Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

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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151
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786
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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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 MaltsOfGlory
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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 brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate brown color with a somewhat minimal head; leaves a decent streaky pattern, however

Smell: Lovely dark chocolate bouquet, with some oaky vanilla underneath

Taste: Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate; after the swallow, the oak and vanilla flavors make an impact, along with a subtle hint of brown bread

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although the beer is largely one-dimensional, it is a terrific example of a chocolate beer that would have wide appeal if it were more regularly available

Thanks, jodan, for the opportunity

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Photo of MDDMD
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a nice light brown head and decent lacing

S-chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, licorice, light oak

T-deep rich chocolate, dar roasted malt, vanilla, licorice, little oak, hint of coffee and caramel

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy

O-loved this porter, rich chocolate flavor well integrated into the base beer, hope to enjoy this one again in the future

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Photo of Pencible
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Casey for sharing this one...

Poured from a bomber into a RR snifter...

A - Pours black with a one finger light brown head. Head retention is decent at best, and lacing is minimal...

S - Roasted malts, oak/vanilla, and lots of chocolate. Scent comes through deliciously sweet...

T - Chocolate foward with a good dose of vanilla. Oak and roasted malts also come through, with a slightly bitter finish...

M - Rich and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. On the lighter side of being full bodied with a dry finish...

O - Excellent brew. Definitely something i'm looking foward to trying again...

Cheers...

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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 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 ZachKelly
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a pint bottle.

Pours an enticing dark chocolate brown with a 1 finger light toffee colored head. Slight carbonation as it sits, the head dissipates quickly. Nice lacing as you drink. There is a thin layer of lighter brown on the top, which gives way and blends into a dark brown.

The aroma I get is mostly of oak and chocolate. The oak is more noticeable as the beer warms in the glass. There is a slight hint of roasted dark malts and bitter coffee. You can pick up an alcoholic smell with a good deep sniff of the beer.

Great tasting beer. A mixture of dark and milk chocolate comes through at first and has an oaky finish. The roasted malts come through as it warms up in your mouth. A slight hint of coffee is in there as well.

To me, a disappointing mouthfeel. The flavors all blend together amazingly, but it feels a little thin for a beer of the size and depth.

I will be eagerly awaiting getting another chance to drink this beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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 inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed 22oz bottle, poured into a teku glass, 2013 vintage

A- pours a deep but not quite opaque black color with a small creamy khaki colored head that retains into a film on top, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- first impression on the aroma is of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Beyond that, layers of whipped cream, coconut, dark cherry, booze soaked toasted oak, vanilla, burnt toffee & a hint of coffee and chocolate to close it out

T- deep layers of chocolate complexity up front mix with notes of caramel malt, malted milk balls & heavy vanilla cream. Hints of herbal hop and booze soaked black cherry. The oak presence isn't notched until the finish, but adds nice nutty & earthy notes in the close

M- medium body with moderate-light carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, highly drinkable

O- a very approachable, yet complex porter. Chocolate takes center stage, with underlying oak that adds good contrast to the chocolate sweetness, very good

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a white wax capped bomber into a snifter, the beer is a hazy, muddled, opaque, dark brown coloring with a thin film of head that quickly disappears. Aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla, booze, and wood highlights. Smells great, with the nose leaning towards the sweet side. Very inviting and smooth characteristics. Flavors are chocolate forward, with a solid blast of booze in the backbone. It lures you in with sweet and smooth, all while gently warming you with the increased ABV. Well done. Chocolate notes are also highlighted by vanilla and cream highlights, and hints of bitterness throughout. Very balanced and drinkable. The body is dry, but smooth and full at the same time. Slightly more bitterness in the chocolate characteristic that makes up the aftertaste, combining with the booze character to give a little bite along with the warmth. The finish is slightly boozy, with a subtle dryness accompanying the warmth left behind. This is unique, and damn tasty. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Dope
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep, dark brown.

S - Vanilla and milk chocolate. Not much wood.

T - Milk chocolatey sweetness. Not much roast. Liquorice.

M - A little too flat. Not thick enough.

O - This was a very enjoyable beer, although it needs a little more carbonation and to be creamier and thicker.

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Photo of draheim
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Supposedly this is quite challenging to get unless you live in Oregon. I found it in a grocery store in Vermont. I'm guessing Shaun Hill is behind this.

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 2/18/14

Appearance: Pours deep brown, with an average-sized, light tan head - retains a wispy cap, leaves a nice spotty web of lacing

Smell: Chocolate - truly, a remarkable amount of chocolate - smells somewhere between a milk chocolate bar and chocolate bread - some roasty, toasty malts, but they are in the background , as it's all about the chocolate - an undercurrent of oak and vanilla

Taste: Like drinking a chocolate muffin - milk chocolate, and chocolate bread - nicely toasted and chocolate malts - unexpectedly bready - seriously, this tastes like a chocolate bread, or a chocolate cake - some oak and vanilla in the background

Mouthfeel: Medium body, kind of on the light side considering the amount of chocolate in the flavor, but smooth, nice finish

Overall: Definitely tastes better than licking a chocolate lab (less fur, too)

The chocolate component of this is unexpectedly good. It's delightfully chocolaty, and it doesn't drink like a dessert wine. The oak adds some nice woody notes, but this is really about the chocolate. I'm not sure if this is worth the hype, but if I ever see it again, I'm buying it.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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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 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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