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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Photo of bonkers
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, golden orange pour with a slight white head. The aroma is fruity, alcohol. The taste is very similar to the smell, nothing really stands out. Body is medium, good carbonation, slight alcohol. Nothing really stands out, like the idea of aging a maibock in barrels, didn't work. Not sure if it needed more or less time in the barrel.

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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my Bruery Snifter.

It pours a clear golden yellow. I smelled it and tasted it and it wasn't very flavorful. One of the guys at the store said to mix in the sediment on the bottom of the bottle to get some flavor into the beer so that is what I did.

The beige head that is poured is a very small layer. The color then turns out a little better with the sediment and becomes a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: Reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale, which I find to be odd. Has some cloves with lots of malt. Very light whiskey flavor.

Taste: More whiskey here, but still pretty light. Can't taste a lot of the dead guy flavors in the beer. Again, I get cloves and malt. Nothing is too distinguishable for the flavor. Fairly light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower to medium level of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, this beer was simply odd. It didn't have a lot going on. I didn't pick up too much of the base beer in the flavor. I really don't expect a lot of this to sell at the price of near $9 a bomber. This beer just didn't taste anything like I expected.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 5/13/10 tasting; 22-oz bomber poured to tall lager glass.

A--hazy orange-brown, big light brown foamy head;

S--sweet malt and caramel, plus strong aroma of the whiskey;

T--taste was really complex with vanilla bean, malty thick sweetness, oak and bourbon, a little too much alcohol lingers and destroys the sweetness;

M--medium body and carbonation, a little slick;

D--this actually became much tougher to drink towards the end, too overpowering alchohol and whiskey flavor

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Photo of chcfan
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like DG, this beer is a hazy apricot color. It has a good-sized head and the nose carries notes of toast and citrus, plus a slight woody aroma.

Like DG, this beer is quite strong. It has a nice rich, malty backbone with flavors of biscuit, lots of marmalade, and maple syrup. Rogue did a good job with the barrel-aging on this one. It must be minimal, for the oaky vanilla flavors normally associated with it are subtle. They tend to blend in with and complement the other flavors of the beer instead of overpowering them, making the beer taste ``muddled'' (I think Southern Tier Unearthly suffers from this).

This is a strong beer and must be quaffed with respect! I enjoyed it.

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Photo of clarkm04
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Has a coppery, amber appearance with medium carbonation and an off-white head retention

S- A slight mixture of malts with some hops along with a nice whiskey note. It's fairly light but it's present

T- More smooth and less hoppy than Dead Guy. It has a nice whiskey profile with it. The beer is fairly one note. Has a slight malty foretaste with a bitter back end taste that has a smooth whiskey taste throughout. The beer is unique and different than Dead Guy.

M- Sits lightly on the palate with medium carbonation

O- I enjoyed it but again it's fairly one-note. It's a well designed beer but just one note. This is the second of the John-John series and both have been underwhelming in that regard. I really enjoy this one better than the Rum aged one I had but I don't know if it's worth the cost for enjoyment.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-15-10

Pours a hazy red/amber color, with a filmy white head and just a few bubbles of lacing.

Smell is very sweet, like an aged DIPA, fruit flavors with a strong malt to back it up.

Taste is just like the smell, with a strong boozy/butter character that I can only assume is a result of the whiskey. The flavor is good, but the complexity is lacking.

Mouthfeel is slick but a little thin, with strong carbonation to amplify the intensity.

Overall, nothing like I expected, but still worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, golden brown in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Taste: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium/high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A good beer only if you like the oak taste. I think this one may be overly oaked and it looses some of the flavors that make the original so tasty. I would pick this one up if I needed an oak fix, but otherwise would pass.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank 6/6/11

A: A reddish amber hue with some nice, just off-white head. Some spotty, erratic lacing.

S: I always have to be reminded that Dead Guy is a Bock. The nose is pretty damn similar to regular Dead Guy, and for that I knock it down a bit. Other than that it's good.

T: The whiskey comes though! That being said, it's like pouring a quarter shot of whiskey into 8oz of Dead Guy. I'm not too impressed, but it's definitely not bad.

M: On the light side of medium, with good carb and a solid finish. I wish it were a little smoother.

O: This beer constantly leaves me wishing for just a bit more. It's not a bad beer, but it could have a little more panache.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed hazelnut brown hue, creamy off-white head with good retention.

Dry grainy notes on the nose with some honey-sweet alcohol.

The flavour starts with part bready malt, part dry nutty malt, sweet alcohol in the middle, with spicy, herbal hops on the finish.

Great mouthfeel for a Maibock and/or a barrel-aged beer. Full, creamy smooth with some light carbonation, the character from the spirits doesn't infringe on this aspect in any negative way at all.

Not a big fan of the Dead Guy Whiskey (waaaay too sweet for a Whiskey), still fond of the original Dead Guy, I can't honestly say that the barrel-aging, no matter how akin it was when connecting the dots, actually enhanced the final product over a regular bottle of Dead Guy. I've said it before, an interesting and fundamentally obvious experiment for Rogue to do with their own products, but I'd rather spend less money and enjoy the original version far more if given the option.

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Photo of otter20dt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a finger of foamy off-white head. This retains with a smooth foaminess, which leaves back a cascade of froth that quickly slides down the sides of the glass but doesn’t leave a whole lot of lacing behind. The aroma is heavy with oak and vanilla that meld fairly well with the caramel sweetness here, while a touch of ripe citrus sits underneath.

The taste is nearly identical to the aroma; with more strong oak and vanilla character which sticks to the base sweetness of this while underlying citric hops add a touch of crispness to the profile. More of a burnt whiskey feel hangs on the edges and pull in the back where it leaves the finish dry and tannic feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling on the tongue with a firm creaminess that then blows a bit on the palate. The only alcohol I’m getting here appears to be coming from the barrel.

This was OK but overall, the base Dead Guy just doesn’t seem burly enough to hold up to the strength of the barrel at times, with a lot of oak, vanilla and burnt character really starting to emerge as this warmed up. This wasn’t bad to me or anything but just seemed like it needed a little more balance between the base and barrel.

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Photo of Mark4prez20
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bkonk10
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Hopmodium
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Absolut
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Irish12
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OregonMicrobrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Snagged a bottle at the House of 1,000 for 5 bucks.

A - Pours a hazy amber brown with a 1/4 inch of sticky opaque head.

S - Smell is nice even though I get very little dead guy. Mostly whiskey and dough with a touch of caramel malts.

T - To me it seemed like such a waste of good whiskey barrels. Sure it has mild bourbon undertones and some dough but it had very little hop or dead guy balance so it seemed too light for it's own good. I think the only aspect that would remind me this is dead guy is the caramel/toffee in the finish.

M - Medium and kind of chewy. Ok i guess.

Overall they had the barrel thing down but used too low of an ABV beer that wasn't even too complex to begin with. Now if they aged double mocha porter like this is would be world class. Worth picking up for 5 bucks I guess.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
3.8 out of 5 based on 576 ratings.
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