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Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
'Oak Aged Imperial Porter Brewed with Chocolate'
Caldera Kettle Series
June 2011 - first release in waxed 22 oz. bottles

Added by squaremile on 08-13-2010

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White wax bottle from 2014.

The flavors are sweet chocolate and bourbon raisins with a touch of heat to finish. Very nice.

This beer was passed over three times at local tastings because it was not rare enough so I decided to finish the bottle myself. It was a nice pickup for a beer that is regularly available on the shelves.

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Photo of stevoj
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can you say? A truly superlative beer. Chocolate comes right up front in both aroma and taste, slight tingle of alcohol warmth at the finish. Sweet and smooth, chocolate lingers on the tongue. This is one to savor.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caldera hit it out of the park with this. One of the best imperial Porter's my wife and I have tried. Although I'm more of a stout fan, this is as flavorful as any stout I've had. The ABV is masked well as it wants to be a stout with that 8.5%. I get a lot of vanilla up front and chocolate and nuttiness on the back side, and a tad bit of coffee bean and oak are present. This is on par with another Oregon favorite of ours, the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. A little pricey because of it's limited release, but damn this would be great after a fat rib eye steak. Cheers and great job Caldera.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 22 oz wax sealed bottle that I poured into a chalice.
The beer pours a rich cocoa brown color with a minimal fizzy brown head that fades rapidly to a wispy island and the thinnest of edge layers. The aroma is some sweet chocolate milk and a bit of brown sugar. I dont really get any hops or alcohol on the nose, and only the faintest of vanilla shows up from the oak spirals.
The first sip reveals a velvety smooth body with very fine yet tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet and malty with chocolate candy, hints of vanilla and brown sugar. I dont get any hops or booze presence anywhere on the beer. It is a sweet chocolate beer from start to finish and doesnt show any alcohol as I work through the bottle. This beer could be great with dessert and is a nice night cap for today.
I enjoy the beer and think the booze is well hidden. Its a good beer at a decent price point that I would try again.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with one finger dark tan head, which settles down to a light lace.

Pretty much sour chocolate milk aroma, with a hint of wet dog when cold. ugh. Picks up a classic chocolate malt note as it warms.

Flavor exceeds the nose, lots of sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, a hint of oak, and something vegetal lurking )(green pepper, grass) lurking at the back.

Mouthfeel is creamy but lighter bodied than expected for such a sweet brew.

Overall: I've heard great things about this beer, but managed to miss it when I lived in SoOre. Was hoping to give it a real homer review, but not today. It hits the chocolate note hard and well, with a big load of vanilla in the flavor as well. Beyond that, the rest of the elements are flirting with the edge of perception. It's an interesting beer, and not to be missed by chocobeerholics, but fairly one dimensional and out of it's element at the price point I found it at.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reminds me of Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate stout - not quite as much dark chocolate, but a little more booze and hint of bourbon.
L - Black with quickly dissipating tan head
A - Dark chocolate, sugar and booze
T - Booze, chocolate, hints of bourbon
F - Medium body, sweet finish

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served @ 55deg in snifter. Not sure of bottle date.

Really interesting smell, chocolate for sure, but other smells harder to describe. Don't get much oak or alcohol in scent or taste.

Really enjoyed this creamy chocolaty porter. Wish I had access to this in Illinois... I'd make it a regular. Prost!

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Photo of jason3125
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a chocolate bomb, no barrel whatsover. Thin mouthful as well. If you are looking for a very sweet chocolate imperial porter this is for you

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All over the place. Chocolate bomb however. Look is phenomenal but the scent is a chocolate char. Taste is the same. No overly bitter. No barrel character what so ever. Woof. Maybe I was expecting a stout..idk.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a coffee colored head. Smell and flavors are of chocolate, roasted malt, oak, and more chocolate. Overall a balanced and creamy Porter.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. The smell and taste are both fantastic with a ton of chocolate and oak. The mouthfeel is incredible with a nice thick silky feel and a perfect amount of carbonation. Overall, a great brew!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark pour, almost an inch of light brown head. Chocolate, oak, burned sugar aromas.

Taste was dark chocolate, smooth, chewy and stands in strong opposition to any alcohol in the mouthfeel. Stays away from too heavy roast or bitter flavors. Definitely tell there is probably added chocolate, not just chocolate malt on this one.

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with little head retention. Chocolate dominates the nose. Oakiness combines with the chocolate on the tongue. This is damn near a desert except that sugar is kept in check. Heavier body and bitter finish with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of JackieKu
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle. 2015 batch.

A: Dark brown. Poured 3 fingers high of head, moderate retention.
S: Intense hazelnut chocolate. Toasted nuts. Slightly vanilla. Slightly woody. Hints of grass.
T: Intense chocolate. Vanilla. Moderate sweetness. Medium bitterness. Finish is bittering like coffee, with some herbal/grassy flavors.
M: Full bodied. Moderate carbonation.
O: What can I say!? This porter is fucking good. The aroma is so intense and feeling natural. The flavor is so strong, delicious, complex, and balanced. The most thing for me is, it is not way too sweet, so quite drinkable.

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Photo of corby112
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey roasted dark malt aroma with subtle oak presence that's nicely integrated into the other notes. Light char/toothpick but not harsh or overpowering. No spirit so must be virgin oak or oak chips. Nice roast with light coffee bean, toasted peanut and dark chxoolate. Subtle fudge/dessert-like sweetness.

Fuller end of medium body with subtle oak presence countered by a well balanced, complex malt bill. Earthy oak and faint dry toothpick character but it's not harsh or overwhelming. Decent amount of roast with gourmet coffee bean, oatmeal, bittersweet dark chocolate and roasted nuts. The roasted nut presence is pretty strong giving off an almost peanut butter flavor. Kind of reminds me of Funky Buddha's Don't Tell Reese. Sweet lighter malts provide some needed balance with hints of caramel, toffee, fudge and flourless chocolate cake. Bitterness lingering in the finish. Could use a touch more sweetness but overall this beer has really nice balance of oak, roast and sweet malt.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger slim finger's worth of tan head. The head must have stuck around for a good minute before gently dieing. Light lacing ran here and there nicely.
The smell started off with a sweet to roasty cocoa beans with an eloquent blend of the coffee to come in and balance. As it warms, some vanilla comes out to balance.
The taste was mainly sweet with the vanilla coming across with more of a marshmallow flavor and developing into the roasty and sweetness of the beer. A light sweet cocoa to coffee to vanilla aftertaste runs into the aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a nice sipping quality to it. Carbonation ran fairly light allowing the roast and sweetness to hit my tongue in all of the right spots.
Overall, I'd say this was a really nice imperialized porter. Thanks Amber.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a black color with a rim of of a tan cap of a head gently allowing minimal lacing after dissipation.
The smell had a ton of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a good amount of coffee and a warming booziness underneath.
The taste was mostly sweet through the chocolate and booze. Coffee lends to some light bitterness and roastiness. A light mostly sweet aftertaste accompanies a boozy finish.
The mouthfeel was moderately medium bodied with a nice sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt right for an imperial porter.
Overall, this was a really nice imperialized porter, though not a true style, still a stellar offering, I'm looking forward to having again.

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Photo of zac16125
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: opaque black, 2plus fingers width of light tan head, decent retention and lacing 4.25

S: huge milk chocolate notes, coffee, roasted malts; smells a lot like Southern Tier Mocha; fair amount of booze; I don't really get any oak aged notes but it's still very nice nonetheless 4.25

T: like the nose it's huge milk chocolate, subtle roasty characters, dark cocoa on the finish; again barely no oaky notes 4

M/D: fully body, carbonation low but appropriate, ABV is well masked, drinkability is fair 3.75

O: very good beer; tons of chocolate; would have liked more oak aged characters but still very enjoyable 4

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a super dark translucent ruby red, with a thick head and good lacing.

Smell – Chocolate cake, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste – Chocolate cake, and oak. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – I can’t believe this is 8.5%! Almost feels a bit watery. I’d prefer a bit more alcohol.

Drinkability – This is one of easiest drinking 8.5% beers I’ve had. A little light, but quite nice.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nicely rich a smooth porter, but one that is also dominated by the chocolate aspect. All of the subtlety and layers of flavor you expect from a big porter/stout (especially one with some barrel age to it) were covered up with the intense smell of sweet chocolate and taste of chocolate milk. If a chocolate bomb sounds like something you'd like than definitely try this beer out.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Large creamy tan two to nearly three fingers tall, almost with a faint yellow sheen to it, creamy and slightly whipped up. Body color manages a very dark brown walnut, with barely an edge of burnt red color to it. Very nice looking beer.

The aroma is big, and full of thick chocolate. Delicious milky and powdery malt like Whoppers candy sweetness but much more subdued flavor. Powdered milk sweetness a bit also, and not much else. Thick and rich, slight hints of candy sweetness, but not hinting syrupy or overly sweet. Very nice bouquet going on here.

Palate brings some real nice qualities. No big surprises except in mouthfeel. The body manages a thick roast but lots of playful carbonation, almost giving a peppery and biting mouthfeel. Chocolate and candy like milk flavors hit the palate on first sip and linger long after the first swallow. Slight mild bitterness on the finish, complimenting and still managing a nice light porter quality.

A real easy drinking and tasty brew, the chocolate comes out a little candy and cheap in a way, but everything else works out nicely.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed bottle, which seems to be an early 2014 release from what I've read. Tootsie Roll in both the nose and the front of the palate, every sip starting with that characteristically light milk chocolate flavor. On the whole, it's a well-balanced drink - the sweetness never overwhelms. This allows some substantial humidor, vanilla, and molasses notes from the barrel to come through as well, blending wonderfully with the creamy chocolate overtones. Brown sugar populates the back end, rounded out by a crisp toasted almond finish. About as close as I've come to a true milk-and-cookies beer - and it offers the palate even more with those woody barrel flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is very nice with a huge, long lasting, foamy, tan head, some lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a little roast, vanilla, and bourbon in the background. Flavor's like nose, sweet bitter up front, soft carbonic tang, bourbon clashes with other qualities in finish. Body is a bit soft. One and done.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap @ Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA on 03/03/15

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz snifter with a thin, broken layer of cocoa powder colored surface suds. The brew itself is black with cola brown edging.

Smell - Predominant chocolate aroma that evokes images of moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting. Lovely.

Taste - Doesn't quite follow the nose, with earthen chocolatey flavor more akin to dry cocoa powder mixed with a smidge of baker's chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and a light touch of coconut, but this thing is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full body with low to moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky texture.

Overall - Glad I tried it, but more glad I didn't drop a grip by buying this in bomber form. It's good, but a bit too much of a one-track flavor profile. Vaguely reminds me of the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, but considerably more expensive.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz waxed bottle. No date.

Very unfilterd looking, mud puddle murky pour with very little head.

Smell is sweet chocolate. Like liquid malt balls. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Lots of cocoa and chocolate.Tastes like Whoppers and Tootsie Rolls in a blender. Some oak, burnt sugars, and roasted grains follow, with a strong chocholate aftertaste that is pretty bitter. I also get a peat moss flavor like a Wee Heavy would have.

Pretty good body. Maybe a little low on carbonation.

It seems like I should enjoy this a lot more. Especially reading through my description. There is just an out of place musty/mossy taste in there though that I dont care for. The bitterness also lingers too much. Still a very good beer, but not what I hoped for.

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