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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 brewdlyhooked13
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - the cap pops and the foam starts rising up the bottleneck. Just feisty, nothing more. Getting this into the glass quickly, it's a bright but muddy tangerine and amber color. The head is quick to form, flare, and die down. Watery and wispy, it does somehow manage to hold a thin cover for a bit.

Aroma - a mixture of oak, coconut, and mash. Definitely influenced by the barreling.

Taste - the malts are short-lived with a splash of chew before the whiskey flavors start up. Lots of oak and coconut. On the swallow, the hops lend a shallow kind of bitterness. Maybe some light grapefruit rind but mostly just a base moderate bitterness. A decent melding of the flavors on the finish, good length as well.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, good smoothness, slightly tempered carbonation, or its just a little bogged down with the weight of the brew.

Drinkability - the hops come across a little tangental to the rest of the beer. Maybe a fruitier variety or just less of them would have made a more concise flavor profile, but I like the beer apart from that.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a honey gold with a billowing white head that recedes quickly. After a couple of seconds, a thin white mousse is all that's left of the head.

S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, honey, grain, and whiskey are quick to make their presence known. This beer does not demonstrate the really whiskeyish, complex aromas of some other barrel-aged beers, but the aromas that are there have a beautiful presence and balance, gradually blending as the beer settles and warms.

T: A malty, sweet entry quickly leads to pronounced notes of bourbon barrel cake, blended whiskey, caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut, pepper, oak, and grassy hops. The finish is rich and long with notes of caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and coconut.

M: Medium to full in body with a dry, firm character. Carbonation is not all that present, but it's there in the background. A bit more drinkable than some other barrel-aged beers I've run across in recent months.

O: This is an extremely nice barrel-aged ale that does not lose the character of the regular Dead Guy Ale. As I am a huge fan of the regular version of this beer, I cannot help but view this as a richer, more complex version of it. Very well done.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A nice big three finger head of off white is produced with some good retention and cap. Body color is a nice red copper but also just a little hazy too. Has almost a frozen like appearance.

Great nose on this, mild butter, oak, vanilla and malts. Some dried spices, almost juniper like and herbal. Good mix really enjoy this.

Taste is unexpected. Tart, vinous but wet, almost sour, a complete one eighty degree turn from the expected nose. Malt richness expected from the nose just doesn't come with any of the feel, it's quite wet, but also brings a complimenting herbal quality. Finish after awhile brings sour peach and fuzzy apricot, which is quite interesting.

Overall this is a very unique beer, nothing like I've ever had. I guess I am still drinking it and enjoying it so I'll call good, even though at first it seems real unexpected, wish there was a bigger malt backbone on this but there ya have it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like DG, this beer is a hazy apricot color. It has a good-sized head and the nose carries notes of toast and citrus, plus a slight woody aroma.

Like DG, this beer is quite strong. It has a nice rich, malty backbone with flavors of biscuit, lots of marmalade, and maple syrup. Rogue did a good job with the barrel-aging on this one. It must be minimal, for the oaky vanilla flavors normally associated with it are subtle. They tend to blend in with and complement the other flavors of the beer instead of overpowering them, making the beer taste ``muddled'' (I think Southern Tier Unearthly suffers from this).

This is a strong beer and must be quaffed with respect! I enjoyed it.

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Photo of JustinMatthew
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This twist of dead guy ale, aged in dead guy whiskey barrels is an amazing beer. Pours a dark amber with a tiny white head. Smells of light vanilla. The classic dead guy ale taste has completely changed. It's there but with a smoother, oaky, sweet vanilla whiskey flavor ending with a slight bitterness comparable to the original ale. I'm a big fan of the classic dead guy ale but I'd choose this over that any day. I love the complexity.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is somewhat tart, with some sweet whiskey. Hints of vanilla and almond. Caramel. Taste is surprisingly tart...wasn't expecting this, but REALLY like it. Tart oak flavors blended with whiskey and vanilla. More oak in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, tart, and crisp. Drinkability is very high. Overall, I'm pretty positive this beer isn't meant to be tart or sour... so it's probably infected. However, I absolutely LOVE it! Awesome tasting beer.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a cloudy blonde but settles a much darker amber hue. Pillowy off-white head is plentiful with large bubbles.

S: Aroma is interesting: spicy nutmeg, coriander, some inherent yeastiness, sweet caramel maltiness, raisin, sweet bread, a lot going on here.

T/M: You immediately notice the medium to high amount of carbonation up front. Caramel sweetness combined with a slight alcohol twinge are on the forefront of the flavor profile followed by some more bready malts, hints of coriander and nutmeg and some ripe peach on the finish.

I don't get a lot of the earthy oak tones other barrel aged beers retain and the alcohol warmth isn't as pronounced in this one, which all comes together to form a surprisingly tasty package. I expected something along the lines of a barleywine and got a sort of Belgian/scotch ale hybrid, very nice, indeed. Thanks John. And John.

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Photo of EBucky321
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pumpkin orange with a decent head. Aroma has a lot of vanilla notes with some caramel chew and oak smell. Initial taste is uber tangy and tart. Body has a lot of vanilla flavoring but doesn't last too long. Finish is typical Dead Guy Ale but has a tartness that lasts awhile. Overall, I really liked this Ale and thumbs up to the Rogue Guys for always pushing the envelope.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dead guy was the first beer i reviewed and it was so elaborate because it was also the first time that i actually tried to taste and smell everything a beer had to offer. let's see if this brings back old enthusiasm.

A- bright hazy orangeish up against the light with a nice creamy beige head and lots of swirly curly lace. i've always been partial to a nice orange colored beer.

S- big notes of vanilla in the nose along with caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and a malted chocolate milkshake. most of these aromas, i assume, are from the whiskey barrel. behind that is creamy and marshmallowy and good. almost dessert-like. plus very earthy and woodsy. there's something fresh like dill and a bit herbal. whether it's the hops or not i couldn't say. similar to a big bodied scotch in ways.

T- bourbon sweet and scotch woodsy. anyone who has spent any time with either one of those whisk(e)ys could tell you that right away. the sweetness subsides for a while and then "hey guys, i'm back again!" in the finish. i would prefer to have the sweetness check out after the first appearance because it has a tendency to cloy the finish for me. mild but sharp bitterness glides throughout but hardly checks the sweet. hugely malty. caramel, honey, toffee, lots of vanilla, sandalwood, and a touch of floral alcohol. this is indeed dead guy on woodsy oaky vanilla steroids. the finish is long and grainy with vinous hop character and still more vanilla. charred oak (not smokey) flavors come out at the very end reminding me of my recent oak smoke rack of beef back ribs, which this would probably go insanely well with. sweetness abates as it warms up a bit and drier woodsier tannin like flavors are more pronounced. optimum serving temp for me, 50-55 degrees F.

MF- very full and rich with toned down carbonation. the body and softness on this one is borderline heavy stout territory and i'm glad the bottle conditioned bubbles were treated as such. grainy yeasty powdery feel with an edge of tannins to contrast the sticky residual sugars just a bit.

D- dead guy was one of my gateway beers that brought me from the world of BMC over to this planet, along with sam adams and shiner bock. i'm happy to have this one with such pronounced whiskey barrel character and i believe (as i'm sure john and john do) that dead was the perfect guy for the job. this is a good one to swirl and sniff before a sip because the aroma is that nice. taste is a little too sweet but i can live with that. nothing about this beer really fits the maibock category for me but i'm not judging it on style guidelines, just on the beer itself.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Maybe a finger of bubbly white head. Bubbles, hazy amber.

S: Malts, some alcohol, and maybe a little bit of fruity sweetness.

T: Very malty and grainy followed by a kick of hops and some alcohol. The hops help balance the strong sweetness. A weird soapy aftertaste. But overall quite tasty.

M: Full and strong and smooth. With some carbonation to give it a kick. Very nice.

O: Very good. I'd have again; recommended.

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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 Knapp85
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly above average brew, The beer poured out as a light orange color with a thin white head on top. The smell of this beer wasn't too bad. There was a noticable amount of barrel aromas in there along with the malts and some faint hops in the distance. The taste was really good on the first sip, there was a good amount of barrel aged flavors but as I drank more it seems to fade away. The beer starts to taste like a normal Dead Guy ale to me by mid glass. The mouthfeel of the beer was again a little on the thin side which bugs the hell out of me... Overall I've had much better barrel aged beers in the passed. I wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A very malty smell, with traces of oak and caramel.

T: Like the smell, the flavor had lots of malt, along with caramel, vanilla, and an oaky tinge. A decent enough flavor, though not what I was expecting from a maibock.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solid, enjoyable beer. An interesting take on the style.

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Photo of Brewmeist
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a standard pint.

A - a cloudy brown amber, decent lacing that stuck around. minimal head retention.

S - very faint of the barrel it was aged in. Faint rasin and citrus.

T - sweet, mild oak and grainyness. Not throughly impressed for a beer with this price tag.

M - mild. Lacking carbonation, but I'd imagine you'd have that with barrel aging.

D - drinkable but not blown away. I'd much rather enjoy a regular dead guy for half the price.

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Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Chad.
The beer pours a deep dark golden orange, with an aggrasive pour it forms a finger head that fades quickly and eventually dissapears. The smell is alcohol, whiskey, yeast, hops, oak. A lot of smell follows in the taste with whiskey, caramel, hops, grass, and a slight tast that reminds me a little of coca cola in the back. Mouthful is a syrup slick that lingers around with pretty low carbonation. Its a good beer that I think hit what they intended to do and would gladly drink it again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue John John Dead Guy

Pours a hazed light copper, little to no head and minimal lace. Aroma is interesting, alittle malt sweetness, hint of whiskey. The flavor follows suit with a firm maltyness, a touch of Rogue Pacman yeast which imparts a light tartness. Then the rest is oaky tannins, good whiskey flavor, wood, soft vanilla. The mouthfeel is mild, medium to light bodied and carbonation low. Overall, I like how this relatively simple brew picked up alot of barrel notes. Pretty nice.

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Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Darkish straw color faint head and nice bubbles.

S: Caramel ,honey, fruity and malty. All equally awesome in aroma.

T: Slightly bready, fruity, Oaked whiskey in the middle which kicks nicely.Slight caramel flavors from malts I'm guessing

M: Slightly chewy and Medium feel with a great carbonation level which kept clensing the palate.

O: Definitly drink this one again and will search out another this one was about a year and a half aged and was rather good !

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Photo of alexhahn82
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A -- Agressively poured down the center into a Moonlight Brewing pint glass, huge head, about 5 fingers, that quickly dissipates to have of that says and has nice retention, good lacing. Cloudy medium amber, not quite transparent.

S -- A definite nose of whiskey and oak. A nice amount of medium malt is there as well, maybe even hints of a yeast like smell.

T/m - Whiskey, mild oak, mid to heavy malt flavors. A very very drinkable barrel aged product. I would call this the closest thing to a session whiskey barrel aged beer. Very drinkable, especially on a hot day. Not exactly complex, but in no way is this a lame duck! very nice texture.

O- Overall, seek and destroy! this is a very well played beer, that delivers on the appearance and promises that it gives. Seek this out and destroy it! Form your own opinion but I say its a go all day!

PP (Price Point) -- This is actually going to be one of the toughest PP Ratings I have ever had to argue with myself over. The Price Point on this is $8.99 for a 22oz bomber.75-80% of myself agrees that this is indeed fair, but the other remaining portion of my brain says that this SHOULD have been kicked up an additional 2% of ABV, its roughly a 6.5% and should be closer to 8%, preferably 9% for that price. overall a nice beer!

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Photo of 2xHops
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The beer has a cloudy and amber-colored appearance, which looks very appetizing.

S - My nose isn't refined, so I can't really get into it, but it smells good. For me, I can only smell that it definitely was coming from whiskey barrels. I can smell a whiff of bourbon (maybe?) whiskey emanating from the glass.

T - While tasting this beer, I can taste the whiskey. The beer isn't too overpowering, but it may be a little underwhelming.

M - It really does taste sweet and after swishing the beer, I could taste the whiskey as I swallow. the whiskey after-taste lingers somewhat, but it's not too overpowering.

Overall, I think I hold Goose Island's beers to be the standard where I compare everything else to. Well, Goose Island is the standard when it comes to anybody who attempts to brew beers with whiskey barrels.

However, I still enjoyed this beer as it's refreshing change from the usual IPAs I drink. I can see myself drinking this again when I come back to Oregon visiting my family.

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Photo of waldoiverson
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this out of the bottle a few days prior and found this too woody and alcohol forward, let's try the draft.
Aromas of nice crisp malts (caramel and brown sugar) with some hints of bourbon, wood/oak and vanilla from the barrel.
The tastes begin like an altered Dead Guy with a hint of vanilla and oak. No alcohol tastes what-so-ever, wow yum. This beer is not that complex and I feel normal Dead Guy is superior overall, but that is because the oak is masking the Pacman yeast profile which makes Rogues ales so delcious and enjoyable. Not a bad thing, but different.
Overall this is a great slightly woody, amber, fall-weather beer that I could drink all day/night, and in large qualtities. I must have had 3 or 4 20 oz drafts while shooting pool. Worth seeking out of you like the original Dead Guy and want to try something new. Much better on draft than from a fresh bottle as I have sampled both.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank 6/6/11

A: A reddish amber hue with some nice, just off-white head. Some spotty, erratic lacing.

S: I always have to be reminded that Dead Guy is a Bock. The nose is pretty damn similar to regular Dead Guy, and for that I knock it down a bit. Other than that it's good.

T: The whiskey comes though! That being said, it's like pouring a quarter shot of whiskey into 8oz of Dead Guy. I'm not too impressed, but it's definitely not bad.

M: On the light side of medium, with good carb and a solid finish. I wish it were a little smoother.

O: This beer constantly leaves me wishing for just a bit more. It's not a bad beer, but it could have a little more panache.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured amber color, two finger creamy off-white head. Minor lacing.

S- Sweet whiskey and vanilla-caramel smell.

T- Sweet caramel-vanilla bourbon with and "oakey' slightly bitter aftertaste.

M- Smooth mouthfeel, well balanced, easy drinking.

O- Lost the Dead Guy taste, but it is a great drinking beer.

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Photo of AJDean
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Amber hue. Nice creamy head, that keeps some head retention. Not the focus of the beer.
Smell- Does not give an overwhelming or complicated aroma. Smells similar to the regular dead guy.
Mouthfeel- As a ale should be. Lingers on the tongue but doe not over stay its welcome. It is perfectly round, and clings to the palate nicely.
Taste: exceptional. At first you get the flavor of a dead guy. The back finish is unbelievable. Smoke, wood, whiskey. Everything it promises. I was not expecting much from this beer. I have had other "john john" Rogue beers, and this is by far the best. This will join the shelf in my garage with the other top 20's. I will gladly pay the meager 6.50 asked for this beer again and again.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a small sand-colored head.

Smells of fruit, ripe and some dried. Notes of caramel and brown sugar. Whiskey smell is noticeable, but not bad.

Dried fruit and whiskey are the dominant flavors, along with toasted malts and some caramel sweetness. Mild hop bitterness.

Carbonation and heat from the alcohol dance on the tongue and go down smooth. Medium body.

A truly complex beer. Not much of an improvement over the original, but definitely good. The whiskey aging is noticeable and good. The price makes it worth a try, especially for a limited release.

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John John Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales
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