Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
785
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
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107
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186
For Trade:
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 785
Photo of hops202
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious chocolate porter. I had heard people raving about his beer, but was hesitant to buy it at $16.99 for the bomber. I finally bought the last bottle on the shelf after a few months and now I'm kicking myself for not buying the entire case when I had the chance. All I can say is that if you like imperial stouts/porters, especially those that are barrel-aged/brewed with chocolate/espresso/cacao - then you will certainly love this beer. A must have!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting this brew for a very long time, since 2011. Let's get down to the brew. This puppy pours a nice dark brown body almost on the verge of being black. With very dark brown hues gleaming the outskirts of my tulip glass. Nice creamy mocha head made up with tiny bubbles. Looks fantastic! The aroma is just a dense chocolate bar feeling. Nice baked cookie dough in the backend. Not picking up any oak, but this beer smells Amazing! The flavor is just as amazing. Chocolate and roast with some cookie dough sweetness. This brew finishes on time smooth/sweet and slight bitterness with a touch of toasted oak. Simply amazing. This brew has medium volume in the body with par carbonation.

Overall: Move over Sugar! Daddy's got a sweet tooth tonight! This brew is delicious beyond belief. This really reminds me of Imperial Biscotti Break, with more delicious chocolate. Smooth and sweet like some milk chocolate. This is packing some flavor for sure. It was a bit pricey, but worth it to me! This brew is recommended.

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Photo of squaremile
4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One off brewed for Oregon Brewers Fest from my understanding. It was not barrel aged but used wood from bourbon barrels in the process, and is an imperial porter but there is no category for that on BA.

Pours a very dark brown with a small head around the sides of the glass. Aroma is outrageous. Like the first sniff of chocolate milk back in elementary school. Then add extra cocoa and some espresso, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is to die for. All kinds of chocolate, french vanilla ice cream, bourbon, dark roasted coffee, and the smallest hop bitterness for balance. Minimal alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is the best feature. One of the smoothest beers I have ever had. By far the best of the style I have ever had. Drinkability is unlimited. If they bottled this it would be a legend.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.01/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, mostly opaque body. Big, fluffy, khaki colored head. Nice lacing on the glass, and almost endless retention.

S: Smell is roasty. Dark Chocolate. Some oakiness. Vanilla-like sweetness. A bit of caramel.

T: Wow. TONS of roast, but its nice. There is a lingering sweetness that tastes like a just drank vanilla flavored hot chocolate. Hazelnut, almost toasted almond-like. Was not expecting this much flavor and complexity from the somewhat one-dimensional waft.

M: Medium-body. Moderate carbonation - a nice representation of the style. Creamy. velvety.

O: I was not expecting this beer to be so memorable. Glad to have received this from one of my best beer buds in the PNW some time ago. For being virtually never mentioned in the MW, this is quite the hidden gem.

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Photo of luvtotri140
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Strong chocolate smell from the pour and the taste doesnot dissapoint. Hints of vanilla and some coffee comes through. Way to easy to drink, great beer , a must try if you enjoy chocolate beers! that must have been some dog to influence that good a beer!

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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 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 Giovacchini
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a dark dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- Semi sweet chocolate , some vanilla, bourbon, tobacco, and leather.

T- fudge/chocolate, some bourbon, very subtle alcohol, leather, and tobacco. 

M-Smooth creamy mouthfeel with mild carbonation very drinkable a little heat from the alcohol.

O- I think this was a very flavorful and drinkable brew. The chocolate tends to be a little overpowering but that's not a bad thing. The combination of the nose/taste/mouthfeel reminds me of a hot fudge sundae in liquid form. Very nice brew from a brewery that doesn't receive much attention. 

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Photo of ConanSachler
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

This beer really stand out amongst all other porters. It's a chocolate porter, but notes of coffee come through way more than you would expect. The drinkibility is unusually pleasant giving the abv as well. The oak doesn't come through, which would normally be a damn shame, but somehow this beer is incredible. I have nothing negative to say for this one. Definitely the best porter I've ever had.

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Photo of TheBeerCarl
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Imperial Porter is definitely one of the best beers I've had from Caldera. Second only to the Old Growth Imperial Stout. I'd venture to say also that this is one of the best Porters I've had in a long time. The beer is close to black in color a thin brown head. The nose has hints of milk chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and oak. In my opinion that is the best nose composition a porter can have. The beer has a medium body and mild carbonation. As it moves across the pallet a strong flavor of dark chocolate hits your tongue with light hints of coffee and bittering acids. Caldera is known for their love of hops and this beer is no different but the hops add to the beers complex flavor profile. This beer could only be better if it had a fuller body and more vanilla and bourbon notes on the pallet. I loved this beer and would recommend it to any dark beer lover.

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Photo of Brandywine
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle white wax

Appearance: deep dark brown with over a fingers worth a beautiful warm brown head. Deep crimson glints can be seen looking down into this porter.

Smell: hot chocolate, milk chocolate, marshmellows, vanilla,

Taste: roasted bitterness at the tip of the tongue. The chocolate that came off sweet in the nose is more bitter throughout the middle. Coffee notes are present as well. There is a pleasant oakiness that runs throughout the flavor. As it warms up there's a nice sweet milk chocolate flavor.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Lots of carbonation.

Overall: A very satisfying porter once it warms up some.

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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 BumpyAZ
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a dark brown, nearly black with mahogany color around the edges when held to the light. Thin beige head that quickly reduced to a bubbly beige collar along the edge of the glass.

S: very sweet with woody undertones! Sweet milk chocolate dominates, a good dose of vanilla adds to the sweetness. A slight woody booziness really enhances the aroma and balances out the sweetness so its not overbearing.

T: once again milk chocolate and vanilla dominate but a little better balance than the aroma suggests. Heavy milk chocolate with a bit of vanilla upfront, a hint of oak. Roasted malt/chocolate malt give a dose of breadiness that balances the sweetness. Finishes with a nice dry oakiness.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and a bit creamy, slight carbonation

Wish this was a little easier to find because its a fantastic brew. Only complaint (and this is not picking especially with a porter over a stout) is that the mouth feel is a little light. If you want chocolate, no reason to look anywhere else.

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Photo of bryanbullock
4.6/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super chocolaty notes, with a mild coffee undertone. Strong effervescence mouth feel, and solid color and head. Porter bordering on texture and taste of a stout. Good from start to finish, leaves you wanting more. Tough find certainly worth the price.

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Photo of Tony49er
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving type- On tap poured into a snifter glass

Appearance- Dark milk chocolate color, think consistency, not much of a head

Smell- AMAZING Big chocolate notes, bourbon coming in big time nice roasted notes one of the most intense chocolate smelling beers I have ever had

Taste- AMAZING again big chocolate in the front of the tongue, smooth melted chocolate almost like you melted a high quality chocolate bar and but in directly in the beer just awesome

Mouth feel- Smooth classic porter mouth feel, softness from the chocolate notes, a bit to bite but in a good way from the bourbon aging done on this beer

Overall- One of the best beers I have ever had this was AMAZING on tap and I can only imagine getting a few bottles of this and aging them for a few years and how good they would turn out just outstanding....A + Beer for sure

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Concordia Alehouse

A: black with a rich, creamy, surprisingly light (in color) head

S: a bit roasty with some vanilla and dark chocolate.

T: out of this world! Slight roasted coffee flavor that isn't too bitter mingled with vanilla and dark chocolate with hints of oak and bourbon. I'm amazed at how distinct, yet subtle and well integrated each of the flavors are.

M: as wonderful as this beer tastes, the mouthfeel is the real high point of this beer. Licious and creamy, but just well carbonated enough to not be sludgy.

D: Wow. This is easily a top five beer. Not sure of the abv, but if it's big, it's well hidden. I could drink this all night long every night for a month and not get tired of it

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Photo of Mardrommar
4.61/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle lists the beer as a limited small batch release and describes it as an oak aged imperial porter that is brewed with chocolate. The bottle cap and neck is coated in a white wax.

Poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

Pours a dark, dark brown/black color and formed a light, soapy tan head that grew to about a finger in width and settled into a thin film within the first three minutes or so. When swirled, the lacing initially coats the entire area and then breaks down into an oily, spotty appearance.

The beer has an extremely pleasant nose. The aroma of chocolate is the biggest and most forward flavor. Dark, roasted malts, caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, and a hint of vanilla are present. There is a slight oaken or earthy aroma in the background.

Mouthfeel of the beer is medium with moderate-high carbonation. The initial flavor is a sweet chocolate with subtle vanilla/caramel that transitions into an oak flavor that then becomes a smoked, bitter finish with a slight hint of hops. The finish is dry and has an aftertaste of bitter, roasted malts with a slight chocolate undertone.

Extremely drinkable and well balanced throughout.

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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 Kevin73
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours and looks like a thick chewy stout. Smell is sharp fruity hops, bready malts, and sweet milk chocolate. Flavor is huge.. and I do mean HUGE chocolate, with hints of espresso followed by raisin, then a hoppy finish and some alcohol heat. While the bitter, bread, coffee and fruit notes play backup chorus to the chocolate, which dominates the flavor, they harmonize well and it remains well balanced. An instant favorite! I definitely plan to give Mogli a second try.

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Photo of manjanai
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to a buddy of mine,

Pours black as night w/ dark cocoa ring head. I can get whips of dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak, it tastes, wow wow, just like it smell w/ a hint of tobacco and chocolate sweetness which LEDs up to super nice dry finish.... Wow, I love this beer, can't wait to get my hand on some more!

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Photo of banglin
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very dark brown color with a nice head and decent lacing

S: strong chocolate aroma

T: nice chocolate flavor but don't sense any of the flavors from barrel aging. Otherwise a good imperial stout flavor

M: good carbonation. could be a bit thicker

O: overall a good imperial stout with chocolate flavors but the barrel aging doesn't seem to add much to this beer

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Photo of tangentialsermon
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Rich, dark cherry color. Light brown head with very little retention.

S-Overwhelmingly milk chocolate. Subtle oak, but chocolate dominates this experience.

T-Again, chocolate all over the front, mid and finish. I detect the oak and the roasted malt on the finish but the front is all chocolate.

M-Decadent, syrupy, low carbonation. Nice cold chocolate milkshake.

Overall-I'm very pleased with this offering. Not very multidimensional, but the characteristics it does offer are just so darn pleasing. Enjoying after spaghetti and meatballs...will be ready to go to sleep happy :-)

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Photo of littlebeast
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A rather pretty beer, slightly thinner looking than I thought, with a deep black cherry color and thinnish toasted bone colored head. Clung to the glass in an interesting way (as a malbec might).

This beer has a striking milk chocolatey nose, almost kit-katty in it's lightness. It worried me a little, to think it might be as sweet as the candy, but upon tasting it I was pleasantly surprised: it's more as if you're breathing chocolate than guzzling it. Definitely has it's sweetness, but with a thinner more nimble body it doesn't bog you down.

I tasted a bit of vanilla, and I think paired with the slight slight oakiness and decent abv, it reminded me much more of a good vanilla extract than vanilla bean. There's a light bitterness in the roast also, which is what I think kept this beer nicely balanced and me coming back for more.

Definitely a friendly sort of beer. Not syrupy, nor too hot. That being said, I'm definitely not your classic chocolate fiend... but it was nice to meet you Mister Mogli. Next time I might try to drink it with a chocolate banana flan, a burger with a emmanthaler, or late night with a bowl of cocoa krispies.

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Photo of Nevinon
1.89/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is SHYTE! Let me start by saying that I had really high hopes for this beer. At a whopping $18 a bottle, I expected it to be a FANTASTIC beer...but alas, price isn't everything.

First the pour. I usually look at a porter to see how it grips the glass, and Mogli had no grip. Second the head: I know porters don't usually get too much of a head while pouring, but they usually have at least a broken slick of foam for a few seconds...Mogli foamed less than a glass of warm water. The initial taste.... TERRIBLE! I don't mean terrible like the acidic burn of warm Budweiser poured from a can, I mean like over-watered Swiss Miss cocoa that had gone cold. BLAND, like a banana, but even more so. Mild bitterness from the oak aging, but mostly bland watered down cocoa. Like seriously! Go boil some water, make some Swiss Miss cocoa, throw a few ice-cubes into it, and then forget about it until there is no longer dew on the outside of the glass...that is what Mogli tastes like!

All in all I found this beer to be something I would not recommend to ANYONE lest it may cost me "beer-nerd" cred (...something I wouldn't sit for even among circles of those I dislike, and refuse to associate with). Do not waste your money on this bottled water...(it didn't even have enough alcohol to make the flavor worth enduring). While I have yet to quaff of it, I am certain that the Wdimere Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout I bought will be better than Mogli. If you would like a decent tasting stout or porter, I would suggest Laguinitas. If you have the dough, and it is available, invest in a Chocolate Yeti, do yourself a favor, and side-step the Mogli... It costs too much, and you could probably get a better flavor by distilling your own socks....

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