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Brewed by Phillips Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crafted in collaboration with our friends at Great Lakes Brewing from Toronto, buckets of black malt give this beer a deep earthy-brown colour and a huge body. Generous portions of bittering hops add balance and tip the flavour profile definitively to the hoppy side of the scale, while Belgian yeast endows the collaborative brew with a slightly spicy undertone.

Editorís note: initially at 9.1%, went to 7.3% in 2013


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16586) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty citrus hoppy aroma. Roasted malty caramel hoppy bitter flavor with hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty caramel hoppy finish with some weak yeasty hints.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3146) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 6, 2014
very estery, tons of roasty malt, lots of hops. But overall it just doesnít work for me though I am not a massive Belgian IPA fan.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RD400F (180) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
7.3 bottle to tulip glass, the beer pours jet black, no color whatsoever. Hard to discern transparency. The head is a mocha brown in color and very dense with good longevity. Aroma is piney, cirtusy, grassy hops and very fresh smelling. I suspect the color of the beer preserves the aroma better. A bit of biscuit, chocolate and caramel is noticeable but there is a surprising lack of Belgian yeast character that you usually get in the aroma, given the bottle claims BELGIAN black IPA.

Taste....the taste is positively odd. Thereís porter notes...then you get a lot of caramel and chocolate, then smoke and roasted flavours and then a great hop bitterness. Itís like taking an IPA, a porter, a scottish ale and blending them together and keeping all the positive aspects of each. I donít notice a lot of yeast character but there is a lot going on in this beer.

Palate is pretty good...smooth and easy drinking, alcohol undetectable, mouthfeel is medium, co2 is on the low side which hurts this a little.

Overall...I was going in thinking this would be another boring beer or too odd to be good but glad to say Iím wrong. This is very complex and a good beer to boot! My only gripe...there doesnít to be much Belgian about it...kinda sorta.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Masterkush7 (504) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a cola like colour with a nice light tan head. A very unique tasting beer with rosary coffee and chocolate notes similar to a stout with nice pine and grapefruit notes from the hops. A nicely balanced brew and highly enjoyable

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1048) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 12, 2014
Rating #903 - January 12, 2014 - Really excited for this bottle as Cabin Fever from the Snowcase was a killer IBA. Pours a enrapturing black, with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and grassy floral hops, and a yeasty spiciness. Taste is extremely hoppy, resinous grassy floral and noble hop notes tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness of the toasted malt which is the dominant player.Yeast character adds depth and ensures the balance. Great elements of tripel, stout, and IPA laced into one brew. Superb.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimspady (178) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours black with 2 finger tan head with lacing that lasts. Clean hop aroma. Roast coffee and malts in the taste. Oily hops at finish. Pretty enjoyable and well done. Not as much hop as others but balance is good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
7.3% ABV In a bomber from the state run bottle shop Dark cola color, some ruby hues. Light brown collar for head, good soapy lacing. Nose is chalky with earthy pine, grapefruit, and roasted malts and chocolate notes. Slight amount of spice. Taste is a good mix of spice, earth, pine and grapefruit. Bits of overdrawn coffee in the feel and still a bit chalky . Medium full bodied and slightly prickly carbonation. Very solid Black IPA

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagerboy (1217) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
New bomber, 7.3% ABV. Clear hueless deep dark copper, foamy mocha head settles and fades. Aroma of charred caramel, citrus and pine. Taste is dark roast caramel malt, citrus/pine hop, some chocolate and a hint of coffee, no noticeable Belgian influence. Average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Well balanced and very tasty, but still : DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
camelean (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
Black in colour with a caramel colour head. I am surprised I like this as its a Belgian and I generally am not a fan of Belgian beers. I also love the Phillips bottles.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1960) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottled sample. Black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Fairly peppery and spicy in the aroma department, backed by elements of chocolate and bready malts. The Belgian yeast really takes over in the mouth with the fruity/spicy combo dominating the pale malt, citrusy hop, and powdered chocolate notes. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, but the pieces of this puzzle donít quite fit together.


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