Mogul Madness Ale | Rogue Ales

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Mogul Madness AleMogul Madness Ale
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 cpetrone84
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a thin ruby red transparent beer with a light tan colored head that dissapears a little quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is relatively light and brings a touch of vanilla and cinnamon up front that is followed up by some sweet citrus like hops

T-the taste starts with some vanilla and cinnamon, very faint, giving way to a big malt flavor with some sweet caramel and a touch of nuttiness. This is followed by notes of metalic phenol flavor and then some nice citrus hops and a strong lingering bitterness

M-medium body and slick on the back of the throat. it is somewhat creamy but lots of carbonation and a crisp finish.

D-not very tasty and a pretty thin body. i don't recommend.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with red highlights. Thick tan head, fair amount of lacing. Nice caramel malt aroma, with a hoppy, citric aroma lingering in the background. The taste was a reversal of the aroma. Pronounced grapefruit with a small malt contribution. This was a pretty hoppy beer, not at all like other winter warmers I have tried.

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Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich ruby with caramel highlights and a nice, frothy off-white head that leaves lacing down the glass.

The smell is of the Rogue house character, thanks to its Pac-man yeast strain, with caramel/toffee - towards cocoa/chocolate, some dark bread, and spearmint.

The taste of maltiness follows through from the nose - but with a spicy, bittering (citric/perfumy), menthol finish.

It has a cream, full (but not thick) body. Velvety smooth.

A nice winter warmer indeed! I love winter warmers that lend hop spicing rather than adjunct spicing, and still keep winter maltiness!

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

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, bitter aroma that boasts of pale, roasted, and crystal malts along with an excellent dose of hops. The taste is decent. It has a bone dry, pale and roasted malt flavor along with a very bitter hop taste. I like the hop component, but it takes away from the malt character. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinker as far as winter warmers are concerned, but there are plenty more available that are better.

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

Color is very dark brown with an attractive ivory head. Not too much of an aroma: hops, brown bread, Taste is quite nice. A good hop punch, but it's well integrated. Beer is substantial but not at all heavy. Nice malt and perhaps a hint of nutmeg. Good depth. Mouthfeel is smooth, a good amount of carbonation. All in all, very good to excellent. A hoppy, complex ale.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up because I hadn't had a lot of bombers lately and this was a limited release for the winter. I love Rogue's beers but most of them tend to be pretty strong and/or hoppy. Amazingly, this beer was hoppy without being a bomb and not that strong, even though the ABV %'age isn't listed here. It's been a long time since I had something this balanced!

The pour was good but there could have been a bit more lacing to go along with the deep reddish-brown hue. The taste up front was that of crystalline sugar, followed by a fairly strong earthy hop presence that had floral, citrus, and caramel notes to it. It was just a bit short of being dry-hopped, and it was amazing to feel it slowly recede as the malty backbone kicked in. There wasn't any spice to be found here, which is why I was surprised to see this categorized as a Winter Warmer.

While this isn't the best beer that I've had from Rogue, it's probably the most drinkable of their offerings that I've ever tried. On a cold night like this, it's a welcome change from the darker beers that fill the shelves this time of the year and for someone trying out a winter seasonal, this is very good one to start with!

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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 Hautacam
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with very small head, but a lingering collar of foam.
Smell is muted metal and sweet caramel.
Tastes sweet at first, then a bit of steely caramel with a quick bite of citrusy hop that becomes very bitter and boderline astringent. There is a slight metallic aftertase along with the lingering bitterness.
Pretty drinkable. Not tasting alcohol.
A decent brew, not sure I would spend another 7 bucks for a bomber though.

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Photo of Casey10
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer considered a winter warmer to me its a lot like a esb but either way its good nothing spectacular but is worth a try if you have a chance to pick it up.

The beer pours a red ruby color has a faint nutty smell the taste is a smooth yet bitter taste and has the feel of a esb. The drinkabilty is not bad but not overwhelming either.

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

pours a pretty ruby red with a nice head and lacing...
smelled of grainy malts, sweet with pungent hops. Typical Rogue. Nice balance in the beer.
Good mouthfeel but not cloying.
Very nice on the palate, bitter hops comingling with the pale malts and crystal.
Very bitter on the finish that lingers for a good while.
Had two pints before I had to move on, would have loved another.

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

A- A deep leathery brown with some amber highlights. The light mocha head is thick and creamy and has some pretty good retention. Not too shabby.

S- Pine, caramel, oats, and flowers. It smells a little thin or metallic.

T- Pine bitterness, flowers, oats, caramel, and brown sugar. Simple and slightly metallic.

M- Clean with a definite lasting bitterness. A bit thin.

D- Hard to gauge since the ABV is unlisted. A bitter ale that doesn't seem to pack too much depth. That being said, it is smooth and drinks nicely.

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Mahogany-brown body with a half-finger khaki head. Leaves some khaki/tan-colored lace.

S: Slightly metallic. Also citrusy piney hops.

T: Caramel malt, metallic bitterness and pine. Hint of cocoa in the malt. Lingering bitterness coats the mouth.

M: Thinner than expected, call it lighter side of medium.

D: Pretty good.

Like a thinner, less malty, more straight-up bitter version of Yakima Twilight. Victory's is better, however.

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Photo of adamette
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle that I bought at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio last week for a price that escapes my memory. Poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A 2 inch light brown head that leaves an intermittant lacing on the inside of the glass as I watch it settle oh so slowly. Body is a dark caramel brown translucent. I really like the abundant head that I can imagine at a ski lodge after a long day on the slopes. 4.5

S Nice medium to dark roast malt with some distant hops to the nose. 3.5

T Medium roast malt flow right from the smell into the taste but the taste has a much higher hops presence than the smell suggested with a bitter, grapefruit bite in the middle third on into the aftertaste. I do not like this unwelcome and unbalanced hops bitterness. It rather ruins a nice smooth Winter Warmer. 2.5

M First third of the taste is rather smooth with that big malt presence but then the bite of hops swarms in and ruins the feel as well as the taste. 2.0

D Driven down by those hops I am afraid. The 22 ounces allowed for about 2 Sam Smith pint glasses and I have finished one in about 10 minutes but it will be difficult to finish the other one. 2.5

Notes: A very good looking beer that is way too bitter for me.

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

22 oz.bottle from Belmont Station poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 12/24/09.

Dark amber body, nearly opaque, cloudy, after warming discovered this wasn't chill haze. 1 finger tan head, medium dissipation with decent lacing. The nose is bready malts, a bit of spice (cardamon?), chocolate, coffee and very complex hop profile which is hard to deconstruct. Taste is primarily coffee, chocolate, bitter hops with a bit of plum-like sweetness, and a pretty dry finish. Great mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, not too syrupy. Not sessionable but a nice holiday ale. Well worth a try.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark amber,red colour and almost looks like brown creaming soda with a nice two finger foamy head and heaps of nice lacing around the glass,the aromas are coffee,herbal piney hops and a touch of kiwi fruit,it has a weighty mouthfeel although its just weighted nicely enough to easily have another sip after another with tastes of piney,herbal hops the first thing i taste followed by a nicely balanced middle body of caramel,toffee malts that really smooths out the tailend of this beer to make it not really that bitter as i was expecting with the 7 hops that they have used i was expecting a big bitter bomb right at the end but not at all and to be quite honest this has to be one of the best balanced beers that i have had and if you come across this brew i highly recommend you buy a few of them as im going back to my bottleshop tomorrow to buy more,definately a top class beer.

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Photo of SourHopHead
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark red to an amber in color with a nice off-white head and nice retention.

S: Coffee, dark malts, and some hop aroma.

T: Coffee and the dark malts came through leading to some chocolate and then hops and a slightly dry finish.

M: Full body and good carbonation.

D: I wouldn't call this a winter warmer, but I enjoyed the coffee and Chocolate/Mocha.

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Photo of Pinto21
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown with some red thrown so to make it more winter warmer like. Nice tan/white head w/ good lacing.

S: Kilncoffee and dark Crystal malts. kinda dark but not really. touch of herbally hops

T: bitter up front. the malts come through and bring a roastyness. Hops come in too with a more herbalness than the citrus I expected from Rogue. A hop heavy beer that has the malts to bring some balance. still hops dominate, like a dark APA

M,D: Good to both.

Wouldnt call it a winter warmer so much. maybe strong ale. Nothing yells winter or warmer at me.

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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 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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