Weekend at Beernies
A Review of Dead Guy Ale by Rogue Ales / Oregon Brewing Co.
Posted on 4/15/2011 by Chops
Rogue's Dead Guy Ale has a very special place in my heart. This beer, along with Mac and Jack's African Amber, was what turned me onto quality brews. Perhaps more importantly, Dead Guy Ale is what introduced me to bocks, something I can't thank Rogue enough for. Granted, Dead Guy is a maibock, but a bock nonetheless.

I first came across Rogue Dead Guy Ale many years ago in a local bar here in Durham, The Federal to be exact. The bar had Dead Guy on tap, so I ordered one just because I thought the name was clever. At that point in my life Michelob Ultra was in my refrigerator and Sam Adams was what I considered quality beer, so stumbling across a brew that challenged my preconceived definition of quality was quite the revelation. I had discovered a great beer that I really enjoyed, so I was on a mission to find more of it. I left the grocery stores and found the specialty shops, all thanks to Dead Guy Ale.

Since bocks are quite thick and hearty, maibocks were created as a lighter style of bock for the summer months. They would usually come out in May, hence the name. May bocks, or Maibocks. That's your fun fact for the day. :)

Dead Guy Ale is a very nice maibock. It tastes a little different than your standard German maibocks, but Rogue got all the baseline qualities right, so I given them a lot of credit for a nice interpretation. The aroma is very pleasant with hints of caramel, mild spice and faint hops. The appearance is very pleasing honey brown. Coupled with the wonderful aroma, it's quite an inviting beer. The mouthfeel is terrific, very smooth and rich, almost creamy. The taste is equally terrific, quite complex with an array of flavors hitting you from every direction, from buttery caramel to spices and mixed fruit tones. It's a delightful beer to ponder since you can get something new with every sip.

Overall this brew is a fabulous selection for any level of taste. For lovers of darks and high gravities, it's a very nice lighter selection without sacrificing a lot of alcohol and flavor. For those who prefer lighter brews, this beer is a treat, full of new and exciting flavors. I'd recommend it to any brew lover.

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