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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this in the red label, as far as I can tell they don't date these Rogue bottles. I call bullshit on that policy. Pours a deep ruby hue with a tan beige head forming thick in my chalice. Aroma sweet malts and deep brown sugar caramelization going on. A touch of backing alcohol and subdued hops comingthrough in this 22 ounce offering. Upfront high malt content in flavor reveals semi caramelized burnt sugars with a standarad hop/Rogue tolerance. Hops provide earth citrus bitterness amongst the sweet fruitiness/carmamelized malts with heavy backend bitterness being almost leafy in the finish. Mouthfeel some big juicy residual sugars left behind make each sip heavy handed with the malts and I call it an even medium bodied carbonation rolling steadily pretty solid. Overall a beer I would drink with friends again, big malt the original definitely more friendly to a palate searching out balance. this is a bigger sweeter hoppier version.

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

Transcribed from undated notes.

Pour resulted in a huge, off-tan head with outstanding retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had the standard Rogue yeastiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit more hoppiness than standard Dead Guy. Finish had a slightly honey-ike sweetness to offset the bitterness.

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

Ooooh. Pretty bottle.

Pours a clear brown amber with a thick creme head. Nose is not that eventful with mild malts. Floral fruity thing is kind of there as well. Flavor is malty. Bitter tone with a slight roasted edge. A noticeable alcohol edge. Feel is kind of sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is low and a bit biting. Overall this beer is "eh".

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

Review from notes taken 5/22/10.

Double Dead Guy, the easily identifiable red 750ml bottle that catches your attention no matter how hard you try to ignore it. Poured into a snifter, it appears a hazed orange amber color with a finger of slightly yellow stained creamy head that receeds slowly leaving patches of lace about the glass. Aroma is sweet malt almost candy-like with a touch of hops that are both citrusy and herbal. Alcohol comes through just a bit in the scent as well. Taste is bitter with a faint malty grain sweetness that gets a little spicey towards the finish as the 9% alcohol comes through. There is a lingering flavor left from the alcohol that elevates the flavor of the hops without getting out of control with the bitterness. Light feel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall pretty decent but was expecting a bit more out of the double aspect. I enjoyed the aroma of this brew more than the taste which is unfortunate. Not being a big fan of the normal dead guy ale, this one is a little better but still not something I would buy again.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a creamy, off-white head.

The smell is of caramel with citric, earthy and floral notes.

The taste is of caramel, solvent alcohol, earthy/citric backing. Sweet with a late, almost detached bitterness balancing it.

It's on the fuller side of medium-bodied. Alcohol is noticeable, but not sharp. Drinks well despite that. This is a nice one!

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

Clouded amber, copious carbonation, fluffy head. Looks great.

Smellin' it...lovely! hoppy and fresh! Pithy fruit and pine, citrus and tropical...nice!

Drinkin' it: Hops up front, then smooth and malty...alcohol undetected, but hinted at. Drink again...big, fat yeast, zesty hop, luscious malt...yum, yum...A little earthy, rich grain...but still bright and hoppy. Delicious.

Yup. Just damned delicious! Not sure why it's called a "doppelbock" here, nothing like one...more of a beefy, unfiltered hoppy lager...I think.

but damned good!

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber with orange hues. Sticky, foamy head.

S - Very sweet, malt syrup. Simple syrup, toffee, vanilla, caro syrup. Hints of honey and fruit nectar.

T - A blend of sweet malt character with floral hop bitterness. Molasses and caramel, with earthy bread. Floral hop spice and dry herbal presence. Fruity nuances in the back end. 9% ABV emitting some boozy, fruity notes. Not as malty as the nose lead on, as the hop profile shows through. Some caramel sweetness lingers.

M - Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinks like a double IPA with a pronounced drying effect. Somewhat viscous on the palate, but finishes crisp and dry.

O - Definitely a heightened version of DGA, with a more assertive flavor profile. Malt and hops are ramped up.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Stellar looking beer. Luminescent amber cranberry body. Foamy light tan head with excellent retention and lace.

S - Huge, deep, bready malt nose. Pumpernickel, raisin, prune, rum fruit cake, and brown sugar.

T - Bready malt explodes through the profile but miraculously manages to stay dry. Thyme-like bitters up front, burnt honey, walnut, nutmeg, brown breads, and caramel. Dry, earthy, light char, semi-bitter finish.

M - Broad and round with a medium/full body.

O - Pretty delicious. One of the better malt-forward brews on the market.

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

22 ouncer. great looking, bright red bottle. Pours clear medium honey amber, short lived medium tan head, that leaves better then average amounts of sticky lace. Nose is all about the malt, bready, sweet and enticing. A few slurps here reveals a quite over the top malty brew, peppery alcohol lingering in the rear. Strong and flavorful, bready/toasty malt continues with the theme.. Nothing spectacular as far as I can tell going on, however as a lover of "double" whatever style you have, this one is one I would buy and enjoy over and over again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11/7/08- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle. Not ceramic style, but painted bright red. Poured into my Duvel tulip. 2008 release.

Appearance- Light cola-like color. Maybe a deep iced tea color. Head is a full inch plus a bit which settles at a very light rim. Lacing is light with some spotty places.

Smell- Mild nose with some woodsy hops and some toasted cocca malt. Really restrained though, which is odd for Rogue.

Taste- Don't know what to make of this beer. Has some traits of Doppelbock and a DIPA. More malty than hoppy, but has a good handful of pine hops. The malt is well toasted and has a light chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel- A bit high on the carbonation for a doppelbock. Not really as thick as it should be per the abv. Does leave a nice hoppy aftertaste though.

Drinkability- All in all an average brew. Has it's moments, but nothing to spectacular here. Not worth the nearly $10 price tag I paid.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to Duel tulip.

A - Medium amber colour; translucent with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

S - Some bready/grainy notes with a slight caramel sweetness and a slight bitterness as well. A weak overall nose.

T - A good overall bitterness, some sweet caramel and very faint dark fruit notes. A good beer but it doesn't seem to come together for me and something seems missing to bring this one over the top.

M - Medium body with a nice chew. Light carbonation.

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

Received a fresh bottle for Christmas and shared it shortly thereafter with friends. While this beer was tasty, I'd like to see how this beer tastes in a year or two. The flavor is a nice mix of raisin and fig fruit notes with a hoppy citrus hit, but it's fairly simple for such a big beer. The mouthfeel is appropriately thick (but not too syrupy). And if this brew had more depth, it'd be a fantastic dessert or late-night beer.

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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 WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thick and creamy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a slightly warming burnt toffee and roasted malt aroma that's sweet with a bit of dryness. The taste is good. It has a dry roasted malt flavor with a warm malty sweetness in the finish. It goes down very smooth with a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It's complex and flavorful and highly drinkable even at 9%.

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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 DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm indifferent about Dead Guy Ale, so why would I go for the 2X version? On-tap at Slater's 50/50, on to the beer:

Nearly crimson colored with a smidge of orange. There's very little head on top, but that little thin layer stays nearly all the way to the end. Freckle-like lacing sticks to the glass. The nose doesn't provide as much power as anticipate, but there's something. Passionfruit cut with earth? Maybe the intesnity is all in the taste.

This beer grew on me. Burnt sugar and sap hit, then comes a heathly sprinkle of hop pedals, delievering a passionfruit note. Licks of honeydew arrive to the scene. For a moment, I thought that I had a different beer in my hand because 1) it didn't taste resemblant like Dead Guy Ale, and 2) it's not as intense or alcoholic like a typical 9% ABV beer would be. It's surprisingly easy to dirnk all the way through.

What a surprise for me. I was expecting a boozy, thick mess, but got one fo the bettter Rogue's that I've tasted. Normally a $7 draught pint would be viewed as expensive, but when 22 ounce bottles are going for over $10 at retail stores, it doesn't look so bad.

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 750ml into a couple pint glasses with the girlfriend.

Pours an amber-brown, with a soapy offwhite and chunky head. Larger bubbles for the most part, that leaves some sticky lace and moderate retention. Nose has some hops, citrusy for the most part, but holds more malt than anything. Big caramel notes, and some moderate alcohol. Taste has layers of toffee and caramel, sugary with some candied flavours. Good hop bite in the finish. Light bitterness and a reasonable malt sweetness. Good flavour, albeit simple. Mild alcohol. Body is about medium, and a has good weight in the mouthfeel. Quite nice, and a bit pricey but worth the shot.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by mar.

Pours cloudy orange with a huge white head. Aroma is malty sweetness withe some fruit. Flavor is very fruity with a good malt backbone and enough hops to keep the beer from being overly sweet. Medium mouthfeel and a pretty drinkable beer. I have had this before and enjoyed it better this time.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 1/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red brown with a nice tan head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, dark fruit, citrus. Nice medium full mouth feel. Subdued caramel and toasted malt and dark fruit flavors with an interesting peppery and hoppy finish. Not overly complex, but nice.

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

Thanks goes out to tburkhart and jwc215 for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale glass a very nice slight haze golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacingin left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, nice touch of caramel. The taste is sweet/honey, malty, with some caramel. Medium body, you would not know this was a 9% ABV brew, very well hidden. Drinkable, another very nice/tasty brew from Rogue.

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

a. Served on tap at fatheads into a snifter. Nice ruby appearance with a small white head that fades away.

S. Malts up front with some floral hops.

T. Rogue pacman yeast strain evident. A subtle fruityness coupled with a sugary malt sweetness. Earthy raw hop balances a bit. Just a touch of clean alcohal. Overall a very tasty dopplebock.

M. Smooth and a bit chewey.

D. This was a very interesting brew and one Im glad I had. I would try it again. Worth seeking out.

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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 Halcyondays
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a medium orange-red with a small off-white head, with thick concentric rings of lace.

S: Had a tough time finding the scent, I expect it to be more robust in a high gravity beer. I get a general malt-centered nose, with caramel and dried fruit.

T: Big malty flavour, with an interesting fruit character which is quite similar to strawberries on the first taste. Solid flavour, tastes more like a red ale than a Doppel though.

M: The 9% is nowhere to be found, it really drinks like a 5% beer, so be careful with this one. Cleanness from the Pacman yeast is there as well, off-dry finish.

D: A good beer from Rogue, certainly gets more interesting as it warms up. I could drink it again, but I'm not going to pay $12 for a bottle, if it was a $4 bomber OK.

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Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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