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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: 564
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | 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.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010)
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a frothy medium white head, nice lace.

S: English Toffee, light notes of oak. Not over the top, but a real elegant subtle whisky nose which I really liked.

T: Unique whisky flavour to this one, not like a bourbon barrel at all, but you can surely taste the spiritious quality. Feels like a higher alcohol beer because of that, but the alcohol flavour doesn't come out. Malt is a tad hard to find, the whisky is in the forefront, with some bittering hops mid-palate, some peach cobbler and vanilla in there too make for an interesting flavour. I would have preferred a little sweeter finish, but this is really a nice beer.

M: Soft carbonation feel, but biting at the finish. Full body and creamy.

D: This is a delightful effort from Rogue. I'm not the biggest Rogue fanboy so I'm glad to try a brew this good from them. A little expensive, but it's nice to try something different.

Halcyondays, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Medium Amber color with about a finger of head that fades to a light film.

S - Smell of Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, Oak, Vanilla, and Honey.

T - Tastes are similar to smell; Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, and Honey. I bet this would be very good on cask.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with medium carbonation and a slight oily.

D - I don't think I could drink a whole lot of this but I wasn't of the regular Dead guy Ale.

SanDiegoBeerLove, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very slight haze to this orange to pale amber beer. Not much head, even with vigorous pour. Nose has some peach skin fruity aromas. On the palate there's the immediately noticeable high abv, honey-malty flavors, some cough drop flavors, and then finishes with more malty sweet and alcohol warmth.

yemenmocha, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a chalice, pours golden light orange, average clarity with an off white head, tight beads about an inch and a half thick.

Aromas are barrel upfront, vanilla, toasted coconut and orange, some clean slightly sweet malt, very little hops but some earthy and herbal notes.

Flavor is very well balanced, some nice dead guy clean slightly sweet malt and light lemon zest hop character, vanilla, oak. Earthy and woody hop character in the middle. Some bright citrus in the middle as well with a nice front to back bitterness. Caramel and toasty notes linger in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation and some slight woody astringency but characterful.

Really like this twist on Rogue Dead Guy, a bit expensive for a 22oz beer, but all things considered a good and worthwhile beer to seek and experience.

PBoegel, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a thin film of head, brown color with some red highlights. Clear. Nose exhibits some bourbon and vanilla notes alongside the malty caramel and toffee notes - diacetyl is on parade.

The flavor is wacky, just about what you'd expect from some barrel-aging of a maibock. Toffee mixes with vanilla, and zings with oakiness. Finishes warm, a little dry, full of booze, but there's just not that much there.

Interesting take, not a great beer. Fun enough, but one is, also, enough.

BretSikkink, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of devilben02
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I find that the barrel-aging thing is becoming a bit overdone, Dead Guy aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels sounded too interesting to pass up. Poured into a Rogue-branded chalice, the John John has a golden-orange color with a thick creamy head. I didn't sense much of a Maibock in the aroma, with the barrel imparting a definite woodsy character that was about the only aroma I could definitively identify.

Curiously, the flavor is no different. The beer had really taken on the essence of the whiskey, with a soft, woodsy, peaty flavor like a Scotch rather than a bourbon sweetness. The whiskey is certainly not overpowering, though, with the flavors being quite soft, and I wouldn't call this one boozy. There is a bit of lingering earthy hop bitterness, and the mouthfeel is more like the beer I expected, with a resinous, almost buttery texture that is substantial but not too heavy. Overall, this beer is not a remarkable experiment, but it is interesting, surprising, and pleasant, and I would drink it again.

devilben02, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of everetends
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City. Just saw that it was a new beer I hadn't seen and threw it in the cart, probably in hopes that Rogue could change my most recent impressions and actually wow me. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: You know, this doesn't look half bad at all. Big ole gunsmoke when I popped the cap. Good, solid, amber/brown body making it happen here. The body is crystal clear and appears to be light in body. Heavy carbonation activity moving around in here. This built about a finger of creamy white head. The head has a really nice creamy weight to it and has some damned good retention. It falls slowly to half a finger that really sticks around. Throws up big patches of foamy lace on the glass. Impressed so far.

A: Well . . . it doesn't continue to impress in the aroma department. This is quite weak here with barely any aroma at all and almost no complexity in this department. Pretty much all I am getting here is a hearty German grains presence. There is also almost an adjunct type aroma as well. No oak, no whiskey, no malt presence. This is weird.

T: Hmmm . . . its weird because everything is so faint. Yet again we have a majority of grains and an adjunct type flavor. Behind that everything is incredibly muted if at all present. Getting a light caramel malt presence. Vanilla from the oak is incredibly faint and I am not getting any whiskey presence at all. **edit: after this warmed up completely, the faintest whiskey made itself noticeable** I am not saying that the taste is bad but it lacks complexity and depth. Its kind of one dimensional and I expected much more.

M: Has a nice weight to it and it is at a medium (from the look I was expecting it to be a light body, pleasant suprise). ABV is noticeable and this is the biggest similarity to the whiskey note. Has a much more boozy presence in the feel than anything at all with a good amount of heat on the throat. Aftertaste is some faint whiskey and grains.

D: This is very easy to drink but my impression is a bit on the meh side. Its ok and with ok you get an easy drinking beer. Its nothing to big and its absolutely not complex or challenging. Its not going to be a problem to kill this bomber but its just a bit of a let down for me. It could be much more but this beer seems a bit rushed and it didn't seem to get very much attention (unless they were going after UBER subtlety). Its ok. thats the best I can say.

everetends, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: A bright and clear golden orange splashes into the glass and a head quickly forms and settles about two inches above the beer. Head manages to stick around for some time but not evident lacing is left behind.

S: Smells a whole bunch like Dead Guy, not much barrel but it's there in traces of vanilla, cherry, oak not really all that much whiskey character but it really does not detract from the overall aroma. Subtle, soft and delicate, sort of wish there was more coming at me but alas it does not.

T/MF: Tastes much like the regular Dead Guy but with hints of the barrel: light cherry, vanilla, toffee and oak just like the aroma that imparts a soft sweetness on the beer. Feel is incredibly smooth, also cask like in its softness. Finish is lasting but not overpowering and leaves traces of buttery vanilla on the tongue.

D: Interesting beer and a lot lighter on the barrel character than I would have ever anticipated, which in a way is nice, sometimes it's nice to let the beer do most of the talking and the barrel compliment everything else that is going on, but there is still a lot to be desired here.

bluemoonswoon, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First nice Sunday in a while. Went down to the cellar and this popped out. Into my dogfish super glass.

A: Poured with 2 and a half fingers of white head. Really nice lacing for a barrel aged beer. Cross between a honey and amber color.

S: Little bit of oak with a touch of vanilla. For a barrel aged beer this has a tight nose.

T: Very nice actually. You get the oak and the vanilla comes through clear and sharp. Quite a bit of malt in there as well. The sweetness and vanilla lingers in the finish.

M: Very creamy and smooth.

D: I liked this beer but it is missing something. I am not a big dead guy fan but this worked for me. It is rare for such a small beer to be barrel aged and I think more brewers should take a chance. For the price however I will grab something else.

aerozeppl, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark gold with a medium sized persistent head. Smell is mild toasted malt with a noticeable whiskey note. Taste is balanced. Some caramel malt. Some herbal hops. Again a touch of whiskey and oak is present and goes with this beer nicely. Not overpowering or gimmicky at all. Smooth well rounded mouthfeel. Easily drinkable. Overall this is quite good.

burnstar, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy dark copper color with a nice off-white head that is very dense but has some medium chunky bubbles. The head recedes slowly but recedes down to a nice mat. There is a almost no stickiness as it recedes.

S - Delicious malty sweetness with some grain and biscuit character. Along with these expected flavors there is a nice woody/oaky aroma that has some nice spiciness to it. Slight whiskey like aroma and sweetness.

T - Whiskey and oak are immediately felt along with some nice malt caramel sweetness. Slight grain taste as well as some dark fruits and hints of spices. The only flavor that seems to mellow out compared to Dead Guy is the hop grassiness. Its still a good beer and has some interesting flavors but I don't think I will have this anymore.

M & D - A nice light body but with nice depth in flavors. Drinkability is high with good flavor and nice ABV level.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of stephens101
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-orange and topped with a two-finger fluffy tan head that lingers a while before breaking up and leaving some thin stripes of lace behind. Not much in the nose; maybe some caramel malts and distant hops. Tastes sweet up front with a slight hop bite in the middle and a slightly oaky finish. Fairly smooth and medium bodied. Not as bold as I had hoped for, but not bad.

stephens101, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that sports some large bubbles and lasts a while.

Smell: bits of oak, whiskey, and caramel are easy to detect.

Taste: grainy malt base, caramel, fruit sweetness, oak, and a touch of alcohol make up a tasty brew. Bitterness is moderate enough to balance this out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to your tongue.

Drinkability: this beer was flavorful and satisfying. More than one big bottle can be enjoyed in a session.

Gavage, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of bbeane
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... has little off white head that mostly disappears, not leaving much behind. Beer is a murky amber color with little activity

S- Sweet smell with notes of oak, bourbon, and bread

T- Malty sweet notes of alcohol/bourbon and a pronounced oak finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation... leaves a nice oak alcoholic taste in your mouth

D- Based on taste, very drinkable. I don't believe it's gonna be readily available on a regular basis so that will probably keep it from being in my hands on a regular basis


bbeane, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper/light amber with a very slight haze, capped by a foamy one to one and a half finger, slightly off white head which quickly receds to a half finger and holds steady there.

S: Citrus and grain notes are up front, followed by caramel and brown sugar malty aromas and whiskey/oak and vanilla. The nose is fairly subdued and it took a minute to pick out more than the upfront hop and malt bases.

T: A bit of oak up front with a strong caramel base, followed up by a flash of citrus in the middle. Finishes with a blend of heavy oak, smokiness, some earthy bitterness, and hints of leather.

M: Moderate carbonation with a smooth feel and a big enough body to support the oak and smoke flavors.

D: Tasty and not a high ABV, but the amount of oak and smokey flavors get to be a chore after a while. Not something I'd want more than one of.

Xul, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear dark copper under a medium white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet nose with some oak and vanilla, slight hint of whiskey.

T: Malty, toasted, sweet mixed with a big oak, vanilla character. Hint of whiskey again.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is good. Very balanced beer and solid through out.

NCSUdo, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of jfmorey
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A cloudy amber color with a creamy head that diminished to gook lacing.

The fine smell of oranges and vanilla

I was expecting malt, but the initial taste was citrus, pine, the oak and whiskey presence was in the back, good balance.

Overall a very refreshing and drinkable ale

jfmorey, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, golden brown in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Taste: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium/high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A good beer only if you like the oak taste. I think this one may be overly oaked and it looses some of the flavors that make the original so tasty. I would pick this one up if I needed an oak fix, but otherwise would pass.

tigg924, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Sallerj
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a beer with such a nice balance of robust flavors, the John John Ale doesn't smell like much. The taste is bold, but in no way overbearing, with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, which gives way to a hoppy finish with hints of dark fruit and honey, and a lingering whiskey and oak flavor. This is a delicious beer.

Sallerj, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of henrysunset
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

henrysunset, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy aged in whiskey barrels. Pours a clear coppery gold with a modest head that dissipates except for a ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smelling notes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some citrus, and wet hay.

Taste is very smooth. Strong whiskey flavor, but not the alcohol associated with it. Vanilla and oak flavors are carried along through the middle, ending with bitter orange peel.

Mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation, but enough to give it a little creamy feel. Finishes dry and refreshing.

This beer is very drinkable, offering a lot of flavor with a modest amount of alcohol. A good beer for night sessioning.

Beerenauslese, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -22%
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.

mikesgroove, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of elniko
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Glowing amber with relatively minimal head. Nice lacing and carbonation apparent.

S: What I would expect from Dead Guy is not there, instead replaced by tones from the barrel. Wood, vanilla, and perhaps a little caramel.

T & M: I hate using the term but this brew is definitely smooth. Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation apparent. Tones from the nose correspond in taste. The barrel aging does not completely overwhelm which I have encountered in other barrel aged brews. Subtle vanilla tones apparent throughout.

D: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Another quality brew from Rogue.

elniko, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty unremarkable in-house "collaboration"...

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Awfully designed label with Rogue branding and a snapshot of both brewers holding pints in front of barrels with their signatures signaling their collaboration and authentication of the beer... Side notes a brief description of the brew, serving instructions, alongside a detailed list of ingredients. Shows IBUs (40), AA (78), Platoº (16) and Lº (16). Lacks bottling or freshness date. Served in a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy deep amber pour, with a short frothy head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S - Aroma might be the best feature of the brew and it is nothing to rave about. Malty notes, with a sweet touch... It hints of skunkiness, bitterness, luckily softly, to then insinuate some vanilla and oak richness. But it does not quite get there.

T - Lightly sweet malt with a bitter rough edge, minimal vanilla notes returning to the light bitter-sweet side.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation, a bit of a harsh finish around the bitterness.

D - It's not torture but the drinkability is barely acceptable. For an instant it hints at a nice profile but zig-zags around it going back to watery or harsh bitter notes.

Notes: Certainly worse than their Dead Guy Ale, which albeit not extraordinary is a pretty OK brew. Here it feels like they messed it up for the sake of it with the barrels, and the results are subpar. The design is not necessarily horrid but lingers on a label that a couple of guys on a brewing session would have taken and slapped on the bottle lazily. Good for them but something that I would not encourage using on a label... But this would be somewhat irrelevant if at least the brew inside were truly worthy. But put this brew together with this presentation and sure you got something else in your hands...

Daniellobo, Feb 28, 2010
John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
86 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.