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Longboat Chocolate Porter - Phillips Brewing Company

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Longboat Chocolate PorterLongboat Chocolate Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | 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:
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 smakawhat
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Exeter
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Exeter, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of rogerdandy
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of ZachT
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

ZachT, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DamageCase76
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DamageCase76, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

StJamesGate, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of tbeckett
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

tbeckett, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5.5%

FadetoBock, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of krankyjoe
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

krankyjoe, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Long813
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Long813, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Erik-P
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Erik-P, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

smekermann, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CWVegas, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

billab914, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

cam477, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of JoshRosario
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JoshRosario, Aug 20, 2013
Photo of Malfunkt
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Malfunkt, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of jcubz
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

jcubz, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of KevinCraft
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

KevinCraft, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Kmat10, May 20, 2013
Photo of RooferOnFire
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

RooferOnFire, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of BlackAura
4/5  rDev +5.5%

BlackAura, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

TheSevenDuffs, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Muhly
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650 mL bottle poured into the beery beer glass.

A-pours a dark brown with about 1/2 finger of tan/brown head.

S-lots of chocolate with a touch of dark malts.

T-tons of cocoa and chocolate. Get some dark malt sweetness as well. Just a hint of hop bitterness finishing it off. Very clean beer accentuating the chocolate.

M-creamy with minimal carbonation. Very smooth.

O-a very enjoyable beer paired it with some amazing taco goodness from Tres Carnales in Edmonton. It is a bit one note with the chocolate and I don't know that I'll seek it out again unless I'm in the mood for something so chocolatey.

Muhly, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +5.5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Longboat Chocolate Porter from Phillips Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.