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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 720
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 167 | 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 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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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 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 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 Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.42/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of cvm4
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is very nice with a huge, long lasting, foamy, tan head, some lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a little roast, vanilla, and bourbon in the background. Flavor's like nose, sweet bitter up front, soft carbonic tang, bourbon clashes with other qualities in finish. Body is a bit soft. One and done.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
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-

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a very dark red color; this is one of the lighter porters I've seen in a while The head is a one finger mocha shade, with decent retention. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

S: It's quite oaky to start. More and more chocolate comes out when it's allowed to warm up. My big complaint about the aroma is how perfumey it seems - otherwise, it's not bad.

T: Better than the aroma. Oak hits the palate first before chocolate notes subtly appear around the midtaste. The first couple of sips are problematic - they seem to have far too much perfume, but after a few more sips, that note goes away to reveal a really nice, easy-going porter. A slight finish of brown sugar rounds the beer out.

M: This one feels pretty light, and dry to boot. While it's not highly carbonated, it's still really easy to drink at the end of the day.

O: A good porter that really grew on me the more I drank it. Worth its high price tag? Nah, not really. Worth sampling? Absolutely. If this cut out some of those perfume notes, then it would be out of this world.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nicely rich a smooth porter, but one that is also dominated by the chocolate aspect. All of the subtlety and layers of flavor you expect from a big porter/stout (especially one with some barrel age to it) were covered up with the intense smell of sweet chocolate and taste of chocolate milk. If a chocolate bomb sounds like something you'd like than definitely try this beer out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours with a rather thin foam. Not a head to speak of at first pour, but a little more vigor gets a rise out of it. Quite sudsy and creamy slurping out of the narrow glass. Color is dark red-tinged brown and appears very chocolatey. Smells of cocoa and vanilla.

As advertised, this tastes like chocolate. I'm not sure that's enough to make a reputation, but it does taste exactly like bitter chocolate. The barrel flavor is deep and dank, and there is just a hint of booze and more of the oak and vanilla. As this warms up a little the malty, burnt sugar flavors and some blackened grains emerge. Still the middle part of the taste is hot with alcohol, and then it finishes with a quite bitter twang.

If you like chocolate you will like this. It's rather austere for all the candy flavors, and finishes on the dry side From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Olive Tree Market in San Diego.

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Photo of banglin
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color with a nice head and decent lacing

S: strong chocolate aroma

T: nice chocolate flavor but don't sense any of the flavors from barrel aging. Otherwise a good imperial stout flavor

M: good carbonation. could be a bit thicker

O: overall a good imperial stout with chocolate flavors but the barrel aging doesn't seem to add much to this beer

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz waxed bottle. No date.

Very unfilterd looking, mud puddle murky pour with very little head.

Smell is sweet chocolate. Like liquid malt balls. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Lots of cocoa and chocolate.Tastes like Whoppers and Tootsie Rolls in a blender. Some oak, burnt sugars, and roasted grains follow, with a strong chocholate aftertaste that is pretty bitter. I also get a peat moss flavor like a Wee Heavy would have.

Pretty good body. Maybe a little low on carbonation.

It seems like I should enjoy this a lot more. Especially reading through my description. There is just an out of place musty/mossy taste in there though that I dont care for. The bitterness also lingers too much. Still a very good beer, but not what I hoped for.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with an inch plus of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is very sweet. Milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and slightly nutty. The taste is thick chocolate syrup and oak at first. Notes of vanilla and caramel with some more nuttiness. A bit roasty. Almost too sweet at times but the oak helps mellow it out a little. Still, a slow sipper due to the sweetness. Lots of carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel. Overall, borders on sicky sweet, but a solid brew nonetheless.

App- 4.25 a- 4.25 t- 3.75 m-3.5 o-4 = 3.9

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep burgundy brown with an even 1/8 inch layer of cocoa colored foam.

S - Cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, cream, light roasted malt, and a trace of oak as the beer warms up. The initial pour yielded an amazing chocolate presence but it dissipates as the beer sits in the glass.

T - Roasty chocolate goodness from start to finish. Creamy up from followed with a lot of cocoa powder and malted chocolate, some vanilla cream, and ends with an oaky dark roasted chocolate that's somewhere between mild and moderate on the bitterness scale.

M - Velvety smooth and coats the mouth with layers of chocolate cream, medium thin body.

O - Very good overall but with this much flavor I was hoping for a thicker body...too thin.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Snifter

A: Brackish looking not quit coal black hints of color around the edges of the glass wasn't much head but I'm a light pourer. Head was a very light tan

S: smells like a tootsie roll, chocolate lots of it, hints of oak like being at a winery where you get that oak aroma without the wine.

T: very chocolatey, tastes similar to a tootsie roll I'm getting a lingering almost acidic taste that might be a coffee taste near the end but very light. As the beer warms I might get a smidgen of vanilla

M: Medium bodied finishes somewhat dry for the sweetness

O: it's pretty good reminds me of a not as sweet Southern Tier Choklat and definitely Tootsie Rolls. if straight up chocolate is your thing you will love this. It's definitely a try in my book but I wouldn't hunt for this, but if you see it give it a whirl.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap @ Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA on 03/03/15

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz snifter with a thin, broken layer of cocoa powder colored surface suds. The brew itself is black with cola brown edging.

Smell - Predominant chocolate aroma that evokes images of moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting. Lovely.

Taste - Doesn't quite follow the nose, with earthen chocolatey flavor more akin to dry cocoa powder mixed with a smidge of baker's chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and a light touch of coconut, but this thing is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full body with low to moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky texture.

Overall - Glad I tried it, but more glad I didn't drop a grip by buying this in bomber form. It's good, but a bit too much of a one-track flavor profile. Vaguely reminds me of the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, but considerably more expensive.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like tootsie rolls in a glass. Big chocolate notes, touch of vanilla, and some mild wood notes. Flavor is less milk chocolate and more bakers chocolate with some bitterness coming through. Oak quality is there but by no means overwhelming. Good feel...not thick and chewy, but not overly slick either. ABV is well hidden. Just a quality porter that should be enjoyed by anyone that loves chocolate forward beers.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to beerness who tossed this long-time want into a trade a while back. Always up for something new from Caldera, a seriously underrated brewery. Artfully white waxed 22 oz. bottle with what appears to be a black lab on the label split with my wife.

Pour is black, but leans towards red for a porter, with little visually stimulating carbonation. Nose is like having a Hershey's Kiss stuck in your sinuses: all chocolate, all the time. Nothing else, but who objects to too much chocolate? Not I.

Mogli drops its chocolate shorts all over the place. Chocolate, chocolate, with an underlay of chocolate, then chocolate. There might be more chocolate than beer in this chocolate. Underneath the chocolate there's a touch of the wood, mild roast, touch of lactose. Nice bitter kick towards the finish. But it all goes back to the big C. My vigorous regimen of two Peppermint Patties a day have prepared me well for this beer; happy to have it in glass.

A chocolate bomb & no doubt about it, but has enough subtle niceties to please my prostate. Very good beer.

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Photo of littlebeast
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A rather pretty beer, slightly thinner looking than I thought, with a deep black cherry color and thinnish toasted bone colored head. Clung to the glass in an interesting way (as a malbec might).

This beer has a striking milk chocolatey nose, almost kit-katty in it's lightness. It worried me a little, to think it might be as sweet as the candy, but upon tasting it I was pleasantly surprised: it's more as if you're breathing chocolate than guzzling it. Definitely has it's sweetness, but with a thinner more nimble body it doesn't bog you down.

I tasted a bit of vanilla, and I think paired with the slight slight oakiness and decent abv, it reminded me much more of a good vanilla extract than vanilla bean. There's a light bitterness in the roast also, which is what I think kept this beer nicely balanced and me coming back for more.

Definitely a friendly sort of beer. Not syrupy, nor too hot. That being said, I'm definitely not your classic chocolate fiend... but it was nice to meet you Mister Mogli. Next time I might try to drink it with a chocolate banana flan, a burger with a emmanthaler, or late night with a bowl of cocoa krispies.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Black cola pour, half finger of cream head. Retained quite nicely.

Aroma, very chocolatey. Some roast malt, woodiness.

Taste, more roast malt here. Great blend of roast malt and chocolates, mostly dark chocolate. Some earthy notes. Finishes with strong cocoa and chocolate covered coffee bean.

Medium body, carbonation being just a tad high lightens this up I think. Drinks very easily though.
A good standard for the style, albeit a bit on the pricier side here on the east coast.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass but clear brown when pouring. One finger off white head

S-Oak, woof, roasted malt, mild chocolate.

T-Too sweet. The chocolate is very sweet, not like a dark chocolate. Some oak and roasted malt, but it takes a back seat to the chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, good deal of carbonation.

O-Too sweet and for the price not worth it.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque body. Big, fluffy, khaki colored head. Nice lacing on the glass, and almost endless retention.

S: Smell is roasty. Dark Chocolate. Some oakiness. Vanilla-like sweetness. A bit of caramel.

T: Wow. TONS of roast, but its nice. There is a lingering sweetness that tastes like a just drank vanilla flavored hot chocolate. Hazelnut, almost toasted almond-like. Was not expecting this much flavor and complexity from the somewhat one-dimensional waft.

M: Medium-body. Moderate carbonation - a nice representation of the style. Creamy. velvety.

O: I was not expecting this beer to be so memorable. Glad to have received this from one of my best beer buds in the PNW some time ago. For being virtually never mentioned in the MW, this is quite the hidden gem.

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