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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 pmccallum86
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden orange hue with sediments and a light bubbly head that dissipates quickly.

Light aroma, light malts and hop. Not really any bourbon which is a little surprising.

Tastes very light, not any whiskey, which is strange due to the proclaimed whiskey barrel aging. Some fruity pear flavors as well, weird beer.

Very light and crisp, medium carbonation.

Good drinkability, average beer.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a golden orange with loads of bubbles forcing their way to the surface. A fluffy, thick slightly yellow cap rose two fingers and fell slowly. Lines and rings of lace leave their mark.

The aroma of vanilla and oak dominate. Some lemon rinds and toffee round out a rather straightforward aroma.

Lemons and oak hit the palate up front with vanilla and toffee finishing. Not overly complex by any means.

Medium body with a sweet, woody finish. Carbonation is a little tuned up, taking away some much needed creaminess.

With the carbonation tuned up, and the smoothness slightly compromised, this guy rests a little lower on the drinkability scale.

I feel like this beer does everything good, but nothing well.

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Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into my Bruery Snifter.

It pours a clear golden yellow. I smelled it and tasted it and it wasn't very flavorful. One of the guys at the store said to mix in the sediment on the bottom of the bottle to get some flavor into the beer so that is what I did.

The beige head that is poured is a very small layer. The color then turns out a little better with the sediment and becomes a golden sunset orange.

Aroma: Reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale, which I find to be odd. Has some cloves with lots of malt. Very light whiskey flavor.

Taste: More whiskey here, but still pretty light. Can't taste a lot of the dead guy flavors in the beer. Again, I get cloves and malt. Nothing is too distinguishable for the flavor. Fairly light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Dry and smooth. Lighter bodied with a lower to medium level of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.

Overall, this beer was simply odd. It didn't have a lot going on. I didn't pick up too much of the base beer in the flavor. I really don't expect a lot of this to sell at the price of near $9 a bomber. This beer just didn't taste anything like I expected.

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Photo of Florida9
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a conical pint glass. Served with a minimal, off-whitish head. Deep brown in color, but still fairly translucent. Aroma is unmistakably of whiskey: a little oak and vanilla and the not so subtle aroma of booze. Taste is on the maltier side, but the malt is actually quite tame. Again the whiskey booziness shows its head and unlike bourbon barrel aged beers, the whiskey is much more aggressive in both aroma and flavor, though I would not say it is overpowering.
Over all I enjoyed it, though it smelled and tasted boozier than the 6.4% would indicate.

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

Bomber poured into Duvel snifter. Served 45-50 F. Thick layer of sediment on bottom of bottle.
A: Dark hazy brown and purple around the edges. Pours thick inch of frothy head that has large pock marks. Head reduces to thin splotchy lace the sticks around snifter.
S: Sweet toasted malts. Slight woody aroma.
T: Sweet toasted malts, mild nuttiness, and smooth woody linger. Sweet whiskey is more apparent as beer is consumed.
M: Medium on tongue, very slight syrup feel.
D: Whiskey barrels smooth the brew out and enhances its subtleties.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty-two ounce bottle. Always interested in trying new Rogue releases.

Appearance: John John Ale pours out a nice copper color that has great clarity. A somewhat hard pour resulted in about three full fingers of dense, offwhite head. Head retention is great thanks to the large amount of active carbonation bubbles seen rising to the surface. Each sip left behind a thick band of sticky lace. As I write this the bottle foams over on the counter.

Smell: Nose seems a bit on the weak side. Thick malty notes are noticed first. Whiskey is just barely noticed. Butter and oak quickly follow. Smell is almost a bit generic to me.

Taste: Decent flavor to this beer. Nothing crazy. Again, heavy malt out front. Tasting a bit of the Saaz hops, but not much. Getting slight hints of the whiskey, but really getting more of the barrel. Smooth caramel and a touch of vanilla. A little too sweet to be balanced. Finishes dry and sweet. Are their whiskey barrels not charred? Was hoping for a smokey charcoal flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slick medium bodied mouthfeel. Very well carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty smooth and drinkable. A bit dissapointed, as I am with most Rogue brews. Was looking for something a little more adventurous I guess. A little too pricey for what it is.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.4% abv. Pours a cloudy copper color, with a nice creamy white head excellent head retention. Very nice sheets of lace.

A suggestion of caramel malt in the nose. Oak shines as the dominant scent. Maybe a bit of fruit, but fairly simplistic in the nose as a whole.

Lighter caramel malt, fairly clean. A ghost-like suggestion of whiskey. Oak flavor really takes over a bit. A bit of earthy bitterness at the end.

Medium body. A suggestion of alcohol. Pretty nice beer, although not a real whiskey presence.

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Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off orange copper with very little head of white.

Hints of vanilla, oak, toffee,caramel, good malt presence sweet and bready.

Not much whiskey notes but a toasty oak really shines and leaves a tannic finish.toffee and caramel with a slight nutty quality. A malt sweetness cleans things up nicely.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber/honey with a giant tan frothy head. The head is huge and lasts forever. The smell is pungent with bread yeast and roasted malt. Not bad but not too strong. The taste is full flavored with roasted malt,brown sugar,bread yeast,whiskey,and carmel. Not a bad taste,just a little different. the m/f is medium with the many flavors mixing well. This is a tasty beer that should be tried.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ilovedarkbeer for sharing this bottle.

Pours golden orange with a white head. The aroma is fruit with some whiskey and vanilla. The flavor is whiskey and oak with some vanilla and fruit. The oaked character of the beer really comes through in the flavor. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of erosier
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber orange color with a tall and thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted and toasted malts, a big whiskey aroma consisting of nice oak notes, and a nice quick hop aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, deeper caramelized malts, oak notes and a big whiskey flavor with a hint of hops which is pretty nice.
M: Very smooth, warming, lighter feeling than I thought it would be, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, but the whiskey was the main flavor in this one so you'd better like Dead Guy Whiskey. Overall a really cool idea and I liked how it came out.

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Photo of Pahn
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Tentative pour yields a 1 inch fluffy and fizzy head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pours a deep, clear but not quite translucent amber with bubbles rising in the middle. No lacing.

Smell: Big and inviting smell of vanilla, coconut, some sweet malt, and (most of all) whiskey. The aroma calms down as I get through the bottle. Whiskey stays at the forefront, while the vanilla and coconut pull way back, though they don't disappear.

Taste: First sip is a creamy hit of vanilla and coconut, with whiskey and some hops entering fast and sharpening up the flavor, then a smooth malty finish. The nice oak and vanilla flavors color the whiskey and malt notes. It's clear right away that the aging has vastly enriched the flavor of this beer. The whiskey influence is perfect.

My only complaint is that the malt notes are already rather subtle on the first sip, and get dominated away as the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle. If the malt could stand up to the whiskey, this would easily be a 4.5 or 5.0 scoring beer. Even so, the flavor is bold and good enough to keep me interested for the entire bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and occasionally creamy, with lively carbonation. I would prefer it to be a bit fuller-bodied.

Drinkability: Very good. It has a really nice whiskey character with just 6%~ ABV. A better mouthfeel would raise this a bit, but as is I'd be happy to have another bomber of this to myself.

Honestly, before this beer I've never been impressed by Dead Guy Ale, or anything I've tried from Rogue. Dead Guy isn't a bad beer, it's just not a great beer. Apparently aging it in whiskey barrels makes it a great beer. The harsh whiskey note is exactly what it needs, given that my main complaint about Dead Guy is that it's too bland and sweet. The whiskey barrel aging gives character to the sweetness and boldness to the flavor (and aroma) as a whole.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 for a bomber at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. No freshness info..pours medium brown, honey amber, puffy light tan head, retains about 3/4 inch of a head and slowly fades, leaves better then average, quality lace behind. The nose has components of sweet bready malt, light vanilla and faint wood/smoke. Tasty malted up ale, notes of rum, more vanilla, a light woodyness that delicatly interweaves itself through this beer, thoroughly enjoyable and nicely crafted. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber with a thick, white head that thins out a little but remains full.
The smell is very malty, with a trace of toffee and white bread.
Not so much whisky in the flavor as I expected, but I can detect a tiny bit. Vanilla, oak, and caramel is present on the finish as the bottle states. Slight bitterness on the back end as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp.
Drinkability is good; if it wasn't ten for a bottle I'd be happily starting in on another.
While I do enjoy the majority of Rogue's ales, I've never been a big fan of Dead Guy Ale. The aging in whiskey barrels, however, makes for a great improvement on this ale in my opinion.

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

A- Poured from the tap into a pint glass with a thin offwhite head, which quickly receded to a hazy layer and collar. Some little bits of lacing were noted throughout the drink. The body was a clear (filtered) and uncarbonated medium amber color.

S- Smoky, oaky and whiskeylike nose... somewhat fruity and vanilla-like (presumably from the oak). Any malt and/or hops present are eclipsed by the aforementioned aromas.

T- The toasty malt somes through on the palate along with some substantial oakiness (and vanilla). The oak dominates midway and through the toasty finish. Big flavor profile for a 6.4% ABV brew.

M- Nice medium body. Well-attenuated, but this is balanced out by some super-soft carbonation.

D- Goes down easy, but the oakiness is a bit too much for me to want a second glass.

NOTE: This beer is classified here as a Maibock/Helles Bock... and I don't see how that classification works with Ale yeast...

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Photo of Patrick999
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw it and picked it up. Looks like a novel beer, Rogue's not-quite-Maibock in whiskey barrels.

I poured it into my imperial pint glass, where it raised a ton of head over Dead Guy's typical clear burnt orange.

Wow, you do get obvious young whiskey barrel here. Bright oak aroma...not a dank old barrel smell. Toasted coconut too.

My first impression here was "shit, too much whisk." I thought the whiskey was overpowering the Dead Guy at first. While I do think it is dominant, the base beer starts to come through more and more the more I drink of it, I find. Yet, it is very woody - vanilla with a lot of that toasted coconut I was smelling. Dead Guy hoppiness there, but relegated to the background. This beer is straightforward and over the top, but pretty enjoyable as it stands.

For all the foamy ruckus this raises in the glass, it's pretty damned smooth, almost creamy.

First couple sips, I wasn't that crazy about this, but it's been a grower. There's something about that toasted coconut taste that keeps me coming back for more, not to mention the creamy smoothness that could keep me drinking this all night. I was kinda prepared to scream "gimmick" with this one, but I find that I can't. Good stuff, surprisingly good.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dead Guy Ale aged in whiskey bottles? Sounds interesting.

Pours a light amber color with a frothy head that fades down, leaving lacing on the glass.

Aroma is full of a hint of bourbon with sweet malt and floral hops in the nose.

Taste is full of sweet, grainy, chewy malt with just a hint of bourbon. Coats the mouth with a nice feeling. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering malt and bourbon. No offensive flavors. Very light at the back of the mouth.

Very drinkable and certainly not strong as I had thought. The bourbon is muted enough to make it accessible to people. Very well done. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub's. Pours a lovely amber orange color with a large white head that left some solid lacing on the goblet. Standard Dead Guy aroma of bready yeast, light hoppiness, but there's another woody/vanilla dimension that adds a nice touch. Flavor is dead on what I expected. Dead Guy with a touch of vanilla and wood but very light on the actual whiskey flavor. However, everything is well-integrated in this beer. I never thought this would be a great candidate for wood aging, but Rogue proved me wrong. I like Dead Guy Ale, and I thought this was a great version of it.

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Photo of jampics2
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Rozis. Was excited to try this - Rogue is probably the only place in the country that could pull off a beer with proprietary estate grown malt and hops aged in their own spirit barrels. At 6.4%, I'm wondering if this will be like the Kentucky Bourbon Ale.

Appearance tells me this is going to be more of a substantial beer than I thought. Copper with a small white ring.

Smells of vanilla, bourbon, caramel.

Taste is quite nice - the bourbon is subtle but there is a nice depth it brings. The wood has imparted a wonderful vanilla taste. The aftertaste is reminiscent of a famous bourbon. The elements I remember being associated with dead guy aren't as defined - this is smooth caramel, not hoppy at all.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Good amount of carb. Nothing exceptional.

Smooth and drinkable. A nice beer - I enjoyed this and may pick up another. Not one I see aging adding anything to, and I think it could have picked up a touch more wood, but a nice beer from Rogue - probably the best thing I've had from them in a few years.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark golden to amber in color with a big fluffy head and plenty of streaming bubbles. Very nice looking pour.

Aroma - big whiff of vanilla, tannins and whisky up front. The nose of this just screams whisky barrel-aged. There are some nice sweet, warm malty smells as well.

Taste - lots of vanilla and whisky flavors come into play right away. Dead Guy Ale is a pretty basic beer for the most part and this just really showcases it with some bolder flavors. The barrel-aging really adds another dimension to a pretty standard beer. Along with the vanilla and wood flavors are some fruity estery flavors as well. Not sure where those come from. Very enjoyable with lots of flavor and character.

Overall - This is a very easy drinking barrel-aged beer and at under 7% its one of very few that aren't going to floor you after a glass or two.

Would I buy more of it? - I plan on buying more tomorrow to share with some friends as it seems like this release is hard to come by.

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Photo of goatxpower
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up a Gravity in Olympia

A- looks like Dead Guy... maybe a little darker. Nice copper, gold hue. Thin head that dissipates quickly.

S- Faint aromas of malt and wood.

T- For a barrel aged beer, this is really something else. Most of the BA beers I'm used to have such an up front woodiness, or booziness in some cases. The barrel is really subdued in this beer. You get some wood and whiskey right on the nose, along with the earthy hops and bready malts of the base beer. The whiskey shows up again on the tail end, with some almost berry-like flavors. The flavors are very well integrated, and unlike many BA beers, this one is ready to drink NOW. A great example of what ELSE can be done with whiskey barrels.

M- Light, moderately carbonated, sticks around on the tongue for a while.

D- Much like the regular Dead Guy, this goes down really easy with a lot of flavor. If this came in decently priced sixers, I would buy this for a session. Not my favorite style, but nonetheless, awesome.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy burnt amber with a huge puffy head. Lots of bubbles.

Smelled OK. I was expecting that sweet whiskey aroma but really just got the smell of a regular Dead Guy Ale. A little biscuity.

But, the flavor was definitely different than Dead Guy Ale. The vanilla was a bit overwhelming and I didn't get the malt and hops on the first sip. When I went back again, after letting it settled down from the pour, I got more of the vanilla but found the malts. However, I didn't get any hop bitterness that I find in a fresh Dead Guy Ale. Really, what this reminds me of is a spiced winter warmer. The vanilla from the barrels is just too strong for this bock.

The carbonation kept this from being too syrupy. I definitely liked the mouthfeel.

I couldn't drink many of these. It's just too vanilla sweet. I'll stick with good ol' Dead Guy Ale.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber

I love whiskey, I love Dead Guy. Unfortunately, the combination was not greater than the sum of the parts.

A: Beautiful head. Big and stays with you, off white.

S: You get a good whiskey smell right off the bat. It's not overpowering, quite nice actually.

T: Whiskey up front, vanilla on the back end. It definitely quite a step away from the Dead Guy.

M: Little heavier, and a little more alcohol than I would like. Especially considering the lower ABV.

D: Its good for a sitting, but certainly not quaffable. I would probably get this one again on tap, but wouldn't seek out a sixer or bomber. Recommended for a one time tasting, but not a go-to beer by any means.

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

22 oz. bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a rich amber with big off-white head. Tons of lacing. Not too shabby.

S: Definitely has an oakey scent from aging in the whiskey barrels. Some hoppy notes as well.

T: Oakey with roasted malts and lots of hops. Mild bitter hop aftertaste.

M: Pretty smooth, yet full-bodied. Feeling improved a lot by the end of the bottle.

D: Nice one-off from Rogue. I love beer and I love whiskey, so I'm glad I had a chance to try this. Looking forward to trying Rogue's other recent brewmaster/spirits master combos.

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Photo of vkv822
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into taster glass.

Pours a slightly hazy, deep golden orange color. It has a light tan head with mild retention.
The scent is of sweet malty caramel with hints of alcohol, which both hold true for the flavor. It starts with a bit of whiskey flavor followed by the malty sweetness of caramel and perhaps vanilla. The oak also comes through towards the end. Not much hops at all, possibly towards the end, but is masked by the oak.
It has a nice mouth feel, medium bodied and enjoyable although nothing too spectacular.
It is a very enjoyable beer, and although I felt it was a bit heavy on the sweet side, as I was expecting a bit more of the whiskey to come through it was still very nicely balanced and very drinkable.

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