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 Goliath
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a thin light tan head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is actually pretty nice, kind of reminds me of Double Bastard. It's sweet, slightly hopped, some caramel components and boozey.

The taste is ok. Slightly hopped going kind of earthy with an iced tea like finish. It's got a bit of caramel going on as well as a bit of booze. As it warms to almost room temperature it really gets tasty. I'd recommend drinking this one quite warm for optimal experience.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's a decent beer, but nothing incredible. I'd rather have a regular Dead Guy.

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

Bottle bought for halloween - split with buddy. Deep burnt orange nice head. Smells toasty malty. Taste - deep malty toasty goodness - reminds me of a caramel apple, alcholy and some hops finish. Mouthfeel - full, frosty creamy, carbed. Drinkability - can't believe the 9% - I'm going to buy some more - sorry I sat on this so long waiting for the weekend befor halloween.

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radical bottle. Wax? Spray coat? Bummer of a day so a big bottle of 9% is probably just what Daddy needs to forget the woes of this bitch ass world.

Sort of an orange bronze beer. Huge big-bubbled white head.

Nice bready scent with just a touch of some light fruit. A small plume of alcohol, figuratively speaking.

I like the taste. The misses thinks it's bitter but I don't think so at all. She says it's becuase I've gotten used to it. Or maybe it's just not bitter, huh? Did she ever think of that? Not a ton of discernible flavor, but a mouthfull of beer every time. I'm quite happy with it.

Full bodied. Bready. Just an ever so slight hint of the 9%. Or maybe I've just gotten used to it, huh? Did I ever think of that?

I grow weary of arguing with my wife and myself so I'll end with an indisputable fact: I will thoroughly enjoy this 750ml.

Overall: re-added to wants list

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Photo of allengarvin
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 2008 DDG, finally making an appearance in Texas. I poured it into a Chimay chalice. It has a rich dark-copper color, with a quarter inch head of foam. The nose has a solid malt underpinning with a floral hop aroma. Very nice malty flavor, rich and bready, with a very light caramel touch. Moderately high bitterness, with a flowery hoppiness, but emphasis remains squarely on the malt. A touch of alcohol makes an appearance at the end, but not too much. Big body, with a smooth texture.

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

Pours lighter (copper) than expected and very clear. Rocky head that leaves foam, ring lace on each sip.

Sweet and fruity esters; light hop nose.

Some pineapple flavor; Fruit punch flavor cut by a dry bittering hop. Light alcohol warmth in the background. Not over the top like some double bocks. Superb balance.

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Photo of bifrostguard
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - An orange-red with a moderate off white head.

S - Malt sweetness, hops and a yeast.

T - Up front is malt, yeasty taste with a hop presence coming soon after. The taste has a faint showing of alcohol, but the malt sweetness comes back in the finish. Also has a citric fruitiness to to the flavor.

M - Moderate thickness with a bit of stickiness from the malt.

D - A little too sweet for me, but I could drink a lot of this stuff anyhow. 9% is a good abv for a long evening.

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Photo of Slynger
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

clear, lightly oranged, amber with a big cap of fluffy light beige.

comes in subtly strong (does that make sense) with good balance between sweetness, caramely and lightly honeyed sweet tea-herbal, munichy toasted and lightly citrusy, boldly spicy-bitter hops.

A solid and tasty brew, but a little pricey and high in abv to be a slynger fridge commoner.

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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 AgingWarrior
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. The head has pretty good retention and provides nice lacing.

Smells fruity with a malt background. Not overpowering in the scent, but a nice balance.

Nice malty taste on the first hit, then a little hoppiness and just a slight taste of alcohol. For a 9% abv, the alcohol is pretty well masked.

Nice full body taste with medium carbonation. It feels nice and thick in the mouth and on the tongue.

It's darn drinkable for a "big beer" at 9%, but I don't think I could drink more than one. The buzz is already upon me. This is a beer that I will drink again.

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

Pours a dark amber color with a two inches of off-white head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Large amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Surprised by the delicate malt aroma. I get more from the hops and alcohol than the malt.

Heavy hop bitterness. The malt is very timid in this one. A bit backwards flavor profile for a dopplebock. A little alcohol is also noticed on finish.

Medium body with a nice soft texture if allowed to sit for awhile after pouring. A little warmth from the alcohol.

A hop lover's dopplebock. Does not follow traditional malt bombs. At the cost of this bottle it will be a one time buy.

Edit: I see that this should actually be categorized as a Strong Ale and not a Doppelbock.

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Photo of RedChrome
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color with a bit of a red hue. Huge head was pilloey, off white and held a few minutes. No carbonation streams to note. Super sticky lace clusters.

Massive malt body with a slight fruity finish. A blend of bread with light mix of pineapple and banana. Slight off plastic scent.

Plastic taste is more pronounced on the tongue then aroma was in nose. Pineapple and banana flavors to hide behind malt but are still there.

An average thickness and a quick burst of carbonation hit first. Leaves a slight bit to cling on tongue.

A solid offering. Great to drink with a wedge of brie. Not the best in the style, but a good brew. Try it and enjoy the bottle design as well.

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

Poured from a red wax dipped bottle into a snifter.

Deep orange/crimson color with a bubbly & frothy 2 finger deep head. Lots of sticky webbing & lacing left on glass.

Smells of big caramel maltiness, citric hops, tropical aromas, pine, pineapple. Alot of nice scents going on here.

Has an oily hoppy flavor followed by a massive malt tidal wave of caramel & toffee, sweet maple, a toasted bisquit like flavor meddles around as well, warming alcohol. Big flavor here.

Medium, filling, low carbonation, sticky, full flavored, oily, warming, yummy.

This is a big flavored 9% brew. 12 oz would be the perfect serving size.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Much more than I expected for some reason. I think at $12 a bottle I expect to be blown away. This was good, but not $12 good. I wouldn't buy another at that price.

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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 gford217
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a small beige head that lingers for a little while as a thin cap leaving traces of lacing around the sides.

The aroma is sweet caramel malts and a bit of dark fruit and a slight toasted character as well. There are a bit of hops in the background but nothing really noticeable.

The taste is much more toasted than the aroma and the toasted malts dominate the taste throughout. There are definitely some dark fruits in there as well as some citrus hops that tingle the tongue slightly in the finish.,

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation that accentuates the tingly feeling on the palate.

As an amped up version of Dead Guy, it's a good beer. I certainly wouldn't call it a dobblebock as it is probably doesn't stack up to the better dobblebocks out there. Either way, it's worth trying.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at BevMo! Cypress.

A- Poured from a 750mL bottle into my New Belgium globe glass, this beer pours a clear orangish-amber color that boast a thick, two-finger, off-white head that leaves some sticky rings of lacing along the glass after each sip.

S- A pleasant smelling combination of both dark and candied fruits mixed with bready, biscuity, toasted malts. As the beer warms, the aroma becomes much sweeter as notes of oranges, tropical fruit, and various spices emerge. The alcohol is fairly well-hidden throughout all of this. A good swirl really lets the aroma of this beer shine.

T- The malts steal the show here. The same bready, biscuity, and toasty maltiness of the aroma is met by less dominant flavors of fleshy fruit and indiscernible spices. This all gradually subsides to a tea-like bitterness that lingers on a dry finish for a good while. A mild alcohol warmth shows itself periodically.

M- The feel is more light-bodied than I expected and the carbonation is lively but soft on the palate.

D- Double Dead Guy Ale clocks in at 9% ABV, but the alcohol is very well-integrated into both the flavor and the aroma. This beer is a malt bomb for sure, but I never got tired of it. Seek this one out.

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Photo of peabody
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear brown concotion with one finger of brown suds.
Smell is grapefruit and hoppy alcohol.
This one is too strong for it's own good.
Taste is really hoppy but the alcohol is way to strong for the common man.
Mouthfeel is very clean except for the dirty dryness that the hops bring.
I like this beer and wish that Rouge comes out with lots more of these great tasting beers!

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

Brilliant, clear red amber with thick foamy off white head and loads of tiny bubbles cascading up through the body. Leaves a decent lace as well. Aroma of sweet malt, fruity, maybe plum, turning a little more earthy as it warms up, even tranisitioning to a straw-like smell toward the end. Warm, well balanced initial flavor that is malty and keeps a little of the fruitiness from the aroma. Nice bitter aftertaste, which I felt was pretty reigned in. The malt is a little sweet and the flavors are surprisingly not over the top. Medium to full bodied with smooth almost creamy texture and only the slightest hint of alcoholic finish - really well balanced. This is a truly drinkable beer that is tasty, well balanced and easy to drink. My only real complaint is the price. This is a solid beer, but it is more than double the typical American-brewed bomber. There are some beers getting prices in this range, Russsian River comes to mind, but RR is worth it. I am not sure I could say the same for Double Dead Guy. Worth a try, but probably my only one.

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Photo of dogger6253
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Strong, reddish-amber color with a nice, mocha head on top. The head is pretty thick, doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. The nose is kind of fruity, similar to grapes and bananas with a touch of coriander to spice it up. The flavor is surprisingly bitter. The fruitiness is still present, but a biting hops taste comes to the foreground immediately. There is a little bit of darker fruit flavors lingering around too, most notably plum, but it only comes in every couple sips. Behind all of this, a crisp citrus flavor sort of a mix of oranges and grapefruit.

It feels a little heavy in the mouth, but not so much on the stomach. I'd say this is quite a drinkable beer especially considering how intense it really is.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a nice milky amber, with a decent head, although it faded fairly quickly. Nice lacing and a decent trail down the glass leave a positive impression even after having finished the beverage.

The smell reveals the hoppy inclination of this brew, with a flowery almost fruity element as well.

In terms of it's effect once it hits the tongue, the taste follows through on hte aromatic style presented by the head, with a predominantly hoppy onslaught, followed through with some flowery twinges, followed through with a fruity sweetness that reveals the underbelly of this beast without leaving it vulnerable to attack. The mouthfeel is adequate, with a delicate yet very present carbonation, not quite dancing, almost rolling over the tongue; though not in a steamroller-esque fashion, in more of a tidal fashion, leaving one with a bit of a bitter (hop) aftertaste, but not overpowering the drinker, and leaving this a reasonably drinkable draft even for those not naturally inclined towards a brew pf this hoppy a variety.
My friend gave it to me on my birthday out of her private stock, and overall, I see why she loves it, however it does not fit perfectly with my personal preference. For the type of beer it is, it is a tasty concoction, worth the experience, though it is outside my bouds of preference, overall, as I would gladly drink it if offered, or if it were availabe, though I would not necessarily go and spend 12 bucks on a 22 of it for myself. my dad would probably like it though...

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

Avast! A distinctive red bottle adorned with twin Jolly Rogers appeals to me own roguish pirate heart, and when poured heartily into me tulip-tankard, the vessel yields an orangey-amber body capped with a huge layer of fine-bubbled ivory foam. The head retains stubbornly and leaves ragged webs of placing on the glass, begging to have its bounteous booty plundered! Aaargh!

Ok, enough pirate talk... The body is light-colored for the style, and the smell is sweet and malty with a bit of spiciness, tree flowers and a toasty bit of caramel. Increasingly toasty, smoky, and caramel-laden as the drink warms.

The taste is nutty and caramel malty-sweet with a spicy tingle and an earthy hop finish that brings a bit of dryness to the drink. That persistent mineral dryness grows as the drink warms, morphing into a bitter tea-like hop note that helps bring some balance to the drink.

Smooth, medium in body, and lightly carbonated, Rogue's Double Dead Guy Ale is quite tasty and very drinkable.

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

Pours a medium amberish orange with a small tan head that retains well,leaving some nice even lacing on the glass. The nose is a bit grainy at first whiff,with some mildly sweet caramel and earthy notes. This is more like a double IPA than a Doppelbock,though it fits into neither category. This is very hoppy and equally grainy. Citrus and pine throughout with some caramel and light banana flavors. A magnified version of the DGA ,leaning a little more to the hoppy side,as apposed to the toasted banana bread side of the original version. A bitter finish and sweet caramely/fruity aftertaste keep things interesting. Double Dead Guy is a great offering,but others of equal character can be had for a much smaller price tag.

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Photo of abfraser
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice reddish amber with a massive white head. Nice lacing

S: Sugary malt, piney hops. some citrus

T/M: Not sure how this is classified as a doppelbock. Hoppy as hell, like an imperial IPA. Not necessarily a bad thing, just not what I was expecting at all. There is a nice malt backbone. But what gets knocks from me is the sweetness. Way too sugary, just doesn't do well for me

D: Not terribly drinkable given the sweetness and hop bitterness don't mesh well for me. And the abv is pretty high, meaning you ain't drinking much of this even if you want to

A decent beer. Just too sugary for my tastes.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a few bottles of this years 2008 bottles in the 750ml because of their sweet-ass spray painted red bottle. Normally, I wouldn't pay $10 for a Rogue beer, but I've always enjoyed the original Dead Guy Ale and loved the presentation for their Double Dead Guy.

I had this one on tap at The Fries Cafe in Clifton, Ohio last night with some friends.

After an average pour into my standard pint glass, this guy reveals a 1-finger off-white head that sticks around a while. Excellent, sticky lacing... It's a crystal clear, roasted amber color with orange/brass highlights.

Predominant nose of semi-sweet malts, some spicy, bread dough yeast with a ping of citrus hops in the background.

The taste profile begins with a moderate bitterness followed with lightly roasted, smooth malts and a little bit of toasted bread. Mild earthy and orange-like hops. Overall bitterness is pretty apparent throughout the entire bottle, but it fades as the beer warms. Hints of caramel sweetness and more toasted malt character come out after warming in my glass over 10 minutes...

Mouthful was a little light considering this is a double or imperial style beer, but not bad. Ample carbonation and medium to full flavor after the beer acclimated.

Overall, this was flavorful, nice and enjoyable, but short of being potential trade bait one day, I don't see myself running up to buy cases of this stuff.

This is a doppelbock, eh? I don't think so... More like a lighter American Barleywine IMO.

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Photo of TrevorGW
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A confusing style, being a Double Maibock Ale from the West Coast. I was not quite sure what to expect. Turned out to be a semi-roasty, well-hopped beast that was a lot smoother than one might think.

The taste was quite bready. Tons of hops were countered by even more caramel malt. Rich flavor that is well-balanced and complex. A bit of a dark fruit flavor, but mostly a grainy sweetness that powers through the levels of carbonation and bitterness. Mouthfeel was pretty chewy and thick.

Refreshing and delicious, hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Currently drinking from a pint glass (poured from a 750 ml bottle).

This is as much Imperial IPA as anything else. Outside the impenetrably dense core of hoppy-ness there exists an interesting layer of floral and fruity highlights. It does a great job of hiding the nine percent strength, though.

The color is great, and the texture and carbonation is perfect for me. It's a little hoppier than I like, and I like some hoppy beers.

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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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