Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

very good
530 Reviews
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 ouser31
2.57/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I understand the concept of this beer and love the smell of it! Not a fav of the Strong Hoppiness! Great For a Strong ale of course but i tend to lean towards lagers and browns... Probably need to sit down and ave one of these again and really get into it! not a go to beer but You should try it out!

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

A: A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head and webs of lacing down the glass.

S: A heavy dose of caramel malt and alcohol.

T: More of the same, a nice sweet caramel malt flavor that has a little bit of earthy peat/hop and a touch of fruity ester. The alcohol is prevalent throughout, however, the sweetness overpowers it and the burn is still there.

M: Medium-heavy body with good carbonation and a little burn.

O: Yeah, this is pretty good. The more it warms and the more you get acclimated to the alcohol, the beer gets a little bit better with each sip.

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle to a Cigar City Snifter.

Color: A very murky brown brownish orange with a white head.

Smell: Malts, floral hops, bready, citrus.

Taste: Floral hops come through more in the taste. Then the breadiness and malts followed by a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, dry on the palate and slightly coarse.

Overall: Full bodied just not too well balanced. A good brew just seemed a little off to me. Cheers.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 bomber poured into a duvel tulip

Appearance: 1 inch bubbly head with lacing that clings to the glass, hovering over the deep red/brown body of the beer

Smell: Caramel and green apples come through first, tart and sweet. There are hints of sweet cherry undertones and bitter hop flavors

Taste: Apples, bitter citrus fruits, the cherries come through though they're hidden by a bit of tart flavor, caramel/malt flavors come through just before the finish, which is surprisingly hoppy after 2 years in the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Lightly bubbly on the tongue that flows on the palate, the hops carefully interjecting their bittering notes.

Overall: This is a great strong ale, it aged well, I'm glad to have opened it at this point but I'm curious what another 6 months would do to the hop character

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Photo of rarbring
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is hazy orange, has an off-white head that leaves little lacing but good curtains.

Smelling of sweet vanilla with grape-fruit and yellow (dried) peas.

Starting with sweet vanilla toffee, a citric taste and grape-fruit peel finish.

Medium carbonation, slightly fizzy, a soft texture, good body and dry finish.

Vintage 2009, a little unbalanced. And rather tacky bottle.

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

Vintage 2009.

The colour is red-brown, the liquid is clear. The warm white head is low. Fine lacing.

The smell got notes of honey, sweet malt and some clean bitterness.

Honey is also present in the taste. Bitter, somewhat sharp notes. Dense sweetness. The body is thin. Aged notes of raisins, alcohol and frowsy hops.

Light sharp carbonation. Light liquid.

Too old. Boring.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange, a bit hazy, with a big head and great lace. Very pretty beer.

Nose is some scorched sugar, citric rind notes, a bit boozy stone fruit, toast, caramel or a hint of butterscotch (?), wood or some other way out complexity.

First off, booze is well hidden. A little scorched or burnt sugar, some bitterness from the burnt sugars, toasted malt, some lightly boozy stone fruit, hops, some vanilla, warming grain. Finishes a little sweet, appropriate hop bitterness, a little bit of scotch/smoke, and some good bread crustiness. Nice complex beer.

Full bodied, mouth coating.

An attention getter. Great version of the style. Smooth and complex. Nice beer.

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

Finally... a strong ale that I can rank with Boulevard's "Sixth Glass." Double Dead Guy is a BIG beer with a fantastic range of flavors. The nose is delightful with hints of dried fruit, mulling spices and hops. The first sip is like a party in your mouth. As expected, dried fruit, spicy hops and malts pervade the senses but (surprisingly) this beer has a HUGE chocolatey taste that the smell conceals deceptively. My first thought was "this is what it would taste like if they started mixing quads and imperial stouts." As the beer warms, the fruity aspects are more apparent, and some of the chocolate wanes to a comfortable edge on the back of the tongue.

A- For some reason, I felt like drinking this straight from the bottle... For that reason, I can't rate the appearance of the libation itself. That being said, the bottle is really great to look at! Wonderful and unusual design (the bottle I bought was painted red and featured 2 "dead guys" at the top)

S- Like I said... Wonderful (if a little deceptive) nose on this bad boy. It begs to be tasted!

T- So many flavors in this beer... it's tough to even categorize. Like I said, a BIG beer with absolutely wonderful taste. (Malt, hops, chocolate, dried fruit)

M- Mouthfeel is wonderful. A tempered yet spicy carbonation mixed with a satisfying yet not-too-thick syrupy feel.

O- One of the best strong ales I've ever tried... Right up there with Boulevard's "Sixth Glass"

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL Black painted bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy orange-red almost sunrise-like color with almost no head

S: Smells great. Some sweet bready maltiness along with fruits, light spices, and a faint hoppiness

T: Fairly similar to the nose, although not quite as sweet. Nice and malty with subdued spices and fruits with a nice hop bitterness to round everything off. No signs of 9% alcohol lingering anywhere

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Expected a little more body to be honest

O: A nice strong ale with a good balance of flavors that hide the alcohol extremely well. A good sipper that would pair well with a sharp cheese and crackers

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

Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown/red with an off-white three finger head, moderate lacing left on the glass as I drink.

Smell: Cinnamon, dark malts, dark fruits, spices, minor booze.

Taste: Mild maltyness, caramel and prunes, mild hops, very mild bitterness, Slight metallic taste due to yeast. The ending is a bit spicy both taste wise and on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied and light/moderate carbonation, it's a sipper.

Overall: A very good strong ale that I'd readily drink over and over again.

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Photo of DavidST
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, as usual no bottle date, but at this price I can't imagine it's a fast mover. The look is a nice amber color with a large foamy off white head. The smell is heavy malts, caramel, toffee and alcohol, not much hop presence. The feel is medium to light. The taste is way different than I expected, there is a little hop bite, less malt than expected and a little alcohol burn.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my review of the bottle version a while back?

I like this beer a lot. The only problem is that Rogue charges a premium on beers in it's special bottles. There's a double ipa as well. However, this was on sale at Whole Foods and grabbed a couple of bottles. Much better than the dead guy this is truly a strong ale. Great dark color and malt aroma. Smell of hops and a definite "house" quality that Rogue is known for.

Beside the price, this is an excellent beer.


I agree with everything above and on draft it's on par with all the other beers at the bar. An excellent strong ale.

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

A- Pours a dark amber red with an off-white head.

S- Caramel malts, Honey, Grapefruit and Nuts

T- Full of malts and honey sweetness followed by a good citrus hoppy backbone. It's real smooth and the body is light-medium. I actually like the Dead Guy Ale better than the Double Dead Guy Ale but this one is still very good.

Food Pairing- Spicy chicken wings or brats topped with spicy mustard, peppers and onions.

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

This beer is a hazy apricot color. It has a massive head with good retention, and leaves big chunks of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. The nose promises malt, some floral notes, and a bit of alcohol which lends it a slight medicinal aroma.

This beer is a `strong ale' in style and execution. Nice rich, malty flavors with just enough hops and booziness to balance it out, but not enough to make it taste like cough medicine. I get flavors of biscuit, marmalade, and a bit of citrus.

This beer is not for the faint-hearted. It is strong! This is a beer you want after long hours of hard work in inclement weather. In colonial times, I can image a beer like this is what the fishermen liked to have when the fleet came in.

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

A-Pours a hazy light copper hue which leaves a two finger fast vanishing head and little lacing.

S-Boozy alcohol,caramel,sticky date pudding and ripe fruit.

T-Starts off sweet with caramel fudge,sticky date pudding,sultanas and finishes bitter with lemon merange,grapefruit and a light touch of citrus.

M-Medium bodied and silky smooth.

O-Not bad and very drinkable even with the high ABV but probably would not revisit again cheers.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. 2008 bottle.

Appearance: Double Dead Guy is a hazelnut brown color with an eggshell head that is fairly massive and leaves a sheet of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is a little weak. Lightly toasted and caramel malt dominates, with that distinctive Pacman yeast noticeable as well.

Taste: The flavor starts out pretty sweet, with a good amount of caramel and lightly roasted malt. Bready grains lead in to some light nutty flavors and some spices. There is almost no hop presence is noticeable at this point.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and somewhat creamy all the way through. The body feels a little lighter than the 9% ABV would let on,

Overall: The flavor is pretty good and the mouthfeel is better, but it simply lacks the dynamic complexity to send this to the next level. I would be interested in trying a fresh batch.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured slightly hazy red-orange with a tan head and fair lacing. Smell was a one-dimensionally caramel candy malt bomb. Taste was much more interesting. Mild citric hop and caramel sweetness initially, then slightly cherry/vanilla flavors gave me a sense of bourbon, but it wasn't done yet, now some resiny pine appears toward the finish, with biscuit notes, almost reminiscent of gin. Although there is substantial sweetness here, throughout, it somehow manages to finish reasonably dry, and non-cloying. Medium to heavy body with mild carbonation. Overall, this a big one, contains everything including the kitchen sink..I enjoyed it.

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

A - Pours a nice rusty orange with a good amount of foam that quickly faded leaving a good amount of lacing
S - its been a few years, but there is still a noticable amount of citrus left backed by a nicely mellow malty backbone
T - taste is similar to the aroma, hints of the citrus is left with a nice amount of bitterness left all backed up by a malty backbone
M - crisp carbonation, medium bodied, a bit syrupy, probably from age
D - After 3 years this one has kept up a nice drinkability and flavor. Still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Radome
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at the Mellow Mushroom Pizza in Destin, FL.

A - Beer is orange-amber, slightly hazy. White head is just lace around the edge plus a few wisps.

S - Not all that much aroma in my pint glass. Maybe a little bready malt and raisiny sweetness. Behind that are some West Coast hops.

T - Flavors are sweet raisin, biscuity malt. There is some hops flavor that comes at the end of the palate.

M - Moderate hops bitterness doesn't balance the extreme malt sweetness. Medium body. Light carbonation. Cloying sweetness in the finish with some alcohol presence.

O - The original Dead Guy is a great beer because it is so well balanced. This is enjoyable, but has so much over the top sweetness that it is one-dimensional.

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

Had on tap at The Black Sparrow 10-09-2011.

Generally I evaluate either appearance or scent first, I sniffed this and I was a bit taken aback: Mineralized water scent with some very slight caramel in the background. I cleared my nose as much as possible and tried again. That's really all I got, minerals with mild caramel.

The color is lovely but I.. I wanted to see something different in the color I guess: Translucent red/clear with a white/tan head. I think I'm getting too used to beers that aren't very clarified, I would have liked to see this cloudier as far as my personal preference goes.

The taste didn't disappoint - a nice bitter caramel/hop flavor that gets sweeter on the palate after drinking. Body was medium, actually a very nice body for this style!

I was engrossed in a conversation about real and local food while drinking this - which only served to further my appreciation of this strong ale. =)

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Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, rusty golden copper colour with a nice and frothy white head that leaves a fair bit of lacing and gets retained as a collar and film.

Bright candied fruit aroma. I get cherry, apple and a sugary syrup smell. Yeasty and grainy backing.

Tastes of ripe fruit and toffee. Cherry, apple, rasin and a nice honey-toffee sweetness. Slight chocolate and coffee undertone.

Medium-bodied, syrupy and grainy mouthfeel. Does a good job of masking ABV. Dry, earthy aftertaste.

I'm surprised at how much I liked this because I'm not particularly fond of Dead Guy Ale, which I simply find too sweet and candy-like. This offers a more balanced, IPA-ish approach to the formula that finds a sort of harmony between sweet and bitter.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a rich, dark amber color and a thick, cloudy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A somewhat underplayed smell of hops, malt, and some caramel.

T: Tasted of hops, caramel, pine, and a nice, subtle maltiness. This almost tastes like a barleywine, though not quite as thick and viscous. Still, a solid earthy flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a powerful, fairly forceful beer. A well made, interesting brew.

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

There's nothing dead looking about Double Dead Guy Ale. Its colour is lustrous and avid and its head very much alive and well. Brilliant clarity and bright tawny shine make for a handsome looking beer that entices more than it intimidates. As for the foam, none of it sticks to the glass but the better part of it at least sticks over the surface.

One of the great things about brewing is that it gives options instead of rules. Rogue took great liberties by heavily hopping their Dead Guy Ale recipe (not typical of the bock style) and, true to its name and Rogue's track-record, they've doubly hopped Double Dead Guy to make something rather unique from a style that is rather traditional. Pine resins abound.

So too, however, do alcohol vapors. Bocks are inherently stronger than normal beers; a "double" (not to be confused with "doppel") bock therefore stands to be a little hot. That was certainly my impression of DDGA the first time I had it. This go around, however, despite the generous presence of alcohol, the beer comes across far more balanced...

Initially, at least. Some of the malts' chewy toastiness fades with warmth, but despite a few unwelcome esters here and there, most of the caramelly, biscuity maltiness perseveres. So, too, do the resinous, pine serum drenched hops and the occasional flash of grapefruit or pineapple. That taste of citric, sugary fruits compliments the wafer-like malt backdrop.

The hops have a kind of juniper-like flavour to them that, combined with the alcohol, is almost gin-like. The beer is easily, enjoyably drinkable although a 750ml bottle will cloud the head, make no mistake. For those who like Rogue products (and who doesn't?) there's no reason to hesitate dropping the money down for this quintessentially Rogue ale.

Dead Guy Ale is where the marriage of hop and malt is consummated in holy matrimony; Double Dead Guy Ale is where the two experiment with wild, kinky sex. While it offers very much the same experience as regular Dead Guy - a smooth, simultaneously malty-hoppy ale - it does provide a little extra "oomph" that'll put the zowsers in your trousers.

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Photo of MountainBeagle
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Background: 9% Strong Ale poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Stored refrigerated.

First Thoughts: Suprisingly there was no head retention or lacing on this. Carbonation is low which I like. Suspected that it it's an old bottle from the retailer but with no date on the bottle there is no way to tell.

The Good: Strong toasted caramel malts with peppery hops. This would be awesome with BBQ it could be used to make some sauces with.

The Bad: Some may find it a little boozy (not me). It's hard to find something bad about Double Dead Guy, maybe the cost or it could be considered one sided on the malt but that's if you are knitpicking.

The Bottom Line: A damn good beer that is complex and a belly warmer.

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Photo of pBRale
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-13-11

Appearance: Cloudy amber color with a very full bodied, light tan head. Head settles slowly with great retention, leaving a sticky lace behind.

Smell: Smells lightly of malts and some grassy hops.

Taste: Strong malt presence that is quickly evened out by bitter hops that lead to a very well balanced finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body with medium carbonation and a smooth, crisp finish. The finish is wet and leaves my mouth begging for the next sip.

Overall: Despite the stronger abv of this beer, I would never have guessed it based on taste. This is a very good beer, quite tasty, and very well balanced. Certainly worth a try, but I think it is overpriced compared to other beers of similar style and quality.

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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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