Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States | website

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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142
Ratings:
763
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1578th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
22oz

Pretty sure this is a 2012 Bottle. Calderas website says year round brew now.
White wax

App- A large and deep brown with a border of black to it. A big deep center with a good 1-1/2 finger. Fell to a 1/4" of bubbles and had a lot of nice cling and lace to it. A nice looking porter. Thats for sure.

Smell- Wow. Can we say that someone melted down a pure chocolate bar and added some whipped cream and blended with some good malts and called it a beer. A little tinge of cocoa powder on top of other aromas and the oak is well hidden.

Taste- Its got a lot going on in the glass in terms of depth of flavor but what it really boils down to is a good couple base layers that melded well together and created a nice complexity. Chocolate syrup like with some grain cocoa powder intermixed with a good deep malt base to give that porter flavor and a little bit of that oak flavor with a bit of wood bite. Nice to see the ABV kept down to really make it more flavorful instead of a boozy mess.

Mouth- A very large medium almost bordering on full bodied and a deep medium carbonation. A bit creamy and thick. The chocolate is the main residual flavor inside this beer.

Drink- A very good porter. I enjoyed the layers and richness on this. Wouldve been nice to have this with a dessert of somesort.

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Photo of teromous
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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 EgadBananas
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color, with a medium brown finger of head. The aroma screams chocolate, soft roast, vanilla, hints of coffee. Taste has heavy chocolate, some vanilla, coffe, roast, brown sugar. Body is medium to full, creamy with a lower carbonated feel.

The oak aging comes up minimally, if at all, but doesn't take away from its already flavorful nature. Über-good.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of tviz33
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber in to Duvel tulip. Cool looking wax on this bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown with a short light brown head which settles to a thin cap after a minute or two.

S- OH LORD. Quite a bit of chocolate on the nose, but even more graham cracker and cocoa powder.

T- Just a tiny bit of oak here, but I think that is a strong point of this beer. No need to overdo it. Taste is vanilla and a bit of chocolate. A bit of a letdown compared to the nose, but still tasty.

M- Medium feel, not quite full. Medium to high amount of carbonation for the style.

O- A fine brew. The smell hyped me up so much and it didn't quite follow through with the taste unfortunately.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at SAVOR 2011.

Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head and some sparse lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward chocolate. Then there's some chocolate. And then ... wait for it ... some more chocolate. Nothing complex but well done and reminds me of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. Some slight roast and a bit of espresso, but that's after I really try to find more character. It's one dimensional, but when the single dimension is that well done, there's not much to complain about. Medium body with average carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of FLima
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quite dark brown color with a thick beige head with decent retention.
Aroma with tons of Belgian chocolate predominating over a subdue bourbon. Feels quite natural.
Flavor with notes of bourbon, just right, creamy and dark chocolates and finishing with coffee. Continues with vanilla, cocoa powder, marshmallow and mild oak. Dry and smooth aftertaste.
Medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is completely absent.
Felt to me like a mix of Brown Ale with a Porter. Quite mellow, but still flavorful and impeccable. Can't imagine someone that wouldn't like it, not even who is allergic to chocolates.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.17/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of mntlover
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black with some brown edges around the edges. Head is nice fluffy two fingered khaki head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is rich chocolate, light coffee notes, some good fruity notes and hints of vanilla. Rich full smelling brew even some alcohol spiciness underneath it all.

Taste is like the nose nice roasted chocolate notes, good sweetness at the first. Some coffee when the carbonation picks up some in the middle lightly dry dark fruit notes appear along with the vanilla. Finish is chocolate , coffee, vanilla along with some hops bitterness and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel is nice big medium its smooth to start, with some pep for the finish.

Overall a very tasty porter but truth be told I bought it by accident if I saw the correct price I would of not purchased it. That said it is very good and if you have the spare funds worth purchasing I guess, I am just little on the poor side.

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Photo of pknyc
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but purchased about one month earlier at an awesome joint in Jamaica, Vermont called Meuleman's. Opened 25 March 2014.

A: The Mogli poured a dark ruby out of the bottle, but was a dark brown in the glass. 1/2 finger of lightly tan head, which dissipates into ring. There is a tiny amount of scattered lace.

S: Deep Chocolate roast. Cocoa nibs, dark chocolate. Some milk chocolate too. Little bit of booze mixes things up. Maybe a little vanilla behind all that chocolate. Smells very good and I feel like I'm missing something obvious. It really reminds me of a chocolate egg cream. Although so chocolatey, its very well balanced.

T: Nice dark chocolate. Maybe a little oak, but I feel that the nose was more complex and interesting. I may be getting distracted by the mouthfeel though.

MF: While it may be standard for a porter, It comes across as thin for a porter this size. It can't support the flavors in the rest of the beer, which are so substantial.

O: This brew is so close to being fantastic, and I would definitely purchase again. I hope that Caldera makes a sister to the Mogli in which the feel of this brew is more substantial.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
Pours deep brown bordering on black, with a nice buildup of head on a vigorous pour. The tan head reduces to a nice foam, fading slowly and lacing the the glass. It doesn't take much if a swirl to generate a froth.

The nose immediate brings chocolate without much inhaling. My first real sniff brings about more of cocoa-based chocolate, with some coffee and oat notes hinting that the beer might not be all sweet.

The taste follows the nose quite well, cocoa, chocolate, coffee with cream up front. The taste dies have a coffee-astringent bitterness coming in the mid-taste transition. During this I also note a brief dark cherry taste before the end brings a somewhat surprising bitter end (cherry woodiness), which does mellow slightly with warmth.

The feel is medium up front, but seems to weaken late, somehow. Maybe another way to put it is the flavors are robust up front, but fade to a singular bitterness which has a bit of wateriness to it. Warmth brings out more if a woody dryness.

This was a tale of two beers, a lovely full beginning, if perhaps a tad malty; and a contrasting, slightly resinous bitter end that also seems to kill the nice tastes from the front a bit too much. My mixed interpretations leaf to a reduced rating from where I thought this could go.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dedicated to their lost comrade, Mogli- the spirit of the four-legged friend comes as an imperial stout, except for the replacement of roasted elements with something more charming and delightful- chocolate. Its aged bourbon character and bold strength says a lot about Mogli- both the dog and the porter.

Medium brown with a tinge of garnet, the porter lays on the nose and early palate with decadent chocolate, nut and medium coffee character. Its bold burnt toffee sweetness brings out a host of caramel, vanilla and booze-soaked oak.

Its full and sweet body is creamy, given a lift from a malted milk body, heavy whipping cream and vanilla cream. Its nutty and coffee earthiness invites a hint of bittersweetness to balance the malt. Woodsy hops offer a faint aside of toasted pine cone heading into finish.

Remaining lush and full even late, the porter is intent to remain a slow sipping affair, showcasing its warm bourbon-sweet mouthfeel, chocolate linger and malty texture that endures well into the next sip. We'll meet you on the other side Mogli!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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 Stevedore
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, white wax, poured into an unlabeled snifter 6/18/2014.

A- Dark cola brown body, one finger offwhite head with good retention that drops into a thick collar. Good lacing.

S- Licorice, milk chocolate, a bit of roast malt. A slight wet, damp oak scent. Some lactose. Vanilla.

F- Milk chocolate sweetness, lactose mixed in with dark chocolate and roast malts. Oak is definitely there and adds some complexity along with vanilla.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side with decent enough carbonation. A bit bitter, but that is offset by some lactose.

O- A pretty darn good chocolate imperial porter with a nice nose. Don't know if there's any actual lactose, but I'd believe it. Pretty expensive though I believe; glad I received this one as an extra.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle. Longtime want. Mogli pours with respectable darkness. A fluffy, tan head grows from the pour. Rings of lacing. Aroma is inticing. I immediatley think of chocolate, vanilla and roasted marshmallow. Oakiness is present in the nose yet it isn't one of the foremost characteristics. A bit of coconut. The flavor and the nose are definitely a coordinated pair. Milk chocolate, vanilla and light roast. Tastes like a chocolate milkshake. Cola, marshmallow. Actually reminds me of a malted milk ball. Oak is very soft again. I would like more intensity. The base beer is pretty amazing so I won't complain much. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. More drinkable than it probably should be. I am very happy with this beer. Just as tasty as I had hoped it'd be.

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Photo of TotallyHosed
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A large foam crown forms at the top of the brew poured into a glass. The head is tan in color and holds its own for a while. The brew is very dark and lets light through at the edges. Lace rings are left on the sides of the glass after each drink.

The smell is mostly rich chocolate with some roasted malts hiding behind it.

The taste is more complex than the nose. There is rich chocolate at the forefront, which is followed by roasted grains and some barrel character at the finish. The alcohol is completely hidden.

The feel is medium and very gently coats the mouth.

I enjoyed this porter very much. In my opinion, the best porters have more of a dark chocolate flavor, as opposed to coffee or roast grains which are more prevalent in stouts. So, brewing a porter with chocolate makes perfect sense. It's great that the chocolate does not mask the base beer. The flavors and aromas are well balanced and I cannot detect any alcohol.

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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 MetalMountainMastiff
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Mogli from Caldera Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.
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