Double Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

Double Dead Guy AleDouble Dead Guy Ale
1,210 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 Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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 billab914
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 vintage poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Poured copper in color with a one inch frothy and bubbly white head. The head faded down to a thin dusting but left some very nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a mix of a floral hoppy, citrus and pine presence and a caramel slightly fruity and nutty malt flavor. The taste has a pretty big toffee and caramel flavor but there is also a bright citrus, grapefruit and pineapple flavor coming through from the hops as well. It's pretty well balanced between bitterness and sweetness although both flavors come through fairly strong at some point.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it had some nice malt and hops flavors. Reminds me more of an American Barleywine then anything else.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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 nathanmiller
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours lighter (copper) than expected and very clear. Rocky head that leaves foam, ring lace on each sip.

Sweet and fruity esters; light hop nose.

Some pineapple flavor; Fruit punch flavor cut by a dry bittering hop. Light alcohol warmth in the background. Not over the top like some double bocks. Superb balance.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Striations of lacing & average head retention

S: Light fruittyness & a whiff of citric hops

T: Metallic hops right up front, along with a bit of booze, orange slices, some breadynesss & herbal hops. More metallic hops as this warms, along with apricot, caramel & apples. This is neither a dopple or tasty. Finishes with green apple & piney hops

MF: Starts off chewy with low carbonation. Become more astringent as this warms

Drinks okay for the abv, nothing special here. OVERPRICED, glad I tried it, not sure I'd ever have another

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, rather lovely-looking amber body with a thin ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: Toasty malts with a light scent of sweet caramel. Floral, citrusy hops smelling appropriately of orange blossoms.

Taste: Sweetish caramel and toasted grains blended with a full dose of hops tasting slightly spicy, but mostly citrusy. Moderate hop bitterness. Tiny hint of apricot. Touch of peppery alcohol near the end. Finishes with both toasty and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: That wasn't half bad! Rather drinkable considering the 9.5% ABV, I must say. Though I'm definitely glad I found it reasonably priced on draft as opposed to plunking down the dough for the bottle -- I don't want to be a Double Broke Guy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ZEB89
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes 2/25/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours a clear orange with a 1/2 finger off-white head with good retention and foamy lacing.

S: A little bit of spice, caramel, some dark fruits, and I get some nuts as well.

T: Lots of dark malts and dark fruits. Has an earth quality to it, don't pick up much in the way of hops.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, a little thinner than I expected going in. For the style, pretty easy drinking, but just not my favorite.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rather elaborate presentation, here...the beer itself is copper in color with about a finger high off-white head.

S: Smells good. Significantly better than regular Dead Guy. Nicely nutty and sweet with plenty of toffee and caramel notes. A more pronounced hoppiness with good floral and spicy aromas. A little bit of citrus in there, too.

T: Sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar flavors are plentiful. A nice floral, spicy, and citrusy hop combination that works surprisingly well. A moderate bitterness is present and helps to keep the beer in balance. Nicely toasty, too, which comes through a bit more as the beer warms.

M: Medium to full in body with a lively carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty good, but I just can't see myself (or anyone) routinely paying $10+ for it.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 BEER88
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Double Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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