Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales
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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
3.93/5 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
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
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
My bomber looks like the mogul ale but it's listed as a strong ale on the bottle so I assume it's this one. Thick frothy head. A brown body which looks very clear. Fresh hops and a very nice dark toasted malt in the aroma. A faint sense of the alcohol as well. The hops and dark malt work very well together in this one. Both are dominant and yet mingle nicely. A slight warming from the booze. Nice full bodied strong ale. Very smooth and drinkable.
05-05-2010 13:42:53 | More by DNICE555
4.05/5 rDev -0.7%
Thick, long-lasting two-finger head. Lots of chunky lace on the glass. The color is a deep brown, but light does make its way through. Appears clear.
Excellent blend of fresh aroma hops and darker, toasted malts. Faint alcohol presence in the background.
Relatively dry beer. More bisuity and toasty on the tongue than the nose. Assertively hopped which becomes stronger in the swallow and then the aftertaste, which lasts a long time. Thin against my expectations, but the body is fine. Deceptively easy to consume.
03-08-2010 00:25:38 | More by smcolw
3.98/5 rDev -2.5%
Had this brew on tap last evening while at Mahar's. Brew poured to a nice dark brown color with a good sized off white / light tan color with pretty good retention and lacing. Nice hoppy beer comes to mind off the bat, nice floral. Then I am noticing a nice sweet somewhat complex caramel aroma. Very nice smelling brew! The flavor was very good as well, I actually thought that this was a IPA that was just brewed with darker malts as the hops where quite noticeable. There was a nice malt presence there as well behind the more upfront hop flavor. The malts gave a slight roasted flavor but I picked up quite a bit of caramel. Over all this was a very tasty brew and glad to have discovered it. Will get again!
01-23-2010 21:15:51 | More by Stimack
3.88/5 rDev -4.9%
A - Pours brown with an inch of light tan head.
S - Floral and fruity hop notes with some caramel touches.
T - Floral and fruity hops also in the taste with a caramel malt base.
M - Medium bodied with a medium carbonation and a nice bitterness.
D - A nice beer but there are many others, Rogue included, that I'd buy before this.
01-21-2010 08:44:55 | More by brendan13
3.53/5 rDev -13.5%
On tap at the KC saucer
a- pours a very dark amber to almost brown. Head is mocha in color. Well retained at half a cm.
S- light grassy american hop note. bitter and edgy.
t- all caramel and crystal malts. A strong contrast to the smell. Some alcohol comes through. Does finish more bitter. The hops stick to the tongue.
m- creamy and full bodied. Slight carbonation bite. Very oily aftertaste.
d- a bit overwhelming on the palette at times due to it's well hidden hop profile. Abv is manageable. Not filling
01-03-2010 02:57:46 | More by katan
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
Standard pint poured at the KC Flying Saucer. Not much head, though lacing leaves steady stair-steps down the glass. Color is a dark reddish caramel brown.
Smell has a fresh hoppy bite. Taste is equally hoppy with some rye bitterness.
Mouthfeel is very clean yet bold. very enjoyable.
11-27-2009 23:48:54 | More by bort11
3.85/5 rDev -5.6%
On-tap poured into pint glass.
A - Poured dark red color with medium head that left medium lacing.
S - Citrus smell with hops and malts and a hint of wheat.
T - Predominanlty hops with slight taste of malts and pine. The finish is grapefruit bitter.
M - Medium bodied, well balanced with nice amount of carbonation.
D - Crisp and refreshing, well suited for summer refreshment.
11-22-2009 14:48:32 | More by taigor
4.22/5 rDev +3.4%
Didn't expect to see this and I immediately grabbed a bottle. The design is much different and seems to have been updated.
Pours a nice reddish-copper color into my glass with a two-finger head that leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
Aroma is strong and full of sweet malt with a good hint of floral hops in the nose. Interesting mingling of aromas.
Taste is full of floral, grassy hop bitterness with a hint of sweet malt underneath. Malt is a bit chewy but the hops seems to dominate the over taste. Kind of similar to other examples of the style.
Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and sweet malt. Alcohol is dialed down and barely registers. Carbonation seems at a decent level (not overpowering or weak).
Overall, reminds me of Stone's Arrogant Bastard but without the alcohol warmth. More accessible than the latter and simply delicious. A good beer to try.
11-13-2009 02:44:09 | More by Brad007
3.78/5 rDev -7.4%
Had this beer on tap. It was advertised on the menu as a "Black IPA" so I tried it. On this site it is classified as an "American Strong Ale", I think I will review it as if it were a dark IPA though.
Served in a snifter. Beer is clear and brown (not black as advertised but that's ok). White head, small bubbles, thin and diffuse. Head forms at the edge of the glass and leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is dominated by hops, of the pine variety. There is some detectable roast but for all intents and purposes this is a nose full of hops. I was expecting more roast based on the use of the word "black" and the actual color of the beer but alas.
Beer has a good mouthfeel to it, nice body. Beer kind of covers your mouth as you drink it. Unfortunately, for the enjoyment of the beer, the roast shows up in the flavor and decides to fight it out in the back of the mouth for dominance over the hops. This is not working for me. Almost no forward or midpalate character at all, its all piled on the back. At times I lose the hops, at other times I lose the roast. Its a mess. When the hops are there they are citrusy and piny. Its a nice hop profile, just unnecessarily complicated by the roast. The beer does not have a strong aftertaste, although it builds as you drink it.
11-03-2009 15:29:50 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured into a Pint Glass at Frisco Grill in Columbia MD.
Appearance - Dark Brown with nice cream head. Nicely carbonated with
Smell/Taste - More malty than hoppy sweet smell. A very creamy taste and with notes of pine and citrus. Nice change from some overly hopped beers that demands your attention at all times.
Drinkability - Great session beer that I could drink all night.
03-18-2009 23:05:50 | More by jeffsala
4/5 rDev -2%
Sampled at the Rogue Public House in San Francisco the second day in a row I visited on 1/24/09, went back for a pint of this and another, reviewed from notes, heard lots of great things about this strong ale in the past, even though it is pretty low in alcohol and not really true to the style, needed to see how good this was for myself, color is a medium brown color and looks a little bit like a chocolate milkshake at first glance, not much of a head but what is there is tan and bubbly, no lacing, aroma is made up of lots of caramel, grapefruit, variety of nuts, and sweet malts, smell reminded me of their Hazelnut Brown quite a bit, flavor was more bitter than the smell would have led you to think, also lots of biscuit malt in the middle that was not in the aroma, caramel comes out more and more as it warms, citrus does too, light chocolate and burned malt are the main flavors by the end, sweet, dry, and citrusy mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation that is fitting, could drink another pint of this, smooth and not much booze in the flavor, can be a little sweet the warmer it gets, above average drinkability, glad to have tried one of the first brews in the John Locker Stock, also cool to try a beer with seven different hop varities used in the brewing process, would drink again, heard the older bottles of this are drinking well, if there is any still floating around there, I would recommend grabbing some
03-06-2009 03:44:57 | More by Floydster
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
4.1/5 rDev +0.5%
Sample at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville. This beer is a dark reddish-brown color with a medium ivory head that fizzes away steadily. Stringy lacing. Aroma of floral hops, black tea and malt. Rich body with flavors of citrus, piney hops and rich dark malt. The finish is bready malt and chocolate with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable from start to finish.
06-05-2008 16:14:50 | More by Dogbrick
3.58/5 rDev -12.3%
On-tap at Tyler's in Durham, NC.
Pint is filled with a gorgeous, ruby-red body with a deep mahogany core. A thin, light grey head floats on top and leaves decent lacing. The aroma is a delectable blend of malts and juicy fruits, including cherries, red grape rinds, grapefruit, and plum.
The flavor is part spice, part nutty malts. There's a good bit of caramel here, too. The aftertaste is where my opinion of this beer turns slightly sour, as residues of overly bitter hops and shoe polish are left to coat the back of the palate. Body is medium thick and under-carbonated. Overall, this was a decent brew...nothing phenomenal. Drinkability is relatively low, as this beer wears on the tastebuds with its exceeding bitterness.
03-22-2008 03:15:31 | More by wagenvolks
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
Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.