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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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 722
Photo of ZachKelly
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.1%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +1.2%
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 +1%
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 MetalMountainMastiff
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +0.2%

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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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large foam crown forms at the top of the brew poured into a glass. The head is tan in color and holds its own for a while. The brew is very dark and lets light through at the edges. Lace rings are left on the sides of the glass after each drink.

The smell is mostly rich chocolate with some roasted malts hiding behind it.

The taste is more complex than the nose. There is rich chocolate at the forefront, which is followed by roasted grains and some barrel character at the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden.

The feel is medium and very gently coats the mouth.

I enjoyed this porter very much. In my opinion, the best porters have more of a dark chocolate flavor, as opposed to coffee or roast grains which are more prevalent in stouts. So, brewing a porter with chocolate makes perfect sense. It's great that the chocolate does not mask the base beer. The flavors and aromas are well balanced and I cannot detect any alcohol.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dedicated to their lost comrade, Mogli- the spirit of the four-legged friend comes as an imperial stout, except for the replacement of roasted elements with something more charming and delightful- chocolate. Its aged bourbon character and bold strength says a lot about Mogli- both the dog and the porter.

Medium brown with a tinge of garnet, the porter lays on the nose and early palate with decadent chocolate, nut and medium coffee character. Its bold burnt toffee sweetness brings out a host of caramel, vanilla and booze-soaked oak.

Its full and sweet body is creamy, given a lift from a malted milk body, heavy whipping cream and vanilla cream. Its nutty and coffee earthiness invites a hint of bittersweetness to balance the malt. Woodsy hops offer a faint aside of toasted pine cone heading into finish.

Remaining lush and full even late, the porter is intent to remain a slow sipping affair, showcasing its warm bourbon-sweet mouthfeel, chocolate linger and malty texture that endures well into the next sip. We'll meet you on the other side Mogli!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Dark brown, cream-coloured head that fades fast.

S: Musty beans, smoked(?) chocolate malt. Not that great.

T: Woah. Hugely sweet, creamy, and immensely tasty and complex. Smoke? Yes, nice porter. Strong? Yes, imperial porter. Chocolate? Sure, but it's bittersweet and not overwhelming. Bourbon-oak-vanilla sweetness. The aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and lingeringly interesting.

M: Rich, smooth, and delectable with a hint of bite.

O: Everyone else liked it more than I did, but this was damn tasty and does what it does well. Recommended.

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Photo of pknyc
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but purchased about one month earlier at an awesome joint in Jamaica, Vermont called Meuleman's. Opened 25 March 2014.

A: The Mogli poured a dark ruby out of the bottle, but was a dark brown in the glass. 1/2 finger of lightly tan head, which dissipates into ring. There is a tiny amount of scattered lace.

S: Deep Chocolate roast. Cocoa nibs, dark chocolate. Some milk chocolate too. Little bit of booze mixes things up. Maybe a little vanilla behind all that chocolate. Smells very good and I feel like I'm missing something obvious. It really reminds me of a chocolate egg cream. Although so chocolatey, its very well balanced.

T: Nice dark chocolate. Maybe a little oak, but I feel that the nose was more complex and interesting. I may be getting distracted by the mouthfeel though.

MF: While it may be standard for a porter, It comes across as thin for a porter this size. It can't support the flavors in the rest of the beer, which are so substantial.

O: This brew is so close to being fantastic, and I would definitely purchase again. I hope that Caldera makes a sister to the Mogli in which the feel of this brew is more substantial.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown bordering on black, with a nice buildup of head on a vigorous pour. The tan head reduces to a nice foam, fading slowly and lacing the the glass. It doesn't take much if a swirl to generate a froth.

The nose immediate brings chocolate without much inhaling. My first real sniff brings about more of cocoa-based chocolate, with some coffee and oat notes hinting that the beer might not be all sweet.

The taste follows the nose quite well, cocoa, chocolate, coffee with cream up front. The taste dies have a coffee-astringent bitterness coming in the mid-taste transition. During this I also note a brief dark cherry taste before the end brings a somewhat surprising bitter end (cherry woodiness), which does mellow slightly with warmth.

The feel is medium up front, but seems to weaken late, somehow. Maybe another way to put it is the flavors are robust up front, but fade to a singular bitterness which has a bit of wateriness to it. Warmth brings out more if a woody dryness.

This was a tale of two beers, a lovely full beginning, if perhaps a tad malty; and a contrasting, slightly resinous bitter end that also seems to kill the nice tastes from the front a bit too much. My mixed interpretations leaf to a reduced rating from where I thought this could go.

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Photo of mntlover
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black with some brown edges around the edges. Head is nice fluffy two fingered khaki head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is rich chocolate, light coffee notes, some good fruity notes and hints of vanilla. Rich full smelling brew even some alcohol spiciness underneath it all.

Taste is like the nose nice roasted chocolate notes, good sweetness at the first. Some coffee when the carbonation picks up some in the middle lightly dry dark fruit notes appear along with the vanilla. Finish is chocolate , coffee, vanilla along with some hops bitterness and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium its smooth to start, with some pep for the finish.

Overall a very tasty porter but truth be told I bought it by accident if I saw the correct price I would of not purchased it. That said it is very good and if you have the spare funds worth purchasing I guess, I am just little on the poor side.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at SAVOR 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward chocolate. Then there's some chocolate. And then ... wait for it ... some more chocolate. Nothing complex but well done and reminds me of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Some slight roast and a bit of espresso, but that's after I really try to find more character. It's one dimensional, but when the single dimension is that well done, there's not much to complain about. Medium body with average carbonation. Well done.

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