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.
biirusaikou (1928) - - JAN 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Watering Hole. Lots of caramel, malt, nuts, yeast, booze, finish is quite sweet. Feels quite heavy and messy, quite a disappointment compared to the solid classic version.
Gluepot (296) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nose features big roasted malts with caramel, ripe dark berries, biscuit malt and alcohol. Rich copper colour with a well laced fluffy tan head. This is a beast of a beer. Rich roasted malt, toffee, fruity hops underneath , almonds and dark berries. The body texture is thick and rich. All elements are well integrated. A gem of an East Coast Imperial. None better.
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery tap Sf. Hazed teddy amber coloured pour with a lasting PFF white head. Aroma is raisin, nitty malts, cakey malts, jam. Toffee. Flavour is composed of rounded malts, nutty, toffee, toffee apple, alcohol, raisin. Palate is semi sweet, grainy, hashish carbonation. Little but of hot alcohol.
BiiruBierBeer (811) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2009. General ale smell with some hops. Taste is the same with a bit of malt. High carbonation, medium body, and mild foam.
JohnGalt1 (1219) - , Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Malty aroma with spicy and citrus hops in the background and quite a bit of fruity yeastiness.
Palate begins with a big bracing bitterness... smooth maltiness and a little bit of toasted bread.. citric hops and a little bit of spice but the hop flavors are more in the background. It says 72 IBUs and I believe it... bitterness is a little out of whack but gets better as it warms and the malts start showing up more... subtle caramel and more toasted malt character... Definite but not bad alcohol and a lingering bitter and yeasty finish.
Body is not as thick as I would have expected.. and I’m okay with that.. carbonation is fairly smooth... drinkability is much better as it warms.
Sigmund (6117) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Stoneware swingtop bottle, as Rogue XS Dead Guy Ale, from Costco, Sacramento. The ordinary Dead Guy Ale is not a favourite of mine, but this one is much better. Mahogany colour. The aroma is okay, but not outstanding. The flavour is excellent, malty and vinous with notes of toffee and caramel, also decent hops. Pleasant warming mouthfeel.
willisread (1601) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Under the name Dead Guy XS (2015 version at 8.1% abv) at Watering Hole on tap. Clear copper with a small off-white head that lingers. Brown sugar, toffee, light oak on the nose. Lots of caramel and malt flavors with some booze. The body seems way too thin. Woody. Prefer the regular.
sulawang (837) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: Cellared for 2 years (2013), gorgeous painted black ceramic bottle with a black bailer-top. Pours translucent ruby red with barely any head, a thin hazy micro layer, a few micro tightly knit micro streams here and there.
Nose: malty sweet caramel, lightly toasted, hints of bourbon. (lvl-6)-pungency
Attack: slick-thick creamy, dense maltiness, background hoppy bitter, bourbon notes
Mid-palate: full-bodied, (lvl-5)-sweetness, alcohol detection, (main) medium roast barley malt, toasted caramel, orange citrus
Finish: bitter generic citrus hopped, off-dry malty finish.
Summary: Love the ceramic bottle. Big body with lots of toasted caramel malt and a citrus hop to balance it out. Kind of straightforward after a glass, but enjoyable.
radiomgb (2580) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle from the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Deep copper in colour with a thin but long lasting off-white head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, fruit, hops and light alcohol. The flavour is of sweet malts, caramel, fruity hops, light alcohol, some pepper. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, warming. Pretty good stuff, a nice imperial Dead Guy.
tmongoose (1960) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml from 2008, that poured a murky medium brown with an off white head and decent lacing. The aroma for is an upfront ash or tobacco smell followed by caramels and toffee, also some dark fruits on the end. The flavor was more the same just a bit more pronounced with a warm boozey finish. Over all for ad old as this is the flavor are still strong and warm and really good.