Phillips Longboat Chocolate Porter

Phillips beers seldom disappoint. I received complements for my selection of this tall bottle from the cashier at the Port Moody Liquor Store. Although she pronounced the name wrong, she was very correct in her recommendation of this London style porter. As is quoted in the side of the bottle, “this porter is charged with a distinct chocolatey finish.”

My avoision (yes, avoision) of flavoured beers in the past is well documented, but this chocolatey porter tastes smooth, fresh and natural. The head is healthy with a caramel tint, and a moderately intense vanilla-bean aroma, and the finish is chocolatey, like those expensive Lindt chocolate bars you find at the grocery check-out. The taste of slightly bitter dark chocolate envelopes your mouth enough that you almost expect to be chewing.

When I opened this bottle, I intended to share it with my wife. Instead, I sit in front of my mac hoping to polish it off on my own.
SHHHHHHH!!!

4.7/5

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Phillips Gentleman Jim’s Real Ginger Ale

I walked past the case many times. Done up to look like a circus side-show carriage, the Phillips taster pack is loaded with imagery and phrases that Would make PT Barnum proud.

I really liked the last Phillips beer I reviewed, so I decided to try this strange collage.

It’s 10 pm and I just got home from an X-ray seminar. After looking at black and white slides for three hours, the case and labels are even more exhilarating.

I went to the fridge and randomly chose the Gentleman Jim’s Ginger Ale.

Well, this beer really isn’t good. It is flat, smells intensely like Ginger (of course) and tastes awful.

I have a sneaking suspicion that my wife won’t even sleep next to me tonight.

Perhaps, just maybe this could be tolerable with some sushi.

No, changed my mind it sucks.

The aftertaste is a weird dry bitter taste, like Ginger rinds, with a sugary finish.

There is a glimmer of appreciation for the fact that they tried something different, but in this case it failed miserably.

With each sip however, all my will to give it any score of positivity is completely broken.

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Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA

Phillips Amnesiac Double IPA

I am breaking with normal routine, starting with an IPA. This is, however, a big bottle, and at 8.5%alcohol, it may render me completely unconscious.

I don’t know why it’s called a double IPA… Could be twice as strong, or twice as big. Either way… Nice!!

The colour is amber and a little bit cloudy. The name prepares you for big taste, and the flavor has a nice fresh bite that fades steadily after drinking.

Overall this is a good fresh local IPA.

Also, I am enjoying this on my newly finished deck. The weather is perfect too, what a great afternoon!

PS, I also found out that phillips beer has a website, www.phillipsbeer.com, where you can access their blog. You can also follow @phillipsbeer on twitter.

This is an exciting beer that is very flavorful, and not for the timid casual beer drinker. For me, it has the character and strength to be a new favorite IPA.

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