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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 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 mmva321
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

First thing's first. The bottle glows in the fuckin' dark! And that kicks ass!!!

I've yet to warm to winter warmers. (ugh) To me it seems I'd rather have a robust and thicker beer to mirror the cuisine of the season as opposed to the bright and punchy flavors of the spiced beers. Oh well, thankfully Rogue kicks ass and has made a great example of a style that I'm not always keen on.

A: This is a murky brew. It's a dark nut brown with a little head with decent retention that leaves a little lacing. Nothing much to say... pretty standard and satisfactory.

S: 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.

T: 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.

M: 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.

D: 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.

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

Never had this one before and really never saw it before the last couple of weeks, so the chance to try it on tap really was exciting for me. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2009.
The pour was very nice, rich brown in color with a nice light tan head on top that really just capped it nicely. Rich malts in the aroma from the very start. Caramel, touches of roasted nuts, hints of light brown sugar now coming through as well. Really nicely done I have to say. First sip was clean and crisp. Light carbonation and a subtle, even feel really let the flavor pops across the tongue. Nice roasted nuts and sweet sugary malts are leading the charge here but not to be outdone by really nice touches of earthy hops bouncing around. Quick and clean finish left me looking around for more almost immediately.
Overall very nicely done and certainly a welcomed holiday treat.

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

22 oz bomber into a 22 oz stein, pours a deep red tea with dark wood stain brown colors and a dense lacing deep tan head.

Aromas are reminiscent of old ales , burnt dark sugars, dates and a bold mix of hops.

Flavor is very solid mix of coffee and espresso character with dark fruit and citrus/tropical fruit notes from the hops, very well attenuated with a solid rich malt base. Finish is toward dry and hop accentuated.

Extremely solid and drinkable ale with lots of robust character and an assertive hop bitterness.

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Photo of vkv822
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber into pint glass.

A very dark burgundy, almost a black cherry color with a tan head that has little retention. Fairly light aroma, hints of a caramel coffee. Starts with a bitter hop flavor that is quickly followed by a coffee and spice taste. Lingering roasted malty flavor. Decent mouth feel, a bit strongly carbonated. Pretty drinkable, might pick up another, but wouldn't go out of the way.

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

22oz bomber from local grocery chain.

Mahogany color elixir, one finger tan head dissipates to thin cap, with Belgian lace from top to bottom as the beer is consumed.

Toffee, biscuit and floral hops predominate.

Now we're getting somewhere...starts with hop bitterness, and accents of caramel, with predominate malt/coffee flavor. Tasty.

Stinging bubbles and cloying malt lingers, providing a lasting, complex finish.

Good brew, enjoyable and balanced. About right for a cold, snowy night in Cleveland.

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

Clear brown colored ale with a medium sized light brown head.

Smells very hoppy for the style. Strong herbal hops are the strongest scent here. Vanilla, brown sugar and oak are under that hop layer. Vanilla is almost annoyingly strong here.

Starts out Malty and bitter with a strong oak flavor. Pine needles, vanilla, oak, caramel and a little bit of carrot completely describe the flavor. Fairly bitter for the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not a bad beer. Don't know why these Rogue ales are so expensive, they are quite competent yet never best of their class. A decent beer.

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Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a potent mix of citric hops and spicy warrior hops along side a robust earthy toasted malt.

The taste consisted of full earthy Munich malts and vibrant spicy and gra and grapefruit hops.

The mouthfeel typical of the style with a good residual hop spice.

Overall a vibrant and fresh winter warmer. Very nice.

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Photo of modernartblues
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: came out pretty dark, somewhere between a porter and really dark red or amber

S: smelled some hops, but not much else (faint coffee maybe?)

T: I actually liked the taste quite a bit, it had some good hop bit and the bitterness that I love about IPA's.

M: a little thick, but not as much as the initial appearance might lead you to believe

D: I liked this one quite a bit and if I could find it in a six pack, would easily be able to knock it out in an evening....not sure what the ABV is though

Edit: Bought another bomber, this one really grows on you. Bumped up the mouthfeel number.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this one at the store and figured i'd give it a chance.

Pours a deep ruby red color with a nice beige head that retains pretty well and leaves decent lacing.

Nose is mostly a rock candy like sweetness, smells like some dry hop aromas are lurking underneath it though.

Meh. Decent for a winter warmer, but not something i'd want to drink alot of. Dark almost anise like malt profile with some candy or licorice candy like sweetness. The "assertive hops" are there, but mostly just in the form of bitterness. Dry finish, anise and bitterness linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a little more viscous than i would like, but pretty good. Carbonation is fine.

Drinkability is decent, but i don't think i could have more than 1 bomber of these.

Overall, its an ok beer. Like pretty much all winter warmers its nothing amazing, nor terrible. If you like winter warmers it might be your thing. Meh.

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Photo of Burl41
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass

Appeared ruby in color with a solid 1-inch head that retained quite well.

Smell-hmm hoppy, but not overpowering like an IPA more like a Pale Ale, or english bitter.

Taste- Prominate hop charicter, with a slightly larger malt presence than normally one would expect from the smell.

It was quite drinkable, and a solid beer all in all. I'm not sure what to think about this. I guess it is like a winter seasonal ale that they decided to hop more than the normal recipe would call for. It's a fine beer, but i'm normally not looking for this to warm me up when it's 20 out with 2 feet of snow. Rather have it for fall.

I'd buy it again but not something I'd get excited about a store bringing in.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby red with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with cinnamon,alcohol,hops,and roasted malt. The taste is robust with roasted malt,dry hops,carmel,some holiday spices,and alcohol. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing pretty well. Not a bad beer,but you can find much better winter warmers out there.

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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 froghop
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a small tan head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, caramel, and sour malt.

taste is creamy, sour malt, burnt caramel, hops in the back, spice, and pepper, ends slightly dry, and nicely bitter.

overall a very nice winter brew.

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Photo of atsprings
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Woody's City Market served a dark amber almost brown with a decent light-tan head. Aroma is pine hops and burnt caramel. The taste is a nice blend of burnt caramel, burnt toast, and bitter pine hops, paired with that distinctive Pacman yeast characteristic, this is a very tasty brew. The beer is medium bodied with smooth carbonation. I must admit, being from North Carolina I hold all Winter Warmers to the standard set by Highland Cold Mountain Winter, and while the style had a wide range, this one is likely the best on I've had that's on the hoppy side!

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An interesting beer, this is. 22oz into standard pint.

A- A dirty-penny copper with a brown sugar head, 3 fingers. Great lacing, well-formed head, good staying power. Nice all the way around.

S- Sweet, mildly roasted malt, cinnamon, and a faint coffee kicker. Pretty hearty.

T- Whoa! Deep, rich, heavy flavors. Like black coffee, a hint of cinnamon... deep dark malts grown in the Marianas Trench. Incredible depth of flavor from the malt. I am impressed. Impossibly flavorful. Hopped a fair amount, but the strength of the malt is what kicks your teeth in on this.

M- Thick, heavy, but superb carbonation leaves this one feeling crisp and easier to drink than you would think from the magnitude of the flavors.

D- High. One is more than enough, but I really, really, really like this beer. I will buy some more... congrats, Rogue... this beer is a home run!

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Photo of Tromba
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass goblet.

A: Pours a rich, dark reddish brown. Off-white head is creamy and maintains a nice ring. A little bit of loose lacing.

S: Smell has a "homebrewed" quality that I can't quite describe. Notes of hops, brown sugar, and molasses. Just a hint of sweet malt.

T: Malty and little nutty up front, followed by substantial bitterness and more hops than you would expect. A hint of alcohol lingers after a sip.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Slighty watery mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable. Probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a new 'more often' release of their long time Mogul Madness ale.... although I loved the santas private reserve last year.. and was hoping for it again. Haven't seen it. 22 oz. bottle found at a Whole Foods in LaCamas, WA.

- Dark brown and cola colored ale with a light mocha head that sticks around. And sticks around some more..

- Very mild grainy and almost oatmeal cookie-like scent... sweet... little bit of light bitterness... but seriously oat-like. Light coffee.... creamer.. lol... the smell is being tucked away by its goodness I feel.

- Very unique syrup-like coffee, toffee, and vanilla flavor rolled into and esb, and spit out like a porter... what a different brew... and great at that. Velvet and bitter at the same time.

- Dries after a bit with the coffee-ishness and all... mild bitter hopping... is then followed up by a great fruity hopping in the beltch... superior.

- Overall this is a fantastic winter brew... and again, I can't say this enough.... it stands out way ahead of the others that are just a basic porter with a scoop of dirt shoveled in. Credit to Rogue for perfecting this and bottling it!

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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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