vanilla. The taste is a very enjoyable blend of crisp caramel malts against a nice oak profile that leaves an intriguing whiskey-like finish, quite tasty. The beer is somewhat light with a decent carbonation. This is certainly a beer worth trying, especially since Dead Guy Ale was THE gateway beer to craft beer for me and remains one of my regular favorites.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz's.

A deep gold, full of life, thick, all-white head, froth city and slighlty fizzy on the top.

Caramel and toffee on the nose from thw big maltiness. Vanilla and heather honey, mix of herbs, hearty balance to the giant sweet malt. Medicinal scwnted herbs in the hops, slightly sweet n' sour effect.

A nice rye tang at first, crispy-dry feel to the malty medium body. Thick malt backbone with aged flavor's of vanilla woodiness that comes over with toffee sweetness but it's balanced out really well by a unique, earthy, tangy hop flavor. The yeast is really complex, a big X-factor...metallic heat plays with the tangy, earthy yeast that provides some sourness in the middle and then leveled off with a unique hop combo that works well with the rest.

Very spunky stuff, unique all the way, from the hops to the yeast and aged malty flavor's.

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 emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was pretty excited to try this one; kind of a letdown. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a bit of off-white head. Aromas of whiskey and sweet malt. Flavors of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla and some charred oak. Not nearly as impressive as I'd hoped. Leaves me somewhat less than excited to try the others in this series.

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 LauraAlberts
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter glass - mild head with nice lacing.

Appearance: golden copper hue - cloudy

Smell: pears, hint of whisky, pineapple, orange flinstone vitamin, honeydew, very simple and nice smell, hops, apricot

Taste: light - pineapple, hint of whisky, citrus, sour tangerine, apricot, slight taste of hops, faint milk chocolate on forefront of aftertaste, bitterness, alcohol dries out the back end of the taste

Mouthfeel: watery, chewy, crisp

Drinkability: very drinkable - not overly rich with fruit or flavor like some maibocks. very enjoyable.

Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/16/10

Poured into a tulip. Off-white, frothy, 2 finger head. Hazy, copper colored body.

Smell consisted of caramel, mildly fruity and a good maltiness. Fraint of barrel aging with a mild vanilla and a hint of raisen.

Taste was interesting. Tastes floral, mild caramel, some vanilla and oak notes. Mild bitterness that seems on the floral side as well. Mild maltiness. Definitely a very mild, hint of flavor here-and-there type of beer.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carbonation and well balanced finish.

Drinkability was good. No signs of ABV and the flavors were well blended.

Interesting beer. Oak/bourbon was TOO apparent and the beer seemed very floral.

Photo of mwa423
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear red/gold with two fingers of off white head that lasted through the glass and left a nice lacing all the way down.

S - Less aroma than I expected, so what is there is heavy bourbon oak flavor and a bit of sweet malt.

T - Heavy bourbon with only a bit of sweet malt and some yeast from the bottle conditioning. Heavy bourbon aftertaste

M/D- Moutuhfeel is light and creamy. In terms of drinkability, dead guy just isn't the type of beer that needs to be whiskey aged. Dead Guy just doesn't hold up to the flavor. However, it is an interesting and enjoyable beer.

Photo of snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a brownish orange, slightly cloudy, fine visible carbonation going steadily still several minutes after pour. Head pours nearly white, big and puffy, leaving thick sheets on the sides of my glass. Smell is good but not very strong (probably too cold). Smells malty, maybe slightly smokey.

Taste is good, malty with a good woody bitterness. A little sour, very nutty.

Mouthfeel is thick but gritty. Probably would have been smoother if I had left a half inch or so in the bottom of the bottle. Very drinkable.

Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Blue Max in the south part of the Cities not long ago. It's wonderful how many barrel-aged brews have begun to show up, just in the past year, in the Twin Cities. They are all welcome!

This brew pours an amber-waves-of-grain-at-sunset orange. The kind that would look really cool in an arsty-fartsy picture with clouds in the background. Smell is pretty out there. Oranges, oak, breath of vanilla.

John John Dead Guy doesn't live up to the nose. The maibock & barrel clash a bit unpleasantly, leading to a beer that's harsh: a little like cleaning solvent. Hard, Mr. Clean Orange up front, with a hard snarling bite that can only be bittering hops. The barrel is visible in the distance, along with a smattering of caramel squares & a strong backlash of a lager.

All in all this tastes very weird, & though not unpleasant, the barrel & bock doesn't work here. Nice effort, but not up to Rogue's usual snuff. But here's a tip-o-the-hate to further experimentation.

Photo of zhooker
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap, to a 64oz growler, to a standard pint glass. Light amber, honey-like color. Very little head, light lacing, but nice legs.

The aroma exhibits a lot of sweet maltiness, and the whiskey barrel aging is also apparent. The sweetness of the aroma is most striking, eschewing the more savory, roasted tones in the standard Dead Guy.

No contradictions in the taste. Sweeter tones are up front, vanilla and almost candy-like. The barrel-aging is has really toned down the malty "beeriness" of the ale. Very smooth. The hops are practically absent.

The mouthfeel is also very smooth. I seem to have lost a bit of carbonation in this growler though. There is a possibility this might be a little more lively on the tongue out of the bottle.

I was at a Rogue tasting when I picked up this growler, and did so because it stood out the most among the 6 different Rogue brews I was able to sample. I am second-guessing that pick now -- this stuff is good, but not great. I have certainly had better barrel-aged brews. Still, I would have this again, and look forward to drinking and sharing this growler.

Photo of DrewHodges
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 5/13/10 tasting; 22-oz bomber poured to tall lager glass.

A--hazy orange-brown, big light brown foamy head;

S--sweet malt and caramel, plus strong aroma of the whiskey;

T--taste was really complex with vanilla bean, malty thick sweetness, oak and bourbon, a little too much alcohol lingers and destroys the sweetness;

M--medium body and carbonation, a little slick;

D--this actually became much tougher to drink towards the end, too overpowering alchohol and whiskey flavor

Photo of DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rusty orange with a tall eggshell white head that leaves faint, soapy lacing. Aroma is boozy up front, with heavy notes of oak and whisky. Also subtle notes of tangerine, caramel, and fresh cut flowers. For a typically light and airy style, this beer is
packed with flavor. The whisky is right up front, and works surprisingly well in this lower alcohol beer. When the whisky backs off, I get a mouthful of vanilla, followed by a buttery, slightly earthy finish. Wow. The nice thing about this beer is that they don't kill the Dead Guy Ale with barrel character. It's still there underneath,
and it's assertive enough to peek through the layers of
extreme flavor. The mouthfeel is light and playful,almost refreshing. One of the better recent Rogue beers. Wasn't into them for a long time, but I think they're coming back!

Photo of Cresant
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was the color of a penny and clear of sediment. The light tan head left creamy lacing. Pretty.

Smell was simple - whiskey.

Taste was whiskey and Rogue yeast. Malty, caramel sweetness, but primarily whiskey. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one but I just felt like I was drinking a bad whiskey cocktail. I am no stranger to bourbon barrel aged beers but this one was too overpowering.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate zippy carbonation. Not one I would seek out again, but if you really like whiskey, this is your beer.

Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-15-10

Pours a hazy red/amber color, with a filmy white head and just a few bubbles of lacing.

Smell is very sweet, like an aged DIPA, fruit flavors with a strong malt to back it up.

Taste is just like the smell, with a strong boozy/butter character that I can only assume is a result of the whiskey. The flavor is good, but the complexity is lacking.

Mouthfeel is slick but a little thin, with strong carbonation to amplify the intensity.

Overall, nothing like I expected, but still worth a try.

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