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


on tap


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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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

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slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours black with 2 finger tan head with lacing that lasts. Clean hop aroma. Roast coffee and malts in the taste. Oily hops at finish. Pretty enjoyable and well done. Not as much hop as others but balance is good.

fletchfighters (1548) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 21, 2013
7.3% ABV In a bomber from the state run bottle shop Dark cola color, some ruby hues. Light brown collar for head, good soapy lacing. Nose is chalky with earthy pine, grapefruit, and roasted malts and chocolate notes. Slight amount of spice. Taste is a good mix of spice, earth, pine and grapefruit. Bits of overdrawn coffee in the feel and still a bit chalky . Medium full bodied and slightly prickly carbonation. Very solid Black IPA

Lagerboy (2221) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
New bomber, 7.3% ABV. Clear hueless deep dark copper, foamy mocha head settles and fades. Aroma of charred caramel, citrus and pine. Taste is dark roast caramel malt, citrus/pine hop, some chocolate and a hint of coffee, no noticeable Belgian influence. Average carbonation, medium bodied, moderately hopped. Well balanced and very tasty, but still : DNFL (Definitely Not For Lagerboys)

camelean (4) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013 does not count
Black in colour with a caramel colour head. I am surprised I like this as its a Belgian and I generally am not a fan of Belgian beers. I also love the Phillips bottles.

piscator34 (2581) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottled sample. Black in colour with fairly strong carbonation. Fairly peppery and spicy in the aroma department, backed by elements of chocolate and bready malts. The Belgian yeast really takes over in the mouth with the fruity/spicy combo dominating the pale malt, citrusy hop, and powdered chocolate notes. Medium bodied with a very dry finish. Lots of complexity here, but the pieces of this puzzle don’t quite fit together.

Alanthebeerguy (213) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
Not really my style but getting used to it. Dark beer with some character of Belgium style. The nose is malty, yeast , grassy. Taste is dark malts, roasted coffee and that Belgium yeast under tone. Slight hop at the finish to add bitter and dryness. I like that, too many Belgium beers finish sickly sweet. This is a nice beer for the style . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
Seriously, Phillips may very well be my favourite brewery ever. As much as I love Unibroue, Chimay, and a number of other big Belgians, Phillips does so many beers so well that they simply cannot be ignored. Wile I am fairly liquored up at the moment, I cannot help but continue onwards; now, the Puzzler. Pours a murky black with a thick lacy head that refuses to go away. Nose suggests hops and metallic sweetness, while it tastes of a curious blend of dark coffee-like malts, Belgian yeast, and IPA hops. The name is very fitting, and it is a pretty good brew, though I find it has a rather pronounced metallic taste that is detracting from the overall goodness. This is no Hoperation Tripel Cross, but it is still a good’un.

cards04 (2834) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
Very nice. Floral citrus aromas. Meaty resin too. a touch of coffee. strong roasted malts and citrus hops...a nice beer.

stantheman (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2014 On tap at Alibi Room in Gastown. Very dark, with moderate tan head. Roasted malts with hop bitterness featured in the background; perhaps a bit spicy. Not bad.

And recently on tap at St Augustine’s in Vancouver. Decent for type, and very seasonally satisfying, but not as well-rounded as a good porter or stout. A good fall/winter brewsky.

Most recently from a 650 ml bomber, purchased at BC Liquor store in North Burnaby. God-a-mighty! This has to be one of the maltiest, in the sense of heavily roasted malts, ever. Yeh, a bit of a hop note there, way, way in the background.

Echoing another member, I’ve yet to detect anything remotely Belgian in flavor in this beer, but nonetheless easily the best offering to date from Phillips.

dreamflower (791) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 6, 2013
Bottle shared with northropfrye. I really enjoyed this. It was quite dark and roasted flavoured. Excellent.

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