Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

Tasting: January 1, 2013
Style: Bock (Helles) Imperial
Double Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale (c)2013 popsonhops

Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale stood the test of a ten-year absence and I can still assertively call it a good beer. I can’t say the same for a number of other craft beers from twenty years ago. I’ve even suggested that some craft brewers retire or retool some of their offerings (i.e. Stone’s Levitation). Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale has been around for a generation and here too it’s still a good beer (85 points, 10/2011). Perhaps it’s not as flavorful as it was to me twenty years ago, but the comparison group has grown bigger and stronger. So, to see that Rogue has re-tooled this old brand by offering a double strength of the classic ale is refreshing. I like the idea.

Have they amped it up? Well, according to the label stats it appears that they have. The original gravity checks in at a robust 20 degrees plato (dense). The subsequent ABV is 9% as compared to the 6.5% of the antique Dead Guy. I love that they say that they use “free range coastal water”. The pour isn’t as dark as I’d thought — a dark copper color with a robust head. that head settles nicely to just a film buoyed on top. My first impression is that this has a real nice mouthfeel — some viscosity, stickiness and minimal carbonation. It has a nice sweet dark fruit like raisin as well as caramel that hits the palate side-by-side with some nice citric hops. A few sips in, I can get bread-like influence up front, but it gets trounced by that dark fruit/hop combo. As I work my way through, the ethers of the alcohol step it up a bit and is a bit more intrusive. Overall, I like it — 88 points.

Read my thoughts on Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale HERE

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