Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

Not Rated.
MogliMogli

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

688 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 688
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 106
Gots: 167 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: squaremile on 08-13-2010

'Oak Aged Imperial Porter Brewed with Chocolate'
Caldera Kettle Series
June 2011 - first release in waxed 22 oz. bottles
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 688 | Reviews: 131
Reviews by GregSVT:
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tim for bringing this one to share. Hadn't heard much of Caldera, but I'll never turn down a beer that I haven't had before (especially from Oregon). The pour was mostly black with a super deep, ruby-red only showing itself when held directly in front of the light. The nice, khaki colored cap sits pretty foamy around a half-inch and lasts for a decently long time.

Very nice, "porter-like" aroma up front - I know, such a great description, right? Light coffee beans, tons of sweet chocolate, and seemingly heaps of cocoa powder. I thought the absence of bourbon was strange, but then I realized that this was merely "oak aged" and not necessarily from a bourbon barrel. Still, the oak notes were fairly subdued and could easily be missed. Some dark raisins reside in the back, but chocolate is the real star of the show. The more this warms up, the more it begins to smell like pure baker's chocolate. So sweet, rich, creamy, and savory. I was smelling the empty bottle long after this one was gone.

It came as no surprise when I took my first sip and was hit with an insane amount of sweet baker's chocolate. The aroma actually lead me on that the beer would be a bit sweeter than it actually is, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. The level of roast is somewhat low, but it's still present; lightly roasted malts and creamy coffee. The roast is a bit more noticeable in the aftertaste, that's for sure. The oak is still pretty mild, but it adds another complexity to the beer, no doubt. Just the same as the aroma, the taste seems to get more and more engulfed by chocolate as it gets warmer until eventually you're sitting there with a glass full of melted baker's chocolate. Definitely sweet, but manageable nonetheless. Medium body, not quite thick enough to be called thick, low-medium carbonation and a lightly silky mouth feel.

Wow, definitely surprised by this one. A very nice and easy drinking porter with seemingly no distinguishable alcohol at 8.5% ABV. Super-chocolate heavy, so cocoa haters won't like this one. Despite the sweetness, it was very refined, manageable, and extremely far from cloying. A very nice treat.

Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and dark brown with deep ruby hue,a thick creamy-like beige head atop that takes its time settling into a frothy mass,rich color and a great well defined head.Vanilla lingers in the nose along praline and toasted oak.A rich creamy feel to the beer it just glides down effortlessly.Caramel/vanilla flavors abound with the chocolate and bourbon flavors playing a small role not hammering you over the head,again praline comes to mind with a tinge of nuttiness,mild roast brings it all together really well.With a beer of this style that's bourbon barrel aged alot of times it tastes like chocolate and bourbon,this goes in a different direction all together and I think it's great.One of the top beers of 2014 for me so far.

Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The light brown head is made of long lasting creamy bubbles.

S: An inviting blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla-like oak aromas, all at a medium level. There is a moderate toffee sweetness with some other malt character and a touch of roast. A low alcohol sweetness. Light notes of prunes.

T: Medium fruity and chocolaty flavors upfront that gets overwhelmed by a medium-strong citrus hops flavor and a medium-low hops bitterness. There is a medium-low dried dark fruit flavor, prunes. There is a moderate amount of coffee and toffee sweetness. The balance is somewhat sweet. The moderate alcohol gets away a little bit but this is a imperial after all. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of coffee and caramel.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a fair amount of creaminess and a medium level of carbonation. There is a medium-low alcohol warmth.

O: This beer has a fantastic aroma, almost like cocoa crisp cereal-like chocolate with a coffee and vanilla. The aroma smells a touch artificial but after reading that it is brewed with real chocolate it makes sense and either way it's great. The taste is almost as good but not quite as balanced but still very good.

Photo of banglin
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color with a nice head and decent lacing

S: strong chocolate aroma

T: nice chocolate flavor but don't sense any of the flavors from barrel aging. Otherwise a good imperial stout flavor

M: good carbonation. could be a bit thicker

O: overall a good imperial stout with chocolate flavors but the barrel aging doesn't seem to add much to this beer

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Very dark brown in color, but not bordering on black. Small brown head of very small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick.

Intense chocolate and vanilla layers in the aroma. This one took me aback; I simply wasn't expecting it to be as rich, decadent, and enjoyable as it is. Along with the vanilla and chocolate layers is good amounts of oak and dark molasses fruit cake.

The flavor is just as nice as the aroma. The layers of chocolate and molasses fruit cake are extremely expressive, complemented very nicely by a bit of oak, though it's not overpowering. An incredibly well-crafted beer.

Medium to nearly full in body with low carbonation.

I'm glad Brett hates beer because I couldn't have sat on this one as long as he did. Thanks go to him for sharing.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; pure black with a nice two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a topping of foam and nice chunky lacing.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, oak, brown sugar, vanilla...lots of sweetness and aged character, definitely different than the average roasty porter.
Taste is...hmm. It's huge milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Very sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Lesser hints of things from the oak aging, oak and vanilla and bourbon and that, but mostly it's all chocolate. None of the roasty flavor I'd expect from a porter, even an aged one.
Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, surprisingly so.
Overall this is very different from the porters I'm used to...this comes off almost as a milk stout. I can't tell how much of the sweetness comes from the aging and how much is the beer itself. Stouts are porters, but porters are not stouts...but then again the American tradition is to break the rules. So what that gets us is a creamy, very sweet porter that drinks like a milk stout instead of the bitter, roasty style it usually is...but it's still delicious.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, 3/4" head, tan. Aroma of chocolate, dark belgian candy sugar, bourbon.

Taste, decadent, yummy chocolate integrates well, one of the best barrel flavors I've experienced from oak spirals v. the barrel itself. Seems to be able to actually feel the 6 different malts used, all complimentary. Smooth, candy sugar gives a nice balance to it, never harsh, bitter, hides the alcohol extremely well. Chocolate really prominent, for the better. Mild vanilla component to it.

Nice price on it at the beerjoint for Caldera. Solid imperial porter.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Very pleasant aromas.

Taste: Wow! Very tasty! Tons of roasted malt and chocolate up front, followed by some vanilla, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and black pepper. Not much in the way of hops, which is surprising for a beer from the Pacific Northwest.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, smooth. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very, good porter! Great flavors of malt and chocolate, all wrapped up into an extremely creamy quaff. Highly recommended.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head, minimal retention with some spotty lacing, rather thin.

S: Lots of milk and dark chocolate, a bit of oak and vanilla. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

T: Tons of chocolate, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a bit of oak, vanilla, and caramel, but the chocolate is by far the foremost flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Not overly complex, but a really nice beer. Tons of chocolate which makes it very tasty and the mouthfeel gives it a high level of drinkability.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap @ Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA on 03/03/15

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz snifter with a thin, broken layer of cocoa powder colored surface suds. The brew itself is black with cola brown edging.

Smell - Predominant chocolate aroma that evokes images of moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting. Lovely.

Taste - Doesn't quite follow the nose, with earthen chocolatey flavor more akin to dry cocoa powder mixed with a smidge of baker's chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and a light touch of coconut, but this thing is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full body with low to moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky texture.

Overall - Glad I tried it, but more glad I didn't drop a grip by buying this in bomber form. It's good, but a bit too much of a one-track flavor profile. Vaguely reminds me of the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, but considerably more expensive.

Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Snifter

A: Brackish looking not quit coal black hints of color around the edges of the glass wasn't much head but I'm a light pourer. Head was a very light tan

S: smells like a tootsie roll, chocolate lots of it, hints of oak like being at a winery where you get that oak aroma without the wine.

T: very chocolatey, tastes similar to a tootsie roll I'm getting a lingering almost acidic taste that might be a coffee taste near the end but very light. As the beer warms I might get a smidgen of vanilla

M: Medium bodied finishes somewhat dry for the sweetness

O: it's pretty good reminds me of a not as sweet Southern Tier Choklat and definitely Tootsie Rolls. if straight up chocolate is your thing you will love this. It's definitely a try in my book but I wouldn't hunt for this, but if you see it give it a whirl.

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible big chocolate thick porter. Very drinkable, and filling. Thick rich black body. Big chocolate aroma.

Photo of Kevin73
4.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks like a thick chewy stout. Smell is sharp fruity hops, bready malts, and sweet milk chocolate. Flavor is huge.. and I do mean HUGE chocolate, with hints of espresso followed by raisin, then a hoppy finish and some alcohol heat. While the bitter, bread, coffee and fruit notes play backup chorus to the chocolate, which dominates the flavor, they harmonize well and it remains well balanced. An instant favorite! I definitely plan to give Mogli a second try.

Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle from the tap house in Ashland.
Great pour, a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is all chocolate. It smells great though.
The taste is chocolate throughout. There's a mild bitterness and the chocolate avoids being too sweet. Great balance and complexity.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and medium body.
A really nice porter, especially if you like chocolate.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL poured into a snifter. White wax.

Appearance - Pours with a decent khaki head. Deep brown. Not black. Some surface foam.

Smell - Deep caramel. Milk chocolate. Vanilla. Some oak. A mild hop presence.

Taste - More chocalatey. Vanilla. The chocolate seems to be more from the adjuncts that the malt. The malt is still mostly caramel. Still some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda bitter. Not a very rich porter.

Overall - I expected more from the ratings of this. A mediocre Porter with a good chocolate presence.

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in NC

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average lacing & slightly below average head retention

S: Chocolate, cocoa & iron

T: Follows the nose, some oaky dryness & roastyness as well, plus vanilla up front. Cocoa, woody hops & vanilla mix with some stonger mocha notes as this warms, plus roastyness, a touch of plum as well . Finishes with dark chocolate, a bit of boozey chicory, & oaky vanilla

MF: Rich, creamy, & smooth, thins out a touch as this warms

Wow this is great! It is Oklahoma's loss we don't get this one ( we get their canned offerings ). Drinks so easy, a stellar American Porter on the robust side

Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed 22oz bottle, poured into a teku glass, 2013 vintage

A- pours a deep but not quite opaque black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains into a film on top, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- first impression on the aroma is of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Beyond that, layers of whipped cream, coconut, dark cherry, booze soaked toasted oak, vanilla, burnt toffee & a hint of coffee and chocolate to close it out

T- deep layers of chocolate complexity up front mix with notes of caramel malt, malted milk balls & heavy vanilla cream. Hints of herbal hop and booze soaked black cherry. The oak presence isn't notched until the finish, but adds nice nutty & earthy notes in the close

M- medium body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very approachable, yet complex porter. Chocolate takes center stage, with underlying oak that adds good contrast to the chocolate sweetness, very good

Photo of KYGunner
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Less porter and more brown ale in appearance, Mogli keeps a lush, almost luxurious brown hue. The head is stiff and thick and resembles a brown cream.

The nose holds a milky, creamy, marshmallow and vanilla. I may get a whiff of chocolate but it's not a lot.

The flavor is just vanilla. Creamy, thick vanilla!

The feel is thick and creamy as well but holds a touch of carbonated bite at the finish.

This is a vanilla lovers dream and a beer served much better after dinner.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Black cola pour, half finger of cream head. Retained quite nicely.

Aroma, very chocolatey. Some roast malt, woodiness.

Taste, more roast malt here. Great blend of roast malt and chocolates, mostly dark chocolate. Some earthy notes. Finishes with strong cocoa and chocolate covered coffee bean.

Medium body, carbonation being just a tad high lightens this up I think. Drinks very easily though.
A good standard for the style, albeit a bit on the pricier side here on the east coast.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

White back. New bottle but no bottling date or vintage dating was apparent on the bottle.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive somewhat artificial sweet chocolate aroma dominates the nose and makes it somewhat difficult to distinguish any other aspects of the nose.

T - Chocolate syrup like flavour dominates, as the nose nose indicated. Some oak/woody notes and not much else comes through as the chocolate is very distracting. The oak presence created a slight astringency in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of Brandywine
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle white wax

Appearance: deep dark brown with over a fingers worth a beautiful warm brown head. Deep crimson glints can be seen looking down into this porter.

Smell: hot chocolate, milk chocolate, marshmellows, vanilla,

Taste: roasted bitterness at the tip of the tongue. The chocolate that came off sweet in the nose is more bitter throughout the middle. Coffee notes are present as well. There is a pleasant oakiness that runs throughout the flavor. As it warms up there's a nice sweet milk chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: A very satisfying porter once it warms up some.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, with a medium brown finger of head. The aroma screams chocolate, soft roast, vanilla, hints of coffee. Taste has heavy chocolate, some vanilla, coffe, roast, brown sugar. Body is medium to full, creamy with a lower carbonated feel.

The oak aging comes up minimally, if at all, but doesn't take away from its already flavorful nature. Über-good.

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Large creamy tan two to nearly three fingers tall, almost with a faint yellow sheen to it, creamy and slightly whipped up. Body color manages a very dark brown walnut, with barely an edge of burnt red color to it. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma is big, and full of thick chocolate. Delicious milky and powdery malt like Whoppers candy sweetness but much more subdued flavor. Powdered milk sweetness a bit also, and not much else. Thick and rich, slight hints of candy sweetness, but not hinting syrupy or overly sweet. Very nice bouquet going on here.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. No big surprises except in mouthfeel. The body manages a thick roast but lots of playful carbonation, almost giving a peppery and biting mouthfeel. Chocolate and candy like milk flavors hit the palate on first sip and linger long after the first swallow. Slight mild bitterness on the finish, complimenting and still managing a nice light porter quality.

A real easy drinking and tasty brew, the chocolate comes out a little candy and cheap in a way, but everything else works out nicely.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz waxed bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Gurgles out of the bottle a very dark brown, almost black. A 1 inch head forms. Dark lace on the way down.

This beer, in the taste and smell, is all about chocolate. Chocolate everywhere, mostly of the cocoa powder variety. Rich Hershey's syrup, vanilla, brownie mix, and just chocolate, chocolate, chocolate.

Slick and thick mouthfeel, medium bodied.

Great one-note stout. If you love chocolate, look no further.

Photo of tangentialsermon
4.65/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Rich, dark cherry color. Light brown head with very little retention.

S-Overwhelmingly milk chocolate. Subtle oak, but chocolate dominates this experience.

T-Again, chocolate all over the front, mid and finish. I detect the oak and the roasted malt on the finish but the front is all chocolate.

M-Decadent, syrupy, low carbonation. Nice cold chocolate milkshake.

Overall-I'm very pleased with this offering. Not very multidimensional, but the characteristics it does offer are just so darn pleasing. Enjoying after spaghetti and meatballs...will be ready to go to sleep happy :-)

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.