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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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 335
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 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 womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stuffed Sandwich

A: Pours a rather dark amber color with a solid off-white head.

S: Fairly herbal on the nose. A lot of woodsy notes which remind me of rosemary. A nice citrus and citrus peel aroma with a bit more fruitiness in the background. Toasted bread and malt along with caramel provide sweetness.

T: Herbal hop flavors are quite strong and immediately noticeable. There is a bit of a spruce type flavor to the beer as well. Toasted malts, toffee, and brown sugar are also there.

M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: Nice winter beer with good herbal notes (which I'm not usually a huge fan of).

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Photo of wingman14
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Rogue Ales Public House in San Francisco.

Pours brown with red highlights, and no real head when it came to my table. Smell is inviting, hops up front with citrus notes and a kick of pine. The flavor was smooth with the citrus and hops up front, followed with subtle bitter notes. The hops lingered in the aftertaste with the pine. A medium mouthfeel beer with deep flavor, but not very complex, but is done very well. This one is an easy drinker, definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.87/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My locals (including my out-the backdoor neighbor) have really been stocking up on Rogue! Love, love, love it. Especially when, as I walk in, they are so proud of the new beers they have in stock. Freshness is occasionally an issue, but not in this case.

From the bottle: "A lively seasonal ale, assertively hopped, dark in color and festive in taste."

I poured gently as I could see at least a modicum of sediment in the bottom of the bottle and I still got a finger of deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep ruby-red with cola highlights. Beautiful! Nose was "like chewing on pine needles" as one wag recently said to me. Har! Wow, was the the taste gooood! We/I recently postulated on the pairing of Girl Scout cookies and beer and this would either be like gilding the lily to the Thin Mints or a perfect accompaniment. It was medium-bodied, but it had a beautiful marriage of chocolate/coffee malt and wintergreen hops on the tongue. Gott dang! It suddenly struck me as more of a dessert beer, like in lieu of a Grasshopper, but samey same. OMFG, I would totally lay this on a lotta people that claim not to like "hoppy" beers. Phuckin' phenomenal! Finish was clean and dry, like a deep breath on the mountains. Try some today!

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Coffee colored w. a touch of cream. Thin frothy head, reminds me of an espresso.

S - Hops & Coffee Beans, Sweetly pungent

T - Hops are present up front, but masked with a roasted coffee, Kahlua covering. Hint of alcohol and candied fruit. Delicious roasted espresso tobacco finish. Nicely balanced.

M&D - Smooth, rich. Not overly done. The toasted hues linger, and alcohol settles in, in a relaxing way. At 6.60%, session-able, and feels like you could get into it without it overpowering you. Lighter than I've made it sound.

The Rogue Chocolate Stout is out of this world, and over the top chocolaty. This is a nice hoppy alternative, that you can stick with all night if you find it on tap.

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Photo of bugaboo416
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber to black in color

S: lightly citrus, hops aroma highly evident

T: It's highly hopped, bitter, pine, grapefruit. I thought it was a BIPA hybrid when drinking it.

M: moderate viscosity

D: I think this would be good for a glass or two in the evening.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on March 7, 2011. It pours a cloudy dark amber with about a quarter inch of long-lasting beige head. Roasted malts greet the nose followed swiftly by earthy and hoppy sensations and a little inviting yeast. The body falls into the medium range bubbling with carbonation. The taste is also full of hop and earth elements and very easy to drink with a satisfying bitterness.

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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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Mogul Madness Ale from Rogue Ales
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