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Rouge Dead Guy Whiskey

Was at Stars & Shamrocks with friends in DC back in February and came across this whiskey from Rouge (Portland, Oregon). I really enjoy Rouge Dead Guy Ale beers and was curious as to what their whiskey was like through I recall taking  a tour of their operations when I was out in Portland a few years ago. Tasting Notes: Delicately sweet with a rich malt complexity, opens up to a warm peppery finish.

6 Ingredients: Dead Guy Whiskey is made with the same 4 grains that are used to make Dead Guy Ale since 1991. Northwest Harrington, Maier Munich, Klages, and Carastan malts; Free Range Coastal Water & Distiller’s yeast.

Rogue’s Dead Guy family has a whole new spirit—Dead Guy Whiskey, created on the Pacific Ocean and Yaquina Bay in a multi-step process. Northwest Harrington, Maier Munich, Klages, and Carastan malts are combined with Free Range Coastal Water in a 100 BBL 3,000 gallon brew system. Distiller’s yeast is then added to the wort, fermented, and then hauled across the parking lot to the Rogue House of Spirits (est. 2006) where its doubledistilled by Master distiller John Couchot in a 150 gallon Vendome copper pot still and then aged in charred American white oak barrels. Each 3,000 gallon batch yields 100 gallons of Dead Guy Whiskey.

Let’s talk about this whiskey. Based on the mash, which is the sweet wort used to make Dead Guy Ale, this whiskey has more in common with Irish Whiskey and Scotch than Bourbon. It has a honey-leathery aroma and flavor, with a slight amount of saltiness in the finish. The label says that “Ocean aged In Oak Barrels for 1 Month.” The ocean aged is the aspect that I find cryptic. The fact that it is only aged for a month is what I find inexecusable. It’s a nice whiskey, but it is lacking the complexity. Leave it in the barrel for a few more years guys, and you may be onto something perhaps…

2 comments on “Rouge Dead Guy Whiskey

  1. The Wookie
    May 2, 2011

    Good review. I could not agree more that if this spent some more time in the barrel it might be better. I found the taste harsh and flat (exactly what I would expect from young whiskey). Hopefully Rogue has a few casks of this put away and we’ll have something worth tasting in a few years.


  2. Chad M.
    May 11, 2011

    Hey Ryan,

    Wonderful review. I should check this out since I am stone throw away from Star and Shamrock pub. I love Dead Man Ale. Rogue is located in Newport, Oregon. I saw this quote and thought I should share this…

    “Who cares how time advances? I am drinking ale today.”

    – Edgar Allan Poe



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