Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
7 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich and C15.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water.

60 IBU
78 AA
25º Lovibond

Added by mnapier on 02-17-2008

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally... a strong ale that I can rank with Boulevard's "Sixth Glass." Double Dead Guy is a BIG beer with a fantastic range of flavors. The nose is delightful with hints of dried fruit, mulling spices and hops. The first sip is like a party in your mouth. As expected, dried fruit, spicy hops and malts pervade the senses but (surprisingly) this beer has a HUGE chocolatey taste that the smell conceals deceptively. My first thought was "this is what it would taste like if they started mixing quads and imperial stouts." As the beer warms, the fruity aspects are more apparent, and some of the chocolate wanes to a comfortable edge on the back of the tongue.

A- For some reason, I felt like drinking this straight from the bottle... For that reason, I can't rate the appearance of the libation itself. That being said, the bottle is really great to look at! Wonderful and unusual design (the bottle I bought was painted red and featured 2 "dead guys" at the top)

S- Like I said... Wonderful (if a little deceptive) nose on this bad boy. It begs to be tasted!

T- So many flavors in this beer... it's tough to even categorize. Like I said, a BIG beer with absolutely wonderful taste. (Malt, hops, chocolate, dried fruit)

M- Mouthfeel is wonderful. A tempered yet spicy carbonation mixed with a satisfying yet not-too-thick syrupy feel.

O- One of the best strong ales I've ever tried... Right up there with Boulevard's "Sixth Glass"

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Photo of jazztoloc
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint from a 750ml bottlee. This is a 2009. The bottle looks amazing, truly great design, this is a plus to the magnificent tasting experience. Great as an object!

A: Looks cloudy amber, very creamy and thick. Large and thick head, very creamy looking. Moderate lacing (might be the alcohol).

S: Very powerful aroma, citrics, bready malts and alcohol nicely blend into the "tour de force" for the nose.

T: This is a strong brew, and yet it's great balance could let any palate enjoy it. A lot of malt, caramel, alcohol. Nice and sweet finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: I could drink this beauty all year around.

This is a wonderful beer, Rogue never ceases to amaze me, the complexity/ balance of this beer is what I would call CRAFT BEER. Pure Rogue'n'Roll.

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Photo of beerfridge
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of Dead Guy before to warm up and Yes
it was Truly DOUBLE in every way, and of course shared this with friends making it a very special tasting. Looking for another! I rated this a 5 because it deserves it, I salivate when thinking of drinking another. Beautiful orange/red color with a strong but pleasant palatable swallow! It reminds me of a perfectly mixed cocktail but only in a beer balanced flavors of sweet/sour/bitter and floral! Friends said"You only have one"?

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Photo of ajilllau
5/5  rDev +27.9%
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

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Photo of frostysnowman
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance:poured from 09 Bottle into Stone IPA glass. Clarity great with no sediment as I handled bottle with care. Copper/Golden in color with big frothy head that receded to a nice lacing within several minutes.

smell:sweet malt with hops coming in next. I get carmel bread with the distinct Rogue pacman yeast.

taste: sweet carmel bread as in the smell but much more defined with a more subtle but long lingering hop middle and finish. body is very complpex with lots of sweets and hops. Ive been drinking this beer for awhile as I was blessed to pick up a few cases of this at one of Rogues famous garage sales at an amazing price. this has aged well in my crawl space.

mouthfell: this is a full mouthfeel beer that keeps me seeking another sip. sweet, but lots of hops very well placed in the middle and finish

drinkability: it is a big beer and one bottle would be ideal for one individual. great to share if possible, but I would rather just give a whole bottle to the other.

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Photo of HopHedz
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taste of this beer from a bomber that my friend picked up.
Being a huge hop-head i didn't feel that this beer would live up to my standards, even though its not "hoppy" didn't sway my tastebuds though.
This is one helluva smooth big and boozey brew. IT surprised my taste bud's with a great malty profile and i found myself begging my friend for a little more. All i can say about this brew is WOW. Good job Rogue, keep up the great brewing!

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Photo of gorby16
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer and was surprised how smooth it was for 9% ABV. A - amber color with nice foamy head. It had a few small bubbles like a fine champagne. S - caramel, malt, sweet. T - very smooth, bitter on the finish, rich with a slight hoppy character. Overall, I loved this beer.

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Photo of ryanonline
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to wine glass

Appearance is dark amber almost read, tremendous fluffly head very long lasting. excellent lacing.

aroma is very sweet with just the right piney hop scent and a
touch of floral scent. maybe some caramel.

taste is about the same with a nice bitter finish, the caramel is more prevalent in the taste.

the mouthfeel has light carbonation and the taste of clean water. slightly creamy.

really good drinkability though fairly heavy.

all in all really an excellent beer from rogue. its been a while since i tried the dead guy ale but if i remember this double dead guy is just miles ahead of it.

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Photo of Reggofcal
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
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

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Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has 2009 on the label.

Appearance: A nice copper brown color, with a good tan head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Heavy malt, fruity, yeasty, bready

Taste: Very sweet from the malt, with some good yeast and bread flavors. Toasted grain and caramel sweetness. There is some muted hop bitterness in the background to bring a little balance to the table. There is some citrus in here too. Tons of flavor, hard to pick all of it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, medium carbonation

Overall: Tons of flavor, a much more developed and complicated dead guy ale. Has that distinctive dead guy flavor. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but the age has served it well. Drinks like a session beer.

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Photo of murphyzd
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep, almost orange copper and produces and moderate head.
The smell is appealing and hints at the citrus and mineral/herbal undertones. As for taste, I love bitter hopes, the more the better! This Beer hits your mouth hard with a pleasantly complexed smooth sweethness. I sense hints of chocolate smokey undertones below the noticeable citrus profile.
This is a limited release. Hopefully they will come out with it again, I agree with some of the other reviewers...with a bit more age, this will be an even more delightful brew!

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Photo of hossua34
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear chestnut brown. Has a big head, with good retention. An obscene amount of lacing.

S - Strong toasty, malty smell. Burned toast, mocha and caramel, straight up.

T - Bitter, coffee taste balanced beautifully by a toasty, slightly sweet caramel-toffee flavor. Malt heaven.

M - Could use more carbonation, but no real complaints.

D - A damn pleasurable brew. A toasty chocolate aftertaste and a little buzz leave me craving another. DDG reminded me a little bit of Sam Adams Longshot Double Bock.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 mL 2 ways. Reviewed 6/16/2009. 2009 version.

Ar: Tart fruit, acidic tropical fruit, alcohol, nutty/toast malt, crisp, pineapple in rum, caramel, dry earth, intense aroma, very fruity, complex, sweet caramel

Ap: Clear light amber, thick light tan head, very creamy fine head, leaves lace, great retention, high fine effervescence

F: solid hop presence, tropical citrus, resin, smooth clean bitterness, crisp dry malt, caramely, alcohol, nutty, toast, good caramel sweetness with fruity character but ends dry, light dark malt subtleties without burn, light dark fruit, malt character is very similar to barleywines, deep complex kettle caramelization, good fruity floral citrus with milder more floral citrus, less pineapple as warms, very rounded caramel, *resin

M: Very creamy, high/mid carbonation, smooth medium mouthfeel, light alcohol warmth

O: Great mouthfeel, creamy, smooth, great sipper, very smooth, very well balanced

*= Ideas from fellow taster

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Photo of nighthawk
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL red painted bottle with no freshness date (though there is a vintage) poured into mug.

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with an enormous off-white, rocky, foamy head that leaves some sticky chunks on the glass. A thin ring hangs on the top of the beer until the last sip disappears.

Nose has sweet fruit like apricot and peach, a mild peppery spice, and a malty backbone. It's almost like sniffing a tropical punch or fruit salad. A bit of alcohol adds some warmth.

Wow, this is a big beer right off the bat. The incredibly creamy, big body carries plenty of sweet fruit flavour over my taste buds. The peach and apricot from the nose are back, with a dose of alcohol, yeasty bread, bitter pine and earthy hops right before a sweet snap of fruit on the finish. Carbonation provides a crisp kick to this beer, preventing it from feeling too heavy or cloying on the palate.

The high (and noticeable) alcohol knocks the drinkability down a notch; though this is a beer I enjoy sipping.

The price on this beer makes it something to get as a special treat. It's big in just about every way. I can't comment on how true it is to Doppelbock style, but I think this beer hit every note the brewer intended. It's fantastic, and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of myoung530
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was recently introduced to this ominous looking bottle that I found @ World Market.... Kind of surprising since I just read that it's been discontinued (BOOOO). It sat in my fridge for about a week until I felt like I was man enough to give it a try. I told a friend or two about it and they both agreed that Rouge Ales make an awesome product, so in I went, Pint Glass in hand.

It poured nice and thick with a reddish hue. A nice thick head was revealed and quickly settled to a 1/2 inch layer. I hate to admit it but I was a little intimidated but after the first sip, I was pleasantly surprised by a nice hoppy flavor, followed by an interestingly spicy Caramel note in the finish. Let me tell you that I did this after having about 5 Coors Lights, this beer came out and slapped the living shit out of me with 9% ABV. Definitely make this your first beer of the evening it will let you know what a REAL BEER is supposed to be like.

To top it all off, I got home from work today and my wonderful wife picked up another bottle for me to "review" along with a bottle of Lucky 13. At this pace I'm going to clean out my local World Market and go broke from all the world class beer they carry.

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Photo of mynie
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits in Waterloo, Iowa. Hooray! We're getting one-offs in the Cedar Valley again!

Comes in a bomb-ass painted bottle. Pours lusciously hazy and dark with a gigantic, stickywhite head.

The same with Rogue's Double IPA and imperial plisener, I could smell the hops and pac man as soon as I opened it. This is awesome when it comes to an IPA or an impy pils. It is goddamn double super mega awesome when it comes to a doppelbock. When poured, the yeast and hops dominate wonderfully and are backed up amazingly by stickysweet, slightly burny bock malt. This is seriously one of the best smelling beers I've ever come across.

Tastes even better than it smells. Jesus! Wow! That's a balance, right there. That's a hop bomb that doesn't go over the edge. That's a brewer that knows how to work some something something out of their yeast profile. And this is a doppelbock?!? Yes, god, yes it is a zippy, bingy, chocolately and biscuity d-bock.

No off nodes, nothing overly bitter. None of the syrupynes that plagues so many big, hoppy beers. This is definitely a bock. And it's definitely a perfectly balanced hop bomb. And it's also one of the best beers I've had in a long time.

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Photo of fostwal
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rogue cooked up a winner with this one. I had the 2008 edition of the Double Dead Guy. It has a clear, dark, red appearance. The scent is very light. The carbonation is low. The taste is where its at. It has a slight caramel and a slight bitter taste. And you would never notice that its 9% alcohol. Its just smooth. Its an excellent beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramel colored body. Slight haze. Bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is quite abundant for a 9% beer. Very thick nose of malt. True to form for a dopplebock. Throw in some blackstrap molasses and a little anise and you've got yourself a damn nice aroma. Upon tasting, it's really hard to tell that this fucker's got 72 IBUs with all the malt that I'm getting. Don't get me wrong, I get the hops and bitterness, but this is a malt forward beer, as it should be, with a little bit of a hop 'zing' "Rogue Style." It's a very enjoyable beverage. The malts are rich and bready. Oozing with nougat and caramel. Bread pudding comes to mind as well in a ghostly kind of way. It's way too easy to drink for the octane level. I notice the alcohol, but it's not intrusive and really fits into the context of the whole beer nicely. Well done.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2009

A- Sponge-cake-like head with a neat orange/green tint. Great clarity shows slow-moving bubbles on a pretty, amber background. Sheets of lacing and retention to the last sip.

S- Loads of citrus/cinnamon hops on top of a sweet, nutty base. Some herbal aromas along with a subtle pinch of alcohol.

T- Very smooth with a shower of hop resin on the tongue dried off with some sweet, somewhat fruity malt. Flavors become much more vibrant as it warms.

M- Extraordinary, bubbly carbonation and a gooey, slick body make for good drinking

D- Drinks like a nice, light, overly-hopped DIPA to me. Really pleasant to drink

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Photo of TroyS
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a glass of this at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a nice amber brown beer w/not a ton of head...actually, pretty light on the head. Head burned down to a trace within minutes of the pour. Nice and half hoppy brew with some nice malts. I taste quite a bit of alcohol and not as much nuttiness that I'd like to taste, I think. Good Beer - Cheers!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark honey-golden, clear with fine bubbles, and a very thick off-white and fairly persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty with undertones of caramel and hops. Flavor is surprisingly hoppy, with a good balance of maltiness and a sweet undertone - there is a fair amount of bitterness, but it is not overwhelming. Texture is smooth and edgy and very pleasing. Overall, another winner from Rogue.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a red ceramic bomber into a snifter.

Note: 2008 vintage drunk in October 2009.

APPEARANCE: Pours a thick two finger off-white head with excellent retention. Head looks fluffy but thick at the same time. Clear with very low levels of carbonation. Color is a deep burnt umber but turns a nice mahogany brown when held to the light. Head slowly fades to a thin film and leaves some good immediate lacing. A half film remains until the end and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Very nice.

SMELL: Fantastic first impression. Toasted and caramel malt and some light toffee sweetness. Some slight citrus orange and lemon perhaps, but the hops are outgunned by the malt overtones. Notes of wood earthiness and some dark fruits in the background. A top notch bold nose for sure. Very enticing.

TASTE: Big malt punch with just enough hops to keep it very well balanced. Toasted malt, caramelized malt, and some nice toffee sweetness again up front. Moves on to some light citrus notes, like the nose had advertised, and some dark fruits, particularly raisins. End is reserved for some flowery hops and bitterness, even a touch of chocolate, as well as some spicy elements from the alcohol. Bold and longer lasting aftertaste is bitter with touches of floral elements as well. A very well balanced strong beer that tells a story.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little lighter on the palate that I would have liked, but goes down creamy smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. Good here, though it could use slightly more weight. All things considered, this is a really picky complaint.

OVERALL: Fantastic. Just great. This bottle is well over a year old and I can imagine it's aged very well. Reminded me of Dead Guy, which is a good beer itself, but the senior version with a few years of wisdom under its belt. A malty treat with a beauty hop profile to balance it out. Very drinkable as well. This was a real surprise to be honest, as I wasn't expecting it to be this good. One of the best beers I've ever had. I just hope I'll be able to find this again somewhere.

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Photo of Quesadilla
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured in a Duvel glass.Yesterday.2009 version.

A-Light brown bready color with a great head.Nice medium sized bubbles and good lacing.I like this a lot.

S-Smell is malt-dominated,but the hops make it strong and present.I smell cherry-like scents.Pretty nice.

T-Sweet,sweet malts.I see a resemblance to the original Dead guy.caramels,cherries,apple hard-candy,caramel apple,red flavors up first.Then,the alcohol lets you know this is not a beer to be fucked with,but it doesn't attack you,bringing presence without being foul.Finally,the hops reach surface with a IPA-strength bitterness and mouth-refreshing balance and contrast.I would've gotten sick of the malts otherwise.It's a bitchin' beer.

M-Thinner than I thought and rather soft.Properly carbonated.

D-Too easy to drink.I drank this so fast,it almost pissed me off.

Wow.I liked this more than I thought I would.I almost said nothing while drinking it.I loved the hops on this,since they didn't make this a DIPA but were there enough to bring harmony,not discordance to the table.I'm a musician.I would say this is very much like a doppelbock with Ale yeast.Very similar malt characteristics.I am buying Double Dead Guy again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Double Dead is a very nice strong ale that has a lot of flavours in common with a Belgian strong dark ale: sweet, fruity.

A: Cloudy dark orange colour and a 1 cm head that fades to excellent lacing. 4.5

S: Smell is malty with some sweet fruitiness. 4.5

T: Malty with some fruity flavours. I taste sweet, dark raisins. There are some burnt flavours in the aftertaste. 4.5

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: This is a really nice, American strong ale. 4.5

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