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

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RATINGS: 69   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.

Editor’s note: initially at 9.1%, went to 7.3% in 2013


RumRunner101's rating

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RumRunner101 (808) - Alberta, - NOV 15, 2012
Deep, dark pour with a thick brown head. Aroma is nice - candied grapefruit with a hint or roasted malts. Flavour is grapefruit with some sweetness and the slightest bit of funk along with burnt toast. Finishes with a lingering bitterness. The taste was lighter than it looks. Alcohol well hidden. A sipper.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerGolem (715) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle 650 ml. Pours dark brown with thick frothy beige head and lots of lacing. Aroma features an interesting mix of hops, Belgian yeast and spices, Taste is on par. Full bodied beer. Really good black IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardW (1548) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2014
Bottle from Jasper wine cellar & liquor store. Light yeasty aroma; with mango and pineapple notes. Very different to other BIPAs I’ve had. Light body, subtle roast with a semi sweet finish. Would have liked a bit more oomph to it!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5148) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2014
13/VI/14 - 65cl bottle from a trade @ Klaas’ place, Gentse Biervereniging, Bier van de Maand, blind tasting - BB: 12/VII/14 (2014-630) Thanks to McBerko for the trade!

Clear red to purple brown beer, huge creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: chlorine, bit soapy, peaches and apricots, lots of apricots! MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very hoppy, lots of coffee, bitter hops, bit chemical, fruity, lots of apricots. Aftertaste: bitter, coffee, bit sourish, very fruity, fresh and dried apricots, bitter hops, dry bitter ending. Very decent beer, still too much to the black and not enough to the ipa side for my liking.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suedehead288 (409) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2014
2014.06 - ’bier van de maand’-proeverij ten huize Klaas - wordt bij deze afgevinkt - lekkere geur, perzik, koffie - zacht van smaak

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentAle (790) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 4, 2014
Aroma is that of dark malts, clove and yeast. Taste is a roasty maltiness that is paired with a very pronounced bitterness that lingers until finish. Body is black with a bubbly pearl head that retains well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
Pretty close to black and with a lot of head. Aroma has lots of piney hop and some vague yeasty phenols in the background. Very fruity like chocolate covered oranges, lots of bitterness, dry finish, with a hint of alcohol late. Phenols are very subtle. Nice brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (410) - CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Pours nearly black with just a hint of cola brown at the edge, two fingers of persistent tan head and moderate lacing. Nose is piney hops, roasted malt, Belgian yeast. Taste follows suit, with citrusy and earthy hops leading the way, and chocolate malt following. More medium than full-bodied, surprisingly light for such a dark beer, and smooth, with a dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6990) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2014
Bottle thanks to Matt, shared with friends. Pours near black with a light brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces nicely. Aroma has a combination of dark grains and roasted malts with a nice earthy but bitter pine note. Flavor is similar with dark grains and pine with some roasted malts backing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 26, 2014
En fût à Alibi Room (liste #503). Noir sombre avec une mousse moyenne marron. L’arôme du malt torréfié et café. Le goût est d’abord du malt torréfié, ensuite du café amer avec une longue finale d’une amertume moyenne. C’est aussi un peu terreux. Il resemble le Puzzler classique, mais plus fort.
Earlier Rating: 10/21/2013 Total Score: 3.4
Noir sombre avec une teinte rouge. Un col marron du taille moyenne. L’arôme est de malt rôti, du chocolat, et du café puis du houblon mais pas un houblon d’agrumes, c’est plutôt un arôme amer. D’abord, le goût est du malt rôti et du café, puis une finale amère moyenne qui le rend un peu terreux. L’après goût est pas est d’un amertume assez sévére.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15260) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
From BC Liquors, 7.3% ABV
Black color with generous beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, with a fresh whiff. The mouthfeel is very dry, with strong roasted malt flavor, burnt coffee; strong bitterness with no discernible hop qualities.
Quite good, but too monodimensional.


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