Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company
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4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
A: This poured an opaque cola color with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like delicious sweet cocoa powder and rich dark chocolate, with some oak and vanilla a bit of roasted coffee and cream.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and dry bitter dark cocoa powder, with some oak and roasted coffee and cream. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Appropriate body.
D: This was a great oak aged porter with top notch scent, and very nice taste. The body was good, and the finish was smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was easy to drink but worth sipping. No need to age, since it's so good fresh. High quality brew.
10-20-2013 00:54:22 | More by Pencible
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
Thanks to Tim for bringing this one to share. Hadn't heard much of Caldera, but I'll never turn down a beer that I haven't had before (especially from Oregon). The pour was mostly black with a super deep, ruby-red only showing itself when held directly in front of the light. The nice, khaki colored cap sits pretty foamy around a half-inch and lasts for a decently long time.
Very nice, "porter-like" aroma up front - I know, such a great description, right? Light coffee beans, tons of sweet chocolate, and seemingly heaps of cocoa powder. I thought the absence of bourbon was strange, but then I realized that this was merely "oak aged" and not necessarily from a bourbon barrel. Still, the oak notes were fairly subdued and could easily be missed. Some dark raisins reside in the back, but chocolate is the real star of the show. The more this warms up, the more it begins to smell like pure baker's chocolate. So sweet, rich, creamy, and savory. I was smelling the empty bottle long after this one was gone.
It came as no surprise when I took my first sip and was hit with an insane amount of sweet baker's chocolate. The aroma actually lead me on that the beer would be a bit sweeter than it actually is, but that certainly isn't a bad thing. The level of roast is somewhat low, but it's still present; lightly roasted malts and creamy coffee. The roast is a bit more noticeable in the aftertaste, that's for sure. The oak is still pretty mild, but it adds another complexity to the beer, no doubt. Just the same as the aroma, the taste seems to get more and more engulfed by chocolate as it gets warmer until eventually you're sitting there with a glass full of melted baker's chocolate. Definitely sweet, but manageable nonetheless. Medium body, not quite thick enough to be called thick, low-medium carbonation and a lightly silky mouth feel.
Wow, definitely surprised by this one. A very nice and easy drinking porter with seemingly no distinguishable alcohol at 8.5% ABV. Super-chocolate heavy, so cocoa haters won't like this one. Despite the sweetness, it was very refined, manageable, and extremely far from cloying. A very nice treat.
03-25-2013 16:14:08 | More by tectactoe
4.25/5 rDev -0.5%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.
A: Dark brown, cream-coloured head that fades fast.
S: Musty beans, smoked(?) chocolate malt. Not that great.
T: Woah. Hugely sweet, creamy, and immensely tasty and complex. Smoke? Yes, nice porter. Strong? Yes, imperial porter. Chocolate? Sure, but it's bittersweet and not overwhelming. Bourbon-oak-vanilla sweetness. The aftertaste is bitter dark chocolate and lingeringly interesting.
M: Rich, smooth, and delectable with a hint of bite.
O: Everyone else liked it more than I did, but this was damn tasty and does what it does well. Recommended.
04-30-2013 06:37:18 | More by AgentMunky
4.43/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!
(Aged for 1+ year)
Very dark brown in color, but not bordering on black. Small brown head of very small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick.
Intense chocolate and vanilla layers in the aroma. This one took me aback; I simply wasn't expecting it to be as rich, decadent, and enjoyable as it is. Along with the vanilla and chocolate layers is good amounts of oak and dark molasses fruit cake.
The flavor is just as nice as the aroma. The layers of chocolate and molasses fruit cake are extremely expressive, complemented very nicely by a bit of oak, though it's not overpowering. An incredibly well-crafted beer.
Medium to nearly full in body with low carbonation.
I'm glad Brett hates beer because I couldn't have sat on this one as long as he did. Thanks go to him for sharing.
01-19-2013 22:26:35 | More by ehammond1
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Enjoyed a glass of this last night at Caldera's tap house.
Pours a very dark brown color, with a thin off white head.
Aromas are of very dark semi sweet cocoa with hints of cream and coffee.
Flavors are just like the nose. Dark cocoa, semi sweet, creamy, with some brown sugar, espresso, and hints of oak. Finish is crisp, with really subtle booziness.
Mouthfeel is nice, full, smooth, and lightly carbonated.
Overall this is outstanding. This is an excellent beer that you can really taste the dark chocolate, but it still retains the flavors of a robust porter too. The balance is nice, very well done Caldera. Even my wife liked this, and she is not a fan of dark beers.
09-10-2011 23:07:40 | More by flexabull
4/5 rDev -6.3%
22oz. Black cola pour, half finger of cream head. Retained quite nicely.
Aroma, very chocolatey. Some roast malt, woodiness.
Taste, more roast malt here. Great blend of roast malt and chocolates, mostly dark chocolate. Some earthy notes. Finishes with strong cocoa and chocolate covered coffee bean.
Medium body, carbonation being just a tad high lightens this up I think. Drinks very easily though.
A good standard for the style, albeit a bit on the pricier side here on the east coast.
12-10-2012 03:05:31 | More by Bung
4.29/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
12-05-2013 04:50:47 | More by Dope
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 473 ratings.