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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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its dark brown with tinges of amber and a thick creamy cap of foam. The aroma is a nice nutty, caramel affair with splashed with hops and fruit. I was surprised with assertiveness of the hops on the smooth palate. The hops surround the malty center with spices and a touch of piny citrus. The malt rises through with powdery grain cocoa, caramel and hint of dark fruit sweetness.

A well balanced, tasty brew. Well suited for winter, or March in Minnesota.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Cincy beerfest

A-dark color with a nice tan head
S-nice amount of spices and sweet maltiness. Can pick up a little bit of hops but not much
T-similar to the smell but with some dark fruits and sweetness
M-medium bodied and smooth
D-quite drinkable, but not the greatest

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

A deep brown root beer color with a fair tan head and oodles of lacing. The aroma gives me a sharp cat piss overdose with a touch of saltwater peat. Interesting and enticing for the hop lover. The flavor brings lots more of the bitter hop theme with some brown bread highlights and a cool evergreen refreshment. It's fairly effervescent with a medium light body and nearly resinous feel. This sure does not come off as your typical winter warmer but it's hard to pin down, maybe a simple IPA. Fair drinkability but I would probably prefer a Hop Stoopid. Still, very decent for the hop head.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at Gingerman in NYC. Dark, hazed, infused hue with slight carbonation evident. Aroma was laden with malts well-balanced by a minor yet noticeable hop presence. Thick, rich taste with an equally satiating mouthfeel. Rogue consistently churns out top-quality brews. Although I can't attest to this being one of their finest samples, it was a solid stab at the style nonetheless. Somewhere in between a Black IPA and a Winter Warmer; although the genre is somewhat vague, it still asserts itself as an ideal Winter-time brew.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black in color with a nice two finger white head. Lacing around the glass is soapy and plentiful. Good head retention here as well.

Smell: I definetley get those hop aromas bursting out of the glass, huge pine like aromas, citrus, and hop spice. The back end provides a nice earth like malt aroma yet it is really hidden well behind the huge citrus funk this beer gives off.

Taste: Up front I get a ton of hop flavor, lemon, mango and grapefruit, and slowly fades into an excellent malt spice, earthy yet nicely balanced. A small touch of toffee and caramel from the malt towards the finish really let's you know that your actually drinking a dark beer. Perfect balance all around on this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a nice bitterness through and through from the hop additions. This beer stays firm on the tongue without getting too wet.

Drinkability: One of the better black IPA's that is obtainable - the hops used really set the tone for a beer thats rich in hop flavor, yet the malt on the backend really smooths this beer out. At 6.6% ABV, this is a easy drinker that can be a good session beer if drank in moderation. A very good beer all around.

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown topped by off-white head that leaves a pleasant ring of lacing. A hoppy, pine, lemon aroma. A hop-forward ale with notes of pine, lemon, mint, slight resin, slight tile cleaner, a brief break from the hops allows for the roast/dark malts to come through but it doesn't stay around for long. It finishes bitter and clean. A medium bodied brew with medium carbonation. I respect the hop aggressive nature of this winter warmer.

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

Supposedly one of the early Cascadian Dark Ales, but I'd say it's more of an American Amber.

A: Deep, deep amber with a light tan head, great retention, awesome lacing.

S: Huge Amarillo hop nose, tangerine, nectarine, grapefruit, vanilla, sponge toffee, slightly grassy & floral.

T: Plenty of Amarillo. Tangerine, nectarine, aspirin sorta flavour, caramel, sponge toffee, solid bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body has a light residual sweetness and hop acidity.

D: A good drinker.

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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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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 Buebie
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a mug. 2 inches of thick froth, settlingto leave a thin cap. Full coverage lace.
Color is a brownish burnt caramel.
Aroma is lightly hopped, citric and dank, mild cocoa nibs, coffee and malty sweets.
Taste is filled with mild hop pleasantries, special b, roasted grains, caramel. Finishing with a robust grain flavor, mild coffee and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, bordering 'watery'. Carbonations crisp feel.

Good WW, sessionable and not overpowering in reguard to hops, but good hop presence.
Good beer, I'd definatly have another.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would call this a Hop Warmer or Winter hoppy. Its not the malty warm brews you expect from a Winter Warmer. It goes in the same vien as the SN Celebration. But I think the Celebration is better balanced. This one has a nice dark ruby red color and godd head and carbonation. Aroma is pine forest and hop oil. Again all I am getting is a hop bite with a bitter finish. Its still a good beer, but not my taste for a Winter Warmer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ramunto's in Lebanon NH. Served in a standard pint alongside two specialty pizza slices for a cool $10. Reviewed from notes taken this evening.

A: Slightly hazy brown/ dark copper brew shows red highlights against a light. Thin light brown head.

S: Fairly intense and very balanced, a bunch of malt and a bit more hops. Hops are a mix of herby, citrus, grass. Malt is bready and brown sugar, like a crisp brown ale.

T: Great mixed hoppiness of mixed citrus rind, pine, a bunch of florals and fruits. Malt backbone is bread and brown sugar, slight caramel and vanilla notes. The finish is residual hop, candied cherries, cinnamon, apricot.

M: Medium/ medium-heavy body, great balance. Good carbo, mostly dry finish with a bit of hop resin.

D: Great! Very tasty. Alcohol not apparent but it feels like approx 7%.

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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 ebrauser
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to a straight pint glass

Appearance: Incredibly fizzy! Thick two finger head. Color was dark clear red.

Aroma: Delicious sweet floral hops with brown sugar maltiness. Alcohol tones bleed through in between to warm the nostrils.

Flavor:Bittersweet. Sweet sugary middle with hints of orange was blended with floral hops. Finish was bitter and spicy that lingered until the next drink.

Mouthfeel: For what I was expecting, it was incredibly creamy, catching me off guard, but still pleasant to have the body without a whole lot of apparent alcohol.

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

A: Cola-orange on the pour appears a dark coppery tone in the glass and deep ruby upon backlighting. 2 inches of beige colored foam rise above the rim leaving a generous amount of stickage on the glass. A faint mist is observed of micro-bubbles but is hard to visualize unless under tight scrutiny and a strong back-lighting. In a tulip glass this was quite a site, looking warm and sure to please after a long day on the slopes.

S: Sticky pine on the open, soft pink grapefruit with some sweet malt instances coming about. Very light roasty nature of coffee is followed by a finish of wet conifer. The strength was fairly strong at first but failed to hold.

T: The flavor was hoppy, like liquid pine juice, lemons with a dry bitterness of citrus and coffee grounds. Not to much malt support with some citrus and warm licorice and sam bucca alcohol being noticed along the way. Ground coffee is every so soft with a finish of warm licorice left behind on the tongue.

M: Thick and viscose feel wit a finish of licorice and ground coffee providing some texture support. Nil carbonation was detected.

D: Drinkability was warming, dark and bitter with some earthy citrus notes that gave you that feel of the mountain. A decent wintery brew, perhaps a good starter after a long day on the slopes before moving onto the stouts and barleywines to finish the job.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange notes round-and-about the glass, brown body for the most part. Head is very smooth, sticky, and leaves great retention. I didn't know what I was getting (can winter warmer be more vague?) and I'm thrilled with the overall appearance.

Nose is brown-ale-ish, with the Rogue secret ingredient. Quite hoppy, and I note here that there is an impressive hop bill, including standout flavors like Simcoe among others. Malt notes are there too, with Munich sweetness and fullness, but the tropical fruits take the day.

Same in the flavor, taking a nod toward barleywine, a nod toward double IPA, and a nod toward "traditional" winter warmer, and then turning around and making a great beer. Caramel and Munich malt with a hint of toffee-flavored coffee. Tropical and citric hops do their thing, with an herbal and peppery edge that more than stands in for the lack of spices.

Mogul Madness stands out from the winter crowd by being so damn drinkable. The body is smooth and full, almost creamy, with fantastic carbonation. Alcohol is firmly in check, but the beer still buzzes with flavor. Rogue alludes to a lot of disparate beer styles, but ultimately hits much closer to home for me than other winter warmers. I consider this to be in Jubelale territory.

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Photo of claspada
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is of west coast hops mixing with an assertive malt profile. Thick and bready with notes of caramels. A slight Pacman yeastiness.

The taste balanced by an above average hop profile (for the style) much more citrusy than the aroma, but stillquite citrus and piney. It actually ends fairly dry, amost metallic, which is a bonus, leaving the hop resins to last long after the swallow. 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.

Overall this is not a bad beer but not as good as I remembered it from last year. The malt profile falls a little flat compared to your average winter warmer; not sure if that was the intention, anyway... Overall, it seems a little too resinous and slick for me.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beers pours a dark and deep amber color with a little head that staed throughout. has a light smokey smell. tastes a bit smoked, starts hoppy, but not too much, finishes a bit malty, very unquie. nice strong taste gives it a nice mouthfeel, flavor lasts on your palatee for a while. Overall a good beer, very unquie very enjoyable.

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

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Exceptionally thick and sticky lacing lines the glass. Aroma is dominated by sweet malts but I can tell from the smell and lacing that there must be significant hops added. Some other interesting aromas noted but not sure if I can pick out anything specific. The amalgam of flavors all add up to a smell unique to any beer I've smelled before. Taste is also difficult to describe maybe there is some interesting flavor like chamomile dominating? Not my favorite beer ever but interesting and certainly unique.

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Photo of brewdub17
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep red and copper mixture give way to a light beige lacing. A very pleasant looking pint.

Smell: Great sweet and spicy smell. First thing I noticed when opening the bomber is the fantastic sweet smell it bursts.

Taste: The immense sweet flavors combine well with the crisp hoppy notes early and leave a spicy, fresh taste in the end.

Mouthfeel: The nice balanced taste of sweet malt and hops give a crisp feel to the Winter Warmer.

Drinkability: Not something I would drink in abundance during one sitting however I can see enjoying it more during the cold months to come.

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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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