by David Daugherty on April 23, 2012

Yes, from the same Rogue that brought you Dead Guy Ale and others we have written about here, Dead Guy Whiskey is distilled from the sweet wort of Dead Guy Ale and uses C-15, Rogue Micro Farm Dare and Risk malts.  Rounding it off are Free Range Coastal Water and Distiller’s Yeast.  The process to create the whiskey is simple enough.  All of the ingredients are combined and once the Distiller’s yeast is added to the sweet wort, it ferments for 7 days then it is double distilled in a 150 gallon copper whiskey still. Then (according to the bottle) is “ocean aged” in oak barrels for a month.

As most of you know, I am a Kentucky Straight Bourbon drinker so this was somewhat of a departure for me, one, given the respect Rogue has engendered as a brewer, I took seriously.  I used a proper whiskey tasting glass, the Glencairn Glass, which I highly recommend for tasting fine whiskeys and scotches.  It was designed specifically for the purpose of determining the color, aroma and taste of whiskey.  It has a wide bowl on the bottom and tapering upward to the mouth, more of a “nosing” glass.

Okay, with all that being said, did Rogue hit or miss with their whiskey?  I think on a scale of 1 – 10, 10 being highest…I give it an 8.  For me, it was a hit.  The aroma is unique, not the greatest but sweet, woody and somewhat leathery to the nose.  I paired it with a Dead Guy Ale, not as a chaser but as a follow up after letting the whiskey do it’s job of coating all of my taste buds and palate.  It was sweet and you can definitely get the oak from the barrel taste and as for the bite, very mild.  I didn’t get that harsh burn all the way down like you do with many other whiskies.  A very mellow drink at 80 proof, clean, and somewhat refreshing.  What I found a real pleasure, though not surprised by it, is that it did a remarkable job enhancing the flavors of the Dead Guy Ale, a great pairing!  I would suggest to any whiskey drinker to give this one a go at least once.  As Rogue’s moto on the bottle suggests:

“Honoring Unique Rogues Whose Spirit Lingers Long Past Their Mortal Existence.”


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Carol, the beer doctor April 26, 2012 at 9:54 pm

I will keep an eye out for this. Like yourself and other beer lovers, I am also a bourbon afficianado. (After all, bourbon is just distilled beer, with a little corn thrown in.)


David Daugherty April 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

So true Carol. If I ever make it back that way for an extended period of time, I am going to Kentucky to do the bourbon belt tour!


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