Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #22 – Cherry Hieter Smoked Cherry Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #22

Cherry Hieter Smoked Cherry Ale – Phillips Brewing, 7.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Buckets of fresh cherries and house-smoked malts highlight this fruit fortified seasonal. Flavours of sweet cherries are balanced by a strong malt backbone and finish with a whisp of smoke. This brew is ripe for the sipping.”

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Ingredients: water, cherries, malted & smoked barley, hops, yeast.

  • Style: (smoked, cherry) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Smoky thin body barley malt mild cherry short length
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: meh

Visual: Pours translucent reddish brown with a small dissipating head, thin layer of micro retention, clusters of steady streams, a bit of lacing.

Nose: oak (?) woody smoked, background tanginess. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, immediate fruity woody smoky

Mid-palate: persistent smokiness, fizzy-tingly, background light tangy, (MAIN) mild caramel barley malt, cherry undertones

Finish: smoky exhale, thin body watery sweet malt finish.

Summary: Quite smoky, as advertised, but not sure what they were trying to accomplish. The smoke doesn’t particularly elevate the malt, nor is the cherry especially luscious. A below average result of a novel beer.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #18 – Krypton Rye PA

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #18

Krypton Rye PA – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Better tasting than a speeding bullet. krypton will be hard not to drink in a single gulp. Spicy rye malt and big citrus hop flavours make krypton the perfect refreshment in your fortress of solitude. Hop, hop and away!”

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  • Style: (Rye, IPA) Specialty Grain
  • Taste: Orange citrusy sweet barley malt mild white pepper bitter melon hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not bad, but forgettable

Visual: Pours translucent golden orange without much head, a thin spotty layer of retention, only a few singular very slow steady streams.

Nose: honey-toffee malt, orange citrus undertones. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker mouthfeel, incoming malty

Mid-palate: half-creamy, (MAIN) orange-citrusy hops, sweet barley malt-> (lvl-5)-sweetness

Finish: white peppery rye with bitter melon hopped bitterness dry finish.

Summary: Good interesting incorporation of rye into the IPA. An enjoyable brew of citrus, malt and bitter hops.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #17 – Skookum Cascadian Brown Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #17

Longboat Chocolate Porter – Phillips Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“SKOOKUM [skookum m] (adjective) From Chinook, West coast North America

  1. A monster indigenous to the cascade region
  2. Strong, reliable and/or hard working
  3. IPA with big, bold hop characteristics and a smooth, rich maltiness
  4. The unofficial fuel of the cascadian revolution”

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  • Style: Black IPA
  • Taste: Roasted barley malt sharp piney & citrus hopped bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a shot

Visual: Pours cola dark brown with a decent creamy dissipating head, a 1mm layer of retention with sticky lacing, clusters of fast streams.

Nose: sweet bread, toasted-light roasted malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: slick-crisp, half creamy-tingly

Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) dry piney & citrus tangy bitter hops, brown sugar, roasted barley malt

Finish: lingering sharp hoppy bitterness, roasted woody malt exhale, resiny finish.

Summary: A very drinkable balance of smooth entry, sharp bitter, and roasted malts. Good texture throughout.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #16 – Longboat Chocolate Porter (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #16

  • My Rating: [C, downgraded from C+],  I gave it a (2.8 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Longboat Chocolate Porter – Phillips Brewing, 5.2% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Classic pairings in history: Hall & Oates, Bob & Doug Mckenzie, C3pO & R2. Phillips has discovered another classic combination… chocolate & beer. Longboat is a rich dark ale, with a smooth chocolate finish.”

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Ingredients: water, barley, hops, yeast, cocoa powder & chocolate flavour

  • Style: (flavoured, Chocolate) Porter
  • Taste: Thin body cocoa powder light roast malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no a second time

(Initial tasting, June 2012: Tasting notes: pours coffee black, almost no head, thin ringed retention, a couple of slow-moving CO2 streams. Cocoa powder and coffee on the nose. Disappointingly thin flavoured up front, transitions into chocolate/cocoa, super light malts, light roasted coffee, light cream, but an awfully thin and watery body and backbone. Finishes mellow roasted bitter with burpy CO2. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, good transitions, so-so carry, decent drinkability. Nose is better than the actual taste, not much oompth there.)

January 11, 2016 re-tasting:

Visual: Pours very dark brown with a small dissipating head, thin ringed retention, lots of fast streams.

Nose: cocoa powder, chocolate malt. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly/micro-fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) cocoa powder, cola, brown sugar malt

Finish: mild roast, thin body caramel malty semi-sweet finish.

Summary: The chocolate flavour is predominantly the cocoa powder type – basic, not like the the chocolate bar type with the cocoa butter

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #24 – krampusnacht

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #24

krampusnacht – Phillips Brewing, 9.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Welcome to the darker side of Christmas. There really is something for everyone. Specially spiced in the spirit of the season with elevated gravity to warm your chilled soul. Walk softly or old Krampus might whoop yer butt.”

Ingredients: water, barley hops, yeast, Belgian candy sugar, grains of paradise, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves

  • Style: Spiced Strong Ale
  • Taste: Overpowering grains of paradise cinnamon nutmeg sweet malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: an okay experimental

Visual: Pours translucent beer  bottle brown with a smallish creamy dissipating head, thin layer of retention, singular and coupled clusters of steady streams.

Nose: huge cinnamon & grains of paradise – resembles orange chocolate.(lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick, incoming sweet

Mid-palate: (lvl-8)-sweetness, micro fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) cinnamon, grains of paradise, toffee malt,

Finish: residual malt heavy sweetness

Summary: It drinks just like the nose –  full of spices, almost overpoweringly so with a heavy sweetness. Too much of the orangy grains of paradise element and not enough caramel/brown sugar malt to dampen the spices. Still tolerable.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #23 – Barrel-Aged Puzzler Belgian Black IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #23

Barrel-Aged Puzzler Black IPA – Phillips Brewing, 7.3% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Our original Puzzler recipe is aged in freshly emptied bourbon barrels. Midnight roasted malt, Belgian yeast, and American hops, are infused with velvet textures.”

  • Style: (bourbon barrel-aged) Black IPA
  • Taste: Chocolate roasted malt bourbon anise
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: yes, super smooth
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, delicious

Visual: Pours dark coffee brown without a significant head, very thin spotty retention, a few microbubbles here and there.

Nose: roasted barley malt, chocolate. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, incoming roast

Mid-palate: creamy-fizzy, (lvl-6)-sweetness, background sourness, (MAIN) chocolate, roasted malt, bourbon

Finish: bourbon heat + mild oaked exhale, anise, thick malty finish.

Summary: Drinks super smooth with a sweet touch yet soft roasty bitterness. Surprisingly well-balanced.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #22 – Siddhartha (Spiced Ale)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #22

Siddhartha – Phillips Brewing, 7.8% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Siddhartha is a harmoniously balanced ale unified in flavour and body. This legendary beer was originally brewed for Temple Restaurant, one of our earliest supporters, and has not been conjured from the subconscious for 11 years. Experience until complete.”

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  • Style: (lemongrass, juniper, coriander) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Crisp subtly spiced sweet barley malt honey
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not too spectacular

Visual: Pours clear light golden orange without much head, thin ringed retention, slow and steady singular streams.

Nose: sour liquid barley malt, light funk. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, incoming sweetness

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, fizzy-tingly, (MAIN) honey, barley malt, juniper, mild lemongrass

Finish: coriander, malty sweet finish.

Summary: Nicely balanced where you have to search for the flavours to find them. Moderately interesting with good drinkability.