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


on tap

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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Big hop flavours complement this rich dark ale in this ultimate example of fusion between some of our favorite styles of beer! Formerly known as Black Toque.

JoeZasada's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (298) - Beaumont, Alberta, - NOV 19, 2011
Bottle (from HopBox) - Pours a clear but dark brown with a frothy, lasting tan head, lots of lacing on glass. Aroma: roasty malts, some earthiness. Taste is bitter, some malts with a roasty taste, some burnt taste. Warming mouthfeel. Finishes with an earthy bitterness, some roastiness. Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Very good for a cascadian dark!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerAndPonies (128) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
Single 341 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in a straight-sided goblet. Considering how beat-up the edges of the bottle appear, it might have been orphaned a while. I love the very craft-esque label, with hand-drawn art on not-glossy paper and definitions for the word "skookum" down the side. Pours a deep cola caramel with a huge tan head, leaving generous lacing. Aroma initially consists of herbal hops, like pasta sauce cooking spices, and something mushroom-like and earthy over a current of rye toast and faint sweet caramel. The flavor flips things around, and is mostly deep-roasted malts, cocoa nibs, and coffee beans, initially distractingly bitter, but then settling back to being just roasty, and with a hint of caramel, with the herbal hops lurking behind. Slightly thick, with a short bitter finish. A strange aroma profile, but a good imperial stout-like flavor. Definitely "skookum".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MunBro (895) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
Not a bad Cascadian Brown Ale - nice bitter burst of citrus hops, but unfortunately something tasted off balance in the malts - almost a sharp metallic taste which was disjointed from the rest of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (903) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a ruby hue and frothy tan head. This tastes like a sessionable version of Puzzler; a little lighter, less roasty and less hoppy, but still that slight roasty bitterness with a balanced hoppy bite. Not bad. Palate is a touch watery, but still flavourful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oldschool_Mike (208) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2014
Bottle into IPA glass. Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is piney and floral hops. Taste is grapefruity bitterness with a nice malty backbone. Excellent beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LarryBeast (611) - - JUN 27, 2014
355ml bottle. Hadn’t had this in a long time and (as seems to happen) I didn’t love it quite as much this time around. Smoky burnt malt, molasses, cocoa, coffee, tin can, blend of west coast hops. Full-bodied, slick and earthy with great bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (903) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, white head that dies down fast and leaves a wall of lace. Nose is fresh and nutty, touch of hops. Tastes malty like a stout, hop bitter, a little chalky on the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
simonblaine (470) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours black, frothy head. Aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is much the same, lovely strong beer full of flavour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RumRunner101 (902) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Deep brown pour with tan head and good lacing throughout. Aroma is charred malts and citrus hops. flavour has coffee, toast, and is packed full with PNW hops. Lingering pine bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2013 Re-rate: Beer 19 in the Phillips Snowcase - no changes to deScription or scores. 341ml bottle from the Phillips HopBox mix pack from Coop. Pours a darker coffee brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and citrus, grainy hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, nut brown sweetness. But then again, I love black "pale" ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5509) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Tap. Pours a clear dark brown body with a fizzy light brown head. The nose is nice bright citrusy hops, dry chocolate malt, and a bit of light roast. The flavor is brightly hoppy with a fairly hefty bitterness over a dry chocolate malt base. Lingering citrusy bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft gently carbonation. A really nice hoppy Porter. Second best beer on that that day.

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