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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 106
Gots: 134 | 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 Nevinon
1.83/5  rDev -57.1%
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....

Nevinon, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of d_brommer_nh
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

d_brommer_nh, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of phishphorce
2.5/5  rDev -41.5%

phishphorce, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Jeffo, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of Cook82
3/5  rDev -29.7%

Cook82, Feb 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.7%

MenardMa, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -29.7%

2dogbrew, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of MrInfiniti
3/5  rDev -29.7%

MrInfiniti, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of mquartuccio87
3/5  rDev -29.7%

mquartuccio87, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3/5  rDev -29.7%

TonyTalon, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of marvin213
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

marvin213, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of mhbarber
3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

mhbarber, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
3.28/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

zeledonia, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.31/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Goblinmunkey7, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL poured into a snifter. White wax.

Appearance - Pours with a decent khaki head. Deep brown. Not black. Some surface foam.

Smell - Deep caramel. Milk chocolate. Vanilla. Some oak. A mild hop presence.

Taste - More chocalatey. Vanilla. The chocolate seems to be more from the adjuncts that the malt. The malt is still mostly caramel. Still some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda bitter. Not a very rich porter.

Overall - I expected more from the ratings of this. A mediocre Porter with a good chocolate presence.

Alieniloquium, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

White back. New bottle but no bottling date or vintage dating was apparent on the bottle.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive somewhat artificial sweet chocolate aroma dominates the nose and makes it somewhat difficult to distinguish any other aspects of the nose.

T - Chocolate syrup like flavour dominates, as the nose nose indicated. Some oak/woody notes and not much else comes through as the chocolate is very distracting. The oak presence created a slight astringency in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.43/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cola color with a one finger tan head.

S - Huge, sweet coca powder notes and vanilla. The chocolate is really dominate and pretty much squashes all other smells. I'd like it more if it was dark chocolate notes.

T - Definitely chocolatey along with a good dose of oak. But, it's just an odd combo as the sweet chocolate and harsh oak don't meld well.

M - Medium bodied and light carbonation. Creamy and smooth texture.

O - Not really a complex beer. There's so much chocolate that it masks other flavors. The oak makes an astringent like flavor. For the money, price and enjoyment, I'd pick other beers in this category.

cvm4, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep brown with moderate carbonation leaving a nice tan head. Lacing is great yet the head retention is poor, odd..

S: Big cocoa presence on this one. A blend of bakers powder cocoa and Hershey like milk chocolate with a touch of vanilla and coffee

T: Big milk chocolate and cocoa flavor upfront leading into a light coffee, roastiness, light booziness. The oak was minimal as was the vanilla I detected on the nose. The finish is rich, a bit astringent

M: Medium, yet it feels thin bodied for an Imperial/Robust Porter, a tad bit overcarbed, the mouthfeel has a lingering bakers powder cocoa and astringency. While astringency is a charactersitic of robust porters its not exactly welcomed nor is it pleasing quality plus I felt the the astringency factor was a little high. No creaminess whatsoever.

O: The higher carbonation or what I perceived as higher carbonation is a measue to high for what a robust porter should be, thinner body with zero creaminess factor. Yes, it tastes like chocolate tootsie rolls yet so does a million other beers. Nothing to discern itself other than layers of chocolate and cocoa covering up some recognizable flaws. The oak is missing and where is the complexity? Not a bad beer but I'm not sold on hype or price point.

barleywinefiend, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Thurgoft
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Thurgoft, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Basoos1, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -18%

IdrinkGas, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -18%

BGsWo22, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -18%

ShanePB, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Hopheadhiker, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local SoCal beer store. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I liked the rauchbier this brewery put out and the description sounds tasty - "Oak Aged Imperial Porter Brewed with Chocolate." 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge; I don't like my porters too cold - especially when they're oak aged. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good (~5-6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing if typical for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. No overt flaws are obvious in the appearance.

Sm: Evocative cocoa dusting, chocolate malt, a bit of roast, vanilla (bordering on artificial), and buried background oak. Malty sweetness. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Complex and inviting. I'm excited to try it. I'm not blown away, but it's appealing.

T: Cocoa powder is prominent, with a bit of slightly artificial sweet vanilla. Chocolate malt and dark malts comprise the foundation. Caramel. The oak is really buried and not at all evocative or interesting; there's no oaky vanilla or toasted character at all; that's disappointing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's got a nice body to it, but there isn't much complexity, subtlety, or even depth of flavour here. It's nice across the board, but there's nothing unique or special here. What little oak there is comes off as more oak chips than oak barrel; is this the case? I'd like more roast. There's some sarsparilla-esque notes here too; sort of a vague cola note that plays well with the vanilla.

I do get more oak as it warms, but never enough to really impress.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Full-bodied. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Adequately supports the flavour profile. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A tasty imperial porter, but admittedly not the best I've had. Like it, don't love it. I doubt I'd get it again at this pricetag, but I'm glad I got to try it. Another solid brew from Caldera. Hides its ABV well. My biggest issue was just the lack of complexity; there's ample room to do more here - especially with oak aging.

High B-

kojevergas, Apr 08, 2013
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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.