Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
1,207 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 hossua34
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Clear chestnut brown. Has a big head, with good retention. An obscene amount of lacing.

S - Strong toasty, malty smell. Burned toast, mocha and caramel, straight up.

T - Bitter, coffee taste balanced beautifully by a toasty, slightly sweet caramel-toffee flavor. Malt heaven.

M - Could use more carbonation, but no real complaints.

D - A damn pleasurable brew. A toasty chocolate aftertaste and a little buzz leave me craving another. DDG reminded me a little bit of Sam Adams Longshot Double Bock.

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

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

red painted 750ml bottle. sampled aug 27/09.

pours crystal clear deep red, showing great ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. the fluffy pure white head drops slowly and leaves tons of lace behind.

aroma is good. rich malt. multi-grain and rye bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. slightly earthy. caramel and toffee. a bit woody. light alcohol. touch of dark fruit.

taste is good. huge malty punch. caramel and toffee. whole wheat bread. bit of rye bread. light biscuit. cracker. bit of dark fruit - date, raisin. light alcohol. earthy and a bit woody. just under medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. medium carbonation level. hint of astringency.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding the alcohol very well. great malt profile.

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

A: Clear and reddish orange, great 2-finger white head with large bubbles, good retention, and perfect lacing.

S: Brown sugar, vanilla, barley, slightly metallic, spices.

T: Interesting dark fruit flavor with lots of barley and hops and a bit of brown sugar makes for a great taste. Alcohol detectable, but not abusive. Barley and hops are extra-strong - it's super-bitter for the style, but not super sweet like most IPAs. Slight metallic flavor after swallowing is the only turn-off.

M: Thick, creamy, really syrupy, medium-bodied, good carbonation.

D: Drinks alright, but is really alcoholic and fills you up quick.

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

Cloudy hazy orange pour, with thick tan head and lacing

Smell is first sweet and yeasty, with a little citric hop zest

Taste is great and complex, normally I am a hop head and require little to no malt flavor. In this brew the malts struck me as brown sugar, resin, and sweet egg bread. Hops finish the taste and contribute mostly in smell, citrus orange and spice are not bitter and leave a fairly smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy, very thick, its like beer syrup, was not expecting it in a "lighter" colored beer.

Fair drinkability, too easy because its smooth and not bitter, not too easy because of high alc. and thick syrup feel.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a mug. 2009 vintage.

A: Medium amber with a decent head that leaves good lacing.

S: Caramel, butterscotch, and citrusy hops. Becomes slightly redolent of cheese as it warms up.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Grassy aftertaste.

M: Rather heavy, not too much carbonation.

D: This would be fine if it were 12oz. But it's a bit much for 750ml. Be sure not to drink it too warm.

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i always have trouble getting a good pour from these dumb opaque bottles. too much foam clings nicely to the sides of my imperial pint glass while the middle settles to about 1/2 of an inch, reminiscent of a cumulus cloud. appearance is almost frustratingly cloudy, almost as if you're in the ocean trying to see what's swimming next to you.

aroma is a nice balance of hops and malt. you can tell the abv is there, but only if you focus on it. given the other reviews, i expected this to be way too malt-heavy, but i didn't find it that way at all. the hops are definitely there, although obviously toned down from your usual double IPA.

i find this one very drinkable. carbonation is right where it should be, and i wouldn't have guessed it's any higher than 7%. overall this was yet another strong product from Rogue.

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

This was a good experience. Don't know why I thought this was a dopplebock, but the first taste let me know that I didn't have the right style in mind. Pours a hazy orange color. You can barely see the outline of your fingers on teh far side of the glass when held to the light. Good off-white head and long lasting thick lacing. Smell was bready malt and some spices. Taste started out with beady malts but spices and hops kick in enough to make this seem like a mild barleywine. No hint of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. I had this with some Thai food and it held up very well. Drinkability is good. I polished off a bomber in good style and probably wanted more even if it would be a bad idea abv-wise. A good tasting beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color ale with a large frothy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma is more geared toward sweet malt then hops as I was expecting. Taste is very reminiscent of an American barleywine with loads of cookie dough sweet malt with a bitter hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done with an interesting balance between sweet malt and bitter hops.

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Photo of wingman14
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish copper with a frothy white head that leaves lacing. The smell is malty and hoppy with some citrus and sweet notes. The taste starts somewhat sweet with some malty flavor, finishes hoppy with some bitter notes. The aftertaste keeps the bitter and hoppy flavors. There is a medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation. The alcohol is hid nicely within the layers of flavor. There is a nice balance, good carbonation, a great beer, easy to drink. Wouldn't want too many with the ABV, but definitely worth checking out.

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

750 ml bottle, big thanks to NASH for sending in the CanBIF5!

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange, almost red, thick and chunky slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring, a shit ton of lace sticks to the glass, big chunks. Smell is nice, very malty, big bready malty character, raisin, toffee, graham crackers, brown sugar, lightly fruity, mostly just a very thick and malty aroma, some alcohol comes through. Taste is similar, insanely malty, caramel, very bready, biscuits and light toast, brown sugar, dry crackers, a touch of fruity sweetness, Werthers candies, very malty, butterscotch, alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very thick and chewy. Just a real big malty ale, doppelbock/old ale character. Good stuff!

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Photo of Tone
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber/copper color. 2/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, alcohol, all spice, and some raisin. Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of hops, alcohol, sweet malt, tart malt, and slight citrus. Overall, strong flavor, noticeable alcohol, good blend, and good appearance.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

vintage 2009

A- Sponge-cake-like head with a neat orange/green tint. Great clarity shows slow-moving bubbles on a pretty, amber background. Sheets of lacing and retention to the last sip.

S- Loads of citrus/cinnamon hops on top of a sweet, nutty base. Some herbal aromas along with a subtle pinch of alcohol.

T- Very smooth with a shower of hop resin on the tongue dried off with some sweet, somewhat fruity malt. Flavors become much more vibrant as it warms.

M- Extraordinary, bubbly carbonation and a gooey, slick body make for good drinking

D- Drinks like a nice, light, overly-hopped DIPA to me. Really pleasant to drink

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Photo of Vengeance526
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange color with a 2-finger creamy off-white head that retains nicely and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Aroma of caramel malt along with citrus and floral hops.

Taste starts off with a caramel sweetness that is balanced out by floral hops, spices and hints of grapefruit and orange. A hint of alcohol can be detected in the finish.

Medium bodied with light to medium carbonation and an overall creamy mouthfeel. Not sure why but I found this extremely easy to drink despite the 9% abv and that the alcohol presence was definitely there most of the time. Don't know about the bottle, but this stuff is just that good on draft. Something I'll be sure to order again.

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Photo of ricke
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Reddish amber with a medium-sized off-white head. Good lacings.

S: Leafy and grassy hops and fruity notes that are quite pleasant. Bready malts, fudge and earthy aromas. The smell is kind of weird - not very powerful yet out of focus, but still decent.

T: Malty and sweet in the mouth. Mostly white bread with notes of bark and fudge. Hints of earth and boiled vegetables. Some hop notes, mostly with a leafy and grassy character. A taste of caramel in the middle, which gets enhances towards the end. The finish is rather bitter with a hint of minerals, peppery hops and sweet herbal alcohol. I'm not impressed by the taste, it's unbalanced with a strange composition.

M: Quite a big body with a creamy texture. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is really good, but for some reason it doesn't go very well with the flavors.

D: I didn't really like this one. It came out a bit strange to me. It's not very powerful, yet it's unbalanced. Considering the hefty price tag on it, it was quite a letdown.

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Photo of mattwjones
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty beer. It looks like honey in my snifter.

The smell is not exceptionally strong but has a nice malty alcoholic aroma.

The taste is very pleasant. There is a malty taste that finishes with a taste that reminds me of Wheaties cereal. Very clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is light considering the ABV. Not syrupy at all.

Drinkability is better than some of the other American Strong Ales that I have had.

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

I've had just about every Rogue beer available in Australia at this point, and with the exception of one or two have really enjoyed all of them. This is my first go 'round with Double Dead Guy and the "American Strong Ale" style at large - no doubt I'll sample many more on my impending visit to the US West Coast. Regardless, bring it on.

Super-cool bottle, not that I'm marking on that, but man, definitely cool.
Poured into a Guinness pint mug a coppery-orange with a finger of creamy off-white head.

Brown sugar/caramel and a bit of toasted bread crust on the nose. Nothing really jumping out at me, but it smells nice.

Taste is a little wild at first. Someone once told me this beer would be amazing if it wasn't quite so aggresive, and at first sip I'd agree. Like regular Dead Guy but lacking something in subtlety. There's some caramelly malt in there and a bit of pineapple, but mostly you're kind of smacked in the face with bitter, spicy, twangy hops and warming alcohol.

Let the beer warm a bit and it unfolds majestically. Caramel malt comes to the fore and the bitterness is balanced out with sweetness and depth of nutty grain flavors. Toffee pushes through, then the bitterness lingers. Straightforward and powerful. Good stuff.

Medium-creamy mouthfeel with prickly carbonation breaking it all down a little. Nice balance.

Once you get past the initial blast, this beer really opens up and is an absolute pleasure to drink. What a few minutes ago seemed like a one-off sipper turned into something I wished I had WAY more of - the alcohol warmth is there at the start and the end but in between I started to think I could probably drink quite a few more. If only I had the spare cash...

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twenty oh Eight bottle, picked up from a surprise store across the river from here. The only thing anywhere near this that they had.

A: Pours a lovely golden orange amber with an ample, three finger head of off white foam. Tons or active carbonation in the same adams perfect pint. here is a little haze/ This is much lighter than I would expect for something of this strength, American Strong, Dopplebock or whatever you want to call it. The head holds at about half a finger and some decent lacing.

S: Some hops, maybe, none I recognize though. A little alcohol, some sugary sweetness, but not a malty flavor at all. Not too strong either.

T: Again, a surgary sweetness, and that hop. The bottle says cascade and crystal. It must be the crystal I am unfamiliar with. I suppose there are hits of the flavor I would expect in a stronger ale, but not much. No dark fruitiness or anything like that. Still very likeable, very much like a double intense dead guy. I think it suffers from being as old as it is, as the hops might have made a better impression earlier. I won't hold this against them. Tasted great with the weather we had today. Something though I would only get when it was fresher.

M: Creamy and thick, which is what I expected. It was a little foamy/frothy which I didn't really like so much in this one.

D: Easy going, especially for something this strong. I'm giving it a 5, which makes up for some of the je ne sais quoi of the other aspects.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a powder coated red 2009 bottle pours a slightly hazed reddish orange beer. A thick tan head rises two fingers above the brew. A stable construction of bubbles that lasts the duration of the drink as soapy suds on the sides of the glass.

Smell is sweetly syrupy and kind of boozy with congested malts and grassy hops. Nice parts but as a whole it doesn't really come together.

The taste is boozy and bittered. It's much like a rough melon cough syrup with a bunch of mediocre grassy hops added for balance. It's not really very good and I find myself wanting to pour it out but stopping only because I paid $13 for this bottle.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer for me. It is full bodied, creamy and has a satisfying bitterness. The abv warms my belly nicely and helps shroud the poor flavors. Rouge ales are consistently a disappointment to me. Lame beer.

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Photo of cdpike
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber with ample off-white foam. Faint hop aroma with notes of spice and alcohol, something sweet, perhaps caramel. Fairly light bodied, mouth-feel is smooth with a bit of tannin. Tastes of light citrus with a mildly chewy caramel flavor and almost like it's out of a can. There's definitely some metal in there on the first sip, but seems to fade away as you continue. Finishes quite bitter, but somehow in a subtle way, not really very aggressive hop presence. Great effort from Rogue, although I think it's too expensive. I'll stick with original Dead Guy.

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

A 2008 bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark hazy orange color with a nice off white head that retreats to a one finger head. The head has fairly decent retention and leaves some ok lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is kind of hoppy but not to much, kind of a caramel smell as well as citrus. Reminds me of The Dead Guy Ale just a bit stronger (obviously). Taste is very similar with the caramel being pretty upfront. It's also pretty hoppy mainly with citrus hops. The taste isn't bitter at all, I found it to be pretty sweet mainly. Goes down smooth. Like the taste it is somewhat similar to the Dead Guy Ale just more of a punch to it I guess. Pretty good mouthfeel, pretty full bodied but nothing big but it's not thin or anything. Drinkability is good considering the higher ABV but it's hidden well and drinking the bottle was no problem. Overall pretty good stuff but I wasn't worried to much as it was coming from Rogue. I've got another 2008 bottle so I'll wait on it and see how it is compared to this one down the road.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle (2008 edition) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours an amber color, lighter than I expected for the style.

S: A bit of toffee in the nose along with a bit of alcohol.

T: The first taste was some toffee and caramel followed by an absolutely huge dose of alcohol, almost like I just took a shot of hard liquor. Interestingly, the following sips had some alcohol in the finish but not as much as the first. It's a bit sweet with a bitter finish. It's really harsh with little balance. Kind of a chore to drink.

M: Full bodied, a bit low on the carbonation side.

D: A bit hard to drink since the flavors didn't meld well and were all over the place.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2009 Bomber poured into imperial pint glass

A-Burnt orange with a nice head that fades quickly, what little lacing there is disappears quickly.

S-Very nice! Citrus hits me right off the bat, followed up by hops and malt.

T-Caramel, some nice maltiness, citrus and hops. Very good.

M-A bit thin and the carbonation was a bit stinging. Not digging the mouthfeel too much. But that is nitpicking.

D-I like it, but one is enough. Can't see myself having more than one.

I like it but it is a bit pricey ($12 a bomber is what I paid) which seems a bit much for this beer.

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Photo of strangemusic
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another offering from Rogue! Going to try the Shakespeare Stout next. This one came in a very cool bright red bottle.

It pours out a deep amber/dark raw honey colour with 2 fingers or so of head (poured vigorously about halfway into a tulip glass). I quite like the way that regular Dead Guy looks, and the Double version is no exception. Bonus points for the unique look of the bottle!

The smell is caramelly with a good bit of hop oil, the characteristic "Roguish" aroma with some light orangeyness, rosemary, alcohol and polished notes. It won't knock you out of your chair, but it's subtle, familiar and straightforward.

The taste, too, is trademark Rogue (for better or worse, many of their beers have a kind of similar personality): a bit peppery, a big hit of hop oil balanced with sweet caramel (maybe a little too sweet?), a light bite of grapefruit or citrus, and that rosemary and alcohol from the aroma. Much like regular Dead Guy, which I like as a casual beer, but more complex. Moreso enough to be significantly different? JUST barely.

It's medium-light bodied (felt a little thin for the range and quantity of flavours), and has a noticeable oily character, but it doesn't coat the mouth like a really resinous hop bomb might do. It's far less drinkable than its "normal" Dead Guy bretheren, much more of a sipper than a quaffer, but still enjoyable on a hot summer evening.

Overall I would say that I enjoyed this bottle, but I would be just as happy spending its admittedly high purchase price on a whole pack of regular Dead Guy. It just didn't seem different enough from that beer!

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Photo of bosco7
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the attractive blood red painted bottle into a snifter. The color ca be best described as burnt orange. Nice fluffy head.

Soft malty notes in the nose including bread crust and toffee.

Taste is pleasant but nothing exciting. Lots of nutty, malty, and bready flavors upfront. Spicy hops finish off the drink. Sweet borders on cloying.

Mouthfeel is full and heavy and this and the sweetness make it a bit hard to drink more than 12oz.

This is a beer that I prefer in its un-Imperialized state. I think a lot of the subtleties that make Dead Guy such a pleasure are lost and are dominated by loads of malt. Think palish barleywine not Dead Guy X 2, if that makes any sense. Still a well crafted beer.

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Photo of HiAIPA
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of bright red 2009 bomber. I had this on tap at the delightful Roguepalooza at Novare Res last year so when I saw this I grabbed it. Excellent ultra smooth ale that will smack you if you are not careful. Pours a nice gold/brown. Tangy flavors that slide down so easily.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,207 ratings.
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