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We’re inching closer to Halloween and I am starting to get really excited.  The BeerRantsAndBooks family is taking our annual trip up to Salem, MA this weekend to meet some friends and take part in all the festivities.  I decided to pregame a bit by pulling another one of my spooky brews out of the mini-fridge.

Beer Name: Dead N Dead Guy

Brewery: Rogue Ales (Newport, OR)

Style: Maibock

ABV: 8.8%

Description: This beer was created by taking the brewery’s popular Dead Guy Ale and aging it for several months in Dead Guy Whiskey barrels.  Read all about it here.

Appearance: Opaque copper-colored body topped by thin layer of light tan foam.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt and whiskey.

Taste: Light caramel sweetness upfront that tapered off towards mid-sip.  At this point the beer initially thinned out a bit into a fairly generic ale, though after sitting for a bit that was gradually filled in by leathery notes of vanilla and oak.  The sweet malts then picked up again for the finish, where they were joined by hints of whiskey to give the beer a warming close.

Mouthfeel: A touch past medium bodied with a carbonation level just short of moderate.

Hype: Maybe negative hype?  A lot of beer folk look down on Rogue for arguably snobbish reasons, though some questionable brewing concoctions and employment practices have done little to gain them sympathy.

Overall: An unexpectedly mellow and relaxing beer.  When first poured I recall wishing it had a little extra something to it, but that eventually came through as the beer warmed up a bit.  All told I found a solidly enjoyable brew.