Dead 'N' Dead
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Bock - Maibock
Ranked #4
Ranked #8,182
4.01 | pDev: 7.23%
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels, Dead N' Dead is the evolution of Dead Guy Ale. The barrels enhance the robust malt and hop profiles of original Dead Guy Ale. The ale soaks in hints of oak and whiskey while maturing over several months at the Rogue ocean aging room.
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; bronze in color; 1 finger light tan head that receded to a thick collar; very little lacing;

S: sweet brown bread; caramel; a hint of oak and whiskey; as it warmed, a little dark fruit;

T: follows the nose; the oak and whiskey are a little more pronounced; mild bitterness at the end, but the focus here is malt;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I enjoyed this; the original maibock came through, with the added bonus of some character from the barrel aging;

May 01, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super murky burnt orange body with a crown of clear bubbles. Sort of how I felt about double dead guy applies here: not as good as the original. Whiskey and wood dominate the taste, bordering on hot, with caramel malt, black pepper, doughy bread, and slight flowers. Smell is milder, which is both good for the booze heat and bad for the bouquet. Feel is very warm verging on hot, malty, smooth, and body is medium to heavy for style. Goes well with pizza

Mar 27, 2020
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sjdevel from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - hazy and dark brown / copper - 1-2 finger head upon pouring from a 22oz bottle - nice retention
Smell - great German character - malty and rich - slight booziness and nice barrel notes
Taste - amazing richness - great German yeast flavor with malt/caramel/nuttiness - sweet but not too much - nice whiskey and charred oak flavor without overpowering the legendary Dead Guy Ale - very flavorful
Feel - medium bodied brew - nice oily feel - stays carbonated quite well
Overall - this brew grabs an already great beer and adds some more flavor and character to it - very pleasing - I would but this again and again

Mar 16, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Split a big bottle with a friend. No freshness dating, but apparently a fall release, so at least 4-5 months old.

Nice faintly hazy copper body, however the head fizzes out immediately, leaving no lacing.

Sweet, slightly musty, malty aroma.

On tasting, there is the barest hint of the whiskey barrel. Good sweet malt base. Only bitterness is right at the end, where the barrel aging also shows up.

Mouth a little above medium, finish a warm bittersweet wash.

Overall, better than dead guy, but still doesn't do much for me. Seemed a little dead, no pun intended. One and done, glad to have a friend to share it with.

Feb 09, 2020
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a goblet: color is amber, head is off white, mild froth, good lacing on the glass sides, head dissipates to thing top.

Smell is light caramel malt, vanilla, whiskey, oak, and noted Dead Guy base of lightly sweeter malt.

Taste follows with pleasant malt base, great vanilla, oak, whiskey notes, finishes with a reminder of the base beer with light, clean fermented maibock style with moderate biscuit like malt and toasty notes. Hops present as well with earthy, herbal notes interplaying with the oak/whiskey/base beer character.

Mouthfeel is low/moderate carbonation, medium sweetness, then drying and lightly bitter.

Overall this is a great riff of an excellent beer - the lightly sweet character of the base plays very well with the great oak/vanila/whiskey characteristics from the barrel aging.

Jan 25, 2020
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Speiglau BA glass.

Look is a hazy brown amber with a thin off white head.

Aroma is light bourbon with a strong caramel malt.

Taste is a delicious vanilla malt.

Dec 04, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from Brewers Haven. Pours out a deep rich copper color with a small fizzy head, very active carbonation. Aroma is at first sweet, then you pick up some of the woody notes and a little bit of the booze. First impression is it seems like its a rum barrel-aged when it's actually a whiskey barrel. Taste is sweet caramelly malts, then a little bit of the boozy nature from the barrels. Very malty and very sweet and very tasty.

Nov 29, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Amber/orange color, not much head or lacing
S: malty, some whiskey
T: malty sweet, hints of bourbon
F: mouthfeel is all upfront
O: I was a little disappointed

Nov 10, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Pours an amber yellow with a small off-white head. Aroma and taste feature caramel malts, citrus hops, toffee, bourbon, oak, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is smooth and moderately carbonated with no hint of the 8.2% abv. Overall it is well-rounded and very drinkable.

Oct 30, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Medium copper bronze color with perfect clarity and soapy white lacing.

S - Toffee malt, light Whiskey, and a small amount of paper oxidation.

T - Toasted toffee biscuit malt, light oak, some delicate Whiskey, and light vanilla. The Whiskey surfaces more on the back end.

M - Nice big medium to full bodied.

O - Decent but not memorable.

Oct 26, 2019
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine, two finger, off-white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with a little caramel, oaky vanilla, light orange and stone fruit, a suggestion of whiskey. Flavor is semi-sweet biscuit malt, vanilla, light whiskey and oak, mild caramel and mixed stone fruit on the edges of the tongue; light oaky wood astringency and more vanilla in the finish. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. An interesting treatment of the base malty Dead Guy, reminiscent of the John John barreled version from years ago. The vanilla flavors pair well with the malt and although a little on the sweet side, dries out into a barrel influenced oaky finish. I like this quite a bit. Rogue still has some surprises up their sleeve.

Oct 09, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 7, 2019... OCCASION: Browns on Monday night again? Third prime-time game in five weeks needs a good autumn beer--is this it? GLASSWARE: Schneider Weisen Edel-Weisse pokal... pours an appropriately autumnal orange brown body that permits very little light to sift through... its vibrant off-white head teems with a foamy thickness before settling to an appreciable ring of sea foam... tea, oak, buttery bourbon, ash, vegetable, and the slightest menthol... the first sip is almost evil, nowhere near the 7.9% presence posted on the big board... smooth, dry, warming and weighted a bit-- medium-bodied, but again, more than drinkable, approaching a lager in its texture... somewhat oily... bourbon early, a sweet fire set with charcoal, butter, toffee malts, green tea, and cookie... this is a beer that operates as a dessert, full and sweet, worthy of sipping... this echoes its originator well, a boozy vibe that grows through its glass... as south as this game has gone, this beer keeps my spirits high...

Oct 08, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

2018 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Honey brown pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet toasted malts... vanilla, oak, and whiskey.

T.F: Follows the nose. Sweet up front... lots of vanilla and toasted grains. Caramel and grainy. The whiskey is present but not overpowering... some barrel/oak notes. A little earthy. Surprisingly light bodied... not watery, but on the thin side.

O: A decent brew for Rogue. I expected more oomph from the whiskey barrels... and the surprisingly light body didn't work as well as I'd hoped. The flavor was decent. Sweet caramel and sugars plus vanilla. Glad I got to try it... but not one I'd probably seek out again.

Aug 12, 2019
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SHDoyle from Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Description: Clear, amber-almost-ruby color with minimal head. Aroma is boozy and oak. More sweetness and malt than hops but not much else. The taste is not bad, but a little underwhelming. While the whiskey is prominent in the smell, it's kind of missing in the taste. More bitter than the aroma but still more malty/sweet than hoppy. Feel is pretty thin and a little watery, with medium to low carbonation.

Overall: 4 (This is a good beer and I may or may not drink it again) This isn't a bad beer, but when I hear that something has been aged in whiskey barrels, my expectations go up and this failed to meet them. The taste left a little to be desired and would benefit greatly from more of the whiskey influence. Biggest miss for me was probably the feel, which seemed to light and thin.

Mar 30, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly died down and left a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of vanilla and whiskey are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has light to moderate flavors of whiskey along with hints of caramel malts and spicy hops. Except for the whiskey, no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: I really liked this barrel aged version of this classic maibock. The whiskey was not too strong.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 26, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very aromatic with a light malty booziness and hints of vanilla. Somehow it tastes more like a Maibock in this whiskey version, and certainly a better than average interpretation of the style. Some sweetness, a good dose of malt, and some burnt sugar. Spritzy

Moderate bitter aftertaste along with the endless woody aroma and still some sweetness on the lips. This is actually pretty interesting. It's a good sipping brew with lots of flavor while not being overly alcoholic. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Washington.

Nov 24, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bourbon, some vanilla. Taste is strong of bourbon, malts, alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Nov 16, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2018 release. An interesting take on a Maibock, not a style I'd typically think of when barrel-ageing is in play. Much of the hop and lager character is a bit subdued compared to the regular Dead Guy Ale, displaced by a significant quantity of oak and a touch of apple cider. I have not tried Dead Guy whiskey, so I did not know what to expect from the spirits. Balanced malts and a moderate sweetness. Pretty nice finish and smooth mouthfeel. Subtle and enjoyable.

Nov 01, 2018
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Santosizer from California

5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Head is just like Dead Guy Ale. Disappears quickly even after throwing it.

S: Vanilla and bourbon right up the nose after opening the bottle. In a glass it's so inviting. Very seasonal, warm, fall smells.. Vanilla, cinnamon, pumpkin spice, bourbon

T: Vanilla, peach cobbler, pumpkin pie, bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, that classic pub ale taste on the backend

F: Medium body, silky, smooth, medium carbonation, dry on the backend

O: Solid beer, highly recommended! I can enjoy this beer from September through February. It's balanced, really highlights being aged, and has so much depth. Unlike other whiskey aged beers, this doesn't have that soy sauce astringency, this is completely unique. This is the perfect autumn/winter beer.

Oct 31, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a beautiful copper amber color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has Vanilla and whiskey hints
T-The flavor follows the nose with very nice vanilla and whiskey flavors
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A very balanced whiskey aged ale

Oct 28, 2018
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AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the regular Dead Guy, but view the BA version as a solid upgrade. Pours a pale, soft brown with a small off-white head that held around pretty well and made for a very attractive beer.

Mild aromas but the oak, vanilla, and caramel from the barrel is nicely present. Little bit of floral hop balanced with a light roasted malt. Quite grainy. Very nice.

Taste follows with a wonderful but subdued wave of bourbon characteristics: vanilla, oak (and other woods), molasses, toffee, and maybe a hair of tobacco. But those flavors fall off pretty quickly and what comes behind is fairly un-noteworthy: earthy malt, a little piney/grassy hop, and a dry finish. About what you'd expect for a short barrel aging of a mild beer.

Feel is a little thin, which may not be fair on a style basis but the definite impression I get coming off the smell and taste. Nicely carbonated, very, very drinkable.

Oct 27, 2018
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Best of the Rogue "hat trick" I scored this evening.

Update 191103: Still (a year later) liking this more than the base "Dead Guy Ale", but its closer than I originally thought.

Oct 27, 2018
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sjrider from California

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a not quite clear dark copper color with slightly off white head that quickly dissipates. Nose is very mild - malt, booze and oak. Taste follows and again is very mild for a BA beer. Finish is almost on the dry side with lingering woodiness. Easy drinker but not real exciting.

Oct 23, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2018 Version

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and copper in color with an off-white, half finger width head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface with a razor thin ring od suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing, but none expected.

Smell - Mostly a mild bourbon aroma; hints of vanilla and oak. Lesser caramel.

Taste - Follows the nose. Not mush outside the faint bourbon character; vanilla, oak and lesser caramel. Faint grain as it warms. Not much else.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with low, bitey carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a thin, dry finish.

Overall - I'm a big Rogue geek, so this was very disappointing. Hard to believe you'd run across a BA beer that has less flavor than the OG variant, but I cracked a can of Dead Guy after starting this because I couldn't believe my taste buds, but I'll be damned if it isn't true. Sure, you get some whiskey barrel flavor, but not much else, and even less of that unmistakable Dead Guy flavor. I remember trying the John John at the SF pub; like this, it was Dead Guy aged in DG whiskey barrels. I recall it being more flavorful than this, but then again I was just cutting my teeth on BA brews, so hard to say if this is better or worse. Regardless, I won't be dropping a ten spot on this one again.

Oct 15, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep copper colored body topped with a thin but lasting head. Hardy toasted grain aroma; a bit of orange smell. Rich caramel flavor; toffee and peanut brittle; some low-key esters to sweeten things; some whiskey notes. Heavy body; oily; some boozy heat.

A thick and meaty beer that delivers some fine toasted grain notes with some nicely placed citrus sweetness and whiskey barrel aging elements.

Oct 14, 2018
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