Mogul Madness Ale - Rogue Ales

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Docer on 11-19-2009

15 Ingredients:
C-123, C-150, Kilncoffee, Carofa's Special 2 & Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare & Risk
Malts: Newport, Simcoe, Crystal 90, Amarillo & Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution, Liberty & Freedom Hops; Pacman Yeast from Hood River & Free Range Coastal Water.

16.5º PLATO
68 IBU
77.7 AA
36º Lovibond
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Ratings: 333 | Reviews: 143
Reviews by wordemupg:
Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A deep mahogany brown with a nice thick thumbs worth of beige head that hangs around forever and leaves plenty of lace

S lots of hops, spice, malt and a little coffee

T even more hops giving it a tad of citrus flavor and all the normal winter spice come through and the coffee I could smell is well hidden

M coats your mouth just a bit and leaves something for you to taste after the beers in your tummy

D I got nothing against this beer, I never would have guessed it was 6.8%alc so that says something

a little different so from that point of view I liked it, much more hops then I expect from winter warmers and much less spice so I may be a little generous when reviewing for style but hey what can I say I liked this beer

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The name for this beer has been used multiple times by Rogue for other beers,this incarnation is quite good.Poured a rich muhogany with a creamy one fingered off-white head that never really settles.Crystal malt aromas really stick out,iron,lightly sweet biscuit,and some leafy hop, wich is quite subtle, linger.Caramel/vanilla malt flavors up front,a little toast as well,the hops come in leafy form,just a hint of citrus comes thru in a long finish.Near creamy mouthfeel makes it almost lush in the mouth,flavors wont blow ya away, but its a real nice winter offering.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Thick tan head, fair amount of lacing. Nice caramel malt aroma, with a hoppy, citric aroma lingering in the background. The taste was a reversal of the aroma. Pronounced grapefruit with a small malt contribution. This was a pretty hoppy beer, not at all like other winter warmers I have tried.

Photo of tigg924
2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that goes away quick, clear, reddish/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, wood, amd toasted malt

Taste: malty at first followed by floral hops, light spice, and some woody taste

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter throughout, light bodied, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I am not a fan. This is a moderately bitter sipper that has spices that are less pronounced. I have had way better in the style, and would not buy it again for the price.

Photo of Mantooth
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Tyler's (Carrboro, NC) into a Rogue pint glass.

A: A rich beautiful burgandy colored brew with minimal head (poured slowly by the bartender) and thin, delicate lacing throughout.

S: Big nose - piney hops, caramel malt, roasted nuts, burnt toast and a smidge of vanilla.

T: Suprisingly hoppy with a caramel malty background that evens out the hops and slight heat. I'm tasting pistachios, vanilla and maybe a little blackberry.

M: The mouthfeel is silky, dry from the hops and fairly warming from the alcohol.

O: Pretty hoppy for a winter warmer but the malt backbone evens out the hops and heat, making this one of the better brews I've had by Rogue in some time.

Photo of PRpitmaster
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours very dark with a nice creamy full head
smells of fresh piny hops and some caramel and fruity tones.
taste of a subtle coffee and roasted malt flavors, and a flowery herbal afterkick nothing too overpowering. very dry finish.
nice beer, willing to pick it up agiain and enjoying.

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderately aggressive pour from a 2010/11 550ml bottle into my pint glass produced a manageable 2+ fingers of multi-density tan head. Head had good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Nearly opaque, this cloudy brew is a very dark brown.

The aroma is quite earthy and rather hoppy, with notes of caramel, citrus and vanilla.

T - This is a rich and complex brew, as is should be given that it is a winter seasonal made with 15 ingredients. The most noticeable characteristics are the very earthy richness, a complex hop component (derived from Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Crystal 90 and Rogue Willamette varieties), and a strong toasted malt flavor. IBU = 68. Great hop/malt balance.

Mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated. Carbonation and hops impart some crispness. Near full bodied. Approaches a semi-dry finish.

O - Hops are more evident in the aroma than the taste, where the rich malt flavor dominates without masking the hop component. Mogul Madness is a smooth and delicious brew you can think of as either a winter warmer or a brown PA. In any case very flavorful and interesting without being challenging. Highly recommended year around.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to have this during an Olympic ski moment, but well, life, she gets in the way...

This beer pours a clear ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of rocky, chunky ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, and sweet caramel malt. The taste is piney hops, some subdued caramel/toffee malt, a bit of warming spice, and a soft booziness. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat slick, and it finishes mostly dry, the piney hops predominating.

A pretty good hoppy ale - but any Winter Warmer characteristics are more or less obfuscated.

Photo of jmz62565
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with cinnamon,alcohol,hops,and roasted malt. The taste is robust with roasted malt,dry hops,carmel,some holiday spices,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,but you can find much better winter warmers out there.

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark cola brown, with a fat, 3 finger light caramel head, good retention, and the lace stays thick and sticky.

Smell - Classic Rogue smells here - chocolate, coffee and caramel maltiness, backed by a slight hoppy aroma.

Taste - Different than the aroma; pine and citrus hops are at the forefront, then followed up with some darkly roasted malt, coffee with light caramel and slightly bitter chocolate notes. The bitter chocolate follows through into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Creamy. Carbonation provides a decent bite on the tongue.

Overall - A very, very good Winter Warmer offering from Rogue. Classic Rogue flavors, but stands on it's own merit. Flavors are bold. A bit too much pine in the hop for my liking, but still a complex, aggressive winter warmer.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one at the store and figured i'd give it a chance.

Pours a deep ruby red color with a nice beige head that retains pretty well and leaves decent lacing.

Nose is mostly a rock candy like sweetness, smells like some dry hop aromas are lurking underneath it though.

Meh. Decent for a winter warmer, but not something i'd want to drink alot of. Dark almost anise like malt profile with some candy or licorice candy like sweetness. The "assertive hops" are there, but mostly just in the form of bitterness. Dry finish, anise and bitterness linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little more viscous than i would like, but pretty good. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is decent, but i don't think i could have more than 1 bomber of these.

Overall, its an ok beer. Like pretty much all winter warmers its nothing amazing, nor terrible. If you like winter warmers it might be your thing. Meh.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maybe too much hops, towards a double IPA yt all under control and fruity. Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Continental, Crystal 90, Amarillo, and Rogue Farm Willamette. Peachy colour with fruit bits. Medium plus mouthfeel. Not for everyone but complex complement with food.

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little late in the year, but thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this bottle.

A - dark caramel amber with a soft brownish head that has decent retention

S - caramel, green apples, butterscotch

T - apples, caramel, faint citrus

M - medium bodied, smooth, decent carbonation

This is a rather mediocre beer in my opinion. Maybe it would have been better fresh. The apple characteristics I'm not fond and the rest of the flavor profile is one dimensional and simplistic. I'll avoid this in the future.

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, drank in late November

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Herbal & piney hops & a little brown sugar

T: Breadyness, piney & herbal hops up front along with a smidge of brown sugar. Dryness & brown sugar as this warms. Finishes with a herbal hop bite, some boozey warmth & more brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance & a nice warming sensation

A good winter warmer, easily one of the best Rogue beers I've had in a long time

Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours reddish brown, dark, with full inch of tan creamy thick long lasting foam. Very sticky, long lasting, clinging.

Bitter hoppy grassy smell.

Caramel malt taste with strong bitter residual taste. Malty good taste but with kind of annoying residual bitter. A little hearty.

Decent drinkability, but aftertaste is something to deal with.

Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on March 7, 2011. It pours a cloudy dark amber with about a quarter inch of long-lasting beige head. Roasted malts greet the nose followed swiftly by earthy and hoppy sensations and a little inviting yeast. The body falls into the medium range bubbling with carbonation. The taste is also full of hop and earth elements and very easy to drink with a satisfying bitterness.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola-orange on the pour appears a dark coppery tone in the glass and deep ruby upon backlighting. 2 inches of beige colored foam rise above the rim leaving a generous amount of stickage on the glass. A faint mist is observed of micro-bubbles but is hard to visualize unless under tight scrutiny and a strong back-lighting. In a tulip glass this was quite a site, looking warm and sure to please after a long day on the slopes.

S: Sticky pine on the open, soft pink grapefruit with some sweet malt instances coming about. Very light roasty nature of coffee is followed by a finish of wet conifer. The strength was fairly strong at first but failed to hold.

T: The flavor was hoppy, like liquid pine juice, lemons with a dry bitterness of citrus and coffee grounds. Not to much malt support with some citrus and warm licorice and sam bucca alcohol being noticed along the way. Ground coffee is every so soft with a finish of warm licorice left behind on the tongue.

M: Thick and viscose feel wit a finish of licorice and ground coffee providing some texture support. Nil carbonation was detected.

D: Drinkability was warming, dark and bitter with some earthy citrus notes that gave you that feel of the mountain. A decent wintery brew, perhaps a good starter after a long day on the slopes before moving onto the stouts and barleywines to finish the job.

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper, orange and ruby highlights. light copper frothy head. nice sticky laces.

Hops give vibes of pine, grapefruit, and dank resins. Toasty malt with a hint of roastiness in the nose.

Roasty chocolate/coffee, and toasty bittersweet caramel with a splash of vanilla. That is coupled with a robust pine, herbal, and resinous hop flavor. with a bit of grapefruit. Nice bitterness of hops and coffee. Some dark fruity yeast esters linger in the background.

very smooth, mild drying stickiness, medium full body, well carbonated.

Great winter brew. I'd love to have this one at a ski lodge for an afternoon break or to drink all night after a long day of riding.

drank in Jan 2010.

Photo of stampfler07
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber-brown with a thick, lacy, light brown head

S- Strong piney hop, sweet maltiness comes through as well

T- Moderately roasted malt sweetness and light bitterness to start, takes on more of a pine hop character towards the middles, slight alcohol warming, finish has lingering light bitterness and a faintly yeasty/straw flavor

M- Moderate in both body and carbonation

O- An enjoyable brew, just seems to have more dark ale-like characteristics than that of a winter warmer to me.

Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a new 'more often' release of their long time Mogul Madness ale.... although I loved the santas private reserve last year.. and was hoping for it again. Haven't seen it. 22 oz. bottle found at a Whole Foods in LaCamas, WA.

- Dark brown and cola colored ale with a light mocha head that sticks around. And sticks around some more..

- Very mild grainy and almost oatmeal cookie-like scent... sweet... little bit of light bitterness... but seriously oat-like. Light coffee.... creamer.. lol... the smell is being tucked away by its goodness I feel.

- Very unique syrup-like coffee, toffee, and vanilla flavor rolled into and esb, and spit out like a porter... what a different brew... and great at that. Velvet and bitter at the same time.

- Dries after a bit with the coffee-ishness and all... mild bitter hopping... is then followed up by a great fruity hopping in the beltch... superior.

- Overall this is a fantastic winter brew... and again, I can't say this enough.... it stands out way ahead of the others that are just a basic porter with a scoop of dirt shoveled in. Credit to Rogue for perfecting this and bottling it!

Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber brown with tall, foamy, tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Hoppy, spicy aroma up front with notes of pine sap and flowers. This is backed by mellow, roasted malts with some chocolate and caramel notes. Taste-wise, the beer opens up with rather aggressive hops, but quickly becomes more subdued, with more malt forward flavors. Hints of chocolate, roasted malt, and rich bread. A distinctive nutty aftertaste provides a clean, smooth finish. Substantial mouthfeel, thick with medium body. Pleasantly bitter with good balance.

Photo of isualum12
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was an interesting pour from the beginning. I had bought this beer back in Nov 09 and put it on beer rack for later. Well lone behold I was looking for something new to taste.
Pours medium brown with a carmal colored head which looked thick but quickly disappated to a simple ring around the glass.

The smell was less then great. I was not impressed. I would call it more malty then hoppy.

The flavor at first was not just ok but as it sat there a little longer and I took the second drink the coffee flavor hit me. It was a really good carmel flavored coffee.

The carbination is a little to strong for me. and this wouldn't fall in my fav. list. I still love rogue and you should sit back and enjoy this beer.

Photo of wingman14
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco.

Pours brown with red highlights, and no real head when it came to my table. Smell is inviting, hops up front with citrus notes and a kick of pine. The flavor was smooth with the citrus and hops up front, followed with subtle bitter notes. The hops lingered in the aftertaste with the pine. A medium mouthfeel beer with deep flavor, but not very complex, but is done very well. This one is an easy drinker, definitely worth checking out.

Photo of bugaboo416
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to black in color

S: lightly citrus, hops aroma highly evident

T: It's highly hopped, bitter, pine, grapefruit. I thought it was a BIPA hybrid when drinking it.

M: moderate viscosity

D: I think this would be good for a glass or two in the evening.

Photo of jmalex
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Ahh, another new Rogue bottle! Must buy!

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Sly Fox willibecker a dark ruddy copper with a 2-finger, rocky, blond head. It shrinks down to a full cap with tons of lacing lining the sides of the glass.

SMELL: Aroma is of piny and herbal west coast hops mixing with an assertive malt profile. Thick and bready with notes of caramels and perhaps darker. Not too intense, but it doesn't need to be.

TASTE: The malt component is much more nondescript but increased in syrupy sweetness (though not cloying). It's effectively balanced by a hop profile much more citrusy than the aroma, but still all west coast. It actually ends fairly dry, which is a bonus, leaving the hop resins to last long after the swallow.

MOUTHFEEL: 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.

DRINKABILITY: It's not bad, but idea of balancing malt and hops by adding more of each doesn't do a whole lot for me, and this seems to have some of that quality to it. Overall, it seems a little too resinous and slick for me.

Some people can get behind the malt bomb and hops bomb combined into one, but it's not my favorite thing. This one is aided by a slight dryness, but it's not quite enough to make this beer deserving of my recommendation.

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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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