Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: American Strong Ale
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2008
Pleasant aroma of fruity caramel and hops. Clear reddish brown pour with ruby highlights. Good flavor of hops, caramel, toasted malt, some fruityness. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2008
Dark reddish-brown and hazy. Woody nose with caramel, brown sugar and deep fruitiness. Rich, thick head. Quite fruity, with vibrant hop, brown sugar, caramelized apple. Finishes sweet, sugary, fairly earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle, thanks to Microoakes. Garnet-colored with slightly hazed body and beige, light foamy head and lacing. Aroma of fresh bread crust with strawberry jam. Soft, nice mouthfeel is velvety. Excellent, jammy body with crisp autumnal aftertaste and correspondingly brisk hops. Fruity, slightly burnt. Quite lovely and impressive beer from a brewery that really knows how to respect hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4651) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 27, 2008
(650ml bottle) Purchased at the Strath for $6.99; though I remember buying it at the Spinnakers for $5.60. By the way, the Strath prices is quickly becoming the MOST EXPENSIVE beer store in BC. Compare these prices: Mill Street Coffee Porter @ the Strath $4.90 @ Brewery Creek $2.25; Unibroue 17 @ the Strath $11.99 @ Spinnakers $8.75. Just a heads up for those heading to Victoria this upcoming GCBF. Hopefully they will acknowledge these pricing irregularities and change; if not, be warned and try to plan your trip so as to shop elsewhere.

Pours a thick almond, foamy head with a deep reddish-brown body. Nose is very malty with some prominent hops. It provides typical Phillips PNW hoppiness - some pine and cascade flavours with a good balance of bready malt. The finish includes a smokey malt and bitter hops. A decent beer which hopefully will do well cellaring...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Amber with a thick off white head. Aroma is hoppy, with vedgtables, caramel, alcohol, weird. Taste is a light spiciness, malt, light hoppiness, smoke. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Poured a copper color with small whitish head.Nose was malty, caramel and hoppy.Flavor was hoppy and bitter.Finished off slightly hoppy and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2008
Bottle, thanks a lot Todd! Piney and sweet flowery hops on a smoke background. Red indeed, creamy brown head. Roasty and fine smoked entry, berry and pear notes. Medium chewy body. Roast/smoke and resin exit. I rather liked this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a copper hue. Aroma is caramel, mild hops. Flavor was malt dominant, nothing spectacular, but nothing bad, just kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. This one poured a dark maroon color with a small white head. The aroma shows notes of sweet caramel malts, toasted bread, and some hops. The flavor was much the same with caramel and malt sweetness up front with some bittering hops on the backend. The flavor was kind of bland on this one. Medium bodied with a long bitter finish. This was drinkable, but nothing great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Toasted malts and their fruity caramel compatriots tag a pleasantly resinous and bitter hop sequence in this muscular yet approachable strong ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brownish mahogany.
-The resinous, earthy bitterness is brash and somewhat dry.
-The malts do not carry through into the finish.
-Berries are created by the alliance of caramel malts, hops and chosen yeast.


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