Phillips Brewing Co. – Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout


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Phillips Brewing Co. – Black Jackal Imperial Coffee Stout Review

The Black Jackal is an Imperial Stout with a twist – or should I say a kick. As an Imperial Coffee Stout this beer packs an 8% punch with the caffeine junkie in mind. Pouring a black colour with a finger of crema-brown head this stout smells strong of toasted malt and espresso goodness. The taste is not quite what was expected. For an Imperial Stout that rings the 8% bell this is surprisingly easy to drink. There is virtually no booziness to this beer and it is quite mellow. Starting off with a smooth toasted malt flavour the coffee notes follow closely behind. Rather than building into a bite for the finish the coffee flavour lingers in a neutral and delicious manner. There is a touch of hop bitterness that joins for the finish but could easily be confused with the coffee notes from earlier. If you were looking for an imperial stout that resembles an ex-girlfriends backhand then please move on and look elsewhere. If you were hoping for a strong beer that is smooth, flavourful and uncharacteristically drinkable then this beer is right up your alley. Give it a try!
Alcohol – 8%
Size – 650ml
Price – $7.60 (Cold Beer and Wine)


Phillips Brewery Description:

February 12th 2013: Coffee stouts have always held a special place in our hearts as one of the three original Phillips brews, and this year’s Imperial version–brewed in collaboration with our friends at 2% Jazz Coffee Co.–is an 8% 650mL double shot!

Pouring a deep black earth colour, rich roasted coffee flavours and hints of dark chocolate guide your palate through a java-laden journey. Methodically crafted with only the best local espresso, this one-eyed jackal is no wildcard.

Available at finer craft-friendly private liquor stores for a limited time only.

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  1. mikescraftbeer
    mikescraftbeer 22 March, 2013, 15:22

    I just picked up a bottle and I really look forward to trying it now!

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  2. Brian
    Brian 23 March, 2013, 11:30

    I haven’t tried this yet, but it’s on my list. I always consider it after a shift at the store, but don’t want to deal with the caffeine punch – I hear it’s potent!

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    • admin
      admin 24 March, 2013, 11:06

      I didn’t notice a caffeine hit from this but it packs a punch. It is definitely worth trying!

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