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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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629 Ratings
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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 102
Gots: 153 | FT: 18
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 629 | Reviews: 121 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wallbj
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kvgomps
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tridge85
4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nodder
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JNForsyth
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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 :)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.74/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours translucent oily brown. Smells of cocoa powder, berries, and oak. Chocolate and biscuit flavors.

Photo of Brihon
4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bdaggett
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of toothirsty
4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
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.

Photo of kerry4porters
3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of brpendergast85
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredible big chocolate thick porter. Very drinkable, and filling. Thick rich black body. Big chocolate aroma.

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.82/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.