Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 698
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 106
Gots: 168 | FT: 18
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Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a somewhat minimal head; leaves a decent streaky pattern, however

Smell: Lovely dark chocolate bouquet, with some oaky vanilla underneath

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate; after the swallow, the oak and vanilla flavors make an impact, along with a subtle hint of brown bread

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although the beer is largely one-dimensional, it is a terrific example of a chocolate beer that would have wide appeal if it were more regularly available

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity (600 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dedicated to their lost comrade, Mogli- the spirit of the four-legged friend comes as an imperial stout, except for the replacement of roasted elements with something more charming and delightful- chocolate. Its aged bourbon character and bold strength says a lot about Mogli- both the dog and the porter.

Medium brown with a tinge of garnet, the porter lays on the nose and early palate with decadent chocolate, nut and medium coffee character. Its bold burnt toffee sweetness brings out a host of caramel, vanilla and booze-soaked oak.

Its full and sweet body is creamy, given a lift from a malted milk body, heavy whipping cream and vanilla cream. Its nutty and coffee earthiness invites a hint of bittersweetness to balance the malt. Woodsy hops offer a faint aside of toasted pine cone heading into finish.

Remaining lush and full even late, the porter is intent to remain a slow sipping affair, showcasing its warm bourbon-sweet mouthfeel, chocolate linger and malty texture that endures well into the next sip. We'll meet you on the other side Mogli! (1,060 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown in color with a small off-white head. Intense vanilla and chocolate aroma to this. Just awesome. Plenty of oak and roasted malt character to go with it. Some slight toffee sweetness, too. The flavor has the same level of rich chocolate flavor and the vanilla from the barrel aging is a nice compliment. Just enough roast to keep it from being cloying. Really a nice beer. (388 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (892 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in NC

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average lacing & slightly below average head retention

S: Chocolate, cocoa & iron

T: Follows the nose, some oaky dryness & roastyness as well, plus vanilla up front. Cocoa, woody hops & vanilla mix with some stonger mocha notes as this warms, plus roastyness, a touch of plum as well . Finishes with dark chocolate, a bit of boozey chicory, & oaky vanilla

MF: Rich, creamy, & smooth, thins out a touch as this warms

Wow this is great! It is Oklahoma's loss we don't get this one ( we get their canned offerings ). Drinks so easy, a stellar American Porter on the robust side (670 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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- (2,598 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From 07/13/13 notes. Not sure if nmann08 or BigSexy410 shared this one but thanks, it was pretty awesome. 22 oz. waxed bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with two fingers plus of fluffy medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, oak, light coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nose is very good; sweet chocolate dominates the nose, which is fine by me as it's great.

t - The taste is even better than the nose. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, oak, roasted malts, liquid chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt malts, and light hints of coffee. The taste is great; reminds me a lot of Box of Chocolate by Charleville. Super chocolatey and more oak and caramel in the taste. Just great.

m - Light to medium body that is more on the light side, with low carbonation. Body is thinner than I would have liked for a porter; only disappointing part of the beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. The nose is very nice and the taste is even better, full of sweet milk chocolate. Body is a bit too think but would still love to have this one again. A must have for chocolate lovers and anyone who likes Box of Chocolate or Southern Tier's Choklat. (1,301 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head, minimal retention with some spotty lacing, rather thin.

S: Lots of milk and dark chocolate, a bit of oak and vanilla. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

T: Tons of chocolate, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a bit of oak, vanilla, and caramel, but the chocolate is by far the foremost flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Not overly complex, but a really nice beer. Tons of chocolate which makes it very tasty and the mouthfeel gives it a high level of drinkability. (571 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Large creamy tan two to nearly three fingers tall, almost with a faint yellow sheen to it, creamy and slightly whipped up. Body color manages a very dark brown walnut, with barely an edge of burnt red color to it. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma is big, and full of thick chocolate. Delicious milky and powdery malt like Whoppers candy sweetness but much more subdued flavor. Powdered milk sweetness a bit also, and not much else. Thick and rich, slight hints of candy sweetness, but not hinting syrupy or overly sweet. Very nice bouquet going on here.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. No big surprises except in mouthfeel. The body manages a thick roast but lots of playful carbonation, almost giving a peppery and biting mouthfeel. Chocolate and candy like milk flavors hit the palate on first sip and linger long after the first swallow. Slight mild bitterness on the finish, complimenting and still managing a nice light porter quality.

A real easy drinking and tasty brew, the chocolate comes out a little candy and cheap in a way, but everything else works out nicely. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -20%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.45/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (1,272 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (951 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.42/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (865 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate with very light toasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Nice. Flavor follows, with nice high quality chocolate, vanilla and toasted malt, faint oakiness. Finishes somewhat dry with faint hops. Medium bodied with appropriate creaminess, nice mouthfeel. I've had a lot of excellent chocolate ales before, but this is one of the best presentations of chocolate experience, very reminiscent of dark chocolate syrup on vanilla ice cream. Nicely done and tasty. (613 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, 3/4" head, tan. Aroma of chocolate, dark belgian candy sugar, bourbon.

Taste, decadent, yummy chocolate integrates well, one of the best barrel flavors I've experienced from oak spirals v. the barrel itself. Seems to be able to actually feel the 6 different malts used, all complimentary. Smooth, candy sugar gives a nice balance to it, never harsh, bitter, hides the alcohol extremely well. Chocolate really prominent, for the better. Mild vanilla component to it.

Nice price on it at the beerjoint for Caldera. Solid imperial porter. (549 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great bottle sent up from jodan.

22oz bottle poured into my pint glass, because I can.

A - Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly turns into rings around the edges.

S - Chocolate, slight coffee, and some vanilla.

T - Milk chocolate, some malts poke through as well.

D - Low carbonation, Sweet, very smooth.

O - I love labs, and I love this beer. (373 characters)

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.