In 2005, Caldera Brewing started to brew and can beer. In 2010, because of demand for its beer, ground was broken and a new 30bbl capacity brew house and restaurant opened. A new canning line was also installed and it is now able to can 1,200 beers per minute.
Today, six of its most popular beers are canned and several more are available in 22-ounce bottles, including the one I am reviewing today; Mogli, and oak-aged imperial chocolate porter.
According to a snippet in Draft magazine:
Mogli (The Lab) belonged to brewer Jim Mills’ girlfriend; Nicki; back when she tended the pub, the black lab would tag along with her to work. Before Mogli passed away, he donated blood to a sick white lab named Penny Lane, who returned to health. According to Nicki, Penny mysteriously adopted some of Mogli’s traits. The dog lives on through Penny and the porter Jim brewed in his honor.
Mogli was first released in 2011 and the bottle I have was sure to have been released either late 2015 or early 2016 as I see no visible bottling or drink by date.
There’s not a lot of fanfare as I chip off the wax and open the bottle and pour this brew into the glass. Color is deep brown and the small amount of light that seeps through on the edges has a reddish hue; the beer produces about a finger of light tan head and the carbonation bubbles are minimal though visible.
Aromas of milk chocolate, light oak, cocoa powder, dark roasted malt and wet leather come through as the dominant traits.
At first sip, Mogli is not shy to share the abundance of flavors that jump at you with a force that does not let you avoid them; creamy milk chocolate, lactose, woodiness from the oak spirals it was aged on and a roasted malty goodness that balances this beer out very well. Carbonation is suitable for the style and the mouthfeel is creamy and coating with a slight alcohol burn from the 8.5 percent ABV.
The warming intensifies the alcohol feel, yet the smoothness remains and the chocolate stays milky and smooth up until the very end, when a touch of bitterness comes through and only slightly throws off the balance.