We are packing and moving and haven’t been able to fish much. That stinks. But we are heading to Bend, OR and it’s steelhead season on the Deschutes and John Day, we’ll be within a stones throw of the Metolius, and we are hopefully heading to the Elk and Sixes right around Thanksgiving to chase some chinook, so things are looking up.
To deal with the packing and moving brutality I asked Aimee to pick me up some beer. She came home with the Little Mo’ Porter by Elevation Brewing Co. in Poncha Springs. Since we are leaving Colorado I asked her to get me something local and this fits the bill – who knew there was a brewery in Poncha Springs? I will definitely be letting all my buddies know that they don’t have to head to Salida after riding the Crest Trail, just hit up Elevation Brewing Co. on the way through Poncha!
From checking out their website it looks like they specialize in high ABV beers, I’d love to try the Oil Man or the False Summit which are both over 11%, and maybe even the First Cast IPA just because of the name!
Appearance: Dark and thick. Black, or maybe a really really dark brown (the wife called it dark chocolate in color), with a tan/light brown fluffy head. The head recedes fairly quickly, leaving 1/4 inch or so as you drink.
Smell: the caramel and chocolate really come out in the smell. Doesn’t smell super sweet, just strong scents.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Roasted. Definitely get the chocolate and caramel flavor, but lighter than you would expect based on the smell. A little watery in the mouth, but pretty smooth overall. Slight bitter aftertaste. A bit boozy too, which at 6.5% isn’t that surprising.
Overall: Not bad. Not my favorite porter, but its decent and tastes darn good on a fall evening. Misses a bit for me due to the strong bitter aftertaste.Stats:
Hops: Northern Brewer, Chinook
Malts: Two-Row, Munich, Caramel, Chocolate, Flaked Barley
Brewery: Elevation Beer Co., Poncha Springs, Colorado