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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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Photo of dogger6253
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -14.1%
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 -2.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -16.6%
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 -9.8%
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 -6.8%
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 -1.8%
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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Photo of bkilpatr
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a pint glass. 10/11/08.

Pours a deep orange-amber color with almost three fingers of beige head. The head dropped slowly and left some nice lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, floral hops, caramel, brown sugar.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Plenty of sweet malt, a bread-like taste, a bit of caramel and brown sugar. Some fruits as well (raisin, fig, date). The finish is bitter earthy floral hops. Slightly too bitter though, would like it a little less bitter.

Feel is medium-body and well-carbonated. Leaves a bit of sticky aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Drinkability is pretty good. It's just slightly too bitter for me. Finishing the bottle isn't difficult but I wouldn't want much more.

Pretty good, but maybe not worth it considering the price (~$11 for 750 ml). Worth a try though if you can find a good deal.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Served on tap at fatheads into a snifter. Nice ruby appearance with a small white head that fades away.

S. Malts up front with some floral hops.

T. Rogue pacman yeast strain evident. A subtle fruityness coupled with a sugary malt sweetness. Earthy raw hop balances a bit. Just a touch of clean alcohal. Overall a very tasty dopplebock.

M. Smooth and a bit chewey.

D. This was a very interesting brew and one Im glad I had. I would try it again. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale 2008
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug.
Reviewed as a Doppelbock = big malt beer with full body & high ABVs?
A 4.0 - Nice amber copper color, good head and lacing
S 3.0 medium hoppiness dancing with all malt notes
T 4.0 definite malt backbone with hops present
MF 3.5 Medium+ on the body, expected a little more but still really like this stuff
D 4.5 Yes INDEED, and it's strong, very much enjoyed a 4 bomber session.
WARNING - this stuff can really slow down your home brew bottling session, it slowed me down big time, so be careful! Maybe I will wait until AFTER I bottle before I drink this again during a bottling session! Oh well it made a good story in the process. Cheers!

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Photo of hero27
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2008 Vintage
750ml bright red bottle.
9% abv

Pours a shimmering light copper with a steady head of khaki foam.
Typical Rogue-ish Pacman yeast aroma..hefty, bready malt with a solid dosage of Cascade hop juice.
Bitter hop resin up-front..grassy overall flavor with a noticeable alcohol presence lingering about..doesn't really seem like a doppelbock in any aspect to me...more like a double IPA or a barleywine....whatever, it is what it is.
Mouthfeel is pretty full, and carries the flavor well. Carbonation is subdued but adequate.

In my opinion, for $11/bottle, this needs to deliver a little bit more..

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Taco Macs in downtown Atlanta. The beer style wasn't stated, but I claim it to be a hopped doppelbock (not unlike Smooth Hoperator). The beer was a little murky, dark copper colored. The aroma was malty and bock-like with a citrus character added to the mix. The taste was nice, sweet malty flavor with aggressive hops on top adding some bitter citrus sweetness. A little ethyl alcohol is apparent in the flavor, keeping the drinkability score low for me. An interesting beer that I'm glad I tried.

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Photo of danielharper
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 edition

Appearance: Light brown/amber body, thick off-white foamy head, heavy effervescence. Mostly clear but slightly hazy. This is a bit lighter in color and in density than I would expect for a dopplebock, so I'm taking off a bit, but Rogue tends to shy away from precise definitions of style, so keep that in mind.

Smell: Dry, heavily malted. Strong grainy notes, just a touch of that Pacman yeast that Rogue has made so famous. Notes of honey and caramel. Again, not quite what I'd expect from a Dopplebock, but an amazing smell.

Taste: Yep, there's that pacman yeast again. Heavily malted, very dry, very rich with grains and with a clean hop bite at the end. Finishes dry. As the beer warms hints of a sweet breadiness becomes apparent, sort of like banana bread but, well, without the banana. The alcohol is present but hidden well by the heaviness and complexity of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, a bit of carbonation, coats the palate. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Probably dangerously drinkable, considering the alcohol. The dryness is probably a bit higher than I would like over an extended drinking period, and it's not really like any other dopplebock I could name, but it's a good beer that deserves a look from any fan of Rogue.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Because of the hype surrounding this beer, it seems that the actual samples have not held up to the anticipations. However, the beer turns out better than I expected. The appearance is similar to the regular Dead Guy, but the carbonation seems appropriate for the viscocity and the color is a bit darker- but still with the golden-amber, hazy hue. Light on head formation, but good with retention. Aromas are moderate and take on dopplebock melanoidins, rich, bready, alcoholic, and fruity with raisons, dates, and figs. Quite un-dopplebock-like with hight hopping rates of citrus and pine, and estery fruitiness of apples, pears, and berries. Aromas transer to flavors very nicely with a good balance of malts to hops that keep the beer from the overly sweet character of the original Dead Guy. Body is rich, but the hops and a alcohol bittering keeps the body from cloying, syrupy, or heavy. This beer works very well for a dopplebock, even if it is off of style a quite a bit. I think this is a better beer than the original.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-copper in color with a rocky tan head that seems to hang around forever.

Aroma is toasted malt, and light tropical fruit.

Taste is sweet and fruity up front. Plenty of orange, apricot, and grapefruit. Malt is bready, nutty and toasty. Citrus hops are understated, but certainly have a presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

Not a bad brew, high ABV is hidden under the generous sweetness. Overall seems light in character. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of bashiba
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice slighlty hazed amber with a huge pillowy head, great retention and nice sticky lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles zipping through the beer as well.

The smell is very mild with a bit of toasted bready malt coming through.

While the smell was a bit small the flavor is the opposite, very big. Huge fruity malts up front with a bit of sweet apricots and a touch of raisins, toasted malt and bread qualities linger as a strong juniper and grapefruit bitterness take over and linger on the tongue.

The mouthfeel has a medium body with a creamyness to it, a touch of resiny oil keep make the bitterness last.

Overall pretty solid, enjoyed it.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on Tap in a Goblet

A-Light orangey copper with a nice big head and good retention

S-Very light notes of some hops, malts and a touch of sweetness almost like honey.

T-Kinda of some earthy tones sweet malt, grain and a heavy alochol presence.

M-Medium to heavy body with a pretty smooth finish.

D-This one to me is like a dead guy with a heavy body does not really have many of the classic dopple feels to it im not sure i would spend the money to get it over just the standard dead guy again.

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Photo of coldmeat23
2.54/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

GLASS: Pokal Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Despite my disdain for bottles with opaque packaging (I like to be able to see the product inside) I decided to give this one a shot.

Nice straight amber color with a golden tint. Massive BIG head from a medium pour. Great retention. Excellent lacing.

Not alot going on in the nose, here. Slight sweet caramel malt notes. Minimal citrus hop notes detected.

More of the same in the taste. A little bit of citrus hops flavor. A tiny bit of malt sweetness attempts to bring balance. Quite the bitter aftertaste. An oddly musty overtone that made me question the cleanliness of my glass to the point that I just went and washed it and opened a second bottle. Still tastes the same.

Nice medium body. Not too watery. This is where this brew actually relates to a dopplebock.

Sorry, but I can't get passed the mustiness in this one. Together with the fact that there just isn't alot going on in here. Won't be rushing out to buy more of these.

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Photo of bort11
2.78/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into Ommegang fluted tulip. A finger width of fizzy light tan head. Quick to recede and leaves a thin ring. Color is a fairly clear ruddy amber.

Smell has a feusal alcohol aroma. Standard Rogue hoppiness. Not a whole lot of malt aroma. Taste is predominantly alcohol. There is some caramel malts, but it is overwhelmed. Hops add to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Mild carbonation. This is way out of balance, and doesn't seem to fit the Dopplebock style very well. This might mellow out and improve with aging, but I'm not that interested in finding out.

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Photo of stephens101
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Possibly the coolest bomber I've ever seen. Been hunting this one down all over town, but don't get me started on that. Now it's time to enjoy. A clean amber colored brew with a prolific tan head that reaches to the rim of the pilsner and slowly fades leaving a smattering of lacing all along the way. There's a not a whole lot going on aroma-wise. There's some toasted malts in distance. A bigger whiff also reveals some caramel undertones. Tastes malty and a bit bready. There's some grain and grass thrown in as well. A good hit of hops reveals themselves after a few drinks, and really stirs things up. The alcohol heat is evident, but not bothersome. My first impression of this brew wasn't that great, but as I spent some time with it, it really grew on me. Another top-notch offering from Rogue here.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous semi clear amber/medium to darkened orange color with an immensely tall and lusterious topping of frothy yellowed foam that sits a solid two inches thick. Keeps about half an inch of it sitting around like lather and coats the glass with tons of lace that looks like drippy icing.

Aroma isn't all that malty for a doppel. Seemingly reminds me of a paled pale ale that has some toasted grains and crunchy leafy hop notes. Slight burnt biscuit, citrus, apple, and some tannins are noted as it warms.

Taste is a bit plain as well. Well made and wholesome. Just not as big and definately short on malt tones and any chewy factors that would normally be found in the style. Slightly toasted malts, burntish bread crusts, wood toned hop notes, old red apple, and pale biscuit-like malt tints smurfing things up in some areas. Slight caramel begins to emerge as it warms, but not nearly enough to make it more interesting.

Feel comes up kinda short too. Mostly again in the malt area of sweet chewyness that usually would linger forever in a Doppel. This has a simple balance and tone that's just not pulling any kind of malty weight that I normally like out of a Doppel. Its about medium bodied with a feather frothyness to its nature and a slender pale and dryish tone that seems more like an amber.

As all ready stated, this Dbl. Dead Guy is not really speaking the tongue and chewy cheek sticking Doppelbock that it should. And for the price I'd rather get me some Celebrator. Sorry, this Rogue beer didn't do much for me other then teaste me with its great appearance and fancy cool red bottle.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep, rustic, marzen-orange with a 2 finger creamy, sandy-beige colored head that was well lasting falling to a thin covering while leaving concentric rings for lacing down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light, with a honey-caramel sweetness, with an underlying fresh pine and citrus hopping. Overall the aroma was moderately sweet and fair in strength.

T: sweet, dry toasted caramel with a citrusy flowery hopping. Bitter, dry with noticeable alcohol fusels (nutmeg) which produces a light alcohol warming. Dried honey, dried citrus with a powdery pollen hopping. There is some dried fruitiness (apples) from the yeast while a spicy and bitter hopping of dried grapefruit rounds things out and sticks around lingering quite a bit after the swallow with some spicy floral notes.

M: full-bodied, oily, with a good viscosity. Bitter, dry with a lingering dry citrus hopping graces the tongue with a good lingering fade. Carbonation is very soft.

D: Overall, some noticeable alcohol fusels and warming may limit consumptions, but much like the beer, you will warm up to this the more you drink.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale pours a lovely great head over a clear amber
brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose is dark fruits and an
alcohol tang. The flavor is big- toasty malts, with notes of fruit up against
sharp herbal and grassy hops off the back. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and
crisp for such a big beer- the hops really dry out the finish as well. The hop
presence contributes to the thick ropy lacing left in the glass as well. Alcohol
by volume- 9%- only really makes itself known in the nose and the warming
feeling as you drink it down. Otherwise it is very much in control- I'm kind of
wondering where it's hiding, this beer being as light feeling as it is. You really
shouldn't judge a tipple by the container, but the bitch red bottle this one comes
in is just awesome. Get it while you can!

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Photo of crayphish
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle gets you really excited to try this brew. Out it pours a hazy yellow copper with a craggy medium sized head. This brew leaves an inordinate amount of lacing as it goes down. Smell is sharp ripe fruits with a sweet caramel note. Some bready sour yeasts. Taste was huge bready fruit explosion. Just the right amount of sweetness. Very nice. Some alcohol bite as well. Faint grassy hops. Mouthfeel was initially full and chewy, but is quickly tempered by that alcohol bite. A fairly drinkable big beer, though I found a single bomber to be the right serving size for me.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,216 ratings