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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Ratings: 798 |  Reviews: 155
Photo of grapeshops
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a coffee brown, a wee bit translucent, with a lovely khaki, creamy head. Decent retention.

S) The nose is loaded with bakers chocolate, and some roasted flour notes. It is pleasant and inviting, almost like some nobake cookies, but a bit grainy.

T) The taste is quite pleasant. Again, it is very cocoa forward with lovely roastiness, but there is a bit of a breadiness/graininess that makes me think the bottle may be a bit old. Almost seems like slight oxidation.

F) Brew has a medium carbonation with a full body. Pleasant to sip.

O) This is a solid chocolate porter, I'd be interested in trying a fresher bottle and seeing if that improves my experience.

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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught. Milk chocolate. Very reminiscent of Rogue recipe. Let come to temp to maximize experience.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viperman1316
3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2014 bottle shared with friends. Pours a very dark brown color with khaki colored head. Vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, some oak, and coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with more chocolate, roast, and a little oak.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | 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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like marshmallow chocolate

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Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers you see on the shelf all over the place and walk right by it...this one came my way via a trade extra or a BIF or something. Classic porter looks if not a bit more pale khaki on the head. Nose is pretty great with a nice milk chocolate...taste, very impressive. Great flavor and easy drinker. I wonder why you don't hear people talk about this one more. It's a really nice beer

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Photo of byronic
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, undated, poured into Belgian ale glass. Black with brown on edges, big light tan head with good lacing and cap and ring. Vanilla nose mostly dominates this batch with coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste follows except for bitterness on finish I'm beginning to think is a trademark of this brewery. Light to medium body and carbonation, bitterness throws the balance a bit off but this is quite drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of ccg
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White-waxed bottle opened 2017-02-25. I don't remember the vintage, but it has been in the cellar for at least six months, maybe a year.

Mogli is a great-looking porter. It's a dark, opaque brown, but clearly brown and not black. It looks heavy and rich, but there's no mistaking it for a stout. The foam is fluffy and creamy looking, and I like seeing all the lacing.

The smell is dominated by the chocolate, closely followed by sweet malted grains. There is a faint whiff of cinnamon in the background, and the alcohol is noticeable, but it does not burn.

The flavor is similarly dominated by milky chocolate and plenty of malt, but it's less sweet than the smell. There is a bitter component to the flavor that was not present in the smell, but it doesn't seem like it's coming from hops. It's kind of like a bitter, acidic form of chocolate.

It has a medium body with a little bit of carbonation fizziness if you chew it.

I think I was expecting something a little bit richer, and there is a slight metallic astringency in the background, but overall, Mogli is very nice chocolate porter. And let's be honest, that label is adorable.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle

I’m guessing this beer is about 6 months old, I figure it should age fine, we’ll see though.

A somewhat aggressive pour yields a nice two finger, tan head into my Willi Becher glass. Very frothy and creamy looking. Body is completely black in color, with maybe just a tad bit of brown when held up to the light. Head retention is very good. After 3-4 minutes I still have almost everything I started with. I can hear it slowly fizzing, but I guess it’s going reaaally slowly. After 10 minutes, half of the head is still here, a whole finger. Overall a good looking beer so far.

All the aromas really hit immediately, in your face. Chocolate, a little oak, vanilla. Just a hair of bourbon. Very sweet, but not gross, it smells authentic. Very simple, but very good. It’s a total desert beer, my only complaint is that it’s hard to think of it as an actual beer, and not a glass of chocolate. I suppose there is enough bourbon and booze to remind me it’s a beer. Overall great aroma either way.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma. Chocolate comes through first, very sweet, a tad bitter, with maybe a tiny bit of lingering hops at the end. Bourbon, oak, and vanilla seem to hit all at once, very briefly, but noticeably. Nice to have such a correlation to the nose. Very creamy. Maybe a hair astringent, not in a boozy burn way though. You can taste some booze I suppose, but you definitely don’t feel it. Tastes just a tiiiny bit grainy/extract, but it has been sitting for 6 months, with possibly too much light. It’s not quite as sweet as the nose was, but still very sweet. Really a great beer, nothing to complain about here.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly sticky/syrupy. Carbonation is very light. I can never give desert beers a slam dunk for everything because they are almost impossible to perfect, one example being that with sweetness comes a sticky mouth. Overall this is a nice mouthfeel, it’s darn creamy, but it’s a little sticky and syrupy too.

The drinkability is scary. I finished half of the pint in 5 minutes, in a review! As mentioned, there is really no alcohol burn here at all, and it tastes great.

Definitely one of the better looking beers I have had in quite a while. The head stood out as very creamy, and I miss that in beers. The head retention was far above average. The head started dissipating once I started drinking the beer, but I still got a nice layer of film the entire way down the glass. The lacing was thick and wonderful all the way down the glass as well. Overall a really great looking beer.

Overall a really great beer. My only complaints are that it might be just a hair to desert-y, and that it has a sticky mouth because of that sweetness. Really minor things, and things that are more than common among beers in this category. Not terribly complex, I suppose I could have hoped for a tiny bit more bourbon, but it is definitely there. A great beer non the less, with clean, tasty flavors.

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Photo of marlowe57
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark clear appearance with mild pleasant aroma and taste that is a little disappointing. No alcohol taste so aging will not help. This beer was not as good as expected

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Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerMeCJS
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Skrumpy
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown in color with a tan head. Streak lacing. The aroma is chocolate and toasted malt. The flavor is quite rich, chocolate and caramel. A hint of oak in the finish. An excellent dessert beer!

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Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bjlynch83
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Mogli was a chocolate lab and the beer that bears its name is also brown (and no more transparent either, it's pretty opaque stuff). The foamy, off-white ring of head and splatters of lace remind me of the kind of slobber you'd expect from a big dog. Maybe that cute picture on the label is to blame, but I just want to cuddle up to this thing...

And the aroma makes it even more tempting. The huge block of bakers chocolate is complimented by bourbon-soaked oak chips which contribute nuances of vanilla, toast, caramel, and pantry spice. Usually where there's chocolate there's coffee but not here - there's not a trace of astringency or roast. It's superlatively satiny and sweet.

Mogli is very much a chocolate beer, as advertised. Each sip reveals an abundance of light brown, milky, silky-sweet fine chocolate taste and a few big, fluffy marshmallows on the side. For all this we have to thank "added flavor". I'm not a fan of this tactic and view it as cheating but, hey, you can't argue with the results. The flavours is truly delicious.

I love dark chocolate flavours in beer. The bitter or bittersweet, chalky, roasty, earthy tones it provides are natural fits in things like porters and stouts. Milk chocolate, however, not so much. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule and Mogli, with its Cadbury candy bar-like flavours, is definitely an outlier. 8.5% porters aren't normally so approachable.

I'm a dog guy - not a cat person - but would have great things to say about Mogli whatever the name or label. It is luscious, balanced, and deliciously dessert-like. Sure, it tastes a lot like Ovaltine and Hershey's powder (such are the effects of "added flavor") but it maintains enough malty depth and body to still qualify as a serious, substantial porter.

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