Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

Phillips beers seldom disappoint. I received complements for my selection of this tall bottle from the cashier at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Although she pronounced the name wrong, she was very correct in her recommendation of this London style porter. As is quoted in the side of the bottle, “this porter is charged with a distinct chocolatey finish.”

My avoision (yes, avoision) of flavoured beers in the past is well documented, but this chocolatey porter tastes smooth, fresh and natural. The head is healthy with a caramel tint, and a moderately intense vanilla-bean aroma, and the finish is chocolatey, like those expensive Lindt chocolate bars you find at the grocery check-out. The taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate envelopes your mouth enough that you almost expect to be chewing.

When I opened this bottle, I intended to share it with my wife. Instead, I sit in front of my mac hoping to polish it off on my own.
SHHHHHHH!!!

4.7/5

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Howe Sound "Rail Ale" Nut Brown

I took a few days off from the 17 day  beerathon, but am breaking the beer fast with another big bottle from Howe sound brewing.

Squamish has a rich railroad history, as the famed Royal Hudson wound it’s way along the sea to sky highway from Vancouver, down coast of Howe Sound to Squamish, and on to Whistler.

This is a great one liter reusable bottle that is great for sharing.  Today I am pouring into my souvenir “mondial de la bier” tasting glass, obtained from Montreal’s huge beer festival which I attended in 2003.

The head is lovely and lasts forever.  The aroma was hard to place, but with help from the label I figured out that it was licorice.  The taste is unmistakably nutty, with a hint of bitter cocoa.  There is only a very mild aftertaste.

This is a nice well-rounded nut ale with a medium taste intensity.  Overall the craftsmanship is good, and the clean finish makes it worth a try.

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4.1/5

Howe Sound “Rail Ale” Nut Brown

I took a few days off from the 17 day  beerathon, but am breaking the beer fast with another big bottle from Howe sound brewing.

Squamish has a rich railroad history, as the famed Royal Hudson wound it’s way along the sea to sky highway from Vancouver, down coast of Howe Sound to Squamish, and on to Whistler.

This is a great one liter reusable bottle that is great for sharing.  Today I am pouring into my souvenir “mondial de la bier” tasting glass, obtained from Montreal’s huge beer festival which I attended in 2003.

The head is lovely and lasts forever.  The aroma was hard to place, but with help from the label I figured out that it was licorice.  The taste is unmistakably nutty, with a hint of bitter cocoa.  There is only a very mild aftertaste.

This is a nice well-rounded nut ale with a medium taste intensity.  Overall the craftsmanship is good, and the clean finish makes it worth a try.

[xrr rating=4.1/5]
4.1/5