John John Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale
577 Ratings
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 snaotheus
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a brownish orange, slightly cloudy, fine visible carbonation going steadily still several minutes after pour. Head pours nearly white, big and puffy, leaving thick sheets on the sides of my glass. Smell is good but not very strong (probably too cold). Smells malty, maybe slightly smokey.

Taste is good, malty with a good woody bitterness. A little sour, very nutty.

Mouthfeel is thick but gritty. Probably would have been smoother if I had left a half inch or so in the bottom of the bottle. Very drinkable.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Blue Max in the south part of the Cities not long ago. It's wonderful how many barrel-aged brews have begun to show up, just in the past year, in the Twin Cities. They are all welcome!

This brew pours an amber-waves-of-grain-at-sunset orange. The kind that would look really cool in an arsty-fartsy picture with clouds in the background. Smell is pretty out there. Oranges, oak, breath of vanilla.

John John Dead Guy doesn't live up to the nose. The maibock & barrel clash a bit unpleasantly, leading to a beer that's harsh: a little like cleaning solvent. Hard, Mr. Clean Orange up front, with a hard snarling bite that can only be bittering hops. The barrel is visible in the distance, along with a smattering of caramel squares & a strong backlash of a lager.

All in all this tastes very weird, & though not unpleasant, the barrel & bock doesn't work here. Nice effort, but not up to Rogue's usual snuff. But here's a tip-o-the-hate to further experimentation.

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Photo of zhooker
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap, to a 64oz growler, to a standard pint glass. Light amber, honey-like color. Very little head, light lacing, but nice legs.

The aroma exhibits a lot of sweet maltiness, and the whiskey barrel aging is also apparent. The sweetness of the aroma is most striking, eschewing the more savory, roasted tones in the standard Dead Guy.

No contradictions in the taste. Sweeter tones are up front, vanilla and almost candy-like. The barrel-aging is has really toned down the malty "beeriness" of the ale. Very smooth. The hops are practically absent.

The mouthfeel is also very smooth. I seem to have lost a bit of carbonation in this growler though. There is a possibility this might be a little more lively on the tongue out of the bottle.

I was at a Rogue tasting when I picked up this growler, and did so because it stood out the most among the 6 different Rogue brews I was able to sample. I am second-guessing that pick now -- this stuff is good, but not great. I have certainly had better barrel-aged brews. Still, I would have this again, and look forward to drinking and sharing this growler.

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Photo of DrewHodges
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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 DaveHS
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a huge 3 finger head on my aggressive pour. It fades at a medium pace with fluffy bubbly results. The beer is very clear golden orange color.

N: Semi bock like, with some malts, dark wheats, sweet toasty wheat malts, a little caramel, some oak and vanilla too, quite a bit of vanilla, somewhat creamy. Touch of toasty sweet malty lager like aromas.

T: Starts somewhat bourbony and a little boozy. Semi sweet with creamy wheat malts, a little caramel and sweet syrup, A little chewy malts. Some toastiness and touch of sweet malts lager flavors. A little boozy and alcohol flavor which is surprising for only being 6.4%. Touch of oak and some vanilla. It has a slight hay flavor and a somewhat unpleasant bitterness as it warms.

M: Somewhat creamy, medium to light body, decent carbonation.

F: Gets somewhat bitter on the finish. Not really much of a hop flavor but bitter. A touch of grassy hops though. Some sticky sweetness and more sweet malt lager flavors lingering. A little hay flavor and wheat.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 gordavidson
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A hazy golden/ orange liquid with a semi-thick off-white head that is fairly creamy and has decent retention.

S- Caramel, vanilla, grapefruit, and Swiss cheese. Rather aromatic for what has been done to this beer and the alcohol content.

T- Smooth vanilla and cotton candy flavors blend well with the hoppy characteristics of the beer. The barrel aging imparted better flavors to the beer than it does to their whiskey.

M- Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation. A little warm, but overall I am surprised with the smoothness.

D- I am a little dubious of the supposed alcohol content of this beer, but is is rather drinkable.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a clear copper with a 1/2" slightly off white head that faded quickly but left some decent lacing.

S-Whiskey hits immediately, followed by a somewhat sweet maltiness, some oakiness, maybe a bit of caramel and a touch of vanilla.

T-Whiskey is dominant here. There lurking somewhere in the background is some caramel, lightly roasted malt, and a faint lingering woodiness. Its...interesting. Not bad, not great.

M-It feels hot, but its not. Its just the whiskey barrels. Medium body and carbonation.

D-The pervasive whiskey nose and taste make this one a sipper and a one and done. It was tough to drink a whole bomber myself. I wish I would have had someone to share with.

Its an interesting one to try, but I can't see myself buying this one again.

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Photo of mynie
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bomber was all expensive and shit, but seeing as I live a balla lifestyle I didn't think twice about grabbing it.

It's been at least a few years since I had a Dead Guy, but it pours almost exactly as I remember it. A deep, sparkly shade of mahogany that's so exactly redbrown that it seems to fluoresce.

Smells pretty weak. I'm fairly sure that Dead Guy actually has a firmer aroma. Smells like rounded, buttery toffee malts and then just the wee bittiest hint of bourbon burn.

Tastes not as strong as I had expected but nonetheless fucking excellent. Like, wow. Deep caramel hangs over a start of buttertoffee and ripe fruit, moving into herbs and citrus hops, then finishing on vanilla and bourbon and Rogue's delicious wonderbready yeast. That's the kicker, right there: the yeast.

I nearly thought this was a letdown, for the first few sips, and had I written this review at the beginning of the bottle I probably would have given the taste a 4.5. Thing was, it seemed a little light to cost as much as it did. But I can't hold that against this, as it's not supposed to be a big beer. It's supposed to be balanced, smooth, drinkable, and wonderfully variegated, and it's all of those with spades.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy dark copper color with a half-inch of frothy foam. The aroma is dominated by a very strong whisky scent, to the exclusion of all else. Thankfully, the whisky woodiness is more subtle upon taste--moderate bourbon with a creamy vanilla edge mix with decent caramel malt and medium bitterness. Yeast character is lightly fruity--is this really supposed to be a maibock? Finish is a nice balance of woodiness and malt.

One of the better whisky barrel aged beers I've had. Well-balanced.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

JustinA1 hooked us up with this gem.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Poured out clear and pale gold, but settled as bright copper. A tall, foamy, white head formed on top initially, though it settled to a thin halo after a minute or so. Very fine sediment is suspended throughout the body. No lacing.

Smell: Lots and lots of juicy, red apple. Whiskey is certainly there, but the alcohol component is absent. Very interesting.

Taste: Lots of juicy red apple and whiskey flavors, just as in the smell. I appreciate that the alcohol is kept very low in this one - it really allows the milder flavors, like ginger and oak, to stand out.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated but soft and foamy. Medium-to-light in body, malty, very smooth. Nice!

Drinkability: This was odd, but interesting. I was happy to try it once, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of femALEist
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer out of the bottle.
This beer is aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.

It poured a clear orange teak with no head.

It smelled sweet with honey, some light whiskey, light oak, caramel and slight mango.

It tasted of caramel, toffee, whiskey, slight grapefruit, with a good hop finish. It had a slight burn to it from the whiskey but it had good carbonation.

It was light but had a good flavor. I am glad I tried it. I wouldn't kick it out of bed.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks richbrew! Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter on 3/29. Pours the color of honey just like the bottle says! 2 finger white head quickly dissapates. Smells of fruit, malt, little hops, and apple juice?! I get the same tastes with wood, sweet honey, and a slight alcohol finish. light to medium body and lightly carbed. Drinkability is so-so. A whole bomber is almost too much.

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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 Exiled
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(22oz Bottle)

Pours a hazy orange color with an off white head. Smell is caramel malts, toffee, oak, and vanilla. Taste is caramel malts, toffee, vanilla, with some whiskey notes. Creamy medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Overall I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of weeare138
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Waterbury, VT...
Appears a muddy toned haze of amber with a small, off white head that quickly fizzles away. Very little lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.
Taste is of the same with a hint of hops peaking in between sips of this hot beast.
Mouthfeel is chewy, oaky, smooth, and hot of the booze via barrel aging.

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Photo of rayjay
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A most excellent gift from brewtull, I believe purchased at Ledger's.

Hazy and pale. Reminds me of Victory St Boisterous in appearance. Musty and smoky aroma. Flavors are akin to a very mellow whiskey drink, maybe a ginger ale with Canadian whiskey but very watered down with ice. Tons of vanilla. A very well-crafted beer that I wouldn't change a bit.

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Photo of colts9016
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is white head creamy frothy with good retention. The color of the beer is a dark amber color. The beer's clarity is clear to brilliant. There is some effervescence bubbles coming from the bottom. There is some lacing.

Nose: A nice caramel roasted malt, yeast, bread, and biscuit aromas. There are notes of low fruity esters and wood.

Taste: A nice solid malty base that has notes of caramel, yeast, bread, and toasty. There are notes of a nice floral bouquet, citrus, pine, and white pepper.

The mouth feel is carbonated, slightly astringent, and clean.

Overall The body of the beer is medium with a medium finish. This is a descent beer. has a lot of characteristic of the dead guy but a little more woody. Not a bad beer, enjoyed drinking it.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle foamed over as i was lookin for my glass. poured into duvel tulip
A: pours deep honey to amber, with a finger or so of off white head.
S: smell is very similar to dead guy ale, malt and bit of earth but a almost unoticable whisky hint.
T: to quote my dead guy ale review "sweet malt, very light hops. straight forward taste" but with the again slight whisky and charred oak flavor.
M: a little bit thicker than regular dead guy,
D: this could be a pour, its easy to drink just not much new in the taste department. not the best greatest but not the worst...

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Photo of mmva321
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: An aggressive pour yields 4 fingered head that is slightly off-white head that recedes faster than my patience for this beer. The body is a clear, light-amber color. Like a thin honey. Not too impressive, but that's fine. There's a lot of carbonation that rises in little columns and is fun to watch.

S: Perhaps the best aspect of this beer. It's pretty sweet. I immediately pick up the malts and Sazz hops and some apple scents. A little vanilla coating seems to meld it all together. I pick up the slightest hint of oak barrel, but I don't know if I'd get that if I hadn't known to smell for it.

T: The idea hypes this up for me. Dead Guy Ale (one of my first beer loves) aged in whiskey oak barrels. A brilliant concept. So why does this taste like watered-down Dead Guy Ale!? That brilliant maibock taste becomes a bit convoluted with the slight hints of oak and whiskey barrel along with a stronger presence of sweet flavors like apple and caramel. Nothing seems to dominate here, but intead of that making the beer well balanced, it seems more like a messy cacophony of flavors. Still, considering its base as Dead Guy, it still tastes good.

M: Watery. It doesn't serve the beer well. Also, the carbonation seems a little flat.

D: A disapoitment for sure, but it still is a an easy drinkin' beer and easy to enjoy. Perhaps I would have liked this more if I had less expectations and less experience with Rogue and barrel aged beers. But still, the concept screams out to be bold, but it holds back, settling for safe instead of great.

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Photo of Radley521
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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Photo of SShelly
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear, medium amber, little head with zero retention.

Light malty aroma with not much behind...decent

flavor is medium malt with subtle crisp bitterness Behind, finishes light and sweet.

Not as far away from regular dead guy as I was expecting, decent but not exceptional.

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Photo of taxguyjase
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Lightly opaque amber; with a sturdy white, frothy head. 3.0/5.0

Smell - Hmmm...whiskey. Malt is subdued and slightly sweet. I would have preferred a strong aroma. 3.5/5.0

Taste - Gotta say it again...hmmm...whiskey. Oaky, with a tasty, toasty sweetiness near the middle of the taste. Finishes off as you would expect a sip of quality whiskey would, with a hint of vanilla and caramel. Flavors are balanced and not overly strong. - 4.0/5.0

Feel - Smooth, full aftertaste. Lacks the syrupy quality that I've seen in bourbon beers, but that's ok, this one works. - 4.0/5.0

Drinkability - This is an amazing harmony of a spirit and beer, would definitely get this one again. 4.0/5.0

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