Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 697
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 4.05%
Wants: 106
Gots: 168 | FT: 18
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
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Photo of bpasquini
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Starts out looking like muddy water when there is little in the glass, but as it fills the glass it transitions to a dark dark brown to black color, poured heavy and left a small bubbly chocolate colored head, leaves no lacing at all, the look of this beer is screaming desert!

S: Instantly from the pour your nose is filled with the sweet aroma of finely crafted milk chocolate! It is then followed with more sweet milk chocolate, slight hints of dark chocolate, sweet sweet vanilla, and very light hints of caramel. Every once in awhile you get slight hints of the oak barrel, the smell of the beer transitions in said order, and as it transitions each flavor slightly mixes giving you a plethora of wonderful aromas. This will be the best smelling beer I have had for awhile and it is going to take serious competition to knock this one down!

T: This beer takes you on a journey! Initial flavor is that finely crafted milk chocolate, which ever so slowly transitions, but mixes 50/50 with the dark chocolate, this wonderful 50/50 combo then begins to blend with vanilla which brings back and ever so slight sweetness back again, and then finishes with a total mix of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and the slightest hint of alcohol presence. Sweetness isn't overpowering, bitterness isn't too much, the complexity is immense and all the flavors are spot on! The flavors become even better as the beer warms, and the little alcohol presence is no more. I can't even fathom how good this beer tastes right now.

M: Medium bodied but feels extremely light. Incredibly creamy feel to it which is fantastic and compliments the flavors of this beer even more. The creaminess to the beer makes it incredibly smooth. It has a slightly sticky feel to it as chocolate does, but it doesn't have the mess (unless you spill). This beer finishes incredibly well, leaving the slightest hint of flavors behind, but damn does this make you want even more of this beer!

O: Well done Caldera! Well Done! Truly the greatest trophy to honor the passing of a dear friend! Mogli is definitely resting in peace, and I will be to when my time comes (won't be for awhile, but still) after having the chance to enjoy this beer! (2,228 characters)

Photo of manjanai
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to a buddy of mine,

Pours black as night w/ dark cocoa ring head. I can get whips of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak, it tastes, wow wow, just like it smell w/ a hint of tobacco and chocolate sweetness which LEDs up to super nice dry finish.... Wow, I love this beer, can't wait to get my hand on some more! (328 characters)

Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Concordia Alehouse

A: black with a rich, creamy, surprisingly light (in color) head

S: a bit roasty with some vanilla and dark chocolate.

T: out of this world! Slight roasted coffee flavor that isn't too bitter mingled with vanilla and dark chocolate with hints of oak and bourbon. I'm amazed at how distinct, yet subtle and well integrated each of the flavors are.

M: as wonderful as this beer tastes, the mouthfeel is the real high point of this beer. Licious and creamy, but just well carbonated enough to not be sludgy.

D: Wow. This is easily a top five beer. Not sure of the abv, but if it's big, it's well hidden. I could drink this all night long every night for a month and not get tired of it (716 characters)

Photo of squaremile
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One off brewed for Oregon Brewers Fest from my understanding. It was not barrel aged but used wood from bourbon barrels in the process, and is an imperial porter but there is no category for that on BA.

Pours a very dark brown with a small head around the sides of the glass. Aroma is outrageous. Like the first sniff of chocolate milk back in elementary school. Then add extra cocoa and some espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is to die for. All kinds of chocolate, french vanilla ice cream, bourbon, dark roasted coffee, and the smallest hop bitterness for balance. Minimal alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is the best feature. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had. By far the best of the style I have ever had. Drinkability is unlimited. If they bottled this it would be a legend. (789 characters)

Photo of ConanSachler
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

This beer really stand out amongst all other porters. It's a chocolate porter, but notes of coffee come through way more than you would expect. The drinkibility is unusually pleasant giving the abv as well. The oak doesn't come through, which would normally be a damn shame, but somehow this beer is incredible. I have nothing negative to say for this one. Definitely the best porter I've ever had. (398 characters)

Photo of hops202
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious chocolate porter. I had heard people raving about his beer, but was hesitant to buy it at $16.99 for the bomber. I finally bought the last bottle on the shelf after a few months and now I'm kicking myself for not buying the entire case when I had the chance. All I can say is that if you like imperial stouts/porters, especially those that are barrel-aged/brewed with chocolate/espresso/cacao - then you will certainly love this beer. A must have! (468 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks like the old experimental chocolate coke (remember that?), with no head on my first pour, and a tiny little bit of transparency to it. no lacing (well, almost none) but it looks very nice, an elixir waiting to be had (I've been smelling this already- hence, the elixir...)
smell is all chocolate.... not the bitter kind of chocolate, but like a chocolate fountain at one of those expensive sunday buffets. I gotta give this one a 5 on aroma.... this is truly beautiful....
taste is all chocolate also, and neither is bitter, but a dessert type of chocolate. it feels a little thin, and there is some alcohol in the taste, but this is a nice taste. not much else i'm tasting however, just a lot of good chocolate and some thin alcohol sheen. someone else mentioned 'chocolate syrup'.... I think that is the taste I am getting.... cocoa powder is another relative description, kind of like the cocoa powder at Starbucks....
a happy porter, I like that it references their 'best friend'. very decent, very nice. very rich, a little bitter on the back end, but overall a great brew! (1,084 characters)

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a tulip... (snifter was dirty)

A: Black. No light shows through. I poured it slightly fast to cause a bigger head, but it recedes very fast leaving a small rim of head around the edge.

S: Smells amazing! Lots of Chocolate, with a slight barrel smell.Malt, and oak. But mostly chocolate. Smells like a desert.

T: very sweet,Chocolate! malt. Overall porter flavor but intensely enhanced with the chocolate and barrel aging.

M: I actually think this is the only "disappointing" part of this beer. It's actually not disappointing. Just from the smell I would expect or want maybe a thick oily, creamy mouth feel. Like an oatmeal stout. It's actually fairly thin. but smooth. Medium carbonation.

O: Overall ...Amazing! One of my favorite beers! Very sweet, so not something I would always drink. Amazing smell, and taste. not enough good things I can say about this. I assume it would be amazing with ice cream or other deserts. maybe even dark meats. (971 characters)

Photo of tangentialsermon
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
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 :-) (585 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Dark as night. Half finger of light brown head that settles and stayed around and left a nice lacing down the glass.
S – Nice chocolate smell. Vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel.
T – Woo. This is good. Nice chocolate and vanilla to start. Sweet whipped cream, almost a marshmallow like flavor. Touch of roasted malts, toffee and coffee. Don’t get a great deal of oakiness but who cares. Manages to be sweet but not cloyingly so. Perfect touch of bitterness to finish. Amazing.
M – Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Creamy on the palate.
O – Catapulted to one of my favorites easily. Love the creamy, chocolaty flavors. If you can..get one. You wont be sorry. (723 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one fantastic porter. Pours a deep dark brown with a small one finger head.

Smell Is subtle aromas of chocolate cocoa and woody hints of vanilla.

Taste is so well balanced. The creamy cocoa and caramel mix perfectly with a slight woody character. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is creamy and yet light enough not to feel too high of abv.

Overall it's a fantastic porter that has impressed me. I will definitely try to find this one again. (447 characters)

Photo of Mardrommar
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle lists the beer as a limited small batch release and describes it as an oak aged imperial porter that is brewed with chocolate. The bottle cap and neck is coated in a white wax.

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown/black color and formed a light, soapy tan head that grew to about a finger in width and settled into a thin film within the first three minutes or so. When swirled, the lacing initially coats the entire area and then breaks down into an oily, spotty appearance.

The beer has an extremely pleasant nose. The aroma of chocolate is the biggest and most forward flavor. Dark, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, and a hint of vanilla are present. There is a slight oaken or earthy aroma in the background.

Mouthfeel of the beer is medium with moderate-high carbonation. The initial flavor is a sweet chocolate with subtle vanilla/caramel that transitions into an oak flavor that then becomes a smoked, bitter finish with a slight hint of hops. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste of bitter, roasted malts with a slight chocolate undertone.

Extremely drinkable and well balanced throughout. (1,151 characters)

Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Porter is definitely one of the best beers I've had from Caldera. Second only to the Old Growth Imperial Stout. I'd venture to say also that this is one of the best Porters I've had in a long time. The beer is close to black in color a thin brown head. The nose has hints of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. In my opinion that is the best nose composition a porter can have. The beer has a medium body and mild carbonation. As it moves across the pallet a strong flavor of dark chocolate hits your tongue with light hints of coffee and bittering acids. Caldera is known for their love of hops and this beer is no different but the hops add to the beers complex flavor profile. This beer could only be better if it had a fuller body and more vanilla and bourbon notes on the pallet. I loved this beer and would recommend it to any dark beer lover. (869 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel in the nose.

T: Taste includes notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, coffee.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: A great imperial stout for a better price than many comparable beers. (261 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super chocolaty notes, with a mild coffee undertone. Strong effervescence mouth feel, and solid color and head. Porter bordering on texture and taste of a stout. Good from start to finish, leaves you wanting more. Tough find certainly worth the price. (251 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great bottle sent up from jodan.

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass, because I can.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly turns into rings around the edges.

S - Chocolate, slight coffee, and some vanilla.

T - Milk chocolate, some malts poke through as well.

D - Low carbonation, Sweet, very smooth.

O - I love labs, and I love this beer. (373 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Opaque black color with a strong brown tint to it, head it straight tan almost average looking except for how high it rose, roughly one finger's length.

Smell: Wow, talk about a real milk chocolate scent with a hit of coffee. Abolsutelt smells like dessert.

Taste: One sip of this masterpiece isn't enough, tastes like a cup of coffee with vanilla cream with hits of light bitterness and caramel.

Mouth: Ridiculously smooth...sweet finish with medium carbonation on the body.

Overall: Has borderline "breakfast stout" properties, so smooth and to leave it on the shelf is an absolute sin. I bought this months ago on my last trip to PA and can honestly say probably the best porter I've had in my life. Don't believe me, have one on me...Salud! (784 characters)

Photo of Kevin73
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (472 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting this brew for a very long time, since 2011. Let's get down to the brew. This puppy pours a nice dark brown body almost on the verge of being black. With very dark brown hues gleaming the outskirts of my tulip glass. Nice creamy mocha head made up with tiny bubbles. Looks fantastic! The aroma is just a dense chocolate bar feeling. Nice baked cookie dough in the backend. Not picking up any oak, but this beer smells Amazing! The flavor is just as amazing. Chocolate and roast with some cookie dough sweetness. This brew finishes on time smooth/sweet and slight bitterness with a touch of toasted oak. Simply amazing. This brew has medium volume in the body with par carbonation.

Overall: Move over Sugar! Daddy's got a sweet tooth tonight! This brew is delicious beyond belief. This really reminds me of Imperial Biscotti Break, with more delicious chocolate. Smooth and sweet like some milk chocolate. This is packing some flavor for sure. It was a bit pricey, but worth it to me! This brew is recommended. (1,028 characters)

Photo of Tony49er
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type- On tap poured into a snifter glass

Appearance- Dark milk chocolate color, think consistency, not much of a head

Smell- AMAZING Big chocolate notes, bourbon coming in big time nice roasted notes one of the most intense chocolate smelling beers I have ever had

Taste- AMAZING again big chocolate in the front of the tongue, smooth melted chocolate almost like you melted a high quality chocolate bar and but in directly in the beer just awesome

Mouth feel- Smooth classic porter mouth feel, softness from the chocolate notes, a bit to bite but in a good way from the bourbon aging done on this beer

Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had this was AMAZING on tap and I can only imagine getting a few bottles of this and aging them for a few years and how good they would turn out just outstanding....A + Beer for sure (842 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (890 characters)

Photo of Giovacchini
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- Semi sweet chocolate , some vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, and leather.

T- fudge/chocolate, some bourbon, very subtle alcohol, leather, and tobacco. 

M-Smooth creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation very drinkable a little heat from the alcohol.

O- I think this was a very flavorful and drinkable brew. The chocolate tends to be a little overpowering but that's not a bad thing. The combination of the nose/taste/mouthfeel reminds me of a hot fudge sundae in liquid form. Very nice brew from a brewery that doesn't receive much attention.  (592 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as part of a back and forth thing I have going with a fellow BAer. Bottle is almost a year old (been meaning to drink this). Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown with a dense, creamy one finger mocha head that really does not ever fade. Just hangs around for the duration of of the drink with light side lacing.

S - Nice rich chocolatey aromas. Good powder milk cocoa. Creamy light vanilla, touch of oak. This is liquid chocolate in a glass.

T - Taste is chocolate, pure and simple. Creamy milk chocolate, light vanilla notes and very faint oak. Mostly just creamy delicious milk chocolate here. Rather one note, but still quite well done. Not overly sweet at all. Almost like Chokolat, just not super sweet.

M - Mouthfeel is quite silky and creamy. Quite pleasant, works very well with everything.

O - Overall, a very well done straight forward chocolate porter. Everything works in harmony and provides exceptional flavour and aroma. (975 characters)

Photo of luvtotri140
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Strong chocolate smell from the pour and the taste doesnot dissapoint. Hints of vanilla and some coffee comes through. Way to easy to drink, great beer , a must try if you enjoy chocolate beers! that must have been some dog to influence that good a beer! (254 characters)

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.