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Longboat Chocolate Porter - Phillips Brewing Company

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Longboat Chocolate PorterLongboat Chocolate Porter

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85
very good

137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2004

Classic Pairings in History: Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney Super Dave Osborne & Mr. Fuji Cheddar cheese & pickles Bob & Doug McKenzie Mork & Mindy Bonnie & Clyde Chocolate & Beer!!! We'd say that Longboat is a classic chocolate porter, but lets face it, who's ever heard of a chocolate porter? It is, however, a rich dark ale, with a distinctive chocolate finish. Comes in a 650mL bottle, cause 341mL just isn't enough!
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4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving size is a 650ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Longboat is dark black and opaque. The head is dark beige/light brown about one and a half fingers high. There isn't much head retention though.

The chocolate smell is right up front. Reminds me of luscious dark chocolate that you only treat yourself to at Christmas. Very sweet, but teasing a little malt and bitterness.

True to the scent, this is dark chocolate in flavour. Quite sweet for a porter, but bitter for chocolate. At the swallow the taste is all chocolate, but as it mellows to the aftertaste a burnt flavour joins the chocolate as they both mellow from the palate. A coffee flavour develops as you progress through the drink. This is probably due to the warming. At the end it reminds me of eating chocolate covered espresso beans.

Slightly carbonated, the mouthfeel is well balanced and even. Perhaps a little thin compared to other porters I've tried.

This reminds me of a dessert wine. Something that is nice once in a while, but that you couldn't drink all night long. However, this brew I would like to have on a regular basis.

All in all, this isn't really that much like a porter. So if that's what you're looking for, this is the wrong place. The brewer's intent was obviously to be strong on chocolate (in the name it does say "Double Chocolate Porter") and I think in that respect they've created a fantastic beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark murky brown color, almost completely black. One finger beige colored head that sticks around, a bit of lacing on the side.

Plenty of milk chocolate notes followed by a slight hint of coffee. Can smell a bit of malt backbone in there.

Immediately there is plenty of milk chocolate taste mixed with a slight hint of coffee and cocoa. A bit sweet. Very little bitterness, and a nice solid malty backbone to it. Leaves a dry, slightly lingering taste of dark chocolate.

Appropriate amount of carbonation on the tongue, just enough to tickle the tongue. A bit of a thick mouthfeel to it, pairs greatly with the style. Goes down smooth and easy.

A very good chocolate porter by Phillips Brewing. This was a pleasant surprise.

Photo of Garin
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What's On The Cover- Phillips makes some creative brews, so the recycled paper label goes with it. It doesn't seem to have the usual tale on the side, but I'm thinking The Raven plays in. No surprise in the fact that browns dominate. This is 5.0%abv, poured out of a 341ml bottle into a tasting glass and narrow beer mug.

Appearance (what's inside) - carbonation cascading upward into a generous, lasting, brown, creamy, head, with slight lacing. Fades into a quarter to half inch of root beer foam. Extremely dark brown.

Smell - Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, roasted coffee and grain malt (think Pero). Very inviting. Possibly the best aroma of any commercially-produced chocolate porter.

Taste- Milk chocolate, black Lindor, mocha, very clean. almost too clean initially. 15-20 second dark mocha aftertaste. I expected bigger, given the aroma and moniker, but it is well above average.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Almost no carbonation hits the back of your throat. You'll probably still want to have a glass of water or side of vanilla bean ice cream afterward. (Actually, that's a great idea!)

This is a great effort for a Canadian Chocolate Porter, and it may set the benchmark for the Pacific Northwest. Despite it's shortcomings, it is a great beer that will make you feel nice. It's qualities almost lend itself to the bizarre idea of a beer float. This is not as heavy as many porters, but is still what I'd consider a dessert beer.

Definitely a decent effort by Phllips and deserving of the price point, particularly considering others in its class. May rival some of the better English brands. Even if you're not a fan of the style, its aroma will invite you in for a beer or ten and you'll be dutifully punished in the morning.

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4.34/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the Silverhand and Jackytreehorn.

Drank with RobBeer in my living room, helluvaguy.

Excellent beer. The word double in the title pertains to the double chocolate as opposed to the double porter.

Very dark brown body, with chunky tan head.

Amazingly complex aroma of hand-made chocolates. Like what Scharfenberger bittersweet.

Very mild and easy drinking. Definately nothing double powered on the flavor. Cocoa, a hint of sourness and a whole bunch of goodness. Surprisingly clean.

Very light body.

Very drinkable. My pint was gone before I knew it.

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4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having this on-tap restores my faith in Phillips' ability to brew heavier beers. While I enjoy this and the Dark IPA, the Espresso stout somewhat destroyed my faith in this breweries ability to do stouts and porters.

On-tap, this is an improvement over the bottle. Nice dark porter colour couple with a definite sweet chocolate and dry malt scent. Tastes smooth, milk chocolatey with dry malt on the finish. Thicker, creamier and smoother than the bottled version. I previously found this to be a bit watery but on-tap the mouthfeel is significantly better.

I hope to see this on tap again....

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4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in the BC liquor store in Vancouver and Enjoyed it in my snug and cozy cabin on the Seven Seas Mariner. What a delightfult rich and roasty treat to enjoy with salt tang wafting in fro our cabins balcony as the grandeur of the Pacific Northwest unfolded. Like the Inner Passage this brew is vast in scope and timeless in character.

Pours Opaque deep brown with a frothy, sticky, light brown head.
Aromas of chocolate, espresso mingle with wine and ripe fruit. Taste is complex blend of cocoa, charcoal, winey notes and hints of bready and sweet malts, Mouthfeel is rich and slick with some fine effervessence. This is an incredibly drinkable brew that left you longing for more...It was a long swim to shore but I did think about stealing a Tender...

Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Phillip's Brewing 'Longboat Chocolate Porter' @ 5.2% served fresh from a growler purchased for $10 , or try a Govt Liquor Store , 650 ml bottles for $5

A - pours is a lovely dark chocolate brown from the growler to glass with a creamy tan head leaving a streaky lace along the pint

S - sweet chocolate , dark malts , cocoa

T - so smooth and creamy , pleasant but is not over powering sweet , there's just a hint of bitterness like bakers chocolate at the end of the swallow

MF - ok/good carbonation , medium body , real easy drinking beer

Ov - what can I say this is the house favourite , Mom & Sis enjoy it and ask me to pick some up whenever I visit the jar store's , most refills on my growler list , a little bit harder to find on tap sometimes , a good beer anytime and possibly anywhere

prost LampertLand

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I haven't had many porters (yet) as I have found them too strong/unpalatable...however, I was feeling daring and picked this one up as I like Phillips Brewery very much. Poured thick and black with a creamy, tan head. Lovely aroma of chocolate sweetness. Not too heavy with a medium body. Strong taste of chocolate (a bit artificial, but whatever) throughout and a smooth, satisfying finish. If you see this in your local liquor store, pick one up, even if you don't typically drink porters. You'll thank me:)

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Longboat Chocolate Porter from Phillips Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.