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Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 94
Gots: 127 | 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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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

05-04-2013 17:43:36 | More by Scoot1969
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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AgentMunky

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 06:37:18 | More by AgentMunky
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Rollzroyce21

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-28-2013 08:17:14 | More by Rollzroyce21
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This poured out as a deep brown color with a nice brown head on top. The retention is very thin and there is a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is very nice, plenty chocolate on the nose, not much of the oak barrel on the nose though. Sweet milky chocolate sweetness. The taste is also chocolatey, reminds me of Southern Tier Choklat a little. The mouthfeel is smooth, drinkable, dry rich finish. Overall it's a decent brew, probably not worth the price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:26:42 | More by Knapp85
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a fine two finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate with very light toasted malt and a hint of vanilla. Nice. Flavor follows, with nice high quality chocolate, vanilla and toasted malt, faint oakiness. Finishes somewhat dry with faint hops. Medium bodied with appropriate creaminess, nice mouthfeel. I've had a lot of excellent chocolate ales before, but this is one of the best presentations of chocolate experience, very reminiscent of dark chocolate syrup on vanilla ice cream. Nicely done and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 03:22:59 | More by LiquidAmber
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my local SoCal beer store. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I liked the rauchbier this brewery put out and the description sounds tasty - "Oak Aged Imperial Porter Brewed with Chocolate." 8.5% ABV confirmed. 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed-over pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge; I don't like my porters too cold - especially when they're oak aged. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger dark khaki colour head of nice cream, good thickness, and good (~5-6+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing if typical for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it. No overt flaws are obvious in the appearance.

Sm: Evocative cocoa dusting, chocolate malt, a bit of roast, vanilla (bordering on artificial), and buried background oak. Malty sweetness. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Complex and inviting. I'm excited to try it. I'm not blown away, but it's appealing.

T: Cocoa powder is prominent, with a bit of slightly artificial sweet vanilla. Chocolate malt and dark malts comprise the foundation. Caramel. The oak is really buried and not at all evocative or interesting; there's no oaky vanilla or toasted character at all; that's disappointing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. It's got a nice body to it, but there isn't much complexity, subtlety, or even depth of flavour here. It's nice across the board, but there's nothing unique or special here. What little oak there is comes off as more oak chips than oak barrel; is this the case? I'd like more roast. There's some sarsparilla-esque notes here too; sort of a vague cola note that plays well with the vanilla.

I do get more oak as it warms, but never enough to really impress.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Full-bodied. Good carbonation. Good thickness. Adequately supports the flavour profile. Complements the flavour profile well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. A tasty imperial porter, but admittedly not the best I've had. Like it, don't love it. I doubt I'd get it again at this pricetag, but I'm glad I got to try it. Another solid brew from Caldera. Hides its ABV well. My biggest issue was just the lack of complexity; there's ample room to do more here - especially with oak aging.

High B-

Serving type: bottle

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North Carolina

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tectactoe

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 16:14:08 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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Holland

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge thanks to ArchEnemyBrew for this bottle! Thanks Hollis!

poured into tulip glass.

vintage 2012.

Appearance: black bodied beer with 2 fingers of light brown head that slowely drops to a thin cap. Lacing is spotty. A gentle swirl brings back a thick cap approximately a full finger of head.

Smell: Fresh milk chocolates! A faint note of roast malt. Its nose is one demensional very milk chocolate forward. It smell really really good despite the lack of complexity in the nose. I just keep thinking of gourmet chocolates ever time I smell this beer.

Taste: Similiar to the nose this beer packs alot of milk chocolate flavor. Vanilla notes and a hint of oak. A cola or rootbeer "esk" note. The beer finishes with bittersweet cocoa, a hint of nuttiness, faint roast malts, and the oak flavor seems to build up at the backend of the beer. A nicely balanced and complex oak aged porter!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is super creamy and has a slick mouthfeel. Its a really easy drinking barrel aged porter! No booze is around at all; its so darn smooth and mellow! Drinks like it is 5% abv porter.

Overall: This is a great chocolate porter with nice barrel notes. The chocolate flavors and aroma are perfect! Its so chocolatey without being overdone or overly sweet. Caldera nailed this oaked chocolate porter! Its really easy to drink this beer fast, but you gotta pump the brakes! I really enjoyed sipping and savoring this beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 03:28:03 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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GregSVT

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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chugamugofsud

Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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lsummers

California

4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is one fantastic porter. Pours a deep dark brown with a small one finger head.

Smell Is subtle aromas of chocolate cocoa and woody hints of vanilla.

Taste is so well balanced. The creamy cocoa and caramel mix perfectly with a slight woody character. Hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is creamy and yet light enough not to feel too high of abv.

Overall it's a fantastic porter that has impressed me. I will definitely try to find this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:12:20 | More by lsummers
Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.