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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 Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four finger thick, tan colored head that leaves lots of nicely layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a hazed, gold-amber hue when held up to the light. As I pour this it smells salty and perhaps smoky like a whiskey can be. A focused smell of this beer shows ample coconut notes and vanillin, it is hard to get much of anything else. Since this beer is only ~6.5% it doesn't have the heat that many a barrel aged beer does, and this is rather nice. Some buttery oak notes and perhaps a hint of nutty, caramelized malt round things out. I could honestly be imagining the malt influence as the barrel is so clearly dominant in the nose; luckily it is nice and smooth, such that this is enjoyable to smell.

My first sip is lightly sweet up front with a caramelized malt character, while the finish has some tart whiskey notes as well as some light coconut and oak-spice woodiness. The spiciness in the finish seems to take on the role of balancing sharpness that a hop bitterness usually plays. The middle of this beer has a nice buttery oak note that is wrapped up in the toasted coconut flavors, but the butter character is more dominant in the flavor than the coconut. This has enough body to stand up to the barrel and actually has quite a bit of viscous body given the beer strength.

An interesting beer, perhaps a bit simplistic, but I am actually enjoying this more than I thought I would. The base beer is definitely thoroughly dominated by the barrel character, but I like that such a "light" beer is able to not let this get too out of control. You definitely will have to enjoy Whiskey-barrel aged beers to like this and I like that this is not hot and that the Whiskey character is so smooth.

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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 Seanibus
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a robust amber with a sticky head. The aroma is slight and malty. The flavor is heavy and anise-like, with a deep, chicory malt and a spicy burn on the finish. The malt spice gives it a lovely bitterness. Delicious - although not strictly an Ocktoberfest, this is a lovely fall beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark gold with a good amount of light tan head.
S: It smelled like fresh citrus (mostly orange) and oak, with some biscuit and honey and heather and floral hops.
T: It tasted like copper and citrus hops with honey malt and lots of sweet vanilla oak and toasted oats and a bit of heather. It had a wet, bitter, and clean aftertaste.
M: It was watery with a bit of carbonation.
D: This was an interesting barrel aged ale (non-stout), but not the most delicious. The scent and taste were enjoyable but not great, and the body was a bit thin. It was fairly easy to drink, with a clean finish and low ABV. But in the end, this was only worth trying once as a gimmick.

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

On tap at Rogue SF. Reviewed 3/22/2010. 12 pour into Rogue goblet.

Ar: Floral, biscuit and wheat bread, mild fruit, woody, whiskey, spice, apricot and peach

Ap: Clear copper, low off white head, good retention, light lace

T: Whiskey spice, apricot and peach, caramel (pale), light juniper spice, clean end, crackery/biscuit,floral/fruit, clean complex wood

M: Dry clean end, light alcohol warmth, mild carbonation

O: Solid, good whiskey/beer balance, great spice/juniper character

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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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Photo of bmwats
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Strix
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy caramel color, frothy head.

Smells of caramel malt, some vanilla, some piney hops.

Very different from regular dead guy. Big caramel flavor, slight piney grapefruit hop when cold, as it warms, the vanilla and oak really stand out. Rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel somewhat creamy.

I found this to be quite enjoyable. An interesting blend, but it works.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a cloudy amber/orange color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like oak, whiskey, vanilla, caramel and a bit of spice. It tastes like whiskey, oak, caramel malt, vanilla, and a bit of apple and spice. The whiskey/oak flavors aren't overpowering at all, I thought it would be somewhat stronger in the taste since the whiskey/oak aromas were stronger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit oily and creamy, and also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's certainly not hard to drink. Not a bad brew overall, I think it's worth trying.

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

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly malty and sweet, with a hint of ginger and whiskey as well. On the palate, the sweet malt flavor seems to showcase some cherry and baked apple, with some very light hoppy bitterness. Really don't get a whole lot of whiskey flavor in this beer, though I guess there's a touch. The beer has at least moderate sweetness, though I didn't think it at all heavy or tiring. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, clean finish. Drinkability is pretty good, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

A nice enough beer, though I really don't think it's all that different from the regular dead guy ale.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Allagash tall snifter glass. Pours a hazy golden color and fills the glass with a slight amber tinge and cloudy. A massive frothy white head forms and has decent retention and very nice sticky lacing. Unfortunately the appearance is the best thing about this beer.

Aroma is decent, but not strong. A definite boozy whiskey hits you. A little spice, good amount of yeasts and malts shine through, and some wood?

Creamy and smooth, medium body mouthfeel. High carbonation, and a very small booze burn. Not hoppy enough compared to dead guy or DDG....perhaps the whiskey barrel aging mellowed it out? A dominate yeast and malty mouth presence lingers...but keeps you wanting more hops. A little dissapointing, but a good drinker and not bad by any means.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a honey yellow with a bubbly off-white head that reduces to a merangue top. Decent retention as it reduces as well.

Has a slightly fruity smell, with barley and malt. Smell is quite subdued.

Sharp, spicy and creamier than expected, decent bitterness, but with hints of peach, apple and pear. Ends lemony and grips the tongue.

A refreshing brew, I'm glad I saved this one for summer. Pretty drinkable if you like a bitter beer.

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

Pours well for a tight forming a tan head of about two fingers. The body is copper in color and is has a distinct haze to it.

The aroma is mostly of caramel and some fruity and powdery notes.

In the taste the caramel shines through again. In the finish there is a prick of pine and a hint of the whiskey.

Prickly with carbonation and a bit powdery, as is typical with Rogue beers... A little warm in the finish and leaves the palate dry.

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

Rogue Ales--Oregon Brewing Company--John John Ale--Dead Guy Ale Aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Maibock Ale--Whiskey. Rich lacy dense foamy off white head. Clear bright light amber orange color. Bottle Conditioned, but no sediment. Hazes at end. Mild vanilla hop whiskey aroma. Mellow sweet fruit ester oak hint mild caramel Maibock Ale body. Smooth mild whiskey balanced hop spice end. Easy whiskey barrel aged brew. Sampled 7/9/2010. 2 @ $9.99 Each.

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Photo of adamette
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the growler that I bought for $22 from Fat Heads in North Olmsted earlier today into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass.

A Brief but creamy light brown head over a dark honey, caramel body. Head is very, very brief compared to the on tap version that I had earlier today at Fat Heads but the body color itself is attractive. 4.0

S Some sweet whiskey notes, some light to moderate hops, very interesting and inviting. 4.5

T Nice, moderately strong balance of whiskey malt sweetness and hops in a complex, deep bock taste. 4.0

M Moderate feel of malt and hops and very appropriate to the style. I really like the feel of this beer which is beefy enough but not syrupy thick or biting hops. 4.5

D I finished two pints within about 20 minutes. I will drink two more pints tomorrow night from the growler. 4.0

Notes: The oak whiskey barrel aging (I think that is what they did....) really works for this beer. I am very impressed with the taste of this beer that I was not sure that I would like. Recommended for sure!

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Photo of hutch312
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Dead Guy, Double Dead Guy and St. Rogue Red, so I figure this must be good. Bought 3 bottles and took them out camping for a hot late May adventure. I am not much of a whiskey drinker but the combination is suburb, it actually improves the drinkability and and as the bottle warms up the transition of flavors is incredible. Next on my Radar is the John John Juniper ale.

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Photo of alpineclimber
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in Oregon on a recent trip, thought I better drink it before it gets lost in the fridge that seems to be gaining tons of beer these days.

The brew was poured into a chalice, small tan head on a murky amber beer. The nose is fruity and sweet, nothing really stands out, maybe some melon. Taste is decent, some fruit, a slight sweetness, the hops are there just not what they typically are in a Rouge Beer. Not sure about the whiskey barrel aging, this did not carry through to the taste. The label boasts 40 IBU, i have tasted beers with the same IBU that have a bigger hop profile, the malt probably balances everything out. This beer has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation seems light.

Not a bad beer, very easy drinking. This is my first Maibock, very interested in the other Maibock that Rouge puts out, it seems to get good reviews.

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Photo of atsprings
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip pours a somewhat hazy orange with a nice frothy off-white head that lasts and leaves nice rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is a nice blend of caramel malts and oaked vanilla. The taste is a very enjoyable blend of crisp caramel malts against a nice oak profile that leaves an intriguing whiskey-like finish, quite tasty. The beer is somewhat light with a decent carbonation. This is certainly a beer worth trying, especially since Dead Guy Ale was THE gateway beer to craft beer for me and remains one of my regular favorites.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz's.

A deep gold, full of life, thick, all-white head, froth city and slighlty fizzy on the top.

Caramel and toffee on the nose from thw big maltiness. Vanilla and heather honey, mix of herbs, hearty balance to the giant sweet malt. Medicinal scwnted herbs in the hops, slightly sweet n' sour effect.

A nice rye tang at first, crispy-dry feel to the malty medium body. Thick malt backbone with aged flavor's of vanilla woodiness that comes over with toffee sweetness but it's balanced out really well by a unique, earthy, tangy hop flavor. The yeast is really complex, a big X-factor...metallic heat plays with the tangy, earthy yeast that provides some sourness in the middle and then leveled off with a unique hop combo that works well with the rest.

Very spunky stuff, unique all the way, from the hops to the yeast and aged malty flavor's.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one and a half fingers of off-white foam on top of a perfectly clear, copper-amber body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - A fruity aroma of plum and red apple with some herbal notes of sage and cinnamon. Light whiskey notes of vanilla and wood.

T - Bready malt up front with some brown sugar and red apple. Spicy notes of cinnamon and clove in the middle as well as a bit of vanilla. The barrel notes really kick in during the finish with more vanilla and a woody whiskey note that blends well with both the burnt sugar and the spice. Lingering red apple and cinnamon as well as a moderate hop bitterness and burn sugar acidity.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Interesting, the barrel aged character is much more prevalent in the flavor than it is in the aroma, though there is a definite uptick in complexity of the aroma, compared to regular Dead Guy, that would have to be due to the time spent in the barrel. The woody character in the flavor seems a little thin to me as compared to what I am used to from most barrel aged beers. This may be because the average barrel aged beer consists of a stronger base beer, or it may be due to the characteristics of the barrel. Either way, while this is an interesting experiment, it comes off a little flat and seems to need something more to make it really pop. In the end I don't know what to think about this one. On one hand it is lacking and weak, with flavors that need more force to back them up, but it is something more interesting and flavorful than the base beer, so I can't quite say that it was a waste of a barrel. I don't regret the opportunity to try this, but next time they might be better off using double dead guy when they have the itch to put something in a barrel.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was pretty excited to try this one; kind of a letdown. Pours a somewhat cloudy amber color with a bit of off-white head. Aromas of whiskey and sweet malt. Flavors of sweet malt, caramel, vanilla and some charred oak. Not nearly as impressive as I'd hoped. Leaves me somewhat less than excited to try the others in this series.

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

Poured into a snifter glass - mild head with nice lacing.

Appearance: golden copper hue - cloudy

Smell: pears, hint of whisky, pineapple, orange flinstone vitamin, honeydew, very simple and nice smell, hops, apricot

Taste: light - pineapple, hint of whisky, citrus, sour tangerine, apricot, slight taste of hops, faint milk chocolate on forefront of aftertaste, bitterness, alcohol dries out the back end of the taste

Mouthfeel: watery, chewy, crisp

Drinkability: very drinkable - not overly rich with fruit or flavor like some maibocks. very enjoyable.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/16/10

Poured into a tulip. Off-white, frothy, 2 finger head. Hazy, copper colored body.

Smell consisted of caramel, mildly fruity and a good maltiness. Fraint of barrel aging with a mild vanilla and a hint of raisen.

Taste was interesting. Tastes floral, mild caramel, some vanilla and oak notes. Mild bitterness that seems on the floral side as well. Mild maltiness. Definitely a very mild, hint of flavor here-and-there type of beer.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carbonation and well balanced finish.

Drinkability was good. No signs of ABV and the flavors were well blended.

Interesting beer. Oak/bourbon was TOO apparent and the beer seemed very floral.

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Photo of mwa423
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear red/gold with two fingers of off white head that lasted through the glass and left a nice lacing all the way down.

S - Less aroma than I expected, so what is there is heavy bourbon oak flavor and a bit of sweet malt.

T - Heavy bourbon with only a bit of sweet malt and some yeast from the bottle conditioning. Heavy bourbon aftertaste

M/D- Moutuhfeel is light and creamy. In terms of drinkability, dead guy just isn't the type of beer that needs to be whiskey aged. Dead Guy just doesn't hold up to the flavor. However, it is an interesting and enjoyable beer.

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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