Longboat Chocolate Porter | Phillips Brewing Company

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Longboat Chocolate PorterLongboat Chocolate Porter

Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-17-2004

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Ratings: 156 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of canucklehead
3.25/5  rDev -11%
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 Drknight
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachT
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 EyePeeAyBryan
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of BigBry
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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 DIM
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Hendrick24
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -2.7%
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 chickenm
2.85/5  rDev -21.9%
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 schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of LampertLand
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
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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Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Classic pairings in history: Hall & Oates, Bob & Doug McKenzie, C3PO & R2. Phillips has discovered another classic combination...chocolate & beer. Longboat is a rich dark ale, with a smooth & distinctive chocolate finish." Brewed in the style of an English Porter. Available as a year-round release in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy crisp head of a medium tan color over a dark brown body with cola highlights. Retention is average, lacing is light and curtained. 3.75

(Smell) The aroma is unique, with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, toffee and nutty chocolate alongside more common porter aromas of mild roast and toasted caramel grains. There is little to no bitterness aside from some mild earthy grain. Decidedly sweet, the potency is medium/high. 4

(Taste) The flavor is notably more smokey and toastier than the aroma, with a higher prevalence of chocolate in the midsection and finish. Modest roasted barley, toasted caramel bread, and moderate chocolate malt with lesser notes of vanilla, ripe raisin and toffee. The sweetness is milder than the aroma predicted, leading to a lighter body and thus higher drink ability. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is mildly smokey, lightly chewy and mildly dry. Carbonation is moderate with a medium frothiness and a soft crispness. Body is medium for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is very slightly sweet over earthy bitter and smokey. Alcohol presence is very low, and there are no off characters to mention. 3.75

(Overall) A quality porter with a nice amount of chocolate flavor, smoke and roast to keep things interesting, while remaining light enough to be highly drinkable. Although I enjoyed many of the sweet characters of the aroma, I was glad these didn't come through as much in the flavor for the sake of the drinkability and dedication to style. Longboat Chocolate Porter is very much worth a purchase if you fall within Phillips' distribution range. 3.75

Phillips Brewing Company's
Longboat Chocolate Porter

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Photo of Corson
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Mack
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of leaddog
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark cola colour with thin beige head. Opaque and bubbly.

Smell- Milk chocolate with slight caramel aroma.

Taste- Bitter cocoa at first but then goes to the milk chocolate that was detected in the smell. No lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Lighter bodied than expected. Slightly watery. Nice bubbliness.

Overall- A decent chocolate flavoured porter. A little disappointed by the mouthfeel, but the taste is pleasant and the aromas smell delicious.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Longboat is a very agreeable sip. It pours, looks, smells and feels very much like a Vanilla Coke. The backbone of the flavour is a pleasant combination of hot chocolate powder and malt, with hints of raisin popping up. It finishes nicely - dry and lingering, without being too sweet. Phillips is a wonderful brewery and this is certainly one of their flagship beers.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
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 shivtim
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 3/4" mocha coloured head that left nice lacing over extremely dark brown liquid.

S: cocoa and some malt.

T: dark chocolate mostly with some malt. Bitter finish.

M: Very thin and a low level of medium carbonation.

O: Good smell and taste, but could have a better mouth feel.

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Longboat Chocolate Porter from Phillips Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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