Phillips Brewing Company Black Magic Dark Ale – American Brown Ale at 5.3% ABV

Phillips Brewing Company Black Magic Dark Ale American Brown Ale at 5.3% ABV (C$2.99 at Okotoks Co-Op, 473 ml, best before 23-Jun-2019, acquired 28-Apr-2019, reviewed 2-May-2019)

Appearance: clear brown with two fat fingers of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thin cap and ring, well-defined soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: nuts, roasty malt, cocoa, light ashy smoke, grass & floral. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light smoke. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration finish. (4/5)

Yes, I know, wrong glass for the style – for some reason I was expecting this to be a CDA/Black IPA. In fact, it’s almost like a Ruachbier, with a mild slightly smokey flavour. I like it. (15/20)

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