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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 101
Gots: 131 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
'Oak Aged Imperial Porter Brewed with Chocolate'
Caldera Kettle Series
June 2011 - first release in waxed 22 oz. bottles

(Beer added by: squaremile on 08-13-2010)
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Photo of SHODriver
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a snifter and for all intents and purposes it's black with a small tan head that fades quickly to a small collar.
S: smells intensely chocolatey and roasty with a bit of coffee. slight vanilla sweetness to the nose as well
T: chocolate and vanilla flavors at the forefront along with a bit of coffee and roast malt. swallow brings more chocolate, coffee, and roast malt with a bit of vanilla and oakiness
M: soft but slightly prickly carbonation with a medium mouthfeel, fairly drinkable for the color and alcohol. slightly dry finish
O: this beer is damn tasty. great flavors and complexity. Before reviewing this one somebody said it isn't worth the price. I don't remember what it cost me but it tastes like it was worth it to me.

SHODriver, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a small off-white head. Intense vanilla and chocolate aroma to this. Just awesome. Plenty of oak and roasted malt character to go with it. Some slight toffee sweetness, too. The flavor has the same level of rich chocolate flavor and the vanilla from the barrel aging is a nice compliment. Just enough roast to keep it from being cloying. Really a nice beer.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this one for a long time.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: Poured out a burnt caramel, brown color, much more translucent that I was expecting and with quite a big head for a barrel-aged beer.

S: Tootsie Roll in a glass. Seriously, this has a chocolatey, chewy olfactory quality to it. No barrel-aging detected... yet.

T: If the bottle weren't labelled and someone poured this for me sight-unseen, I would have thought this was Souther Tier's "Choklat (without the weird aftertaste)." Huge cocoa nib/truffle flair with the oak only evident under VERY close inspection (perhaps on the finish?).

M: Thick and gooey, like any dessert beer should be. This brew is absolutely the perfect ABV and sweetness level for the dessert brew that it is.

O: This was $16.95 and I thought it was worth every penny.

Chaney, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of sfr26
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%

sfr26, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of flexabull
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a glass of this last night at Caldera's tap house.

Pours a very dark brown color, with a thin off white head.

Aromas are of very dark semi sweet cocoa with hints of cream and coffee.

Flavors are just like the nose. Dark cocoa, semi sweet, creamy, with some brown sugar, espresso, and hints of oak. Finish is crisp, with really subtle booziness.

Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

Overall this is outstanding. This is an excellent beer that you can really taste the dark chocolate, but it still retains the flavors of a robust porter too. The balance is nice, very well done Caldera. Even my wife liked this, and she is not a fan of dark beers.

flexabull, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of dar482
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a light brown fluffy head.

The aroma is just a beautiful. It's huge vanilla, sweet cocoa powder, and tons of chocolate with some lightly roasted malt. It's truly intoxicating.

The flavor follows with that huge chocolate note in the front, which then moves onto a strong 70-80% dark chocolate to emphasize the chocolate note, which melds perfectly with a sweet vanilla bean and then it moves onto a wonderful earthy and roasty bitterness on the end. I actually even get a black pepper tinge in there too.

The body is medium, smooth and creamy, but a bit light.

A very well crafted beer with that bitterness to balance that explosion of chocolate. Did not get the oak barrels, but the chocolate shines.

dar482, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light brown head that slowely drops to a thin cap. Lacing is spotty. A gentle swirl brings back a thick cap approximately a full finger of head.

Smell: Fresh milk chocolates! A faint note of roast malt. Its nose is one demensional very milk chocolate forward. It smell really really good despite the lack of complexity in the nose. I just keep thinking of gourmet chocolates ever time I smell this beer.

Taste: Similiar to the nose this beer packs alot of milk chocolate flavor. Vanilla notes and a hint of oak. A cola or rootbeer "esk" note. The beer finishes with bittersweet cocoa, a hint of nuttiness, faint roast malts, and the oak flavor seems to build up at the backend of the beer. A nicely balanced and complex oak aged porter!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is super creamy and has a slick mouthfeel. Its a really easy drinking barrel aged porter! No booze is around at all; its so darn smooth and mellow! Drinks like it is 5% abv porter.

Overall: This is a great chocolate porter with nice barrel notes. The chocolate flavors and aroma are perfect! Its so chocolatey without being overdone or overly sweet. Caldera nailed this oaked chocolate porter! Its really easy to drink this beer fast, but you gotta pump the brakes! I really enjoyed sipping and savoring this beer!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours a very dark opaque brown, slight light penetration around the edges, with a thin light tan film for a head.

Smells of milk chocolate syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and oatmeal.

Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and a bitter nutty flavor somewhere around pecan.

Medium to full body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is an exceptionally tasty porter, flavorful and decadent. Highly enjoyable and very recommended if you manage to snag a bottle.

Cylinsier, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

oberon, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate with very light toasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Nice. Flavor follows, with nice high quality chocolate, vanilla and toasted malt, faint oakiness. Finishes somewhat dry with faint hops. Medium bodied with appropriate creaminess, nice mouthfeel. I've had a lot of excellent chocolate ales before, but this is one of the best presentations of chocolate experience, very reminiscent of dark chocolate syrup on vanilla ice cream. Nicely done and tasty.

LiquidAmber, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of beagle75
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for the bourbon barrel-aged version of Mogli imperial porter.

Draft pour into a dubbel goblet at the Caldera tasting room in Ashland.

A: Uniformly opaque black, with almost one finger of beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very sweet chocolate milk dominates the smell, with some vanilla and bourbon adding complexity.

T: Toffee, dark fruit, and vanilla to start with bourbon and bittersweet chocolate emerging later. The finish is smooth and full with bourbon. Bourbon flavor deftly asserts itself without being overpowering or intrusive. The presence of alcohol is also handled well here because alcohol flavors are not detectable.

M: Medium viscosity with low to moderate carbonation. This beer is very smooth and gently warming on the palate. While a heavier texture would not be out of place here, nothing about the mouthfeel of this beer is wrong.

D: This beer is both drinkable and delicious. Despite its spirit-infused imperial pedigree, the palate is not fatigued over the course of drinking a glass. Compared to a Ballast Point bourbon barrel-aged Victory at Sea sampled recently, this beer is more drinkable but less extravagantly flavored (and likely also lower in abv). This beer was sampled by three other beer drinkers unaccustomed to barrel-aged beer and each was impressed by it.

beagle75, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From 07/13/13 notes. Not sure if nmann08 or BigSexy410 shared this one but thanks, it was pretty awesome. 22 oz. waxed bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with two fingers plus of fluffy medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, oak, light coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nose is very good; sweet chocolate dominates the nose, which is fine by me as it's great.

t - The taste is even better than the nose. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, oak, roasted malts, liquid chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt malts, and light hints of coffee. The taste is great; reminds me a lot of Box of Chocolate by Charleville. Super chocolatey and more oak and caramel in the taste. Just great.

m - Light to medium body that is more on the light side, with low carbonation. Body is thinner than I would have liked for a porter; only disappointing part of the beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. The nose is very nice and the taste is even better, full of sweet milk chocolate. Body is a bit too think but would still love to have this one again. A must have for chocolate lovers and anyone who likes Box of Chocolate or Southern Tier's Choklat.

mdfb79, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a somewhat minimal head; leaves a decent streaky pattern, however

Smell: Lovely dark chocolate bouquet, with some oaky vanilla underneath

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate; after the swallow, the oak and vanilla flavors make an impact, along with a subtle hint of brown bread

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although the beer is largely one-dimensional, it is a terrific example of a chocolate beer that would have wide appeal if it were more regularly available

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

brentk56, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, licorice, light oak

T-deep rich chocolate, dar roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, little oak, hint of coffee and caramel

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy

O-loved this porter, rich chocolate flavor well integrated into the base beer, hope to enjoy this one again in the future

MDDMD, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ZachKelly
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a pint bottle.

Pours an enticing dark chocolate brown with a 1 finger light toffee colored head. Slight carbonation as it sits, the head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing as you drink. There is a thin layer of lighter brown on the top, which gives way and blends into a dark brown.

The aroma I get is mostly of oak and chocolate. The oak is more noticeable as the beer warms in the glass. There is a slight hint of roasted dark malts and bitter coffee. You can pick up an alcoholic smell with a good deep sniff of the beer.

Great tasting beer. A mixture of dark and milk chocolate comes through at first and has an oaky finish. The roasted malts come through as it warms up in your mouth. A slight hint of coffee is in there as well.

To me, a disappointing mouthfeel. The flavors all blend together amazingly, but it feels a little thin for a beer of the size and depth.

I will be eagerly awaiting getting another chance to drink this beer.

ZachKelly, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Casey for sharing this one...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent at best, and lacing is minimal...

S - Roasted malts, oak/vanilla, and lots of chocolate. Scent comes through deliciously sweet...

T - Chocolate foward with a good dose of vanilla. Oak and roasted malts also come through, with a slightly bitter finish...

M - Rich and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a dry finish...

O - Excellent brew. Definitely something i'm looking foward to trying again...

Cheers...

comfortablynumb1, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz with White Wax (not sure vintage)
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours a really deep dark brown color. Didn't get too much head, be it the small glass, but what was there was a medium tan like color. Tight little bubbles. Left some sticking lacing and saw some alcohol feet.

S: Really nice nose here. Some roast character. Some of that vanilla from the oak is there. Marries well with the addition of chocolate. It really smells pleasant, and strangely I do get the chocolate milk reference. Good stuff.

T: Amped to say that the taste followed the nose on this. Really nice chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not overly aggressive deep dark chocolate, more a smooth milk chocolate. That barrel character is really nice too. Rounds the mouth feel. Hints of vanilla playing with the chocolate and slight roast. Just a really easy drinking porter.

M: Medium leading to full. Not the chewiest beer.

inlimbo77, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

tectactoe, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of Pencible
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured an opaque cola color with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like delicious sweet cocoa powder and rich dark chocolate, with some oak and vanilla a bit of roasted coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and dry bitter dark cocoa powder, with some oak and roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Appropriate body.
D: This was a great oak aged porter with top notch scent, and very nice taste. The body was good, and the finish was smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. No need to age, since it's so good fresh. High quality brew.

Pencible, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.29/5  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.

mdaschaf, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Fatehunter, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of Yellolab2010
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%

Yellolab2010, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep orange with a very tall and dense light brown head. Head fades extremely slowly with top notch retention. Great island remaining behind. Moderate but thick streaks of lacing.

S: Oh yeah. Heavy chocolate with lots of oaky vanilla. Almost makes me think milk stout, there is a healthy dose of the oaky vanilla but also some marshmallow and even nougat. Not far from smelling a three musketeers.

T: More chocolate up front. Really nice. Grows stronger in the middle somehow. Again, a little bit of that nougat towards the finish. Some toasted, roasted malt character as well with light char and cocoa. Little touch of drying, charred oak lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Nice medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

O: Very nice chocolate porter. Super smooth, creamy and full mouthfeel. Goes down so easily - one of the best drinking beers I've had. This reminds me a lot of Samuel Smith Chocolate Stout if I'm honest. Just bigger, bolder and if I'm honest - it's just plain better.

Dope, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of Treyliff
4.28/5  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

Treyliff, Sunday at 01:21 AM
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.