Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #16 – Longboat Chocolate Porter (re-tasting)


Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #16

  • My Rating: [C, downgraded from C+],  I gave it a (2.8 of 5) on

Longboat Chocolate Porter – Phillips Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“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 chocolate finish.”


Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast, cocoa powder & chocolate flavour

  • Style: (flavoured, Chocolate) Porter
  • Taste: Thin body cocoa powder light roast malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no a second time

(Initial tasting, June 2012: Tasting notes: pours coffee black, almost no head, thin ringed retention, a couple of slow-moving CO2 streams. Cocoa powder and coffee on the nose. Disappointingly thin flavoured up front, transitions into chocolate/cocoa, super light malts, light roasted coffee, light cream, but an awfully thin and watery body and backbone. Finishes mellow roasted bitter with burpy CO2. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, so-so carry, decent drinkability. Nose is better than the actual taste, not much oompth there.)

January 11, 2016 re-tasting:

Visual: Pours very dark brown with a small dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of fast streams.

Nose: cocoa powder, chocolate malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly/micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) cocoa powder, cola, brown sugar malt

Finish: mild roast, thin body caramel malty semi-sweet finish.

Summary: The chocolate flavour is predominantly the cocoa powder type – basic, not like the the chocolate bar type with the cocoa butter