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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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MogliMogli

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443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 90
Gots: 126 | FT: 13
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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anteater

Oregon

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12%

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CTJman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

10-19-2013 01:58:44 | More by CTJman
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beagle75

Iowa

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

This review is for the bourbon barrel-aged version of Mogli imperial porter.

Draft pour into a dubbel goblet at the Caldera tasting room in Ashland.

A: Uniformly opaque black, with almost one finger of beige foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Very sweet chocolate milk dominates the smell, with some vanilla and bourbon adding complexity.

T: Toffee, dark fruit, and vanilla to start with bourbon and bittersweet chocolate emerging later. The finish is smooth and full with bourbon. Bourbon flavor deftly asserts itself without being overpowering or intrusive. The presence of alcohol is also handled well here because alcohol flavors are not detectable.

M: Medium viscosity with low to moderate carbonation. This beer is very smooth and gently warming on the palate. While a heavier texture would not be out of place here, nothing about the mouthfeel of this beer is wrong.

D: This beer is both drinkable and delicious. Despite its spirit-infused imperial pedigree, the palate is not fatigued over the course of drinking a glass. Compared to a Ballast Point bourbon barrel-aged Victory at Sea sampled recently, this beer is more drinkable but less extravagantly flavored (and likely also lower in abv). This beer was sampled by three other beer drinkers unaccustomed to barrel-aged beer and each was impressed by it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 17:17:20 | More by beagle75
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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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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

08-26-2013 17:36:40 | More by GeoffreyM
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

06-16-2014 17:34:38 | More by dvmin98
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-21-2014 14:25:00 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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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draheim

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is big, rich, quality chocolate and smooth roasty malt. Smells like my kitchen with brownies in the oven. Damn this smells good.

Taste follows nose. Rich, delicious dark chocolate and bitter roasted malt. Smooth vanilla as it warms. This is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, and decadent. Semi-dry, presumably from the oak. Nice chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall a truly outstanding imperial porter. Everything works together in harmony.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 03:40:32 | More by draheim
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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funkel81

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-10-2013 02:46:08 | More by funkel81
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Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +17.4%

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match1112

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pelican5 for sending this!

I wasn't sure what to think about this beer upon first receiving it. Thick white wax on top and a picture of a black lab on the label, I thought this has got to be a joke. Being the porter lover that I am, I went in with an open mind. Wow was I amazed at how good this is.

Pours a near black body with a thin mocha colored head. No lacing to speak of, just a thin oily coating on the inside of the glass.

Smells like a bowl of chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla in it. Taste is very sweet and also much like a bowl of melted ice cream. There is a nice dark chocolate bitterness to it on the finish.

I would of liked the mouthfeel to be thicker and creamier. Carbonation was good for it. Slight oily feel on the tongue with a dark chocolate bitterness for a finish.

I will highly recommend this to anyone with a sweet tooth. I might have to seek this out again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 18:28:03 | More by match1112
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pkalix

California

4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks like the old experimental chocolate coke (remember that?), with no head on my first pour, and a tiny little bit of transparency to it. no lacing (well, almost none) but it looks very nice, an elixir waiting to be had (I've been smelling this already- hence, the elixir...)
smell is all chocolate.... not the bitter kind of chocolate, but like a chocolate fountain at one of those expensive sunday buffets. I gotta give this one a 5 on aroma.... this is truly beautiful....
taste is all chocolate also, and neither is bitter, but a dessert type of chocolate. it feels a little thin, and there is some alcohol in the taste, but this is a nice taste. not much else i'm tasting however, just a lot of good chocolate and some thin alcohol sheen. someone else mentioned 'chocolate syrup'.... I think that is the taste I am getting.... cocoa powder is another relative description, kind of like the cocoa powder at Starbucks....
a happy porter, I like that it references their 'best friend'. very decent, very nice. very rich, a little bitter on the back end, but overall a great brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 21:56:48 | More by pkalix
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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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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -29.6%

08-16-2013 02:13:33 | More by TonyTalon
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -6.1%

01-10-2013 04:53:30 | More by starrdogg
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shehateme

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

02-02-2014 01:07:25 | More by shehateme
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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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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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Jas45678

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-02-2014 12:52:42 | More by Jas45678
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.