Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
530 Reviews
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 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz snifter

Appearance – Served a reddish amber colored beer with a small white head. The head has fantastic retention and fades to give a nice great level of lacing. This is one fantastic looking brew.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a bready malt and a nice caramel sweetness. Mixed with these smells are lighter aromas of a floral and herbal nature as well as a lighter citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins of a huge malty flavor that is lightly sweetened with caramel and honey. The sweetness begins to lose ground however with flavors of a hoppy nature coming to the tongue. Piney and earthy tastes make themselves known and mix with some herbal flavors. While lost for a moment the sweet flavors of a caramel nature come back stronger at the end, and combine with the hop and malt to leave a balanced taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – This beer has a super creamy body with a quite low level of carbonation. It’s fantastic!! The creaminess is god for the malty flavors with the low level of carbonation accentuating the somewhat lighter hop flavors; bringing them from the background.

Overall – The look and feel of this brew was outrageous!! While not as fantastic as the look and feel, its other attributes were great as well. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Stellar looking beer. Luminescent amber cranberry body. Foamy light tan head with excellent retention and lace.

S - Huge, deep, bready malt nose. Pumpernickel, raisin, prune, rum fruit cake, and brown sugar.

T - Bready malt explodes through the profile but miraculously manages to stay dry. Thyme-like bitters up front, burnt honey, walnut, nutmeg, brown breads, and caramel. Dry, earthy, light char, semi-bitter finish.

M - Broad and round with a medium/full body.

O - Pretty delicious. One of the better malt-forward brews on the market.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful. Looks like red honey. Plush creamy head on the pour that recedes to sloppy lacing.
smell: Sweet caramel with a bit of citrus.
taste: Starts with the sweet caramel and then a little bite of hops. These are a bit at odds. Not bad by any means but doesn't really merge.
overall: enjoyable but doesn't quite get to where I expect. 2 very different flavor profiles, neither of which are standouts on their own and they don't compliment well either.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a nice tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, dark fruit, citrus. Nice medium full mouth feel. Subdued caramel and toasted malt and dark fruit flavors with an interesting peppery and hoppy finish. Not overly complex, but nice.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double Dead Guy doesn't really mess around with the Dead Guy formula - it really just tastes like a stronger Dead Guy, although I guess technically that one is a lager and this is an ale. So we've got the caramel and light frutiness, also a beautifully clear red body. The sweetness is evident, but not overdone. It's another one of those strong beers that can be easily consumed in large quantities, until the alcohol sets in.

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

2012 release in a 22 oz bomber.

A: Very nice amber brown color pours to two fingers worth of head that dissipates to a very nice pillow of foam that clings and lingers all the way down.

S: Alot of aroma coming thru. Some sweet malty caramel that blends perfectly with a very nice light hop aroma. Hints of doughy biscuity aromas coming across as well.

T: Maltyness right off the balt, that caramel from the nose with very light dark fruit flavors lead way to a prominent hop bitterness that really does well to balance. Come piney citrus at the end with the bitter after taste.

M: Creamy, almost chewyness on the palette, very light carbonation and slight dryness at the back of the throat at the very end.

O: Done very well. Dead Guy Ale is one of my absolute favs and while i still love that one more then the double, this is def worth trying and a very nice backup.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken July 22, 2012:

A: Beautiful hazelnut brown with solid tan coloured creamy foam head.

S: Caramel, dark fruits, herbal notes (hops maybe), and toffee.

T: Rich biscuit-like malt, brown sugar, herbal elements, citrus, nutty, and slight dark fruits. Smooth with some biting herbal qualities that are welcome.

M: Medium bodied with a med-low carbonation.

D: Quite good with a robust malt-forward taste.

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Photo of cvm4
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky amber with an eggshell white 2 finger head.

S - Malty, caramel & sweet.

T - Sweet caramel with a ton of malts followed by bitter hoppiness.

M - Great mouthfeel for the style.

O - Good beer, would pick it out of a lineup if needed. Just not overly complex or one I'd actually reach for.

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Photo of pants678
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep orange, just about red with white head.

Smells pretty caramel and malty. Low rating only because there's not much there.

Comes off floral, candy. Has pumpkin and spiced notes, sorta brown sugary with a sort of orange-peel tang too it. Pungeant, rich and a little Belgian-y. Pleasant brew. Semi aggressive hops. Alcohol's not totally masked but good enough.

Carbonation is strong but welcomed.

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Photo of ckollias
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours and orange-amber hue with a huge, frothy, off-white head that seems to last forever, leaving a great trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Malty malty aroma with caramel and dark fruits to back to up.

T: Big Malt Body here with a piney hop middle and finishes a little dry. Alcoholic heat present throughout.

M: Very strong and boozy. Thick body and high carbonation.

O: Excellent Strong ale. Nice and malty with enough alcohol to make it interesting.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,201 ratings.
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