Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) - Rogue Ales

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 61
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 8.44%
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 John_M
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,199 characters)

Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (558 characters)

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,031 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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! (2,127 characters)

Photo of audiojon
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of cubedbee
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of briman
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (955 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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." (480 characters)

Photo of johnniemarg
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (498 characters)

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

This is the 12/05 keg only Mogul Ale they're doing in their JLS series, so I think it needs to come out of retirement, at least temporarily.

Also, the ABV is between 6.25% and 6.5%. The bar where I was said 6.5, but I did some math with the OG and FG in degrees Plato from Rogue's site, and I came up with 6.25.

So anyway, this beer is awesome.

Tawny red/brown, darker than Arrogant Bastard, not as ruby looking with a creamy head that lingered for quite awhile.

Smell is really balanced between and roasty/malty sweetness and a citrusy, grassy hop presence that smells like big Amarillo hops. Really balanced, not remotely overbearing, really just pleasant.

Taste is more of the same with no one flavor sticking out, just perfect balance between sweetness and fruity hops that wash over your tongue as you take a sip. Maybe lacking a little subtlety for this style, without a ton of esthers or other overtones in a really noticeable way.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but with some pretty active carbonation that really makes it feel refreshing. The refreshing thing is only helped by the pop of hops toward the middle and end of this taste.

I could drink this all day, perfect balance, not overbearing like certain other beers in this style, just great and refreshing, but still really fulfilling. (1,320 characters)

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!! (1,567 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of Shiredave
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanx to Sebbie and Billy for this gifted bottle. My guess is it was a couple years old.
Poured into my new Rogue pilsner glass. ( Thanx again! ) Beautiful clear garnet brown, tawny whipped cream head that stood 2 full inches above the rim. Head slumps slightly to a rocky landscape of deep crevices and divots. Very low carbonation - occasional rising bubble.
Aroma is floral hop with maple, sweet toffee and crushed grapes. Rich, gooey malt floods the mouth with sweet, chewy bread flavors then way strong sprucey hop rushes into the fray. More maple and chocolate flavors mix amazingly with the peppery/ pine bitterness. Full bodied, slick and smoooth.
Finish is oaky and earthy with firm bitterness that wraps around the tongue and lingers, thankfully for hours.
If I were to describe this style, I would say its like a very hoppy chocolate double bock. Another Rogue / Maier hybrid gem. Incredible balance of intense flavors. So sad its so rare. Possibly my favorite Rogue ever. (995 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz. bomber with the typical Rogue screened graphics. "Night skiing", eh? All's I know is that is a good way to freeze your butt off.

Appearance: Poured a dark, deep brown in color. Brownish-colored head lasts nicely and was pretty fizzy.

Smell: What a strange concotion this one is! All sorts of different and "I'd never think to combine that" aromas noted....chocolate, dark alcohol-soaked fruits, citrus, expensive cigars, even a dash of a "wooden" smell. Yet all manage to complement each other. Very nice.

Taste: Another winner from Rogue. Very, very well-balanced mixture of malty sweetness and the hoppy bitternes from the 7 types of hops (hey...this is Rogue here!). Good dose of dark fruit flavors as well. Alcohol is absent. Chocolate flavor floats in and out. Very nice overall flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of body. Not quite as "thick" as expeceted. Just a tad on the watery side. Still, a silky smooth experience that is very close to the next level.

Drinkability: Wonderful flavor profile, mixed with a pleasant aftertaste, made for a higly drinkable beer. (1,110 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (697 characters)

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