Mogul Madness Ale | Rogue Ales

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Mogul Madness AleMogul Madness Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Docer on 11-19-2009

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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 335
Photo of travolta
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Pepsi brown, with a frothy light tan head. A little lacing. Patchy.

Nose: Cocoa, malty and biscuity, a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Slightly dry, crisp and fresh. Black licorice at the end. A cola finish.

Notes: interesting once. Perhaps not again.

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Photo of tigg924
2.61/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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Photo of adamette
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio last week for a price that escapes my memory. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A 2 inch light brown head that leaves an intermittant lacing on the inside of the glass as I watch it settle oh so slowly. Body is a dark caramel brown translucent. I really like the abundant head that I can imagine at a ski lodge after a long day on the slopes. 4.5

S Nice medium to dark roast malt with some distant hops to the nose. 3.5

T Medium roast malt flow right from the smell into the taste but the taste has a much higher hops presence than the smell suggested with a bitter, grapefruit bite in the middle third on into the aftertaste. I do not like this unwelcome and unbalanced hops bitterness. It rather ruins a nice smooth Winter Warmer. 2.5

M First third of the taste is rather smooth with that big malt presence but then the bite of hops swarms in and ruins the feel as well as the taste. 2.0

D Driven down by those hops I am afraid. The 22 ounces allowed for about 2 Sam Smith pint glasses and I have finished one in about 10 minutes but it will be difficult to finish the other one. 2.5

Notes: A very good looking beer that is way too bitter for me.

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Photo of YouSkeete
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Very dark amber/brown, very cloudy. Thick tan head with nice retention.

S: Caramel, citrus, earthy pine, molasses, fresh hops and smooth malts. Big, heavy, complex aroma. Very mild hints of honey and fruit.

T/M: Smooth pine and hop flavors with some sour caramel malt sweetness. Bitter citrus and hops mixed with a mildly watery overall body. Still a light sense of fruit throughout, yet it's masked by the bitterness and other earthy tones. A bite of citrus follows through to the aftertaste. Watery and bitter mouthfeel.

D: Easy drinkability but this brew is missing a lot. The flavor is well put together but doesn't follow through.

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Photo of beertunes
3/5  rDev -20%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of cavedave
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful brownish red, clear, topped by a one finger beige head. The foam subsides quickly to a thin cap and thick ring, leaving lace amoebae on the glass.

Not much to the aroma. It is light scented at best, with a hint of caramel, citrus, and fruit candy to it. Something in it reminds me of Roxy Rolles.

The taste is a strange combo of caramel, toasted grain, citrus and that same candy in the nose. There's a bit of spice in there too, and it finishes with a root beery kind of spicy bitterness. It's much stronger flavored than the nose predicted. It's one of those beers that seems to change flavor sip to sip. I feel as though I have tasted plum in some sips, grapefruit in some, raisin bread in others, and the finish has at times been very earthy, at other times purely citrus bitter, even astringently so. I let it warm too much toward the end of the bottle (I recommend not) and a mediciny flavor was evident.

Mouthfeel is not good. While it is low carb (good), and somehat creamy, it doesn't present the flavor well, and the finish is cloying.

Drinkability is average, leave it at that.

Impression: One of the poorer offerings from Rogue I've tried. Many better winter warmers. Not thrilled, won't buy again.

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Photo of farrago
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Makes it to above two fingers of dark tan hued foam, not dense enough to retain very long, however, leaves a formidable amount of lacing behind. Dark mahogany brown with rust reddish tinge, fully opaque haze, more burnt orange at the rims. Subdued nose of hard toffee, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and nutmeg, piney at times but without the sap, not much fruit, dense and lacking in movement. Medium to full-bodied, leverages its weight to impress even as, in the nose, sacrificing any sense of progression. Burnt wood notes, pine, caramelized brown sugar, dried maple syrup. There's not denying the hoppy bitterness right down the middle. Cinnamon spiced latte, cola bean, never really comes close to being sweet. No fruit, some white grapefruit pith. Grassiness elevates through the finish. Whereas many "winter warmer" beers play up the sweetness and try to stay cuddly and friendly, this take is definitely aggressive and forces you to take it on its own terms. Me, I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A nice dark brown color, a slight transparency to it, leaves a nice fluffy tan head at the top with lacing throughout the glass.

S: Strong presence of caramel and malts, slight hint of brown sugar and some dark fruits on the tail end and hops as well.

T: Almost just like the nose, with strong presense of malts and hops while you drink this, nothing crasy, the booze is present as well, nice warming feeling as you drink.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation, nice warmer.

D: A good brew to drink slowly, nothing wild, was exactly what I was expecting, a good simple winter warmer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of Mahlik
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Rogue Brewery in Newport. Poured into a 4 oz sample glass. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a deep red with a off-white head. Head dissipates to leave a creamy, bubbly ring around the glass.

S - Wonderful aroma of pine and citrus from the hops. A nice caramel backbone.

T - Lots of hoppy bitterness. Pine hits upfront with citrus undertones. Some subtle malty notes. The bitterness dominates here. Not very balanced.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness that lingers for awhile.

O - Not a bad beer but it misses the mark as far as taste goes. A nice surprise of hoppy goodness isn't enough to make up for the unbalanced feel of this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a thin ruby red transparent beer with a light tan colored head that dissapears a little quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively light and brings a touch of vanilla and cinnamon up front that is followed up by some sweet citrus like hops

T-the taste starts with some vanilla and cinnamon, very faint, giving way to a big malt flavor with some sweet caramel and a touch of nuttiness. This is followed by notes of metalic phenol flavor and then some nice citrus hops and a strong lingering bitterness

M-medium body and slick on the back of the throat. it is somewhat creamy but lots of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-not very tasty and a pretty thin body. i don't recommend.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bomber this beer was a clear, dark copper color with some ruby highlights. The head was a towering cap of tan foam that left lacing as and retained. The aroma was of caramel malt, piney hops, some herbal notes, and a touch of leather and wood. The flavors were similar to the aroma, dominated by the hoppy elements but with the addition of some biscuity malt that came through one the dry finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation appropriate. An odd beer, only in that it was supposed to be a winter warmer but came off more like an IPA. If it had been sold in summer as an IPA I think I would have enjoyed it more

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Photo of erosier
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice brown-red color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Has a distinct supremely hoppy aroma that overpowers hints of caramelized malts. The hoppiness is piney, citrus-y, and floral and certainly in your face.
T: Taste is all about the hops - piney, citrus-y, floral, nice arrangement of hops with a little bit of a sweet caramel malt backbone. With the amount of hops in this one, it may have needed more malt.
M: Lighter feeling than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation, bitter feeling.
D: OK drinkability, I thought it needed more malts to round out the beer.

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Photo of jmalex
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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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Photo of oline73
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of isualum12
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of GregBlatz
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice dark brown in color with a beautiful tan head that is large and fluffy. The beer is relatively murky. Head is rocky and laces the glass big-time as it falls.

S - Alcohol warmth. Specialty grains. I can't smell any hops, just dominant caramel malt sweetness.

T - Sweetness up front. Dark fruit. Strong bitterness from the hops. I counted 6 types of hops in the ingredients! Pretty complex. No real hop aroma, mostly bitterness rather than flavor from the hops. Maybe my sample isn't very fresh because I don't get anything but bitterness from the hops.

M - Full bodied and cloyingly sweet. Alcohol warmth and medium carbonation.

D - Pretty big beer. 16.5p/1.068 SG would put this at a little over 7% abv by my calculations. Very good but more of a sipper.

Overall a very good beer from Rogue as usual. I think a fresher sample would have been better.

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Photo of henskejk
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A - Dark brown, slightly red color, with a light tan head which when poured was about one inch. Head sustained for some time and left small amount of lacing on the glass

S - Mostly hops in the nose, with a decent amount of piney character dominating

T - also a lot of hops in the flavor and some roasted malt flavor along with winter spice, but the flavor seems to be a little weak.

M - light body with a decent amount of carbonation

O - decent beer but definitely not my favorite, interesting take on a winter style even if it did miss a bit for me

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of StormKing47
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown colour with a thick, creamy, light tan head. Decent head retention.

Smooth, malty, chocolatey aroma with a big kick of piney, hop resin.

There is lots of malt here with something approaching a fresh coffee flavour. Also present is a massive bitterness which is a bit unbalanced. Mild, resinous hop character.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

I can see what they wanted here but the bitterness is out of balance and doesn't work as well as it could.

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Photo of shivtim
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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