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Mogli | Caldera Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
763
Avg:
4.21
pDev:
9.03%
 
 
Wants:
110
Gots:
181
For Trade:
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Reviews: 142 | Ratings: 763
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

Mogli
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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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a super dark translucent ruby red, with a thick head and good lacing.

Smell – Chocolate cake, oak, vanilla, and caramel.

Taste – Chocolate cake, and oak. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel – I can’t believe this is 8.5%! Almost feels a bit watery. I’d prefer a bit more alcohol.

Drinkability – This is one of easiest drinking 8.5% beers I’ve had. A little light, but quite nice.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nicely rich a smooth porter, but one that is also dominated by the chocolate aspect. All of the subtlety and layers of flavor you expect from a big porter/stout (especially one with some barrel age to it) were covered up with the intense smell of sweet chocolate and taste of chocolate milk. If a chocolate bomb sounds like something you'd like than definitely try this beer out.

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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 BarryMFBurton
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

White waxed bottle, which seems to be an early 2014 release from what I've read. Tootsie Roll in both the nose and the front of the palate, every sip starting with that characteristically light milk chocolate flavor. On the whole, it's a well-balanced drink - the sweetness never overwhelms. This allows some substantial humidor, vanilla, and molasses notes from the barrel to come through as well, blending wonderfully with the creamy chocolate overtones. Brown sugar populates the back end, rounded out by a crisp toasted almond finish. About as close as I've come to a true milk-and-cookies beer - and it offers the palate even more with those woody barrel flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of drpimento
3.49/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is very nice with a huge, long lasting, foamy, tan head, some lace, and an opaque brown black color. Aroma is mainly chocolate with a little roast, vanilla, and bourbon in the background. Flavor's like nose, sweet bitter up front, soft carbonic tang, bourbon clashes with other qualities in finish. Body is a bit soft. One and done.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap @ Capitol Beer and Tap in Sacramento, CA on 03/03/15

Appearance - Served up in a 12oz snifter with a thin, broken layer of cocoa powder colored surface suds. The brew itself is black with cola brown edging.

Smell - Predominant chocolate aroma that evokes images of moist chocolate cake with fudge frosting. Lovely.

Taste - Doesn't quite follow the nose, with earthen chocolatey flavor more akin to dry cocoa powder mixed with a smidge of baker's chocolate. Hints of roasted malt and a light touch of coconut, but this thing is all about the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Full body with low to moderate carbonation and a dry, chalky texture.

Overall - Glad I tried it, but more glad I didn't drop a grip by buying this in bomber form. It's good, but a bit too much of a one-track flavor profile. Vaguely reminds me of the Boulder Shake Chocolate Porter, but considerably more expensive.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 22 oz waxed bottle. No date.

Very unfilterd looking, mud puddle murky pour with very little head.

Smell is sweet chocolate. Like liquid malt balls. Hints of vanilla and oak.

Lots of cocoa and chocolate.Tastes like Whoppers and Tootsie Rolls in a blender. Some oak, burnt sugars, and roasted grains follow, with a strong chocholate aftertaste that is pretty bitter. I also get a peat moss flavor like a Wee Heavy would have.

Pretty good body. Maybe a little low on carbonation.

It seems like I should enjoy this a lot more. Especially reading through my description. There is just an out of place musty/mossy taste in there though that I dont care for. The bitterness also lingers too much. Still a very good beer, but not what I hoped for.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really dark brown pour with a small light beige froth, soon to be a slightly sticky margin.
Rich sweet coffee and strong dark chocolate on the nose, really intense, pushed by great roasted malts. Hint of vanilla and licorice, bit of cigar, burnt sugar, touch of candy and faint cheap Bourbon.
Sweet milky chocolate up front in the taste, with a touch of raisin, cherry and vanilla. Some bit of licorice too, faint marzipan even. Roast darkens things up, giving off bitter baking chocolate, burnt toffee, burnt sugar and some roasted coffee bean. A drop of coffee liqueur too, toasted barrel stave, hint of cognac, kinda.
Aftertaste is a bit dusty, with lots of cocoa powder, some coffee dregs and a clearer Bourbon note, finally, warm and tasty. Medium body, medium to low carbonated, a bit chewy, not entirely smooth.
A big tasty "chocolate beer", not overly sweet, but not your usual dry porter either. The dog must've really been something special.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one I've been looking forward to for quite some time. The pour leaves a little lacking, per my opinion. A dark muddy, this gets ruby-grey and murky at the edges and has a deepy ruddy character to the middle of the body. Only a thin soapy bubbly head that quickly retreats to petri growth formation, but decent lacing considering the lack of head.

The nose though is where the shining begins, as the kids say (no kids say this). Cracking the bottle (or rather, I didn't rack anything, I just popped the top off), I'm immediately overwhelmed by sweet soft round chocolate. Definitely the sweeter milk chocolate variety. Roasted grains and maybe a touch of wood from the oak help add depth and complexity, but the chocolate takes front and centre.
Fair point: I spilled a decent amount of this because I'm an idiot. Cleaning up the idiot-spill, I was treated to a strong note of tamari/soy sauce that some note in the darker beers. It was pretty strong. Even after having cleaned up, I never picked this up out of the glass, however.

Cocoa sugars start out along the front lines, unsurprisingly. There's some milk sweet and smoothe, and the oak comes out more in the finish in that oaky bitter way. But sweet milk/chocolate definitely dominate. Rich and sweet and silky smoothe.

This hits a lot of notes that I thoroughly enjoy. I may have overhyped it a bit in my mind, but that's not the fault of the beer. This is a great chocolate porter and I'm pretty darn excited to have my own little four legged goober back home :)

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cocoa and milk chocolate smell. Taste mirrors the smell with added bitter dark chocolate and a little roasted malt. Very dry with a thin mouthfeel. Like drinking a chocolate bar.

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