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
“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum.”
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 Rogue’s most recognizable and highly demanded beer. It’s 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 siren’s 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t 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.
ClassyBeagle (319) - USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
FROM NOTES: November 8, 2013.
A: Heavy bready malt aroma and a nice caramel sweetness. Mixed with these are lighter aromas of a floral and herbal nature as well as a lighter citrus hop smell. Faint fig notes.
A: Pours a hazy orange-red almost sunrise-like color with almost no head.
T: Follows the nose, although not quite as sweet. Nice and malty with subdued spices and fruits with a nice hop bitterness to round everything off. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: Overall, a good heavy almost barley-wine like and bitter brew. If you like Dead Guy, you’ll undoubtedly like Double Dead Guy
hfmejias (606) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Oz. Bottle. Reddish amber with small head, Aroma is big malts and hops. This is my opinion is a hoppier (if that’s a word) version of their regular Dead Guy Ale; Never the less a very nice beer.
dansac (70) - Loa Angeles, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
So average its just painful to score. Big malts, hops, medium to full bodied, dark red, strong carbonation, some dark fruit. Nothing really interesting.
superspak (2121) - Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Moderate gusher upon opening. Pours hazy deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light pepper, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, floral, herbal, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, pear, apple, caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, light pepper, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice strong ale. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready/nutty malt and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Pyrmir (2666) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
On tap. Dark reddish amber with small off white head. Aroma of malt, biscuit, faint marmalade and fruity hops, dipa is my spontaneous impression. Taste is malty, grain, fruit, biscuit and marmalade. Thin texture with fairly low carbonation. Nice!
AgentAle (333) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: sweet cascadian aroma , light malty notes
Taste: same as desd guy only with less malt taste and alot more hops
Appearance: brown body with light cloudiness, thin head little retention
Ttrunk (56) - California, USA - NOV 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good beer on the tap at P Wexford’s Pub. My scoring for aroma could be skewed do to me being congested.
Hop_Hedonist (165) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Muted aroma - super smooth on the palate - super sweet - honeyed aftertaste - far too easy to drink - massive abv so could be a killer! But ’dead’ good!
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 7-29-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, slightly hazy orange golden body, and spotty amounts of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malts, bitter, citrus, and earthy hops. The Taste is heavily bitter, caramel malts, citrus hops, and has a very long bitter dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer has a nice balance between the aroma and flavor, worthy trying, and a beer I would drink again.
juanenka (241) - valladolid, SPAIN - OCT 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Botella. Color anaranjado con corona beige persistente. Aroma caramelo y lúpulo. En boca entra lupulada y las notas de resina aguantan hasta el final. Con caramelo en todo el paladar. De carbonatacion baja y alcohol bien integrado aunque no parezca que tiene 9 grados.