09 October 2008

Beer Review, Double Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale

2008 edition

Appearance: Light brown/amber body, thick off-white foamy head, heavy effervescence. Mostly clear but slightly hazy. This is a bit lighter in color and in density than I would expect for a dopplebock, so I'm taking off a bit, but Rogue tends to shy away from precise definitions of style, so keep that in mind. 3.5/5

Smell: Dry, heavily malted. Strong grainy notes, just a touch of that Pacman yeast that Rogue has made so famous. Notes of honey and caramel. Again, not quite what I'd expect from a Dopplebock, but an amazing smell. 4.0/5

Taste: Yep, there's that pacman yeast again. Heavily malted, very dry, very rich with grains and with a clean hop bite at the end. Finishes dry. As the beer warms hints of a sweet breadiness becomes apparent, sort of like banana bread but, well, without the banana. The alcohol is present but hidden well by the heaviness and complexity of the other flavors. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, a bit of carbonation, coats the palate. Goes down smooth. 3.5/5

Drinkability: Probably dangerously drinkable, considering the alcohol. The dryness is probably a bit higher than I would like over an extended drinking period, and it's not really like any other dopplebock I could name, but it's a good beer that deserves a look from any fan of Rogue. 3.5/5

Overall: 4.0/5

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