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John John Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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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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Ratings: 577 |  Reviews: 300
Photo of stephens101
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish-orange and topped with a two-finger fluffy tan head that lingers a while before breaking up and leaving some thin stripes of lace behind. Not much in the nose; maybe some caramel malts and distant hops. Tastes sweet up front with a slight hop bite in the middle and a slightly oaky finish. Fairly smooth and medium bodied. Not as bold as I had hoped for, but not bad.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that sports some large bubbles and lasts a while.

Smell: bits of oak, whiskey, and caramel are easy to detect.

Taste: grainy malt base, caramel, fruit sweetness, oak, and a touch of alcohol make up a tasty brew. Bitterness is moderate enough to balance this out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to your tongue.

Drinkability: this beer was flavorful and satisfying. More than one big bottle can be enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of bbeane
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter... has little off white head that mostly disappears, not leaving much behind. Beer is a murky amber color with little activity

S- Sweet smell with notes of oak, bourbon, and bread

T- Malty sweet notes of alcohol/bourbon and a pronounced oak finish

M- Medium body with light carbonation... leaves a nice oak alcoholic taste in your mouth

D- Based on taste, very drinkable. I don't believe it's gonna be readily available on a regular basis so that will probably keep it from being in my hands on a regular basis


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Photo of Xul
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper/light amber with a very slight haze, capped by a foamy one to one and a half finger, slightly off white head which quickly receds to a half finger and holds steady there.

S: Citrus and grain notes are up front, followed by caramel and brown sugar malty aromas and whiskey/oak and vanilla. The nose is fairly subdued and it took a minute to pick out more than the upfront hop and malt bases.

T: A bit of oak up front with a strong caramel base, followed up by a flash of citrus in the middle. Finishes with a blend of heavy oak, smokiness, some earthy bitterness, and hints of leather.

M: Moderate carbonation with a smooth feel and a big enough body to support the oak and smoke flavors.

D: Tasty and not a high ABV, but the amount of oak and smokey flavors get to be a chore after a while. Not something I'd want more than one of.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle

A: Clear dark copper under a medium white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Sweet nose with some oak and vanilla, slight hint of whiskey.

T: Malty, toasted, sweet mixed with a big oak, vanilla character. Hint of whiskey again.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit high. Drinkability is good. Very balanced beer and solid through out.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A cloudy amber color with a creamy head that diminished to gook lacing.

The fine smell of oranges and vanilla

I was expecting malt, but the initial taste was citrus, pine, the oak and whiskey presence was in the back, good balance.

Overall a very refreshing and drinkable ale

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Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, golden brown in color, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Taste: big oak barrel, some caramel malt

Mouthfeel: semi-sweet, medium/high carbonation, medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability: A good beer only if you like the oak taste. I think this one may be overly oaked and it looses some of the flavors that make the original so tasty. I would pick this one up if I needed an oak fix, but otherwise would pass.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a beer with such a nice balance of robust flavors, the John John Ale doesn't smell like much. The taste is bold, but in no way overbearing, with caramel, vanilla, and bourbon, which gives way to a hoppy finish with hints of dark fruit and honey, and a lingering whiskey and oak flavor. This is a delicious beer.

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Photo of henrysunset
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy aged in whiskey barrels. Pours a clear coppery gold with a modest head that dissipates except for a ring of foam at the edge of the glass.

Smelling notes of whiskey, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, some citrus, and wet hay.

Taste is very smooth. Strong whiskey flavor, but not the alcohol associated with it. Vanilla and oak flavors are carried along through the middle, ending with bitter orange peel.

Mouthfeel is light, with low carbonation, but enough to give it a little creamy feel. Finishes dry and refreshing.

This beer is very drinkable, offering a lot of flavor with a modest amount of alcohol. A good beer for night sessioning.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was very happy to see this one tap at Barleys last night. Served chill and consumed on 02/27/2010.

Pour was a little weak, headless light brown in color with no visible carbonation coming through the glass at all. Not exactly the way I would have wanted to start this one out. Aroma is warming, bourbon, vanilla, hints of grain and a touch of buttery note coming through but as it warms the bourbon really takes over and owns the night. Hot, unbalanced flavor for me. Light touches of vanilla and oak are overshadowed by way to boozy of a flavor. To me it spent too much time in the barrel as the underlying flavors are gone. Sharp, very hot finish that leaves you a little put off.

The original dead guy is a classic, but I really just dont think this treatment worked as well as it could have, dont think I will buy a bottle of this one.

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

Poured from bomber into tulip glass.

A: Glowing amber with relatively minimal head. Nice lacing and carbonation apparent.

S: What I would expect from Dead Guy is not there, instead replaced by tones from the barrel. Wood, vanilla, and perhaps a little caramel.

T & M: I hate using the term but this brew is definitely smooth. Medium mouthfeel with the carbonation apparent. Tones from the nose correspond in taste. The barrel aging does not completely overwhelm which I have encountered in other barrel aged brews. Subtle vanilla tones apparent throughout.

D: Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Another quality brew from Rogue.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty unremarkable in-house "collaboration"...

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Awfully designed label with Rogue branding and a snapshot of both brewers holding pints in front of barrels with their signatures signaling their collaboration and authentication of the beer... Side notes a brief description of the brew, serving instructions, alongside a detailed list of ingredients. Shows IBUs (40), AA (78), Platoº (16) and Lº (16). Lacks bottling or freshness date. Served in a snifter.

A - Slightly hazy deep amber pour, with a short frothy head. Poor retention and minimal lacing.

S - Aroma might be the best feature of the brew and it is nothing to rave about. Malty notes, with a sweet touch... It hints of skunkiness, bitterness, luckily softly, to then insinuate some vanilla and oak richness. But it does not quite get there.

T - Lightly sweet malt with a bitter rough edge, minimal vanilla notes returning to the light bitter-sweet side.

M - Light-medium body with generous carbonation, a bit of a harsh finish around the bitterness.

D - It's not torture but the drinkability is barely acceptable. For an instant it hints at a nice profile but zig-zags around it going back to watery or harsh bitter notes.

Notes: Certainly worse than their Dead Guy Ale, which albeit not extraordinary is a pretty OK brew. Here it feels like they messed it up for the sake of it with the barrels, and the results are subpar. The design is not necessarily horrid but lingers on a label that a couple of guys on a brewing session would have taken and slapped on the bottle lazily. Good for them but something that I would not encourage using on a label... But this would be somewhat irrelevant if at least the brew inside were truly worthy. But put this brew together with this presentation and sure you got something else in your hands...

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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 beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's in Greenville, SC.

Orange gold pour with a 1/2-finger head. No head retention nor lacing present.

Nose is much weaker than anticipated. Faint suggestion of malt body, some bourbon sweetness, and a whiff of alcohol.

Thin initial hit, but the bourbon flavor builds quickly. Nice malt backbone here. Bourbon really lingers in the finish.

Decent body and a nice, easy drinker.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass. Shared with friends at a Friday get-together.

Pours with a golden-honey hue that fades to copper at the edges. The tuft of beige head is tightly packed and consistently thin, without leaving much lacing. Interesting aroma, with fruity notes of pineapple and pear backed by a spicy whiskey barrel note that adds some funk and candy-like tartness. Green sugar canes and fresh-cut pine in the background.

Candy sweetness on the palate, but not cloyingly so, as the crisp carbonation level and whiskey-aging add a zippy spice profile to the back of the tongue. Fruity notes of pineapple and mandarin orange throughout. Medium mouthfeel is peppery with carbonation and easy to drink. Whiskey warms the stomach halfway through the beer. I have to admit, I wasn't expecting too much given Rogue's recent track record, but this is a tasty, unique take on the barrel-aging phenomenon. Kudos to Rogue Nation!

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Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy honey brown color with a smallish tan head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is bready with an oaky/whiskey twang. Very subtle aromas nothing crazy. Taste is that of a whiskey spritzer, which is quite ok. Nice whiskey flavor but in good proportion to the style. It has a nice oak barrel sourness and whiskey flavor, followed by a general malt sweetness, with vanilla to boot. I can't say that I can pick up any specific malt flavor, the whiskey seems to neutralize that, but it does a good job balances the barrel flavors. The feel is on the light side with nice carbonation, drinks well, fairly crisp. For a whiskey barrel aged brew, this drinks incredibly awesome. The barrel flavors are perfect for the malt body, it drinks light, but as real nice flavors. Very tasty, give this sucka a try.

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

A: Brown and slightly hazy with tan head.

S: Sweet oak and vanilla with big whiskey finish. A nice biscuit scent in there as well.

T: Bourbon, oak ,and vanilla come out right away. Followed by a punch from the hops, and a toasty finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation is a little high perhaps.

D: Good, the hops seem a little out of place to me, but it is still tasty. For the price though I don't think this is something I will be grabbing again, it seems like there are comparable beers for less.

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Photo of jsh420
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours dark amber copper with a 1 finger off white head that faded pretty fast and left some spoted lacing

smell is light and watery - some faint malts and earthy hops

taste - much better then the nose - but still for whiskey barrel aged this beer is a joke - telling me it was aged in barrels and it adds nothing only hurts the beer - it tastes so so maybe some oak - light malt some fruit some hops - nothing to see here move along

mouthfeel is a little heavy - good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability is not good and i would never buy this again

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

In my pilsner glass, this was a really attractive beer. Copper-colored, thick white head resembling whipped cream, some lacing. Nice caramel malt aroma, a bit of whiskey. Caramel taste, some whiskey, and late hoppiness. A good maibock. I hope Rogue does some more barrel aging.

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Photo of NickMunford
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap at Small Bar in San Diego.

A- Pours with a medium amber color with little head.

S- Smells like a good strong Bock with some definite whiskey undertones. Not out in your face, but definitely not hiding either.

T- Malty, lightly oaky, lightly whiskey'y. Some hoppiness and citrus flavors, although not too strong.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. I likes this one a lot.

D- I found this to be surprisingly drinkable. A lot of the whiskey barrel aged beers seem to have a stronger flavor than this one, but I think it works here. I'll pick up another if I get the opportunity.

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Photo of clickpush
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to tumbler. Found this at Whole Foods in El Segundo, CA... never seen (nor hear of) it before. $7.49 for a one off bomber is a rare find. Had to try. Strong pour yields minimal white head over dull copper body. A slight haze but for the most part pretty clear. Very little carbonation visible, slow & far between. Head has diminished to almost nothing... a tiny halo w/ a spit of lacing. The beer looks inactive (and perhaps dead)... let's have a whiff.

Nose is light for a barrel aged beer. Some vanilla, light fruit aroma of peaches & cream. Some notes of pale malt, slightly acidic, and a hint of grassy hops. I thought this one would come screaming out of the glass, but I'm underwhelmed. Let's give it a chance to redeem itself...

Bold, hoppy body, full, thick, creamy, and long lasting. This is a substantial beer in the mouth. Enters with subtle, sweet notes of vanilla & honey, then EXPLODES with hops as it progresses backwards, bitter yet flavorful, pine bough and grapefruit pith. The swallow leaves a long lasting bitter flavor in the mouth, somehow dry yet sweet in the after taste. Well carbonated, long lasting, and chewy goodness.

This tastes like a might fine, mighty big beer. No idea on the alcohol but I'm sure it's high. One thing on the label surprises me: 40 IBU?! This is a killer hoppy beer. I mean that in a good way... and I am by no means a hop head.

More please. Great flavor, great value. Very drinkable.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tall pint glass

A: Pours a hazy light amber with a white head that fades to near nothing and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is malty with a vanilla aroma. Not much to the smell...I was expecting more whiskey. As it warms the whiskey is more apparent but only slightly.

T: The taste starts with a malty sweetness followed by a bit of vanilla and a slightly spicey hop finish. The barrel is more apparent in the taste but again it's not as pronounced as I was expecting.

M: The feel is ok I guess...kinda light and the carbonation is decent. Was hoping this would be thicker due to the barrel but I was wrong on that one as well.

D: Not bad drinkability besides the price point.

Worth a try I guess but don't buy too many of these. I'm really interested in trying the Rum Barrel Brown Ale now...hopefully it's a bit better.

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Photo of beertunes
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a medium honey-amber color with a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left just a trace of lacing.

The aroma was very subtle with the most noticeable aspect being the whisper of whiskey. There is a slight malt presence in the background. The taste has a very noticeable whiskey presence. The rough edge usually found in Dead Guy is smoothed out by the time in the barrel. Very enjoyable.

The body is good, neither heavy nor light. Drinkability is also pretty good, although I don't think I could drink more than a pint or a 22 at a sitting.

I am not a fan of Dead Guy but I enjoyed this a lot. It's worth your time.

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Photo of froghop
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber with a medium size off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is floral, a slight amount of citrus, caramel, and malt.

taste is creamy, malt, butterscotch, a tad sweet, caramel, and hops found in the back, ends smooth, and a little dry.

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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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