JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at GLB Movember Tap Takeover. Deep brown-black pour. The nose is a little bit hoppy and earthy. Intensely hoppy and bitter. Earthy chocolate and a bit of chewy bitterness. Very pithy bitterness that is almost excessive. I like it, but the bitterness could have been dialled back a touch.
Sammy (7709) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
multi servings at GL WVRST takeover. Black with almost no head. Wonderful aroams, the cascade and the roast in perfect harmony. Fuller mouthfeel, smooth. Hops, roast, in a great ale. Very good drinkability.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012-11-08. Very dark brown-black bod with a small tan head and nice head and lace. Good amount of leafy green hops in the aroma, modest dry roast malt, muted cocoa undertones. 7+ Flavour is similar with a leafy green hop character, mild dry roast, modest bitterness throughout, surprising amount of chocolate malt in the background grows more prominent in the finish. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. 3+ Very nice! On tap at Project X at Wvrst, Toronto
HogTownHarry (5906) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
November 16, 2012 - on draught at Bar Hop as "Great Lakes x Phillips Puzzler" ... nearly black, ruby highlights, with a solid frothy tan head. Dry aroma - cocoa powder, alcohol, mint, table cream - a bit spicy, not all that bitter, some resin and grassy notes. Taste is very nicely balanced - solid non-thick non-sweet nutshell roast malt and a building herbal / dry grass bitterness - some alcohol. solid body, a little astringent, decent carbonation, starts burnt and malty, finishes mostly bitter, but could stand a little more hop aggression. Solid brew.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A perfumy yeasty Black IPA. Decent.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed fresh less than 2 month after beer release. Bottle sent to me by mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head.
In long: The hoppy nose is disturbingly perfumy, the type of floral hops that I find a little too fake perfume like some kind of Febrezeô. Taste has timid roasted cereals, burnt toasts, a lot of yeast, a sip of black coffee, notes of black chocolate, awkward cloves, a whole lot of perfumy floral hops. Bitterness of medium intensity. Comfortable Belgian style body with a lively carbonation. A well balance beer but there was something about the overwhelmingly perfumy hops signature that bothered me, something I get from too many Black IPAs these days. Seems like most people enjoyed this one, but I didnít, and I am allowed to express my opinion, I just want to be respected for who I am, someone who doesnít deserve any respect, is that too much to ask?
DuffMan (5777) - 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 (5603) - 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.
mabel (5183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[4929-20121108] Tap. Light fruity toasted malt aroma has a bit of a toasted pumpkin seed note. Clear, dark dark mahogany brown body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Lightly roasted coffee malt flavour has a sweet toasted bread note and nice hoppy notes throughout. Medium-full body. Great. (8/4/8/4/17) 4.1
(Project X @ Wvrst, Toronto, ON)
mcberko (4786) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 650mL bottle, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma is very roasted, with deeply roasted charred malt and a fairly prominent hop presence further back in the nose. Flavour is very rich and flavourful, with loads of dry roasted malt, balanced beautifully with the perfect amount of bitter hop presence. Extremely full-bodied, with a creamy palate that transitions beautifully from the dark roasted malt to the moderate hoppiness. No Belgian qualities that I detect. Rich and warming - executed really well to how a black IPA should. Surprisingly awesome offering from Phillips (and Great Lakes). Easily my favourite of theirs.
presario (4420) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
American election vs. catching up with The Voice. Canít decide which one i want to be Prez or if the yeast improves or detracts from the Black IPA. Didnít Phillips invent the style? Now they want to change/improve/re-interpret the style? Black with good lastingly clingy ghostly head. Aroma of dark malt twisted with Belgian yeast. Flavour is tasty dark malt, hops and yes the yeast does give it an enjoyable twist.