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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Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 1,204
Photo of Boto
3.99/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.


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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 snilakan
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

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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 Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of PumkingBeau
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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 .

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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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 acevenom
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Braz
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gravelost
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of GiantMidget
4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of McD0uche
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Roose13
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a dark amber color with a beige head that really sticks around. Very thick head.

S: Smells very citrusy.

T: A little fruity. A lot of citrus and bitterness.

M: It coats the mouth well and the taste lingers a long time after done drinking. The carbonation makes this a very easy beer to drink

Overall: Very good beer. A little sweeter than I expected. Still love the regula Dead Guy better than this. I will definitely buy it again, but not before I try other stuff first.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Maloney in matawan.

Arrives in a tulip with a finger of thick white foam. Nice lacing.

Very sweet, almost fruity with a decent bitter finish. Very robust and malty with hop flavor taking a back seat. Thick and viscous mouth feel with low carbonation. Alcohol is well disguised

All in all pretty nice. I am glad to have found it on tap as I recall bombers were pretty expensive.

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4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so here is what i think about this beer.

Appearance. amberish red color .nice beige head that sticks the whole time, about a finger and a half .

Smell- At the time that i was drinking it i was getting almost a fig , raisin smell to it . very forthcoming and brings you in , nothing bad about it at all , mouthwatering

Taste - wow , i have had the regular dead guy ale . this is just amped up to a hole new level . i get a raisin taste but a super nice bitterness on the back end, the ratio of ibu and alpha acids really just form together so it just simply works. fantastic through the beginning to the end

mouthfeel nice full body . nice . not much to say with words. not thick but not light , nice balance of malt and bitterness

overall- super great beer , dont drink it to fast , enjoy it , high alcohol , you surely wont notice til its gone and then you want more and a nice fat hamburger.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 25.4 oz. bomber into a stemless tulip. No visible bottling date.

Look- Pours a nice light maple syrup/reddish medium amber hue with four fingers of off-white head that settles to a dense foamy cap. Good retention, ample, if irregular, lace.

Smell- Hmmm. Not really much of anything here. Light white bread, that's about it. Swirling brings out a pearlike cidery aroma, toffee, and fusel.

Taste- Wow. wasn't expecting that, after the non-scent, but it's welcome. Pear and honey jam spread on toast. Soft fruit floral flavors carry throughout, honeylike malt sweetness that gets swept away by an herbal citrus onrush towards the end. Finishes with white raisin and a mineral twang. Aftertaste has a little peppery spice and toffee. Takes on a sort of honey-buttermilk biscuit feel as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Soft, smooth, medium body. Wouldn't quite call it creamy, but what little bite the carbonation has is just enough to keep things light. Oh-so-mild warming, it feels big, but not boozy. Good quench factor, just all-around fantastic feel. Could have put away the whole bomber- or two? This stuff could get me in trouble.

Overall- Very nice. It has a slick, fairly clean style that I can appreciate, just harsh enough to keep it from getting boring. Assertively malty but the hops are well-placed, and it never becomes treacly, overly sweet, or cloying. This one would sneak up on you if you didn't know it was 9%. Feels like an Americanized Stickebeer, and I applaud the brewers. I'll definitely be having this one again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Production date 3 April 2012.

A - Poured bright with a dark orange colour. Minimal carbonation and a two finger fluffy tight beige head. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Peace, citrus, earth, buttery, caramel, light fruits.

T - Peach, citrus, much the same as the aroma.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium to full body, decent bitterness.

O/D - The increase in flavour with this beer doesn't seem to justify the 'double' label. It was tasty and clearly stronger than the original, but I was expecting so much more. Didn't seem to warrant doubling and seemed to much like the original with a higher alcohol content. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, especially due to the price tag.

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