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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rogue Double Dead Guy Maibock Strong Ale

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale, Rogue’s take on an imperial Maibock (they call it a strong ale), poured a mildly hazy, soft brown topped with a thin white head.  The nose contained buttery vanilla and earthy citrus notes.

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale was thick and sticky on the first sip, with and lighter notes of citrus quickly overwhelmed by rich caramel malts and dried stone fruits as it settled on the palette.  The ale faded on a slightly bitter rind note, complimented by toasted coco the lingered. 

Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale is a thoroughly enjoyable beer, but it strays far enough from the regular Dead Guy Ale that it almost merits a new name.  It is refreshing to have such a strongly flavored beer weigh in at a reasonable ABV (for the style), but it is better enjoyed by the sip, rather than the gulp.

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