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Mogul Madness Ale - Rogue Ales

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85
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143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 333
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 6.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Drop Off Service, New York, NY

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black when viewed from afar) in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down, leaving some bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops and hints of dark roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by a moderate to strong aromas of bitterness with notes of pine resin hops and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels a bit heavier than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little easier to drink compared to other beers in the style and reminds me a little of a Black IPA. (701 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a dark brown color with a decent tan head. The smell of the beer had some sweetness to it but mostly had an earthy spicy aroma going on. The taste of the beer had a good amount of hops in it but other than that I wasn't able to really get much else from it. The mouthfeel was decent but nothing that really made me excited. Overall, I think I'd like to check out this beer again one day. Perhaps the flavors will be better for me on a second attempt. (474 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Winter Warmer done in true Rogue Fashion: malty sweet, fruity, and hoppy as hell.

The malts stand out with mellow toffees and caramels reminescent of Cracker Jack popcorn candies. Toast, breadcrust, and fruitcake components also leap out of the grains.

If the beer is a Cracker Jacks equivellent, then the prize in the bottle would be the hops. Piney, resiny with grapefruit zests. Plenty of bitterness does much more than just balance, but takes on an IPA proportion but on an Amber / Brown Ale base.

Quite fruity with cherries, plumbs, dates, figs, grapes, apples and other non-descript fruitiness gives an English Ale impression to the yeasty, bready mix.

Full and sweeter up front, but the hops do short work of that by drying the beer considerably going into the finish. A long, lingering bitterness gives a minty and cooling finish. Cracker Jacks come back in the aftertaste.

A full and volumptuous pours shows maltiness early in the appearance. Moderate haze (dry-hopped?), and with a thick and persistent, lightly tanned head that shows stubborness and lacing 'til the very end.

A fantastic beer that seems similar to Old Crustacean, just a tad lighter on all fronts and easier to drink. (1,209 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It is sheer madness to live in want in order to be wealthy when you die."

--Juvenal

Caramel brown with bright orange accents... that becomes dark russet when backlit by my sun-drenched front window. The golden beige cap is a chunk of melted marshmallow-like beauty and there's already a ridiculous amount of sticky lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma isn't quite as dark as a brown ale, but it leans in that direction. The toasted earthiness of Munich malt is noted, as is the tropical fruitiness of a hop bill that is more extensive than Rogue usually uses (Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Crystal and Willamette).

Mogul Madness is toothsome beer that manages to taste like a winter warmer without the use of spices or an estery yeast strain. Then again, an interesting grain bill, a generous amount of hops, and an ABV that's probably somewhere in the vicinity of 6.5-7.0% gets me every time.

Thankfully, caramel malt is more prominent than Munich on the taste buds. Kilncoffee malt was a fascinating choice, even if it doesn't impart any java beaniness to the proceedings. The hops have undoubtedly lost some of their initial 68 IBU swagger, but they're still going strong enough to rough up the tongue a little. Especially over the course of a bomber.

The flavor profile includes English toffee pudding studded with apricot chunks and golden raisins, then sprinkled with grated orange-grapefruit peel and tea leaves. The beer also has a fascinating vanilla-like quality that is reminiscent of a 'dark' cream ale. This is tasty stuff and is compulsively drinkable.

Rogue is one of those breweries (like GLBC) that always comes through on mouthfeel. This one is easily big enough for the job at hand, is softly silky smooth and is perfectly bubbled. What's not to like?

Sure, these guys have occasional issues with packaging and pricing, but the final product is incredibly satisfying much more often than not. Mogul Madness Ale isn't bumpy in the least. Rather, it's a smooth and delicious descent from first ounce to last. (2,057 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never had this one before and really never saw it before the last couple of weeks, so the chance to try it on tap really was exciting for me. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2009.
 
The pour was very nice, rich brown in color with a nice light tan head on top that really just capped it nicely. Rich malts in the aroma from the very start. Caramel, touches of roasted nuts, hints of light brown sugar now coming through as well. Really nicely done I have to say. First sip was clean and crisp. Light carbonation and a subtle, even feel really let the flavor pops across the tongue. Nice roasted nuts and sweet sugary malts are leading the charge here but not to be outdone by really nice touches of earthy hops bouncing around. Quick and clean finish left me looking around for more almost immediately.
 
Overall very nicely done and certainly a welcomed holiday treat. (919 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: Pours a rather dark amber color with a solid off-white head.

S: Fairly herbal on the nose. A lot of woodsy notes which remind me of rosemary. A nice citrus and citrus peel aroma with a bit more fruitiness in the background. Toasted bread and malt along with caramel provide sweetness.

T: Herbal hop flavors are quite strong and immediately noticeable. There is a bit of a spruce type flavor to the beer as well. Toasted malts, toffee, and brown sugar are also there.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Nice winter beer with good herbal notes (which I'm not usually a huge fan of). (630 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown body with some mahogany-hued highlights at the edges and capped with an inch-high, lasting layer of beige foam.

Smell: Earthy nose smelling of toasted bread crusts, roasted grains, and lesser hints of cocoa powder and dry caramel. The blend of hops provides for notes of spiced citrus and forest floor pine bark.

Taste: For me, it continues to give an earthy impression with it's toasty, roasty malts and pine wood hop notions. Small touch of caramel and cocoa imparting very little sweetness. Additional zesty, citrusy hop tastes. Medium-high level of cumulative bitterness. Slight touch of Rogue house yeast character. Long, dry finish with a hint of spruce tips and further bitterness enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's solid and certainly fine for at least a pint's worth. A robust, bitter brew for the winter months. (908 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A light brown body with good clarity, topped by a small head of light brown foam. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - An aroma of sweet caramel malt and toffee. Some brown sugar and a hint of spicy hops.

T - Some brown sugar and spicy hops up front with a hint of bready malt. Toffee and more hop flavor in the middle. It finishes with dark sugar and moderate, grapefruit bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - This beer has a great aroma but a more flat flavor. The finish is a bit too dry for the level of bitterness that is left lingering on the palate. As a result, the malt richness is lost and the beer is less drinkable than it could be. Still, it is a nice beer and worth trying if you have the chance. (775 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at WhirlyBall Vernon Hills.

The finishing move to my night out at WB. It pours a clear dark russet topped by a half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, very light leek, light grapefruit peel, and light mandarin orange. The taste holds notes of dark caramel, very light leek, flowers, light-ish greens, and grass. Tastes sorta like a salad whose dressing has gone downhill slightly... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, kinda sad brew, one that's not sure what it wants to be, but it's schizoid nature leads to sub-par tastes and whatnot. (672 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. We opened this up on New Years Eve.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany with a finger of off white head. There is a good amount of retention and lacing.

Smell: There are some citrus hops with a sweet malty background. Nothing particularly interesting going on here.

Taste: Really hoppy with an interesting malt background. I'm picking up some nutty coffee and vanilla. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a really weird beer. It was like drinking two beers at the same time. The malty profile and hops didn't work together for me. (685 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramelized, chocolate, some spices and a faint touch of hops, but there is also some metallicness to it.

T: The taste starts out malty with sweet flavors of caramel, chocolate and touches of spices and fruit, but just like with the smell a metallic taste follows everything. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is mild creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but the metallic flavor throws everything off and detracts from the quality of the beer. (905 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 (521 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich ruby with caramel highlights and a nice, frothy off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is of the Rogue house character, thanks to its Pac-man yeast strain, with caramel/toffee - towards cocoa/chocolate, some dark bread, and spearmint.

The taste of maltiness follows through from the nose - but with a spicy, bittering (citric/perfumy), menthol finish.

It has a cream, full (but not thick) body. Velvety smooth.

A nice winter warmer indeed! I love winter warmers that lend hop spicing rather than adjunct spicing, and still keep winter maltiness! (581 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Drop Off Service in New York, NY

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark brown in color (approaching but not quite black) with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and some cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a couple of small patch of thin bubbles and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts along with light to moderate aromas of pine/resin hops and just a hint of spiciness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark roasted and slightly burnt malts that is followed by moderate flavors of pine/resin hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness that linger for a short while.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This one is a bit of a hybrid of a Black IPA and a Winter Warmer which I find a slightly awkward style - it is a little more approachable than a lot of other winter warmer beers as it is less sweet and not as intensely spicy. (1,060 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter aroma that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts along with an excellent dose of hops. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry, pale and roasted malt flavor along with a very bitter hop taste. I like the hop component, but it takes away from the malt character. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker as far as winter warmers are concerned, but there are plenty more available that are better. (609 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.87/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My locals (including my out-the backdoor neighbor) have really been stocking up on Rogue! Love, love, love it. Especially when, as I walk in, they are so proud of the new beers they have in stock. Freshness is occasionally an issue, but not in this case.

From the bottle: "A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color and festive in taste."

I poured gently as I could see at least a modicum of sediment in the bottom of the bottle and I still got a finger of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep ruby-red with cola highlights. Beautiful! Nose was "like chewing on pine needles" as one wag recently said to me. Har! Wow, was the the taste gooood! We/I recently postulated on the pairing of Girl Scout cookies and beer and this would either be like gilding the lily to the Thin Mints or a perfect accompaniment. It was medium-bodied, but it had a beautiful marriage of chocolate/coffee malt and wintergreen hops on the tongue. Gott dang! It suddenly struck me as more of a dessert beer, like in lieu of a Grasshopper, but samey same. OMFG, I would totally lay this on a lotta people that claim not to like "hoppy" beers. Phuckin' phenomenal! Finish was clean and dry, like a deep breath on the mountains. Try some today! (1,253 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in the Rogue bar on Union St, San Fran: 3rd Feb 2013.

49ers had just blown the Super Bowl and I thought this would go down well too!

It did, an off-white crown sat on top of a dark brown body that had a red hue to its look.

Raosted/toasted malts in both the nose and taste: semi-sweet with a more bitter and dry finish, plenty of flavours to pick up within the brew ranging from coffee at the fore through to a mild citrus note towards the end.

Interesting and a good start to six beer mini-session I had that evening. (529 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. A dark amber in color bordering on brown with a decent off white head.

Smell: Aroma of hops and some bready malts as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A rather hoppy beer when first served. Served cold, hops dominate with some citrus and rind flavors. Some grapefruit juice and salt. Soapy, cheesey hops. Malt is in the background with vague caramel and roasted flavors. A hint of alcohol in the drying finish. Even a rye spiciness is there but I doubt any was used. Full bodied and semi-dry.

Drinkability: A nicely hopped up dark ale. A good sharp bite but may overwhelm the meager.

Originally Reviewed on: 03-12-2010 06:58:05 (664 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown colored ale with a medium sized light brown head.

Smells very hoppy for the style. Strong herbal hops are the strongest scent here. Vanilla, brown sugar and oak are under that hop layer. Vanilla is almost annoyingly strong here.

Starts out Malty and bitter with a strong oak flavor. Pine needles, vanilla, oak, caramel and a little bit of carrot completely describe the flavor. Fairly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer. Don't know why these Rogue ales are so expensive, they are quite competent yet never best of their class. A decent beer. (578 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery in Newport, OR.

Pours a deep red colour, quite clear, with solid weight behind it. Head is yellow tending to beige, and forms a solid ring. Fine, but arrogant carbonation. Who knows what I mean by arrogant.

Nose is big and juicy and sweet. Toffee comes through strongly, with touches of stewed dates, rum and brandy. It's Xmas pudding in a glass: heavy and sweet, no doubt about it, but with solidity and purpose.

Light toffee entry before a big welling of sweetness and more booze than expected hits mid to late in the picture. Dates and prunes come through along with a dusty roasted character that melds towards a slightly cutting astringency at the end. This helps clean out the palate from that clinging sweetness, leaving a very harmonious if cacophonic whole.

Feel is exceptionally smooth.

Drinkability: well, I'd think it was too heavy, but it's not huge overall. At only 6.6% it's actually light enough to drink more than one, and the awesome depth and complexity ensures you want more than one. Love it. (1,040 characters)

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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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