slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is an oak aged beer, but no bourbon involved. SUPER cholatey, right away, and non-stop from start to finish. Like Rogue Choc Stout with itís intense bitter chocoaltey goodness, but on steroids. In small samples, this is pure bliss, though maybe juuuust a touch overkill on the bittersweet assualt if, say, drinking a pint or a bottle. And a bit on the expensive side, but hey, it was delicious."
Chad9976 (1387) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Caldera Mogli is a beer that should be a masterpiece, at least for me. Itís an imperial chocolate porter aged on bourbon-soaked oak spirals Ė thatís an impressive brew from the description alone. And while itís a plenty tasty and enjoyable beer, itís also a bit of a challenging beer because itís so intense in pretty much every aspect.
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date, but there was white wax on the cap. I received this bottle from a friend as a gift (thanks, Ben!).
Appearance: Deep dark brown/black color, no visible carbonation. Pours to a three-finger, tan, foamy head which retains but does not lace very well.
Smell: Cocoa nibs and roasted malt with distinct bourbon character.
Taste: Thereís a lot going on with this palette: dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and woody/earthy characters are all quite prominent. The chocolate is present right away, tasting akin to cocoa nibs Ė more on the bittersweet side than anything rich and silk like milk chocolate. Plenty of bitterness from the get-go as well. Deeply roasted malt creates for dryness towards the beginning, though itís quickly obscured by the intense bourbon flavor that appears at the apex of the swig and sticks around long after the swallow is complete. Thereís a slight tanginess or astringency on the backend, though this might be the actual alcohol as there is a rum-like character here as well. More bitterness on the finish with an aftertaste of burnt malt and dark chocolate. Delectable and enjoyable, but mostly itís just interesting. This beer probably didnít need the oak-aging as it distracts from the base brew, but itís still fun to drink anyway.
Drinkability: Though obviously not the biggest beer in the world at only 8.5% ABV, Caldera Mogli certainly drinks something youíd call ginormous. This is a robust, full-bodied beer with a strong presence in the mouth. Itís comfortable, and smooth going down, though the alcohol does impart minor warmth. A great dessert beer, especially when shared with friends rather than Bogarted.
MadRobin (2341) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Opaque, black-brown with a 2-finger tan head and very good lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla and evaporated milk.
Taste of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, roasted malt and evaporated milk.
Medium body and medium/low carbonization.
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JDBaker11058 (1517) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: dark brown pour, caramel colored edges, short and creamy light tan head quickly fading, reinvigorated with the occasional swirl. Aroma: big nose of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and/or rum. Taste: very sweet, with dark and milk chocolate, a hint of espresso, crŤme anglaise, sticky toffee pudding, and a boozy undertone. Finish: lingering chocolate sweetness grows stronger, as does a faint woody note to compliment the bourbon; palate was lighter than expected. Notes: A little more sweet and a little less roasty than I prefer in the style, and the palate could have used a tad more heft. That said, this was quite excellent.
Beachmaster (223) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Medium tan head which quickly fades, leaving fair lacing. Nose is chocolate and dark malt. Taste follows the nose, with an unexpected sweetness. Tast is rich, complex, and matures as the beer warms. Mouth feel is creamy, but the finish is short, and leaves you wanting more. Delicious.
SupperHopped (18) - - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Carbonation was a bit off. This is still a great porter. Would recommend to anyone.
JHeath99 (1411) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by the other Jason. Pours a dark brown with beige colored head. Aroma of oak and chocolate. Taste of chocolate and coffee with some oak.
swanmann (662) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate brown with a few, quickly disappearing tan bubbles. It smells like milk chocolate and bourbon. Itís deliciously sweet and roasty with just a hint of alcohol warmth. Itís on the lighter side of full mouthfeel. Finishes bittersweet. What a delicious brown brew! A sweet tribute.
fluffy (1918) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
this finished a bit too sweet for me, but otherwise was a decent porter. well done.
GothGargoyle (1655) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, bourbon, play-doh. Full bodied, sweet on the palate. Taste is chocolate, dark fruits, bourbon.