Mocha Porter – Granville Island Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada) 

Mocha Porter – Granville Island Brewing, 6.0% ABV – 25 IBU, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

“JJ Bean coffee meets rich cocoa nibs in our tasty Mocha Porter. Accompanied by subtle caramel notes, this cozy fireside brew serves up a slightly roasted, bitter finish.”

  • Style: (flavoured – decaffeinated coffee, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste: Sweet basic chocolate malt subtle roast lingering chocolate malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.90 – 650ml., December 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: nope
  • What made an impression: firm chocolate base

Visual: Pours jet black with a quickly dissipating fizzy head, no retention, clustered fast streams surfacing.

Nose: sweet nutty roast coffee malt, vanilla overtones (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: fizzy-crisp. light slick

Mid-palate: (lvl-5-sweetness), chocolate malt

Finish: semi-dry chocolate, cookie, light burpy, mild coffee exhale, lingering subtle sour caramel malt

Summary: The mids don’t have a lot of depth a feel very one-noted with the chocolate malt being dominant and persistent until the finish. The nose is better than the taste.

Reina de Fuego – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Reina de Fuego Mexican Chocolate Porter – Dead Frog Brewery, 6% ABV – 34 IBU, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-I appreciate that they list they specific hops and malts used in the brew.

on the front-left label:

All hail the queen of fire. A smooth and sweet, medium bodied porter featuring flavours of chocolate and toffee, with a light hint of spice and chili pepper heat on the finish

Hops: bravo, northern brewer

Malts: 2 row, cara munich III, chocolate, crystal dark, midnight wheat

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, Mexican chocolate, chili powder

  • Style: (flavoured – Mexican chocolate, chili) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.10 CAD – 650 ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours jet black, slightly slick and thick, dissipating bubbles, singular fast micro streams here and there.

Nose: dark sweet caramel barley malt mixed with some chocolate. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light slick, soft dull CO2 crisp, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: thicker oily viscosity, (lvl-5-sweetness), medium dark chocolate, thin-body dark caramel medium roast barley malt

Finish: cocoa, long lasting creeper chili throat heat

Summary: The flavours and textures are all over the place leaving a chaotic impression of net effect. Luckily, I’m a fan of weird beers but the compounding lingering heat isn’t balanced; Only weak Mexican chocolate (weak cinnamon as well) and thin-bodied barley malt are present. Slightly interesting, but not recommended.

Coco Nuts Porter – Russell Brewing Co. (Surrey, BC, Canada)

Coco Nuts Porter – Russell Brewing Company, 5.5% ABV – 50 IBUs, 650ml., (Surrey, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*, seasonal)

on the front-left label:

“Why not celebrate a little winter cheer with a tropical delight? Russell Brewing Company has gone coco for Coconut Porter. Subtle sweet notes of those palm tree eggs are put into the brew at just the right time and combined with light carbonation, we have, as they say. NAILED IT!”


  • Style: (flavoured – coconut) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., Winter 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados:

Visual: Pours jet black without much of a head, thin ringed retention, fine wet lacing, barely visible fast clustered streams.

Nose: sweet medium roasted barley malt, slight burnt brown sugar (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: soft crisp, tingly-fizzy bite

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, background soft sour, thinnish mouthfeel, roasted barley malt

Finish: lingering slight sourness,  subtle coconut exhale, residual clean roasted barley malt

Summary: Mainly roasted barley malt with some coconut and a bit of brown sugar and coffee notes. I found myself able to constantly sip this since the overall balance of flavour was there, but the depth and fullness of body is lacking.

Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Luminescent Chocolate Coconut Porter – Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers, 5.8% ABV – 650ml., (North Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-left side label:

“The bio-luminescent jellyfish of Deep Cove are well known for unexpectedly lighting up the dark waters with a phosphorescent glow. This porter has the power to do the same for beer drinkers who are looking for a flash of the unexpected that won’t soon be forgotten.

Tasting notes: warming and sweet, toasted coconut, rich chocolate, light roast malt, deep mahogany colour.”


  • Style: (flavoured – coconut, cocoa nibs) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: definitely drinkable

Visual: Pours jet black-brown without much head, thing ringed micro retention, spread out singular steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: rich malted barley, light burnt toasted. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, background licorice numbing, half slick-thicker

Mid-palate: light tingly, chocolate, (lvl-5-sweetness), background light sour, roasted barley malt

Finish: cola, brown sugar-coconut, cocoa nib nutty exhale, roast coffee exhale, lingering roasty chocolate

Summary: Surprisingly complex with distinct layered flavours and smooth transitions. It could be slightly less sharp and creamier, but definitely one of better porters I’ve had in a long while.

Chili Porter – Okanagan Spring Brewery (BC, Canada)


Chili Porter – Okanagan Spring Brewing (Sapporo), 6.5% ABV, 341ml., (Vernon, BC, Canada)

printed on the 6-pack box:

“Our new seasonal brew combines the rich, flavourful characteristics of a classic porter with the unique addition of chili and chipotle notes. Caramel spice aromas give way to a balanced sweetness and creamy mouthfeel, while the finish delivers a subtle chili bite.”


  • Style: (chili, chipotle, flavoured) Porter
  • Taste: Toasted barley malt smooth subtle chili mild heat
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $13.80 CAD – 6x341ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not worth having to drink 6 of them

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with minimal head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, fast singular streams.

Nose: roasted barley malt with hints of chipotle chili. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker, incoming malts

Mid-palate: half-creamy mouthfeel, chipotle chili, (lvl-5)-sweetness, background light subtle sour, roasted barley malt, caramel malt

Finish: thin body, subtle mild chili throat spicy, malty finish.

Summary: Overall quite drinkable with pleasant toasty malty sweetness and well-integrated chili spiciness.

Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Lost Souls Chocolate Pumpkin Porter – Parallel 49 Brewing, 6.5% ABV, 650ml, (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-Another cellar dweller, this one has also been stashed away for a little over 3 years, although it is still in production.

on the front-left label:

“All treat, no trick: this rich, robust Chocolate Pumpkin Porter is so good, even the living dead will indulge.”

  • Style: (pumpkin, spices) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., September 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, not particularly memorable

Visual: Pours jet back without almost no head, very thin ringed retention, clusters of steady micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: soy sauce, roasted caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-half slick-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) chocolate, cola, caramel barley malt, pumpkin, vanilla,  cinnamon.

Finish: background light sour-tangy, light burpy, residual malty, light roasty exhale finish.

Summary: Mainly tastes of chocolate and caramel malty with some pumpkin and very subtle spiced flavourings. Pretty clean overall but somewhat lacking in creamy mouthfeel and the mid-palate lacks length, good finish however.

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

Choqlette Porter – Bomber Brewing (Vancouver, BC, Canada)


Choqlette Porter – Bomber Brewing, 5.5% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft brew*)

Another local brewery in the Strathcona/Commercial Drive area; it’s great to see the craft brew scene grow as time goes by. This is my first tasting of their brews.

printed on the front-right label:

“Great taste is more than the beer in this bottle. It’s classy and quirky and vibrant and subtle. It’s chaos and balance, innately in sync. It’s not something you learn, it’s a second instinct. It’s old worldly charm with a modern day spin. Rich roasted malts with chocolate a l’ancienne. London and Paris at home in one drink. It’s just a few of our favourite things.”


  • Style: (chocolate) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste: Crisp tingly smooth sweet roasted barley malt soft chocolate backend
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey, N. Bby
  • How much: $6.25 (after 7.5% off) – 650ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours dark cola brown with a smallish head, 1mm layer of foamy retention, lots of singular micro streams.

Nose: roasted dark malts, chocolate, coffee. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: light slick-oily-biting crisp-tingly, micro CO2

Mid-palate: soft mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, mild sourness, (MAIN) sweet roasted barley malt, hints of cinnamon

Finish: chocolate depth, soft roasted bittersweet malty finish.

Summary: I like the smooth drinkability and overall balance of crisp, sweet, roasty and malty. I wish for more complexity and creaminess/milky as the finish is a tad cloying sweet.

CoCoNut PorTer – Maui Brewing Co (Lahina, Maui, Hawaii)


CoCoNut PorTer – Maui Brewing Co, 6.0% ABV, 355ml, (Lahina, Maui, Hawaii)

why aluminum? they say:

  • eliminates light damage
  • reduce the risk of light damage
  • lighter
  • chill quicker
  • most recycled and most eco-friendly material

my thoughts on aluminum cans:

  • do not keep contents cold due to the thinness of material
  • seem to be less carbonated (though this can was sufficiently so)
  • seem to lose carbonation faster (due to the straight shape vs tapered neck of bottles)
  • tendency to lose CO2 over time. ie. cannot store for a prolonged duration.


  • Style: (Coconut) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste: Crisp light coconut sweet roasted malt chocolate cola
  • Where I got it: Bottle Jockey (Burnaby)
  • How much: $15 – 4×12 fl.oz., July 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, a nice clean porter

Visual: 4-pack aluminum can. Pours jet black with a large dissipating head, swampy retention, stickly lacing, lots and lots of tight micro streams along the perimeter.

Nose: sweet malty roasted coffee. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming malts

Mid-palate: light fizzy, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) subtle toasted coconut, medium-roast malt, hints of licorice

Finish: chocolate, off-dry bitter roast, COLA, sour undertones, residual dry cacao nib

Summary: Good agreeable texture and flavours, with the toasted coconut adding a slight nutty element.

Vanilla Porter – Mill St. Brewery (Toronto, ON, Canada)


  • My Rating: C-

Vanilla Porter – Mill St. Brewery, 5% ABV – 440ml., (Toronto, ON, Canada)

on the back of the can:

“A cult favourite from our Toronto Brewpub, Vanilla Porter is an extra-smooth Nitrogen-charged English-style dark ale brewed with pure vanilla extract. Chocolate flavours dominate the beer with an underlying tone of dried fruit and a butle finish that leaves you wanting more!”

  • Style: (Vanilla) Flavoured Porter
  • Taste: Flat vanilla coffee chocolate malt
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $3 (after 10% off) –440ml., October 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Warning! This one is a gusher. Pours silky smooth light coffee brown with an ultry foamy decent sized nitrogenated head, a thick layer of retention, some lacing, just a few very slow streams.

Nose: vanilla chocolate caramel, quite delightful. (lvl-7)-pungency.

Attack: Nitrogen-flat mouthfeel

Mid-palate: almost tingly-crisp, (lvl-4)-sweetness, thin-mouthfeel, (MAIN) vanilla, coffee, malt, chocolate

Finish: light roast coffee, flat mouthfeel, caramel malt finish.

Summary: Decent flavour and aroma but still has that unacceptable flat mouthfeel. Better mouthfeel than the only other nitrogenated beer I had, Parallel 49 N2 Milk Stout.