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 indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden to amber in color with a big fluffy head and plenty of streaming bubbles. Very nice looking pour.

Aroma - big whiff of vanilla, tannins and whisky up front. The nose of this just screams whisky barrel-aged. There are some nice sweet, warm malty smells as well.

Taste - lots of vanilla and whisky flavors come into play right away. Dead Guy Ale is a pretty basic beer for the most part and this just really showcases it with some bolder flavors. The barrel-aging really adds another dimension to a pretty standard beer. Along with the vanilla and wood flavors are some fruity estery flavors as well. Not sure where those come from. Very enjoyable with lots of flavor and character.

Overall - This is a very easy drinking barrel-aged beer and at under 7% its one of very few that aren't going to floor you after a glass or two.

Would I buy more of it? - I plan on buying more tomorrow to share with some friends as it seems like this release is hard to come by.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a beer with such a nice balance of robust flavors, the John John Ale doesn't smell like much. The taste is bold, but in no way overbearing, with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, which gives way to a hoppy finish with hints of dark fruit and honey, and a lingering whiskey and oak flavor. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of Zaplt
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - hazy orangish very light head with no lacing.

smell - sweet pineapple, peach, oak, caramel !, citrus tones, *vanilla!!!

taste - strong flavors of delicious oak, citrus , slight alcohol/wiskey flavors, pineapple, *peach, resinous aftertaste from hops.

mouthfeel - leaning slightly towards sweet with a resinous induced dry feeling towards the finish.

Overall - Good beer - I thought that it was a very well thought out and the oak barrel taste was delicious and not overwhelmingly alocholy.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet orange/amber color with a two finger white head. Minimal lacing. The nose is very strong of vanilla and whiskey. Can't really scent anything from the Helles Bock. The taste is very interesting. The regular dead guy is there, but there are strong whiskey flavor up front that mellows out to a very strong vanilla note. There is also an odd flavor, it's almost like an artificial peach flavor. The mouthfeel is rather light, no alcohol burn from the bock or from the whiskey flavor.

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Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Kinda of a cloudy, dark golden hue. Pours into about a 2 finger, brownish white, frothy head. Settles very slowly, leaving hefty amounts of dry sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it does. Never fully settles though. Very substantial, full-on lacing... more like a film really.

S: A very nutty malted nose. Some walnut and almond in there. Think i can catch some oak, caramel, and clove in there too. A nice piney hop, too. Some really nice lemon citrus, and some subtle floral notes.

T: Slightly malty, mostly like a caramel / oaky / piney goodness. Very hard to describe. Kinda' fruity, but kinda' earthy. The floral nose manifests itself in the palette. Almost seems like you're chewing on some rose petals.

M: Light body. The floral notes infiltrate the palette and filter up into the nose. Part flowery, part piney finish. A little dry in the end, but not too much.

D: Luscious...

Atmosphere is excellent. A deep, rich appearance lends its way to a beautiful creamy towering head which insulates your precious brew throughout the entire experience. The nose is just loaded. The only possible downside.... almost too many components. My olfactory senses went all haywire. Flavor is similar in output to the nose. Lots of stuff going on here, but nothing is going to overwhelm and offput you. Everything seems to marry together well. In the end, this is a great quaff.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Dead Guy Ale aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.

A: Honey-amber, too murky for aught but light to pass through. A half-finger of head. Acceptable lace.

S: Smells sweet-tart, almost fruity. Carmelised sugar could well be whiskey aging.

T: Excellent! Smooth, sweet, but substantial. Again, carmelised sugar catches my attention, especially on the end taste, here reminding me more of a crème brûlée crust than any spirit. However, a bit of alcohol floating through the taste adds accent and helps differentiate it from the mellowness I expect from normal Dead Guy. Touch of hops, but not really. The aftertaste is slightly sticky and not prolonged.

M: Creamy-sweet, but beery-dry by the end.

O: I love the concept and I like the beer. Recommended, drinkable, interesting, and compelling. Would have again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a light amber/orange with a frothy medium white head, nice lace.

S: English Toffee, light notes of oak. Not over the top, but a real elegant subtle whisky nose which I really liked.

T: Unique whisky flavour to this one, not like a bourbon barrel at all, but you can surely taste the spiritious quality. Feels like a higher alcohol beer because of that, but the alcohol flavour doesn't come out. Malt is a tad hard to find, the whisky is in the forefront, with some bittering hops mid-palate, some peach cobbler and vanilla in there too make for an interesting flavour. I would have preferred a little sweeter finish, but this is really a nice beer.

M: Soft carbonation feel, but biting at the finish. Full body and creamy.

D: This is a delightful effort from Rogue. I'm not the biggest Rogue fanboy so I'm glad to try a brew this good from them. A little expensive, but it's nice to try something different.

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Photo of Pahn
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Tentative pour yields a 1 inch fluffy and fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pours a deep, clear but not quite translucent amber with bubbles rising in the middle. No lacing.

Smell: Big and inviting smell of vanilla, coconut, some sweet malt, and (most of all) whiskey. The aroma calms down as I get through the bottle. Whiskey stays at the forefront, while the vanilla and coconut pull way back, though they don't disappear.

Taste: First sip is a creamy hit of vanilla and coconut, with whiskey and some hops entering fast and sharpening up the flavor, then a smooth malty finish. The nice oak and vanilla flavors color the whiskey and malt notes. It's clear right away that the aging has vastly enriched the flavor of this beer. The whiskey influence is perfect.

My only complaint is that the malt notes are already rather subtle on the first sip, and get dominated away as the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle. If the malt could stand up to the whiskey, this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.0 scoring beer. Even so, the flavor is bold and good enough to keep me interested for the entire bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and occasionally creamy, with lively carbonation. I would prefer it to be a bit fuller-bodied.

Drinkability: Very good. It has a really nice whiskey character with just 6%~ ABV. A better mouthfeel would raise this a bit, but as is I'd be happy to have another bomber of this to myself.

Honestly, before this beer I've never been impressed by Dead Guy Ale, or anything I've tried from Rogue. Dead Guy isn't a bad beer, it's just not a great beer. Apparently aging it in whiskey barrels makes it a great beer. The harsh whiskey note is exactly what it needs, given that my main complaint about Dead Guy is that it's too bland and sweet. The whiskey barrel aging gives character to the sweetness and boldness to the flavor (and aroma) as a whole.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love beer aged in oak and just could not pass this one up.

Appearance 4.0: Gorgeous, deep golden color. Nice, 1/2" head that stuck around for most of the session. Opaque with some particulate matter, which is always a plus in my book. Very nice lacing.

Smell 4.0: Nice nose on this brew. Subdued and somewhat dry, but with a very nice bouquet of corn, oak tannins, malt, vanilla, wood rosin...lovely.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly tart, but mellow. Middle is where the barley and the oak start to mingle a delicious mingling it is. Also, at this taste level, I detect hints -way in the back of the palate-- of whiskey. Finish features a fantastic vanilla/wood rosin taste mingling with the liquor notes and the light hops along with the malt. Aftertaste is long and features so many flavors, but the oak notes are of special interest to me.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Right on the nose for this style and the tastes they are trying to accentuate.

Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Reminds me of Innis and Gunn in the old days, before demand forced them to change how they aged their beers. However, I&G never featured taste collages like these. Excellent balance on almost every level and just an all-around fantastic beer. Recommended.

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Photo of bbeane
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... has little off white head that mostly disappears, not leaving much behind. Beer is a murky amber color with little activity

S- Sweet smell with notes of oak, bourbon, and bread

T- Malty sweet notes of alcohol/bourbon and a pronounced oak finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation... leaves a nice oak alcoholic taste in your mouth

D- Based on taste, very drinkable. I don't believe it's gonna be readily available on a regular basis so that will probably keep it from being in my hands on a regular basis


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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a bomber at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness info..pours medium brown, honey amber, puffy light tan head, retains about 3/4 inch of a head and slowly fades, leaves better then average, quality lace behind. The nose has components of sweet bready malt, light vanilla and faint wood/smoke. Tasty malted up ale, notes of rum, more vanilla, a light woodyness that delicatly interweaves itself through this beer, thoroughly enjoyable and nicely crafted. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rusty orange with a tall eggshell white head that leaves faint, soapy lacing. Aroma is boozy up front, with heavy notes of oak and whisky. Also subtle notes of tangerine, caramel, and fresh cut flowers. For a typically light and airy style, this beer is
packed with flavor. The whisky is right up front, and works surprisingly well in this lower alcohol beer. When the whisky backs off, I get a mouthful of vanilla, followed by a buttery, slightly earthy finish. Wow. The nice thing about this beer is that they don't kill the Dead Guy Ale with barrel character. It's still there underneath,
and it's assertive enough to peek through the layers of
extreme flavor. The mouthfeel is light and playful,almost refreshing. One of the better recent Rogue beers. Wasn't into them for a long time, but I think they're coming back!

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off orange copper with very little head of white.

Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee,caramel, good malt presence sweet and bready.

Not much whiskey notes but a toasty oak really shines and leaves a tannic finish.toffee and caramel with a slight nutty quality. A malt sweetness cleans things up nicely.

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Photo of merlin48
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle pours a hazy amber body with a medium sized beige head. Good retention and some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

Lovely aroma has a caramel malt profile with an abundance of citrusy hops(orange and pink grapefruit). Hints of whiskey and woodsy oak add a nice touch.

Medium body and carbonation with an earthy feel from the barrel and yeast.

Taste is balanced. Plenty of caramel maltiness here, but nicely countered by dry and grassy hops that have just a hint of citrusy grapefruit. Oaky wood is prominent, but I didn't pick up any vanilla. Bourbon whiskey notes emerge as it warms.

Barrel aging is subtle and it works very well here. Just a bit edgier than the regular Dead Guy.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

John John Dead Guy opens with a strong yeasty aroma, bearing immediate and large notes of fresh-baked and floury breads. These intermingle nicely with strong fruit esters, the aromas here ranging from orange to apricot to berry. Good handfuls of vanilla, oak, maple syrup, caramel, and touches of earthy kola nut-like scents provide interesting counterpoints. The faintest touch of whiskey lingers at the edges, lending an edgy wildness. As a whole, the nose is excellent, speaking of superb craftsmanship and incredible attention to ingredients and detail. Only a slight tendency to fade after a bit keeps this from achieving top marks.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a mainly malt-based blast, with vanillas, caramels, brown sugars, maple syrups, and floury toasted wheat crusts dominating. Fruit esters mainly tend toward the darker side on the tongue, including black cherry, fig, and plum. Touches of anise and kola nut add an earthiness, as well as black pepper. The oak aging does lend touches of whiskey, charcoal, and oak, but these blend nicely with the malts' darker notes, and do not overwhelm the brew. Hops are hardly noticeable against this onslaught, but do add bitterness, as well as hints of pine resin and plant stem. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, the whiskey notes rise gently, as well as does a wet wheat grain flavor. The aftertaste is a continuation of these latter flavors, lingering for a good time, and moving even more towards the whiskey flavors. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, slightly burning the soft palate.

Overall, this is great beer, and the whiskey-barrel aging has given the normally hoppy Dead Guy ale a nice earthy, oak texture. It does somewhat detract from the hop profile, however, and in my opinion the brew becomes a little to overpowering in the whiskey area as it sits on the tongue and melds into the aftertaste. I also wanted for a stronger sugar base, feeling that the malty notes could have been stronger to better combat the whiskey flavors and give the beer more punch. Still, this is a good bottle, and worth trying.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - lightly hazy copper, solid off white head that retained well
S - sweet whiskey is definitely present, spicy, caramel, vanilla, nutmeg
T - vanilla, caramel malt, nutmeg, spicy and earthy hops, with whiskey and the barrel wood creeping into the finish
M - medium body, refreshing carbonation, juicy, lightly bitter
O - the barrel aging is a subtle compliment to the brew, very balanced and flavourful, a nice twist on an already solid brew

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 10 oz. cocktail glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Poured a slightly hazy, medium copper color with a honey tinged glow and a very slight sudsy head of carbonation which disappeared completely, leaving the ale looking like a glass of whiskey.

S: Smells slightly spicy and herbal, with hints of oak, charcoal and tobacco.

T: Flavor is muted and smooth at first, with a semisweet caramel malt flavor, low in dextrose. Then, in comes this whiskey flavor which dominates the entire palate. Very oak and spice flavored with a whiskey-tinged alcohol sting and mellow, earthen finish. No real bitterness, save the bite of the wood, so hops are muted in the process here.

M: Mouthfeel is full to medium bodied and smooth as hell. Very low carbonation, but not syrupy at all.

D: A dangerous sipper indeed. I honestly felt like I was sipping a whiskey high ball. The wood-aged character and flavor is so pronounced and makes this 6.4% ABV bock one smooth criminal. I could easily have had a few - before during and after dinner. Nice work, Rogue.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Big 3 finger head. Slightly off white head. Golden ruby/orange color. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Smell is caramel malt, oakiness, smokey. Interesting smell. Toffee, a litlle acohol hint of whiskey. Some rye, vanilla.

T. Earthiness, toasty grains. Somewhat sweet finish. Unique tasting beer. Mild whiskey flavor. Taste is good.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a slight sweet aftertaste.

D. This is an interesting beer. Many subtle flavor nuances that make this unique. Drinks very easy.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Shared with friends at a Friday get-together.

Pours with a golden-honey hue that fades to copper at the edges. The tuft of beige head is tightly packed and consistently thin, without leaving much lacing. Interesting aroma, with fruity notes of pineapple and pear backed by a spicy whiskey barrel note that adds some funk and candy-like tartness. Green sugar canes and fresh-cut pine in the background.

Candy sweetness on the palate, but not cloyingly so, as the crisp carbonation level and whiskey-aging add a zippy spice profile to the back of the tongue. Fruity notes of pineapple and mandarin orange throughout. Medium mouthfeel is peppery with carbonation and easy to drink. Whiskey warms the stomach halfway through the beer. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting too much given Rogue's recent track record, but this is a tasty, unique take on the barrel-aging phenomenon. Kudos to Rogue Nation!

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Tulsa at mid-Town, finally getting around to drinking this after a few weeks, this should go great with a lovely Spring afternoon...

Pours a fairly effervescent amber/apricot with 3+ fingers of sand colored head/ Murks up a touch at the bottom the bottle, super lacing & above average head retention

S: Bready, a touch of estery yeast, & then a kiss of Whisky once warm

T: Citric hops, breadyness & kiss of caramel up front, along with herbal hops & a touch boozeyness, Breadyness with a bit of herbal & metallic hops as this warms, plus plenty of grapefruit as this warms. Oaky & toffee notes assert as well once warm, along with Bourbon increasing the warmer it gets, but very smooth. Finishes dry, oaky & with nice Bourbon twang; really opened as it warmed

MF: Chewy, lightly carbonated & super balance

Drinks fairly easy, not a traditional Maibock, but tasty enough, I like where Rogue took this, one the better "barrel bocks" I've had

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Photo of rfgetz
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orangy light-brown color with minimal head. Smell is of carmel with a touch of toasted grain and vanilla - faint hints of whiskey, coconut, tropical fruit. Taste is a delicious, mild, yet well blended concoction of toasted grains, sweet carmel, vanilla, oak, whiskey, tropical fruit and coconut. Great smooth body, light carbonation, not sticky and no aftertaste. Very good beer... the coconut was a big suprise and the toned down whiskey heat is very welcomed after too many barrel aged beers going overboard.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear dark copper under a medium white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet nose with some oak and vanilla, slight hint of whiskey.

T: Malty, toasted, sweet mixed with a big oak, vanilla character. Hint of whiskey again.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is good. Very balanced beer and solid through out.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a chalice, pours golden light orange, average clarity with an off white head, tight beads about an inch and a half thick.

Aromas are barrel upfront, vanilla, toasted coconut and orange, some clean slightly sweet malt, very little hops but some earthy and herbal notes.

Flavor is very well balanced, some nice dead guy clean slightly sweet malt and light lemon zest hop character, vanilla, oak. Earthy and woody hop character in the middle. Some bright citrus in the middle as well with a nice front to back bitterness. Caramel and toasty notes linger in the finish.

Medium bodied, slightly creamy, moderate carbonation and some slight woody astringency but characterful.

Really like this twist on Rogue Dead Guy, a bit expensive for a 22oz beer, but all things considered a good and worthwhile beer to seek and experience.

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Photo of vkv822
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into taster glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden orange color. It has a light tan head with mild retention.
The scent is of sweet malty caramel with hints of alcohol, which both hold true for the flavor. It starts with a bit of whiskey flavor followed by the malty sweetness of caramel and perhaps vanilla. The oak also comes through towards the end. Not much hops at all, possibly towards the end, but is masked by the oak.
It has a nice mouth feel, medium bodied and enjoyable although nothing too spectacular.
It is a very enjoyable beer, and although I felt it was a bit heavy on the sweet side, as I was expecting a bit more of the whiskey to come through it was still very nicely balanced and very drinkable.

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Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Rozis. Was excited to try this - Rogue is probably the only place in the country that could pull off a beer with proprietary estate grown malt and hops aged in their own spirit barrels. At 6.4%, I'm wondering if this will be like the Kentucky Bourbon Ale.

Appearance tells me this is going to be more of a substantial beer than I thought. Copper with a small white ring.

Smells of vanilla, bourbon, caramel.

Taste is quite nice - the bourbon is subtle but there is a nice depth it brings. The wood has imparted a wonderful vanilla taste. The aftertaste is reminiscent of a famous bourbon. The elements I remember being associated with dead guy aren't as defined - this is smooth caramel, not hoppy at all.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Good amount of carb. Nothing exceptional.

Smooth and drinkable. A nice beer - I enjoyed this and may pick up another. Not one I see aging adding anything to, and I think it could have picked up a touch more wood, but a nice beer from Rogue - probably the best thing I've had from them in a few years.

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