Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
1,208 Ratings
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 CHSLBrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml red bottle shared with a friend. Poured into pint glasses.

The Rogue website calls this a "Strong Ale," while it's called a dopplebock here (assuming it's the big brother of Dead Guy, this makes sense). I'll rate it based on a mix of the two.

A-Rather clear dark amber brew. Would have liked more clarity from the lagering. Tan head forms a finger or two with a vigorous pour, slowly reduces.

S-Some spiciness, but overwhelmingly the aroma is dank hops. Fresh and resiny, pungent. Under the hoppiness, some tones of brown bready maltiness are present, but subtle. More of an ale than a DB aroma profile.

T-Quite bitter, no? As with the aroma, a little bit of spicy, but a lot a bit of resiny and piney hoppiness. Really, it's almost grainy with hoppiness, both flavors and bitter characters. There are some malts in there, but they seemed to get lost in the commotion of the hops. Again, as a dopplebock, the flavor is out of character, but as a type of ale, the flavor seems more acceptable.

M-Medium carbonation, rough/grainy mouthfeel and a moderate body.

D-It's a higher alcohol brew, but it doesn't taste like it. It goes down pretty easily, though the hoppiness does get in the way of the smooth maltiness a dopplebock should have. Nonetheless, I think it's pretty enjoyable, surprisingly hoppy and bitter, and an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the Dead Guy Ale, and this one is even better. Pours clear ruby red with an off-white head. Delicious Munich and crystal malt in the aroma with a healthy helping of hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Resin and pink grapefruit hops in the taste, with the tang of the crystal malt. It truly is an Imperial version of the Dead Guy.

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Photo of GJ40
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle.

A - A deep amber color with good clarity and a thick, creamy head. Nice lacing too.

S - Sweet and syrupy with molasses and brown sugar.

T - Leads with a mildly sweet and malty tone and then transitions into a nice hop flavor and a firm bitterness. Quite a combination. The 9% alcohol is well hidden and the hop flavor lingers nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation and a thick, almost chewy consistency.

D - A nice, balanced beer. Maybe too easy to drink.

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Photo of Grabbin2nd
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes 11/9/08: Rogue Brewing Co.
Double Dead Guy 2008
Nice looking 750? red painted bottle 9% abv.

Appearance=Vigorous pour yields a 2 finger head. Looks like a DIPA or a strong ale rather than a doppelbock. Carbonation is intense. Good head retention. Beer is a deep red/orange color.

Smell= nothing intense. Smells of bread, sweet malt and hops.

Taste=good. Not really a doppelbock. Not hoppy really...good flavor though. Alcohol is really well hidden.

Mouthfeel= just fine, if anything i would say it was thin.

Drinkability= Not really a quaffer. A sipper fo sho. good beer, not what i was expecting though. I would not seek out again @ the price tag of $15 I think it was...

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Photo of Lukie
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As soon as this poured, I thought... this is not a Doppelbock. Poured out a hazy dark golden syrup colour, with a thick bushy off white head, which dropped into some nice lacing. It is not as clingy as the hoppier rogue beers.

Strong malt smell of honey and caramel, with some almonds and a little piney quality. The alcohol is evident in the smell.

A strong malty attack, with sweet honey and caramel. The piney quality from the hops comes in quite subtle at first, then leaves a lingering after taste.

This was nothing like what I expected, but by god its good. The alcohol is not evident on the taste at all, and that makes this one scary beer because it's so easy to drink!

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Photo of VOR
3.14/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First impression was a nice lacey head.

The I gave it a sniff.
ok, so I used to work in a Horse farm back in the day and moved a lot of hay bales. This beer smelled like horse food, and it quickly earned the name horse food. Mind you I could smell the alcohol. but when horse food sits it begins to ferment too. Ok thats not fair, but this beer smells like a hay field while being harvested with a hint of alcohol.

I like Rogue, I really do, but I was not thrilled with this offering. The grainyness is extremely evident before even tasting.
Cant say I was suprised by the taste. It was not too strong tasting for 9% so that was nice, but the malts were MONSTER. reading the other reviews I learned the term rank malt. I still think horse food. There is a real molases flavor that I could not get past. but a bitterness came in after the alcohol nip.

doubling up the alcohol was not woth the effort to me and more of a gimmick than anything.

Some here might judge me, but I poured out 90% of the bottle.

for context:
This was the maybe 4th beer of the night with some DFH 90Min and a growler of City Steams Carpenter ale as our base line.

We had a DFH 120 Min break, went back to the base line, then double dead guy.

tonights recap...
Carpenter might be better than 90, but 90 is so drinkable!!! 120 let me down this time, but is still nice to try from time to time, but double dead guy?!?! never again. and I wont try tripple now either.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clouded orange/copper color with a light tan head. Nose is sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. Taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a decent mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. A hyped up Dead Guy but I did not find it that much more impressive.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded amber, copious carbonation, fluffy head. Looks great.

Smellin' it...lovely! hoppy and fresh! Pithy fruit and pine, citrus and tropical...nice!

Drinkin' it: Hops up front, then smooth and malty...alcohol undetected, but hinted at. Drink again...big, fat yeast, zesty hop, luscious malt...yum, yum...A little earthy, rich grain...but still bright and hoppy. Delicious.

Yup. Just damned delicious! Not sure why it's called a "doppelbock" here, nothing like one...more of a beefy, unfiltered hoppy lager...I think.

but damned good!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a solid orangish-brown in color with little floaties all over the place and a nice, lacing head.

Smell - This has a very rich, almost barley wine aroma with a light herbal hop compliment. It's the malts though that carry this nose. They are very deep and dripping with booze.

Taste - The winey malts came out huge at the taste. Even cold it's a slow drinker. It has a large dose of rank malt, vodka, and a little spice. The hop flavor itself is somewhat hidden, but the bitterness is massive especially at the finish.

Mouthfeel - This is a big beer, much more than medium-bodied if not quite full, with as I said some slammin' bitterness throughout but intense at the end. The 9% ABV is brutal in the throat and way too boozy for the style.

Drinkability - Bocks are supposed to be real session beers and DBs less so but still quite quaffable, so in this sense the beer is a failure. It's way too thick and boozy to throw back but lacks the complexity of other quality "big beers". Diehard dead guys might buy into the packaging hype but this was a disappointment. The awesome drinkability of the DGA is lost on its big brother. But hell, it's 9% so I'm drinkin' it!

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Photo of williamherbert
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy copper-orange. Creamy pure white head. Big thick frosty lace on the sides. Clear but also hazy.

The smell is bready English ale malt. Tangy dark berries/fruits. Grape. FLoral and citrusy hops buried beneath. Dark sgars and dark barley. Really something else. Brandy as well as hints of mocha.

The taste is a major blast of alcohol. Roasted barley malts. Hops spicier in the taste than in the aroma. Raisins and leather. Dark flavors; lacquer-like. Rich and heavy. Barleywine-ish.

Oily and thick on the tongue. Chewy but not a choker. Has the strength of a barleywine. Severe. A sipper, but a good one. Strong and challenging. Very good, but will be hard to repeat.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= a little darker amber color with a decent head that leaves quicly but leaves nice lacing as the beer warms
S= yeasty and doughy at first. Malty too! Wow lotta malt sweetness in the smell
T= malty to the max. The doughy flavor is awesome. Great flavor through and through.
M= smoother than the average dead guy. Creamy too
D= very high. I'm scared of the high abv though...great brew

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Photo of burnstar
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with a big persistent white head. Smell is sweet and malty with some fruit notes. Pears. Taste has a nice very carmelly sweetness. Bitterness in the middle and through the finish provides some balance. Some hoppy herbalness in the finish also and a little warming alcohol. Nice but not particularly distinct or memorable. Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Overall a solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange, light amber with a frothy white head. Aroma is very malty, light caramel and biscuity notes. Has more in common with a strong ale than a dopplebock. Starts out sweet with sugar cane and caramel, but a heavy bitter undertone overtakes, somewhat piney but not overly so like an IPA.

An interesting brew, but the price likely will keep me from buying this again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super-creamy head made of all sizes of bubble, leaving rings of lace as it slowly drops to a thinner quarter-inch layer. Color is a rusty reddish-brown. Head retention is excellent, never leaving the entire time.

Aroma is candy-like, gooey-sweet, malty, hoppy, and just the slightest hint of alcohol. Reminds me of Stone's Bastard brothers. And that's a good thing.

Malt sweetness hits first in the flavor, delivered in the form of caramel, toffee, nougat, honey and butter-rum/butterscotch candies. The Cascade hops are obvious too, once they make their way through the mounds of malt (can't say I know enough about Crystal hops to comment on those). Malt, hops, some cake batter and just a hint of alcohol mingle in the wonderful finish. Bitterness and sweetness are largely present but never out of control. This covers all manner of beer styles, reminding here of the malty, robust characteristics of a Scotch ale; reminding there of the earthy, easy-drinking appeal of an all-malt lager. Does it remind of Dead Guy, from which it was born? Yeah, kind of...but this beer is far more complex, more delicious, just more more more...

Should I be surprised the mouthfeel leans toward the thinner side and has a softness about it? Probably not, as that's what a lot of Rogue beers feel like to me. Sometimes it's a detriment, but here it actually works. The gooey sweetness of the flavor is big enough--a super-thick texture to match just might've gotten to be too much.

Double Dead Guy basically says "to hell with styles." And if a style must placed on it, it seems more like an American Strong Ale than anything. (Maybe I should check the Rogue site for the official word on this.) No matter, it's my kind of beer, and a damn fine way to spend a Friday evening inside on a chilly evening. The gorgeous red bottle sits staring at me, taunting "why the hell did you buy only one, eh?" Glad it's a big one.

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Photo of nasty15108
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a hazy brownish/red color, reminded me a little bit of apple cider. Huge head of thick off-white foam and pleanty of sticky lacing left behind. Looked just about perfect to me!

A - Malty as hell! Slight hints of caramel, apple and pear.

T - Malty with a very slight sweetness up front followed by a good amount of hop bitterness (grapefruit/pine) in the finish.

MF&D - Perfectly balanced and complex. This ale had a nice sticky mouthfeel and at 9%ABV it was extremely drinkable. My only complaints are this ale should not be billed as a Doppelbock, its clearly a Double/Imperial IPA, and at $12 a bomber its a little pricey to get hooked on.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had ontap at their release party/event, but also found a 750 ceramic bottle of it. Review is on the bottle version.

This is a 9%, but tastes atleast 11% for some reason.

Slightly hazy amber orange, smells sticky and malty. Hops are there, but it's like a maltbomb IIPA.

Sweet honey, toffee, sticky hop residue, and alcohol burn. Some creamy features, perhaps some vanilla or almond in there too. Mouthfeel is a full, though a but chewy.

It's not one of Rogues best brews, it's good and unique, but not something I think i'll be buying again. Kudos for them giving the idea a try.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge dead guy or double dead guyfan but I will drink it, I have had this in the bottle before but this review is from tap @ the Brewery in Newport

It poured a med red color with a thin off white head and not a lot of lacing around the glass. It smelled of hops quite a bit, tasted of hops also with a bit of an alchohol bite to it in the end, Medium bodied fairly drinkable brew.It's a little overrated if you ask me.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy yellowish head that resists fading. Sheets of Belgian lacing left behind. The smell is on the timid side for all the ingrediants this one is packing. Light and hoppy with matched sweet malty underpinnings that suggest a BIG ale to follow. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy. The sweet malty flavors are fully complimented by the texture. A piny resin character prolongs the somewhat dry finish. Scoring points for complexity. This one is a really easy drinker...even at 9% ABV. The alcohol is well integrated. Can't speak to the truth of style...but i've enjoyed this one. Leans towards a Double IPA in some respects. On the pricey side at $11 a pop, but the unique bottle does 'sexy marketing' proud!!

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Photo of brendan13
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a tulip glass a bright orange with a few centimetres of slightly off white head that slowly falls away leaving nice rings of lace down the glass.
S - Slight toasty & caramel malt aroma backed with some herbal and floral hop notes.
T - Toasty and caramel/toffee maltiness also in the taste along with some herbal, slightly floral and fruity hop notes. The alcohol is more noticeable as the beer warms.
M - Light side of medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Dryish finish with a bit of lingering bitterness. Was expecting a bit more body.
D - A tasty beer indeed. A good balance of malt and hops. Something I'd drink again for sure.

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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 PerzentRizen
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have really tried to give Rogue a fair shake. I find myself a littel frustrated with them since they charge so much for their beers.

I decided to try double dead guy off of a recommendation from the store where I bought my biannual beer haul this past Thanksgiving week.

This one was poured into a Pat O'briens brandy snifter. The head is off white and thick/creamy. It can be brought back with a quick swirl. The aromas are fairly grand.

I was pretty surprised with the nutty/malty aroma. The toasted alcohol background fits great with spicy shrimp and steak. I am really impressed with the complexity. i was not expecting that.

Although the aroma has lots of slcohol the flavor does not as this is hidden from the senses in a very good way. I have to say I like this one around 60 degrees. More flavors come out to play at higher temperatures. You almost have to chew the hops - I do love that hop kick!

The mouthfeeli is decent - it is about what I would expect from rogue (full bodied, robust, spicy hop flavor, and lots of malt).

I wouldn't exactly call this beer drinkable in the sense that you could sit down and have a couple bombers by yourself. I would say that you do not need to be anywhere near the drain to consume this one. It's about middle of the road for me.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/22/2008 (bottle dated 2008):

Very cool red bottle. Warmed up a bit. Pours an amber brown colored body. Creamy small white head, diminishing. Clear body. Very hoppy aroma, malty. Sweet nutty smell, bitter. Smooth malty flavor. Nutty, with a hoppy aftertaste. Citrusy. good taste, carbonated. Slightly warming.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice head and retention. orange color.

pale and crystal malts with minty hop bitterness.

this is a hoppy beer with sweet malt to balance there is a bit of alcohol astringency

the astringency is a bit much and effects mouthfeel and drinkability

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Photo of elniko
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Deep rich amber, large creamy head. Very high carbonation and lacing apparent. Really nice looking brew.

S: Malt and breadiness apparent. I pick up alcohol as well.

T & M: Nice take on the Doppelbock style by Rogue. The primary characteristics of bread and malt apparent but doesn't quit have the molasses tones that I find in the Celebrator. Mouthfeel is creamy in texture.

D: I enjoyed this beer but not my favorite doppelbock.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to tburkhart and jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale glass a very nice slight haze golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacingin left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet/honey, malty, with some caramel. Medium body, you would not know this was a 9% ABV brew, very well hidden. Drinkable, another very nice/tasty brew from Rogue.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,208 ratings.
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