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

pours a semi-hazy copper red with a small off-white head, good lacing.

smell of fruit, floral, some citrus, few hops, a little spice and some roastiness.

taste is watery at first then thickens up as it warms, grapefruit hops, malt, few sweet fruits, touch of caramel, ends with a very bitter aftertaste and slightly dry.

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

8oz draft at Novare Res, review from my limited notes there.

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a good amount of head, leaves some patchy lacing on the glass.

The smell is unlike the regular Dead Guy Ale, in which it is virtually all hop aroma, the regular has a strong caramel malt backing that smooths the character out, where in the Double it's so subtle it's barely noticeable. This is similar to the taste, where it's much more raw tasting.

I'd like to try this again in bottle to see how it compares.

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

The beer is poured a copper a colour with a nice two finger head. Really good retention and lacing. The nose on the beer is malty with a bit of spicy hops. the beer has a nice bitter hoppiness with a nice caramel maltiness. This is NOT a dopplebock. it's probably closer to an strong American ale or something. The mouthfeel is quite thick and this beer is really drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 edition 750 in a cool looking painted red bottle picked up today at the Coop for about $10.50... I normally won't pay this much for Rogue brews, but I know it is probably not going to be around for that long... Bottle says 9%

FYI.. there is no way I am going to review this as a Doppelbock.. because it is not a doppelbock.. not even a big Maibock... therefore, it will be reviewed on its merits only.

2 finger head takes quite a while to die back... very pretty lacing.. brew is crystal clear amber with alot of orange to it.

Malty aroma with spicy and citrus hops in the background and quite a bit of fruity yeastiness.

Palate begins with a big bracing bitterness... smooth maltiness and a little bit of toasted bread.. citric hops and a little bit of spice but the hop flavors are more in the background. It says 72 IBUs and I believe it... bitterness is a little out of whack but gets better as it warms and the malts start showing up more... subtle caramel and more toasted malt character... Definite but not bad alcohol and a lingering bitter and yeasty finish.

Body is not as thick as I would have expected.. and I'm okay with that.. carbonation is fairly smooth... drinkability is much better as it warms.

Not bad, I should probably pick up a few more bottles to trade.. but I probably won't buy it again unless I'm at a bar and it strike my fancy.. too pricey for the bottle and the quality of brew.


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

Sampled on Tap at 1702, Tucson AZ; August 2008
Arrives from the tap with a clear, red-amber color and a thin, wispy, tan colored head that clumps to the sides of my glass. This has a very malty aroma to it and is almost fruity, but definitely has a caramel edge to it along with some concentrated malt sugar aromatics. At times this seems to strike a good faux-Bock like aroma; fairly clean with a strong-lager like concentrated malt character. There is a nice herbal hop component to the nose though and that fruitiness might also be contributed partly by the hops.

The flavor is much more hop focused than I expected (based on the aroma); hop flavors of fresh cut herbs and a green bitterness are quite noticeable. This gets a bit hot in the finish with both the sharp hop notes and noticeable alcohol. The hop character is actually dominant in the flavor, but there is a solid malt contribution here that contributes flavors of caramel and toasted grain and also accentuates notes of fruity berries and soft citrus. I really like the balance of malt and hop that this beer has. This is chewy with a rich heft to it that doesn't get cloying or overly thick.

This is an interesting brew, it is surprisingly hoppy in the flavor and hides its alcohol fairly well (though it can get hot at times with the peppery alcohol notes in the finish).

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Photo of tonistruth
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Stone in Escondido, CA

A- pale straw color with an orange tint and a little white head, decent retent

S- floral and earthy, grains

T- hoppy with sweet grains, cookie like malt sweetness balanced with citric hops, very similar to dead guy

M- smooth medium body with a carbonation tickle at the finish

D- scary close to dead guy ale though subtle differences can be noted, mostly in the malt department, rare brew so do try, though I wouldn't pay a rare price (if you have too that is)

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. In the taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a big mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. Big hops, big alcohol, and a bit abbrasive, yet quite good.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tyler's in Durham.

Barkeep hands me a pint of clear, golden-orange beer with a thin cap of light khaki head that retains decently fails to leave much lacing. The aroma is a fruity, hoppy blend of citrus, mango, pineapple, and some pine. Pale malts fill in the background.

The flavor is a lot like regular Dead Guy, just, well..."Doubled". Double the hops, double the malts, double the sweetness, and double my enjoyment. The hops are the highlight here, and while the resinous pine notes don't necessarily fit within the Dopplebock style, I definately enjoyed it. Body is creamy smooth, medium-bodied, neatly carbonated, and provides a lasting hoppy bite. I'd definately look for this beer again, and I hope to god that Rogue decides to bottle it.

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Photo of ski271
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Zeno's, State College, PA.
Deep amber-copper color with an off-white, foamy, fully diminishing head. The smell is predominantly of citrusy and floral hops, with a little caramel malt in there. Not as big I was expecting from DOUBLE Dead Guy. The taste is quite a bit bigger, with a big initial hit of citrusy and piney hops. Grapefruit for sure, then the outmatched malts show up for a little while before being shoved out of the way by the bitterness and warm alcohol on the finish. It has a medium-full body, light creamy texture, and moderate carbonation. I don't know. Something about this beer just didn't impress me at all. It was good, but I still consider it a bit of a let-down. And I DEFINITELY have to knock some points off for it not being a good example of a doppelbock at all.

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Photo of Derek
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pizza Port.

This is not a doppelbock. The only thing that's vaguely 'bock' is the strength & the touch of Munich malt. The hopping is actually more like the Brutal Bitter than the Dead Guy.

It blurs all style boundaries, I'd be inclined to call it an American Strong Ale.

A: Deep amber-copper with an off-white head; little retention & lace.

S: Huge hop aroma, the Crystal hops are readily apparent (grassy, piny & a hint of citrus). Some underlying American pale malt aroma.

T: Huge hop flavour (grassy, piny & a little citrus). Slight grainyness from the American Pale Malt with a touch of toffee. Assertive Bitterness.

M: Very well-attenuated moderate body has an incredibly dry finish.

D: You've gotta adore the crystal hop for this one.

Commercial info:
"Malts: 2-row Pale, Munich, C15. Hops. Cascade for boil (because John was out pf Perle) and Crystal for aroma (because John was out of Sterling ...) IBU's approx 50-60. 19.8 Plato Original Gravity, 4.9 Plato Terminal Gravity."

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

Got it on tap at the Lionheart in Albany.

A: Body is honey-amber in color, with ruby hues when backlit. Slightly off-white small head settles quickly, leaving behind rings of lace.

S: At first, almost nothing in the nose. I conclude it's too cold. As it warms, I get a waft of alcohol and, surprisingly, more hops -- piney hops -- than malt, though there is a touch of caramel malt there as well.

T: Like the nose, there's some caramel malt, but again, the dominant flavor from my perspective comes from the hops at the end -- citrusy and piney hops, with a touch of spice, that finish it all off with a dry, lemony bitterness. Alcohol warmth is felt on the way down and in the belly.

M: Pretty creamy in feel and I'd describe this as medium-bodied in heft.

D: Very good for a beer of this strength (I was told it's 9.5% ABV).

Notes: Not really sure how to describe this, style-wise, which makes sense given that regular Dead Guy is a bastardized style anyhow (a maibock is a lager yet they use an ale yeast). At times I thought this reminded me more of a Strong Ale, while at other times I was actually thinking American Barleywine, bordering on DIPA. I'd get it again though, whatever you want to call it. . . .

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Photo of ewright
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at the new Tyler's Taproom in Apex NC

A: A clear amber/orange brew with about 1/2" fine foam floating on top. As the beer goes down, there is nice lacing on the pint glass.

S: Overwhelmingly hoppy with tons of citrus aroma.

T: Hops hops and more hops. This tastes like an IPA more than anything else. Hints of bitter orange peel are apparent underneath the bitterness.

M: The bitterness leaves a bit of astringency on the tongue.

D: If I think of this as a dark IPA, I'm ok with it, but I'd much prefer the original Dead Guy ale over this one. Dead Guy is a wonderfully balanced beer. This isn't.

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

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thin, dense, tan head into a chalice. Aroma was of piney hops. The beer was very well balanced, with a big hop flavor coalescing with a honey-malt sweetness, and with a solid bitter hop finish. A much better effort than the Skull Splitter, which I had the same day. A great "upgrade" to the standard Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Firewaters in Atlantic City, NJ.

A- Small white head. Clear amber/copper body. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S- Malt sweetness. Also some earthy/piney hops and alcohol.

T- More bitter than I was expecting. A lot of hops, a little spicy. More alcohol presence as it warmed.

M- Light to medium body.

D- Good and drinkable but I think I prefer the regular Dead Guy to the double.

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

Had this on tap at Chicago's Long Room this evening, 4 bucks a goblet. It was listed as 9.5% alchohol.

A: It was dark in the bar, but looked inviting much like the normal 'Dead Guy'. Medium Brown with reddish highlights, light tan small head.

S: Again, inviting... Enjoyed the whiffs I got from my glass. Bit of hop, and alcohol; I like to know it's there.

T: Shocked my taste buds a bit the first sip, so it had a decent hop character. Aftertaste was a caramel maltiness. Nice combination, and balance. Also again, much like the standard Dead Guy with a bit more 'kick'.

M: Nothing to write home about, but I suppose that's a good thing? Nothing funky, but nothing amazing.

D: Could've had another one (or two), but the Dreadnaught they just tapped at the same price was a bit more tempting.

Nice beer, and will have again if it's not gone before I go back.

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

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia, MD. This is not a dopplebock, no matter which way you spin it.

A: Orange with a thin white head. A little murky in an appealing way

S: Hops - citrus with a prominent mango component. The malts are present with hints of caramel.

T: This is a very poor dopplebock but it is fine in its own way. Massive hop aroma up front with just enough malt to come through in the middle. The finish is dry and bitter. Nothing exceptional but it's still worthy.

M: Well carbonated and pleasant

D: I'm not sure I'd want another

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

On tap at Cole's in Buffalo,poured into a standard pint glass a hazed lighter amber with some dark orange tint a frothy smaller head atop.Noticeable honey and caramel malt in the nose with underlying pine resin hop,a bit heavy not a great midafternoon brew after stuffing your face like I did today but thats my own fault,sweet honey notes mixed with some toasty caramel biscuit finishing with that Rogue trade mark of citric/piney hop bitterness.A nice newer version of the old DG classic nice flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got to have this on on tap at Barleys last night and I have to admit I was highly impressed with what I found. I was hopping this was not going to come off as over the top, and I was very happy to find that it really did not. Poured a very nice looking ruby tinted hazelnit brown with ample off white head gracing the top. A nice gradual faded left behind copious amounts of side glass lace which gooed up the sides of the glass throughout the rest of the session. Very nice look overall.

The aroma was a caramel sweet malt bomb, which is about what I had expected, but with a very subtle alcohol touch to it, which to be honest only served to enhance it. Some nice earthy hop notes were clearly evident here and really added a great deal of depth to the whole package, very nice overall here. The flavor followed along beautifully with a very nice caramel flavor up front which morphed into a nice nutty flavor. Very nice ho presence showing up now as well. A rich sweet flavor on this one, with virtually no hint of the alcohol. Very smooth and creamy, with a thick medium body that was just carbonated enough. I easily threw down the glass, but I felt it afterwards for sure, definitly a big beer, there was no doubt about that.

Overall I thought this was excellent and much smoother then I ever thought it would be. A better version of dead guy would be the best way to descrivbe it. Go out and get this one while you can.

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Photo of d0ggnate
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I rushed down to Hamilton's when I saw Double Dead Guy on their tap list. A rare offering and I was glad I got a chance to try it.

A: A thin, coating head layer. Poured amber to burnt orange fade in color.
S: Malty and sweet. Slight orange / cirtus aroma.
T: Spice and citrus, mixed with mellow "brown" ale taste. The hop flavors poke through the other layers.
M: Watery and smooth with a brief taste lingering on your palate.
D: Hoppy and full bodied. Bold brew. I could easily finish two to three pints without blinking and would be very satisfied.

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

On-tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. I let my pint warm up to cellar temperature before drinking.

Clear medium copper-amber body with a creamy, off-white head. Fresh pine hops and caramel malt are the pillars here with rummy alcohol and fruits mixing in. Taste starts with very piny hop bitterness. Balancing caramel and fruit malt sweetness comes to the rescue. Warming rummy fruits and deep malt goodness take center stage. Hints of vanilla in there. Herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Full-bodied with a creamy feel. A very drinkable stronger version of Dead Guy that really shines as it warms up. Very nice!

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Photo of Deuane
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's during the BIG beer promotion for Philly Beer Week.

A-Deep copper with a fluffy white head that held strong and left gobs of lacing.

S-A bit muted with some sweet carmel malt and floral hops. Nothing over the top.

T-Initial blast that was dominated by the citrus and pine hops. Then the big sweet malt profile kicked in. All over this brew yelled I AM BIG!

M-Medium-heavy with a nice creaminess. Noticable alcohol in the finish.

D-For a brew this big this is smooth stuff. I am sure the high must be 10+% would keep you from downing too many. Certainly NOT a dopplebock but regardless an interesting experiment by Rogue.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rogue- Double Dead Guy

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Reddish, deep copper brown with a small quick disappating head.
S- Bitter oily hops, molasses, and fresh wet tobacco leaves.
T- Tobacco, black strap molasses, roofing tar, bitter wormwood, and oily pine hops. The slightest of caramel malt pokes through.
M- Very bitter and dry. A sweet malty presence in the end/ aftertaste.

Overall- A little harsh around the edges. Give it a try!

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

Pours a clear dark mahogany colored amber with a finger width of creamy off-white head. The retention is very impressive, barely shrinking down from it's original size and leaving just massive rings of lace that completly coats the glass. The aroma is sweet carmel malts mixed with some citrus notes and a waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a bitter piney hoppiness and citrus notes that lasts pretty much through the entire sip. That is backed by a sweet, heavy backbone of caramel and toffee malts. The finish is a mix of both elements with hints of sticky hops and sweetness lingering on the palette. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice full carbonated feel to it. The 9.5% ABV is present but doesn't distract from the flavor, instead adding some beef and a nice sense of warmth to the overall feel.

I liked this. It truelly is a double Dead Guy ale, maintaining the sweet flavors and hoppiness of the original, while successfully adding a bigger and badder feel with the jacked up ABV. Actually, even with the higher alcohol element, I still found this to be a highly drinkable affair and one that I would return to.

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

Served a crisp dark orange with a decent head that diminished and left spotty lacing. The aroma was loads of caramel and some roasted malts. The taste was a wonderful complex blend of caramel, dried fruits, brown malts and some sweet fruits. The beer is slightly heavy with some sticky alcohol. This one is a great sipper but still very refreshing.

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

I was served a 12 ounce pour in a standard bar tulip at the Tony Roma's bar in Kennewick, Washington. This beer was featured on the bar's rotating tap that typically has NW micros.

A: It poured a rich copper body with a fluffy white head that lingered and supported spotty lacing.

S : It emitted a noticable and plesant odor of floral hops, toffee, and white ripe fruits (pears, apples).

T : It had an initial profile that was dominated by the hops (citrusy and piney). However, as the brew settled the moderately toasted malts came forward and balanced the hops. The alochol was noticable and warming.

M: It was medium to full-bodied and creamy with an enterting hop profile and sweet and rich malt presence. It had a warm and clean finish with little atertaste.

D: This brew benefits from resting after the pour...then look out...its a mouthful of joy. I question classing this as a doppelbock but whatever it is called it's a winner.

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