Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 8
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 Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of jeffsala
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of pershan
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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!

Photo of audiojon
3.87/5  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.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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.

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.87/5  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.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of briman
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in standard pint glass.

Poured a dark red/copper with a thin slightly tan head that retained well.

Aroma is all hops, piney...maybe a touch of sweetness underneath.

Taste was all hops as well, piney upfront, and finishing with a distinct grapefruit flavor. Hop presence is strong throughout, and the aftertaste maintains a lingering hop bitterness.

The beer is well balanced, even though the hops dominate.

It's medium bodied, but at the same time I found it a pretty crisp and refreshing brew which sort of suprised me. I could definately see having a couple in a sitting.

Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Higravity
3.52/5  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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of Dithyramb
3.97/5  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."

Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.