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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales

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90
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001)
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CWiggins

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 02:57:08 | More by CWiggins
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crobinso

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-11-2012 00:06:06 | More by crobinso
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Higravity

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy red-brown with a head that dissapeared when I blinked. Came in a snifter? Good hearty smell of piney hops topped with a malty biscuit aroma. Had a tint of rosemary upfront that backed to a nice reserved piney hop character with the malt balancing giving its own heavy feel and bit of raisin with a splash of green apple. Very full in the mouth and got a little thinner as I let it warm. Good drinker but not something I would want more of, it would be nice in a bomber, but not a six-pack.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2006 19:37:26 | More by Higravity
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katan

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 02:57:46 | More by katan
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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]

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 08:10:03 | More by RBorsato
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2008 03:15:31 | More by wagenvolks
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TheEclecticGent

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the many Rouge beers that I sampled during a local tavern’s “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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2005 05:07:47 | More by TheEclecticGent
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aracauna

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a hard to categorize beer. The other review is really accurate in saying it's kind of like a India Dark Ale. It's got the bitterness of the IPA with the roastiness and slight burnt taste of a porter. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 21:08:12 | More by aracauna
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Are we sure this beer is retired? I just had it on tap last week... anyway, this was the first time I'd ever see Rogue's Mogul Madness anywhere, and being a big Rogue junkie, I figured it was worth a pint (or two in this case).

Arrived from the tap as a clear, cherry-wood brown with a puny head, and virtually no lacing. Hum.

Smell was mostly hops, with dark malt undertones and an evident bitterness.

I enjoyed this one a lot... it reminded me of a malty IPA. Strong, fresh hops are the backbone of this beer. Robust malts and a heavy carbonation are secondary. It's pretty creamy despite the hoppiness, and tingles in my mouth. The hops are very fresh tasting and leave a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel is bubbly, creamy, and dry.

Mogul Madness is another solid beer from Rogue. I'm pretty sure these guys are incapable of making a bad brew. I'd definitely recommend this to any hophead or fan of bitter beer. Very respectable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 05:11:02 | More by kkipple
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2009 15:29:50 | More by drabmuh
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Naerhu

Japan

3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the blizzard beer bottling.
Brewed December 1997
Expiration June 1999
Consumed October 2003

Thin tan head, dark reddish amber dark dark color.
Complex aroma of dark grain and molasses.
Intense bitterness, dry, molasses still on palate. The bitterness continues rolling over the palate like angry cossacks.
Great beer, but at six years old not as focused as one would like.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 13:40:31 | More by Naerhu
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2006 20:50:30 | More by timtheenchanta
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Brent

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 14:06:29 | More by Brent
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pershan

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

Poured a deep ruby color into a pint glass with a thin, almond-colored head. Couldn't detect much hop or malt aroma. A taste did not detect a lot of hop flavor, but loads of hop bitterness, lasting long after the swallow - just like I remember it at the Rogue Public House in Newport, OR years ago. A very bitter aftertaste, so a good thing I'm a hop-head. This is really more of a high-octane ESB, in my opinion, than an American Strong Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2008 19:41:39 | More by pershan
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taigor

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 14:48:32 | More by taigor
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2006 18:43:11 | More by cubedbee
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audiojon

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2006 22:29:06 | More by audiojon
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brendan13

Australia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 08:44:55 | More by brendan13
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PhantomVodoo

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2003 17:01:20 | More by PhantomVodoo
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bort11

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 23:48:54 | More by bort11
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claspada

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 12:09:43 | More by claspada
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 03:38:35 | More by mikesgroove
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Dithyramb

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2006 15:32:31 | More by Dithyramb
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Stimack

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 21:15:51 | More by Stimack
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johnniemarg

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wrote this in the bar after a couple of other Rogues at a Rogue Event at Collins Bar. I was really just taking notes, but I'm too lazy to make it read any better...

Dark brown amber with nice inch creamy head. Gorgeous lacing.

Lotsa hops. Can't make out much more in this busy bar.

Flavors jump out at you early and subside pretty quickly. Piney and
almost oaky. Some alcohol. Malt is there but somewhat hidden.

Light/medium bodied. A little oily textured.

7.5%. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2006 04:25:47 | More by johnniemarg
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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.