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Little Mo' | Elevation Beer Co.

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Little Mo'Little Mo'

Brewed by:
Elevation Beer Co.
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by denver10 on 01-23-2013

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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 67
Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a good solid porter, not the best I've ever tried but certainly very good. It's got a little bit of everything, nicely balanced and flavorful. Drink this and you'll know you're having a porter - it's very representative of the style.

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Photo of 303beer
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4 is a clear dark brown with a half inch of a white head. The nose is of roasted malt with light coffee notes. The taste is nice. Malty and roasty with balance. A pretty good porter with a dry finish.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 2/2/15 – Purchased at the brewery in Poncha Springs

APPEARANCE: This is the strongest head retention I’ve seen out of an Elevation beer, and the off-white, half-inch head lingers for a good two minutes before slowly falling into a few wisps and small mountains of bubbles on the surface. The color is pretty dark, holding it up to the florescent light in my kitchen, zero light gets through, but the flashlight from my phone can be seen as a red dot on the other side and produces some browns and reds on the edges. The lacing is layered, but so thick that there are no gaps between layers, just thicker segments layered on top of thinner ones; beautiful.

SMELL: While the head is still high the big, roast notes are what come through the strongest, but as it collapses a rich, dark chocolate aroma begins to dominate.
TASTE: The roast does not come through as strong on the palate as it does on the nose, but it’s still there as a hint of coffee. The chocolate is also much less bitter and provides more sweetness, like a milk chocolate would. Some nutty flavors creep in towards the back end.

MOUTHFEEL: Silky and smooth going down, there is a slight sweetness to it up from, but the finish is more bitter and dry. Clean finish with no mouth coat at all. Medium to big bodied, but slightly thinner than expected.

OVERALL: This is a solid example of why the Porter should not be a dying style. This is an excellent beer that could not be (at least honestly) referred to as a stout. I understand the stout label does better these days, but Little Mo’ is another reason the Porter should never die. Colorado only has a few legitimately tasty ones left and this is one.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Little Mo' – Robust Porter (6.5%) - Elevation Brewing Co. (Colorado)
☆☆ ½

App: Pours a beautiful opaque black with a lively tan head that settles slowly, leaving residual bubbles and a surprising amount of lacing. A tasty looking brew.

Smell: Dry roasted backbone with subtle hints of milk chocolate. Overall bouquet is subdued, but pleasant. Mild hints of high esters. Very slight smoke aroma.

Taste: Predominantly sweet with perhaps too much alcohol. Roasted flavors associated with Porter style somewhat underrepresented. Instead, this brew has subtle milk chocolate flavors, but isn't strong enough to overcome the alcohol which hits first and persists. Flavors skate across the tongue and leave an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouth: Thin bodied with light carbonation. Watery, and a slightly astringent.

Home tasting, 16.9oz bottle into Snifter. 10/8/14.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16.9 oz bottle purchased for $2.99. I had this once before but wanted to give it another shot just in case. Dark black, standard porter appearance, good head. Aroma is mild malts, not much else. Flavor was a pretty standard porter, dark malts but not very robust. This is quite easy to drink but at $12 a four pack it gets killed by Deschutes Black Butte which is not only a much tastier porter it is also much cheaper. This was only slightly above average.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the best American porters ive ever had. this beer is life changing in some respects, amongst the best elevation has produced to date, and that's saying something. rich chocolate brown, with all kinds of nuance. a thick tan head, lasting and lacy. a brilliant glow, especially for its dark color, unique and special. smells milky, like leftover sugars or lactose, but its not there on the ingredient list, fermentation temps must have been running high here, acidic and thin for what it is, but smooth, dangerously so, overpriced, but not to me, still worth it. creamy as all hell, if that means anything, just diverse and dynamic, not what you expect in an everyday porter. I wish I didn't wait so long on this one, all creamy and rich and decadent yet drinkable. hard to quantify really, but a wonderful drink, full bodied and filling, but also refreshingly light, cocoa forward, and bitter from a heavy unmalted barley roast. a special brew, memorable and repeatable in my budget. again, this is amongst the best elevation makes.

edit: avoid on tap, at least this batch (late march 2014). i am 0 for 2 on it this week, including black sky in denver and the kitchen in boulder, two very different type of joints. i dont know if a batch was bad, or if the kegs got hot, or what went down, but its just not the same. bottles on shelves remain brilliant and i stand by this as the best porter out there in that format, but draft is doing it no favors for now.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is rich chocolate and some grains.

The flavor is sweet grainy chocolate and caramel malts with some roast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid roasted grainy chocolate porter. A bit thin.

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Photo of TokyoCO
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, little bit of light penetrance.

S: Malty, dark chocolates, coffee, smoky, not an overwhelming smell.

T: Light start but the smoky malty flavors really come trough in the finish. No one taste is overwhelming but they really compliment each other well. Also hints of dark chocolate.

M: Not the thickest but I wouldn't say it was light.

O: A great porter! Nothing outstanding or overwhelming but the overall balance of this beer is quite amazing in itself. Love it!

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Photo of beergoot
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big earthy aroma hits right off; bittersweet chocolate and coffee grounds scents, too, emanating from a near pitch black body and thick, foamy head. Taste and feel are rich, deep, and silky smooth;

An excellent porter that keeps the malts and hop components at the front-end of things. Well-balanced and immensely complex. If big roasted grain flavors with strong chocolate and vanilla tones combined with a good bitterness to keep the sweetness in check are what you're looking for in a dark ale, definitely give this beer a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very solid porter from Elevation. If it had a little more of everything this beer could receive 5s

Nice pour with a tan head. Reminds me of a Yeti, but c'mon...not quite. Head is a tad soapy and lacing is splotchy

Nice blend of chocolate, smoke and coffee in the aroma. It smells great. Smells like a porter. Hint of booze

The smoke fades into a roastiness in the flavor. A touch grainy. Dark chocolate is baked, and maybe some singed caramel. Coffee is an undertone, thankfully. Drinking coffee grounds is not my idea of fun.

While this beer is just outside of sessionable, it is easy to drink. Had no problem with 16oz bottle.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Small 1 1/2 finger head ontop of black brew.

Tons of BBQ smoke. oats and nuts rolled in chocolate.

Thin, light carbonation, nicely put together. Spicy, relaxed, not overly complex, nutty, greasy, lots of peanut butter. Woody, light, crisp.

Recommended for the price...$4/16oz. not Elevations best work, but a nice seasonal that I would buy again. Just a bit too smoked for my overwhelming like.

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Photo of denver10
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma was pretty robust with some nice chocolate, faint fruit, caramel, and some roasted and smokey malt. Flavor started off with some molasses, after which the roasted and smoky malt comes in nicely, and then a nice wave of some chocolate and caramel close things out along with just the slightest tease of some hops. A fuller, creamy velvety mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice porter and one I would be very happy to drink again (and have).

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Little Mo' from Elevation Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.
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