Beer Review: John John Dead Guy Ale [Rogue Brewery]

John John Dead Guy Ale [Rogue Brewery]

John John Dead Guy Ale
Brewery: Rogue Brewery [Newport, OR, USA]
Style: Maibock
ABV: 6.40%

I am a fan of both Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and barrel aged beers, so when I saw Rogue’s John John Ale sitting in the local store, I had to pick up a bomber of it. John John is basically Dead Guy Ale that has been aged in whiskey barrels for at least two months, so it definitely seemed like something that would be right up my alley.

When poured into a glass, this ale has a hazy copper look to it and a nice whiskey smell. The initial tasting has light whiskey notes, but also a much sweeter taste than I expected. The whiskey flavor becomes more prominent as the glass grows lighter, which I am appreciative of. Unfortunately, that’s about it when it comes to flavor. There is a slight detection of oak and maybe a little vanilla, but the barrel dominates everything.

This is essentially a darker version of the Dead Guy Ale, but it is a bit too “one note” for my liking. John John Ale is not a bad beer at all, but it is a bit disappointing in terms of barrel aged options. If you want a stronger Dead Guy, I would advise the Double Dead Guy Ale.


Dead Guy Ale [Rogue Brewery]

Dead Guy Ale
Brewery: Rogue
Style: Maibock
ABV: 6.5%

Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale is the brewery’s most popular beer, accounting for 40% of their total sales. The beer was created to celebrate the Mayan Day of the Dead, and it is modeled in the style of a German Maibock. Poured into a glass, the Dead Guy Ale has a hazy amber look to it (or “deep honey” as labeled by the brewers themselves). Upon tasting, I noticed a strong sense of caramel and a hint of berries underneath. The lingering taste was slightly bitter, yet sweet.

Dead Guy Ale is an easily drinkable beer, and will go down quickly. There is a reason this is Rogue’s flagship beer, and it is good to see it getting respect across the nation. I have yet to dig into the rest of the brewery’s catalog, but I will certainly be making an effort to do so after this.