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 John_M
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Max's the other day. I like the regular Dead Guy just fine, so figued I'd like this as well...

The beer pours a rich amber color with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malty fruit flavors. On the palate I'm just not in love with this beer. It's very sweet and malty, with kind of an unpleasant bitter edge to the finish. This makes the beer very heavy and tiring to drink, and frankly I could barely finish the one glass. The abv. is not overly obtrusive or prominent, but it's definiitely noticeable.

Just not thrilled with this one and probably won't order it again.

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

From the 750 ml. pink bottle. 2009 batch. Sampled on Christmas Day 2009. The pour is an amber-red color with a foamy creamy head and nice lacing. The clarity is quite good. The aroma has a bit of roasted caramel malts, some raisin, and a little floral hop. Good medium to heavy mouthfeel. The taste has a little bitterness, a little tartiness, and a dry hoppy finish. Very nice brew.

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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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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 weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent with some steady streams of carbon dioxide rising to the top of the mild white cap. The head quickly fades into a gentle floating pad and collar. Spotty streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy bread, clean citrus, caramel, vanilla, and nougat.
Taste is of the same aromas with vanilla beans and cream coming to the forefront of the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, with sugar cookies lingering. Tingly finish with the CO2 but overall, nicely balanced.

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

Bomber split with Swedes21

Appearance - Mostly clear copper colour with a large size off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, an earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is a slightly below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. As well, there is a little bit of an orange flavour and a rustiness. As the beer warmed up I could also pick up on some light chocolate flavour. The beer finishes with a malty slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I think I expected more from this beer. The flavour was well balanced, but it just didn’t have a wow factor. The smell was very light and the feel was pretty boring. The taste is nice and the alcohol is well hidden however.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle
2008 edition

A- Pours an amber color with a large off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing and possesses excellent retention as well.

S- The aroma is filled with a lot of malt with caramel and honey. It is a very good malty aroma that is rather inviting.

T- The taste like the aroma features a really nice malty base, with the hops coming out much more in the taste compared to the nose. The citric hops provide a nice bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. The full body possesses a really nice texture with a perfect amount of carbonation.

D- The hops can be a little harsh at times and it can get a little hot in the finish witch does hurt drinkability a little bit. Not bad though.

Overall, Double Dead Guy is a pretty solid brew that is definitely worth a try.

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

A: Poured a deep, rustic, marzen-orange with a 2 finger creamy, sandy-beige colored head that was well lasting falling to a thin covering while leaving concentric rings for lacing down the sides of the glass. Visible carbonation was light.

S: light, with a honey-caramel sweetness, with an underlying fresh pine and citrus hopping. Overall the aroma was moderately sweet and fair in strength.

T: sweet, dry toasted caramel with a citrusy flowery hopping. Bitter, dry with noticeable alcohol fusels (nutmeg) which produces a light alcohol warming. Dried honey, dried citrus with a powdery pollen hopping. There is some dried fruitiness (apples) from the yeast while a spicy and bitter hopping of dried grapefruit rounds things out and sticks around lingering quite a bit after the swallow with some spicy floral notes.

M: full-bodied, oily, with a good viscosity. Bitter, dry with a lingering dry citrus hopping graces the tongue with a good lingering fade. Carbonation is very soft.

D: Overall, some noticeable alcohol fusels and warming may limit consumptions, but much like the beer, you will warm up to this the more you drink.

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

I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

This pours a slightly hazy amber gold with a good 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is big grain with some roasted malt and bread. Some nice caramel malt notes here as well.

The taste is malty sweet in spades! Big bread and light roasted malts add to the flavour nicely. Pretty big warming durin and after the swallow but it's a very tasty brew.

The mouthfeel and carbonation....medium and silky smooth.

Drinkability? The big bottle and ample abv say this is a one of at a sitting but it's certainly not at all hard to drink. I like!

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Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA.

Pours a very dark brown with a thick foamy beige head. Very roasty malt aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee, caramel and hops. Flavor very similar with lots of roasted coffee bean, chocolate malt, toffee and a dry bitter hop finish.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clouded orange/copper color with a light tan head. Nose is sweet maltiness, with hints of alcohol and hops. Taste, sweet maltinessand a nice big hop presence. A bitter hop and a decent mouthfeel, with a semi-dry hop and hints of alcohol in the aftertaste. A hyped up Dead Guy but I did not find it that much more impressive.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong and dense yellow color with a 2/5" white head on it. Aroma of alcohol. Some bock like malts.

This really does come across like a bigger, more concentrated dead guy ale, a beer I never got into in the first place. This beer has a good marketing angle, I think people just like the design moreso than the substance. So much booziness. That is the first taste that permeates the entire drinking experience. Bock like malt body, barleywine like alcohol heat.


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Photo of beertunes
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice honey-gold color with an inch+ of white head that had good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was a bit sweet, with some hops at the back of the nose. The taste was very good, a nice mix of malt and hops with a tangy finish.

The body was decent, but a little too thin, with a lingering finish. Drinkability was decent, and will very much depend on how much you like the taste. Overall, a decent beer that I sort of like. I hate the regular Dead Guy (it tastes like it has an actual dead guy in it), but enjoy one of these every so often.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: It pours a hazy tea colored amber crowned by a clingy and persistent 2” white foam collar that mounds up over the rim of the glass.
S: bread and some hops
T: Rich malty palate but less sweetness and more malt than a typical doppelbock and more fruit. The hops and malt are more in balance and together they mask some of the alcohol.
F: Full body, fine soft carbonation
O: A very tasty beer that merges the best qqualities of a Doppel bock with a skillful use of American hops.

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

A-Pours a dark amber color. Head is rather light. Looks watery in certain lights. Dark but mostly transparent.

S-Plenty sweet with noticeable alcohol. Bitter hop undertones. Lots of sugar and caramel. Smells malt-forward.

T-More malty than anything else. Hop bitterness on the back end. Alcohol is a bit too noticeable. Lacks any unique characteristics but is still fairly enjoyable. A pretty standard American Strong Ale.

M-Full bodied. Lighter carbonation. Drying alcohol. A bit syrupy. Nearing cloying.

O/D-I enjoyed the normal Dead Guy much more. This one is a bit too sweet for me. Alcohol not masked well enough. But I drank it quite easily and without any complaint until I am currently reviewing it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark amber/red color with an inch and a half frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. It smells like caramel malt, bread/biscuit, yeast and some citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma but with some pepper and alcohol noticable. Also the hops come out much stronger in the finish than I expected as the bitter hops linger around a quite while. With that being said, there's still good balance in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily and chewy and also has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'd pick it up again for sure.

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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 bylerteck
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Production date 3 April 2012.

A - Poured bright with a dark orange colour. Minimal carbonation and a two finger fluffy tight beige head. Decent lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Peace, citrus, earth, buttery, caramel, light fruits.

T - Peach, citrus, much the same as the aroma.

M - Gentle carbonation, medium to full body, decent bitterness.

O/D - The increase in flavour with this beer doesn't seem to justify the 'double' label. It was tasty and clearly stronger than the original, but I was expecting so much more. Didn't seem to warrant doubling and seemed to much like the original with a higher alcohol content. Probably wouldn't seek it out again, especially due to the price tag.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel and orangey sunshine hues captivate the slow, tiny bubbles making their way to the top of a ring o' foam head. Don't care much for the lack of foam. Sweet , toasted and faintly sugared malts give off aromas plums. Plus the faintly herbal and grassy hops. Thisis one bitter dopplebock, 72 IBU's!!! Astringent at the beginning of the taste. Then the malt definition???? Very interesting. Astringent, lmos medicinal hops in the front. Then sweet toasted caramel and crystal malts in the middle. The finish sees a blending of herbal chammomile and rosemary from the hops blending with very sweet, bready malts. Lots of caramel and toast. Very clean palate for a dopplebock. I wish there was some more sweet lingerings going on in this beer. Alcohol seeps in on the finish.

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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 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 Brad007
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color with a thin one-finger head and not much else to see.

Aroma is strong and chewy with hints of raisin and brown sugar in the nose.

Taste is strong upfront with some alcohol burn masking flavors of chewy malt, raisin and brown sugar. Smooth and clean once past the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel is dry and chewy with a bit of alcohol burn. Smooth.

Drinkability is pretty good here. Beer needs some aging to get rid of the alcohol burn. Otherwise, a great doppelbock that makes me hunger for pizza.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Caramel colored body. Slight haze. Bubbly dirty white head. Lacing is quite abundant for a 9% beer. Very thick nose of malt. True to form for a dopplebock. Throw in some blackstrap molasses and a little anise and you've got yourself a damn nice aroma. Upon tasting, it's really hard to tell that this fucker's got 72 IBUs with all the malt that I'm getting. Don't get me wrong, I get the hops and bitterness, but this is a malt forward beer, as it should be, with a little bit of a hop 'zing' "Rogue Style." It's a very enjoyable beverage. The malts are rich and bready. Oozing with nougat and caramel. Bread pudding comes to mind as well in a ghostly kind of way. It's way too easy to drink for the octane level. I notice the alcohol, but it's not intrusive and really fits into the context of the whole beer nicely. Well done.

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

750 ml bottle, big thanks to NASH for sending in the CanBIF5!

Pours a lightly hazy golden orange, almost red, thick and chunky slightly off white head forms, slowly drops to a thick layer and ring, a shit ton of lace sticks to the glass, big chunks. Smell is nice, very malty, big bready malty character, raisin, toffee, graham crackers, brown sugar, lightly fruity, mostly just a very thick and malty aroma, some alcohol comes through. Taste is similar, insanely malty, caramel, very bready, biscuits and light toast, brown sugar, dry crackers, a touch of fruity sweetness, Werthers candies, very malty, butterscotch, alcohol is hidden well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very thick and chewy. Just a real big malty ale, doppelbock/old ale character. Good stuff!

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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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