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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: 151
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | 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 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 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 LadyBastet27
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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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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 astout
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good, opaque and black with a small tan head, disperses slowly leaving small amounts of lacing.

Almost nothing going on here aromatically, some faint roasted notes and an overcooked corn vegetal thing I've gotten on all Phillips beers to some degree. Not disgusting by any means but far from good.

More of the same on the palate, faint roasted notes and a hint of chocolate if that much. Over-cooked veggie thing pops up again for me mid-palate but doesn't dominate the beer like some others. Again not terrible but nothing remarkable either.

Milky and smooth with subtle carbonation makes up for the lack or aromatics and flavour but only to a point.

Thanks to the smooth mouthfeel and overall lack of...well anything noteworthy, this beer is somehow fairly drinkable (at least in so far as I would have no problem finishing off a pint or two), but it definitely wouldn't become my go to at the bar or at home (in fact buying it once is probably enough).

As an aside my review is probably somewhat more to the negative because of these vegetal notes, something that particularly bugs me and may not be noticed by everyone.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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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 Graham5161986
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark black/brown with a very light, cream coloured head that doesn;t last very long leaving not too much in terms of lacing. Smell is of rich, creamy milk chocolate with hits of coffee and caramel to boot. Taste is very chocolatey up front with some nice roastiness in the background and on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and creamy with a light touch of crisp carbonation to help cleanse the palate. I love this beer - I've had it many times before and will continue to to enjoy it. It's so easy to drink and always provides for a soothign chocolatey experience. Try it with some grilled steak - you won't regret it!

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Photo of shivtim
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very good porter. Tried this one at the Alibi Room in Vancouver.
Looks good in the glass. very dark brown with ruby highlights. Off-white small head.
Nose is strong baking chocolate and bitter dark malts.
Taste is heavy dark chocolate, iced coffee. Nice combo of flavors. Not too sweet. Gentle creaminess.
Mouthfeel is wonderfully full and milky. Great brew.

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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 Naerhu
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
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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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 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 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 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 JanM
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of fisherman34
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled sample via oakes. Near black in colour with red hints and medium carbonation. Single-minded aroma of chocolate syrup (it REALLY reminds me of Quick). Loads of milk chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and a finish of roasted nuts and black patent malt. Some sweetness at the start, but the palate gets watery and thin quite quickly... so not much body to speak of. It dries out way too fast as well. Overall, everything starts off well, but the follow-through is weak.

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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 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 Citadel82
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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...

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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 elricorico
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Orrshow
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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