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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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of Belchmaster
1.81/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was TERRIBLE...Just TERRIBLE.
I chilled the beer to 50 degrees and poured it into a 4 ounce snifter.
The color looked good, a golden-brown ale.
Smell was OK, could smell the whiskey barrel aging a bit and thought this might be a decent drink.
Took a mouthful and holy what the heck...a combination of sour elephant dung, decaying squid heads, and pig urine in a thin watery Budweiser-like fluid. This bottle must have been a bad batch...that's all I can honestly think. It was clear though so I think it was a non-infected beer - just horrible as heck.
I paid $12 for this???
So I let it warm up and took a sip every few minutes thinking, "this is going to improve as the temp gets warmer".
No Such Luck. This remained feces in a bottle.
I felt obligated to drink it after dropping so much coin on it so I decided to mix it with a stout to make it palatable. No way, it just ruined the stout.
I dumped out the remaining 14 ounces and I'm so dis-a-frickin-pointed.
I've had a few other Rogue brews and while I'm not an avid fan, they do make a few decent beers (Old Crustacean). ..but this one???OH man If I could get a refund, I would be all over that.

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of Cresant
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The body was the color of a penny and clear of sediment. The light tan head left creamy lacing. Pretty.

Smell was simple - whiskey.

Taste was whiskey and Rogue yeast. Malty, caramel sweetness, but primarily whiskey. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this one but I just felt like I was drinking a bad whiskey cocktail. I am no stranger to bourbon barrel aged beers but this one was too overpowering.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate zippy carbonation. Not one I would seek out again, but if you really like whiskey, this is your beer.

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Photo of JayAre46
2.26/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had on tap at MLG AND...HERE...WE...GO

A - ok, presented in a tall pilsner style glass hazy red orange color, could have been the low temp of the beer. Absolutely zero head, just a thin ring around the edges, and obviously no lacing.

S - this beer is of sweet caramel malts maybe a hint of toasted malts, vanilla, not getting any hops, not a lot of bourbon in the nose as well but thats probably for the better.

T - this is where it got bad for me, absolutely a cloying mess on the sweetness; aramel, vanilla, bourbon, and malts all over the place and maybe i just missed the hops. There is a hint of woody flavors but not enough to overcome any of this messy concoction, and where are the hops?!?!?! the worst part is that the temp was most likely well under the recommended serving level, thank God everything was dormant in the brew and didn't come to life.

M -light to medium and slick, medium carbonation. nothing to rave about.

O - i have never given the majority of a beer to the drain at a bar, i kept trying and i just gave up after about 6 of the 16 oz. couldn't do it. take this for what you will but i will never forget this the beers defense this was the first time ive experienced John John Dead Guy Ale so i can say i'll give it another shot, but not anytime soon. maybe this should be called "The John aka the Shitter"

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Photo of Jeffo
2.27/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dad picked this up in NC sometime in the spring. Thanks for thinking of me pops!

From a bomber into a snifter
Dead Guy Ale in Dead Guy whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, very loose, fizzy, off-white head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a good foam cap and holds there. Perfectly clear saftey orand in color with medium carbonation evident. Only a faint, splotchy wisp and ring remain with touches of lacing down the glass. Really lousy head, but the body was quite nice, which saved it some.

SMELL: Caramel, toffee, and then some green fruits, like apples and pears. Some honey and spicy notes from the yeast, perhaps. Almost something Belgian about it, like a Belgian pale or triple. Relatively mild on the nose as well.

TASTE: Mild in flavor as well. Caramel and toffee up front with some green fruits at the swallow. Green apples, pears, and then a mild and lingering finish of malt sweetness, fruits, a light, spicy yeast note and a hint of oak vanilla flavors. The barrel is very mild on this one, and the base beer isn't all that impressive either. The yeasty, green fruit charecter reminds me of Belgian pales/triples as well.

PALATE: Medium-light body and higher levels of carbonation. A little prickly on the palate, could definitely be smoother, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry on the palate. Definitely needs to be creamier and smoother.

OVERALL: Unfortunately there are no dates on this, but this bottle isn't more than 6 months out from being sold. Mild in the nose and taste, and the barrels are boring at best. I guess they decided to just put an unimpressive beer into unimpressive barrels. The feel sucks as well. This is a boring beer I'd hope they'd forget about making again. I've had better from Rogue. Thanks again for the beers dad. Always appreciate you thinking of me while you're lapping up the sun.

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2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 4/3/2010. Bottle. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt, bready malt, honey, and floral hops. Flavor of whiskey plus the Dead guy malt. Wow, the whiskey does NOT go well with the malt base! What was Rogue thinking? This was pretty disgusting flavor-wise.

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Photo of bobhits
2.47/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

it's hard to review a Rogue beer. When was it brewed? Why is it so expensive? So's Rogue, I'm sure this is a 5 dollar beer sold for 9. I'll just have to see how it works out.

Golden orange colored body. Big pillowy cream head. A lot of bubbles shooting up from the middle, very tiny.

Bourbon barrels aroma just DOMINATES the nose. Mixed in are some citrus hops that barely are able to separate themselves. Also a bit of caramel malt as well.

This beer lacks the flavor the nose hints at. Opens with almost not flavor, and has it moves back you start to pick up a strong malty caramel finish. There's a touch of hops in the finish and not much else to speak of. The barrel aging has mellowed this beer but not imparted much flavor. Perhaps a bit of vanilla from the barrels. The 40 ibu's I feel are greatly a result of oak aging ruining an ok beer. The end result though isn't bad. It's a tasty malt head's ideal use of oak I'd say.

Kicks with way too much alcohol, heavy bodied, and rather creamy. A step down from dead guy to say the least.

This bottle will be all I want and then some. Maybe make a 4 pack of this in 12 oz bottles? I mean if you like it 12 oz is more than enough. If you don't like it you won't even consider them. Oh wait...this is rogue. They're fine with their beers just sitting on shelves for months/years.

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Photo of joedevivre
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of bth86
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start out by saying this is the second time I've tried this beer. Back in January the bottle of John John REALLY impressed me! It's smooth, creamy, and sweet caramel taste had me craving more. After trying to hunt it down I finally came across a bottle and picked it up to review.

I must say the second time buying a bottle of this, and I was much less impressed! Not too sure if it had been sitting out too long or what, but I couldn't finish the bottle. The smell was nice, giving off a nice touch of oak, however the taste was poor. Very bitter, sour, skunky! After a couple sips, I poured the rest out.

How disappointing! And I hate giving this beer such poor ratings. However I would love to try this one again, as I think I simply just got a bad bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.61/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've loved plenty of John Maier's offerings but this one explodes with the malts and whiskey barrel aged effects. Appears a pale copper hue with a bright off white beige head, forms thick lacing scattered on the sides of my laced ridden imperial nonic pint glass. Aroma hits with the smoked vanilla and bourbon barrel aging going on that's what comes through in the beer not the underlying dead guy ale. It opens up the nares and eyes with alcohol vapors, what a beer indeed. More malt ridden alcohol, vanilla, bourbon aged light bodied presence with a hars oak after taste is left on the palate making this one nearly impossible to finish with a smile on your face. I'm one of the biggest fans of Rogue beer but keep your whiskey seperate from your bread winning Dead Guy, these two creations have no place joining as one. It's hot with alcohol on the palate, carbonation is soft and mellow the body is medium but soaked with alcohol. Drinkability overall is pretty freakin' poor, not a beer I would ideally indulge in if I knew that it was soaked in alchoolic oak barrels of whiskey.

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Photo of armock
2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A - Poured a brown color with a thin tan head with no lacing

S - Has a roasty nutty nose for the most part

T - Follows the nose with a roasted and nutty malt flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - I was very disappointed with this beer this is what you get when barrel aging doesn't work the barrel added nothing to this instead it hurt it don't bother with this if you see it save your money and buy something good

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Photo of klewis
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours golden with a moderate bubbly head. Good lacing.

S: Caramel malt and toffee with just a hint of whiskey.

T: Dominant whiskey flavor in the taste with a mild sweetness. Another sip, and the whiskey seems to bite even more. Some earthy astringency in the back.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Very one-dimensional with nothing to offer except whiskey flavor. The Dead Guy just doesn't hold its own against the barrels.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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2.76/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.85/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $7.00 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Near clear, bronze body providing no real head formation beyond a scant white ring. Looks befittingly dead, I guess.

Smell: Aroma loaded with a dominating mediocre whiskey scent. Beneath the wood, the lighter vanilla, and overall fuming hotness are notes of glazed bread and toasted grains.

Taste: A befuddling scrambling of varying flavors in the taste. Sweet start of lightly toasted bready malts with light honey-toned accents are soon surged with Old Grand-Dad Whiskey. Touch of menthol. The whiskey is just a bit disproportionate to the underlying brew. Modestly hoppy, with a fair amount of bitterness and hints of citrus and spice. Coarse, hot, oaken finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Uncomfortably unbalanced. Honestly, it's a bit tough to finish off. An accompanying glass of water was immediately requested. If someone had asked me what I thought would be the top ten best candidates for barrel-aging of any kind from the Rogue stable, DGA would have been absent from the list.

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2.87/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a standard pint.

A - a cloudy brown amber, decent lacing that stuck around. minimal head retention.

S - very faint of the barrel it was aged in. Faint rasin and citrus.

T - sweet, mild oak and grainyness. Not throughly impressed for a beer with this price tag.

M - mild. Lacking carbonation, but I'd imagine you'd have that with barrel aging.

D - drinkable but not blown away. I'd much rather enjoy a regular dead guy for half the price.

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