BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 65cl, white wax, new exclusive American brew Anno 2010, with chocolate, from De Hopduvel Gent, very complex sweet Porter, roasted/sweet and slightly woody/alcoholic/spicy, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, very good brew, yet very expensive! RexTalionis (3765) - FINLAND - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours near black in color with a tan head. Notes of chocolate, vanilla and oak in aroma. Simple, but really nice, well simple is perhaps not the right word, but anyway really nice with all that chocolate and bit of espresso on the nose here all the time. Same in taste, lots of both chocolate and vanilla is present here as well. A bit on the sweeter side with some notes of dark fruityness coming through later on. A very chocolatey porter indeed with a oak and bit of spicy notes appearing in the end. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Aromas of dark milk chocolate, some cherry, subtle booze, subtle wood spice. Almost black in appearance with dark bronze highlights, and a mostly lasting dark tan head. Some malt sweetness, chocolatey, somewhat fruity. Full bodied, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2014
Bottle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Black beer (with a ruby tint come through). Medium sized beige light brown head.
Aroma has loads of chocolate, mocha and cacoa. Can’t really detect something else... Maybe just tints of malts and herbs...
Flavours of bitters, dried leaves, toast, malt toast, some chocolate, mocha, light choco spice, some light wood, chalk and herbal choc...
Low carbo, creamy close to silky mouthfeel, more than just medium bodied and a creamy bitter light dry texture.
Nice stuff though the body might have been a bit bolder. Nevertheless, tasty! slowrunner77 (12051) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
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 it’s 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."
ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Caldera Mogli is a beer that should be a masterpiece, at least for me. It’s an imperial chocolate porter aged on bourbon-soaked oak spirals – that’s an impressive brew from the description alone. And while it’s a plenty tasty and enjoyable beer, it’s also a bit of a challenging beer because it’s so intense in pretty much every aspect.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2014
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: There’s 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 – 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 it’s quickly obscured by the intense bourbon flavor that appears at the apex of the swig and sticks around long after the swallow is complete. There’s 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 it’s just interesting. This beer probably didn’t need the oak-aging as it distracts from the base brew, but it’s 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 you’d call ginormous. This is a robust, full-bodied beer with a strong presence in the mouth. It’s comfortable, and smooth going down, though the alcohol does impart minor warmth. A great dessert beer, especially when shared with friends rather than Bogarted.
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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JDBaker11058 (2220) - Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2014
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, crème 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 (558) - Oklahoma, USA - SEP 3, 2014
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
Carbonation was a bit off. This is still a great porter. Would recommend to anyone.