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 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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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark amber in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart rather quickly.

Smell: malt sweetness is dominant while some softer fruit and hop bitterness tones are in a bit in the background.

Taste: big caramel profile, ripe dark fruits, softer bitterness, and a hint of alcohol make up a big beer that malty but not overly so. Some earthy tones arrive during the swallow.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth throughout with some light dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the sweetness sticks to the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: witht he high alcohol levels, this is a true slow sipping pint and more than 1 or two would be sufficient in a session.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this brew on tap at the Barley Pub in Dover. Ironically I had the regular Dead Guy Ale for the first time the day before and enjoyed it a lot. Onto the beer.

Poured into a 13 oz. tulip glass, with only a small amount of light lacing. The beer was a nice dark red to brown coloe. The nose was heavy on the malt. Caramel and toffee notes dominated upfront with a good amount of pine present as well. Taste was sweet upfront with the caramel and toffee notes. The pine hits toward the end and offers a nice bitterness to counter the sweetness upfront. The pine taste in this was much stronger than the Dead Guy Ale I had yesterday. Mouthfeel was syrupy and heavy without much carbonation. Drinkability is average because the flavors are pretty heavy and the ABV is rather high.

Overall, a good beer with clean, strong flavors. Not the best from this style I have had but a solid bew nonetheless.

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

A--Deep amber color with 3 full fingers of head in my 16 oz. snifter. Decent lacing.

S--Orange peel, grains, spices, caramel

T--Big caramel and bread malt profile, spices wash it down. Not much hop flavor but what is there is floral and earthy. Pretty solid, but missing something to really make it great

M--Medium bodied, leaves a nice aftertaste of sweet malts

D--Nice beer overall. I would actually prefer a little lower ABV because if I am drinking something over 9% anyway I would go for a lot of others first. But this is still a commendable effort from Rogue.

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

Double Dead Guy pours a nice looking amber color with an orange tint. It's ever so slightly hazy. The head is a massive, slightly off-white beast. It's easily three fingers tall and is very slow to dissipate. Waves of sticky lace cling to the glass as it descends. Pretty impressive looking stuff if you ask me.

The nose is a little weak. It features a nice toasted malt aroma up front. There's definitely a sweet, caramel/toffee malt presence that blends well. Hops are easily noted and add a nice flare to the nose. They smell mostly citric. I'm picking up pineapple and a little orange in there. There's some pine, as well, but that's more subtle. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Not bad. It'd easily better with more strength, but it's not bad at all.

I like the flavor. It's a notch above the nose. Initially, there's a diverse array of malt flavors. There's some sweet caramel, pale, and a dose of toasted malt. I like it. Hops are stronger than I expected and have a nice citric and piney flavor. Orange, pineapple, and pine are the dominant hop flavors. It has pretty nice bitter punch, but it's balanced to a large degree by the malt presence. Alcohol is noted, but isn't so strong that it's warming. For a 9% beer, that's not unexpected. It finishes bitter, dry, and slightly sweet. This is good stuff. The flavor doesn't really have that 'wow' impact, but it is very good.

The body here is medium and smooth. Carbonation is relatively light and restrained. It's damn close to earning a '4.5' here, but it just doesn't quite reach a silky level. Almost. Drinkability is good. This is nice tasting beer that goes down easy. It is a little strong at 9%. I'll make it through the 750 with ease, but I wouldn't attempt to tackle any more than that.

Double Dead Guy is very good beer. Seems like Rogue takes their fair share of knocks, but I'm continually impressed by their beer. They consistently produce very solid beer. I didn't really know what to expect with this one. Perhaps I was anticipating some sort of Imperial Maibock. That's not the case. I think an American Strong Ale is the right classification and this is a good one. The nose could use some strength. That's about the only complaint I have. It's not special or world class by any means. But it is a well rounded Strong Ale that's worth checking out.

On a side note, it comes in a flat out kick-ass bottle. I'd love to award some extra points for that, but this review and the scores are solely based on the contents. Rogue, here's some kudos. That'll have to do.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

These premium bottles of Rogue are a bit pricey($15 in Knoxville) but they're so damned heavy they make a good doorstop when empty. This one pours a slightly hazed, orange amber, almost copper, body with a lavish almond hued head. Lots of sticky lace on the glass.

Aroma opens with Cascades hops, lots of pine and a hint of grapefruit. Sticky caramel comes on stronger as it warms.

Mouthfeel is solid medium bodied, with ideal moderate carbonation. Creamy feel, and the alcohol is quite well concealed for 9%.

Taste is interesting. I'm going to refer to an excellent review here by markskar(no idea who he is) who notes that this ale has an American hops presence that doesn't overwhelm the malts as might be the case in s DIPA or American barleywine, yet the malts don't dominate in the manner of an English style barleywine. Well done there, markskar! Simply put, this is an exceptionally balanced strong ale. Not quite chewy, yet a solid caramel malt backbone. Not overly dry or bitter, still an aggressive hops presence of pine, earthiness, and faint citrus. Finishes with a flourish of fruity citrus, but leaves a dry aftertaste.

This is really an interesting ale and I'm growing very fond of it. Probably my favorite Rogue.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually don't review beer from the bottle, but the situation presented itself. The only view of this brew that I got was from the thick, sticky, amber colored, resin like bubble over I got after my first few sips. It smelled of toffee, alcohol and some burnt malt. The taste was super nice, I really liked how prevalent the alcohol was. There was a slight mask of malt and hoppy bitterness, but the alcohol made you feel like you were drinking something important. Mouthfeel was ample and full feeling, but I wanted more carbonation. Drinkability was very good for something that is 9%. The bomber went down nice and I probably could have popped another.

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Photo of Docer
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a bottle of this at a Whole Foods in Eastern Vancouver/LaCamas WA area..

- Nice only slightly cloudy amber orange color.. looks like a red ale.. creamy light head with a swarm of lacing..

- Wonderfully balanced smell of sweetness and grain/malt.. caramel with a touch of candy.. and a warm citrus smoothness to the hop aroma.. this smells great..

- There is no way this puppy is 9% alc... it is hidden so well an a great caramel candied malt flavor with a smooth citrus hop flavor and only slightly bitter... but overall very well balanced and smooth... impressed!

- Only slightly dry and chewy feel... leaves a nice sweet grain aftertaste...

- Huge on drinkability.. hides the strength better than any other that strong that I think I have tasted... just go try one! And for all those that think Rogue is just so-so... get this and be blow-blown!

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Photo of markskar
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bomber (which I just calculated to be 25.4 ounces--I'd assumed it was a 22ozer). 2009 vintage. No price tag on the shelf at the store but the bottle was calling out to me, begging me to buy it. I was a bit stunned when it rang in at $11 at the register, but I figured, what the hell, this looks interesting. And after the first few sips, I don't regret paying the premium.

This brew demonstrates quite well the difference between an American Strong Ale, which this is, from a DIPA or barleywine. That is, the American hop character is there, but doesn't overwhelm the delicious malts, as one might find in a DIPA or American Barleywine, but the malt character doesn't dominate the palate in the way that many English barleywines do. This is for Goldilocks, very well balanced, with a high abv that is welll masked in both aroma and taste.. An excellent rendition of the style.

Pours clear copper with a solid creamy head, nice lacing. The taste is nice and on the malty side, but the hops are balanced just right. Aroma is lightly roasted grains finishing with a pleasant, (mildly) citrus Cascade aroma. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy at first, but finishes crisp and dry thanks to the high abv and the just-right hop sting.

Quite drinkable, but definitely a sipper to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of jlb307
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Sly Fox pint glass.

A: Nice deep amber color and a frothy two-finger head. The foam was generally off-white and didn't stick around for too long. Spots of lacing here and there while I drank it.

S: Hints of spice, some citrus, and mild hops. Plenty of malt to boot.

T: Caramel kind of aftertaste, but mostly toasty malt.

M: Almost too carbonated. Not overly thick to the point of syrupy, but almost.

D: Very easy to drink beer. Would readily have it again.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber brew with 2 finger head, very mildly carbonated. Smells nice with citrusy type hops. Tastes hoppy,not overdone.Alcohol is there but definitely not overbearing. Just enough malt to back it up. Mouthfeel is ok. A recommended brew , would go very nice with smoky BBQ.

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Photo of Oahu
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer was like hugging puppies that had just successfully completed a run through the dryer with some sort of glorious fabric softner.

I did not expect to enjoy "Double" Dead Guy as my experience with Imperials and Doubles has been negative. A wiser friend than I purchased it for me to celebrate the anniversary of my birth. Thank the FSM.

A) Couldn't stop starting at this beer. A glorious Sunrise+Burnt Sienna in a glass. Created this horrible cycle where I didn't want to drink it because I wanted to keep looking at it, but

T) it was so good I couldn't help myself. A fair amount going on here. Definitely some hints of ETOH, but at 9% it was understood. Delicate maple undertones dancing with Cascade Hop Madness. I wanted to freeze it and ice skate on it.

S) Light smells representative of the hops with touches of simple syrup and high gravity brewing.

M) Heavy. Coats Delightfully.

D) Not for sessions of collegiate rabblerousing, but I can see having three consecutively and passing out on the floor with a smile on my face.

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Photo of TroyS
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a glass of this at MarCellar's in Idaho Falls, Idaho. It's a nice amber brown beer w/not a ton of head...actually, pretty light on the head. Head burned down to a trace within minutes of the pour. Nice and half hoppy brew with some nice malts. I taste quite a bit of alcohol and not as much nuttiness that I'd like to taste, I think. Good Beer - Cheers!

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tall massive 1 pint 10oz red glass bottle with a pry-off cap.
Transparent copper body with an off white small bubbled butteshead. Good retention and lace.
Delicious malty scent with spices and hoppy notes.
Great malty taste with licorice and spices. Lots of hoppy notes and a long strong aftertaste of hops and still plenty of malts.
Full thick body with residuals sugars and a good coating.
Excellent drinkability. Interesting and flavorful.


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Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have been meaning to sample this beer for some time, but had been avoiding the cost - got this one at a marked down cost, and decided it was time.

A: Deep amber with a hint of red. Head is a bit of an off-white, forming quite nicely, with a little spotty lacing and good retention all the way down.

S + T + M: It both smells and tastes like a "double maibock," as it should. Rich malts with a bit of caramel going, both in the scent and flavour. Some sticky alcohol follows, with just a little bit of residual hops for balance. Body is medium with a soft carbonation and a fair bit of chewiness.

D: The alcohol makes no attempt to be hidden, really, and nor should it. That flavour adds to the style, as far as I'm concerned, and it makes for a pleasant sipper. It's more enjoyable than I had expected, which was a pleasant bonus. A nice release from Rogue. I still don't know about the price point on it, but that aside, it's well worth tasting.

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

This is not a dopplebock. The brewery even says it is a strong ale.

Anyway, pour is a hazy dark amber color with tan head. Nose has overripe melon aromas with some malt extract like components that reminds me of the extract I always used in homebrewing - big caramel.

Palate is quite alcoholic/hot, even at cold temperatures. There is a notable toffee malt flavor with big hops to balance, but it is nothing in the league of a doppelbock. It is a freak and needs a new name.

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

Consumed 04/30/09 from a bottle labeled "2008" and purchased just before Christmas. Refrigerated at 49 degrees F since purchase. Served at the same temperature.

Wow, this is a carbonated beer! I got a five finger head of very light biege froth in the pilsener glass! Creamy head. The bubbles actually sparkle in the light. Cool. The beer is a very clear deep honey color with lots of bubbles rising throughout. Good looking beer!

The aroma is a touch boozy. Slightly bready with candied sugar notes.

The beer is a little thick as it enters the mouth and slides over the tongue, but I'm stopping just short of calling it syrupy. Well carbonated.

Flavors... starts sweet with a pleasing mineral component. Hot, nearly barleywine levels of sugary malt. THIS close to overdone. Piny, resiny hops on the finish, leading to a very strong bitterness after swallowing that helps cut the sweetness. Warming in the stomach. Rogue says this tastes like peanut brittle? Really? It's a stretch...

Not sure I could drink this often, as it is a standalone solo bomber. Just fine for tonight, though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with a beautiful firelight glow when backlit with bright sunshine. The massive crown is pale orange-ecru in color and displays the usual Rogue quality. These guys have head and lace nailed. Speaking of which, the glass is beginning to be coated with gorgeous sheets of honeycomb-like decoration.

Even though Dead Guy is a maibock, Double Dead Guy isn't a doppelbock. According to the brewery, it's a strong ale. Who ever heard of a doppelbock that uses Cascade hops (and Crystal hops according to my bottle) and has 60 IBUs? Unfortunately, the nose isn't that compelling. It's lightly toasted and a trifle fruity, with no appreciable alcohol.

There's plenty of Munich malt in the brewhouse, along with pale and C-15, which is a lightly roasted variety. I'll go along with Rogue's flavor description of peanut brittle since it seems to be right on the money. Toasted cereal grains, English toffee and a certain earthiness are present as well.

Double Dead Guy Ale is in the ballpark of sweet-bitter balanced, with the accent on bitter. It's also pretty close to malt-hop flavor balanced, with the clear accent on hop flavor. It sure doesn't taste like any damn doppelbock to me. Grapefruit, orange peel and spruce dominate, even more so on the lingering finish. In the end, there's more than enough hoppiness to win the day (and this is a 2008 vintage). Don't... age... this... beer.

As the liquid falls with drinking, the incredible array of lace gives me no choice but to bump the appearance score. I was leaning in that direction anyway. In addition to being masters of foam, these brewers are masters of mouthfeel. DDGA is on the light side for the ABV and the style, but is so glassy smooth and luxurious that the above score is an easy call.

This has to be one of the all-time great bottles. The contents aren't quite as spectacular, but Double Dead Guy is well worth a purchase if you like big, hoppy, creamy beer. Say what you will about their prices, Rogue almost always delivers the goods.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a good 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big grain with some roasted malt and bread. Some nice caramel malt notes here as well.

The taste is malty sweet in spades! Big bread and light roasted malts add to the flavour nicely. Pretty big warming durin and after the swallow but it's a very tasty brew.

The mouthfeel and carbonation....medium and silky smooth.

Drinkability? The big bottle and ample abv say this is a one of at a sitting but it's certainly not at all hard to drink. I like!

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double dead guy from a red painted bomber. The brew pours a clear amber color with a lively, and quite stick, head. Very attractive. The nose tickles the senses with sweet caramel, dark fruit, raisins, and a hint of citrus and pine hops.

This beer is jumble of sweet and bitter. The sugar caramel maltiness is dominate in the beginning, especially as the beer warms. Straight bitterness, which was lurking in the background while the malt was on stage, dominates the center and finish of the this brew. The alcohol warms the chest during exit, signaling the gravity of this brew.

All in all, not bad. Definitely balanced, but not necessarily complex. This brew is barleywinesque, but lacks real depth. Worth a shot if you enjoy malt, hops, or both.

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Photo of HopHedz
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a taste of this beer from a bomber that my friend picked up.
Being a huge hop-head i didn't feel that this beer would live up to my standards, even though its not "hoppy" didn't sway my tastebuds though.
This is one helluva smooth big and boozey brew. IT surprised my taste bud's with a great malty profile and i found myself begging my friend for a little more. All i can say about this brew is WOW. Good job Rogue, keep up the great brewing!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. It pours a nice amber/copper color with carbonation noticeable and no sediment. A 1/4 inch tan head forms and quickly reduces to a mild lacing.

My initial thoughts on the aroma were that it is strong on the yeasty/bready components but there is a solid caramel malt sweetness in the background. Unfortunately weak for a strong beer.

The taste brings out a lot more of the caramel malt sweetness, with some lesser notes of bread and a unique and pleasant bitterness from the hops which lingers. The taste is quite impressive to me and a nice blend without being overly complex.

The mouthfeel demonstrates a medium bodied beer with a nice crispness from the carbonation. It is still quite smooth and leaves a very nice bitter/dry aftertaste on the tongue and upper palate.

Overall, this is a very good beer. I think it is very drinkable and it is a telling sign when my wife also enjoys it and wants more. You have to pace yourself because of the ABV and how easy it is to drink. Either way, this is very drinkable and very good.

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Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a damn fine brew. this was the 2008 vintage from a bomber.

poured beautifully into the glass with an inch and a half of head. head settled to a light film in the center and a bit of froth around the edges.

smell is of light roasted malt with a hop twinge. the taste was egg so lent! a little easter lingo... yum. i let this beer age in the fridge to age and settle for about 30 days. now i wish i got two of them!

suckem up and movem out!

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Photo of SeattleAdam
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle at a local shop intrigued by the red painted bottle. I have had Dead Guy on many occasions and have always regarded it as a great beer. A session beer, if you will.

This Double, however, is not a session. It's quite big and boozy and...great.

A- Dark amber. Head is big and fluffy! The lace lines the glass after each sip. The retention is amazing and will accompany you as long as you need to enjoy the entire glass.

S- Floral and boozy.

T- American strong ale with fruits in the beginning and a warm tingly...dry finish. Spirit-like.

M- This beer does not lack body at all. Carbonated just right. Just like the taste, it's quite warm.

D- Careful. This beer tastes so good that the 9% ABV creeps on you! Very easy on the tastebuds but not something you wanna drink fast in high quanity.

Notes: Dead Guy is a great beer to bring to a BBQ and establish yourself above the Coors Light drinkers....Double Dead Guy is something to enjoy slow and sit inside and really....feel. If that's the right word. Great after dinner beer to be enjoyed at night time with a good movie and a good woman who knows good beer.

Good. Good. Good. Kudos Rogue!

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

It's tempting to think of Double Dead Guy as an imperial version of Rogue's Dead Guy Ale, a quasi-maibock known for it iconic skeleton sitting contemplatively on a beer cask. The two beers actually share little in common materially aside from their use of Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast strain.

Of the two, the Double Dead Guy (Dead Guys?) holds my attention more fully for its distended fruity nose ripe with barleywine-like sweetness. The lace lingers, the deep amber body lifts precious few bubbles, the head is a carpet of buoyant dust. Double Dead doesn't express heavy bitterness, but is augmented with a rapturous malt quirkiness that bespeaks of a marbled ambrosia. A delayed bittering arrives as a final coup de grâce.

Engaging, peculiar, and repeatable.

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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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