Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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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 cosmicevan
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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 IvoryFoxhole
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -6.9%
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 +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 Radcpa
3.92/5  rDev -6.9%
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 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 biegaman
4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
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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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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