2017 Dead ‘N’ Dead by Rogue brewing is an 8.2% ABV Rogue Dead Guy Helles Bock aged in Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels.
Dead ‘N’ Dead complements the flavor profile of our classic Dead Guy Ale with oak and vanilla notes from our Whiskey barrel.
Formerly from the John John series, I had not tried this beer in years. I almost forgotten what this was about. Back then the beer was definitely lighter at 6.4% ABV. Now with a new name it fits very well. The combination of Dead Guy ale aged in a Whiskey created by distilling the dead guy ale, now thats what you call evolution! Granted I can’t remember how the original version of this beer was but I am definitely happy to bring it back to the site and give it a go. Let’s have a look, cheers!
Oak, whiskey, caramel, rye bread, piloncillo sugar cone, sweet potato, honey, bourbon, toasted coconut hints, biscuit bread, banana hints, dark fruit, hazelnut nectar, pecan pie notes, citrus, piney and earthy hops.
Lots of toffee, vanilla, marshmallow, oak, dulce de leche caramel, pecan pie, crème brulee, whiskey, bourbon, biscuit bread, old mango, rye bread, alfajor (Mexican Coconut sugar candy, oranges, funky tart notes, grape hints, banana, clove spice, earthy hop notes, honey, burnt sugar, Belgian candy sugar notes, dark fruit raisins, figs, hazelnut nectar notes, fruit cake, piloncillo sugar cone, sweet potato, cinnamon, flan, tangerine hints, stone fruit peach and apricot notes.
Finishing rich in caramel, toffee, dark fruit, fruit cake, toasted coconut notes, earthy hop notes, oak, whiskey notes and burnt sugar dryness. No alcohol in the taste, amber clear body, smooth, creamy and dry mouth feel along with a moderate drinkability.
While personally, I think it is above exceptional due to the whiskey barrel aging, it is not supreme. Hell I love dead guy and this process takes it to the next level at that. There is so much criticism over these beers in the community but I for one look for what I like and this one is definitely a huge winner. Granted I have have had better barrel aged beer, it isn’t often you see a barrel aged hellsbock. The only thing that might come close to its amazingness is the Samichlaus, but that’s definitely on another review on site. I would definitely recommend it highly but only if you like Rogue for sure.
Lei-Lei/Hsien-Ko from the Darkstalkers/Vampire Savior series and the Pacman Ghost were used in this pairing since I wanted to compare the Dead and Dead aspect of the series to 2 ghosts, that being the pacman ghost and Lei Lei. The funny thing about this beer, is that it is fermented with PacMan Yeast! Funny how the pairing works super well in this context and for Lei Lei as well.