Hello and welcome to The Daily Beard’s first ever beer review. I hope you’re as excited and thirsty as I am. If not, I’ll give you a few minutes to get pumped!
Alright, today, I’ll be reviewing Rogue Ale’s Dead Guy Ale. I’ve never had it before, but I’ve had a few other products from Rogue, and they’ve all been delicious, so I’m expecting good things. I’ll be drinking straight from the pint bottle, and then from a snifter later, so that I can experience the changes in flavors and aroma. Plus, I feel sophisticated when I drink from a tulip glass. Ok, onto the review!
After popping the cap off, the first thing I smell is Grape-Nuts. If you don’t know what the hell a Grape-Nut is, it’s a cereal that is unfairly thought of as both disgusting and for people with digestive problems. I think Grape-Nuts are quite tasty, especially with a little sugar. Anyway, they have a distinctly heavy wheatish taste, actually, wheat and barley. That’s how this Dead Guy Ale smells. I like it. Its rich, kinda buttery, kinda nutty. You can smell a little bread in there, and on the back-end, I think there’s a slight sugary sweetness. Quite a few notes going on, but nothing is overpowering. Everything is melding and being copacetic. Its good times.
The first taste is hoppy, slightly bitter with a sweet, bready aftertaste that stays strong and lingers at the cheeks and at the back of the tongue. Like the smell, nothing is overpowering despite the number of flavors going on at the same time. The hops at the beginning fade and allow the Grape-Nutty bread taste to rise up and stay. And when I say bread, it doesn’t taste like I’m actually eating a loaf of bread. It tastes like the essence of bread, like what fresh bread smells like (Essence of Bread is a great band name). Side note, if you’ve never had truly fresh bread, call up your grandmother, or mother, or wife, or hell, maybe yourself if you’re a bread champ, and make some. Eat it while drinking beer. You’re welcome.
Back to the beer. Subsequent tastes reveal very subtle hints of lemon perhaps, buried deep under the malt and hops. I don’t know if lemons or other fruits were used in the creating of this Dead Guy Ale, but I like it. Maybe the flavors are combining to form new taste profiles. Whatever it is, everything is working here. Additionally, there’s a sharpness that just kinda chills out under everything. Like that zingy, alcoholic potency that you get with wine, or super high ABV beers. It doesn’t overpower. All it does is lets you know that it means business. Tasty, tasty business.
After pouring it into a snifter, I’m able to see its color. It’s a deep caramel, not dark like a stout, but above and beyond the yellow of a Budweiser. It looks rich, juicy, smooth, and thick. Odd choices to describe the color of a beer? Possibly, but just try imagining what color could possibly look like that. I’ll tell you what color…the color of this Dead Guy Ale! The head is a cream-colored, and isn’t too thick, even when I pour it hard. It stays a while, but looks like I could blow it away with a heavy breath. This doesn’t really mean anything for the taste, and it doesn’t detract from the overall presentation. It just looks like beer, and that’s good.
The flavors change after the pouring. Everything stands out more, as do the aromas. Its like the ingredients are bouncing around the glass above the beer, just going crazy because they’re free. Additionally, a gentle floral taste emerges once poured. It adds a slightly sweet, slightly fruity taste under all of the original flavors. The floral notes arrive and leave quickly, so they don’t completely change the overall flavor. And, you might only notice them if you’re really taking your time with this beer. It’s like a ninja flavor. Yes, this beer has ninjas in it.
Overall, this is a mighty tasty beer that I’m lucky I chose for my first review. It really showcases the complexities and flavor abilities that craft beers can achieve. I’m giving it a high B+ for a number of reasons. It has a rich taste with multiple layers and shifting flavor profiles that work like a well oiled machine. It looks like what beer should–rich, smooth and healthy. Its drinkability is fantastic. From the bottle, tulip glass, pint glass, solo cup, water fountain, or bathtub, this beer would taste wonderful in any situation, and its smooth, easy flavor earns it a Chuggable Bonus, if you were so inclined to shotgun it. Additionally, you seem to get more beer for the buck, because the flavors stay with you for a long time. Not in that gross, hurry up and get out of my mouth aftertaste way, but more like a liquid friend that hangs out with your mouth and tells awesome stories. The flavors don’t sour or turn unpleasant. And this is good, because like many craft beers, the Dead Guy Ale can be a little pricey. For this pint bottle, I paid $6. Of course, a six-pack would be a better value at around $12-$14, but still, this probably won’t be a beer you buy 10 cases of for your next party. Unless you’re rich, then you definitely should. For the rest of us, its price knocks down its final score a bit. Not too much, but to me, it kicks it out of A range. Keep in mind that as far as flavor and its awesomeness as a beer, the Rogue Dead Guy Ale is a straight A in my book, but, until I find the perfect get rich quick scheme, it’ll have to stay at a B+.
That about does it for this review. Whether you drink domestic or craft beers, or roll strictly with wine, or maybe you only drink chocolate milk, always remember to be responsible, have some fun, and find a group of friends to share that milk with. Most things in life are better in a group.