Phillips Snowcase 2015 Day #4 – Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #4

  • My Rating: [B-, downgraded from B],  I gave it a (3.3 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-I had this one just 2 weeks ago as part of the 2014 Snowcase Calendar. IRC I liked it.


on the front-right label:

Anubis is your guide through the dark depths of this Java laden journey, featuring a deep black coffee crema and an intensely rich & roasted character. Methodically crafted with only the best espresso, this one-eyed jackal is no wild card.

  • Style: (Coffee) Flavoured Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Burnt coffee cola soy malt dark chocolate bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

(2015-11-19 tasting): Visual: Pours jet black with a very small disappearing head, thin hazy micro retention. Nose: sweet malty burnt roasted coffee. (lvl-10)-pungency. Attack: slick-fizzy-tingly. Mid-palate: more bubbly mouthfeel, (MAIN) roasted coffee, caramel malts, cola, hints of vanilla -> (lvl-6)-sweetness. Finish: subdued sour, light roast, chocolate malt burnt bittersweet. Summary: Decent flavours, enjoyable. It feels a bit lacking in boldness; the mids end too quickly.


[December 6, 2015 re-tasting]:

Nose: aromatic freshly roasted coffee beans, light coffee acidity. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: slick-half oily, crisp, incoming malts

Mid-palate: watery mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, medium sourness, (MAIN) burnt roasted coffee, cola, brown sugar malts

Finish: soy sauce, dark chocolate bitterness.

Summary: The second time around it feels like it needs more body and creaminess in the mids. Also not particularly liking the coffee sourness. Downgraded from 3.5 rating.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Day #3 – Apteryx IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #3

Apteryx India Pale Ale – Phillips Brewing, 6.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“From the land of the kiwi comes this fruity IPA. Apteryx prominently features Nelson Sauvin hops, famous for their stamp of tropical fruit flavours and aromas of freshly crushes grapes. This IPA is sweet as.

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Stonefruit-mango creamy smooth rounded hopped bitter
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: quite enjoyable

Visual: Pours tangerine orange a small dissipating head, thin hazy layer of retention, lots and lots of singular steady streams.

Nose: faint stonefruit. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: creamy-silky, incoming fruitiness

Mid-palate: tingly-crisp, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) apricot-mango, toffee fruity malt

Finish: rounded dry grassy bitter hops, clean finish.

Summary: Bursting with big stonefruity-tropical flavour. Overall quite good though wished for more sustained body in late mids to finish. A memorable beer from Phillips that I’ve had in awhile.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #2 – Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch (re-tasting)

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #2

  • My Rating: [C, downgraded from C+],  I gave it a (2.7 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Analogue 78 B Side Kolsch – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-This was featured in their 2014 Snowcase on Day #11, which I previously reviewed in April.

  • Style: (lager) Kölsch
  • Taste: Basic semi-sweet crisp lager barley malt
  • How much I got it for: $80.50 CAD, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t buy Snowcase just for this

(April 2015 Tasting):

Visual: Pours light straw yellow with a large lasting cream-foamy head, sticky lacing, lots of fast steady streams. Nose: red apple, sweet malts, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency. Attack: crisp, half-creamy light fizzy mouthfeel,  Mid-palate: (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) barley, light malt, red apple Finish: super soft hopped bite, clean smooth off-dry malt finish. Summary: Initial sips were very crisp and smooth, the latter last ones were pretty average. In other words, nothing to write home about.

[December 3, 2015 Re-tasting]

Nose: faint sweet lager malt. (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, micro fizzy

Mid-palate: thin flavour, (lvl-4)-sweetness, (MAIN) grainy lager barley malt, bready

Finish: almost citrusy/soapy, off-dry malt, palate roughness.

Summary: Less pungency than this time around and no apple. Flavour is pretty basic and dull. Still can’t write home about this one.

Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #1 – Anxiety Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2015 Calendar Day #1

Anxiety Ale – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

-2015 is nearing its end and 2016 is just around the corner. This time of year brings 2 annual beer calendars to Beautiful British Columbia, one of which is Victoria’s Phillips Snowcase. Last year I failed to finish the 2014 calendar tasting due to other… tasting commitments, but this year will be different, I promise! Also it’ll be easier this year since they only have so many new brews to include in the box. Without further ado, let’s kick off 2015’s close and welcome the New Year!

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(It took me 1 year to get through 15 beers…)

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on the front-right label:

“The holidays are full of surprises and not all of them are welcome. Despite the seasonal pressures , we hope you enjoy the fermented surprises our elves have tucked away for the next 23 days This first beer is full of rich Belgian flavour and pours a deep red due to the addition of beets. Welcome to the Snowcase!”

  • Style: (Beet) Flavoured Ale
  • Taste: Crisp sweet barley malt subtle beet earthy
  • How much I got it for: $80.50 CAD, November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: don’t buy Snowcase just for this

Visual: Pours clear reddish orange, barely any head, ringed retention, lots and lots of very fast steady streams.

Nose: sour acidity, beet rootiness in the background, mild funk (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, thin viscosity, fizzy CO2

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) sweet liquid malt, subtle beetroot earthiness, almost salty

Finish: lingering malt, mild palate rough finish.

Summary: Is this really and 8%’er?? ABV is undeniably well hidden from start to finish, drinks more like a 5%. Beetroot is there in the mids but it doesn’t elevate the beer profile. Coincidentally I’ve been eating air-fried beets for the past couple of days and I can surely identify its presence in this brew. Overall just an average drinkable beer, though not very inspiring being the 1st of 24.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #15 – Oatmeal Stout

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #15

Oatmeal Stout – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“A snowcase exclusive, roasted oats were added to the mash of this full-bodied stout and add smooth textures with a hint of sweetness. With rich roasted notes, slight coffee and hints of chocolate, this beer is the perfect partner for your next fireside session.”

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  • Style: Oatmeal Stout
  • Taste: Sweet roasted barley malt mild cola background acidity
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not particularly special

Visual: Pours pitch black with a small 1mm dissipating head, ringed retention, lots of singular tight streams around the perimeter.

Nose: burnt roasted malts, cola background (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: fizzy/tingly-slick, AIRY

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, background underlying acidity, (MAIN) roasted barley malt, cola,

Finish: more roasted barley malt subtle bitter-sweet, malty malty malty.

Summary: Drinks great at 11°C. Nothing too special here, lots of roasted malt, medium length and body, wished for more complexity.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #14 – Elsinore (Lager)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #14

Elsinore – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Elsinore is authentically brewed & cold fermented using superior yeast, first-rate two-row barley and the finest hops.”

  • Style: (pale) Lager
  • Taste: sweet almost salty bready liquid barley malt
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: uncharacteristically boring

Visual: Pours cloudy golden marmalade orange without much head, very thin ringed retention, large bits of suspended sediment.

Nose: sweet liquid lager malt, sour citrus in the background. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bready

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) liquid barley malt

Finish: malty sweet aftertaste, dull bitter hops

Summary: Very plain and very boring. No complexity whatsoever, but drinkable at least.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #12 – Crazy 8s Annu-Ale (IIPA)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #12

Crazy 8s Annu-Ale – Phillips Brewing, 8.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

more info about this beer can be found on their Snowcase website:

on the front-right label:

“Happy Holidays to you! We brought back one of our favourite anniversary ales to b ring cheer and good times to all. Enjoy this hoppy gift to your palate!”

  • Style: Imperial IPA / Double IPA
  • Taste: Controlled citrus grapefruit hopped bitter toffee malt SMOOTH
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: Pours clear golden orange with a small lasting foamy head, a decent layer of retention, several slow but steady streams.

Nose: bursting lively citrus hops, strong floral notes (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: creamy mouthfeel-smooth, subdued sweet hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) orange citrus, soft biting grapefruit bitter hops, toffee malts

Finish: lingering bitter hoppiness, smooth finish.

Summary: All-around easy drinking IIPA where you don’t feel the ABV or the heavy hops. Fabulous.