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.
AgentAle (88) - - 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 (55) - 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 (113) - 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 (3567) - 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 (225) - 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.
onceblind (3190) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear slightly dark amber with a thin foamy head. Nose is strange, like roasted apricot, artisan crackers, and a wee bit of raisin. Flavor is boozy and malty with more caramel and apricot with a toasted grain backbone, finishing slightly hoppy bitter and more than a little boozy. Meh.
storskurk (45) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Kan ikke helt huske den men jeg kan dog huske den var rigtig god, fyldig, let maltsødme og så humlet.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
markfield81 (41) - adamston, AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Earthy, alcohol, basement aromas, in that description it doesn’t sound good but to be honest its not a bad drop. A touch heavy on the alcohol taste but its a strong beer could be smother.
shaunfield (43) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a very nice beer. would get this again. I had a a pot and wished I had got a pint.
StevieT (198) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite a strong hop flavour, pretty smooth, pours a cloudy brown. Not my favourite type of beer but not bad.