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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

559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | 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 BretSikkink


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

03-11-2010 02:13:56 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

03-10-2010 21:47:46 | More by devilben02
Photo of everetends


3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

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.

03-09-2010 05:48:12 | More by everetends
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

03-08-2010 03:05:11 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

03-07-2010 22:33:23 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of burnstar


4.05/5  rDev +6%

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.

03-07-2010 01:19:35 | More by burnstar
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

03-06-2010 00:30:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of stephens101


3.4/5  rDev -11%

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.

03-06-2010 00:20:11 | More by stephens101
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

03-06-2010 00:18:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of bbeane


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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


03-06-2010 00:02:11 | More by bbeane
Photo of Xul


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-05-2010 03:26:04 | More by Xul
Photo of NCSUdo


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-05-2010 01:43:47 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of jfmorey


4.43/5  rDev +16%

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

03-03-2010 16:57:32 | More by jfmorey
Photo of tigg924


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

03-03-2010 14:34:29 | More by tigg924
Photo of Sallerj


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

03-03-2010 05:40:46 | More by Sallerj
Photo of henrysunset


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

03-03-2010 00:30:01 | More by henrysunset
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.33/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

03-01-2010 01:43:55 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -22%

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.

02-28-2010 16:47:29 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of elniko


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

02-28-2010 03:39:38 | More by elniko
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%

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...

02-28-2010 02:45:52 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

02-27-2010 23:39:26 | More by AdamGarcia
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

On tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC.

Orange gold pour with a 1/2-finger head. No head retention nor lacing present.

Nose is much weaker than anticipated. Faint suggestion of malt body, some bourbon sweetness, and a whiff of alcohol.

Thin initial hit, but the bourbon flavor builds quickly. Nice malt backbone here. Bourbon really lingers in the finish.

Decent body and a nice, easy drinker.

02-27-2010 15:11:43 | More by beer2day
Photo of wagenvolks


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Shared with friends at a Friday get-together.

Pours with a golden-honey hue that fades to copper at the edges. The tuft of beige head is tightly packed and consistently thin, without leaving much lacing. Interesting aroma, with fruity notes of pineapple and pear backed by a spicy whiskey barrel note that adds some funk and candy-like tartness. Green sugar canes and fresh-cut pine in the background.

Candy sweetness on the palate, but not cloyingly so, as the crisp carbonation level and whiskey-aging add a zippy spice profile to the back of the tongue. Fruity notes of pineapple and mandarin orange throughout. Medium mouthfeel is peppery with carbonation and easy to drink. Whiskey warms the stomach halfway through the beer. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting too much given Rogue's recent track record, but this is a tasty, unique take on the barrel-aging phenomenon. Kudos to Rogue Nation!

02-27-2010 04:29:38 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a cloudy honey brown color with a smallish tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is bready with an oaky/whiskey twang. Very subtle aromas nothing crazy. Taste is that of a whiskey spritzer, which is quite ok. Nice whiskey flavor but in good proportion to the style. It has a nice oak barrel sourness and whiskey flavor, followed by a general malt sweetness, with vanilla to boot. I can't say that I can pick up any specific malt flavor, the whiskey seems to neutralize that, but it does a good job balances the barrel flavors. The feel is on the light side with nice carbonation, drinks well, fairly crisp. For a whiskey barrel aged brew, this drinks incredibly awesome. The barrel flavors are perfect for the malt body, it drinks light, but as real nice flavors. Very tasty, give this sucka a try.

02-27-2010 04:12:02 | More by Gmann
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Brown and slightly hazy with tan head.

S: Sweet oak and vanilla with big whiskey finish. A nice biscuit scent in there as well.

T: Bourbon, oak ,and vanilla come out right away. Followed by a punch from the hops, and a toasty finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a little high perhaps.

D: Good, the hops seem a little out of place to me, but it is still tasty. For the price though I don't think this is something I will be grabbing again, it seems like there are comparable beers for less.

02-26-2010 02:37:51 | More by Beejay
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