John John Dead Guy Ale

22 oz bottle from Smyrna World of Beverage. Around $8-9 for the privilege.
Probably should have taken a closer look at the label here rather than just grabbing it, as I’m not a huge fan of either Dead Guy or barrel aging in general – ho hum.
At first glance I wondered if this was another of those annoying Rogue habits where the beer get re-packaged and re-named. Apparently I’m in the clear.
Beer seems slightly over-carbonated as I open the bottle.
Creamy head sits a top of a light copper body with a large stream of bubble. Some lace, retention OK.
Nose reveals a light, bourbon/whiskey nose with some mellow vanilla. The nose of the liquor is stronger than appears in the taste, but the beer seems to struggle with an awkward sweetness and a bitter finish. It’s all a bit strange with apparently strongly competing flavor profiles up against one another. Finish is annoyingly bitter and dry. Metal adds confusion in the lingering, oaky ending. the whiskey element is really a light caramel or toffee which is OK but not my favorite flavor profile. Plenty of malt presence but it never comes together for me.
Mouthfeel is one of the better features and is relatively rich.
This doesn’t work much for me which is not surprising as we are starting with a beer I’m not in love with and added the barrel component which I’m not a fan of either. Not for me.

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02/21/2010
Format:
bottle
ABV: 6.4 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 2.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3
Overall: 3
Total: 2.9
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