Mogli - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 698
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 106
Gots: 168 | 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
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Reviews: 123 | Hads: 698
Photo of MadScientist
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very dark brown beer with good clarity. The light brown head is made of long lasting creamy bubbles.

S: An inviting blend of coffee, chocolate and vanilla-like oak aromas, all at a medium level. There is a moderate toffee sweetness with some other malt character and a touch of roast. A low alcohol sweetness. Light notes of prunes.

T: Medium fruity and chocolaty flavors upfront that gets overwhelmed by a medium-strong citrus hops flavor and a medium-low hops bitterness. There is a medium-low dried dark fruit flavor, prunes. There is a moderate amount of coffee and toffee sweetness. The balance is somewhat sweet. The moderate alcohol gets away a little bit but this is a imperial after all. The finish is medium and the aftertaste is of coffee and caramel.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with a fair amount of creaminess and a medium level of carbonation. There is a medium-low alcohol warmth.

O: This beer has a fantastic aroma, almost like cocoa crisp cereal-like chocolate with a coffee and vanilla. The aroma smells a touch artificial but after reading that it is brewed with real chocolate it makes sense and either way it's great. The taste is almost as good but not quite as balanced but still very good. (1,225 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From 07/13/13 notes. Not sure if nmann08 or BigSexy410 shared this one but thanks, it was pretty awesome. 22 oz. waxed bottle.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with two fingers plus of fluffy medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, cream, oak, light coffee, toasted malts, and burnt malts. Nose is very good; sweet chocolate dominates the nose, which is fine by me as it's great.

t - The taste is even better than the nose. Tastes of sweet milk chocolate, oak, roasted malts, liquid chocolate syrup, vanilla, cream, toasted malts, caramel malts, burnt malts, and light hints of coffee. The taste is great; reminds me a lot of Box of Chocolate by Charleville. Super chocolatey and more oak and caramel in the taste. Just great.

m - Light to medium body that is more on the light side, with low carbonation. Body is thinner than I would have liked for a porter; only disappointing part of the beer.

o - Overall I thought this was a great beer. The nose is very nice and the taste is even better, full of sweet milk chocolate. Body is a bit too think but would still love to have this one again. A must have for chocolate lovers and anyone who likes Box of Chocolate or Southern Tier's Choklat. (1,301 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha snifter. Has white wax and, according to BA's notes, it was first released in June 2011...

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 3/4 inch dark tan head that retains very well before eventually becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Sweet milk chocolaty aroma with notes of caramel and some vanilla probably from the oak.

T- Lots of chocolate sweetness surrounded by dark roasted malt. Quite luscious and not without some booziness mid-palate. Finishes creamy and semi-bitter. There's so much chocolaty goodness that I can barely sense the oak presence.

M- As in the taste, very creamy and thick. Medium carbonation balances out the creaminess and has a very robust body.

O- So drinkable, so chocolaty, so full. This is one porter that doesn't mess around. While it was hard to derive any oak out of the flavor, I didn't mind one bit. You know it's good when you can't stop drinking it. (1,040 characters)

Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black body with a thick head of mocha-tan foam. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: The oak scent is the strongest and comes through right off the bat. After that there is a little bit of alcohol scent, and that familiar semi-roasted sweet smell that comes from porters. A hint of tootsie roll chocolate in the back.

T: Fantastic chocolate flavor, immediately followed by a dark earthy flavor. A good roasted character without it being like eating charcoal, which I greatly appreciate. Not too sweet. Back bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is very full, and coats very well. Good carbonation.

O: Overall I liked the beer. It has a nice full flavor to it, and it tastes like a quality beer. It's worth looking for this beer. Fans of dark beers or chocolate will enjoy this immensely. (789 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL poured into a snifter. White wax.

Appearance - Pours with a decent khaki head. Deep brown. Not black. Some surface foam.

Smell - Deep caramel. Milk chocolate. Vanilla. Some oak. A mild hop presence.

Taste - More chocalatey. Vanilla. The chocolate seems to be more from the adjuncts that the malt. The malt is still mostly caramel. Still some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda bitter. Not a very rich porter.

Overall - I expected more from the ratings of this. A mediocre Porter with a good chocolate presence. (535 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to beerness who tossed this long-time want into a trade a while back. Always up for something new from Caldera, a seriously underrated brewery. Artfully white waxed 22 oz. bottle with what appears to be a black lab on the label split with my wife.

Pour is black, but leans towards red for a porter, with little visually stimulating carbonation. Nose is like having a Hershey's Kiss stuck in your sinuses: all chocolate, all the time. Nothing else, but who objects to too much chocolate? Not I.

Mogli drops its chocolate shorts all over the place. Chocolate, chocolate, with an underlay of chocolate, then chocolate. There might be more chocolate than beer in this chocolate. Underneath the chocolate there's a touch of the wood, mild roast, touch of lactose. Nice bitter kick towards the finish. But it all goes back to the big C. My vigorous regimen of two Peppermint Patties a day have prepared me well for this beer; happy to have it in glass.

A chocolate bomb & no doubt about it, but has enough subtle niceties to please my prostate. Very good beer. (1,072 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slighly thin looking chestnut brown color with a pretty creamy sand colored head. Leaves some tight patches of lace down the glass.

S: The more I smell this, the more I'm getting s'mores out of here. Slightly burnt marshmallow, powdery graham cracker and lots of cocoa. Toffee, charred oak and some faint mocha.

T: Lots of sweet cocoa flavors mingling with roasted malt, espresso and burnt chocolate. Some marshmallow, some coffee like acidity and a lingering burnt brownie finish. Just a little hot for something this "low" in ABV, but still pretty smooth. I really like this. I thought Caldera was solid, but I didn't know they had something like this in them. Nice work. (687 characters)

Photo of MetalMountainMastiff
4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Bomber poured into a tulip... (snifter was dirty)

A: Black. No light shows through. I poured it slightly fast to cause a bigger head, but it recedes very fast leaving a small rim of head around the edge.

S: Smells amazing! Lots of Chocolate, with a slight barrel smell.Malt, and oak. But mostly chocolate. Smells like a desert.

T: very sweet,Chocolate! malt. Overall porter flavor but intensely enhanced with the chocolate and barrel aging.

M: I actually think this is the only "disappointing" part of this beer. It's actually not disappointing. Just from the smell I would expect or want maybe a thick oily, creamy mouth feel. Like an oatmeal stout. It's actually fairly thin. but smooth. Medium carbonation.

O: Overall ...Amazing! One of my favorite beers! Very sweet, so not something I would always drink. Amazing smell, and taste. not enough good things I can say about this. I assume it would be amazing with ice cream or other deserts. maybe even dark meats. (971 characters)

Photo of Mardrommar
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle lists the beer as a limited small batch release and describes it as an oak aged imperial porter that is brewed with chocolate. The bottle cap and neck is coated in a white wax.

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown/black color and formed a light, soapy tan head that grew to about a finger in width and settled into a thin film within the first three minutes or so. When swirled, the lacing initially coats the entire area and then breaks down into an oily, spotty appearance.

The beer has an extremely pleasant nose. The aroma of chocolate is the biggest and most forward flavor. Dark, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, and a hint of vanilla are present. There is a slight oaken or earthy aroma in the background.

Mouthfeel of the beer is medium with moderate-high carbonation. The initial flavor is a sweet chocolate with subtle vanilla/caramel that transitions into an oak flavor that then becomes a smoked, bitter finish with a slight hint of hops. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste of bitter, roasted malts with a slight chocolate undertone.

Extremely drinkable and well balanced throughout. (1,151 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (607 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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- (2,598 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (2,152 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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! (1,484 characters)

Photo of lsummers
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz with White Wax (not sure vintage)
5oz mini tasting snifter

A: Pours a really deep dark brown color. Didn't get too much head, be it the small glass, but what was there was a medium tan like color. Tight little bubbles. Left some sticking lacing and saw some alcohol feet.

S: Really nice nose here. Some roast character. Some of that vanilla from the oak is there. Marries well with the addition of chocolate. It really smells pleasant, and strangely I do get the chocolate milk reference. Good stuff.

T: Amped to say that the taste followed the nose on this. Really nice chocolate bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not overly aggressive deep dark chocolate, more a smooth milk chocolate. That barrel character is really nice too. Rounds the mouth feel. Hints of vanilla playing with the chocolate and slight roast. Just a really easy drinking porter.

M: Medium leading to full. Not the chewiest beer. (912 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head, minimal retention with some spotty lacing, rather thin.

S: Lots of milk and dark chocolate, a bit of oak and vanilla. Reminds me of chocolate milk.

T: Tons of chocolate, it really dominates the flavor profile. There is a bit of oak, vanilla, and caramel, but the chocolate is by far the foremost flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Not overly complex, but a really nice beer. Tons of chocolate which makes it very tasty and the mouthfeel gives it a high level of drinkability. (571 characters)

Photo of Kevin73
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks like a thick chewy stout. Smell is sharp fruity hops, bready malts, and sweet milk chocolate. Flavor is huge.. and I do mean HUGE chocolate, with hints of espresso followed by raisin, then a hoppy finish and some alcohol heat. While the bitter, bread, coffee and fruit notes play backup chorus to the chocolate, which dominates the flavor, they harmonize well and it remains well balanced. An instant favorite! I definitely plan to give Mogli a second try. (472 characters)

Photo of match1112
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pelican5 for sending this!

I wasn't sure what to think about this beer upon first receiving it. Thick white wax on top and a picture of a black lab on the label, I thought this has got to be a joke. Being the porter lover that I am, I went in with an open mind. Wow was I amazed at how good this is.

Pours a near black body with a thin mocha colored head. No lacing to speak of, just a thin oily coating on the inside of the glass.

Smells like a bowl of chocolate ice cream with a touch of vanilla in it. Taste is very sweet and also much like a bowl of melted ice cream. There is a nice dark chocolate bitterness to it on the finish.

I would of liked the mouthfeel to be thicker and creamier. Carbonation was good for it. Slight oily feel on the tongue with a dark chocolate bitterness for a finish.

I will highly recommend this to anyone with a sweet tooth. I might have to seek this out again in the future. (931 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

(Aged for 1+ year)

Very dark brown in color, but not bordering on black. Small brown head of very small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and spotted with stick.

Intense chocolate and vanilla layers in the aroma. This one took me aback; I simply wasn't expecting it to be as rich, decadent, and enjoyable as it is. Along with the vanilla and chocolate layers is good amounts of oak and dark molasses fruit cake.

The flavor is just as nice as the aroma. The layers of chocolate and molasses fruit cake are extremely expressive, complemented very nicely by a bit of oak, though it's not overpowering. An incredibly well-crafted beer.

Medium to nearly full in body with low carbonation.

I'm glad Brett hates beer because I couldn't have sat on this one as long as he did. Thanks go to him for sharing. (867 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up in NC

Pours a chestnut tinged mahogany with 2 fingers of mocha head. Above average lacing & slightly below average head retention

S: Chocolate, cocoa & iron

T: Follows the nose, some oaky dryness & roastyness as well, plus vanilla up front. Cocoa, woody hops & vanilla mix with some stonger mocha notes as this warms, plus roastyness, a touch of plum as well . Finishes with dark chocolate, a bit of boozey chicory, & oaky vanilla

MF: Rich, creamy, & smooth, thins out a touch as this warms

Wow this is great! It is Oklahoma's loss we don't get this one ( we get their canned offerings ). Drinks so easy, a stellar American Porter on the robust side (670 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bottle from the tap house in Ashland.
Great pour, a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is all chocolate. It smells great though.
The taste is chocolate throughout. There's a mild bitterness and the chocolate avoids being too sweet. Great balance and complexity.
Smooth texture, low carbonation and medium body.
A really nice porter, especially if you like chocolate. (395 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Belmont Station. Distributed this year, alleluia! Drunk 01-03

A: A black brick in my glass with a fuzzy head that diminshes to foam. Glass looks like it was attacked after a swirl.

N: Chocolate, hershey’s syrup, fudge, chocolate, more chocolate. A hint of vanilla and caramel. Oak is faint. Did I mention chocolate? Not complex, but..chocolate!

T: Baker’s chocolate, fudge, oaken dryness, chocolate syrup. There’s a distinct pepperiness here. Vanilla. This really quite drying. Earth and some leather. Coffee roastiness.

M: Very filling. Alcohol detracts a bit.

O: An accomplished beer that I believe deserves a wide audience. This will likely get better as the hoppy pepperiness fades. Right now, it acts as a nice balancing agent. (764 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to find this at Brawleys in Charlotte early last month. This had been on my wants list for quite some time.

This one pours a medium bodied cola brown in color with a slight, light khaki head. The nose is sweet and malty. It kind of smells like chocolate chip cookies. There is just a touch of roast but mostly smooth and doughy. There isnt any oak at all. The flavors follow the same lines. Milk chocolate and baking chocolate are both present. The roast is subtle once again. It isn't overly complex but it does have nice flavor for what it is. Again, it's like chocolate chip cookies. It drinks on the lighter side of medium in body and is pretty drinkable for 8.5%. It is sweet without being cloying and a nice beer overall. I didn't get any barrel influence at all, which I assumed would be prevalent due to the 4.35 rating I originally saw. (865 characters)

Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.