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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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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 jsh420


2.98/5  rDev -22%

pours dark amber copper with a 1 finger off white head that faded pretty fast and left some spoted lacing

smell is light and watery - some faint malts and earthy hops

taste - much better then the nose - but still for whiskey barrel aged this beer is a joke - telling me it was aged in barrels and it adds nothing only hurts the beer - it tastes so so maybe some oak - light malt some fruit some hops - nothing to see here move along

mouthfeel is a little heavy - good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is not good and i would never buy this again

02-25-2010 04:07:16 | More by jsh420
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

In my pilsner glass, this was a really attractive beer. Copper-colored, thick white head resembling whipped cream, some lacing. Nice caramel malt aroma, a bit of whiskey. Caramel taste, some whiskey, and late hoppiness. A good maibock. I hope Rogue does some more barrel aging.

02-24-2010 16:24:19 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of djaeon


4.65/5  rDev +21.7%

Tried this on tap at Small Bar in San Diego.

A- Pours with a medium amber color with little head.

S- Smells like a good strong Bock with some definite whiskey undertones. Not out in your face, but definitely not hiding either.

T- Malty, lightly oaky, lightly whiskey'y. Some hoppiness and citrus flavors, although not too strong.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. I likes this one a lot.

D- I found this to be surprisingly drinkable. A lot of the whiskey barrel aged beers seem to have a stronger flavor than this one, but I think it works here. I'll pick up another if I get the opportunity.

02-23-2010 23:37:47 | More by djaeon
Photo of clickpush


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

22oz bottle to tumbler. Found this at Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA... never seen (nor hear of) it before. $7.49 for a one off bomber is a rare find. Had to try. Strong pour yields minimal white head over dull copper body. A slight haze but for the most part pretty clear. Very little carbonation visible, slow & far between. Head has diminished to almost nothing... a tiny halo w/ a spit of lacing. The beer looks inactive (and perhaps dead)... let's have a whiff.

Nose is light for a barrel aged beer. Some vanilla, light fruit aroma of peaches & cream. Some notes of pale malt, slightly acidic, and a hint of grassy hops. I thought this one would come screaming out of the glass, but I'm underwhelmed. Let's give it a chance to redeem itself...

Bold, hoppy body, full, thick, creamy, and long lasting. This is a substantial beer in the mouth. Enters with subtle, sweet notes of vanilla & honey, then EXPLODES with hops as it progresses backwards, bitter yet flavorful, pine bough and grapefruit pith. The swallow leaves a long lasting bitter flavor in the mouth, somehow dry yet sweet in the after taste. Well carbonated, long lasting, and chewy goodness.

This tastes like a might fine, mighty big beer. No idea on the alcohol but I'm sure it's high. One thing on the label surprises me: 40 IBU?! This is a killer hoppy beer. I mean that in a good way... and I am by no means a hop head.

More please. Great flavor, great value. Very drinkable.

02-23-2010 05:56:50 | More by clickpush
Photo of GregSVT


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

22oz bomber into a tall pint glass

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a white head that fades to near nothing and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is malty with a vanilla aroma. Not much to the smell...I was expecting more whiskey. As it warms the whiskey is more apparent but only slightly.

T: The taste starts with a malty sweetness followed by a bit of vanilla and a slightly spicey hop finish. The barrel is more apparent in the taste but again it's not as pronounced as I was expecting.

M: The feel is ok I guess...kinda light and the carbonation is decent. Was hoping this would be thicker due to the barrel but I was wrong on that one as well.

D: Not bad drinkability besides the price point.

Worth a try I guess but don't buy too many of these. I'm really interested in trying the Rum Barrel Brown Ale now...hopefully it's a bit better.

02-23-2010 02:02:45 | More by GregSVT
Photo of beertunes


3.63/5  rDev -5%

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium honey-amber color with a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left just a trace of lacing.

The aroma was very subtle with the most noticeable aspect being the whisper of whiskey. There is a slight malt presence in the background. The taste has a very noticeable whiskey presence. The rough edge usually found in Dead Guy is smoothed out by the time in the barrel. Very enjoyable.

The body is good, neither heavy nor light. Drinkability is also pretty good, although I don't think I could drink more than a pint or a 22 at a sitting.

I am not a fan of Dead Guy but I enjoyed this a lot. It's worth your time.

02-22-2010 19:53:09 | More by beertunes
Photo of froghop


3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

pours a clear amber with a medium size off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is floral, a slight amount of citrus, caramel, and malt.

taste is creamy, malt, butterscotch, a tad sweet, caramel, and hops found in the back, ends smooth, and a little dry.

02-22-2010 00:52:27 | More by froghop
Photo of saccro


4.28/5  rDev +12%

A - med-dark gold. Thin layer of bubbles. Clear.

S - malt. hint of whisky aroma. no hops.

T - the first thing you taste is whisky, but it fits nicely. Beautiful Rogue malt profile. Hop bitterness really kicks in in the aftertaste. Very tasty.

M - very smooth. Light carbonation (growler).

D - highly drinkable. So tasty.

02-21-2010 17:51:55 | More by saccro
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

22 oz bottle, not dated; poured into a large wine glass.

Pours orange-brown in color with small off-white head which dissipates quickly but leaves plenty of lacing on the surface and glass. A bit hazy with some carbonation.

An intense caramel aroma with plenty of malt. A bit sweet, with notes of vanilla and honey. Lots of whiskey notes throughout the flavor. Plenty of oak, woody, and smoky qualities as well. A bit of honey and floral notes present. The aftertaste is more smoky whiskey and oak. Not much alcohol warmth.

Rather light body with a very dry finish. This is in interesting barrel aged beer. Like a good whiskey without any of the alcohol heat. Definitely a beer for whiskey lovers, I enjoyed the smoky and oak qualities of it.

02-21-2010 14:11:26 | More by goldbot
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

A ale or maibock?Who knows,but I have always kinda liked the Dead Guy,oak aging it left me skeptical but I liked it.Poured into a .5 liter stein a hazed burnt orange with a craterous one finger head atop.Toasty caramel aromas with some of that vanilla tinged oak,a slight leafy hop presence shows thru as well.Flavors are toasty and warming,I picked up a hint of melon and leafy hop as well.I like the toasty warming finish,solid and not overdone.

02-20-2010 22:18:16 | More by oberon
Photo of bcm119


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

Hazy amber orange, minimal head. Aroma is slightly boozy, mandarin-like, tea, citric hops and overtones of whiskey. Hoppy in a passive aggressive sort of way. Oranges and tea come through in the flavor, on a medium toasted malt body. Whiskey is subtle but evident in the toasted oak undertones. Upfront sweetness fades to a semi dry finish with lingering oily hops, toasty caramel and oak. This beer comes to life as it warms. Balanced and subtle, with some really nice flavors to be found if you look hard enough.

02-20-2010 03:54:18 | More by bcm119
Photo of Goldopelgt


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

A- Pours a light orange-ish/amber color with a crisp white head that dissipates fairly quickly with little lacing...

S- Smells of oak and whiskey up front...as it warms, more toasted caramel malts, vanilla, and a hint of sweetness become more prominent and balance nicely...

T- Initially sweeter than expected...gives way to toasted malts, caramel, and an oak flavor with a hint of whiskey that seems to linger on the palate throughout...the original Dead Guy is in there somewhere, but masked rather well...

M- Medium bodied, yet seems a little thin...carbonation on the lighter side, but in a good way...very smooth and silky with a far more booze-y feeling than the 6.4% suggests....

D- An interesting brew to say the least...Drinkable, yes...Yet not my favorite by any means...If you're a fan of 'Dead Guy' you may or may not like this beer...It's sort of hit or miss in my opinion, worth a try, but probably not a revisit...

02-20-2010 03:03:54 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of whoneeds8


4.05/5  rDev +6%

Poured into a New Belgium goblet orange/amber color with a two finger white head. Minimal lacing. The nose is very strong of vanilla and whiskey. Can't really scent anything from the Helles Bock. The taste is very interesting. The regular dead guy is there, but there are strong whiskey flavor up front that mellows out to a very strong vanilla note. There is also an odd flavor, it's almost like an artificial peach flavor. The mouthfeel is rather light, no alcohol burn from the bock or from the whiskey flavor.

02-20-2010 00:52:22 | More by whoneeds8
Photo of david18

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

My only complaint about this beer is the price. Pretty much four or five dollars more than a similar beer but definitely interesting and definitely better than the standard Dead Guy.

Good malty aroma and flavor. Great dark color and a lot of character for a beer this low in alcohol.

02-19-2010 22:09:06 | More by david18
Photo of flannelman808


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

A: Looks good, this one has nice white foamy head with decent lacing. The beer pours a bright amber copper rose color.

S: I get honey and vanilla on the nose, followed by a little bit of spice and something herbaceous, maybe juniper.

T: Lots of oak on this one... I think i mistook the herbaceous quality in the nose for something other than woody oakyness...
There is some bitterness here but the whisky like quality is very powerful. That said the beer is rather light in body.

M: light on the tongue, a little bit prickly.

D: not very high for me as this beer is very woody for my palate.

02-19-2010 05:27:43 | More by flannelman808
Photo of brownbeer


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

I'm not sure how to score this one, as I don't really have another whiskey barrel aged maibock to compare it too.

Burnt orange color with a creamy, white crown.

Oaky aroma gives off toasty vanilla with caramel undertones. Definately dominated by the barrel, not necessarily the whiskey aspect.

The fruity hops and soft grains in the flavor bring out the spirit of the bock. Has a bit of browned butter from the barrel. The body is medium and the finish is long with caramel and vanilla. In the end, the dead guy in it is subdued, sadly.

This could be more epic had they aged double dead instead to bring more body and depth, along with aging potential.

02-19-2010 03:45:52 | More by brownbeer
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Served on-tap in a 10 oz. cocktail glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a honey tinged glow and a very slight sudsy head of carbonation which disappeared completely, leaving the ale looking like a glass of whiskey.

S: Smells slightly spicy and herbal, with hints of oak, charcoal and tobacco.

T: Flavor is muted and smooth at first, with a semisweet caramel malt flavor, low in dextrose. Then, in comes this whiskey flavor which dominates the entire palate. Very oak and spice flavored with a whiskey-tinged alcohol sting and mellow, earthen finish. No real bitterness, save the bite of the wood, so hops are muted in the process here.

M: Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied and smooth as hell. Very low carbonation, but not syrupy at all.

D: A dangerous sipper indeed. I honestly felt like I was sipping a whiskey high ball. The wood-aged character and flavor is so pronounced and makes this 6.4% ABV bock one smooth criminal. I could easily have had a few - before during and after dinner. Nice work, Rogue.

02-19-2010 03:36:02 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The pour yields an amber orange body gets lighter as it reaches the edges of the glass and has a nice glow to it. There is a thick three finger bone white head that fades to a tight cap, leaving an ample amount of bubbly sticky lacing.

The smell is a fleeting citrus hops followed by caramel, vanilla, oak and bourbon. This is a very interesting smelling beer, the citrus hops and crisp lager characteristics come through but they are evenly matched by the oak and vanilla from the barrel.

The taste is not as pronounced as the smell, it's a bit muddled. The hops and bourbon seem to collide in an unnatural way. The citrus hops and crisp lager characteristics are nice, and the vanilla, caramel and bourbon oakiness are also pronounced, but neither component takes a back seat. The flavors keep rolling over each other, competing in a weird way.

The vanilla and bourbon make the beer seem boozier than it is. The beer is medium bodied and crisp, which is definitely different from most barrel-aged bourbon tasting beers I have tried. This is an interesting beer that I am glad I tried, but not one of my favorites.

02-19-2010 01:51:52 | More by rpstevens
Photo of omnigrits


4.45/5  rDev +16.5%

Poured into a straight pint glass, nice copper colour with a good amount of white head and some lacing.

Subtle oak aroma with some citrus hops and a hint of caramel. The oak is not so obvious in the taste at first but is retained in the mouth after swallowing. Lightly sweet up front with a nice dry finish. It's very well balanced between malt and hops. Good mouthfeel.

If anything, this is just a little too easy to drink. Very, very nice indeed.

02-18-2010 23:09:55 | More by omnigrits
Photo of jera1350


4.6/5  rDev +20.4%

Golden orange color with massive head of fluff that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Head retention is outstanding.

Amazing smell of vanilla bean, tons of oak and whiskey. Just a pleasure for the nose.

Nearly as pleasing as the nose. Oak and whiskey shine brightly in the taste. Warm booze and complimenting vanilla. So much flavor in a style not known for it.

Soft and creamy in a medium body. Very dry and clean finishing.

Drinks so easily and so well. I will have no problem putting 22 oz. of this down. An all around well crafted beer that is so unique for this style. I will have to pick up some more of this one.

02-17-2010 01:47:11 | More by jera1350
Photo of tko741

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Shines with hues of gold and ruby in the glass, with a good two-finger head that becomes a thin layer atop the brew. Average lacing.

Smells of charred oak, subtle citrusy hops, caramel, and whiskey. Can't wait.

Whiskey lovers rejoice. Begins with a clear rush of golden whiskey taste, following with a slight malt sweetness and a pronounced hop finish. Aftertaste is smooth and oaky. Mouthfeel is marbly and spongy, very nice...not heavy but not thin, either.

Given its lovely whiskey taste, decent hop profile and lightness, I'd be drinking this often.

02-16-2010 03:34:41 | More by tko741
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Nose is softly oaky, citric, floral, and honeyish. Smells pretty good.

Pours deep gold, clear, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Oak is noted first. Citric and honey tones in background. Simpler maltiness than I recall from Dead Guy - perhaps the wood mellowed it out. Dull rum/whisky vibe. Overall muted flavor profile. Finishes slightly sticky sweet with lingering smokiness. Tastes pretty good. Moderate carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Feels good.

Pretty good drinkability. Not overly exciting, but fun to try. I could have enjoyed a stronger oak, or a stronger likeness to Dead Guy... instead it is kind of halfway in between the two with nether a clear leader/focus or a congruent balance.

02-16-2010 03:00:59 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours a clear orangy light-brown color with minimal head. Smell is of carmel with a touch of toasted grain and vanilla - faint hints of whiskey, coconut, tropical fruit. Taste is a delicious, mild, yet well blended concoction of toasted grains, sweet carmel, vanilla, oak, whiskey, tropical fruit and coconut. Great smooth body, light carbonation, not sticky and no aftertaste. Very good beer... the coconut was a big suprise and the toned down whiskey heat is very welcomed after too many barrel aged beers going overboard.

02-15-2010 16:11:35 | More by rfgetz
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4.05/5  rDev +6%

Pours a clear copper, medium aber color with good bubbling. The head dissipates pretty quick, but leaves some nice filmy foamy film on the top. The aroma is a toasty caramel malt snuff, but lets not forget the hint of vanilla and oak whiskey that gives you a little suffle of interest towards the end of each sniff. The taste starts with wet, toasted bread with a little unsalted butter on it. The middle has a more caramel and toasted grain flavor with just a splash of mellow whiskey. The finish is amost creamy in texture with some vanilla and even more mellow whiskey flavors. But added t that comes the very faintly roasted oak barrels that the whiskey was aged in. This is a nice alternative to the original Dead Guy ale. This is sessionable, but since it an oak aged, whiskey barrel maibock, it seems almost a little too specia for a session beer.

02-14-2010 22:10:12 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Kaiser81


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

My cousin, Anthony, brought a bottle of it up to Mammoth on our ski/snowboard trip. I poured it from a 22 oz bomber into the closest thing that looks like a pint glass here in our rental condo.

A - Pours over a finger width of head Light amber color, with no carbonation bubbles coming up. The head settles to a nice ring that just floats on top of the beer. There is some lacing left on my glass.

S - I get some faint citrus smells, possibly lemon.. There is some grain mixed in, and maybe light alcohol notes. Kind of lacking for being aged in a whiskey barrel.

T - The flavor of dead guy ale comes through, predominately. There's some other citrus notes mixed in, with maybe a lingering taste of alcohol long...long afterwards in the aftertaste. But the aging in the whiskey barrels really hasn't done that much for this beer.

M - A heavy/syrupy body with plenty of carbonation. I don't really know what style this beer is supposed to represent, but it feels nice. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.

D - Tastes good, alcohol is hidden. It's very drinkable...just not what I was expecting.

02-14-2010 06:42:38 | More by Kaiser81
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