Last Wednesday was my birthday, and I thought it would be fun to go on a (mostly) beer drinking adventure in Eugene and Portland, Oregon. Because of the distance of the Tri-Cities to Eugene, G and I (o yeah, G was able to accompany me on this adventure) weren’t able to visit many beer specific locations in Eugene, before I relived some of my college nightlife. We were able to visit the famous Bier Stein, which was exactly like I remembered it - the mecca of beer in Eugene. Malachi helped G and I the majority of the time we were there, and he was awesome. He was a super friendly, knowledgable guy that also provided some good conversation. So, if you are in Eugene go to the Bier Stein have a beer and tell Malachi Beer Fusion sent you. While I was there I had a Sierra Nevada Ghidora DIPA, Fire Mountain NW IPA, and St. Feuillien Tripel; all of which were great except the tripel. My favorite style is IPAs, and a tie for second is Barleywine and Tripels. This tripel had some flavors I’ve never had in a tripel, and it really wasn’t my forte. Skip forward to the next day, and G and I are in Portland. It also turned out to be the Rose Parade. G and I ventured up and down some bars drinking beer, much of what I drank is logged on Untappd. I really want to talk about one place though that I really enjoyed, and that’s Bailey’s Taproom. They had a great beer selection, very friendly workers, and an ability to relax outside (you could also order from a mexican restaurant and have food delivered to you at Bailey’s). So, if you’re in Portland make sure to swing by Bailey’s for a few different beers, and don’t be afraid to take a cab. Well, that’s a very short summary of Beer Fusion’s adventures this last weekend, but I want to get into Rogue’s Double Dead Guy Ale. If you want to know more about the beers I drank, or where I went while in Portland and Eugene feel free to send me a message firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll do my best to answer them.
Rogue has this to say about their Double Dead Guy Ale:
Deep amber copper color. Buttery peanut brittle, orange blossom tea aromas follow through to a rich chewy and fruity full body with nice notes of caramel drizzled dried apricot and roasted grains and spice. Finishes with a long, tangy grilled grapefruit and chocolate fade.
This 2011 batch comes in at an ABV of 8%, and pours a light off-white head that dissipated rather quickly, initially. Their remains a small amount after the initial dissipation, which grips the glass quiet well. The color has a clear clarity, and is a nice rich mahogany. Head - 8, Look - 13. The overall smell was light, but had very similar characteristics to a barleywine. Sweet citrus fruit came through with a dry finish on the nose. Smell - 22.
The initial taste is bitter and dry with sweet characteristics. The aftertaste is very similar - dry and bitter. Overall, this beer starts crisp in the beginning with those tart sweet notes, but the floral bitterness follows quickly. There isn’t much complexity, which surprised me, because I have had this beer before in different years. I did notice a smokey nature to it, but the robust flavors I’ve had in the past from the Double Dead Guy were absent. It really made me wonder if this beer needs to age a bit more, either in production or at the consumer level. Either I got a bad bottle, or this beer really needs 6 months to a year of cellaring. Palate - 7, Aftertaste- 7, Flavor - 24.
Normally, when I have a beer like this I’m fine being rather critical, because it’s a more expensive brew and a double of a beer I like, but this time around I’m having trouble. And, no, it’s not because of my critical post towards beer reviewers. It’s due to the fact that I’ve had the 2009 and 2010 batches of this ale, and they taste mighty different then this 2011 batch. Either way, the Double Dead Guy I had was lacking in strong complex flavors, so much so that the flavors weren’t specifically defining themselves, and G also had the same issue. I hope this is a fluke, and maybe I’ll pick up another bottle and try it again in 6 months. With an Overall Flavor of 38/50 the Beer Fusion gives Rogue’s Double Dead Guy Ale...