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 dirtylou
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

split/consumed during march madness

cellphone notes

appearance: served in an orval chalice, deep caramel body, foamy beige ring, decent lacing

smell: caramel, grain, rather malty. smells a lot like the standard dead guy, with only minimal traces of whiskey and oak

taste: cool concept of aging this beer in Rogue Whiskey barrels - this one is not overdone, probably by design. I think i just like my barrel aged beers a little more flavorful - whiskey and oak are very subtle.

mouthfeel: medium

drinkability: fine

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep orange color with excellent carbonation and billowing dirty white head. Nose is pretty faint on this one. Some whiskey but man it was not there for me. taste is very good. Dead Guy with vanilla, oak, bourbo, caramel, toffee and butterscoych. Mouthfeel is sweet, syrup, a little booze with a big sticky vanilla, oak presence on the back end with some hop bite and nice booze tingle. I like this beer!

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Photo of AlFromBayShore
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - AmberGoldOrange...

S - Coconut, something that reminds me of the aroma from a milk stout.... and that's all I can say about this.

T - The barrel aging gives vanilla and coconut accents to this toasty malt flavored ale. The finish crisp and bitter and lingers.

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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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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the John John Ale without really having tried the normal Dead Guy Ale, also my first Mailbock I believe. It pours a great caramel color, with nice head that laces the glass. There's a hint of caramel/bourbon in the smell. Hint of the hops in the smell as well. Taste is a little sweet, but like a stronger alcohol at the same time. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but tolerable. A must for BA's.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into stout style glass at 40 degrees.

Rich off-white head, about 2-3F worth, over a orange-brown body and visible carbonation. Pretty darn clean and clear body. Nice amount of lacing.

Aroma kicks off with raisin bread, and a woft of irish whiskey and some rich, dark fruit.

Light oak/vanilla comes through in the flavor accompanied by plenty of butterscotch, and then some lime in the finish - a bit odd, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is fairly rich and sticky, but is cut by some orange-peel-like bitterness in the finish.

My first barrel-aged maibock, so nothing to compare it to, but I found the overall quality to be solid - just not sure it's worth more than $8 a bottle.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy copper with a thin head.

S - Caramel, fruity, wet oak, slightly noticeable alcohol, light vanilla and really young whiskey.

T - Rich caramel with a bit of alcohol and alcohol sting. Vanilla, wet oak and hints of fruitiness. Lingering cheap whiskey finish like l just downed a shot without the alcohol burn.

M - Medium body and sweet with a good amount of carbonation and slight boozy sting. Long lingering whiskey finish.

D - I like the idea but the whiskey/barrel combo is slightly over powering.

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

Nice copper pour with some sediment, beige foamy head that settles, but is brought back with a bit of a swirl. Nose is malty sweetness, carmel, not much alcohol - faint whiskey notes. Taste is sweeter than I remember Dead Guy tasting, with a bitter finish - a nice addition which keeps it from being cloying. Faint edges of whiskey and vanilla. I am glad to see that the whiskey presence in this is so subtle. I have had some bourbon barrel aged beers that come off like boiler makers. Smooth body, light carbonation, easy sipper. Alcohol in not noticeable. Nice drinkability. If I had another, I would have killed it too.

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Photo of drocpsu
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was a medium brown and had a nice and large 1.5" head. Left reasonable lacing on the glass as it went down.

S - Smell was slightly sweet (not fruity). It was hard to put my finger on at first, but vanilla became much more apparent through the flavor.

T - Flavor was like a more mellowed and balanced version of the regular dead guy. Had a slight vanilla flavor to it (whether or not there is actually any vanilla in it, I have no idea) and oakiness toward the finish. As the beer warmed up, seemed to get smoother and more balanced.

This was very good overall. I really liked this beer and would love to get my hands on another bottle. If you like Dead Guy, this is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JBogan
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with a one finger creamy head which remains for a while and leaves excellent lacing.

The aroma has some caramel malt along with some citrus hops and a strong whiskey bite.

Taste follows the smell, with the whiskey remaining on the tastebuds at the finish.

The medium body is smooth and with a nice carbonation edge.

This one is pretty much as advertised. It tastes like a Dead Guy ale with a good whiskey presence. Not my favorite beer from Rogue, but another solid offering.

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Photo of deereless
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid inch and a half of head from a hard pour, foam is quite craggy and drops to show spots along the inside of the glass, color is a dark gold to copper - 4.00, S: The nose is tough to decipher with the exception of the whiskey that is quite evident and really conceals a lot else that might be going on, I do pick up a sweet bready aroma and possibly some slight earthiness - 4.00, T: The whisky certainly makes a showing on the palate, a smooth butterscotch pudding sweetness pervades, some vanilla and oak, there's also a significant hop bite which comes through with a touch of spice and some definite earthiness - 4.25, M: Quite smooth and creamy - 4.25, D: All around a very pleasing beer, I was quite surprised how well a Maibock came out of a whisky barrel, I would drink this again - 4.50

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, served in 10 oz glass.

A- clear golden copper, with minimal head and lacing

S - the main aroma is whiskey, with a little sweetness, vanilla

T - for as much of the aroma is whiskey, it's precense in the taste is minimal. basically tastes like a smoother version of the regular dead guy ale

M - moderate carbonation, light to medium body

D - smooth and easy drinkin'

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've been waiting to pull the trigger on this one.... I know I probably shouldn't flinch at a barrel aged beer, but the price seems a tad too much.. and I don't really like Dead Guy alot either.

The bottle foamed up into the neck pretty quickly.... Off white foamy head... good lacing... clear amber brew.

caramel... lite vanilla ... mild oak and whiskey.... the whiskey seems a bit astringent and off putting to me..

ehhh... toasty malt... some caramel and vanilla... the whiskey really shows on the finish and lingers... sorta like a copper taste that I find odd.. medium body with abundant carbonation...

This just seems like too mild of a beer to be barrel aged..


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

If the idea of aging one of your ales in a used spirits barrel, then using one of your own barrels is a marvelous idea. It makes me think that the actual Rogue whisky isn't so important, but the barrels to age beers in... a different story?

John John Ale starts out looking a lot like regular Dead Guy: A medium copper color, low carbonation fuels a slight head that fades soon enough. Soft white foam with no lacing.

Aromas of rich caramel, high fruits, and mild alcohols hit up front. Maltiness seems very sweet with caramel and toffee leading the way. Apples, peaches, and appricots follow in strong Rogue fashion. Alcohols are present but seem to weave in and out of the sweetness very well.

Flavors are even sweeter than I got from the nose. Extremely caramelly in a one-dimentional kinda way. Fruitiness does accurately portray the tropical varieties found in aroma. Alcohols and woods may have given an oddly sharp bitterness that proved to be as much a distraction as a reprieve from sweetness. A nearly soapy note comes in late and keeps me from completely buying in to the beer.

The body is rich and sweet; almost cloying. With low carbonation the sweetness seems to linger on the tongue indefinately. Alcohol warmth is welcomed as it thins the beer for better attenuation and much needed dryness.

I am happy to see this experiment with the Rogue-on-Rogue barrel aging. While this beer finishes on the sweeter, stickier side I stand my their efforts.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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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Photo of yemenmocha
2.97/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very slight haze to this orange to pale amber beer. Not much head, even with vigorous pour. Nose has some peach skin fruity aromas. On the palate there's the immediately noticeable high abv, honey-malty flavors, some cough drop flavors, and then finishes with more malty sweet and alcohol warmth.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BretSikkink
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served with a thin film of head, brown color with some red highlights. Clear. Nose exhibits some bourbon and vanilla notes alongside the malty caramel and toffee notes - diacetyl is on parade.

The flavor is wacky, just about what you'd expect from some barrel-aging of a maibock. Toffee mixes with vanilla, and zings with oakiness. Finishes warm, a little dry, full of booze, but there's just not that much there.

Interesting take, not a great beer. Fun enough, but one is, also, enough.

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Photo of devilben02
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I find that the barrel-aging thing is becoming a bit overdone, Dead Guy aged in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels sounded too interesting to pass up. Poured into a Rogue-branded chalice, the John John has a golden-orange color with a thick creamy head. I didn't sense much of a Maibock in the aroma, with the barrel imparting a definite woodsy character that was about the only aroma I could definitively identify.

Curiously, the flavor is no different. The beer had really taken on the essence of the whiskey, with a soft, woodsy, peaty flavor like a Scotch rather than a bourbon sweetness. The whiskey is certainly not overpowering, though, with the flavors being quite soft, and I wouldn't call this one boozy. There is a bit of lingering earthy hop bitterness, and the mouthfeel is more like the beer I expected, with a resinous, almost buttery texture that is substantial but not too heavy. Overall, this beer is not a remarkable experiment, but it is interesting, surprising, and pleasant, and I would drink it again.

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Photo of everetends
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle I picked up from Hop City. Just saw that it was a new beer I hadn't seen and threw it in the cart, probably in hopes that Rogue could change my most recent impressions and actually wow me. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: You know, this doesn't look half bad at all. Big ole gunsmoke when I popped the cap. Good, solid, amber/brown body making it happen here. The body is crystal clear and appears to be light in body. Heavy carbonation activity moving around in here. This built about a finger of creamy white head. The head has a really nice creamy weight to it and has some damned good retention. It falls slowly to half a finger that really sticks around. Throws up big patches of foamy lace on the glass. Impressed so far.

A: Well . . . it doesn't continue to impress in the aroma department. This is quite weak here with barely any aroma at all and almost no complexity in this department. Pretty much all I am getting here is a hearty German grains presence. There is also almost an adjunct type aroma as well. No oak, no whiskey, no malt presence. This is weird.

T: Hmmm . . . its weird because everything is so faint. Yet again we have a majority of grains and an adjunct type flavor. Behind that everything is incredibly muted if at all present. Getting a light caramel malt presence. Vanilla from the oak is incredibly faint and I am not getting any whiskey presence at all. **edit: after this warmed up completely, the faintest whiskey made itself noticeable** I am not saying that the taste is bad but it lacks complexity and depth. Its kind of one dimensional and I expected much more.

M: Has a nice weight to it and it is at a medium (from the look I was expecting it to be a light body, pleasant suprise). ABV is noticeable and this is the biggest similarity to the whiskey note. Has a much more boozy presence in the feel than anything at all with a good amount of heat on the throat. Aftertaste is some faint whiskey and grains.

D: This is very easy to drink but my impression is a bit on the meh side. Its ok and with ok you get an easy drinking beer. Its nothing to big and its absolutely not complex or challenging. Its not going to be a problem to kill this bomber but its just a bit of a let down for me. It could be much more but this beer seems a bit rushed and it didn't seem to get very much attention (unless they were going after UBER subtlety). Its ok. thats the best I can say.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A: A bright and clear golden orange splashes into the glass and a head quickly forms and settles about two inches above the beer. Head manages to stick around for some time but not evident lacing is left behind.

S: Smells a whole bunch like Dead Guy, not much barrel but it's there in traces of vanilla, cherry, oak not really all that much whiskey character but it really does not detract from the overall aroma. Subtle, soft and delicate, sort of wish there was more coming at me but alas it does not.

T/MF: Tastes much like the regular Dead Guy but with hints of the barrel: light cherry, vanilla, toffee and oak just like the aroma that imparts a soft sweetness on the beer. Feel is incredibly smooth, also cask like in its softness. Finish is lasting but not overpowering and leaves traces of buttery vanilla on the tongue.

D: Interesting beer and a lot lighter on the barrel character than I would have ever anticipated, which in a way is nice, sometimes it's nice to let the beer do most of the talking and the barrel compliment everything else that is going on, but there is still a lot to be desired here.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First nice Sunday in a while. Went down to the cellar and this popped out. Into my dogfish super glass.

A: Poured with 2 and a half fingers of white head. Really nice lacing for a barrel aged beer. Cross between a honey and amber color.

S: Little bit of oak with a touch of vanilla. For a barrel aged beer this has a tight nose.

T: Very nice actually. You get the oak and the vanilla comes through clear and sharp. Quite a bit of malt in there as well. The sweetness and vanilla lingers in the finish.

M: Very creamy and smooth.

D: I liked this beer but it is missing something. I am not a big dead guy fan but this worked for me. It is rare for such a small beer to be barrel aged and I think more brewers should take a chance. For the price however I will grab something else.

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Photo of burnstar
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark gold with a medium sized persistent head. Smell is mild toasted malt with a noticeable whiskey note. Taste is balanced. Some caramel malt. Some herbal hops. Again a touch of whiskey and oak is present and goes with this beer nicely. Not overpowering or gimmicky at all. Smooth well rounded mouthfeel. Easily drinkable. Overall this is quite good.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Pours a gorgeous slightly hazy dark copper color with a nice off-white head that is very dense but has some medium chunky bubbles. The head recedes slowly but recedes down to a nice mat. There is a almost no stickiness as it recedes.

S - Delicious malty sweetness with some grain and biscuit character. Along with these expected flavors there is a nice woody/oaky aroma that has some nice spiciness to it. Slight whiskey like aroma and sweetness.

T - Whiskey and oak are immediately felt along with some nice malt caramel sweetness. Slight grain taste as well as some dark fruits and hints of spices. The only flavor that seems to mellow out compared to Dead Guy is the hop grassiness. Its still a good beer and has some interesting flavors but I don't think I will have this anymore.

M & D - A nice light body but with nice depth in flavors. Drinkability is high with good flavor and nice ABV level.

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