Sunday 12 June 2011

Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

I'm pretty lucky.

Teena does some traveling with her job and when she does, she always brings me home some local beer. This is why I have already tried 3 different and excellent beers from Phillips Brewery from Victoria B.C., even though it is not available here. Now I get to try a fourth, Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter.

The description from the brewery website ...

"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!"

It pours black in the glass with a good long lasting brownish head. Lots of lacings line the glass as I sip. There is an aroma of roasted malt.

According to the bottle, cocoa powder and chocolate flavour have been added to the usual beer trilogy (yeast, hops, malt and water. The chocolate flavour does come through when sipped. I'm not that crazy about it, though. I've had many fine chocolate stouts before but this chocolate porter just does not stand up.

The mouthfeel is a little watery and that wonderful porter taste is not there. I love Phillips brewing but definitely would not recommend this one.

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