gramity (1217) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with thick, foamy head. Cedar smoke aroma with evergreen and doughy chewiness. Light sweetness balanced by strong, bitter hopping. Thick and full-bodied, moderate carbonation, long bitter hop finish.
DuffMan (5795) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Whoooo, Iím clearly against the grain on this one. This is a fine IPA I suppose, in the sense it is assertively hopped. But the blackness was hidden under the abundance of hops, and unfortunately Iíve become hyper-sensitized to the powdery/perfumey quality to the hops that Phillips has been using. I presume itís the hops (as opposed to the yeast or malt), since it has been present in every hop-heavy Phillips brew for me of late. It is really distracting and unenjoyable. I reckon I could pick out a Phillips IPA in a blind tasting of 20+ IPAs because of it. Oh well, Iím the black sheep on this one!
blankboy (5616) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at íProject Xí at Wvrst, Nov. 8. Pours a very dark amber-brown, almost black, with a small diminishing frothy tan head. Nice aroma of leafy hops first followed by lightly roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Flavour is super hoppy with a very bitter finish -- Itís all about the hops. Medium bodied. Man, I did not expect this to be as hoppy it was.
jmikolich (1308) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Mcberko, Thanks! Dank and tropical in one? with toasty roast? crazy good, no detection of belgian yeast profile because the hops and toast taste just dominate but in a good way.. Iím really starting to dig black IPAs and this is a great one.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with think tan head. Nice cascade hop aroma. Roastiness, with slight sweetness. Dry finish.
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crazy good. From the bottle the huge flower hop aroma surprised me. Then the pour was almost black with frothy beige head. Taste was mild bitter.
Gerbeer (1234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours black with light white head. Aromas of pines, grapefruit, and roasted malts. Similar flavors reminiscent of a CDA or Black IPA plus coffee and chicory. Very nice.
WheatKing (983) - Oak Bay, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Woah Nelly was this ever good. If this really is a one-time offering that never returns I consider it a tragedy. Citrus on the nose, if you close your eyes and sip, it at first just tastes like a regular good quality IPA with a bit of grainy depth from the black malt. But the Belgian finish gives a sweet tone that blends well with the bitterness, does not clash in any way. No alcohol. Top shelf beer.
matt7215 (2071) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber shared by jsprime, with me and joel. deep brown, minimal tan head, undercarbonated. nose isnt overly expressive, some hops and dark malt. the flavour is similar but really starts to build as it warms. this went from being a 3.3 to a 3.7 by the end of the glass.
solidfunk (2592) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This smells great from the get-go. Citrus and tangerine. Pours clear but black, if that makes sense. Some decent head and great lacing.
Hops smells pretty good. Not super bitter but just enough with some sweetness. A touch of fruit on the end of this. On tap at volos.