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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Ratings: 1,208 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick foamy beige head. Very roasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel and hops. Flavor very similar with lots of roasted coffee bean, chocolate malt, toffee and a dry bitter hop finish.

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

Found this beer while rummaging around Gary's in Portsmouth, NH. Really cool bottle. It was a hazy orange color with a medium-sized off white head and a bit of lacing. Caramel malt aroma. Very malty taste, sweet, some hops. Nice enough beer, didn't knock me over.

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Photo of Jayli
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off - love the bottle! Second - loved the beer!
Beer pours a deep clear amber color. 2 1/2 inch frothy head that dissipates relatively quickly leaving decent lacing behind. The scent was very, very faint. I was expecting a much more apparent aroma - though you can pick up slight hops, caramels, and possibly some honey. Taste is very sweet at first that blends in to the nice hop bite. Alcohol is slightly apparent however not overwhelming and mixed well with the beer. Mouthfeel is nice - a little on the lighter side, but enough presence. I hope to pick up another of these to stash.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent with some steady streams of carbon dioxide rising to the top of the mild white cap. The head quickly fades into a gentle floating pad and collar. Spotty streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy bread, clean citrus, caramel, vanilla, and nougat.
Taste is of the same aromas with vanilla beans and cream coming to the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with sugar cookies lingering. Tingly finish with the CO2 but overall, nicely balanced.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange with amber highlights and a thin off white head with very sticky lacing.

S - Bready malts with biscuit, sweet caramel and a slight herbal, citrus hop aroma.

T - Sweet caramel, bready malt and a blend of herbal, citrus and greapefruit hop bite.

M - Medium body and sticky.

D - Reminded me more of an american strong ale than a dopplebock but I guess I can see the reason it is a dopplebock since it more malt focused and less hoppy than most american strong ales. It tastes like a bigger dead guy and although I like the original I don't think this one is worth 10.99 a bottle.

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Photo of fctoaster
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For weeks it has sat in my bedroom, tempting me, testing me, persuading me, until today.


The color is a deep amber, slightly red, with an approximate color of 15 SRM. Large opaque head formation, very thick and clumpy. Decent lacing as the beer is drank.


The smell is a mixture of dough and caramel or molasses or really good maple syrup. Reminds me of an Old/Stock Ale. No hop presence.


The taste has the same caramel flavor as the scent. Notes of roasted malt are present behind the caramel. A very slight aftertaste of hops is present, subtly bitter, without any citrus or floral notes. No bite from the alcohol whatsoever- possibly a bad attribute for a 9% brew.


Thick and flat. The beer is reasonably carbonated, but feels very viscous and heavy on the tongue. Again, it is reminiscent of a molasses or syrup, albeit a very thin, very alcoholic one.


Should definitely be a sipper, at this size. The richness helps to limit the pace at which I can drink a glass. It is very smooth however, with nothing to disagree with. I could drink several of these on a cold night, but I might regret it in the morning.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle
2008 edition

A- Pours an amber color with a large off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing and possesses excellent retention as well.

S- The aroma is filled with a lot of malt with caramel and honey. It is a very good malty aroma that is rather inviting.

T- The taste like the aroma features a really nice malty base, with the hops coming out much more in the taste compared to the nose. The citric hops provide a nice bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The full body possesses a really nice texture with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- The hops can be a little harsh at times and it can get a little hot in the finish witch does hurt drinkability a little bit. Not bad though.

Overall, Double Dead Guy is a pretty solid brew that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of kmo1030
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a deep orangey amber, with a moderate very light tan head that lasts for a bit.
the first thing you pick up in the aroma is herbal floral hoppiness, thats quickly followed by a hefty maltiness, toffee mostly, that has a orange blossom honey character, and a touch of brown sugar. there is a bit of fruity character that's a little hard to pin down, it's sweet and a little dark, a little bit floral, maybe plum or ripe pear, but i'm not sure.
the taste reminds me most of an amped up english bitter. the taste is sweetly malty with the same kind of things going on as found in the aroma, though the hops play less of a flavor role here. the floral honey character plays off the toasted toffee, bicuit and caramel very nicely, creating fairly complex, but not at all overwhelming big flavor. there is a little bit of fruit in the mix as well with some soft sweet raisin, and some pear. hops come in at the finish with some herbal qualities and a moderate bitterness dries things out and cleans things up.
it's body is on the fuller side, with a moderate carbonation that keeps things moving.
good drinkability, it's got a bold, but not at all overwhelming flavor, and the 9% abv is pretty well masked. this isn't how i would have envisioned double dead guy, but this is a success none the less. very nice

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a honey colored with a huge, thick head. I swiped some up with my finger and it didn't go anywhere-it's that thick.

Smells cinnamony like gingerbread man cookies. Orange, fig, and alcohol as well.

Very confused and haphazard seeming taste. Benedictine orange sweetness primarily with a heavy hop finish. Some cinnamon, and raisins. Alcohol warmth present in every swallow. Thin mouthfeel.

Generally this Double Dead Guy tastes like a work in progress. I have another down in the cellar with which I plan to test this theory. Regular Dead Guy

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and orangey sunshine hues captivate the slow, tiny bubbles making their way to the top of a ring o' foam head. Don't care much for the lack of foam. Sweet , toasted and faintly sugared malts give off aromas plums. Plus the faintly herbal and grassy hops. Thisis one bitter dopplebock, 72 IBU's!!! Astringent at the beginning of the taste. Then the malt definition???? Very interesting. Astringent, lmos medicinal hops in the front. Then sweet toasted caramel and crystal malts in the middle. The finish sees a blending of herbal chammomile and rosemary from the hops blending with very sweet, bready malts. Lots of caramel and toast. Very clean palate for a dopplebock. I wish there was some more sweet lingerings going on in this beer. Alcohol seeps in on the finish.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double Dead Guy Ale pours an orangeish color with a white head from a brown bottle painted red. The aroma is pretty mild, a little bit of hop is noticeable. The flavor is a bit hoppy, with a decent caramel backbone. I'm kind of surprised at how mild this beer is flavor wise. I don't detect any noticeable alcohol, but it's clearly quite strong. Worth a try, but definitely on the expensive side.

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

Pours a tan, 3 finger, creamy head, almost the consistency of whipped cream. Sparkling honey colored.

smells like grain & malty bubbles.

Tastes rich malty, bready. Bitter hops, Fruity. Alcohol makes itself well known. a bit hoppy towards the end. Sweet, apricot-ish aftertaste.

Medium carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall not bad, a little too hoppy at the finish, and a little too hot. I'm thinkin it could use a little more malt to back up the hops.
Is this double the malt? double the hops? or just double the dead guy?

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Photo of Onibubba
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly rich and thick light beige head on top of a clear amber body. Leaves copious lacing and a gentle swirll brings the head back to the beer. Very nice. Sweet carmel tinged malts and hints of alcohol. Taste has a bit of hoppiness up front, but the malts take charge. fairly reminiscent of the regular Dead Guy offering. The difference lies in the alcohol. Not as hot as a barleywine, but no mistaking the potency of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite smooth. Light to negligable carbonation. Nice. Drinkability is limited by the alcohol presence. It is not overpowering, but after a bomber, you'll know that you have had a serious brew. Tastey, but not necessarily a repeat purchase.

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

Had on tap at Austin gingerman.

A-Amber color with nice white 2 inch head, great lacing on glass
S-Smells of biscuits and sweetness, some grain smell as well, pretty decent
T-Grain and alcohol flavor, sweet malt that have a biscuit flavor on them, there is an earthy hop flavor as well, a little strong on the alcohol downgrades the flavor
M-Smooth and silky in mouth but a meduim body, one of the better aspects of this brew
D-I could have another pint but wouldn't go much farther

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Photo of BMoney575
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-17-08
2008 Edition

Pours a semi-cloudy and surprisingly light orange/amber, out of a wicked-looking red bottle. The head is a foamy off-white, with huge rings of lacing.

Smell is all boozy subtle hops with a pleasant caramel malt underneath. Very good, but doppelbock?

Taste is very hoppy at first, but then a nice, malt complexity slides in. The hop/malt combo creates an almost coffee-like flavor. Very complex and very satisfying.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice carbonation to go with the hops.

Drinkability is shockingly good, the alcohol is there but by no means in-your-face.

Overall, I'm glad I had this fresh. Not even close to the style, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/9/08

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed side-by-side with standard Dead Guy. Appearance was identical. Off-white, 2 finger head. Good lacing. Deep copper in color.

Smell was slightly more bitter than regular Dead Guy. More malty and biscuity as well.

Taste was pretty nice. Decent bitterness in finish with mild alcohol warmth. Nice sweet, maltiness.

Mouthfeel was slightly sticky and oily. Medium carbonation and good carbonation.

Good version of regular Dead Guy but overall almost prefer the regular version.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Capped Reddish bottle just like the picture. Poured into a oversized wine glass it is easily managed. Orange body, off white head.

My first impression is that its decent. It seems to be less than a double in content considering I had a regular Dead Guy side by side. Very similar. Largely based on a sweet malt base. Rather sticky mouthfeel and slightly syrupy.

I wasn't a huge fan of the original so it shouldn't be a shock that I didn't like this very much. Its well brewed just not for me. Too much of the sticky sweet side of things.

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Photo of doppelmeup
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured an orange-amber with nice lacing and a creamy head.

Very alcoholicy aroma, sweet malt with brown sugar overtones.

The taste is strange. There is a definite syrupy sweet doppelbock flavor, but then a burst of hop bitterness hits you. It seems way out of place in this beer and I didn't care for it. The label lists IBUs of 72. I know Rogue likes to push the envelope, but some things (like the flavor of doppelbocks) shouldn't be tampered with.

Thick mouthfeel, with a definite alcohol burn and aftertaste that warms all the way down.

Not wild about this beer. Very expensive ($10) for the bomber, and I just didn't like it. Many other doppelbocks out there that taste a lot better at half the price. Celebrator, anyone?

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Photo of Cresant
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 750 mL painted red bottle into a Becker glass. 2008. A hard pour created a huge head with a bottom up cascading affect- it was creamy and the color of old paper. It left ladder rungs of splotch head. The body was clear and chestnut brown. Very pretty.

Smell was Bready malts. Steel. An interesting zestiness that reminded me of dissolving Alka Seltzer tablets.

Taste was malty and rich up front with a hoppy, lingering aftertaste. Fruitcake. Stonefruit sweetness. Apricot jam or candied fruits. The well hidden alcohol began to peek out later as it warmed. This one remained very drinkable throughout. Dangerous.

Mouthfeel was slick and had a medium body.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer poured a very clear brown color with a huge long lasting head.

S: The aroma is very malty. It actually smells simply like a barley tea.

T: The taste is initially very hoppy. There is a sweet malty backbone that is noticeable and helps hold the beer together while retaining a "Dead Guy" harshness.

M: The mouthfeel is full and lush.

D: This is a great drinking brew. Perfect for the first cold night of the year.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with bright red paint and 2008 date. Pours a medium amber with a huge head, good longevity and nice lace. Subtle aromas of malt, vanilla and yeast with a mild hop presence. Upon tasting, big malt presence with vanilla, slight sherry and decent hop flavor with a decent bitterness. I think it is quite literally double dead guy. A good beer but not sure its worth the $11.99 I paid for it.

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Photo of fireqc
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

What can I say more after I bougth this bottle!!!

WOW!!! Very good brew! This beer, a little bit complex, was very interesting! I recommend you to buy it right away!

Of course, it's not a beer to drink in a time of manner just to feel the alcool. Take it slowly you'll enjoy it for sure. With salty side (pretzel...) is a very pleasant beer, and when I've a chance to buy it again, I'll do that for sure.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear red-gold with a thick and frothy beige head.

I swear the aroma is a combination of malts and sour milk. Strange.

Happily the taste is nothing like sour milk. Caramel malts, vanilla, and a touch of bitter hops are present. Finish is dry. The 9% alcohol is subtle but makes an appearance as the beer warms a bit.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

Very drinkable but I was expecting more bang for the buck. This was not the beast I'd heard about.

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Photo of chrism86
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured red with orange highlights, substantial off-white head that seemed to rise from nothing before settling back to nothing. Nose shows alot of hops and malt, in almost equal proportions. Caramel is the most dominant character. Palate shows some more caramel before some sweet malt gives way to dominating bitter hops. The sweet caramel malt again makes an appearance to take a bit of sting out of the aggressive hops. Shows a spirit like aniseed on the nose as it warms.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden,bright ale,nice creamy,thick creme coloured head.
great malty aromas, sugars,whiff of alcohol and cream.
Very creamy,malty taste, on the sweet side, some hint of hops but its small.Some alcohol in the end..almost sherry/port like.
Mouthfeel is rich and gooey..a tiny bit cloying maybe in the end.
Good drinker.
hmmmm this is like a hyper strength helles to me
Its Ok but probably not worth the cash most will spend for this.

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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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