Saturday, September 6, 2014

Caldera Mogli


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1168) - Albany, New York, 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.

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. 
Grade: 8/10