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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

453 Ratings
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Ratings: 453
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 95
Gots: 129 | FT: 14
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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writerLJBerg

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Distributed this year, alleluia! Drunk 01-03

A: A black brick in my glass with a fuzzy head that diminshes to foam. Glass looks like it was attacked after a swirl.

N: Chocolate, hershey’s syrup, fudge, chocolate, more chocolate. A hint of vanilla and caramel. Oak is faint. Did I mention chocolate? Not complex, but..chocolate!

T: Baker’s chocolate, fudge, oaken dryness, chocolate syrup. There’s a distinct pepperiness here. Vanilla. This really quite drying. Earth and some leather. Coffee roastiness.

M: Very filling. Alcohol detracts a bit.

O: An accomplished beer that I believe deserves a wide audience. This will likely get better as the hoppy pepperiness fades. Right now, it acts as a nice balancing agent.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 17:08:58 | More by writerLJBerg
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 01:05:08 | More by Justin_Neff
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We cut a white waxed bottle, pouring a brew of impenetrable molasses brown into our large tasting snifters. The head stands two fingers tall and is comprised of large, soapy milk chocolate colored bubbles, showing decent retention. Punctate lacing is left around the glass as it fades. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active at the edges. The nose fills with burning phenolic plastics, harsh fusel booziness that doesn’t necessarily scream “bourbon”, wet woodiness, cloyingly sweet chocolate syrups, tootsie roll sugars, creamy hot cocoa warmth, chocolate and burnt coffee malts, roasty black malts, fresh cherry flesh, coconut, vanilla wafers, and freshly printed newspaper. The oak agedness becomes much more sophisticated, but biting, as the beer warms. Our first impression is that the flavor isn’t as full and robust as we were hoping for, but the oak is nicely striking and representative throughout each stage of the sip. The taste begins with bourbon oakiness, vanilla extract, bitter chocolate and gritty pale maltiness, crystal metallics, sea saltiness, melted milk chocolate, basement mustiness, vanilla bean sweetness, and hot fusel alcohol. Coming to a peak through the center is an enhanced blend of candied brown sugar, syrupy chocolate cloy, raw pancake batter, continued oaky woodiness, rich metallic shell of baked beans, light grassy hops, and whipped chocolate mousse richness. The end speaks of cherry flesh, black pepper bite, smooth chocolate and somewhat wheaty maltiness, fig depth that reminds one of Quad maltiness, roasted chestnuts, bitter roasted char, hints of hazelnut coffee, marshmallow sweetness, cloven spice, red grape skin dryness, and smooth, sweet almond extract. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, oily lemon salve, bourbon, charred oak and burnt grassiness, under ripe strawberries, heavy brown maltiness, mild vinegar acidity, chalky powdered nutmeg and allspice, bitter roasted chocolate nibs, cherry and plum fruitiness, bandaged medicinals, vanilla cake batter, and amaretto. The body is light to medium, bordering on a bit thin and watery, while carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip, however, gives wonderfully creamy slurp, full smack, rich pop, and flowing glug. The mouth is cooled, frothed, and foamed, with creeping dryness and puck from the booze and the oak. Despite this, the hard palate is left slick and mobile. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.

Overall, the best thing about Mogli is his big bodied aroma. The chocolate, booze, and oak are all there, blending with ease across the senses, especially with warmth. That said, we were expecting a bigger, bolder, more flavorful sip to follow. This is, in part, our own faults, as we hyped this guy up in our heads on account of its superlative ratings, and it being a momentous review for us personally. So at times, while it reminded us of Southern Tier’s Choklat, it seemed watered down, thin, and less flavorful. Of course, they are different styles, but with oak and an “imperial” title, we had just come to expect a bit more here. What it did have going for it was that the flavoring represented chocolate as an entity tremendously, without making it overbearing, cloying, or too heavy. The oak and bourbon notes certainly played well off of this, giving a depth that was no doubt enjoyable. This was an interesting beer, and although a touch simplified, we are happy to have added it to our repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 22:12:05 | More by TheBrewo
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that seems to have pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a mostly opaque, dark chocolate brown that shows a tiny bit of light brown when held up to the light. Spots of lacing.

Nose- The smell from the bottle is amazing- rich and deep chocolate that invigorates your nose. Much more muted from the glass. Faint hints of chocolate, more of cocoa, lots of lactose. This is rich and creamy and while not as impressive as the nose from the bottle, still very enjoyable. More milk chocolate than dark chocolate.

Taste- Starts off with rich chocolate and cream and lactose. Lots of cocoa too but this seems to maintain the chocolate pretty well. The finish shows a darker chocolate that as a slight sweetness to it- some cherry. Seems a little thin but this is my first taste. Light notes of vanilla from the oak-aging but nothing conspicuous. Probably the most chocolate presence that I've had from a beer since Choklat or maybe Lil B'. Good presence but it does need more complexity. Slight hints of oak around the edges. Slight thinness. Good beer that tends toward really good beer but not the great beer its ratings suggest. It appears that this was aged on bourbon-soaked oak spirals and this shows why this beer is agreeable to me when many oak beers are not. This beer has no real flaws and is very accessible. I do wish it were more complex but the notes that are displayed are quite enjoyable. Almost a really good beer. Slight hints of coffee start to appear on the finish alongside the oak character.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied and a bit thin for a porter. Carbonation is light but little bit of zing on the finish. I wish this beer was thicker and had more syrup to it. Some smoothness, creaminess.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and pretty sessionable in my opinion. But is it 15, even 17 dollars good? No. It's more like a 10 buck bomber.

Overall- Almost a really good beer. Worth a try but if the price scares you, you should walk away. Has a lot of chocolate but if you are looking for an oak bomb, this ain't it. I would up the hops and ABV and actually put it on bourbon barrels but who am I, the brewer?

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 03:15:52 | More by artoolemomo
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MadScientist

New York

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The light brown head is made of long lasting creamy bubbles.

S: An inviting blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla-like oak aromas, all at a medium level. There is a moderate toffee sweetness with some other malt character and a touch of roast. A low alcohol sweetness. Light notes of prunes.

T: Medium fruity and chocolaty flavors upfront that gets overwhelmed by a medium-strong citrus hops flavor and a medium-low hops bitterness. There is a medium-low dried dark fruit flavor, prunes. There is a moderate amount of coffee and toffee sweetness. The balance is somewhat sweet. The moderate alcohol gets away a little bit but this is a imperial after all. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of coffee and caramel.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a fair amount of creaminess and a medium level of carbonation. There is a medium-low alcohol warmth.

O: This beer has a fantastic aroma, almost like cocoa crisp cereal-like chocolate with a coffee and vanilla. The aroma smells a touch artificial but after reading that it is brewed with real chocolate it makes sense and either way it's great. The taste is almost as good but not quite as balanced but still very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 02:27:43 | More by MadScientist
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brown color with a nice brown head on top. The retention is very thin and there is a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is very nice, plenty chocolate on the nose, not much of the oak barrel on the nose though. Sweet milky chocolate sweetness. The taste is also chocolatey, reminds me of Southern Tier Choklat a little. The mouthfeel is smooth, drinkable, dry rich finish. Overall it's a decent brew, probably not worth the price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:26:42 | More by Knapp85
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, and chocolate syrup. Taste is much the same with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is super chocolate forward but I prefer the aroma over the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 02:18:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at SAVOR, beer served in a wine glass, sort of. Beer is brown / dark brown to black with nearly no head, clear at the corners of the glass. Low carbonation.

Beer smells like chocolate, like chocolate syrup, very strong. Yum.

Beer is sweet up front like a milk stout with a lot of chocolate on the palate and a mild to moderate bitter finish. The finish of the beer is wet and clean as well. Interesting overall but not great, not an A+ like it is on here in my opinion, a solid porter though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 21:13:54 | More by drabmuh
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Jae!

A- Darker brown transparent around the edges. Thin lacing around the glass. No legs

S- More malt than anything. No real vanilla essence. Well, I guess a bit.

T- Vanilla in the front for me. Malts in the background. Leaves a weird aftertaste but a well done brew.

M- Kinda thin, creamy.

O- A well done porter with some nice adjuncts in there.

M-

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 23:43:53 | More by gueuzedreg
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aasher

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to find this at Brawleys in Charlotte early last month. This had been on my wants list for quite some time.

This one pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a slight, light khaki head. The nose is sweet and malty. It kind of smells like chocolate chip cookies. There is just a touch of roast but mostly smooth and doughy. There isnt any oak at all. The flavors follow the same lines. Milk chocolate and baking chocolate are both present. The roast is subtle once again. It isn't overly complex but it does have nice flavor for what it is. Again, it's like chocolate chip cookies. It drinks on the lighter side of medium in body and is pretty drinkable for 8.5%. It is sweet without being cloying and a nice beer overall. I didn't get any barrel influence at all, which I assumed would be prevalent due to the 4.35 rating I originally saw.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 03:35:46 | More by aasher
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours nearly black. Couple fingers of head. Good looking beer.

The beer smells of chocolate. A little oak but chocolate plays the starring role here. Really nice smell on this.

The taste of course is predominantly chocolate followed by a fair amount of oak. Nice tasting beer to be sure, but the oak hits me just a bit too much for my tastes. Really not picking up any of the bourbon. (I think it was aged on bourbon-soaked oak spirals)

The mouthfeel is actually a little thinner that I had expected but no complaints at all.

Overall I am glad to try this and would recommend. If it was available to me on a regular basis I would drink it again, but since it was a trade would not trade for it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 02:04:28 | More by Powderhornphil
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Appropriate chocolate brown pour with 1/2 finger cap of mocha head. Not much retention. Thin lace sheets all around the glass.

Very rich chocolate nose. Extremely rich. Some lighter toffee, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon underneath. But this one is really all about the chocolate.

A bit of smoked, roasted malt but as in the nose the beer is heavy with chocolate malt. While not quite as rich as the nose, the chocolate is still the overwhelming flavor in the glass. Touch of chocolate bitters, along with roast malt, in the finish. A touch of grapefruit hops might be hiding there, too, but really hard to distinguish.

Body is appropriate for a porter, but hoping for a little more based on the strong chocolate flavor.

Overall, well done. Hides the abv really well. Drinks very easy.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 02:25:26 | More by beer2day
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with white wax seal poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is dark, but small hints of ruby red are visible when held up to the light.

Smell: Aroma is hugely chocolaty. Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, with hints of roast and earth. Smell is a bit one dimensionally chocolaty, but very inviting.

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops, nutty. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a bit too thin. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Balanced, flavorful and very smooth. I'm not sure how much the barrel aging adds, but nevertheless this is a great beer that's worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:03:07 | More by Jonada
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FosterJM

California

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1578th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
22oz

Pretty sure this is a 2012 Bottle. Calderas website says year round brew now.
White wax

App- A large and deep brown with a border of black to it. A big deep center with a good 1-1/2 finger. Fell to a 1/4" of bubbles and had a lot of nice cling and lace to it. A nice looking porter. Thats for sure.

Smell- Wow. Can we say that someone melted down a pure chocolate bar and added some whipped cream and blended with some good malts and called it a beer. A little tinge of cocoa powder on top of other aromas and the oak is well hidden.

Taste- Its got a lot going on in the glass in terms of depth of flavor but what it really boils down to is a good couple base layers that melded well together and created a nice complexity. Chocolate syrup like with some grain cocoa powder intermixed with a good deep malt base to give that porter flavor and a little bit of that oak flavor with a bit of wood bite. Nice to see the ABV kept down to really make it more flavorful instead of a boozy mess.

Mouth- A very large medium almost bordering on full bodied and a deep medium carbonation. A bit creamy and thick. The chocolate is the main residual flavor inside this beer.

Drink- A very good porter. I enjoyed the layers and richness on this. Wouldve been nice to have this with a dessert of somesort.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 15:32:44 | More by FosterJM
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teromous

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black body with a thick head of mocha-tan foam. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: The oak scent is the strongest and comes through right off the bat. After that there is a little bit of alcohol scent, and that familiar semi-roasted sweet smell that comes from porters. A hint of tootsie roll chocolate in the back.

T: Fantastic chocolate flavor, immediately followed by a dark earthy flavor. A good roasted character without it being like eating charcoal, which I greatly appreciate. Not too sweet. Back bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very full, and coats very well. Good carbonation.

O: Overall I liked the beer. It has a nice full flavor to it, and it tastes like a quality beer. It's worth looking for this beer. Fans of dark beers or chocolate will enjoy this immensely.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 17:23:08 | More by teromous
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; pure black with a nice two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a topping of foam and nice chunky lacing.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, oak, brown sugar, vanilla...lots of sweetness and aged character, definitely different than the average roasty porter.
Taste is...hmm. It's huge milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Very sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Lesser hints of things from the oak aging, oak and vanilla and bourbon and that, but mostly it's all chocolate. None of the roasty flavor I'd expect from a porter, even an aged one.
Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, surprisingly so.
Overall this is very different from the porters I'm used to...this comes off almost as a milk stout. I can't tell how much of the sweetness comes from the aging and how much is the beer itself. Stouts are porters, but porters are not stouts...but then again the American tradition is to break the rules. So what that gets us is a creamy, very sweet porter that drinks like a milk stout instead of the bitter, roasty style it usually is...but it's still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 05:39:22 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, with a medium brown finger of head. The aroma screams chocolate, soft roast, vanilla, hints of coffee. Taste has heavy chocolate, some vanilla, coffe, roast, brown sugar. Body is medium to full, creamy with a lower carbonated feel.

The oak aging comes up minimally, if at all, but doesn't take away from its already flavorful nature. Über-good.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 14:34:59 | More by EgadBananas
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 12:36:08 | More by Thorpe429
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with one finger tan head that died quick and left touchs of lace. A mostly chocolatey aroma although some roasted malts and wood get in there. This is not a complex beer, nor is it for everyone, but if you like real smooth and sweet stouts, like me, then this is the one. With just touches of roasted malts and a bready/oakiness that keeps it smooth sailing and gives it a dry finish, this is one slick chocolatey drink. Wouldn't go as far as chocolate milk with booze but it's in that territory. A whole bomber of it started to make me a little tired of the sweetness but a well tasting sweet dessert beer that hit the spot for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 19:24:08 | More by clayrock81
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Dawson’s while home in MD for the holidays. A pricey pne at $23. Pours dark brown to black with a half finger of khaki colored head. Big sweet aroma of chocolate, anise, dark fruits, tootsie rolls. Flavor is rich a chocolate up front and then explodes into what can only be described as chocolate milk with a massive amount of Hershey’s syrup in it. The chocolate is crazy up front here. The is a lingering chocolate covered raisin flavor on the palate as well. No oak or bourbon to speak of whatsoever. Starts out thick and rich up front and thins out a bit later in the palate with lowish carbonation. Definitely unique and the most chocolate I have encountered in a beer. If you are looking for chocolate, this is right on. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 02:04:32 | More by BMMillsy
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pknyc

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 02:28:20 | More by pknyc
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:10:37 | More by mntlover
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TotallyHosed

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:27:37 | More by TotallyHosed
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 03:28:12 | More by Stevedore
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 05:40:36 | More by Huhzubendah
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.