Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.67%
Wants: 106
Gots: 167 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 688 | Reviews: 131
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.51/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip. From notes.

A: Pours a very dark red color; this is one of the lighter porters I've seen in a while The head is a one finger mocha shade, with decent retention. Not much lacing is left on the glass.

S: It's quite oaky to start. More and more chocolate comes out when it's allowed to warm up. My big complaint about the aroma is how perfumey it seems - otherwise, it's not bad.

T: Better than the aroma. Oak hits the palate first before chocolate notes subtly appear around the midtaste. The first couple of sips are problematic - they seem to have far too much perfume, but after a few more sips, that note goes away to reveal a really nice, easy-going porter. A slight finish of brown sugar rounds the beer out.

M: This one feels pretty light, and dry to boot. While it's not highly carbonated, it's still really easy to drink at the end of the day.

O: A good porter that really grew on me the more I drank it. Worth its high price tag? Nah, not really. Worth sampling? Absolutely. If this cut out some of those perfume notes, then it would be out of this world.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass but clear brown when pouring. One finger off white head

S-Oak, woof, roasted malt, mild chocolate.

T-Too sweet. The chocolate is very sweet, not like a dark chocolate. Some oak and roasted malt, but it takes a back seat to the chocolate.

M-Medium bodied, good deal of carbonation.

O-Too sweet and for the price not worth it.

Photo of BierJager89
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a mocha head.

S: Dark chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel in the nose.

T: Taste includes notes of vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel, coffee.

M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.

O: A great imperial stout for a better price than many comparable beers.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Dawson’s while home in MD for the holidays. A pricey pne at $23. Pours dark brown to black with a half finger of khaki colored head. Big sweet aroma of chocolate, anise, dark fruits, tootsie rolls. Flavor is rich a chocolate up front and then explodes into what can only be described as chocolate milk with a massive amount of Hershey’s syrup in it. The chocolate is crazy up front here. The is a lingering chocolate covered raisin flavor on the palate as well. No oak or bourbon to speak of whatsoever. Starts out thick and rich up front and thins out a bit later in the palate with lowish carbonation. Definitely unique and the most chocolate I have encountered in a beer. If you are looking for chocolate, this is right on. Good stuff.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into becker pint glass; pure black with a nice two-finger tan head that fades slowly leaving a topping of foam and nice chunky lacing.
Smells of chocolate, coffee, oak, brown sugar, vanilla...lots of sweetness and aged character, definitely different than the average roasty porter.
Taste is...hmm. It's huge milk chocolate, not much coffee at all. Very sweet, like a chocolate milkshake. Lesser hints of things from the oak aging, oak and vanilla and bourbon and that, but mostly it's all chocolate. None of the roasty flavor I'd expect from a porter, even an aged one.
Mouthfeel is very full and creamy, surprisingly so.
Overall this is very different from the porters I'm used to...this comes off almost as a milk stout. I can't tell how much of the sweetness comes from the aging and how much is the beer itself. Stouts are porters, but porters are not stouts...but then again the American tradition is to break the rules. So what that gets us is a creamy, very sweet porter that drinks like a milk stout instead of the bitter, roasty style it usually is...but it's still delicious.

Photo of Nevinon
1.89/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is SHYTE! Let me start by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer. At a whopping $18 a bottle, I expected it to be a FANTASTIC beer...but alas, price isn't everything.

First the pour. I usually look at a porter to see how it grips the glass, and Mogli had no grip. Second the head: I know porters don't usually get too much of a head while pouring, but they usually have at least a broken slick of foam for a few seconds...Mogli foamed less than a glass of warm water. The initial taste.... TERRIBLE! I don't mean terrible like the acidic burn of warm Budweiser poured from a can, I mean like over-watered Swiss Miss cocoa that had gone cold. BLAND, like a banana, but even more so. Mild bitterness from the oak aging, but mostly bland watered down cocoa. Like seriously! Go boil some water, make some Swiss Miss cocoa, throw a few ice-cubes into it, and then forget about it until there is no longer dew on the outside of the glass...that is what Mogli tastes like!

All in all I found this beer to be something I would not recommend to ANYONE lest it may cost me "beer-nerd" cred (...something I wouldn't sit for even among circles of those I dislike, and refuse to associate with). Do not waste your money on this bottled water...(it didn't even have enough alcohol to make the flavor worth enduring). While I have yet to quaff of it, I am certain that the Wdimere Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout I bought will be better than Mogli. If you would like a decent tasting stout or porter, I would suggest Laguinitas. If you have the dough, and it is available, invest in a Chocolate Yeti, do yourself a favor, and side-step the Mogli... It costs too much, and you could probably get a better flavor by distilling your own socks....

Photo of Cylinsier
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz

Pours a very dark opaque brown, slight light penetration around the edges, with a thin light tan film for a head.

Smells of milk chocolate syrup, brown sugar, vanilla and oatmeal.

Tastes of milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, and a bitter nutty flavor somewhere around pecan.

Medium to full body with a stinging carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is an exceptionally tasty porter, flavorful and decadent. Highly enjoyable and very recommended if you manage to snag a bottle.

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque body. Big, fluffy, khaki colored head. Nice lacing on the glass, and almost endless retention.

S: Smell is roasty. Dark Chocolate. Some oakiness. Vanilla-like sweetness. A bit of caramel.

T: Wow. TONS of roast, but its nice. There is a lingering sweetness that tastes like a just drank vanilla flavored hot chocolate. Hazelnut, almost toasted almond-like. Was not expecting this much flavor and complexity from the somewhat one-dimensional waft.

M: Medium-body. Moderate carbonation - a nice representation of the style. Creamy. velvety.

O: I was not expecting this beer to be so memorable. Glad to have received this from one of my best beer buds in the PNW some time ago. For being virtually never mentioned in the MW, this is quite the hidden gem.

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.

Photo of Dope
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.

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?

Photo of TheBrewo
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

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.

Photo of cvm4
3.44/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cola color with a one finger tan head.

S - Huge, sweet coca powder notes and vanilla. The chocolate is really dominate and pretty much squashes all other smells. I'd like it more if it was dark chocolate notes.

T - Definitely chocolatey along with a good dose of oak. But, it's just an odd combo as the sweet chocolate and harsh oak don't meld well.

M - Medium bodied and light carbonation. Creamy and smooth texture.

O - Not really a complex beer. There's so much chocolate that it masks other flavors. The oak makes an astringent like flavor. For the money, price and enjoyment, I'd pick other beers in this category.

Photo of pkalix
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

looks like the old experimental chocolate coke (remember that?), with no head on my first pour, and a tiny little bit of transparency to it. no lacing (well, almost none) but it looks very nice, an elixir waiting to be had (I've been smelling this already- hence, the elixir...)
smell is all chocolate.... not the bitter kind of chocolate, but like a chocolate fountain at one of those expensive sunday buffets. I gotta give this one a 5 on aroma.... this is truly beautiful....
taste is all chocolate also, and neither is bitter, but a dessert type of chocolate. it feels a little thin, and there is some alcohol in the taste, but this is a nice taste. not much else i'm tasting however, just a lot of good chocolate and some thin alcohol sheen. someone else mentioned 'chocolate syrup'.... I think that is the taste I am getting.... cocoa powder is another relative description, kind of like the cocoa powder at Starbucks....
a happy porter, I like that it references their 'best friend'. very decent, very nice. very rich, a little bitter on the back end, but overall a great brew!

Photo of bpasquini
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Starts out looking like muddy water when there is little in the glass, but as it fills the glass it transitions to a dark dark brown to black color, poured heavy and left a small bubbly chocolate colored head, leaves no lacing at all, the look of this beer is screaming desert!

S: Instantly from the pour your nose is filled with the sweet aroma of finely crafted milk chocolate! It is then followed with more sweet milk chocolate, slight hints of dark chocolate, sweet sweet vanilla, and very light hints of caramel. Every once in awhile you get slight hints of the oak barrel, the smell of the beer transitions in said order, and as it transitions each flavor slightly mixes giving you a plethora of wonderful aromas. This will be the best smelling beer I have had for awhile and it is going to take serious competition to knock this one down!

T: This beer takes you on a journey! Initial flavor is that finely crafted milk chocolate, which ever so slowly transitions, but mixes 50/50 with the dark chocolate, this wonderful 50/50 combo then begins to blend with vanilla which brings back and ever so slight sweetness back again, and then finishes with a total mix of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and the slightest hint of alcohol presence. Sweetness isn't overpowering, bitterness isn't too much, the complexity is immense and all the flavors are spot on! The flavors become even better as the beer warms, and the little alcohol presence is no more. I can't even fathom how good this beer tastes right now.

M: Medium bodied but feels extremely light. Incredibly creamy feel to it which is fantastic and compliments the flavors of this beer even more. The creaminess to the beer makes it incredibly smooth. It has a slightly sticky feel to it as chocolate does, but it doesn't have the mess (unless you spill). This beer finishes incredibly well, leaving the slightest hint of flavors behind, but damn does this make you want even more of this beer!

O: Well done Caldera! Well Done! Truly the greatest trophy to honor the passing of a dear friend! Mogli is definitely resting in peace, and I will be to when my time comes (won't be for awhile, but still) after having the chance to enjoy this beer!

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

White back. New bottle but no bottling date or vintage dating was apparent on the bottle.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with a thin layer of light brown head that receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - A massive somewhat artificial sweet chocolate aroma dominates the nose and makes it somewhat difficult to distinguish any other aspects of the nose.

T - Chocolate syrup like flavour dominates, as the nose nose indicated. Some oak/woody notes and not much else comes through as the chocolate is very distracting. The oak presence created a slight astringency in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark brown color with a light brown fluffy head.

The aroma is just a beautiful. It's huge vanilla, sweet cocoa powder, and tons of chocolate with some lightly roasted malt. It's truly intoxicating.

The flavor follows with that huge chocolate note in the front, which then moves onto a strong 70-80% dark chocolate to emphasize the chocolate note, which melds perfectly with a sweet vanilla bean and then it moves onto a wonderful earthy and roasty bitterness on the end. I actually even get a black pepper tinge in there too.

The body is medium, smooth and creamy, but a bit light.

A very well crafted beer with that bitterness to balance that explosion of chocolate. Did not get the oak barrels, but the chocolate shines.

Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jonada
4.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber with white wax seal poured into a snifter

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a finger of a tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin collar. Body is dark, but small hints of ruby red are visible when held up to the light.

Smell: Aroma is hugely chocolaty. Milk chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla, with hints of roast and earth. Smell is a bit one dimensionally chocolaty, but very inviting.

Taste: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, earthy hops, nutty. Very well balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a bit too thin. Alcohol is almost undetectable.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Balanced, flavorful and very smooth. I'm not sure how much the barrel aging adds, but nevertheless this is a great beer that's worth seeking out.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Opaque black color with a strong brown tint to it, head it straight tan almost average looking except for how high it rose, roughly one finger's length.

Smell: Wow, talk about a real milk chocolate scent with a hit of coffee. Abolsutelt smells like dessert.

Taste: One sip of this masterpiece isn't enough, tastes like a cup of coffee with vanilla cream with hits of light bitterness and caramel.

Mouth: Ridiculously smooth...sweet finish with medium carbonation on the body.

Overall: Has borderline "breakfast stout" properties, so smooth and to leave it on the shelf is an absolute sin. I bought this months ago on my last trip to PA and can honestly say probably the best porter I've had in my life. Don't believe me, have one on me...Salud!

Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz into a tulip. Pours a deep chocolate brown w/ a 1-finger khaki head.

Aroma is big, rich, quality chocolate and smooth roasty malt. Smells like my kitchen with brownies in the oven. Damn this smells good.

Taste follows nose. Rich, delicious dark chocolate and bitter roasted malt. Smooth vanilla as it warms. This is a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, balanced, and decadent. Semi-dry, presumably from the oak. Nice chocolatey aftertaste.

Overall a truly outstanding imperial porter. Everything works together in harmony.

Photo of littlebeast
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A rather pretty beer, slightly thinner looking than I thought, with a deep black cherry color and thinnish toasted bone colored head. Clung to the glass in an interesting way (as a malbec might).

This beer has a striking milk chocolatey nose, almost kit-katty in it's lightness. It worried me a little, to think it might be as sweet as the candy, but upon tasting it I was pleasantly surprised: it's more as if you're breathing chocolate than guzzling it. Definitely has it's sweetness, but with a thinner more nimble body it doesn't bog you down.

I tasted a bit of vanilla, and I think paired with the slight slight oakiness and decent abv, it reminded me much more of a good vanilla extract than vanilla bean. There's a light bitterness in the roast also, which is what I think kept this beer nicely balanced and me coming back for more.

Definitely a friendly sort of beer. Not syrupy, nor too hot. That being said, I'm definitely not your classic chocolate fiend... but it was nice to meet you Mister Mogli. Next time I might try to drink it with a chocolate banana flan, a burger with a emmanthaler, or late night with a bowl of cocoa krispies.

Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.