Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Total Score: 8.25/10 Honeycomb1 Bread1 Coriander1 Stein1

This being my first Maibock EVA* I will be referring to the Beer Judging Certification Program (and “yes” that is a real thing) style guidelines on what a Maibock should look, smell, taste and feel like… no pressure Rogue, just go about your day knowing that my keenest eye/nose/tongue will also be backed up with actual beer review knowledge instead of the stuff I usually make up along the way. Oh yeah and before you ask “Aaannnother Rogue?!” in that annoying whiny tone as you always do, this will be the last Rogue *checks fridge* I review in a while.

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Stein.

A: Hazy amber body with a large but reasonably dense 1 inch off-white head on top. BJCP would prefer it clearer, lighter coloured and whiter (for the head that is). 6/10.

S: Honey, caramel malts, hints of butteriness (Diacetyl), bread middle and dark fruit Esters in the background… this is much more Doppelbock than Maibock (aside from the colour). BJCP poo-poos Diacetyl and Esters should be low to none (their words not mine – I actually like this aroma). 8/10.

T: More honey than caramel in the flavour with notes of butterscotch, bready mid-palate, earthy/herbal hops and some light spice notes in the finish, which is slightly dry but with a medium bitterness from the earthy/herbal hops. Quite a clever brew this Dead Guy Ale, with a modicum of bitterness hedging off the overly sweet honeyed aspect. If BJCP were a person I think he/she would like this, though with a disapproving mention that this Maibock isn’t to style. 9/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but sharp and tingly carbonation. Not bad BJCP, not bad at all. 7/10.

D: Well, I am sold on Maibock’s – the lighter and hoppier version of Doppelbocks. This Rogue happens to be one of the best Rogues I’ve had so far (and I’ve had like 8-9 of their brews now) and the bottle was deceptive because I looked at it and thought “Pfft, glows in the dark, f**k off” but the brew within ist köstlich, to coin a German term. Question is: Does the now anthropomorphised (by me) BJCP like it? “BJCP says: yes” We have a winner! 8/10.

Food match: Schweinebraten with bread roll Knödeln and cabbage salad, a classic Bavarian delicacy.

*Or Extravehicular Activity – as I like to refer to my reviews, but it’s also something astronauts do while they’re in space.

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