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: 1,201
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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Photo of MadCat
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has 2009 on the label.

Appearance: A nice copper brown color, with a good tan head that leaves tons of lacing

Smell: Heavy malt, fruity, yeasty, bready

Taste: Very sweet from the malt, with some good yeast and bread flavors. Toasted grain and caramel sweetness. There is some muted hop bitterness in the background to bring a little balance to the table. There is some citrus in here too. Tons of flavor, hard to pick all of it out.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, thick, medium carbonation

Overall: Tons of flavor, a much more developed and complicated dead guy ale. Has that distinctive dead guy flavor. I don't know how it tastes fresh, but the age has served it well. Drinks like a session beer.

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

Copper color beer, not very clear I can't see through it. The white head is nice looking and sticky. The aroma is fruity with a very good base of malts in the back. I get some caramel too. Nice aroma, I'm loving it.

On the taste it is sweet. Not aggressive at all. A dry finish too. The bitterness is there but comes slowly and sticks in the mouth. I like it. So easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Delicious. Excellent beer.

Bottle received from Liam on here... in a trade done last year! :)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

2008 vintage.

Pours a murky honey orange with an orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with the addition of a perfume-like flavor that isn't too pleasant. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that I really don't care for too much.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish copper with a slight haze, huge off white head and sea foam lacing.

Huge malty sweet smells of caramel, rich toffee, vanilla and grassy undertones. Toasted bread and fruity notes.

Toffee and rich caramel with swirls of vanilla and hints of chocolate. Grassy and citrusy hops peek through to balance nicely. Toasted and nutty edges make for a great, sweet malty bomb with balance and complexity.

Rich, full bodied, and smooth

Excellent, sweet but not cloying, very enjoyable.

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

Orange in color and kind of hazy, almost murky, slightly orange tinted head was about a finger, leaving a nice sheen and decent lacing.

Fruity and caramel malts come through first, followed by a surprisingly nice hop profile. There's a little tartness and a tinge of alcohol in the smell, a little more alcohol in the taste, but it's not overwhelming.

Body is nice, thick and full, a little slick, with a nice fruity, hoppy bite on the finish and alcohol warming.

I'm actually quite pleased and a bit surprised, because I am not a big fan of regular dead guy ale. If it wasn't so friggin' expensive I'd probably drink it again. Rogue's beers are quite good, but the thing that stands out most about this brewery is the fact their beers are consistently overpriced.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,201 ratings.
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