Mogul Madness Ale | Rogue Ales

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
335
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Meant to have this during an Olympic ski moment, but well, life, she gets in the way...

This beer pours a clear ruddy amber hue, with three fingers of rocky, chunky ecru head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of grapefruit and pine hops, and sweet caramel malt. The taste is piney hops, some subdued caramel/toffee malt, a bit of warming spice, and a soft booziness. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium weight, smooth, and somewhat slick, and it finishes mostly dry, the piney hops predominating.

A pretty good hoppy ale - but any Winter Warmer characteristics are more or less obfuscated.

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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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A moderately aggressive pour from a 2010/11 550ml bottle into my pint glass produced a manageable 2+ fingers of multi-density tan head. Head had good retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace on the sides of the glass. Nearly opaque, this cloudy brew is a very dark brown.

The aroma is quite earthy and rather hoppy, with notes of caramel, citrus and vanilla.

T - This is a rich and complex brew, as is should be given that it is a winter seasonal made with 15 ingredients. The most noticeable characteristics are the very earthy richness, a complex hop component (derived from Newport, Horizon, Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo, Crystal 90 and Rogue Willamette varieties), and a strong toasted malt flavor. IBU = 68. Great hop/malt balance.

Mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated. Carbonation and hops impart some crispness. Near full bodied. Approaches a semi-dry finish.

O - Hops are more evident in the aroma than the taste, where the rich malt flavor dominates without masking the hop component. Mogul Madness is a smooth and delicious brew you can think of as either a winter warmer or a brown PA. In any case very flavorful and interesting without being challenging. Highly recommended year around.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The name for this beer has been used multiple times by Rogue for other beers,this incarnation is quite good.Poured a rich muhogany with a creamy one fingered off-white head that never really settles.Crystal malt aromas really stick out,iron,lightly sweet biscuit,and some leafy hop, wich is quite subtle, linger.Caramel/vanilla malt flavors up front,a little toast as well,the hops come in leafy form,just a hint of citrus comes thru in a long finish.Near creamy mouthfeel makes it almost lush in the mouth,flavors wont blow ya away, but its a real nice winter offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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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 dbrauneis
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep milk chocolate. ~2 fingers of head that laces well and help up with decent retention.

S - Pine, brown sugar, toffee, plum.

T - Sweet opening with dark fruits and nutmeg, pine, parsley. Booze is present but subdued. Nice woody character builds towards the end of the profile.

M - Light body, sweet finish. Round mouthfeel.

D - Nice taste and balance. The woodyness slows you a bit.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review based on notes, drank in late November

Pours caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: Herbal & piney hops & a little brown sugar

T: Breadyness, piney & herbal hops up front along with a smidge of brown sugar. Dryness & brown sugar as this warms. Finishes with a herbal hop bite, some boozey warmth & more brown sugar

MF: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, nice balance & a nice warming sensation

A good winter warmer, easily one of the best Rogue beers I've had in a long time

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

--Juvenal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
3.75 out of 5 based on 335 ratings.
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