Longboat Chocolate Porter - Phillips Brewing Company
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Reviews by JanM:
2.63/5 rDev -30.1%
Poured with a very, very dark brown color and little foam. Looking a lot like a Coke with lots of bubbles. There was a strong smell of milk chocolate powder mix and some ashes. Tasting it my first impression was how thin the body was for an English porter, compared to, for instance, the excellent Fuller's London Porter or Young's Double Chocolate. Then came the chocolate notes and, at the end, the ashes. There was also some weird sweet smell/flavour reminding me of the stuff they use for desinfection at hospitals. A grave disappointment considering my previous experience with Phillips beers.
08-14-2007 15:55:01 | More by JanM
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British Columbia (Canada)
2.8/5 rDev -25.5%
Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that disappeared quickly. A sweet smell of chocolate milk and cocoa dominates. The body of this is way too light for a porter. There is a watery cocoa taste... did not appeal to me at all. Overall this was a disappointment, don't think I'll buy this again.
11-24-2009 02:07:40 | More by chickenm
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
Grabbed a bomber of this at a little (are there any other kind) liquor store last summer in Radium, BC. It was by far the only interesting thing beer-wise there, the sales clerk remarking that it was 'brand new'. After putting back the Nelson and Revelstoke pints with my girl on the patio at the Horsethief Creek pub, I relegated this to the trunk of my car. Now that the weather is more appropriate, I thought I'd polish it off tonight for dessert.
This beer pours a deep reddish highlight-tinged cola brown hue, with a three-fingered puffy, sadly foamy tan head, which melts away fairly lazily, leaving some decent stringy cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.
It smells predominantly of bitter, chalky cocoa - both of the dark and convenience-store milk varieties, hints of cold, morning-after coffee, and some indistinct fruity sourness. The taste is still rather sour, in an equally lactic and fruity sense, with the bittersweet chocolate essence taking a bit of a backseat, and the dry coffee notes ambling on in their own stumbling way.
The carbonation seems a little bit heavier than it actually is, the pricks not as strong as initially inferred, the body much lighter and thin that I might have expected from something with 'Double Chocolate' so front and center in the name. It finishes with a subtle vinous quality (perhaps influenced by memories of the trip where I procured this offering), and a fair bit more understated chocolate, natch.
This was a fairly easy drinker, but not nearly as full or intensely flavoured as I was anticipating - my recent, if a tad unfair, comparison being Rogue's Chocolate Stout. Somewhat underwhelming, also, after my initial exposure to Phillips' admittedly hop-forward brews.
12-09-2007 09:09:00 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
Very black with fluffy soapy head and soft lace. Medium sweet chocolate and malt aroma. Much too overcarbonated with fizzy carbonation medium at best mouthfeel. Certainly chocolately but drying finish. Chocolate aftertaste. I think better if on cask. At Volo.
12-24-2007 20:07:32 | More by Sammy
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
doesn't say "double", but definitely the same beer
A - almost black, shiny mocha head that dissipated to a half finger and hung around a while
S - very leafy and chocolaty, with a very buttery sweet corn malt kind of odour
T - the semi-sweet bakers chocolate is uncanny, some coffee malt, a strong buttery popcorn quality, with chocolate malt throughout
M - well carbonated and thin smooth, finishing sweet and slightly dry
D - the chocolate aspect is delicious, but the corn like taste is always there which takes away from the porter flavours I am looking for, but still very tasty and drinkable
02-05-2011 04:26:01 | More by joemcgrath27
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance Near black with a dark brown hue to it. Light tan head dissipates to a ring quickly. There is some lacing but not much.
Smell Up front this beer is dominated by chocolate. There is a hint of roasted malt as well and what seems to be vanilla. I also detect a bit of hops, nothing citrus or floral though. Not bad but its missing something.
Taste Again the first impression is chocolaty. Cocoa is there along with baking chocolate which soon turns over the taste of smooth milk chocolate. There is also a bit of mocha flavor present. Very nice. I like the sweet maltiness of this one a lot.
Mouthfeel Carbonation is fine. Toned down how I like it. Body was slightly lacking though a little thin.
Drinkability No complaints here. This thing is fairly easy to drink.
I think with a few adjustments this could be outstanding. A good first impression of Phillips. Cheers to elricorico for the bottle.
05-06-2006 17:03:17 | More by Orrshow
British Columbia (Canada)
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
A: impenetrable black with an inch or so of mocha head.
S: dark, grainy, and a bit sweet.
T: bitter dark roast coffee / cocoa flavour. almost burnt. this one doesn't taste as sweet to me as others have said it does.
F: smooth, with minimal carbonation.
I don't love it and I don't hate it. I don't regret trying it, but I probably won't get it again.
01-16-2014 03:32:16 | More by souvenirs
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours dark brown like root beer, the edges are see through. A thin tan head to start that falls to a ring within a minute.
The smell is a battle between milk chocolate and porter sourness. I find it to be a bit strange. I also get a bit of vanilla in the aroma.
The taste comes in as a mix of chocolate milk and coffee. Quite rich and smooth tasting. There is a faint roasted malt flavour in the finish. Hops are not notable. Lingering in the back of the mouth is a bit of smokiness. I'd say it is a decent taste, but falls short of greatness overall.
Mouthfeel is good for a porter. A bit of body and light carbonation. Could be thicker, but not by much.
When I see the word's "Double Chocolate" I can't help but get excited. This isn't bad, but it is no competition for Young's.
05-10-2006 01:46:21 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearance. Pours a deep redish-brown with a finger of light tan head.
Smell. Chocolate! Like a good chocolate bar. Maybe a little vanilla, but mostly sweet chocolate.
Taste. Chocolate again! Not too sweet and some nice roasty, caramel malts as well. Again a little vanilla and just slightly acidic.
Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium carbonation.
Overall. Just like the name says, chocolate porter, and it delivers on that part. The longboat is barely detectable but I'm sure it's there...
04-13-2011 03:02:19 | More by Rutager
2.9/5 rDev -22.9%
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a medium head with good retention. Aroma of chocolate is subtler the name of the beer would suggest. Taste is drier then expected (I was expecting more sweet chocolate then anything else). Body is about average but lack the creamy texture that would have made this a great beer. Definitely not one of my favourite, I was expecting more from this brewery I guess.
05-29-2006 18:02:56 | More by Phyl21ca
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
On tap @ Garrick's Head.
A - Very dark brown with a thin layer of dirty brown head
S - Huge sweet milk chocolate aroma with some roast. The chocolate sweetness is almost Nesquick like.
T - Very sweet. Milk chocolate and a big nutty characteristic. Some roast.
M - Light to medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.
03-15-2013 03:20:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip pint glass.
Deep and classic opaque walnut brown, not a hue or speck of light gets through. Head forms shampoo and soapy tan with shampoo like bubbles at about four fingers tall. Settles to a thick fluffy top but falls quite noticeably. Manages to leave a puck while consuming.
Chocolate malt powdery nose. Dry grainy senses, and soft roasting qualities. A little milky character follows also. Lots of dry cocoa also.
Palate comes with a very wet body even for a porter. Strange tingling front tip tongue sensations almost metal and very tinny, with some weird carbonation. Light wet bodied malt coating in the palate and very fleeting. Milky chocolate disappears quickly while noticeable, on first sips. Some noticeable cola like sweetness though which seems to match a saccharine like quality.
There are some classic porter elements here but they are too weak and not really carrying well. The cocoa addition comes off more as a medicinally sweet addition than adding anything really interesting to the beers profile.
12-28-2013 22:38:04 | More by smakawhat
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
Picked this up when on a trip to Victoria and heard good things about the brewery from locals.
Pours into a pint glass very dark brown, almost black with a quickly fizzing khaki head that holds a thin ring and leaves a couple splotches of lace.
Aromas are sweet and chocolatey. Not quite milk chocolate, but not yet the ultra dark stuff. As it warms, I note more dark roasted malts, a bit of brewed coffee and maybe even a bit of earthy hops, but nothing very intense.
Taste has quite a bit of chocolate again, playing off of somewhat rough dark roasted malts. Not much sweetness, more of the burnt flavors, plus more of the bittering hops than I expect. After having a handful of weakly hopped Victoria beers, this one is a surprise to me, especially in a way that doesn't end up complimenting the beer very well, in my opinion.
Body is pretty thin, medium lasting finish... nothing about this beer is very exceptional, except the price I paid for it. Beer in general is much more expensive in Canada, and I'd rather have spent the money on a world class Rogue or Stone.
09-15-2009 06:25:50 | More by josiahschlender
4.38/5 rDev +16.5%
I believe Phillips has been tinkering with this recipe, as my latest sample is far better than my first taste around Christmas time.
It pours a deep chocolatey brown -- not quite black, but close. A decent fluffy head forms and stay for a bit. Not much lacing is left on my glass, but a good looking beer nonetheless.
The aroma is deep chocolate with a slightly roasty edge to it. The flavour is similar: layered chocolate and roastiness, with a nutty woodiness underneath. Very little hops character is detectable. It is slightly sweet, but this doesn't impair its drinkability to me. For a "double chocolate" beer, I expect some sweetness and lots of chocolate -- and here it is.
The mouthfeel is light enough to avoid being cloying, but smooth enough to feel creamy.
All in all, this is pretty much exactly what I expected to drink. Well done Phillips.
06-13-2005 19:24:18 | More by Garin
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dense, nearly opaque brown, with a short creamy beige head.
Burnt, roasty malt on the nose, some wood, black coffee, and dry cocoa notes.
The first sip is quite intense, yet everything after that seems thinner in comparison. This is a Porter that has you chasing the dragon. Toasty malt, some burnt and woody character, followed closely by black coffee, and hints of dry earthy cocoa on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full-bodied, yet deceptively so compared to the flavour profile, which makes it come across as thinner. Texture is somewhat velvety with some healthy carbonation.
Near the bottom of the glass and I'm still chasing that dragon. An enjoyable Porter still, with some depth. Always good to see more decent Porters on the local shelves, it's a style that tends to get shorted.
10-25-2011 05:55:46 | More by IronDjinn
Longboat Chocolate Porter from Phillips Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.