Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a clear dark black with a light brown frothy head that leaves some lots of sticky lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, fain chocolate, some roast malts and a small hint of booze. Flavor is roasted malts, cocoa and coffee up front with a big balanced citrus hop flavor on the finish. Very well balanced between the hops and roasted malts. Bery smooth for a 9.1% beer. lupulist (348) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a thick black colour with a full and persistent head. Aromas of grapefruit hops, Belgian yeast, and dark malts. Taste is very stout-y with the malts, and the hops really round it out nicely. The alcohol can be tasted on the bitter finish. It’s too bad they only made one batch of this! andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 Pours a black transparent colour with a decent size tan head leaving some lace up the glass. Aromas of pine and citrus, roasted malts, and some mild spicy Belgian yeast phenols. Flavours of citrus, resin, pine, roasted malts, slightly burnt, medium-high bitterness from hops and a little assist from the dark malts, coffee, mild spicy Belgian yeast and a dry finish. mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
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. WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - NOV 24, 2012
Woah Nelly was this ever good. If this really is a one-time offering that never returns I consider it a tragedy. Citrus on the nose, if you close your eyes and sip, it at first just tastes like a regular good quality IPA with a bit of grainy depth from the black malt. But the Belgian finish gives a sweet tone that blends well with the bitterness, does not clash in any way. No alcohol. Top shelf beer.
RD400F (226) - 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.
UXO (1896) - CANADA - APR 18, 2014
Taste....the taste is positively odd. There’s porter notes...then you get a lot of caramel and chocolate, then smoke and roasted flavours and then a great hop bitterness. It’s like taking an IPA, a porter, a scottish ale and blending them together and keeping all the positive aspects of each. I don’t 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 I’m wrong. This is very complex and a good beer to boot! My only gripe...there doesn’t to be much Belgian about it...kinda sorta.
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. LarryBeast (616) - - OCT 27, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2015 650ml bottle. Black with thick, foamy head. Cedar smoke aroma with evergreen and doughy chewiness. Light sweetness balanced by strong, bitter hopping. Thick and full-bodied, moderate carbonation, long bitter hop finish. A truly unique creation. Pleasantly surprised. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 6, 2012
American election vs. catching up with The Voice. Can’t decide which one i want to be Prez or if the yeast improves or detracts from the Black IPA. Didn’t 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. cfrancis (3535) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Thanks to Reimer for picking this up for me. Pours black with a big beige frothy top. Aroma of lightly roasted malts and citrus hops. Taste is a great balance of a nice porter with roasted malts, bitter chocolate and velvet mouthfeel and and citrus hop IPA. Great hop flavours and bitterness of citrus hops and finished with a nice dry palate. Great beer!