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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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Ratings: 1,212 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of RodBurg
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a huge, fluffy, cream-colored head. Excellent lacing with each sip.

The smell is a little weak. The first thing I notice is the floral hops. After a few more whiffs I can make out some citrus and caramel malt.

Really solid flavor. Nothing over-the-top or insanely complex, just a really solid and tasty balance of toffee/caramel malt and floral hop flavors. The 9% ABV isn't noticeable at all. Medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

Very good offering from Rogue. I enjoyed.

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Photo of ncstateplaya
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer, much more so than the dead guy.

A: A great head, wow...creamy and mousse like, deep tan and equalling the amount of beer in the glass. The ale pours a nice pure amber with great clarity. The lacing like expected was very substantial, all over the glass.

S: Unfortunately my sinuses were giving me fits so I hate if I am doing this beer a disservice. I thought the malts and hop profile were very well matched...complimentary. Nothing seemed over the top. I could make out the alcohol in the nose. Unfortunately I can't pin point more exact aromas.

T: There was a hoppy bitterness that lasted throughout the experience. It was an almost buttery caramel flavor blending with the creamy malts and hops that was delicious. The alcohol becomes more evident as the ale warms.

M: The malt backbone guides this beer down so smoothly. Unbelievably smooth almost. Very creamy and a moderately heavy bodied beer. There is a nice drying finish that I accredited to the hops.

D: Wow, this is much better than I had expected. Exceptionally smooth and very enjoyable. It definitely warms from within. The alcohol bite will deter some, but is not stronger than I had anticipated. I thought it to be highly drinkable.

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Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid about as much as a bottle of good wine for this, well maybe a little less but for some reason that seems a bit much. Anyway, poured with a really cool head, almost guinness like with the way it all foamed up in the glass, left a lingering, very think, creamy head that eventually faded to some nice lacing. Clear copper color at first, then cloudy on the last pour as the sediment mixed in. Not too much smell to speak of, maybe a slight hint of some hoppy notes, nothing floral though. Taste is pretty darned good. Very deep at first and then some sweet and sharp tastes up on the tip of your tongue. A little bit of lingering alcohol and hop notes, maybe a little bit of grain. Mouthfeel is good, very smooth, belies the 9% alcohol. Pretty easy to drink for a higher alcohol content beer.

Overall a great brew, not sure if it was worth the price tag compared to other beers but I definitely enjoyed it. The head was one of the best I have seen out of a bottle in a long time.

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Photo of gorby16
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer and was surprised how smooth it was for 9% ABV. A - amber color with nice foamy head. It had a few small bubbles like a fine champagne. S - caramel, malt, sweet. T - very smooth, bitter on the finish, rich with a slight hoppy character. Overall, I loved this beer.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red pour, frothy cream head. Malty citrus nose. Initially not that much of an off shoot from the standard Dead Guy. Slightly more creamy mouthfeel, some malt, light toffee/caramel. Strong hop presence. As it warms though, improves. Mouthfeel gets even more creamy, more malt and stickiness. Really laces the glass. Clean finishing. Alcohol non-existant. Well done.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL red painted bottle with no freshness date (though there is a vintage) poured into mug.

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-amber with an enormous off-white, rocky, foamy head that leaves some sticky chunks on the glass. A thin ring hangs on the top of the beer until the last sip disappears.

Nose has sweet fruit like apricot and peach, a mild peppery spice, and a malty backbone. It's almost like sniffing a tropical punch or fruit salad. A bit of alcohol adds some warmth.

Wow, this is a big beer right off the bat. The incredibly creamy, big body carries plenty of sweet fruit flavour over my taste buds. The peach and apricot from the nose are back, with a dose of alcohol, yeasty bread, bitter pine and earthy hops right before a sweet snap of fruit on the finish. Carbonation provides a crisp kick to this beer, preventing it from feeling too heavy or cloying on the palate.

The high (and noticeable) alcohol knocks the drinkability down a notch; though this is a beer I enjoy sipping.

The price on this beer makes it something to get as a special treat. It's big in just about every way. I can't comment on how true it is to Doppelbock style, but I think this beer hit every note the brewer intended. It's fantastic, and worth trying at least once.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy auburn body with two fingers of long-lasting off-white foam. The presentation, combined with the ample rings of decorative lacing, give this full marks on the appearance scale. Good aromas, much more hopped than any other dopplebocks I've enjoyed in both smell and taste. With the hops comes plenty of fruit--apricot, berry, apple. It should only be a bit bolder, though the balance is impressive.

The taste is a melange of bold and smooth, hops and malt, sweet and bitter. It's much more hopped than, say, Samuel Adams Double Bock. Yet it's very smooth, very fruity, and although densely hopped, malt carries the day with DDGA. Very delicious, and it packs a punch.

Where Double Dead Guy Ale had me was with the mouthfeel. The impressive malt-hop balance is fully realized in the texture. It's honestly easy to forget that this is a dopplebock and not, say, a well-hopped IPA in taste and especially texture. The oily hops provide ample viscosity, while the malt encases everything in a smooth blanket. Tremendous.

It's certainly easy and pleasurable enough to drink, but the alcohol catches up quickly with DDGA. But goodness, what a great beer, one of the very best dopplebocks I've ever enjoyed and probably the most unique in taste and definitely mouthfeel. I enjoyed it with, and after, bacon-wrapped meat loaf made with ground beef and ground pork, with mashed potatoes and gravy on the side. Double Dead Guy Ale certainly held its own with that terrific meal.


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Photo of jayfarley3
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass a cloudy copper amber color with a thin tan head on it. Smells of malt, caramel with mild hops. Tastes of malt, sweet caramel, and a nice balance of hops. This beer was surprisingly smooth for being a 9% beer, it is almost too drinkable for such a high abv.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this menacing-looking red 26 oz. bottle at Helga's Pub in Augusta, GA, for $15.99 (dropped from $19.99). Split three ways, poured into a (sadly, frosted) pint glass.

Pours bright amber with a fair amount of haze, and a full off-white meringue of foam that settles slowly and shows good retention.

Smells fruity and sweet, with a dose of piney and citrus hop notes apparent as well. Rather inviting.

Medium-bodied with a nice level of carbonation and somewhat light mouthfeel. A touch of sweet caramel up front mixes with a nice sweet, fruity, herbal profile very similar to tea. This one is strange, and absolutely delicious. Some citrusy hop flavors appear in the middle and lead to a mildly dry finish, but the name of the game for this beer seems to be that tea-like character, which is very intriguing and unexpected.

This one goes down like water, despite the elevated level of alcohol. Alcohol presence is well-hidden on the palate, or perhaps it is just unnoticed as the previous two beers were also heavy-hitters, Chimay White and Flying Dog Wild Dog Weizenbock. Either way, this one is quite enjoyable; the bar charged far too much, but definitely worth a go.

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Photo of galante27
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A nice darker amber color with a good head. As you drink t he head remains ans gives a lacing down the glass. Its also slightly.

S: Excellent taste, the normal dead guy is one of my favorites but this "hopped" up, dobblebock version is just as good.

T: A smooth malt taste with a bitter hop finish.

M: good carbonation, smooth finish.

D: This is a very good release from Rogue, and woth a try, but for "extended" drinking the normal dead guy is better, this warms your insides very quickly.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - This is honestly one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen. The tattoo worthy double Jolly Roger logo is really badass, and the red painted bottle really stands out... and looks like blood, which compliments the skulls quite well. This pours a clear apricot color with an enormous three finger fluffy yellowish head. Thick sheets of foam slide down the glass and leave nice arcs of lace behind. When held to the light, this one glows like the amber cube that held the giant mosquito in Jurassic Park.

S - From afar, I can smell butterscotch and scotch notes that give me an idea of how malty this one might be. Up close, fruity apricot, peach, sweet caramel, and sugary candy come out, along with a gentle floral and fruity hop note. This is more malty and less hoppy than the standard Dead Guy (which is one of my all time favorite brews, just so ya know).

T - Rich caramel and toffee malt with loads of maple syrup, brown sugar, and fruity overripe apricot and peach hop notes. A hint of fresh mint is there at the finish. Some bourbon -esque alcohol and BBQ flavor is there as it warms to room temp (started at cellar temp).

M - Full bodied and sugary, this has a minimal level of carbonation and a fresh menthol minty note that tastes and feels like I just chewed a piece of wintergreen gum. This sensation feels like it's cooling the air that I breath with toothpaste-like freshness. Personally, I find this minty flavor annoying and out of place.

D - I fully expected to be blown away by this one since I'm one of the world's biggest Dead Guy fans. This has very little in common with that brew other than the balanced fruity hops and solid malts. This is also far off base for the doppelbock style (which I don't think Rogue was shooting for anyhow). Maybe this should be listed as an American Strong Ale since this is more akin to Arrogant Bastard than it is to chocolate-malt loaded doppelbocks.

Note: This beer was really expensive. It's a damn good beer, but at more than three times the cost of regular old Dead Guy, it's really not worth buying again. Definitely worth trying once, or more than once if you a man of means (ie, a baller).

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper/dark amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with fair retention. Thin lacing washed down the sides.

S: Spicy hops, citrus and grapefruit.

T: Sweet caramel malts and bitter hop finish. some hot alcohol lingering maltiness in the finish.

M: Light side of medium body. Carbonation in good balance.

D: Good beer in the style. I like pretty big malty beers and thought it to be smooth, but maybe a bit to warming.

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Photo of rabsten
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red-tinted brown into a Weeping Radish pint glass. Moderate head with big bubbles, very cola-esque. Negligible lacing.

Sweet malt aroma. Toffee notes.

Big caramel/toffee malt flavor with just enough bitterness to keep it from becoming a malt-bomb. Smooth drinking with nice, round mouthfeel. It would be way to easy to drink several of these and get into trouble.

I'm not a big fan of the standard Dead Guy but this was quite nice. More drinkable and flavorful than the standard, this one is well worth seeking out.

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Photo of fostwal
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Rogue cooked up a winner with this one. I had the 2008 edition of the Double Dead Guy. It has a clear, dark, red appearance. The scent is very light. The carbonation is low. The taste is where its at. It has a slight caramel and a slight bitter taste. And you would never notice that its 9% alcohol. Its just smooth. Its an excellent beer to enjoy.

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Photo of joerodiii
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Bomber poured into Sam Adams glass.

The beer pours with a small white head and has a lovely light amber hue, much like a typical Oktoberfest. It looks nothing like a Doppelbock.

The aroma is dominated by a combination of crystal an munich malts with a noticeable (but not overwhelming) hop presence.

This is where the beer loses me. It doesn't taste bad, just nothing like a doppelbock. The mouthfeel is fairly thin, and any malty sweetness (of which there isn't much) is totally overpowered by the hops. If I work at moving the bee around in my mouth I can just make out a bit of caramel flavor. Way too much work.

This beer should be marketed as a strong American Pale Ale or IPA. I might pick up another one just because the bottle is awesome, but not for the beer.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Double Dead Guy comes in one kick-ass bottle, and pours a slightly hazy, deep honey color with hints of pink when held to the light. It has a nice, fluffy off-white head.

The nose has a lot of nice, citrussy hops with underlying caramel and toffee with a bit of alcohol. Lots of hops also show up in the taste; nice and citrussy. The malt is also there, but not as much of a presence. Bitterness pops up a second after swallowing but doesn't linger too long. Mouthfeel is full and slick, with a bit of oiliness on the back.

Overall, this seems like a subdued double IPA. A different beer and fun to try.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - this ale pours a dark amber/orange, with a good sized head, two fingers, that is rather rocky fed by plenty of swift carbonation

S - nice poignant hop profile, subtle but strong with plenty of presence, grapefruit, floral, and piney, all supported by a mellow brown sugary sweetness

T - malty sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, envelops a cloying hop bomb that wants to go overboard but remains subdued and complimentary, a supremely balanced brew

M&D - very easily drinkable, and superiorly unoffeensive, two Bud Light drinkers with me fully enjoyed it. well done, one of the best Rogue beers i have ever tried

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Photo of benclimbs
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light golden with champagne bubbles. the smell was kind of weak, but i detected a lot of wood...is this oak aged? It was similar in the taste, some good hops, and still some of the wood...thought it was really solid, very different than the regular dead guy.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dead guy with extra alcohol and hops added in to the mix. It works in the most part as it bring a new hoppier dimension to a fairly malty beer. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and the finish is a little on the sweet side but it tastes like a typical Rogue beer. Not their best but a worthy beer to try and savour

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

This review is being written from notes as I drank this beer at least a month ago now. Poured out of a bomber into my mug. This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber color. The white head is about 1/3 inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface layer with good lacing. Sweet, slightly toasted caramel malt, along with a bit of maple or homey, perhaps some dark fruit and a noticeable amount of hops. The taste is pretty much the same, sweet toasted caramel malt goodness immediately hit my palate along with a bit of spice and dark fruit before giving way to the hop flavor. Good balance of flavors here. The taste of alcohol does burn a bit. Has a crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way.


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Photo of cvfish
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark amber color with produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head that retained that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had a huge maltiness with citrus hops, I guess they are not following the Dead Guy and making this in the Bock style

T - The taste of this beer further enforces that this is not Dead Guy x2, a sweet malty start that is followed by a mix of citrus hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was surprisingly light, and a moderate amount of carbonation, but this brew is smooth

D - This beer is a good example of American craftsmanship in beer, just don't expect Dead Guy +, and you'll be fine with this one

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/8/08. Cool bottle! Pours a clear dirty orange with a thick light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of doughy bread and soda. Flavor of sweet malt, bread, light fruits (apple). Doesn't taste very hoppy like I would expect from an ASA, mostly it's just lots of malt. Alright though.
7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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Photo of FSUmac
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass....


Pours out a copper color with a nice fluffy white head. Nice lacing forms as well.


Very malty with some floral hops in the background. Sweetness on the nose.


Sweet maltiness, but not too sweet. Also some bready and caramel notes. The hops come in at the back and balance it out nicely. You can taste the alcohol, but it is hidden fairly well.


Slightly sticky, but still goes down quite smooth for a high gravity beer.

Overall, I like this beer. If you like Dead Guy Ale, you should definitely give this a try.

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Photo of Bagman007
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Clear copper coloring with a finger length head that lasts a couple minutes.

S- You can definitely smell some hops in this beer, but it is not an overpowering smell. Also smells a little sweet.

T- Hoppy, but not too hoppy. Kind of sweet. Definitely a very good taste, but nothing amazing.

M- Has a somewhat dry finish, but it is not too bad. Fairly smooth.

D- Very drinkable. Definitely can have several of these in one sitting.

Overall a very good beer. Nothing spectacular, but still a solid brew. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of BWH3
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The double dead guy is a dark copper ale topped by a finger and half of almost white head. The aroma is massive malt richness with bread and toast and a hint of melanoidin. The taste is similat but with a large dose of floral hops to temper the malt. Huge bodied doppelbock that is truly delicious, even more than the other dead guy.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 1,212 ratings
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