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John John Dead Guy Ale | Rogue Ales

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John John Dead Guy AleJohn John Dead Guy Ale
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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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3.12/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light orange to golden color with a small head of off white bubbles that was fizzy and fell back into the beer quickly. Afterward there were very few bubbles rising so the head was reduced to a small ring and the beer looked rather lifeless overall.

Aroma: The aroma had some defined hops, but the oak character from the barrels is definitely a strong component of the aroma. There is some clean vanilla as well as a bit of booze noticeable in the cold beer. There is a phenolic component that is coming out in the aroma now that I have tasted the beer.

Taste: The flavor is an odd hodge podge of different components that aren't really jiving together all that well. The hops are pretty strong and they are just sitting on top of this vanilla thing with a subtle mix of sweet caramel and toasty notes from the malt. This malt thing is also rather odd in how it contributes and then the lack of carbonation shows through to let the beer sluggishly come across your palate on the way to the belly. The beer itself is medium bodied, but feels light, so any more carbonation would make the beer seem thin. The finish is pretty balanced between hops and other sensations. I would say that the hops nudges out the rest slightly, but it isn't nearly as strong of hops in the finish as the original Dead Guy.

Opinion: I don't know. This beer misses the mark for me on a number of levels. I think that it starts out by calling the Dead Guy a Maibock as it is a really hopped up version of that beer, if you can even call it one. That said, now you mix this with some bold barrel flavors that don't really seem intended to be there, so the whole thing falls apart. If barrel aged beers are your thing, which I really enjoy them myself, this may be a good one to try so that you can get another review. Otherwise, I doubt that aging this beer will bring it together, so I would steer clear if I were you.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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2.62/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston, TX

A - Poured a brown color with a thin tan head with no lacing

S - Has a roasty nutty nose for the most part

T - Follows the nose with a roasted and nutty malt flavor

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - I was very disappointed with this beer this is what you get when barrel aging doesn't work the barrel added nothing to this instead it hurt it don't bother with this if you see it save your money and buy something good

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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