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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 722
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 165 | FT: 17
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 zeledonia
3.32/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle on a recent trip to Ashland. 2011 vintage (the only one so far). Tasted 24 August 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours relatively clear but dark chocolate brown. A rich chocolate lab brown, with about one finger of medium-tan head. Okay retention, not a whole lot of lacing.

Smell is totally dominated by the chocolate. Almost like Southern Tier's big stouts, in the way that it feels semi-artificial, though I realize that might just be the aspects of chocolate that usually come out in beer. But I don't really like it. A fair amount of vanilla oak. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, then porter. Porter base is on the sweet side, more like an English porter than the char-roast Americans.

Taste is not all that exciting. Again, it's dominated by the chocolate, and I wish there was more porter in it. Not a whole lot going on. Lacking richness, depth, and darkness. Like a bland porter with chocolate in it. Little obvious malt presence, and very low bitterness.

Very light feeling, especially for a so-called imperial porter, which should be a big beer.

A good beer, but not great. I found myself liking it less and less as I drank it. Sure, I can drink it, but calling this an imperial porter is a stretch. Chocolatey, whew! Wish there was more to it.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.3/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Big thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Pours black. Hints of dark browns at the edges when held to direct light. Head is straight khaki and drops to small cap and collar in short order. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Loaded with chocolate and vanilla. Solid roasted malt with some darker cocoa elements. A touch of coffee bean. Sweet, very sweet. Almost milky with a ton of milk chocolate and artificial vanilla. A touch of grassy and herbal hops with a rougher roasted malt edge. Vanilla chocolate milk. Very slight burnt edge. Something akin to marshmallow.

Taste: A more balanced approach than the nose. Heavy on the vanilla but it's smooth and hints at fresh vanilla bean. Layers of cocoa, milk chocolate, and some darker nibs. A touch of coffee. Slight almost milky sweetness. Malts are nicelybroasted with a slight burnt edge. Slightly sweet malts with some added caramelized sweetness. Has some mellow backing grassy elements with a mildly herbal hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body. Creamy with a moderate carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: Not a bare necessity, but close.

Vanilla ends up running a bit high, but it's a nice porter.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht. Had been wanting to try this one for a while, so it was cool to see it show up locally.

From a bomber into a snifter
White wax
Oak aged imperial porter with chocolate

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Dark brown body with lots of carbonation. Piles of carbonation everywhere. Head slowly fades to a thick foamy cap that’s supported by all the crazy carbonation all over the place. Eventually fades to a splotchy wisp that leaves decent lacing down the glass. This is okay but the carbonation is just out of control.

SMELL: Oak and definite chocolate on the nose. Chocolate truffles or bon bon, even. Light vanilla and sweet cream from the oak, but chocolate is definitely the dominating trait here.

TASTE: Chocolate up front with oak and some vanilla flavor as well. Lingering and bold aftertaste of milk chocolate truffles, oak, sweet cream, a hint of hop bitterness with some alcohol too. A bit of spicy alcohol right at the swallow, which was rather unexpected. Pretty flavorful, but the chocolate is rather overdone.

PALATE: Thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, slightly airy, does down okay and finishes a bit sticky.

OVERALL: Okay I guess. There are some good things here, but the feel is a bit too thin and light, it’s too carbonated, and the chocolate could be toned back a bit. Not something I’d necessarily go for again, but wouldn’t turn down a glass of a future batch of this. A few tweaks and it could be a real treat.

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Photo of Nevinon
1.89/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is SHYTE! Let me start by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer. At a whopping $18 a bottle, I expected it to be a FANTASTIC beer...but alas, price isn't everything.

First the pour. I usually look at a porter to see how it grips the glass, and Mogli had no grip. Second the head: I know porters don't usually get too much of a head while pouring, but they usually have at least a broken slick of foam for a few seconds...Mogli foamed less than a glass of warm water. The initial taste.... TERRIBLE! I don't mean terrible like the acidic burn of warm Budweiser poured from a can, I mean like over-watered Swiss Miss cocoa that had gone cold. BLAND, like a banana, but even more so. Mild bitterness from the oak aging, but mostly bland watered down cocoa. Like seriously! Go boil some water, make some Swiss Miss cocoa, throw a few ice-cubes into it, and then forget about it until there is no longer dew on the outside of the glass...that is what Mogli tastes like!

All in all I found this beer to be something I would not recommend to ANYONE lest it may cost me "beer-nerd" cred (...something I wouldn't sit for even among circles of those I dislike, and refuse to associate with). Do not waste your money on this bottled water...(it didn't even have enough alcohol to make the flavor worth enduring). While I have yet to quaff of it, I am certain that the Wdimere Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout I bought will be better than Mogli. If you would like a decent tasting stout or porter, I would suggest Laguinitas. If you have the dough, and it is available, invest in a Chocolate Yeti, do yourself a favor, and side-step the Mogli... It costs too much, and you could probably get a better flavor by distilling your own socks....

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.