One of the great things about the month of May other than the flowers blooming, the sun not being blocked by the clouds as much and the knowing that soon that Lake Huron will soon again be at a pleasant swimming temps (Well, in some people's world it already IS at the right degrees and when I was younger I was jumping by by the middle of April just to make a point. Those days are past for me though. Sorry, if the water temps ain't 68 degrees Fahrenheit or above it just ain't enjoyable and I don't have the desire to make that point anymore. Now, my kids on the other hand-they've been ready to jump in for the past few weeks now) for me are Maibocks. And one of the great things about Maibocks is Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.
Shiny copper with a bit of murk in color and a moderate head that hangs tight for a minute or two before vanishing. A very scrumptious malty, nutty and caramel aroma. A sweet and creamy toasty malt thing is the first thing noticed in the taste. Not too sweet though because a hop bitterness balances it out. Neither dominate the flavor but compliment each other in a nice complexity. The caramel nuances don't take away from the hop bite nor from the malt roast but add the the overall flavor. A great blend that leaves a slightly dry but mostly soothing feeling in the throat. As spring melts into summer there aren't many other Maibocks that can match the all around goodness that Rogue whips up with this one.