otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ďYo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.Ē
That phrase and the fierce, scraggly, dirty image of a pirate is what usually comes to mind when I grab a bottle or draft of Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Brewing out of Oregon. A delicious craft heller bock, it is Rogueís most recognizable and highly demanded beer. Itís not too hard to miss at the bar; an aged blackened and gray skeleton sits on top of a beer barrel, frothy mug in hand as his empty eyes stare ominously at you. One need not fear the Dead Guy, and my shivers were timbered this year when Rogue announced their Double Dead Guy. At first I figured it to be mischievous lore, stories told late at night to raise ones hope before it comes crashing down the next day as the sun rises instead. But no, Rogue brought to me and to Dead Guy fanatics all over the world their limited release strong ale, Double Dead Guy Ale. I missed out on buying a few bottles, but I was able to enjoy it on draft a couple times.
My Double Dead Guy was a deep amber-orange with a tall head white-capping the brew below. She lazily fades away, leaving foamy trails of lace. Her nose is a sirenís song of apples, fresh wheat bread, toasted sweet malts, lemon, nuts, and caramel. Seduced already, I wait not and raise my glass for a quaff or two. A sweet mouthful of toasty malts, sticky caramel, and toffee pulls me under where crisp apples and a bitter lemon finishes me off with hints of yellow grapefruit. Each quaff is marked by more lace, as pleasing warmth lingers thanks to the high alcohol content. Further in, some caramelized sugars add to the already thick mouthfeel. A bit of dryness on my palate with a pleasant lemon and grapefruit hop bite. Succulent, full-bodied, sweet and toasty with pleasing warmth, Double Dead Guy from Rogue was a pleasant success. I only wish it wasnít a limited release.
Like a pirates treasure, Double Dead Guy was a jewel of a brew which was here and then gone all too fast, and those who lusted after her bounty wept over their loss. I was but one of the blessed few, and for that I am thankful. Rogue doesnít always have a high success rate with their specialty and one-off beers, but Double Dead Guy proved me wrong and herself a worthy successor to the Dead Guy name.
rondphoto (2538) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Cloudy dark amber color, frothy beige head, puffy bands of lace. Taste is caramel malt that grows as it turns more semi-sweet, glides through the palate, growing bigger as it adds solid, balancing, hop bittering. Not terrific, but certainly solid enough.
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 15, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
[2/13/15] Draught at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco. Nice clear amber. Sweet aroma with caramel and a bit of honey. Sweet flavor with caramel and alcohol. Medium-bodied.
AleRider78 (69) - - MAR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy, dark amber colour with a large, foamy, creamy head. Had alot of carbonation, very bubbly. Good lacing. Strong, sweet flavours along the lines of toffee and caramel. Malts are evident in the flavour as well as aroma. notes of spices in the taste and in the finish. Smell a tiny bit of the alcohol and maybe some breads. More hoppy than malty. Very good for high abv!
SG111 (369) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Rogue, San Francisco. Pours golden color, small white head. Aroma is malty caramel, toffee, candied fruits. Flavor is similar. Really delicious candied dark fruits. Slightly bitter finish. Really nice.
OmegaX (1310) - Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with others. I donít know, I just didnít care for this as much as the regular dead guy ale. Aroma is light toffee and caramel, hay notes, stale malt. Flavor is similar with a light grassy hop note. Sweet at first with a lightly bitter finish. Itís a decent brew but based on the price I would never repurchase this one.
Mark_Eck (920) - - JAN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours a cloudy dark amber color. Aroma and taste are sweet with toffee and some hops.
phaleslu (7103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from STLWill- thanks again, Will! Opened in line at the Side Project Pulling Nails Blend #2 release, I know this one didnít give me much cred but I tend to bring home beers for Thanksgiving that arenít as sought after because my family doesnít care either way and is just excited to try new things. But we made it through some other stuff that day without getting to this. So this 2008 vintage is what I had to share. And itís a craft beer store staple that Iíd never had, somehow. Pours a muddy amber-brown with a tiny beige ring for a head. Blindfolded, Iíd have said "aged American strong ale," because this one had notes of cardboard, brown sugar, caramel, toast, and maybe some earth and tobacco. The body has thinned over the years but has some slight heft left, but not much carbonation. Not bad at all, really. Probably better fresh, but this was fine.
jb (2370) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rochester Tap Room. Clear orange / brown. Sort of had barley-esque character, but a bit better, as I hope for Strong. A bit more balance. Plenty of sweet though, and plenty of toffee. Sticky thick mouthfeel. Liked.
Jimthechap (1879) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the XS version in the big dark bottle, vintaged 2013 that I have been recommended to put here. Itís a beautiful looking beer with its lush orange-amber colour and a thick cream coloured head. The aromas are of lush stonefruit predominantly: apricots and peaches galore with pears, nectarine and almonds. Thick and viscous with pinches of bitterness, I could have drunk more of this were it not for the fact it made me fall into blissful slumber.
Fatehunter (1467) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a finger of head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mild grain and honey.
The taste is caramel and honey sweetness with a mild dry bitterness to balance it out.
The texture is crisp but thicker.