Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8 – Dr. Funk Dunkel

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #8

Dr. Funk Dunkel (Bavarian Dark Lager) – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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

on the front-right label:

“Hustling his way through the mean streets of beertown, Doctor Funk, the grand uncle of dunkel, can smooth out any situation all by his sassy-as-molasses bad self. Let the good doctor prescribe a heavy dose of malts with this dark lager that’s good for what ails ya. Damn right.”

  • Style: Dunkel
  • Taste: Malt light cola molasses
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours dark brown with a small disappearing head, a thin fine layer of retention, scattered loose fast streams.

Nose: thick caramel malts, light roast, brown sugar, molasses (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp

Mid-palate: fizzy, (lvl-5)-sweetness (MAIN) cola, caramel malts, molasses

Finish: burpy, airy, malty finish.

Summary: Decent, drinkable medium-bodied brew. Not much depth or “big” flavour. As with this style, low hop profile.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #7 – Blue Buck (English Pale Ale)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #7

Blue Buck (English Pale Ale) – Phillips Brewing, 5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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

on the front-right label:

“It’s always open season to bag a few of these session ales. Bronze in colour, this medium bodied beer is characterized by distinct north-west hops & complemented by a robust malt flavour. The result, a well balanced and highly drinkable ale with a  crisp finish.”

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  • Style: English Pale Ale
  • Taste:
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours clear light brown with a small dissipating head, a nice clean thin layer of retention, lots of varied speed/size activity.

Nose: sweet barley malt, some bread. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: airy-yeasty

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

Finish: grainy-bread, semi-sweet malt finish.

Summary: Pretty boring, just sweet barley malt, not much hop profile or anything else.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6 – Schottleweizen (Dunkelweizen)

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #6

Schottleweizen – Phillips Brewing, 7.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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

on the front-right label:

“Inspired by a journey to the dark side of the Matterhorn, explorer and beer architect Benjamin Schottle dreamt of a beer where roast flavours play with fruit sweetness & a slight bright tartness. The Schottleweizen is born”

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  • Style: Dunkelweizen
  • Taste: Malty banana wheat caramel clean sweet
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

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

Nose: sweet brown sugar malts, toast, slight sournesss. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp, fizzy

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) toasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, cola, banana wheat

Finish: malty sweet finish.

Summary: Extremely easy-drinking. Sweet wheat caramel malts all day long. Alcohol totally stealth.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5 – Amnesiac Double IPA

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #5

Amnesiac Double IPA – Phillips Brewing, 8.5% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Darn, another double (pun pun pun), one that I’ve previously tried and reviewed here. Hopefully Day #6 will be something novel.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #4 – Ginger Beer

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #4

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

on the front-right label:

“With more ginger than Gilligan can handle, some might be surprised at the instant blast of flavour and aroma from this true ginger beer, but that doesn’t take away from it’s sheer quaffability… And it’s killer with sushi.”

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  • Style: (ginger) Spiced Ale
  • Taste: Real ginger light toffee malt thin-bodied ginger burn
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nope

Visual: Pours clear copper light brown with a dissipating small fizzy head, a very thin ringed retention, several slow-steady singular streams.

Nose: real ginger/sushi ginger, light toffee malts. Fragrant. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: ginger root numbness, light fizzy

Mid-palate: thin-bodied, (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) fresh ginger root, light toffee malt

Finish: medium intensifying ginger burn, thin-watery mouthfeel, long dry ginger burn finish.

Summary: Good real ginger flavour but that’s about it; no body, depth, texture, or complexity to back it up.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3 – Octofox India Pale Ale

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #3

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

on the front-right label:

“Straight from our hoptomology lab, hybrid hop combinations alter IPA structures to yield unique flavour sequences. With soft citrus and fresh pine balanced against a full-bodied malt backbone, Octofox is selectively crafted to be broadly enjoyed.”

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  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Citrusy grapefruit caramel malt bitter hops
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not quite

Visual: Pours translucent golden brown with a smallish dissipating head, a fine micro-layer of retention, light fine-sticky lacing, several slow-spread out streams.

Nose: orange-citrus hops, hoppy malt (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, tingly

Mid-palate: incoming hoppy bitterness, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) medium caramel malts, grapefruit hops, metallic, pine

Finish: citrusy bitter hopped finish.

Summary: Very citrusy, moreso than usual bitter hopped IPAs. Malts carries through to the finish. Not particularly fascinating but quite drinkable.

Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #2 – Old Pappy’s Smooth Sailin’ Amber Lager

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Phillips Snowcase 2014 Calendar Day #2

Old Pappy’s Smooth Sailin’ Amber Lager – Phillips Brewing, 5.0% ABV – 341ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front-right label:

“Through rough waters and treacherous seas, Old Pappy finds the sliver of light in a darkened sky and laughs in the face of adversity. Raise a glass to blind faith and enough positive thought to float a boat in the storm of storms.”

  • Style: Amber Lager
  • Taste: Crisp numbing med-sweet malty bread lager
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Pours golden orange without much head, a thin half-layer of retention, lots of fast ‘n steady streams.

Nose: liquid malts, barley, bread/grain. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, tongue-numbing

Mid-palate: (lvl-5)-sweetness, fizzy-numbing, (MAIN) clean liquid malt, barley, bread, lager yeast

Finish: flat-bodied, super-soft hopped, malty finish.

Summary: Not a whole lot of complexity but has a good crisp bite to it. Just average.

Christmas Countdown Beer Calendars (x3)

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‘Tis the season of holiday spending and gift giving, but in this case (pun-alert), giving to myself! Today I present (ppppppun) to you three different 24-unique bottle calendars, one for each day leading up to Christmas. Since there’s no way I can drink one from each calendar for 24 days, I’ll just be doing them sequentially until I finish them all. A tip for you readers, this week the BeerAdvent Calendar went on sale from $140 -> $126, so if there happens to be any left in the new year, you can most certainly get them for CHEAP. Just do a countdown for January 25.

1) Phillips Snowcase 2014 – Phillips Brewing Company (Victoria, BC, Canada)

  • $70 – BC Liquor Stores

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2) Mystery Gift Holiday Countdown 2014 – Central City Brewing & Parallel 49 Collaboration (Surrey & Vancouver)

  • $75 – BC Liquor Stores

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3) The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 – 24 Breweries/17 Countries

  • $133 (after 5% off) – Liquor Barn (Hastings, Burnaby)

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Cheers and Happy Holidays!!!

The Hammer Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – Phillips Brewing (Victoria, BC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: B (downgraded from B+, 6/10/2016 re-tasting)

The Hammer Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout – Phillips Brewing, 8.3% ABV – 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada)

on the front side label:

“Take some original Hammer Imperial Stout and delicately roshambo it into bourbon soaked American oak barrels. Drop the hammer and smash your way into rich, roasted caramel warmth. Break down that wall! … or conform & be dull.”

  • Style: (bourbon) Barrel-aged Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Syrupy spicy bittersweet roasted mocha licorice malts
  • Where I got it : Firefly Liquor Store
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off) – 650ml., January 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Visual: The barrel-aged version of their Hammer Imperial Stout; I still have a bottle of it in my cellar but I expect this one to be better. Pours inkjet black with a smallish, very long lasting creamy head, a good layer of retention, lots of micro bubbly streams near the base of the glass.

Nose: mocha caramel malts with a good hint of bourbon, very aromatic (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: creamy silky texture

Mid-palate: (lvl-7)-dense malty sweetness, (MAIN) bitter roasted coffee malts, chocolate, licorice, soy sauce, bourbon booziness

Finish: quick black pepper spiciness, syrupy texture, sweet roasted malt finish.

Summary: An interesting complexity with a good body and balance. It has just a touch of watery mouthfeel near the finish but overall very nice for the price.


June 10, 2016 re-tasting: Downgraded to B. Decent body and flavour, a bit lacking in body and carry in the mids to finish. It could also use more creaminess. A bit underwhelming the second time around, 2 years later.