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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 61
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 9.36%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
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

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, seeing this beer on tap at Max's takes me back. I'm glad to see Rogue bring this recipe back on occasion, now as a John's Locker Special. At one point this was, I believe, Rogue's best selling beer. I still remeber the first time I tried it at some tap house in Hillsboro years and years ago. It was the best beer I tried that particular night.

Oh well, all the tears aside, the beer pours a darkish brown color with very good head retention and outstanding lacing. The nose is fairly mute, but one gets some dry malt and nuts (hazelnuts). On the palate.... such a very fine beer. There is a hint of roastiness, overlayed with rootbeer and more nuts. I get a hint of maple syrup as well, though the maltiness in this beer is really toned down. The beer is so light and soft, even a bit creamy. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish, showcasing the hops in this beer. The beer is very drinkable, with the alcohol not the least bit noticeable.

:-) I remember first trying this beer years ago and thinking what a big, bold, hoppy beer this was. Obviously, my tastes have changed since then, but this is still a solid beer. I'm so glad to see Rogue bring this recipe back from time to time.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled as part of John's Locker Stock at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, Texas. Mogul is maroon colored with an averaged-sized, creamy off-white head. Retention is pretty good. The aroma is of pungent piney hop with just a bit of underlying sweetness. A strong piney hop taste is first noted, very thick and resinous. A thick malt body accompanies the hops nicely, with bready and caramel flavors jumping out. Finish lingers nicely with a bit of added sweetness. Big flavors throughout make this a great choice for fans of both strong malt and strong hop flavors.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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]

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Deep brown with a medium, fluffy, yet slimming cap, of light brown foam. Gem-like ruby slivers catch the edges and bottom. Lacing is short and minimal in stringy globs staying closer to the liquid. Maintains an impressive collaring the whole session through.

Aroma is of herbal hops and milk chocolate with some slight airy spruced pineyness and nuttyness thrown in. Kinda like a chocolate hop tea, if there is such a thing - this would be it. I guess.

Outstanding flavors! Wow, what a ride of fun this stuff is. Its not a huge or thickly gleeming brigade of immenseness. Everything here seems just right for what it's offering. I think the chocolate tones take the cake here for me. And in that very fashion, fluffy cake batter of chocolate takes the front and middle, minor elements include a wonderful vanilla/banana/toffee thing adding nice depth and intermingled popping within the malts. Caramel and brown sugar molasses tends to keep it sweet. Which in part, helps it stay smooth and chocolatey, with a light base of thickness thats incredible to let flow over the palate. The hops and spices are quite interesting too. Balanced in super nicely with the complexing malt profile. Tends to be herbal and piney with some floral accents that are heavily set in a aloe-like lotion or natural soap-like noting. Actually, the more I drink it, the more I keep finding. Such as...Citric lime and orange have a paled in after effect, as well as some earthy berry hints. Insanely complex. Right up there with the Westy 12 in flavor profile in my book. Incredible!

Feel is immaculately smooth and soft with a giving medium body and tone of malty richness that just glides right down. The floral spices and piney hops never quite pull from there points along the way. Always peeking and subsiding at the right moments. Begging just enough and letting go when ready and willing.

This is a f*cking amazing beer! Truly a keeper by Rogue. Too bad its not around more often as some of the other Rogue standards. The flavors in Mogul are never ending and complex as hell. Wonderful, wonderful stuff!

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Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Mogul Madness is created from seven types of hops: Perle, Saaz, Centennial, Cascade, Columbus, Willamette and Chinook; and five types of malted barley: Great Western Harrington, Klages, Munich, Crystal, and Chocolate malt."-Rogue website

Sampled on tap at the Rogue Ale House in Portland, OR.
16.5 degrees Plato, IBU 68, Apparent attenuation 77.7, Lovibond 36.

Clear, dark amber with caramel accents, forming a dark beige head with superior retention and lacing. Aroma is delectable...almond sugar cookies, fruity womens cologne, hints of lime and ginger, lemon poppyseed muffins...wow! Taste is completely surprising given the aroma...dark, earthy malts, raisins, drying alcohol, potent herbal bittering hops with a dry, sharp finish. Mouthfeel is chewy with a dense body. Very good shit.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a nearly opaque amber colour...tight off white head and slight wisps of lace. a light solvent aroma of some alcohol, with a rather complex hoppiness...mostly of the northwest variety...backed up admirably by a malt backbone best described as woody, smoky, and candy-like. it's really hard to pick out the outstanding flavours in the taste profile...they're mostly of the oaken, ashen variety. some very dry fruity tones of the trail mix persuasion; best described as dry roasted mixed nuts; raisins, prunes and cherries. alcohol soaked and smoked. yes, this is a dry beer...all the malt flavours come off as roasted and bitter, with the wide variety (yes, i read the bottle) of hops (mostly of spruce and pine) blending well into an extremely dry, bitter, finish. the mouthfeel is full and gritty. rough and tumble. tobacco and leather. the wide scope of applied ingedients make for a complex and interesting ale. in fact it's maddening that i'm thinking so hard about what i'm tasting.

towards the end of the bomber i had to work like mad to work up the dregs stuck like glue to the bottom of the bottle. it didn't do much for the profile of the beer except to smooth out the mouthfeel and provide some yeasty notes to the aroma. of course.

overall, for an experimental brew from rogue...this is a winner. the overwhelming dryness and subsequent bitterness might not appeal to everyone, but i found it pleasing. good stuff on a blizzardacious night in north dakota/northern minnesota.

a gracious thanks to williamstout for supplying this sample!!

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of aracauna
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of katan
3.51/5  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

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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.