Double Dead Guy Ale
Rogue Ales

Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale
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Style:
Strong Ale - American
ABV:
9%
Score:
89
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 11.78%
Reviews:
535
Ratings:
1,223
From:
Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  121
Gots
  135
SCORE
89
Very Good
Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale
Notes: 7 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich and C15.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

20º PLATO
60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond
Reviews: 535 | Ratings: 1,223 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Sigmund from Norway

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stoneware swingtop bottle, as Rogue XS Dead Guy Ale, from Costco, Sacramento. The ordinary Dead Guy Ale is not a favourite of mine, but this one is much better. Mahogany colour. The aroma is okay, but not outstanding. The flavour is excellent, malty and vinous with notes of toffee and caramel, also decent hops. Pleasant warming mouthfeel.

Dec 06, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

**
03/30/14

Cloudy dark brownish-yellow. Creamy head. Aroma Is hoppy, smoke, light citrus. Taste is sharp , woody, smoke, light fruit....more apple-pearish than the citrus in the nose. Feel is creamy and lively at the same time. Smooth sipping. A nice beer. Smoother than I remember the regular dead guy. Yeah, baseball is back."

**

Apr 21, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crowler from Growler Guys. Dark, clear amber with small, tight beige head. Malty aroma, caramelly and sweet. Taste is more big malty flavors, some tannin, a bit dry. Late bitterness.

Jan 01, 2018
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Ruger_44-Redhawk from Idaho

4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptional offering from Rogue. Been aging this in our cellar which is a constant 50-55 degrees since 2009. I believe I got a case of these at the Rogue garage sale in downtown Portland. So, since we are moving to Idaho and on a two week mountain trip, I figured it's time to start opening them on our camp/cabin excursion. Opened in Park City and this is unbelievable still for how old it is. Smell is that of a belgian strong ale and candied sugar. Taste is very good maltiness, candied sugars, lots of vanilla, almond, buttery bread crust and a small amount of grapefruit bitterness on the back end. Luckily I have a couple more of these and will be opening them up and enjoying in glassware at the next camp site around the Tetons!

Jul 08, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ceramic bottle: 2008 vintage (hiding in the back of the refrigerator for quite a while.) This one pours a clear amber color. There was a fairly decent sized off-white head on it. Leaves a fair amount of lacing. It has a good nose. Grainy, roasted malts, fruits, toffee. The taste is very good. Some graininess, toffee, a bit of bitterness, some fruits in the background. A hint of spiciness also. A very nice brew. I need to check out a fresher bottle, but this was really nice.

Jun 04, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong and dense yellow color with a 2/5" white head on it. Aroma of alcohol. Some bock like malts.

This really does come across like a bigger, more concentrated dead guy ale, a beer I never got into in the first place. This beer has a good marketing angle, I think people just like the design moreso than the substance. So much booziness. That is the first taste that permeates the entire drinking experience. Bock like malt body, barleywine like alcohol heat.

Pass.

Mar 27, 2016
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ajilllau from Florida

5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The red bottle was of the 2009 and earlier variety, having discontinued and switched to the 2010 XS thereafter. I gave it all 5s. Best I've ever had on draft and bottle was pretty close. I kept a few for maybe 3-4 years and they just weren't as good. I hope I get to taste it again one day. As always, that's just what my taste buds tell me.
- jefé

Jan 02, 2016
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snilakan from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. One would think a "double" would imply more hops, but my opinion is it is as bitter as the Dead Guy, but more tasty. It's creamy and hoppy, but it goes down smoothly. Its full bodied and as with all Rogue beers has a definite aftertaste.I don't have the skills to describe more specific components, but this is a beer to please someone with a sensitive tongue!

Sep 14, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours a hazy tea colored amber crowned by a clingy and persistent 2” white foam collar that mounds up over the rim of the glass.
S: bread and some hops
T: Rich malty palate but less sweetness and more malt than a typical doppelbock and more fruit. The hops and malt are more in balance and together they mask some of the alcohol.
F: Full body, fine soft carbonation
O: A very tasty beer that merges the best qqualities of a Doppel bock with a skillful use of American hops.

Jul 22, 2015
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mild grain and honey.
The taste is caramel and honey sweetness with a mild dry bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp but thicker.
Really enjoyable.

Nov 17, 2014
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice strong ale. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready/nutty malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jan 13, 2014
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So thought this would be a maltier, boozier and thicker version of dead guy. Well I got the boozier. Wouldn't know it was related to dead guy in a blind taste test, thought signature yeast would help. Not nearly as sweet as dead guy, taste is instead grassy and grainy with the fruits with boozy and robust malt. Smell is very malty with some boozy orange

Nov 21, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Note: 2012 Vintage

A: Pours a murky burnt orange to copper in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and hints of amber + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy sudsy beige head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring (of moderate to large bubbles) at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with lighter notes of cereal grain malts and just a hint of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of slightly sweet cereal grain malts with notes of toffee and caramel. There is a hint of brown sugar which is followed by moderate flavors of earthy and spicy hops. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for quite a while with some hints of alcohol.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry with moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Personally this one is a little too boozy for me and a little too boozy to really be an easy drinker. I don't think I would get this one again as I feel like there is a clash between the sweet malt flavors and the strong (almost medicinal) flavors of the hops - seems out of balance.

Nov 05, 2013
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PumkingBeau from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great testimony to an Ale... They really got this one right. Only can handle a couple of bottles, first off its a little pricey, secondly you will agree. Great taste, great pour, great appearance. This is a must have. I have shared this with many friends and they all agree, the taste is complex, and once it warms in your hand gets better .

Aug 22, 2013
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into 22oz snifter; slightly translucent orange-red with a thick rocky cream-colored head that fades slowly, leaving chunky lacing. Smells of sweet, nutty, toasted malts with a hint of hops. Taste follows nose well; sweet nutty toasted malt with a good dose of warming alcohol, oak and some slight hop bitterness. Finishes with some lingering nuttiness.

Aug 09, 2013
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tittymcj from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours out a deep brown with a reddish hue around the edges. Very thick in appearance, not a lot of light coming through. Very nice head, about 2 fingers.

S: Smell is very rich. Hearty bread flavor, with a lot of nut coming through. Some slight bitterness from the hops.

T: Same as smell, for the most part. A bit of vanilla hidden in the background.

M: Smooth and complex without being heavy. Very refreshing but very tasty as well.

Jul 16, 2013
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Reggofcal from California

4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The double ipa revolution is here and this beer is right up there with the greats.This beer is complex and strong and you can drink it warm or cold.If its chilled its less complex and strong, I love this beer warm getting all the aromas and taste.If you get the chance try this beer you won't regret it

Jun 05, 2013
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acevenom from Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours dark hazy copper with a thin, lasting white head and lots of streaming tiny bubbles. The beer smells like caramel and brown bread. There's a touch of earthiness from the hops that I detect in the smell. The beer is a bit more bitter than the aroma would suggest, with the earthy flavors being a bit more forward than I would have expected. I get the caramel and bread that I also got in the smell. I can also taste some of the alcohol. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The beer goes down pretty smoothy and it has a nice warming quality from the alcohol. This is a very good beer.

May 17, 2013
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Braz from Washington

4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Tacoma Boys. Appearance is hazy ruby brown. Beautiful white head with good sustainablity. Aroma is dominated by caramel and toffee notes. Flavors are sweet, caramel malt and toffee with no noticeable bitterness. Smooth creamy velvety body. This is great, great, great. A real treat.

Mar 20, 2013
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Vierenner from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It's a matter of personal taste, but I found this beer to be a bit too hoppy ... at least initially. Everything else is right on the mark ... underlying sweetness, floral aroma, beautiful color. As my taste buds acclimate, however, it seems to be tasting better ... but still more hoppy/bitter than I prefer.

Mar 16, 2013
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber with orange hues. Sticky, foamy head.

S - Very sweet, malt syrup. Simple syrup, toffee, vanilla, caro syrup. Hints of honey and fruit nectar.

T - A blend of sweet malt character with floral hop bitterness. Molasses and caramel, with earthy bread. Floral hop spice and dry herbal presence. Fruity nuances in the back end. 9% ABV emitting some boozy, fruity notes. Not as malty as the nose lead on, as the hop profile shows through. Some caramel sweetness lingers.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinks like a double IPA with a pronounced drying effect. Somewhat viscous on the palate, but finishes crisp and dry.

O - Definitely a heightened version of DGA, with a more assertive flavor profile. Malt and hops are ramped up.

Feb 23, 2013
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Gravelost

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful thick rich beer. Luxurious in the mouth. One of my favorite strong ales. This beer is a seasonal release here in the central valley in Ca. Every time I spot it I buy a bottle. This beer goes down easy, and leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy.

Jan 01, 2013
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TheSixthRing from California

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this beer review #440, as the glass I've been using since review #1 came to unfortunate end just mere moments ago.

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright copperish amber with an off-white head that sits 2 fingers thick. Good retention. Lacing is spotty, with little stick.

Smell - Consists mainly of raisin, stone fruit and touches of astringency. Lesser notes of toffee, caramel and bread complete the aroma.

Taste - Hits on notes of caramel, toffee, fruity esters like earthy red apple, hints of stone fruit, and underlying honey that shines mid-taste. Finishes with moderate hop character that touches on orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel - full-bodied with a light syrupy stickiness, and moderate carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down smooth, with a faint trace of heat.

Overall - A solid effort from Rogue, and my 3rd or 4th endeavor with this beer over the years. It takes the basics of Dead Guy and builds upon that, creating a strong, beefy version of it's namesake. That said, it's not worth the high cost, because the regular Dead Guy does the job just as well for less than half the price ( or approx. 1/4th if going by sixer pricing. Yeesh!)

This did help me get over losing my reviewing glass, however, so thank you DDG!

Dec 30, 2012
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GiantMidget from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Continuing through the Rogue line.
I would say that Rogue Dead guy is quite possibly my favorite beer of all, at least non-IPA's.
Could drink it anytime.

So I have been excited to try the Double Dead guy since I bought it a month or two ago at Wegmans in King of Prussia PA, 25.4 oz bottle.

Poured into a tall beer mug. 2-3 finger head, thick, off white, remained for quite awhile and lacing continues through sipping.
Dark amber/reddish tones, almost but not quite like a sweet iced tea maybe.

Nothing unusual or remarkable in the scent category, just a basic malt/ale scent.

The flavor packs quite a punch. There is a lot going on here. Fruity, toasty slightly hoppy characteristics Raisins, dry hazelnut slightly, even a hint of a warm apple pie.
Good blend and flavor.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and rich, lingering and impressive.
The 9% ABV is pretty awesome too.

I recommend this and as a Dead Guy fan, it definitely met the expectations that I was holding.

Hats off, again, to Rogue.

Dec 25, 2012
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McD0uche from California

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a reddish orange with a good foamy head. Excellent retention. Lacing is prominent and typical of a nice, malty beverage. A beauty.

S: Hazelnuts, apples, toffee, caramel, licorice, and light malts. Yum.

T: Very similar to the taste, with apples, caramel, hops, malts, and licorice coming through. Is smokey on the end with a big boozy finish.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Feels right, though the carbonation is a little much. However, it doesn't destroy the overall feeling. Flavor radiates well.

O: This was insane. I don't really want to say this, but it one-ups normal Dead Guy from all the right angles. A real pleasure to drink.

Oct 25, 2012
Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1223 ratings