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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

59 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.34%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DNICE555, May 05, 2010
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

smcolw, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of Stimack
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
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!

Stimack, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of brendan13
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

brendan13, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of katan
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
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

katan, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

bort11, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

taigor, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Brad007, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

drabmuh, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of jeffsala
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

jeffsala, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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

Floydster, Mar 06, 2009
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.

glid02, Feb 13, 2009
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.

Dogbrick, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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.

wagenvolks, Mar 22, 2008
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.

CWiggins, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

oberon, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of pershan
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

pershan, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

John_M, Jan 06, 2008
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

meechum, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4.08/5  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.

Tyrawlings, Jun 11, 2007
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.

WVbeergeek, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

tavernjef, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of audiojon
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

audiojon, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

GreenWBush, Apr 17, 2006
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90 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.