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

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1241) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Brewery Creek in Vancouver. Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Spicy, hoppy slight smoky aroma. Earthy taste that leaves a lingering dry bitterness. Pales in comparison to the Imperial Red Ale I had a while back from Southern Tier, Big Red. This is the rather less impressive Canadian exchange rate version; same size beer, 80% of the value (though rates do fluctuate).

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (9205) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: APR 11, 2013 Pours a deep dark red, with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out notes caramel malts, pronounced citrusy and resinous hops, and a hint dark fruit. Flavour is slightly more muted, with musty, earthy hops, dry caramel malt and toasted bread. A lot more aromatic than flavourful, though is certainly improved from the original recipe - perhaps it’s gotten tweaked over the years. Solid imperial red.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2009
Mild aroma of caramel and hops. Clear cherry brown pour. Good flavor of hops, caramel, toasted malt, some jammy fruit. The body is medium and moderate. Great beer for something new.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Poured a clear cherry wood color. Malty aroma with a light earthy and citrus hop character. The flavor was malty and dull. Light to meidum body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 7, 2009
From Libations; the girl at the counter recommended it and she was not wrong. This poured out a very dark red beneath a smallish head. Aroma was subdued, perhaps malty. Taste was rather more malty, providing a rich mouthfeel and the expected level of sweetness. Unspectacular but still enjoyable.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Deep amber brown beer with a fairly sweet sticky aroma. Caramel, butterscotch and a sweet, sticky undistinguished character. Really boring. Oily, chewy sticky confection. Phillips used to make lots of good beer... this stuff is just awful.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (5319) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 18, 2009
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - pours a clear dark amber - smells like sticky sweet malts, boiled vegetables, and metal - the flavor is pretty much the same - starchy, vegetal, sweet - not much else happening here - wtf?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Pours dark ruby-brown, light beige head with some retention and lacing. Aroma is herbal with notes of dark fruit, berries, and tea. Flavour is curiously subtle, developing sweet tree fruit, caramel, herbs and faint notes of peppery hops. Curious.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (11000) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2008
A nice reddish brown ale with a thick off white head. A wonderful aroma of sweet flowers, treacle, and floral C-hops. In mouth, a caramelly IPA with good roasted notes, and a good hopping. Bottle from Capflu. Shared Aug. 2008, with Capflu, GRM, et al., Brasseurs du temps gathering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2008
Bottle from TheCheeseman at Solan’s Mom Throwdown. Pours a dark ruby. Nose has some definite wood and smoke with a bit of caramel and some citrus. Quite hoppy. Citrusy but not soapy and a long lingering caramel finish. Rather one dimensional but quite good at what it was trying to do.


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