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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 126
Hads: 712
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 107
Gots: 164 | FT: 17
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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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: opaque black, 2plus fingers width of light tan head, decent retention and lacing 4.25

S: huge milk chocolate notes, coffee, roasted malts; smells a lot like Southern Tier Mocha; fair amount of booze; I don't really get any oak aged notes but it's still very nice nonetheless 4.25

T: like the nose it's huge milk chocolate, subtle roasty characters, dark cocoa on the finish; again barely no oaky notes 4

M/D: fully body, carbonation low but appropriate, ABV is well masked, drinkability is fair 3.75

O: very good beer; tons of chocolate; would have liked more oak aged characters but still very enjoyable 4

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a super dark translucent ruby red, with a thick head and good lacing.

Smell – Chocolate cake, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste – Chocolate cake, and oak. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – I can’t believe this is 8.5%! Almost feels a bit watery. I’d prefer a bit more alcohol.

Drinkability – This is one of easiest drinking 8.5% beers I’ve had. A little light, but quite nice.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nicely rich a smooth porter, but one that is also dominated by the chocolate aspect. All of the subtlety and layers of flavor you expect from a big porter/stout (especially one with some barrel age to it) were covered up with the intense smell of sweet chocolate and taste of chocolate milk. If a chocolate bomb sounds like something you'd like than definitely try this beer out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed bottle, which seems to be an early 2014 release from what I've read. Tootsie Roll in both the nose and the front of the palate, every sip starting with that characteristically light milk chocolate flavor. On the whole, it's a well-balanced drink - the sweetness never overwhelms. This allows some substantial humidor, vanilla, and molasses notes from the barrel to come through as well, blending wonderfully with the creamy chocolate overtones. Brown sugar populates the back end, rounded out by a crisp toasted almond finish. About as close as I've come to a true milk-and-cookies beer - and it offers the palate even more with those woody barrel flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is very nice with a huge, long lasting, foamy, tan head, some lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a little roast, vanilla, and bourbon in the background. Flavor's like nose, sweet bitter up front, soft carbonic tang, bourbon clashes with other qualities in finish. Body is a bit soft. One and done.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap @ Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA on 03/03/15

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz snifter with a thin, broken layer of cocoa powder colored surface suds. The brew itself is black with cola brown edging.

Smell - Predominant chocolate aroma that evokes images of moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting. Lovely.

Taste - Doesn't quite follow the nose, with earthen chocolatey flavor more akin to dry cocoa powder mixed with a smidge of baker's chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and a light touch of coconut, but this thing is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full body with low to moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky texture.

Overall - Glad I tried it, but more glad I didn't drop a grip by buying this in bomber form. It's good, but a bit too much of a one-track flavor profile. Vaguely reminds me of the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, but considerably more expensive.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz waxed bottle. No date.

Very unfilterd looking, mud puddle murky pour with very little head.

Smell is sweet chocolate. Like liquid malt balls. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Lots of cocoa and chocolate.Tastes like Whoppers and Tootsie Rolls in a blender. Some oak, burnt sugars, and roasted grains follow, with a strong chocholate aftertaste that is pretty bitter. I also get a peat moss flavor like a Wee Heavy would have.

Pretty good body. Maybe a little low on carbonation.

It seems like I should enjoy this a lot more. Especially reading through my description. There is just an out of place musty/mossy taste in there though that I dont care for. The bitterness also lingers too much. Still a very good beer, but not what I hoped for.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I've been looking forward to for quite some time. The pour leaves a little lacking, per my opinion. A dark muddy, this gets ruby-grey and murky at the edges and has a deepy ruddy character to the middle of the body. Only a thin soapy bubbly head that quickly retreats to petri growth formation, but decent lacing considering the lack of head.

The nose though is where the shining begins, as the kids say (no kids say this). Cracking the bottle (or rather, I didn't rack anything, I just popped the top off), I'm immediately overwhelmed by sweet soft round chocolate. Definitely the sweeter milk chocolate variety. Roasted grains and maybe a touch of wood from the oak help add depth and complexity, but the chocolate takes front and centre.
Fair point: I spilled a decent amount of this because I'm an idiot. Cleaning up the idiot-spill, I was treated to a strong note of tamari/soy sauce that some note in the darker beers. It was pretty strong. Even after having cleaned up, I never picked this up out of the glass, however.

Cocoa sugars start out along the front lines, unsurprisingly. There's some milk sweet and smoothe, and the oak comes out more in the finish in that oaky bitter way. But sweet milk/chocolate definitely dominate. Rich and sweet and silky smoothe.

This hits a lot of notes that I thoroughly enjoy. I may have overhyped it a bit in my mind, but that's not the fault of the beer. This is a great chocolate porter and I'm pretty darn excited to have my own little four legged goober back home :)

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Taste mirrors the smell with added bitter dark chocolate and a little roasted malt. Very dry with a thin mouthfeel. Like drinking a chocolate bar.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown bordering on black, with a nice buildup of head on a vigorous pour. The tan head reduces to a nice foam, fading slowly and lacing the the glass. It doesn't take much if a swirl to generate a froth.

The nose immediate brings chocolate without much inhaling. My first real sniff brings about more of cocoa-based chocolate, with some coffee and oat notes hinting that the beer might not be all sweet.

The taste follows the nose quite well, cocoa, chocolate, coffee with cream up front. The taste dies have a coffee-astringent bitterness coming in the mid-taste transition. During this I also note a brief dark cherry taste before the end brings a somewhat surprising bitter end (cherry woodiness), which does mellow slightly with warmth.

The feel is medium up front, but seems to weaken late, somehow. Maybe another way to put it is the flavors are robust up front, but fade to a singular bitterness which has a bit of wateriness to it. Warmth brings out more if a woody dryness.

This was a tale of two beers, a lovely full beginning, if perhaps a tad malty; and a contrasting, slightly resinous bitter end that also seems to kill the nice tastes from the front a bit too much. My mixed interpretations leaf to a reduced rating from where I thought this could go.

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Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl ozs white wax dipped bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, New York, NY
Served in a snifter

The beer poured dark chestnut brown and, considering the relatively high ABV, a bit thin. A creamy, frothy, one-finger tall, khaki colored crown capped the liquid. The head quickly dropped to a long-lasting, thin and bubbly collar. Small, drippy steaks of lacing trickled along the glass.

Super intense vanilla notes dominated the aroma. The vanilla had a very strong bourbon element and reminded me a lot of high quality vanilla extract. Semi-sweet chocolate notes were apparent. Quite hot fudge-like. Chocolate chip cookie dough also came to mind.

The flavor profile was impressive yet straightforward. Super chcolatey. Rich and fairly sweet. Hot fudge might perhaps be the best comparison. Good amount of vanilla extract, yet not quite at the level found in the nose. The beer finished off-dry with toasted malt notes.

On the palate, the beer was somewhat thinner than I anticipated but still creamy, fluffy and smooth. The liquid contained a large bubbled, semi-aggressive effervescence that settled down with time.

Mogli is a tasty and enjoyable beer with an outrageously rich vanilla aroma. Even though this oak-aged porter fails to exhibit any oak or barrel character and may not be super complex, it is an interesting dessert beer that should be shared with a friend or two.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color with a half of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic! Lots of chocolate, roasted malt, brown sugar, molasses and vanilla. Very pleasant aromas.

Taste: Wow! Very tasty! Tons of roasted malt and chocolate up front, followed by some vanilla, caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness and black pepper. Not much in the way of hops, which is surprising for a beer from the Pacific Northwest.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, creamy, smooth. No carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 8.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very, very, good porter! Great flavors of malt and chocolate, all wrapped up into an extremely creamy quaff. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like tootsie rolls in a glass. Big chocolate notes, touch of vanilla, and some mild wood notes. Flavor is less milk chocolate and more bakers chocolate with some bitterness coming through. Oak quality is there but by no means overwhelming. Good feel...not thick and chewy, but not overly slick either. ABV is well hidden. Just a quality porter that should be enjoyed by anyone that loves chocolate forward beers.

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of luvtotri140
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Strong chocolate smell from the pour and the taste doesnot dissapoint. Hints of vanilla and some coffee comes through. Way to easy to drink, great beer , a must try if you enjoy chocolate beers! that must have been some dog to influence that good a beer!

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Photo of ConanSachler
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

This beer really stand out amongst all other porters. It's a chocolate porter, but notes of coffee come through way more than you would expect. The drinkibility is unusually pleasant giving the abv as well. The oak doesn't come through, which would normally be a damn shame, but somehow this beer is incredible. I have nothing negative to say for this one. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Dark as night. Half finger of light brown head that settles and stayed around and left a nice lacing down the glass.
S – Nice chocolate smell. Vanilla, roasted nuts and caramel.
T – Woo. This is good. Nice chocolate and vanilla to start. Sweet whipped cream, almost a marshmallow like flavor. Touch of roasted malts, toffee and coffee. Don’t get a great deal of oakiness but who cares. Manages to be sweet but not cloyingly so. Perfect touch of bitterness to finish. Amazing.
M – Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Creamy on the palate.
O – Catapulted to one of my favorites easily. Love the creamy, chocolaty flavors. If you can..get one. You wont be sorry.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Snifter

A: Brackish looking not quit coal black hints of color around the edges of the glass wasn't much head but I'm a light pourer. Head was a very light tan

S: smells like a tootsie roll, chocolate lots of it, hints of oak like being at a winery where you get that oak aroma without the wine.

T: very chocolatey, tastes similar to a tootsie roll I'm getting a lingering almost acidic taste that might be a coffee taste near the end but very light. As the beer warms I might get a smidgen of vanilla

M: Medium bodied finishes somewhat dry for the sweetness

O: it's pretty good reminds me of a not as sweet Southern Tier Choklat and definitely Tootsie Rolls. if straight up chocolate is your thing you will love this. It's definitely a try in my book but I wouldn't hunt for this, but if you see it give it a whirl.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle. Longtime want. Mogli pours with respectable darkness. A fluffy, tan head grows from the pour. Rings of lacing. Aroma is inticing. I immediatley think of chocolate, vanilla and roasted marshmallow. Oakiness is present in the nose yet it isn't one of the foremost characteristics. A bit of coconut. The flavor and the nose are definitely a coordinated pair. Milk chocolate, vanilla and light roast. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Cola, marshmallow. Actually reminds me of a malted milk ball. Oak is very soft again. I would like more intensity. The base beer is pretty amazing so I won't complain much. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. More drinkable than it probably should be. I am very happy with this beer. Just as tasty as I had hoped it'd be.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.9/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one at Bert’s Bierhuis in Utrecht. Had been wanting to try this one for a while, so it was cool to see it show up locally.

From a bomber into a snifter
White wax
Oak aged imperial porter with chocolate

APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour yields a two finger, medium looking, fluffy, light tan head with good retention. Dark brown body with lots of carbonation. Piles of carbonation everywhere. Head slowly fades to a thick foamy cap that’s supported by all the crazy carbonation all over the place. Eventually fades to a splotchy wisp that leaves decent lacing down the glass. This is okay but the carbonation is just out of control.

SMELL: Oak and definite chocolate on the nose. Chocolate truffles or bon bon, even. Light vanilla and sweet cream from the oak, but chocolate is definitely the dominating trait here.

TASTE: Chocolate up front with oak and some vanilla flavor as well. Lingering and bold aftertaste of milk chocolate truffles, oak, sweet cream, a hint of hop bitterness with some alcohol too. A bit of spicy alcohol right at the swallow, which was rather unexpected. Pretty flavorful, but the chocolate is rather overdone.

PALATE: Thinner body with higher levels of carbonation. Lighter on the palate, slightly airy, does down okay and finishes a bit sticky.

OVERALL: Okay I guess. There are some good things here, but the feel is a bit too thin and light, it’s too carbonated, and the chocolate could be toned back a bit. Not something I’d necessarily go for again, but wouldn’t turn down a glass of a future batch of this. A few tweaks and it could be a real treat.

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting this brew for a very long time, since 2011. Let's get down to the brew. This puppy pours a nice dark brown body almost on the verge of being black. With very dark brown hues gleaming the outskirts of my tulip glass. Nice creamy mocha head made up with tiny bubbles. Looks fantastic! The aroma is just a dense chocolate bar feeling. Nice baked cookie dough in the backend. Not picking up any oak, but this beer smells Amazing! The flavor is just as amazing. Chocolate and roast with some cookie dough sweetness. This brew finishes on time smooth/sweet and slight bitterness with a touch of toasted oak. Simply amazing. This brew has medium volume in the body with par carbonation.

Overall: Move over Sugar! Daddy's got a sweet tooth tonight! This brew is delicious beyond belief. This really reminds me of Imperial Biscotti Break, with more delicious chocolate. Smooth and sweet like some milk chocolate. This is packing some flavor for sure. It was a bit pricey, but worth it to me! This brew is recommended.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed 22oz bottle, poured into a teku glass, 2013 vintage

A- pours a deep but not quite opaque black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains into a film on top, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- first impression on the aroma is of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Beyond that, layers of whipped cream, coconut, dark cherry, booze soaked toasted oak, vanilla, burnt toffee & a hint of coffee and chocolate to close it out

T- deep layers of chocolate complexity up front mix with notes of caramel malt, malted milk balls & heavy vanilla cream. Hints of herbal hop and booze soaked black cherry. The oak presence isn't notched until the finish, but adds nice nutty & earthy notes in the close

M- medium body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very approachable, yet complex porter. Chocolate takes center stage, with underlying oak that adds good contrast to the chocolate sweetness, very good

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with an inch plus of frothy light brown head. Some lacing. The aroma is very sweet. Milk chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, and slightly nutty. The taste is thick chocolate syrup and oak at first. Notes of vanilla and caramel with some more nuttiness. A bit roasty. Almost too sweet at times but the oak helps mellow it out a little. Still, a slow sipper due to the sweetness. Lots of carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel. Overall, borders on sicky sweet, but a solid brew nonetheless.

App- 4.25 a- 4.25 t- 3.75 m-3.5 o-4 = 3.9

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.