Originally reviewed on December 23rd, 2015.
I know it’s a little late in the year for Rogue Dead Guy Ale, 6.5% ABV, in Newport Oregon, which is a German Maibock. This ale is brewed with their very own Pacman Yeast, and eight other ingredients such as 2-row, C-15, Munich Rogue Farms Dare & Risk Malts; Rogue Farms Revaluation and Independent hops and Free Range Coastal Water. Maibock is usually had during the month of May. Yeah, this not May here, but I still drank it. Dead Guy pours a deep reddish Amber hue with a faint orange tint, with a one and a half finger of bright pearly white head that fades into a thick halo with minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is malty but not overwhelming with malts making Dead Guy smell like a malt bomb and nothing else. Dead guy has a malty taste that is at first light, then as it washes over your tongue and becomes a bit stronger, just enough for your taste buds to become familiar with these malts. I found there also to be a bit over a slight fruity sweetness that comes in says hello then goodbye. The mouthfeel is just barely full bodied with a nice subtle sweet malt fruit finish with a lingering aftertaste of the same. I rather enjoyed Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I say this a B+. It’s a good American take on a German-styled Maibock with American ingredients that turn out nicely. But the Germans do this style better in my opinion and I would not choose this over a German made German Maibock, but that is not to say this Rogue is terrible, which it isn’t. It’s an easy drinking Maibock, which is fine by me. You should try Rogue Dead Guy Ale for yourself. It’s easy! Cheers! Happy Holidays! Please Drink responsibly!