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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
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown mohgany tannins with the redness showing only opposed to outer light source, a very respectable head in all regards- 2 fingers, laced, lasting.

Aside from the signature Rogue aroma, there is a nut bread aroma, a hint of steel fume, a little bit of ocean and a little bruised potato notion.

Taste smacks of a hop bitterness that in and of itself is unique. Somewhat acrid with nods in different directions of hoppiness without ever becoming overbearing or focal. A nod towards breakfast blend coffee, caramel, biscuits, haystacks, and finishing the way it began in the hop assortment. Bottle reads, for hops: Newport, Simcoe, Crystal 90, Amarillo & Rogue Hopyard Revolution, Liberty and Freedom. That makes for some tongue dancing and this isn't even in its freshest state. Also a slight lime juice notion somewhere tucked in the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty well right here. Not terribly thick but still high caloric, there is plenty of malt to make this bomber a near meal. A little oily in the mouth which lends to lingering hop goodness.

This turns into a hop drinker more and more as the glass goes down. At 68 IBU that should come as no shocker. It's certainly an interesting arrangement, and I'm glad I got a bottle. It doesn't totally assert itself but doesn't really need to either.

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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken last night at Kick-Off in Waterloo, on tap via disposable plastic kegs.

Although not traditional for the winter warmer style, really enjoyed this beer. A winter ale with attitude!

Pours a beautiful dark (blackish) amber with decent head and impressive lacing. Very limited aroma with only the faintest caramelized malts. However an awesome taste, with a bitter profile from start to finish. Resinous pine and pineapple, and a lovely backbone of roasted dark malts with both coffee and dark chocolate tones. Delightfully bitter finish lingers for an impressive length of time.

Not a beer I have seen before, but one I will seek out again whenever possible.

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Photo of scratch69
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Cloudy brown color with two fingers worth of tan, foamy head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong hop aroma with a hint of brown sugar and caramel.

Taste- Piney hop bitterness at the start with some spice and toffee-like flavors blending in toward the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A little too hoppy for the style but drinkable.

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Photo of sam_bliss
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A thin creamy head sits firmly atop this dark dark brown ale. A bit of licorice and some mint is present in the aroma of dark malts and resinous hops. Overall, it smells like a richer, more bitter brown ale. Spicy chocolate taste. Chili peppers and dark cacao live large with just a hint of evergreen hops and some caramel malt. Its a bit toasted but not too smoky; the coffee malts don't come through as strongly as I had expected. The lacing lining the side of the glass is astounding, good enough to raise my appearance rating from 3.5 to 4. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and more carbonated than is necessary for a winter warming beer.

Overall, this beer has trouble finding an identity, especially as a winter warmer. I like it but I am not too picky.

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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Muddy brown. Foamy head, ending up clumpy - like moguls. Mildly uninviting. Solid, opaque, but underwhelming.

S - Piney, spicy, malty. More of a Winter smell than a Floral/Hoppy smell. Maltiness that seems to be normal for Rogue Ales. Strong malt that shines through.

T - Malty, spicy, with a bitter hop finish. Resembles other winter warmers at first. Slightly sticky, bread-like almost. As the taste dissipates, the bitterness/bite of the hop agenda becomes evident. Truly a surprise for me. A welcome surprise.

M - A little watery, yet slightly frothy. Not overwhelming, but strong enough to be on the full-bodied end of the spectrum.

O- Good beer. Not a normal "Winter Warmer" spice/malt with a sweet finish. The hops were a pleasant surprise. Overall, this is a One and Done for me, but well worth it every chance you get.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance- Served a deep orange-amber colored brew with a tiny off white head. While tiny the head was quite persistent slowly fading to leave a small amount of lacing.

Smell – Not the standard winter warmer aroma as it is not too sweet, but instead bready and hoppy. It is heaviest of a toasted bread and biscuit aroma with a strong showing of citrus and pine hop smells. Unexpected but quite pleasant.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready taste with some lightly roasted malt flavors. Mixed with these are a light citrus flavor of both a sweet (tangerine) and hoppy bitter (grapefruit) citrus. As the taste advances the sweeter citrus fades and the bitter gets stronger. Soon some resinous pine hop flavors start entering the taste. They start out more mild but get more intense as the taste advances. In the end the little bit of sweet caramel comes to the flavor profile and mixes with the bready and now rather strong pine and citrus hop to leave a lingering bitter flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the creamier side with a carbonation level that was just below average. The creamier body and lower carbonation really allowed all the bready and hop flavors to linger on the tongue and allowed them to shine through, while the lower carbonation matched well the lower sweetness of the beer.

Overall – An unexpectedly hoppy winter warmer. While unexpected, it was rather nice; not too sweet but rather balanced overall. It’s a beer to try if you get a chance.

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3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours dark apple cider looking brown with a thick and fluffy 2-finger tan head, which has very good retention and leaves tight lacing. Looks like a root-beer float actually.

S- Robust blend of malts, caramel, and piney sappy hops.

T- Piney hops with a nice malt backbone. Up front it is more bitter than sweet. The aftertaste is very woody with a coffee/toffee kick to it.

M- The body is fairly light same with the carbonation, although I'd find this hard to session.

O- It's strong pine and hop resin characteristics combined with the malt sweetness make it a great beer for a ski lodge or a cabin, but compared to most other winter warmers I've had this just doesn't compare.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger tan head. Long retention, thick lacing. Murky brown color.

S- Warm smelling. Bitter malty backbone with hops on top. Very hoppy winter warmer.

T- Very hoppy, earthy and creamy flavors.

M- Creamy, smooth with a very wet finish.

O- Above average. Creamy and hoppy.

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3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the PDX airport on draft from rogue. Going to Vegas! On tap into a 20oz pils glass.

Appearance. Slightly hazy, dark brown, tan foam.

Smell. Strong hop flavor, smells like an ipa.

Taste. A little bitter and over hopped. Dark roast flavors and a little chestnut.

Mouthfeel. Chewy and full like a load of bread.

Overall a tasty concoction but a tad overhopped. Filling, leaves no room for other better beers.

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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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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 stampfler07
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M- Moderate in both body and carbonation

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

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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 jwhancher
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had bought a bomber bottle of this at Total Wine last month. Being that one week ago I had endured my Colorado skiing trip, I thought it would be a fitting occasion for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy, dark amber with two-finger head. Suds cling marvelously at the sides of the glass after the head faded to a respectable corner of the glass.

S: Nice American hop aromas going on. Spicy & piney hops with good malt undertone to back things up. I get pepper notes, maybe some cinnamon-like aromas, and a sticky caramel bar sweetness.

T: Lots of malt character in this. A real face punch full of malts. The hops follow in the end with the piney character mostly. The malts feel cocoa-like with some roast, nice crystal sweetness and a bit of a grainy character. I also get the spicy, peppery, almost cinnamon-like holiday notes as I did in the nose.

M: Feels medium. Nice malt character that's evened out with a sufficient amount of hops. A nice bitter quality to it. Solid.

O: I really enjoy this. I could easily see me having this again during some ski trip or even during the holiday season while I dream of my next ski vacation. A nice offering from Rogue. While I haven't had too many of their beers at this point, I can already feel the Rogue "trademark taste" in this one. I also like that they used some proprietary ingredients in this one. Well done.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared with a friend

This beer pours very dark black brown with reddish hints and a nice tan head. It has a very hoppy nose with fruity hops and a crisp bitterness. The taste is very hoppy, consisting of citrus fruits and a modest astringency to it. It has a strong backing of caramel malts and some carafa. Its dark and smooth yet not too heavy as it looked quite thick. This is a unique and refreshing brew that I really enjoyed. I do however disagree that this is a winter warmer, It tastes 100% like a black IPA and nothing like a winter warmer. No complaints about that being that black IPA's are one of my favorite styles. This is a solid beer, very similar to their dads helper black IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having a 22 of this up at Bretton Woods, NH in between riding runs.

Appearance: 2 inch tan/mocha head dark brown/ black with a little clarity. Nice lacing on the cup as the beer was drank.

Smell: grapefruit and pine on the nose, mocha, chocolate, roastiness, and bready notes too.

Taste: super citrus and piney notes from what the label says. Nice roasted and mocha flavors, crystal sweetness, creaminess, and bitter towards the end from all the hop addition

Mouthfeel: creamy, smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, aspirin bitterness lingering in the back too.

Overall: solid beer from rogue and a good 22 to enjoy in between runs too. Very hippy and flavorful and wish the bitterness would be toned down just a tad.

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mikro: This one pours a hazy, ruby-coppery color. There was a tan head and some lacing from it. Lots of grapefruit hops up front to the nose. Some other citrus. Not much else making it through. The taste is more balanced. Grapefruit hops up front, with a medium malt body behind it. Some malt sweetness making it through, as well as a hint of nuttiness and maybe some chocolate. Not much else is making its way to the front. Not bad.

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3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

A: Murky, dark brown with thin beige head.

S: Smells heavily of floral and pine hops.

T: Hops are dominate in the front and finish. Can taste the malt build in between, but not as much as I'd hoped.

M: Medium body and little carbonation.

O: Though I've grown to love hops, I wish they did not completely overpower the malts.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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