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Mogul Madness Ale - Rogue Ales

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Mogul Madness AleMogul Madness Ale

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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 Derek
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Supposedly one of the early Cascadian Dark Ales, but I'd say it's more of an American Amber.

A: Deep, deep amber with a light tan head, great retention, awesome lacing.

S: Huge Amarillo hop nose, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, vanilla, sponge toffee, slightly grassy & floral.

T: Plenty of Amarillo. Tangerine, nectarine, aspirin sorta flavour, caramel, sponge toffee, solid bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness and hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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 StormKing47
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with some friends before the holiday break here is the break down...

A- This one has a muddy looking appearance with a dark brown color that has a nice ruby hue. A slow steady stream of bubbles leads to a light brown/khaki head. Not too appealing just looks uninteresting.

S- Right away a whoft of spices and a decent malty sweetness. Some warming and I get the normal winter spices of some light nutmeg, cloves and what seems like all spice. I also get the surprise of citrus hops and some nice underlying grassy notes with a piney finish. Some warming and I pick up the brown sugar, some nuttiness and a faint vanilla/cherry aroma. Quite enjoyable.

T- A let down from the smell. I get some citrus and pine in the beginning and a nice malty and spicy finish consisting of brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, sweet cherries and a breadiness. Some warming and the grassy, earthy hops show up along with the nutmeg and all spice. Ok, but rather bland for me.

M- Some nice smoothness and medium body. Light syrup and some decent coating with no carb prickle. Pleasant, but not what I expected was looking for a spice or zest from the advertised ingredients.

D- It's nice, but a little underwhelming there are definitely better winter warmers. For the advertised ingredients this one is a let down for me. I wasn't able to pick up a lot of spice that I was looking for.

In all honesty Rogue needs to step up their game. A lot of their beers are going down hill. Stop worrying about liquor and get back to the beers.

Photo of Buebie
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a mug. 2 inches of thick froth, settlingto leave a thin cap. Full coverage lace.
Color is a brownish burnt caramel.
Aroma is lightly hopped, citric and dank, mild cocoa nibs, coffee and malty sweets.
Taste is filled with mild hop pleasantries, special b, roasted grains, caramel. Finishing with a robust grain flavor, mild coffee and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, bordering 'watery'. Carbonations crisp feel.

Good WW, sessionable and not overpowering in reguard to hops, but good hop presence.
Good beer, I'd definatly have another.

Photo of Liverpool08
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would call this a Hop Warmer or Winter hoppy. Its not the malty warm brews you expect from a Winter Warmer. It goes in the same vien as the SN Celebration. But I think the Celebration is better balanced. This one has a nice dark ruby red color and godd head and carbonation. Aroma is pine forest and hop oil. Again all I am getting is a hop bite with a bitter finish. Its still a good beer, but not my taste for a Winter Warmer.

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.42/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ramunto's in Lebanon NH. Served in a standard pint alongside two specialty pizza slices for a cool $10. Reviewed from notes taken this evening.

A: Slightly hazy brown/ dark copper brew shows red highlights against a light. Thin light brown head.

S: Fairly intense and very balanced, a bunch of malt and a bit more hops. Hops are a mix of herby, citrus, grass. Malt is bready and brown sugar, like a crisp brown ale.

T: Great mixed hoppiness of mixed citrus rind, pine, a bunch of florals and fruits. Malt backbone is bread and brown sugar, slight caramel and vanilla notes. The finish is residual hop, candied cherries, cinnamon, apricot.

M: Medium/ medium-heavy body, great balance. Good carbo, mostly dry finish with a bit of hop resin.

D: Great! Very tasty. Alcohol not apparent but it feels like approx 7%.

Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in Imperial pint glass. Poured a very deep red color with a very thin off-white head that had low retention and lacing. The aroma was fairly evenly balanced between the malt and the hops with some graininess in the background.

The flavors feature sharp roasted notes, with some tangy hops and a piney finish. The body was on the light side for the style, a bit thin, and had a lingering hop finish. Drinkability was OK, not bad, but not exciting either.

Overall, a completely average example of the style, worth a shot if you see it, but not really worth seeking out.

Photo of ebrauser
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a straight pint glass

Appearance: Incredibly fizzy! Thick two finger head. Color was dark clear red.

Aroma: Delicious sweet floral hops with brown sugar maltiness. Alcohol tones bleed through in between to warm the nostrils.

Flavor:Bittersweet. Sweet sugary middle with hints of orange was blended with floral hops. Finish was bitter and spicy that lingered until the next drink.

Mouthfeel: For what I was expecting, it was incredibly creamy, catching me off guard, but still pleasant to have the body without a whole lot of apparent alcohol.

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.

Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange notes round-and-about the glass, brown body for the most part. Head is very smooth, sticky, and leaves great retention. I didn't know what I was getting (can winter warmer be more vague?) and I'm thrilled with the overall appearance.

Nose is brown-ale-ish, with the Rogue secret ingredient. Quite hoppy, and I note here that there is an impressive hop bill, including standout flavors like Simcoe among others. Malt notes are there too, with Munich sweetness and fullness, but the tropical fruits take the day.

Same in the flavor, taking a nod toward barleywine, a nod toward double IPA, and a nod toward "traditional" winter warmer, and then turning around and making a great beer. Caramel and Munich malt with a hint of toffee-flavored coffee. Tropical and citric hops do their thing, with an herbal and peppery edge that more than stands in for the lack of spices.

Mogul Madness stands out from the winter crowd by being so damn drinkable. The body is smooth and full, almost creamy, with fantastic carbonation. Alcohol is firmly in check, but the beer still buzzes with flavor. Rogue alludes to a lot of disparate beer styles, but ultimately hits much closer to home for me than other winter warmers. I consider this to be in Jubelale territory.

Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is of west coast hops mixing with an assertive malt profile. Thick and bready with notes of caramels. A slight Pacman yeastiness.

The taste balanced by an above average hop profile (for the style) much more citrusy than the aroma, but stillquite citrus and piney. It actually ends fairly dry, amost metallic, which is a bonus, leaving the hop resins to last long after the swallow. 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.

Overall this is not a bad beer but not as good as I remembered it from last year. The malt profile falls a little flat compared to your average winter warmer; not sure if that was the intention, anyway... Overall, it seems a little too resinous and slick for me.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers pours a dark and deep amber color with a little head that staed throughout. has a light smokey smell. tastes a bit smoked, starts hoppy, but not too much, finishes a bit malty, very unquie. nice strong taste gives it a nice mouthfeel, flavor lasts on your palatee for a while. Overall a good beer, very unquie very enjoyable.

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 nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Exceptionally thick and sticky lacing lines the glass. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts but I can tell from the smell and lacing that there must be significant hops added. Some other interesting aromas noted but not sure if I can pick out anything specific. The amalgam of flavors all add up to a smell unique to any beer I've smelled before. Taste is also difficult to describe maybe there is some interesting flavor like chamomile dominating? Not my favorite beer ever but interesting and certainly unique.

Photo of brewdub17
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red and copper mixture give way to a light beige lacing. A very pleasant looking pint.

Smell: Great sweet and spicy smell. First thing I noticed when opening the bomber is the fantastic sweet smell it bursts.

Taste: The immense sweet flavors combine well with the crisp hoppy notes early and leave a spicy, fresh taste in the end.

Mouthfeel: The nice balanced taste of sweet malt and hops give a crisp feel to the Winter Warmer.

Drinkability: Not something I would drink in abundance during one sitting however I can see enjoying it more during the cold months to come.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark burgundy in color,
Smell: citus hop aromas
Taste: intense hop flasvor backed up with a great maltbackbone. berry/mocha flavors to boot. comaplex brew and one of the winners tonight

Photo of shivtim
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a deep blood orange, with a small off white head. Nose is malt, some sugary sweetness, and vague hops. Maybe saaz? Taste is biscuity, malty, alcohol comes through on the end, then some more alcohol.
Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.
It's a nice winter warmer, but I don't see anything particularly special about it.

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 BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice winter warmer from Rogue (yes it is May, but I missed winter in a colder climate).

Off-white to tan head that is somewhere between whipped cream and cappuccino froth. Cloudy ruby-copper-brown body; almost like a dark mild with a bit more character. Bitter hops, plums, raisins and christmas pudding in the nose. Big bready malt scent.

Given the scent I expected a bit more of a brown sugar sweetness to the flavour but this is actually somewhat dry. Almost a tobacco like hint to it. Not bad or disappointing, just not expected.

Good, moderate level of carbonation and a pleasant after beer dinner on a cool (for me at least) spring night.

Photo of sbw138
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. Love Rogue bottles, they look great in my collection.

I'm a big fan of winter warmers, but I bought this in the beginning of May. Is this going to be fresh??

Appearance - Great looking color. Nice deep amber/light brown. Really appealing. Left a nice lacing on the glass all the way down as I drank.

Smell - It seems that Rogue really took their time with this. The auromas compliment each other perfectly creating a well balanced but distinct smell. Strong smells of yeast, fruit and bitter hops make up the base of the smell. If I had any complaint, perhaps the spices come on a bit strong, but I really like the nice accent of spices and fruit that hit the tip of your nose, which make this unique and memorable.

Taste - Pretty blunt with the bitter hops. However, the auromas that were present in the smell all make their presence known. The fruit and spices are pretty well balanced with each other. It mirrors the smell pretty well, though I find the balance they chose a little less to my liking.

Mouthfeel - A pretty good composition in the mouth. Good consistency, the right thickness and a little carbonated. Leaves the mouth a little dry at the end. It compliments the spices of the beer very well.

Drinkability - A great example of a winter warmer, though not the beer I needed to really sell me on the style completely. It's well balanced and refined, I just wish the bitterness of the taste was a little more subdued.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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."


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.

Photo of Flashsp2
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Mogul Madness into medium chalice

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights near the edges. Has a
frothy tan head that holds forever and leaves sheeting lace. Lovely.

Nose is rich and delicious. Chocolate, steely caramel, toffee, light
roast coffee, soft earthy hops, munich malt. Its like a rich German

The palette is way different than the nose. It is herbal/piney bitter,
coffee grounds, dark chocolate, earth, citrusy hop spice, steely
caramel. Bitterness softens a bit as it warms.

Body is moderate with a creamy and lush carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The bitterness caught me off guard, but as
the palette adjusts it's not too bad.

Photo of coachdonovan
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with a label that features the words "festive" and "lively." Head fades quickly but very nice lacing down the glass. Color is some combination of red brick, auburn, burgundy. Aroma is a nice mix of hops plus the typical winter warmer spices. Taste is definitely heavy towards the hops. Something about this beer reminds me of Christmas and Santa Claus. I cannot explain that. It's possible that's because it's along the same lines as SN Celebration or Rogue Santa's Private Reserve. But for me this one falls short of those. The flavor and aftertaste lack a little balance and leaves me disappointed after the intriguing aroma.

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.

Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
84 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.