John John Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Dead Guy Ale aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels"

Malts: Carastan, Rogue Micro-Barley Farm Dare & Risk malts.
Hops: Saaz, Willamette, Rogue Micro-Farm Hop Yard Revolution hops.
Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

40 IBU
78 AA
16º Lovibond

Added by RedBrewer83 on 01-10-2010

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This twist of dead guy ale, aged in dead guy whiskey barrels is an amazing beer. Pours a dark amber with a tiny white head. Smells of light vanilla. The classic dead guy ale taste has completely changed. It's there but with a smoother, oaky, sweet vanilla whiskey flavor ending with a slight bitterness comparable to the original ale. I'm a big fan of the classic dead guy ale but I'd choose this over that any day. I love the complexity.

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4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this at Boonton Liquor Outlet in Boonton, NJ. Into a tulip, it poured golden-orange, with a high degree of carbonation, two fingers of off-white head, and great retention and lacing. The nose revealed citrus, honey, caramel, oak, cherry, and vanilla. The taste was a beautiful blend of the aforementioned flavors at first, then dissolving to a more pronounced malty cherry-vanilla flavor on the finish, with only a slight hint of the alcohol content. Dry warmth afterwards, which further reinforced the mental association with whiskey. With the great head retention, it felt creamy smooth, as less carbonation was evident in the feel than in the appearance. Medium thickness. Awesome sessioning beer, with the standout feature being the balance. I respectfully disagree with some of the earlier reviews that claim that the taste doesn't live up to the nose, or that whiskey dominates; I truly believe that this beer has an excellently blended flavor profile resulting from the barrel aging. If I may make the analogy, it tasted like a Nugget Nectar, which further morphed into cherry vanilla goodness...if that makes any sense to you. Oh, and by the way, in my humble opinion, of the three John John Ales that Rogue has released (and I have tried), I find this offering to be by far their most complex...and best.

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4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: hazy bronze; thick head...beautiful
Smell: mild; sweet, fresh piny bourbon, vanilla, milk chocolate.
Taste: mild; aged hops, very subtle bourbon, vanilla, not very strong.
Mouthfeel: feels heavier than it tastes; thick, supple, but not overwhelming
Drinkability: the agedness commits much to the drinkability of this beer. Dead guy ale has much sweeter overtones; much bigger flavor, but not better by any means.

While some may feel that this beer 'sucks,' I would argue that it is one of the most accessible bourbon barrel aged beers available. I may not know much about what to expect from a maibock, I know what to expect from a good beer, and this evenly balanced beer satisfies that expectation. Only he with an extremely desensitized palate could ever call such a beer terrible. It is a beer of the upmost delicacy; a beer meant to be paired with foods, not blow the mind of the palate on its own.

I would pair this with anything in need of a mild refresher, but where a full body is not offensive; stronghly seasoned mushrooms, dishes with mozzerella and parmesan, etc.

It doesn't matter what yeast was used. It's an American beer for god's sake; American yeast makes sense. No harm in that. While one may criticize the manner in which this beer does not fit the mold of a Maibock, I don't give that one thought. It fits the mold of a tasty beer.

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4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The thinnest of heads atop a rich honey color. Somewhat hazy as it is bottle-conditioned.

Aroma: Malty caramel and vanilla tones from the oak barrels.

Taste: Wow, great complexity. Up front there is a significant floral and pine. It is amazing that this beer is only 40 IBU. The mid-palette has honey and caramel highlights. Then, the surprise...this wonderful vanilla-oak that arises from the throat with the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Silken and smooth. Very little carbonation

Overall: This paired with the vanilla ice cream and butterscotch...hedonist, indeed. This was in my top 10 beer experiences.

Redneck Grade: Slap your momma, your sister, and your wife!

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4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Dead Guy, Double Dead Guy and St. Rogue Red, so I figure this must be good. Bought 3 bottles and took them out camping for a hot late May adventure. I am not much of a whiskey drinker but the combination is suburb, it actually improves the drinkability and and as the bottle warms up the transition of flavors is incredible. Next on my Radar is the John John Juniper ale.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at Small Bar in San Diego.

A- Pours with a medium amber color with little head.

S- Smells like a good strong Bock with some definite whiskey undertones. Not out in your face, but definitely not hiding either.

T- Malty, lightly oaky, lightly whiskey'y. Some hoppiness and citrus flavors, although not too strong.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. I likes this one a lot.

D- I found this to be surprisingly drinkable. A lot of the whiskey barrel aged beers seem to have a stronger flavor than this one, but I think it works here. I'll pick up another if I get the opportunity.

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4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with massive head of fluff that leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Head retention is outstanding.

Amazing smell of vanilla bean, tons of oak and whiskey. Just a pleasure for the nose.

Nearly as pleasing as the nose. Oak and whiskey shine brightly in the taste. Warm booze and complimenting vanilla. So much flavor in a style not known for it.

Soft and creamy in a medium body. Very dry and clean finishing.

Drinks so easily and so well. I will have no problem putting 22 oz. of this down. An all around well crafted beer that is so unique for this style. I will have to pick up some more of this one.

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 577 ratings