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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our 10 Bitter Years has been voted Canada’s best Imperial IPA. For us it celebrates a decade of survival in the craft brewing industry. It was first brewed as an anniversary beer when Black Oak turned ten. Categorized as a Double IPA, it has perfect balance between caramel malt body and hop bitterness. Double dry hopping, using three different varieties of hops, creates lots of flavour and hop aroma. You’ll smell pine, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. All that malt and hops balance it’s exotic character and provides just enough alcohol warmth to enhance the flavour. The exact ingredients are top secret and we are sworn to secrecy. It’s so popular we can’t keep it in stock (Please take smaller sips).

We hope you enjoy our special edition anniversary beer.

PS Ken’s still bitter.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 11-26-2009)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $6.50 CDN. Served chilled intoa pint glass.

Appearance - Mostly clear, but slight haze in this copper and amber hued brew. 3 fingers of decadent and dense white foam rest on top, taking its time in dissipating. After some time the rocky head reminds me of massive cumulus clouds. Great lacing left on the glass. A great looking beer.

Smell - Floral presence with a moderate tropical bill hit. Definitely more citrus then pine (namely some grapefruit melded with sweeter tropical fruits), but at the same time there is a slight piney aroma underneath the fruit. Well executed and rather complex. Low on the malty side compared with some other IPA's / DIPA's.

Taste - Fairly bitter, but its in moderation. Some sweet fruit and maybe even a caramel note shine through up front giving it a sweeter than expected feel. The dry more earthy finish, makes this not a quintessential West Coast Hop Bomb, but rather something a little more subdued. The malts come through a bit more than in the nose, but well balanced and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth and rich, feels well carbonated despite minimal observation of a large bubbling presence. Dryish finish and medium bodied. Could probably be even fuller bodied, but the taste and the finish restrict it to a fine balanced moderate body. Very easy drinking for an 8% ABV beer.

Overall - An excellent DIPA, that was worth the purchase. Look forward to trying this one again, as it has vaulted up near the top of Canadian IPA's just behind Red Racer with a couple of others from across Canada. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 03:30:05 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

650 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; served slightly chilled and poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-amber colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy off-white coloured head. It recedes fairly rapidly over the next minute or two, settling into a generous collar and thin cap, but not before depositing a generous ring of lacing. I am loving the aroma on this one - lots of grapefruit citrus and pine, with additional notes of apricot, mango and lemon. Toffee or butterscotch is also detectable, but the hops steal the show here (and I'm completely ok with that).

Very tasty stuff, and fairly well-balanced for a DIPA. The malt backbone provides some toffee sweetness, but hopheads need not worry because the focus here is definitely the complex hop profile. Fruit dominates right off the bat, mostly of the tropical persuasion - pink grapefruit pith, mandarin orange, mango, apricot and even a hint of strawberry. It becomes increasingly bitter toward the finish, with earthy notes that intensify into a pine resin flavour. Lingering, bitter aftertaste with pithy undertones - almost as if it's begging me to take another sip, or at least have a snack on hand to help scrub the palate. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with a slick, juicy feel in the mouth and mild carbonation levels. Very smooth-drinking; the 8% abv is not really detectable, easily lost in the wonderful astringency of the finish.

Final Grade: 4.5, an A grade. Ten Bitter Years is an awesome Imperial IPA that Black Oak should be exceedingly proud of. It is packed with bold citrus and tropical fruit flavour that will delight hardcore hopheads, yet it remains surprisingly balanced and drinkable for a brew of such significant intensity. 10 Bitter Years is quite possibly my favourite example of this style to date, and is one of the finest Ontario craft beers I've had the pleasure of trying in my 6+ years on BA. Absolutely worth a try, and something that I hope becomes a year-round offering some day.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 07:29:52 | More by thehyperduck
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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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