Jan 16, 2019

Rogue Dead N’ Dead

Many moons ago, Rogue Dead Guy was a staple in the Barley Blog household. This was a time when there weren’t nearly as many beery options on shelves as there are now. It along with the likes of Pete’s Wicked, Sierra Nevada and Saranac were but a few of the available alternatives to mass-produced lager. Now, we’ve got that perennial favorite aged in Rogue’s own Dead Guy whiskey barrels.

My, how times have changed.

Dad N’ Dead is an incredibly smooth and deceptively easy drinking beer. It weighs in at 8.8% ABV (40 IBU), but it glides effortlessly over the palate with an excellent mouthfeel and easy body. The barrel influence is soft and delicate, adding just the right amount of whiskey, wood and vanilla to a good amount of grain, caramel, bready malt and distant fruit notes.

This variant of the pale ale certainly isn’t what I used to drink over a decade ago — hell, I’m sure the base beer has shifted over that time, as well. If you like pale ales and you enjoy an approachable whiskey, Dead N’ Dead is right up your alley. It’s well rounded and deliciously smooth. I’d love to find another couple bottles to experiment with cellaring, or, you know… just drinking it as soon as I can.