Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
650 ml brown bomber bottle. No freshness date, but every other bit of info under the sun ... so why not a freshness date? Odd.
Pours a near black / dark brown beer, topped with a semi-sticky, creamy tan head; ample retention all the way down to the bottom of the glass.
Nose is very perfume-like, major floral aromas, molasses tucked in the corners, as well as tobacco, splash of sherry and citrus, rind, salt and some fresh tree bark. Estery.
Wonderfully smooth upfront with an even consistency on the palate. Then a bitty coarseness takes over with strong hop tannins and a raw leafy feel. Very citric, with a dominant sharp rind flavour, aged cheese, herbal and floral flavours that stretch the palate with complexities. Strong wood and earth flavours. Overall: this is a very hopped-up beer. Malt is fairly sweet, but not too sweet, with ripe fruits of dark berries, plume and even a touch of strawberry; plenty of fruity esters. Malt tries to balance, but falls a bit short; chocolate, roasted and moist tobacco flavours being the most bold. Overall, Mogul is a dry ale, shown strongly in its finish and ending mouthfeel, which is also raw (hops), bitty and coarse at its end.
A beer bursting with complex flavours, in typical Rogue fashion. Tasty, robust and West Coast all the way -- What? Just 7 types of hops?
03-16-2003 14:00:51 | More by Todd
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with an oxygen cap. Full list of ingredients and specs on the brew are on the label. No freshness date.
Appearance: Wonderful froth forms a chunky bubbly head, deep murky brown colour shows that there is a lot of goodness inside the glass.
Smell: Hop aroma is all over the place with hints of citrus, floral and herbal notes, tobacco and pungent oil. Levels of chocolate and biscuity toasted malt and yeast are underneath.
Taste: Mildly think and very creamy with a smoothness that rolls across the tongue in a lushes manner. Lots of hop flavour to go around not to mention the sheer complexity of the rounded bitterness … seven different hops helps to achieve this. Maltiness is not to be understated to say the least with bursts of carob, bread crust like toasted grain and a touch of caramel. Hops play with the taste buds with a mingling of rindy citrus, slight herbal and pungent oily bitterness. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and lots of lingering hop and malt donning a twang of yeast and a warming alcohol that hold an ester within.
Notes: Brews like this are what Rogue is all about, muscular both in malt and hops … in the raw carrying untouched complexities. This is a bold brew for bold palates.
10-27-2002 13:42:02 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
4.25/5 rDev +4.2%
Is this beer making a comeback?On tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a deep cherry wood color with a tight formed 1/2 finger off white head that held good retention and it had good clarity to it.A mix of sweet brown sugar and the Rogue citric hop a nice mix,much more intensified flavors than aromas starting with deep brown sugar/molasses flavors melding into intense bitter grapefruit rind and lemon oils hop goodness into a lingering finish wich was for me tongue curling bitter.Man what a geat after work brew it really woke up the taste buds,kick ass!
02-08-2008 20:58:50 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Presentation: 22oz. bomber with the typical Rogue screened graphics. "Night skiing", eh? All's I know is that is a good way to freeze your butt off.
Appearance: Poured a dark, deep brown in color. Brownish-colored head lasts nicely and was pretty fizzy.
Smell: What a strange concotion this one is! All sorts of different and "I'd never think to combine that" aromas noted....chocolate, dark alcohol-soaked fruits, citrus, expensive cigars, even a dash of a "wooden" smell. Yet all manage to complement each other. Very nice.
Taste: Another winner from Rogue. Very, very well-balanced mixture of malty sweetness and the hoppy bitternes from the 7 types of hops (hey...this is Rogue here!). Good dose of dark fruit flavors as well. Alcohol is absent. Chocolate flavor floats in and out. Very nice overall flavor profile.
Mouthfeel: Nice amount of body. Not quite as "thick" as expeceted. Just a tad on the watery side. Still, a silky smooth experience that is very close to the next level.
Drinkability: Wonderful flavor profile, mixed with a pleasant aftertaste, made for a higly drinkable beer.
07-23-2003 02:47:53 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
Currently flowing on tap at Fathead's...not sure of if this one is the JLS #10...you know the 80 +/- 5 IBUs one. Anywho stopped in for a quick pint today and this was flowing along with good conversation with a Fathead's staple...beermarkpgh. Thanks for this tasty brew Mark it appears deep caramel ruby brown hued with a large moccha tan head leaves literally a band of lacing with each sip. Aroma contains big piney hop bursts with a touch of floral and herbal tones in the mix malts express themselves well with ripe fruit plums, caramel, and a touch of soft chocolate going down here. Flavor is upfront bitter and piney good...west coast aggresivness pulls no punches a beefy malt layer this meaning you can literally bite into it lucious with caramel and chocolate notes hops just coat my teeth. Mouthfeel well as stated above big bodied brew oily raw texture with the piney hops even slow bubbled carbonation chugs along. Drinkability another fantastic Rogue brew quite possibly one of the best from the JLS series I'm a fan.
06-09-2006 07:35:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Had this on-tap at the Brickskeller in Washington DC.
Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin tan head. The head recedes slowly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of buttery malts first and foremost - reminds me of their Santa's Private Reserve in that regard - with hints of dark fruits, including figs and raisins.
Tastes a whole lot different than the smell led me to believe. Buttery malts kick things off, but then roasted coffee and chocolate flavors come out. I tried and tried but couldn't get any of the berry flavors listed under the description at the bar. Ends with a coffee bitterness leaving a dark chocolate aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with even carbonation making this go down smoothly.
Drinkability is good. Once I figured out this beer I downed it pretty quickly and could've gone for another.
Overall this was an interesting beer and I'm glad Brickskeller had this on. Definitely worth a try if you can still find it.
02-13-2009 04:05:36 | More by glid02
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Dark brown in color with minimal brown head. Bottom of bottle caked with sediment that has a coffee grain appearance.
Aroma is complex and difficult to describe. Roasted malt, alcohol, molasses, all with a fruity date/prune overlay. Aroma takes a little knock due to my personal aversion for molasses.
Taste: again complex, unique, and difficult to describe. Fruity, chocolate, alcohol, molasses. Big and bold. Balance on the bitter side. The more I drank, the more I liked it.
Full body and minimal carbonation. Slightly syrupy.
Drinkability is good, but not for the faint of heart. Not something to be knocked back without regard.
Overall, different and interesting. A good beer.
04-20-2003 17:01:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.95/5 rDev -3.2%
caramel in color with an off-white head that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down. Light lacing coating the side of the glass. Aroma is hops, piney with light citrus notes but a load of cinnamon and spice as well. Seems as though I have run into this before with another of their one off's, just seems really familiar. Letting it open up gives me nice touches of caramel and bready malts, a rich and well balanced hoppiness that seems to fade in and out during the session. Nice feel, hearty with great carbonation that still allows it to have some pop to it
11-22-2011 03:38:35 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
Served on tap in a pint glass, this is a murky crimson brown with a thin ring of head and no lacing to speak of. Nose is full of piney resinous hops, pretty strong, nice and fragrant. Taste is more of the same piney hops, very strong, nice lingering bitterness, over a smooth slightly caramel malt. Tasty, but pretty one dimensional. Medium/full bodied and with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty strong single note beer, and as such it's not something I'd drink often.
04-01-2006 18:43:11 | More by cubedbee
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
Light brown with good sized creamy head. Thick lacing.
All citrusy, sweet-smelling hops in the nose.
Spicy hops taste that takes over everything else. There's faint pale malt in the end of the sip.
Smooth almost creamy feel. Finishes very dry and with a fiery hop presence.
I enjoy a good hoppy beer but this one is too extreme for me to enjoy it too often.
03-24-2006 20:50:30 | More by timtheenchanta
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
An out-of-production beer that I was surprised to see bottled in a new addition at my local store. According to the brewery website, this is a limited re-issue from the "John's Locker" program, but I didn't know they would be bottled. Regardless, I was glad to have the chance to sample this one that I thought had gotten away.
Big and sturdy with loads of malt - the chocolate malt was quite evident. West Coast hops in abundance, which was necessary to balance the malt. Fits the strong ale style quite well - a notch below a barleywine, but not far away. Finish was a lingering bittersweetness. Nicely done.
10-04-2005 14:06:29 | More by Brent
4.08/5 rDev 0%
On tap and poured into a pint glass.
A: Near black in color with soft ruby red hues. Firm cream colored head pours two fingers thick. Good retention. Beautiful spider web like lacing crawls all over the glass.
S: Citrus juices. Raw earth. Pine resin. Herbs. Bready malts.
T: Big citrus juice beginning that is followed by an herbal and floral hop bitterness that is very raw. Hints of pine are followed by a balancing roasted malt character that has a bread like flavor. Tastes of wet or raw earth and tree bark are followed by a burst of dryness.
M: Smooth and medium bodied. Minimal carbonation. Slightly dry.
T: This wonderful brew has an earthy or wet forest character that impossible to forget. Well balanced and quite complex for a strong ale. I wish this was readily available in this area. Highly recommended.
06-11-2007 00:38:33 | More by Tyrawlings
3.93/5 rDev -3.7%
The aroma is of west coast hops mixing with an assertive malt profile. Thick and bready with notes of caramels. A slight Pacman yeastiness.
The taste balanced by an above average hop profile (for the style) much more citrusy than the aroma, but still quite citrus and piney. It actually ends fairly dry, almost metallic, which is a bonus, leaving the hop resins to last long after the swallow. The dryness yields a lighter than average body which cuts the strong sweet flavors in the beer. Carbonation is at average levels which seems right.
Overall this is not a bad beer but not as good as I remembered it from last year. The malt profile falls a little flat compared to your average winter warmer; not sure if that was the intention, anyway... Overall, it seems a little too resinous and slick for me.
03-07-2011 12:09:43 | More by claspada
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
I'm guessing this must be back, as it's on tap here at O'Brien's. Appearance is strange- almost opaque. I'm not quite sure what to make of it based on looks, is this a nitro-tap? Guess not, as it tastes fine, but wow this beer has a very unique appearance. Smell is hoppy, very piney. Taste is good, again very hoppy, but there is a caramel malt here that makes this very different from an IPA. I am unsure what to call this beer, but that is sometimes a good thing. In this case, it makes for an interesting taste, but the drinkability suffers a bit. I will enjoy my pint, but can't see ordering this very often. Still, glad to have tried it, and a nice change of pace from my usual IPAs.
04-22-2006 22:29:06 | More by audiojon
3.68/5 rDev -9.8%
One of the many Rouge beers that I sampled during a local taverns Rouge Fest. This American Strong Ale is medium-brown in color with light to moderate carbonation. It is Bock-ish in taste with hoppy overtones. A slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste. Somehow smooth and hoppy all at once. I rate it in the top five Rouge beers. The mouth feel is common with the American Strong Ales..what I would call a medium-full feeling.
12-31-2005 05:07:47 | More by TheEclecticGent
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Sampled on draft (16 oz) at Frisco's in Columbia. Seems that this one hasn't been made in a while.
Appearance: Dark cloudy brown with a clingy off white head. No real lacing on this one, though.
Smell: Sharp pine aroma
Taste: Hearty pine flavored goodness here, with a heavy caramel malt backbone. Really enjoyed it, though it is one-sided.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied brew drying the mouth with great hop bite.
Drinkability: Could have several. Doesn't have that "Rogue taste."
02-22-2006 15:32:31 | More by Dithyramb
4.63/5 rDev +13.5%
Darkened red/brown. A+ lace.
Nose is predominantly hops; grapefruit, citrus, lemon, but also features a nice malt backbone. Super clean as usual.
Taste is what one could call a 'generically rogue' hoppiness, but come on this stuff is delicious alongside those other Rogue hop-bombs. It is surely cut from the same cloth. Very tasty. I'm not sure about the American Strong Ale designation...seems the pepperiness of hops and intense floral acid qualities overtake the smooth silkiness towards the end of the glass.
Goes down wonderfully. I fiend for Rogue.
04-17-2006 20:54:28 | More by GreenWBush
4/5 rDev -2%
Had this on tap a Summit Tavern in Snellville
A - Poured dark brown to black with a thick tan head that fell slowly to nice sticky lacing into a pint glass
S - Nice citrus smells along with malty and hoppy grassy smells
T/M - Nice heavy malty taste in the front with the hallmark Rogue hoppy finish that just blows out the malt sweetness with a great piney and citrus blend of hop bitterness. A good amount of carbonation and a nice medium feel to the brew delivers this beer to the palate just right
D - A very drinkable brew and I enjoyed it very much
12-28-2007 17:14:24 | More by meechum
3/5 rDev -26.5%
Out of retirement? All I know is that it is the current (Feb. '08) John's Locker Stock at Tyler's Taproom in Durham. It's a little surprising that I chose this beer-I normally choose new an unique offerings at Tyler's. Something about the way the 'tender described this to me ("It's Rogue's hoppy winter ale.") just drew me in for a pint.
It pours a dark brown with a light tan head that lasted a moderate amount of time. The aroma was of light malts with hints of sweet fruit and hops. There is also a nice grassy element here, reminiscent of a French Sauvignon Blanc. It is truly a hoppy brew, with a nice malt essence in the body of the flavor. The finish is quite citrus-y. Most impressive is the big, lingering hoppy aftertaste.
I believe this recent incarnation is more of an ESB or American IPA than Strong Ale.
02-14-2008 02:57:08 | More by CWiggins
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Reviewed from notes. On tap at Churchkey
Pours a dark amber-crimson color with a nice off white head. The nose brings forward some sharp notes of citrus and pine hops, with the citrus toward the front. The taste adds in a bit of light amber malt with a good dose of bitterness. Some orange and grapefruit rind come through. Pretty bold body with some really nice bitterness levels.
10-24-2010 17:56:06 | More by Thorpe429
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
I think this is back for the John Locker series.
Deep amber, crimson, auburn on the sides, copper in the middle. Nice tan head. Dark and creamy, it holds nicely. Great lacing with thick sheets coating the glass.
Aroma was quite resiny and piney. Spicy hops are quite apparent with some floral aspects. A big malty nutty sweetness underrides the piney, resins.
Taste was big and bold and had qualities from both sides of the equation. Lots of piney sharp hops in the forefront. A good kick of spicyness from the hops comes and holds throughout. Toasty caramel notes fight for my attention but in the end level out the sharp fresh hoppiness. Finished cleanly with the slighest note of pinesap and acidity.
A creamy body smooths out what could be a harsh palate. Quite creamy for what it is and the beer is much smoother than one would expect.
Quaffed at a nice pace and I could definitely drink quite a few of these but I might be hurting in the morning. It's a most enjoyable drink. Rogue at its finest.
This really is reminiscent of Founder's Red's Rye but I guess there was no Rye or Amarillo in it. Go figure.
04-06-2006 22:50:14 | More by granger10
3.55/5 rDev -13%
Bronze, dark brown color with a full rocky tan, light brown head. Took a few times to pour as it was overcarbonated which you don't see often in a Strong Ale. Left clumps of lace down the glass. Big malty and bitter hop aromas with alcohol traces present. Big malty flavors offset by a good degree of bitterness. Finishes with a strong alcohol bite. Medium bodied (leans full) and finishes very bitter.
Not a bad Rogue but not my favorite -- thought they quit making this one so think this bottle was a bit on the aged side.
Labelled as "Oregon Brewing Co." ? "Bronze in 1994 GABF"
[22 oz. bottle for $3.99]
12-26-2002 08:10:03 | More by RBorsato
Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.