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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 103
Gots: 157 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 642 | Reviews: 125
Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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

Incredible big chocolate thick porter. Very drinkable, and filling. Thick rich black body. Big chocolate aroma.

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Prost76
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev -4%

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jonada
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.

Photo of nodder
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Really dark brown pour with a small light beige froth, soon to be a slightly sticky margin.
Rich sweet coffee and strong dark chocolate on the nose, really intense, pushed by great roasted malts. Hint of vanilla and licorice, bit of cigar, burnt sugar, touch of candy and faint cheap Bourbon.
Sweet milky chocolate up front in the taste, with a touch of raisin, cherry and vanilla. Some bit of licorice too, faint marzipan even. Roast darkens things up, giving off bitter baking chocolate, burnt toffee, burnt sugar and some roasted coffee bean. A drop of coffee liqueur too, toasted barrel stave, hint of cognac, kinda.
Aftertaste is a bit dusty, with lots of cocoa powder, some coffee dregs and a clearer Bourbon note, finally, warm and tasty. Medium body, medium to low carbonated, a bit chewy, not entirely smooth.
A big tasty "chocolate beer", not overly sweet, but not your usual dry porter either. The dog must've really been something special.

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of FosterJM
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.

Photo of teromous
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of tviz33
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber in to Duvel tulip. Cool looking wax on this bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown with a short light brown head which settles to a thin cap after a minute or two.

S- OH LORD. Quite a bit of chocolate on the nose, but even more graham cracker and cocoa powder.

T- Just a tiny bit of oak here, but I think that is a strong point of this beer. No need to overdo it. Taste is vanilla and a bit of chocolate. A bit of a letdown compared to the nose, but still tasty.

M- Medium feel, not quite full. Medium to high amount of carbonation for the style.

O- A fine brew. The smell hyped me up so much and it didn't quite follow through with the taste unfortunately.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown color with a thick beige head with decent retention.
Aroma with tons of Belgian chocolate predominating over a subdue bourbon. Feels quite natural.
Flavor with notes of bourbon, just right, creamy and dark chocolates and finishing with coffee. Continues with vanilla, cocoa powder, marshmallow and mild oak. Dry and smooth aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is completely absent.
Felt to me like a mix of Brown Ale with a Porter. Quite mellow, but still flavorful and impeccable. Can't imagine someone that wouldn't like it, not even who is allergic to chocolates.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of ScottieJD
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mntlover
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.

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