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

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Ratings: 335 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of CampusCrew
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this at the huge kickbacks dinner in Jacksonville, FL. I took some notes but mostly doing this from memory.
Appearance: dark burgundy in color,
Smell: citus hop aromas
Taste: intense hop flasvor backed up with a great maltbackbone. berry/mocha flavors to boot. comaplex brew and one of the winners tonight

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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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4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper, orange and ruby highlights. light copper frothy head. nice sticky laces.

Hops give vibes of pine, grapefruit, and dank resins. Toasty malt with a hint of roastiness in the nose.

Roasty chocolate/coffee, and toasty bittersweet caramel with a splash of vanilla. That is coupled with a robust pine, herbal, and resinous hop flavor. with a bit of grapefruit. Nice bitterness of hops and coffee. Some dark fruity yeast esters linger in the background.

very smooth, mild drying stickiness, medium full body, well carbonated.

Great winter brew. I'd love to have this one at a ski lodge for an afternoon break or to drink all night after a long day of riding.

drank in Jan 2010.

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

Nice winter warmer from Rogue (yes it is May, but I missed winter in a colder climate).

Off-white to tan head that is somewhere between whipped cream and cappuccino froth. Cloudy ruby-copper-brown body; almost like a dark mild with a bit more character. Bitter hops, plums, raisins and christmas pudding in the nose. Big bready malt scent.

Given the scent I expected a bit more of a brown sugar sweetness to the flavour but this is actually somewhat dry. Almost a tobacco like hint to it. Not bad or disappointing, just not expected.

Good, moderate level of carbonation and a pleasant after beer dinner on a cool (for me at least) spring night.

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Photo of sbw138
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz. bomber. Love Rogue bottles, they look great in my collection.

I'm a big fan of winter warmers, but I bought this in the beginning of May. Is this going to be fresh??

Appearance - Great looking color. Nice deep amber/light brown. Really appealing. Left a nice lacing on the glass all the way down as I drank.

Smell - 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.

Taste - 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.

Mouthfeel - 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.

Drinkability - 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 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."


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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Photo of Flashsp2
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Mogul Madness into medium chalice

Pours a very deep brown with ruby highlights near the edges. Has a
frothy tan head that holds forever and leaves sheeting lace. Lovely.

Nose is rich and delicious. Chocolate, steely caramel, toffee, light
roast coffee, soft earthy hops, munich malt. Its like a rich German

The palette is way different than the nose. It is herbal/piney bitter,
coffee grounds, dark chocolate, earth, citrusy hop spice, steely
caramel. Bitterness softens a bit as it warms.

Body is moderate with a creamy and lush carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. The bitterness caught me off guard, but as
the palette adjusts it's not too bad.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber with a label that features the words "festive" and "lively." Head fades quickly but very nice lacing down the glass. Color is some combination of red brick, auburn, burgundy. Aroma is a nice mix of hops plus the typical winter warmer spices. Taste is definitely heavy towards the hops. Something about this beer reminds me of Christmas and Santa Claus. I cannot explain that. It's possible that's because it's along the same lines as SN Celebration or Rogue Santa's Private Reserve. But for me this one falls short of those. The flavor and aftertaste lack a little balance and leaves me disappointed after the intriguing aroma.

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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 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 Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Tap Room in New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a deep, reddish mahogany amber color with a thin, frothy veil of white foam which leaves some good residual lacing. carbonation is moderate, but head retention is lacking.

S: Smells of spicy, herbal hop aromas and a bitter, slightly burnt caramel latte. Some grassy notes thrown in with the milled malt left hanging below the nose.

T: Flavor is good and bittersweet; not typical for what "winter warmers" are thought to be. English, crystal and lightly roasted caramel malts give off an earthy, herbal ESB-type malt bitterness. This coupled with a slightly piny, cloven hop flavor makes for an easy sipping, naturally warming winter brew.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, slightly sweet and sticky at first but quickly thinning up to a bone dry, bittering finish.

D: An untraditional representation of the style, but a solid winter brew nonetheless. Good malt makeup and an excellent source of natural spiciness in the hop blend. A slightly phenolic taste and warming effect let you know there's a little kick in there, but this would be a nice bomber to have on hand after a day of shoveling or snowboarding.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured ontap into a pint glass. A dark amber in color bordering on brown with a decent off white head.

Smell: Aroma of hops and some bready malts as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A rather hoppy beer when first served. Served cold, hops dominate with some citrus and rind flavors. Some grapefruit juice and salt. Soapy, cheesey hops. Malt is in the background with vague caramel and roasted flavors. A hint of alcohol in the drying finish. Even a rye spiciness is there but I doubt any was used. Full bodied and semi-dry.

Drinkability: A nicely hopped up dark ale. A good sharp bite but may overwhelm the meager.

Originally Reviewed on: 03-12-2010 06:58:05

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

650ml bottle poured into pint glass feb26 2010

A deep mahogany brown with a nice thick thumbs worth of beige head that hangs around forever and leaves plenty of lace

S lots of hops, spice, malt and a little coffee

T even more hops giving it a tad of citrus flavor and all the normal winter spice come through and the coffee I could smell is well hidden

M coats your mouth just a bit and leaves something for you to taste after the beers in your tummy

D I got nothing against this beer, I never would have guessed it was 6.8%alc so that says something

a little different so from that point of view I liked it, much more hops then I expect from winter warmers and much less spice so I may be a little generous when reviewing for style but hey what can I say I liked this beer

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Photo of garuda
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark brown, almost black into a snifter gets about a 1/2" tan head with little retention but good lacing.

S - Thick caramelly roasted malts up front, then some hops, dark fruits, and plum.

T - Roasted/caramelly malts, coffee, with hops front to back.

M - medium body with medium to low carbonation. Nice feeling across the tongue, with some bite from the hops.

D - Starts out fairly well, but by the end of the bomber, the dark fruit/plum/prune even? taste just became too overpowering. Could have used some more well defined hops to balance it out. It was an ok brew, but I don't think I will pick it up again.

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

Rouge is always good to me.

Poured out of a 22, deep red mahogany with a solid cap and significant lacing.

Big caramel, maybe butterscotch notes and a nice yeast background and hints of chocolate malts.

Yummy but subdued malts, sugary but not syrupy. Hops peel away the malts a little too quickly for me. This one has big flavors and remains really enjoyable. Not a session beer but drinkable, enjoyable.

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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 IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 22 oz. bomber, abv listed as 6.8%.

Pours out a deep translucent chestnut hue, tall chunky off-white head with impressive retention and lots of sticky lacing.

The aroma is mostly hops, floral, light citrus, light herbal, dry earthy malt lingers in the background.

Hops from front to back, some dry herbal and earthy astrinency in the middle that builds momentum towards the finish and then subsides slowly in the aftertaste. Smooths out considerably as it reaches room temperature, dry malt and bitter herbal hops, some citrus on finish, but the aftertaste still remains very astringent.

Medium-full mouthfeel, mostly smooth with some graininess, sharp carbonation on the finish, dry astringent aftertaste.

Astringent is the key word for this dark hoppy ale, you get it coming and going from both the malt and the hops throughout. Gets a bit boring after a while, can't say I'd pick up another one.

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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 olympuszymurgus
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

we arrived at the eugene city brewery and just happened upon the brewer here at this fine rogue establishment. nate showed us around as i attempted desperately to nurse this fine ale. can a brown thing sparkle? i feel so. a winter warmer? maybe. an ipa? not quite. and not a cda? no, indeed, not. somewhere in between these beers lies the mogul madness, a deliciously hopped winter ale that is a treat to the northwest, and indeed, anywhere else it goes. grassiness and pines, like imagining what lies beneath when you're trekking with giant pads beneath your feet. a solid body, and an amazing finish. usually i'm a rogue hater, i mean, i don't hate rogue, i just wish for so much more from them. am i reconverted?

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

Once again I had the Rogue flashback with this beer as it tasted a lot like Sig's Northwestern Ale in that is a dark ale with lots of hops and the typical Pac man yeast. Decent beer as most Rogues are but nothing special or memorable. I liked the malty backbone and the finish was pretty solid but it didn't rock my world

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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 BMoney575
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 2-2-10

Pours a super cloudy brown color, with a filmy off-white head that settles to a few big bubbles.

Smell is very sweet with lots of different spices that go so well it's hard to tell them apart. Very holiday-y, and much more complex than I expected.

Taste is strong maltiness, and even strong hops. Extremely bitter, the hop character overpowers everything else. Not bad, just a little one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but works with the overall experience.

Drinkability is decent, the bug hops make it more refreshing than you might expect.

Overall, a good beer, but nothing to write home about.

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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 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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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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