Rogue Dead ‘N’ Dead

Total Score: 8.15/10 Honeycomb1Bread1Wood1Tulipglass1

I don’t know if I love Rogue Ales, but dammit I respect them! Their beers have ranged from the tasty (Chocolate Stout and Dead Guy Ale), to the bizarre (Voodoo Doughnut anything), to the outright stupid (Beard Beer – which of course was going to taste like a Saison because: wild yeast – duh!). Dead Guy Ale is my 3rd favourite Rogue Beer, and to date the only Maibock I’ve reviewed [even though I’ve been to Germany twice… I think I need to go again, in the interests of beer]. When I saw Dead ‘N’ Dead at my local I wondered “how can this be good? A whiskey barrel-aged Dead Guy Ale – why mess with something already quite tasty?”. Of course I bought it, curious cat that I am.

Poured from a 650ml US bomber sized bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Tequila sunrise coloured cloudy body with a nice firm 1 centimetre beige coloured head that leaves some crazy lattice-work lace on the side of the glass. Well, sir, I must say this looks… mighty appealing, one could say it’s ‘mightpealing’. 9/10. [oh yeah, BJCP says a Maibock should be clearer, lighter coloured, with a whiter head… sorry Rogue – I docked Dead Guy for this too] 7/10.

S: Aroma is a bit of a tapestry strewn with caramel malt, dark fruit (mostly fig, hint of date), woody & vanilla tones (thanks oak!), bready centre, and intriguingly: almond. Yep, an odd hint of almond. Hopefully no one is trying to assassinate someone else with cyanide and I happened to purchase the very bottle that was the poisoned chalice. I don’t think that’s a realistic scenario… still almonds aren’t a common aroma in beer [hmmm, indeed Watson…] smells like a tasty death regardless. 8/10.

T: Huh. Tastes almost identical to Dead Guy Ale [strange that]. Flavour comes across more bready, honeyed sweet, caramel and butterscotch (just like Dead Guy) with a richer/more velvety mouthfeel [that’s next Doc!]. Hints of wood, vanilla and a slight burnt caramel note are the only flavours that set it apart from Dead Guy. More of an evolution than a revolution then. Finish is drying. Still tasty. 8/10.

M: Mid, almost heavy-but-not-quite bodied with a thin but velvety and dense carbonation… mmmm, Dead ‘N’ Dead. 8/10.

D: It’s going to be close, real close… I love DGA, but D’N’D [there’s a D&D reference in there somewhere] is also good. Too many good things to drink, too little time to taste everything. Still DGA is a tad cheaper… so close… 9/10.

Food match: Gotta go German – Schweinebraten mit Knödeln again methinks.


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.