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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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


JHunter's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, - NOV 11, 2012
Pours a dark black with a medium brown coloured head. The aroma is strong grapefruit and floral hops, with a cotton candy Belgian yeast notes at the start but more of a spiciness after. The flavour is sweet roasted malts with a bit of floral hop and a decent bitterness. enjoyable a different take on the CDA


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11866) - 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 (19) - 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 (5975) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (29691) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (395) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2014
Draft, thick black pour, nice bit of off white head. Aroma is heavy on the hops, very fruity, roasted malts. Taste, very smooth, hops, roasted malts, well rounded, I didnít pick up on the yeasty side of things but that might have been do to the fact that I was pairing this with food. Either way, nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15588) - 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 (2978) - 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 (158) - 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 (381) - 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


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