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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 741
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 110
Gots: 173 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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Reviews: 138 | Hads: 741
Photo of MDDMD
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The smell and taste are both fantastic with a ton of chocolate and oak. The mouthfeel is incredible with a nice thick silky feel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, a great brew!

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Photo of ZachKelly
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a white wax capped bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, muddled, opaque, dark brown coloring with a thin film of head that quickly disappears. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, booze, and wood highlights. Smells great, with the nose leaning towards the sweet side. Very inviting and smooth characteristics. Flavors are chocolate forward, with a solid blast of booze in the backbone. It lures you in with sweet and smooth, all while gently warming you with the increased ABV. Well done. Chocolate notes are also highlighted by vanilla and cream highlights, and hints of bitterness throughout. Very balanced and drinkable. The body is dry, but smooth and full at the same time. Slightly more bitterness in the chocolate characteristic that makes up the aftertaste, combining with the booze character to give a little bite along with the warmth. The finish is slightly boozy, with a subtle dryness accompanying the warmth left behind. This is unique, and damn tasty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep, dark brown.

S - Vanilla and milk chocolate. Not much wood.

T - Milk chocolatey sweetness. Not much roast. Liquorice.

M - A little too flat. Not thick enough.

O - This was a very enjoyable beer, although it needs a little more carbonation and to be creamier and thicker.

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Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is big, rich, quality chocolate and smooth roasty malt. Smells like my kitchen with brownies in the oven. Damn this smells good.

Taste follows nose. Rich, delicious dark chocolate and bitter roasted malt. Smooth vanilla as it warms. This is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, and decadent. Semi-dry, presumably from the oak. Nice chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall a truly outstanding imperial porter. Everything works together in harmony.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Supposedly this is quite challenging to get unless you live in Oregon. I found it in a grocery store in Vermont. I'm guessing Shaun Hill is behind this.

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Pours deep brown, with an average-sized, light tan head - retains a wispy cap, leaves a nice spotty web of lacing

Smell: Chocolate - truly, a remarkable amount of chocolate - smells somewhere between a milk chocolate bar and chocolate bread - some roasty, toasty malts, but they are in the background , as it's all about the chocolate - an undercurrent of oak and vanilla

Taste: Like drinking a chocolate muffin - milk chocolate, and chocolate bread - nicely toasted and chocolate malts - unexpectedly bready - seriously, this tastes like a chocolate bread, or a chocolate cake - some oak and vanilla in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body, kind of on the light side considering the amount of chocolate in the flavor, but smooth, nice finish

Overall: Definitely tastes better than licking a chocolate lab (less fur, too)

The chocolate component of this is unexpectedly good. It's delightfully chocolaty, and it doesn't drink like a dessert wine. The oak adds some nice woody notes, but this is really about the chocolate. I'm not sure if this is worth the hype, but if I ever see it again, I'm buying it.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown in color—traces of dark red are visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of Oreo cookies are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the chocolate flavors are the little stronger and stand out in front of the hints of crème. The chocolate becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really nice dessert beer if you are looking for something that isn't that strong in alcohol content and doesn't have a heavy body.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour, almost an inch of light brown head. Chocolate, oak, burned sugar aromas.

Taste was dark chocolate, smooth, chewy and stands in strong opposition to any alcohol in the mouthfeel. Stays away from too heavy roast or bitter flavors. Definitely tell there is probably added chocolate, not just chocolate malt on this one.

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with little head retention. Chocolate dominates the nose. Oakiness combines with the chocolate on the tongue. This is damn near a desert except that sugar is kept in check. Heavier body and bitter finish with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA.

I found a beer from my wants list on a shelf. Happy day. The beer is dark brown, approaching black with a dense, beige head. The aroma brings a grandiose oak presence. Wow. Oak and chocolate, baby! No surprise, the beer is rich and elegant with wood presence throughout. Subtle notes of vanilla. Dark, rich chocolates. Low to moderate carbonation. A bit on the sweet side, but certainly well done. Great beer, though I think the $19 price tag is too steep.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

White-waxed 22oz bomber (unsure of the vintage?) split into Deschutes tulips with my brother. A big-time want for me.

A: Clear, brown pour yields a dark but not quite opaque body with a decent amount of khaki head.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and roast, cocoa, and oaky tannin. Pretty eathy and woody with a nice chocolate undertone; takes on a cacao-like nose.

T: Starts off with cocoa powder, and evolves into a milk-chocolate-lovers delight. Oak provides a tannin-y balance. Roast and dark barley poke through too, leaving a bittersweet finish.

MF: Medium/full bodied.

O: Milk chocolate in a bottle. Excellent chocolate character, and a good use of oak to balance. A really nice porter.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger slim finger's worth of tan head. The head must have stuck around for a good minute before gently dieing. Light lacing ran here and there nicely.
The smell started off with a sweet to roasty cocoa beans with an eloquent blend of the coffee to come in and balance. As it warms, some vanilla comes out to balance.
The taste was mainly sweet with the vanilla coming across with more of a marshmallow flavor and developing into the roasty and sweetness of the beer. A light sweet cocoa to coffee to vanilla aftertaste runs into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality to it. Carbonation ran fairly light allowing the roast and sweetness to hit my tongue in all of the right spots.
Overall, I'd say this was a really nice imperialized porter. Thanks Amber.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, white wax, poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/18/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head with good retention that drops into a thick collar. Good lacing.

S- Licorice, milk chocolate, a bit of roast malt. A slight wet, damp oak scent. Some lactose. Vanilla.

F- Milk chocolate sweetness, lactose mixed in with dark chocolate and roast malts. Oak is definitely there and adds some complexity along with vanilla.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side with decent enough carbonation. A bit bitter, but that is offset by some lactose.

O- A pretty darn good chocolate imperial porter with a nice nose. Don't know if there's any actual lactose, but I'd believe it. Pretty expensive though I believe; glad I received this one as an extra.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Bottle. Longtime want. Mogli pours with respectable darkness. A fluffy, tan head grows from the pour. Rings of lacing. Aroma is inticing. I immediatley think of chocolate, vanilla and roasted marshmallow. Oakiness is present in the nose yet it isn't one of the foremost characteristics. A bit of coconut. The flavor and the nose are definitely a coordinated pair. Milk chocolate, vanilla and light roast. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Cola, marshmallow. Actually reminds me of a malted milk ball. Oak is very soft again. I would like more intensity. The base beer is pretty amazing so I won't complain much. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. More drinkable than it probably should be. I am very happy with this beer. Just as tasty as I had hoped it'd be.

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.