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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.9%
Wants: 98
Gots: 152 | FT: 16
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

White-waxed 22oz bomber (unsure of the vintage?) split into Deschutes tulips with my brother. A big-time want for me.

A: Clear, brown pour yields a dark but not quite opaque body with a decent amount of khaki head.

S: Bittersweet chocolate and roast, cocoa, and oaky tannin. Pretty eathy and woody with a nice chocolate undertone; takes on a cacao-like nose.

T: Starts off with cocoa powder, and evolves into a milk-chocolate-lovers delight. Oak provides a tannin-y balance. Roast and dark barley poke through too, leaving a bittersweet finish.

MF: Medium/full bodied.

O: Milk chocolate in a bottle. Excellent chocolate character, and a good use of oak to balance. A really nice porter.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
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?

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We cut a white waxed bottle, pouring a brew of impenetrable molasses brown into our large tasting snifters. The head stands two fingers tall and is comprised of large, soapy milk chocolate colored bubbles, showing decent retention. Punctate lacing is left around the glass as it fades. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active at the edges. The nose fills with burning phenolic plastics, harsh fusel booziness that doesn’t necessarily scream “bourbon”, wet woodiness, cloyingly sweet chocolate syrups, tootsie roll sugars, creamy hot cocoa warmth, chocolate and burnt coffee malts, roasty black malts, fresh cherry flesh, coconut, vanilla wafers, and freshly printed newspaper. The oak agedness becomes much more sophisticated, but biting, as the beer warms. Our first impression is that the flavor isn’t as full and robust as we were hoping for, but the oak is nicely striking and representative throughout each stage of the sip. The taste begins with bourbon oakiness, vanilla extract, bitter chocolate and gritty pale maltiness, crystal metallics, sea saltiness, melted milk chocolate, basement mustiness, vanilla bean sweetness, and hot fusel alcohol. Coming to a peak through the center is an enhanced blend of candied brown sugar, syrupy chocolate cloy, raw pancake batter, continued oaky woodiness, rich metallic shell of baked beans, light grassy hops, and whipped chocolate mousse richness. The end speaks of cherry flesh, black pepper bite, smooth chocolate and somewhat wheaty maltiness, fig depth that reminds one of Quad maltiness, roasted chestnuts, bitter roasted char, hints of hazelnut coffee, marshmallow sweetness, cloven spice, red grape skin dryness, and smooth, sweet almond extract. The aftertaste breathes of soapy hops, oily lemon salve, bourbon, charred oak and burnt grassiness, under ripe strawberries, heavy brown maltiness, mild vinegar acidity, chalky powdered nutmeg and allspice, bitter roasted chocolate nibs, cherry and plum fruitiness, bandaged medicinals, vanilla cake batter, and amaretto. The body is light to medium, bordering on a bit thin and watery, while carbonation is solidly medium. Each sip, however, gives wonderfully creamy slurp, full smack, rich pop, and flowing glug. The mouth is cooled, frothed, and foamed, with creeping dryness and puck from the booze and the oak. Despite this, the hard palate is left slick and mobile. The abv is appropriate, and the beer disappears quickly.

Overall, the best thing about Mogli is his big bodied aroma. The chocolate, booze, and oak are all there, blending with ease across the senses, especially with warmth. That said, we were expecting a bigger, bolder, more flavorful sip to follow. This is, in part, our own faults, as we hyped this guy up in our heads on account of its superlative ratings, and it being a momentous review for us personally. So at times, while it reminded us of Southern Tier’s Choklat, it seemed watered down, thin, and less flavorful. Of course, they are different styles, but with oak and an “imperial” title, we had just come to expect a bit more here. What it did have going for it was that the flavoring represented chocolate as an entity tremendously, without making it overbearing, cloying, or too heavy. The oak and bourbon notes certainly played well off of this, giving a depth that was no doubt enjoyable. This was an interesting beer, and although a touch simplified, we are happy to have added it to our repertoire.

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish brown with one finger tan head that died quick and left touchs of lace. A mostly chocolatey aroma although some roasted malts and wood get in there. This is not a complex beer, nor is it for everyone, but if you like real smooth and sweet stouts, like me, then this is the one. With just touches of roasted malts and a bready/oakiness that keeps it smooth sailing and gives it a dry finish, this is one slick chocolatey drink. Wouldn't go as far as chocolate milk with booze but it's in that territory. A whole bomber of it started to make me a little tired of the sweetness but a well tasting sweet dessert beer that hit the spot for me.

Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.