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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2) | Rogue Ales

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Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2)Mogul Madness (JLS Release #2)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-25-2001

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51
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61
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4.06
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
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Photo of John
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A difficult one to catagorize, Mogul Madness is sort of an India Dark Ale. Delicious with elements of caramel, hearty roasted malt and coffee, remarkably dark and highly hopped. Body is full and satisfying. Rogue does it again! Truly exceptional...an all-time favorite of mine.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.62/5  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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz brown bomber with an oxygen cap. Full list of ingredients and specs on the brew are on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Wonderful froth forms a chunky bubbly head, deep murky brown colour shows that there is a lot of goodness inside the glass.

Smell: Hop aroma is all over the place with hints of citrus, floral and herbal notes, tobacco and pungent oil. Levels of chocolate and biscuity toasted malt and yeast are underneath.

Taste: Mildly think and very creamy with a smoothness that rolls across the tongue in a lushes manner. Lots of hop flavour to go around not to mention the sheer complexity of the rounded bitterness … seven different hops helps to achieve this. Maltiness is not to be understated to say the least with bursts of carob, bread crust like toasted grain and a touch of caramel. Hops play with the taste buds with a mingling of rindy citrus, slight herbal and pungent oily bitterness. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and lots of lingering hop and malt donning a twang of yeast and a warming alcohol that hold an ester within.

Notes: Brews like this are what Rogue is all about, muscular both in malt and hops … in the raw carrying untouched complexities. This is a bold brew for bold palates.

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Photo of Todd
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml brown bomber bottle. No freshness date, but every other bit of info under the sun ... so why not a freshness date? Odd.

Pours a near black / dark brown beer, topped with a semi-sticky, creamy tan head; ample retention all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Nose is very perfume-like, major floral aromas, molasses tucked in the corners, as well as tobacco, splash of sherry and citrus, rind, salt and some fresh tree bark. Estery.

Wonderfully smooth upfront with an even consistency on the palate. Then a bitty coarseness takes over with strong hop tannins and a raw leafy feel. Very citric, with a dominant sharp rind flavour, aged cheese, herbal and floral flavours that stretch the palate with complexities. Strong wood and earth flavours. Overall: this is a very hopped-up beer. Malt is fairly sweet, but not too sweet, with ripe fruits of dark berries, plume and even a touch of strawberry; plenty of fruity esters. Malt tries to balance, but falls a bit short; chocolate, roasted and moist tobacco flavours being the most bold. Overall, Mogul is a dry ale, shown strongly in its finish and ending mouthfeel, which is also raw (hops), bitty and coarse at its end.

A beer bursting with complex flavours, in typical Rogue fashion. Tasty, robust and West Coast all the way -- What? Just 7 types of hops?

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Photo of jeffsala
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of John_M
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of briman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of veggiemafia
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown almost balck with an excellent dark tan head...
Aroma was a little dissapointing...not bad but I expected more...it was mostly a sweet burnt sugar like molasses mixed with something else...
Flavor was great...like the earlier post said...its a mixture of porter like roast with hop and bitter not tasted in a porter...Complex flavoring...here is what i got...bitter, nut, roast molasses, and then a mellow bitter end...
Nice creamy feel
I could have only a couple of these...but I could put this high on my beer buying list

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev -1%
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

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