Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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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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Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 1,204
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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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange colored with an off white, pillowy head of massive proportions. It lasts the entire glass, very impressive. The nose is malty and nuanced - cookie dough mingles with black licorice, vanilla and field berries. A wall of sticky, bready malts dominates in the taste. Some piney and citrusy hops lay in wait in the back, but the chewy malts are the star of the show here. Alcohol heat is noticeable, but not out of hand for the high ABV. The mouthfeel is luxuriously thick with a fine carbonation. Moderate hop bitterness and some fruitiness linger in the finish.

This is a very nice Strong Ale. Lots of malt complexity with a competent balance of hops. A contemplative one. I highly recommend this.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle
9.0% ABV as marked on the bottle

I tried this beer on June 2, 2012 after purchasing from the King and Spadina LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent scarlet red with a generous tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt, alcohol, weak fruits, and floral hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was caramel malt, some fruit (cherry?), a little graininess, and a bitter finish.

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Photo of Yeoman9459
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep copper, slightly off white head, doesn't stick around for too long.

Smell - heavy caramel. Sugary on the end. No alcohol smell.

Taste - malt forward just like the smell, hop bitterness at the end, builds a bit but goes away fairly quick. Dont get any alcohol.

Mouthfeel - nice feel, very little carbonation, light to medium mouth feel.

Overall - its a good beer, not overly complex, drinks smooth for a 9% beer, pretty dangeour.

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Photo of Suds
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Burnt amber colored beer, with a white head. Beautiful clarity. The aroma is moderately intense, with bread-crust and earthy hop aroma. Flowery, herbal, spicy, sharp yet smooth, this is a great smell. Warming, but the alcohol is dangerously coy. It sneaks up on you. Relatively low in carbonation, but enough to cut through the sweetness, which is substantial (to counterbalance the hops). Very full in body. This is a strong, exceptionally good brew.

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Photo of beerfridge
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a bottle of Dead Guy before to warm up and Yes
it was Truly DOUBLE in every way, and of course shared this with friends making it a very special tasting. Looking for another! I rated this a 5 because it deserves it, I salivate when thinking of drinking another. Beautiful orange/red color with a strong but pleasant palatable swallow! It reminds me of a perfectly mixed cocktail but only in a beer balanced flavors of sweet/sour/bitter and floral! Friends said"You only have one"?

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

Pours cloudy amber orange color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving OK spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of caramel, sweet malt, grains, alcohol like rum, brown sugar, wheat bread or wet cardboard and maple syrup; all malty sweetness with whiffs of alcohol in the nose.

Tastes of biscuit, caramel, sweet malt, toasted grains, rum, brown sugar, wheat bread, yeast, light vanilla, herbs, cinnamon, wet cardboard, pear or apple and maple syrup; very sweet and malty with evident alcohol that is not offensive, but still a very strong ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth with mild carbonation, a medium to heavy body that is on the chewy side, and then it finishes off tart and sweet. This brew brings the heat in every sip; most of the time it's mild, BUT it's always there.

Overall a decent beer that is strong and sweet with earthy notes and an alcohol presence that shows through in every sip. I guess it fits the profile for strong ales, but I'm also glad I split this bomber. I like the regular Dead Guy ale much better.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy copper with a fading head.
Nose shows copious amounts of malt; lots of caramel, toffee and some nutty notes. There's also some spicy and resinous hops.
Similarly malty flavours, with big bready characters and toffee, before the spicy, piny hops and hot alcohol rampage through. Pretty agressive, sharp and almost solvent/petrol-like.
Carbonation is a little full on.

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

A-Pours a dark amber color. Head is rather light. Looks watery in certain lights. Dark but mostly transparent.

S-Plenty sweet with noticeable alcohol. Bitter hop undertones. Lots of sugar and caramel. Smells malt-forward.

T-More malty than anything else. Hop bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable. Lacks any unique characteristics but is still fairly enjoyable. A pretty standard American Strong Ale.

M-Full bodied. Lighter carbonation. Drying alcohol. A bit syrupy. Nearing cloying.

O/D-I enjoyed the normal Dead Guy much more. This one is a bit too sweet for me. Alcohol not masked well enough. But I drank it quite easily and without any complaint until I am currently reviewing it.

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

Bomber in a pint glass
Review #150

A- Slightly hazy dark orange, a one finger of a thick bubbly head.

S- A little bitterness and a lot of caramel. A overly ripened fruityness as well.

T- A good bit of bitterness. There is a lot of caramel flavor in this one. A bit of dark fruits. This kinda tastes like a big doppelbock.

M- This is a big beer but not too big. Drinks fairly easy for how big and chewy it is. Good carbonation and bitterness but it has a lingering sticky aftertaste that isnt good nor bad.

O- If you like dead guy and big beers then you will like this one. I dont really think its worth the 11-12$ price tag in my opinion but definitely a good brew

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

I'm from Oregon. Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2001. So, I take pride in quality beers coming out of Oregon. I should mention that I live in New Jersey now... and I don't get to see much from Oregon in this state.

I recommend Dead Guy to a lot of people new to craft beer. Double Guy is a nice arrival on a seasonal basis. This is one of my earliest strong ales.

I like the smell and taste of this beer. You get a lot of hop and malt presence. This is a very drinkable strong ale.

It isn't a cheap beer, but it is very tasty. I recommend the bottle if you have the cash for it. Age the bottle for six months to a year if you can.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,204 ratings.
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