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


on tap

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2014
65 cl bottle. Pours cloudy brown with a huge brown head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate and grapefruity. Smooth fruity, grapefruity and citrusy. Lingering fruity and dark malty. Roasted far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16250) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (14294) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (8358) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7456) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
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.

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