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Longboat Chocolate Porter - Phillips Brewing Company

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Longboat Chocolate PorterLongboat Chocolate Porter

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 148
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from IllNate, way back when. 650ml bottle into a pint glass. Thanks Nathan.

Pours a dark brown, couple fingers of tan head. Body is not opaque, some burgundy and ruby red shades come through in better light. Light retention and lace. Cocoa and milk chocolate in the nose, subtle hint of some roast/smoke in the malt. Maybe. Taste wasn't as nice, a watery cocoa flavour was all that I could get. Lacks body and thickness, flavour limited to the mild cocoa and milk chocolate. Mouthfeel needs improving. Higher carbonation than I would've liked, but drinkability was OK.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I purchased this from Spinnakers Spirit Merchants, just a few blocks from the Brewery (although the bottle label has not been updated, they're now located at 426 William St.). Although the brewery isn't set up for retail sales, you can purchase kegs from them.

A: Black with a hint of ruby. Tan head doesn't have any retention, but leaves a little lace.

S: CHOCOLATE, with a little mocha and bread.

T: VERY chocolatey, nice bittersweet balance, slight tangy fruityness. (Taste is pushing a 4.5).

M: Light body, slightly chalky, moderate carbonation.

D: Awesome. Really between 4.5 and 5, but since I skimped on the taste score, I'll give it another nudge here.

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Photo of DrJay
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, dark brown with chestnut highlights. A vigourous pour produced about an inch of fizzy tan foam that fell quickly to a ring. Just a little lacing. Malty aroma with notes of cocoa, roast, burnt, and light caramel. Not bad at all. The flavour is all kinds of wrong, especially compared to the aroma. Fairly sweet with little balancing bitterness, the major flavour component seems to be tart cherries that are dominant from beginning to end. There's not much in the way of chocolate, roast, or malt here, but as it warms these qualities become barely apparent. The body's strange as well, with not much heft up front but a little syrupy in the finish. The carbonation is rough as well, giving it a bit of soda character. What a peculiar beer. I really enjoyed the aroma, which was exactly what I was expecting. The flavour seems like it belongs to a completely different beer. It's not terrible, but not something I'd have again. Thanks wintermute!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650ml bottle poured into pint glass 11/12/11

A dark cola with a short lived dark tan head that leaves no lace

S chocolate milk with some cold coffee and sour fruit

T some more dark malts on top of what I smell, there's something not quite right here, its not offensive but like a weak milk stout that's not grooving with me

M lacking body but has plenty of bubbles, almost a little foamy with a short lived burnt malt aftertaste

O like I said above nothing offensive but nothing special

far below my Phillips standards for sure, pretty average stuff from an above average brewery

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Photo of Viggo
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bomber at the local liquor store.

Pours an opaque brown, red in the edges, decently thick and medium sized tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is chocolate, nuts, toffee, bready, some light roast, more chocolate milk, reminds me a lot of the Rogue Hazelnut porter. Taste is very thin, some light chocolate roast, caramel, weak coffee, almost nothing there, very bland. Mouthfeel is thin bodied with medium carbonation, doesn't feel very good. Smell was okay but the flavour is very weak and watery, not good.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Winnipeg MLCC. From notes.

A - Poured black but deep red around the edges. One solid finger of beige head with mild carbonation. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Big chocolate aroma. Milk chocolate, some roast, vanilla. Nice.

T - Less of everything. Sweet grain. Milder chocolate, a little roast. Very plain chocolate flavour as opposed to the milky aroma. Sweet up front, but seemed more like just a sweet wort kinda flavour.

M - Medium creamy body with good carbonation and a roasty bite finish.

O/D - Very underwhelming, especially considering the inviting aroma. Nothing too special going on, and while it held a decent chocolate flavour, it feel short by a fair bit of what it could have done.

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Photo of Rutager
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Malone's, Vancouver.

Steady tan film over garnet-tinged chocolate black body.
Cocoa and charcoal on the nose.
Chocolate truffle, a bit of ash, some blackberry and hints of other fruit then faint earthy hops.
Powdery finish and black currant linger.
Light, smooth, round.

It's Porterhouse Truffle Stout! In that it's thin, one note, but still tasty. Easy as...

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Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, but is almost opaque, unless hit directly with light. Finger of nice beige head, but leaves no real lacing.

S - Espresso and cocoa dominate the nose, quite nice.

T - I found this one to be a little on the sour side, however, it was by no means offensive. The chocolate malts dominate the flavours, some vanilla and cherry notes were also detectable.

M - Nicely balanced, and not overly dry on the finish.

D - Pretty tasty offering from Phillips, and I would purchase again given the opportunity. The sourness was a bit of a turn-off, but not enough to ruin the experience.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label promises big chocolate notes and alas what is inside does not deliver . I found this too thin for my tastes and not moca enough. Drinkable but not memorable. Compare to the Spy Porter from Tree and you can see the difference a strong midbody can make in this style.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A remnant from an August 2007 visit to BC; tasted early Feb 2008, in a pint glass from a 650mL (22 oz) bottle. Notched at: '3', 'O[ctober]'...is that 'best by' or 'brewed on'? This is either 3 months past its 'best by' date or 15 months past the 'brewed on' date...it's been stored in a cool, dark cellar since August.

A: Pours jet black with a head that crests just above 1-finger. Head is light tan, foamy at first, and drops to a creamy and lightly bubbly film. Bits of film cling on the glass.

S: Aroma is purely chocolate syrup, a sweet/fudgy aroma. Nothing else...

T: Light cocoa powder with a roasty malt that hints at nuts, but tastes decidedly of milk chocolate. A little lactic souring and some hop bittering, enough to balance things out.

M: Has an oddly clean and light, yet cool, mouthfeel; however, wateriness soon follows. A bit of carbonated crispness, but still a light body. It's a thin finish, not unlikable but certainly weak for the style.

D: Easy enough to drink; at barely 5%, I could see having a couple of these at a sitting. Flavor is decently chocolately, yet light and (modestly) refreshing.

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Photo of DIM
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a very dark brown, bordering on black. It pours with a medium sized, light tan colored head.

s: The ingredients list mentions both cocoa powder and chocolate flavour, whatever that means. While the word "flavour" made me a bit skeptical, I have to admit this smelled pretty good. I got notes of rich, milky hot cocoa with just a trace of roast. The chocolate clearly dominates.

t: Things are more balanced here. Smooth chocolate milk flavors are blunted somewhat by slightlu sour porter roastiness. The finish is dry cocoa.

m: Gentle, foamy carbonation and an above average body for a porter.

d: It wasn't until I returned from my trip that I saw the word "flavoured" between chocolate and porter. Somewhat dismayed, I let this gradually work it's way to the back of the refridgerator over a period of two months. I have to admit though, this was vey tasty and quite refreshing.

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Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml brown bottle, brought back from BC. Label as pictured above.
Pours a dark brown color, almost like a coke. Huge billowing head of tan fan that shrank away fairly quickly. Thin streams of bubbles, no lacing to speak of. It has the smell of some bitter chocolate. Slightly fruity and earthy. The taste was good, malty, earthy, the chocolate flavor was not very strong. The body was thinner and lighter then expected. I found myself wanting more - flavor, kick, creaminess - anticipating a really powerful 'double'.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of grub
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

got this bottle in a trade with stephenlouis. thanks stephen!

pours a deep brown colour with a thin head that disappears almost instantly.

aroma is nice. dominated by a slightly sweet milk chocolate aroma. hint of roasty malt.

taste is nice. mildly sweet milk chocolate. just a little roast. as it warms it comes through a little more bittersweet. fresh from the bottle it doesn't taste like a porter and it's mostly just chocolate, but as it warms a little the porter comes through.

mouthfeel is good. body is about right, but the carbonation is fairly low.

drinkability is good. nice, smooth, easy drinking beer that i'd love to have available locally.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade:

Pours dark black with a 2 finger brown cap which laces and displays fair retention.

Full bodied, cocoa-malty character.

Big malts in front like chocolate cake without the sweetness, some dark fruits, coffee, tobacco...long wet finish dries slowly with bitter chocolate end.

Well made, good tasting, satisfying but nothing stands out from the hundreds of other micro cocoa porters out there.

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Photo of chickenm
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed right at ground zero, the Phillips tasting room in Victoria BC (basically the front of the brewery). A dark brownish black brew with a faint yellow halo at the bottom of the glass and a smattering of khaki head. Aroma was rather fruity for such a dark brew, with some currant notes along with the expected roasted coffee and chocolate. Palate is initially bittersweet chocolate truffle, vanilla, and medium roast coffee, but this evolves over the course of sips, with some additional fruit roll up, peanut butter, and caramel notes appearing. Gets sweeter as you go, really. Body is quite light and drinkable, truth be told, with a smooth creaminess and a semi-dry finish full of cacao powder. Fantastic dessert beer that had to overcome some of my "special ingredient" biases to earn these ratings. Solid English porter base with a tasteful yet assertive layering of sweet flavors.

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Longboat Chocolate Porter from Phillips Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.