Tasting: January 1, 2013
Style: Bock (Helles) Imperial
Double Dead Guy Ale
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 â€œfree range coastal waterâ€. 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