mcberko (4053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 25, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
650mL bottle, pours a cloudy dark amber / brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of licorice, ginger, nutmeg, and some chocolate. Flavour is more muffled, with anise, nutmeg, ginger, licorice, mint and muted chocolate malts - all competing with one another rather than working together. Fun experiment I guess, but this was not enjoyable.
mgermani (967) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a pale brownish-amber with a light, loose head and a mild herbal (not surprisingly root-beer-like) aroma. Taste is confusingly herbal, not much of the root beer to overpower the malt and hops, very watery. Very mild carbonation, thin body. Novel, but lacking in conviction.
stantheman (362) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2011
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 I won’t spend a lot of time on this one. A major fail by Phillips. Truly insipid. Fails as beer, and fails as root beer. A sink pour!
manuchampions (1217) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
650ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a murky chestnut brown with a persistent half inch of tan foam. Aroma is typically root beer in essence; ginger, licorice, some spice and a latent caramel malt beneath. Taste is an odd clash between all things that make a root beer enjoyable and all things that make a beer suspect. The malt cuts against the root beer making for an ugly collision on the palate. This has all the hallmarks of a novelty beer but none of charm of one that succeeds. Not sure what Phillips were going for here.