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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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375 Ratings
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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.62%


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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pknyc

New York

4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
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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ZachKelly

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:43:59 | More by ZachKelly
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BumpyAZ

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown, nearly black with mahogany color around the edges when held to the light. Thin beige head that quickly reduced to a bubbly beige collar along the edge of the glass.

S: very sweet with woody undertones! Sweet milk chocolate dominates, a good dose of vanilla adds to the sweetness. A slight woody booziness really enhances the aroma and balances out the sweetness so its not overbearing.

T: once again milk chocolate and vanilla dominate but a little better balance than the aroma suggests. Heavy milk chocolate with a bit of vanilla upfront, a hint of oak. Roasted malt/chocolate malt give a dose of breadiness that balances the sweetness. Finishes with a nice dry oakiness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy, slight carbonation

Wish this was a little easier to find because its a fantastic brew. Only complaint (and this is not picking especially with a porter over a stout) is that the mouth feel is a little light. If you want chocolate, no reason to look anywhere else.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 23:11:53 | More by BumpyAZ
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 23:14:34 | More by GarthDanielson
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mactrail

California

3.79/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 06:00:36 | More by mactrail
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hops202

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious chocolate porter. I had heard people raving about his beer, but was hesitant to buy it at $16.99 for the bomber. I finally bought the last bottle on the shelf after a few months and now I'm kicking myself for not buying the entire case when I had the chance. All I can say is that if you like imperial stouts/porters, especially those that are barrel-aged/brewed with chocolate/espresso/cacao - then you will certainly love this beer. A must have!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 01:08:10 | More by hops202
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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super chocolaty notes, with a mild coffee undertone. Strong effervescence mouth feel, and solid color and head. Porter bordering on texture and taste of a stout. Good from start to finish, leaves you wanting more. Tough find certainly worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 00:37:30 | More by bryanbullock
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 07:03:27 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:56:40 | More by angrybabboon
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep and dark brown with deep ruby hue,a thick creamy-like beige head atop that takes its time settling into a frothy mass,rich color and a great well defined head.Vanilla lingers in the nose along praline and toasted oak.A rich creamy feel to the beer it just glides down effortlessly.Caramel/vanilla flavors abound with the chocolate and bourbon flavors playing a small role not hammering you over the head,again praline comes to mind with a tinge of nuttiness,mild roast brings it all together really well.With a beer of this style that's bourbon barrel aged alot of times it tastes like chocolate and bourbon,this goes in a different direction all together and I think it's great.One of the top beers of 2014 for me so far.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 22:57:40 | More by oberon
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 03:55:25 | More by ThisWangsChung
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rlee1390

Indiana

4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:06:57 | More by rlee1390
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BierJager89

California

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel in the nose.

T: Taste includes notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, coffee.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: A great imperial stout for a better price than many comparable beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 00:08:53 | More by BierJager89
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

1.83/5  rDev -57%
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....

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 23:40:57 | More by Nevinon
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours a very dark opaque brown, slight light penetration around the edges, with a thin light tan film for a head.

Smells of milk chocolate syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and oatmeal.

Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and a bitter nutty flavor somewhere around pecan.

Medium to full body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is an exceptionally tasty porter, flavorful and decadent. Highly enjoyable and very recommended if you manage to snag a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 23:20:51 | More by Cylinsier
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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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metter98

New York

4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 12:20:44 | More by metter98
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 04:50:47 | More by Dope
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 20:06:42 | More by Scotchboy
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.