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John John Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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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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Ratings: 577 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Medium Amber color with about a finger of head that fades to a light film.

S - Smell of Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, Oak, Vanilla, and Honey.

T - Tastes are similar to smell; Whiskey, Cherry, Toffee, and Honey. I bet this would be very good on cask.

M - Mouthfeel is very nice with medium carbonation and a slight oily.

D - I don't think I could drink a whole lot of this but I wasn't of the regular Dead guy Ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of ryko
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes - Drank on 1/28 - Had a sample on draft at the Indiana Brewer's guild winterfest, and then picked up a bomber from Kahn's in Indianapolis. (bottle had more flavor to it)

A - Pretty plain bottle, Not the usual cool painted bottles that Rogue does, just a label. Poured from a bomber into a Rogue Dead Guy pint glass. Nice cloudy haze look, the color is a deep amber with some orange and dark red hint to it. Minimal head with not much lacing to speak of. The color of this beer is phenomenal.

S - You can smell the Juniper from the dead guy, but theres some caramel smell from the whiskey barrel ageing, as well as a slight rubbing alcohol smell towards the end.

T - I was expecting a bit of harsh alcohol taste to this after smelling it but luckily I was wrong. The usual overwhelming fruit that comes from the dead guy ale is substituted with in this beer with a pleasant juniper taste up front, with a very refreshing sweet finish. The whiskey barrel aging did wonders for this beer.

M - Light carbonation, very smooth beer. No warming feeling from the alcohol. Has a decent body to it, not real thick but has some substance.

O - This was a very enjoyable beer. Lots of different flavors, I'm usually not a fan of barrel aged ales because the alcohol is usually more potent, but it was hid very well in this beer. However I do wish there was more of a crisp feeling from the carbonation, it's the only thing in this beer that seemed rather plain.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of waldoiverson
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bomber into nonic

A: slightly copper, massive pillow of a head that just didn't want to go away, active carbonation

S: sweet, maybe a bit buttery or maybe that is butterscotch (Diacetyl), slightly herbacious,

T: buttery in the mouth (could this have turned over the months it was sitting to the side?), a slight bite of green piney bitterness at the very end,

M: Smooth but ends surprisingly dry

O: My gut says that this bottle may have been sitting for too long because i'm pretty disappointed with the experience, too much Diacetyl, whether from the brewery or from further maturation. It is, however, a beautiful beer to look at.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of bcm119
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber orange, minimal head. Aroma is slightly boozy, mandarin-like, tea, citric hops and overtones of whiskey. Hoppy in a passive aggressive sort of way. Oranges and tea come through in the flavor, on a medium toasted malt body. Whiskey is subtle but evident in the toasted oak undertones. Upfront sweetness fades to a semi dry finish with lingering oily hops, toasty caramel and oak. This beer comes to life as it warms. Balanced and subtle, with some really nice flavors to be found if you look hard enough.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of eclaycamp
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was quite pleasantly surprised to find this on a recent excursion to Lawrence. Pours a rather vibrant ruby red to rust ornage with a high level of carbonation and a large billowing head that's a full inch high. The nose is very fruity and floral; though there is some woody notes likely due to the barrel aging. The hops accentuate the floral notes, this beer makes my mouth water. Light mouthfeel from such a complex beer, I was expecting it to be somewhat syrupy but it's not nearly that heavy. Kind of disappointing, actually. The first thing you notice about the beer is the finish. Up front it has all the qualities of a nice pale ale. There's some fruity hop things going on giving way to malt sweetness. But the finish to this beer is almost mind blowing. There's this terrific flowered wood finish that reminds me of a creek in spring, or something similar. I don't really care for the minor alcohol notes, most likely from the aging process, but that's to be expected given this style of beer. As the beer opens up it gives you a lot more from the flavor profile. The hops are floral. I get lavendar, marigold, maybe even lillies. Quite lovely. These accent the sweet caramel malt, finally leading into that wonderful finish. It's a very circular flavor, if that makes sense. There's not a lot of breadiness or biscuit qualities to this beer, it's very light on the palate and quite delacte. This wasn't what I was expecting from this beer at all, but it's enjoyable and delicious, a perfect compliment to the end of another day in a neverending hot summer.

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3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4oz sampler at the Rogue/issaquah brewhouse.

very clear of haze, with little head. smell is really impotent, until I accidentally got it on my nose. That brought out the woody and smoky tone that reminds me of salmon cooked too long on a wooden plank.

Flavor is good. I taste the grain, the smoke, wood and still taste some fishy meat flavors. It is interesting, and easy to drink. Really mellow.

Smoothness and drinkability are exceptional, especially at 6.4% abv.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of 100floods
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold/amber hue with a cream white head. Decent amount of carbonations just from looking at all them bubbles rising to the top. Nice crisp malty aromas with some hints of vanilla added in there, probably from the barrel. Definitely tastes like Dead Guy for sure. Burnt malt yet very clean in execution. Again, notes of vanilla flavor that seem separate from other flavors. There are also some woody flavors that do better job blending with the original beer. All the different things going on leaves the buds guess each time, but not confusing them. Definitely could use a little more focus, or could it? Huge points for making a barrel aged beer out of something so 'non-imperial' as Dead Guy. Definitely something on the original end of the spectrum. Somehow the beer makes sense. The vanilla does compliment the wood and malt notes very well. If Dead Guy was a hamburger, putting this beer in a whiskey barrel is like adding cheese and bacon to the burger.

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Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of GordonQuid
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

Deep golden amber with a slight quarter inch head but with good thick lace.

Smells of the classic Dead Guy Ale-love that Pac-Man yeast, with vanilla oak barrel characteristics.

Taste has got 'dat whiskey thang going on mixed with a malty maibock and exquisite Pac-man yeast characteristics. Very good!

I question the ABV listed on this one... This beer seemed to mess me up more than the listed 6.4% ABV listed.

This was a bit of a moderately heavy sipper for me. If your into the oak aged thang then this is a must try.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Bomber poured into tulip pint.

A: Bright orange. Head disipates to thin layer of lace and hangs around for a bit. Nearly identical to Dead Guy.

S: I had to search but it has the smell of a barrel aged beer plus the sweetness you'd expect from a bock.

T: Sweet caramel. Soft rum and vanilla notes. Oak aging is apparent in flavor, but not intense.

M: Soft, creamy, and full on the palate.

D: No problem finishing a bomber. average.

I was exicted for this and ultimately a little underwhelmed. My fault really, because I'm not a huge fan of Dead Guy (or maibocks in general) to begin with. Not sure why I thought the barrel aged version would be a drastic departure. It is an improvement however. Lesson learned: if you don't like the beer, don't expect to love the BA version. Glad I tried this one though, and I'll definitely pick up the other John John ales as they become available.

Worth a shot.

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Photo of thearsenal
2/5  rDev -47.5%

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