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Monday, February 28, 2011

Rogue Brewing Mogul Madness Winter Ale

The finish-line is near as I power through the last of my more treasured and held-onto winter seasonals.  Today’s subject; Rogue Brewery’s Rogue Mogul Madness Ale.

Rogue Mogul Madness Ale, Rogue’s winter seasonal offering, poured a murky brown-orange topped by an off-yellow, creamy head.  The nose was flowery pine, brown sugar, and some smoke buried way in the background. 

Rogue Mogul Madness hit my palette thick but refreshing, invigorated enough by carbonation to add dimension to a body of candied walnuts, dried berries, and chewy campfire smoke.  The earthier flavors seems to stand out the further the beer lingered, and the ale ended with a brown sugar and raisin fade with a bit of rind bitterness on the close. 

Rogue Mogul Madness touches on many beer varietals (hop profile of a pale ale, dark malt profile of a porter,   some of the earthier characteristics of an English ale), but is best enjoyed for what it is… a well balanced and complex winter offering from one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier breweries.  

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