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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.35%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

wizo, Nov 16, 2013
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coffee84, Jul 06, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo as part of Black Oak Tap Takeover.

Poured into a nonic. Ruby amber, good frothy head, nice lacing.

Rich hoppy nose - notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, malt sweetness.

I tip my cap to you, Black Oak - this was bloody terrific. The perfect melding of hoppy and malty sweetness made for one damned enjoyable sipper. Almost chocolately was the malt, but the hops certainly held true. Great stuff. Moderate carbonation and body, slight creamyness.

Run, don't walk to the bar if you see this on tap.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mjtiernan, Jan 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

chickenm, Aug 10, 2012
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4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange toned copper in colour; capped by off-white foam that, here and there, clings to the walls of my glass in small patches. Ten Bitter Years smells citric and tropical, also showing notes of bread and cedar. It's a laser guided tangerine bomb aimed straight for my taste buds, leaving behind an aftermath of citrus pith, pine, and lingeringly embittered taste buds. Mildly sweet. Medium bodied and smoothly carbonated. Feels oily, resinous, and a little bit sticky. Sadly staring at my empty glass, I wish I had more of this extremely moreish drink. It's a damned shame this is a one off.

mintjellie, May 10, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Rhino's. This beer is the rage, and a rare DIPA in the Ontario market, worth the try. Pours cloudy grapefruit with sitting pretty white crowning head, and a sheet of lace. Hop aromas. The taste is big bitter, with malting to tame it somewhat. A DIPA all the way, and alcohol is well hidden. Full mouthfeel.

Had on cask at Volo's, and the aroma came through a little stronger, the drinkability better, however the appearance and mouthfeel were not the same. Just as good, overall, on cask, which is saying a lot.

Sammy, Nov 26, 2009
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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy red copper hue, tall off white head held steady, decent spot lacing
S - peppery and earthy notes with hints of butterscotch and mild pine
T - earthy and peppery hops up front, light grains and caramel, touch of piney hops on the late finish along with alcohol sweetness, nicely balanced for a DIPA
M - almost drinks too easy for a beer of this stature, nice bitterness throughout, crisp dry through the finish
O - this is so well balanced without sacrificing the best aspects of a good DIPA, big flavours and very drinkable, a must try if you are an IPA fan

joemcgrath27, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

randallpink, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jsnoek, Jun 19, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo. Very nice appearance. Clear and dark-amber in colour with a finger of off-white head. Wicked lacing, though the retention could be improved.

This smells American! Pineapple, grapefruit, flowers, tangerine, candy malt. Tons of hops. Ridiculous smell, for a Canadian IPA.

This is one of the most American Canadian IPAs I've had. Tons of hops: pineapple, grapefruit and grass along with some wheaty cracker. There's enough malt to serve as a good base, but the hops definitely outweigh it, like many of the great American IPAs. Not balanced...in a good way! The ABV wasn't listed on the chalkboard at Volo and for some reason I didn't think to ask, just assuming it was in the area of 5%. I didn't think twice about this, going to show how well the extra ABV is covered up. There was no style listed at Volo, so I'm not quite sure what to review this as. I wouldn't say it's a double IPA; more like a strong regular IPA, somewhere in the middle of the two.

Great medium body and lightly carbonated. The feel pairs very well with the flavour.

Maybe an evening of sampling good-but-slightly-disappointing beers biased this review, but I definitely think this is an awesome IPA. Pretty much as good as any I've had. This could very well be the best Ontario-brewed beer I've tried. It really tastes like it was brewed somewhere else, not in meek little Ontario. These hops are not polite. Hopefully other Ontario brewers take Black Oak's lead.

eat, Mar 23, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the chance to sample this one on tap at rhino while waiting for my girlfriend to return from a meeting.

What came to my table was a beautiful clear dark amber beer with a very nice thick off white head to crown it.

The aroma was simply wonderful. A powerful fruity, floral hoppiness greets the nose. Aromas of blond raisins and peaches drizzled with fine honey mingle3 beautifully with a hint of malt toastiness and hope resin character.

A fine bitterness first hits the palate followed by caramel coated peaches and other fruits playing around in the mouth. Rich honey malt sweetness with a sense of infused spices perfectly plays between resinous hop flavours. The bitter sweet ballet works wonders on the tongue all backed up by a wonderful viscous full body which is marvelously smooth.

Well I think my girlfriend put it best when she sipped the beer and I quote "holy shit that really is 10 bitter years" as she scoffed, She's not much of a hop head. An excellently balanced beer with a wondrous bitter taste and aroma, a pity this is only a one off as its one of the best I've had from an Ontario brewer.

Reinheitsgebot71, Dec 08, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Purchased at the LCBO for an pricey $6.50. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice white heat that is gone pretty quick. Very dark gold color

S- Lots of.... yup you guessed it.... hops, roasted malt and barley.

T- See above!! Plus a lot of caramel and grapefruit.

M- Very dry

O- Very good but very expensive. Will not buy again just due to price

Food Pairing

This wonderful little IPA went well with...... take out Chinese food. All sorts and a good assortment!

Enjoy

DaveBar, Aug 23, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a nice looking hazy orange-gold with half a finger of cream coloured head that leaves some nice bands.

Smell. Toasted malt and sweet caramel, Some pine sap and alcohol with a little yellow grapefruit rind.

Taste. Wow!. Big citrusy, piney and a little bit grassy hops and bitter yellow grapefruit juice and rinds, some roasty toasty grains. Good, lasting oily bitterness. Really nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Wow! A really great dipa here. I would love some more of these some time!

Thanks TheSevenDuffs!

Rutager, Jun 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops is quite dominant with some light spicy notes (some rye malt maybe). Taste is also dominated by powerful citrus and piney notes with some bitterness with light spicy notes and a dry malt backbone. Body is average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed and very enjoyable. Glad they kept making this anniversary beer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 05, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a fresh bottle in to a Duvel tulip

A - Light to medium amber colour with one finger of creamy cream-coloured head. Appears to be completely filtered (not cloudy at all).

S - The nise is bursting with fresh, juicy citrus hops. There are hints of tangerine, grapefruit and some tropical fruit. There is also a slight pine nose from the hops. The malts are there but are very subdued in the background. A truly wonerful nose.

T - A nice bitter hops flavour up front with notes of grapefruit, tangerine and pine. The bitterness is just right - not overpowering but definitely the dominant taste. The malt profile is present but lurks in the background providing a light sweetness to this hop-bomb. The nice citrus bitterness lingers in the finish. A world class DIPA.

M - Light to medium body with a nice chew. Lightly carbonated.

D - A truly excellent DIPA. I can't believe this was brewed in Ontario. What a pleasant surprise.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ThinkAgain, Jun 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fellow BA liamt07 for sending me 2 bottles of this brew. I was looking forward to tasting this one.

Copper color beer with some reddish notes on the edge. Nice cloudy head which sticks very well to the glass. Nice looking beer. The aroma is hoppy (citrus). Not very intense. I get some bitterness in the aroma. Cool. Lets dive in... WOW! First sip is very surprising. I was like... wow, what the hell I'm getting here... Lots of stuff in there. Second sip, I calm down and are able to pick up different aspect of this complex beer. It is very bitter, almost acid but still sweet! The bitterness is strong and lingers in the mouth for quite some time. Woody on the taste too. Light notes of fruits there too. The 8% is well hidden here.

Superb and a very excellent beer. Cheers Liam for sending me 2 bottles! Awesome.

ZorPrime, Nov 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

WillAndSarah, Aug 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

irishkyle21, Sep 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Viggo via CanBIF6. From a 341 ml brown bottle, says "Ken's Bitter" on the back of the label. Pours out a bright clear copper hue, tall frothy off-white head that eventually settles to a thin creamy cap with a thick frothy ring.

Mostly citrus hops on the nose, leaning more towards bright tangerine and mandarin, some pine, spicy, some dry earth, some alcohol warmth.

No real discernable malt in the flavour, all hops. Citrus rind, earthy, spicy notes, more pine and herbal on the finish, some warmth in the aftertaste with lingering dandelion greens. Dry, bready malt comes out in the middle as it reaches room temperature.

Medium-full mouthfeel, assertive carbonation, quenching.

One-dimensional leaning towards the hops, however the hops have a variety of character to keep things interesting. If you're looking for bitter then this one delivers with several facets, with a good quenching mouthfeel. Yet in the end it didn't leave me craving more.

IronDjinn, Jun 13, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack from the brewery on day 1, so this stuff is FRESH. And damn, it's good too.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper orange. Forms a nice light, white, foamy head that recedes to a
clearly defined ring leaving a sudsy lace in it's wake.

Smell: Hops. First and foremost. Citrusy goodness all around. It's your typical grapefruit and pine combo, but it does it well.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness up front that leads into an assertive grapefruit character. Bitterness comes in beatifully on the back 9 of the palate. Some mild alcohol notes through out that play well with the hops and malt creating a satisfyingly complex experience.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. I'll call it medium bodied. Doesn't dry you out too much.

Drinkability: As it's on the lighter side of the ABV spectrum for DIPA's at 8%, but I think this does it justice. 2 to 3 bottles can be consumed comfortably in a session without getting "plastered".

This beer is a big success for Ontario. Ken and Adrian should be proud of a job well done. Hopefully it sets the tone for more to follow and shows the Ontario brewers out there that craft drinkers like their big beers.

If you can get your hands on some, it's defintitely worth trying.

clockwerk, Apr 23, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized tulip.

Well in this case, "believe the hype", if an Ontario beer can truly be hyped! ;) This is an outstanding DIPA. Strikes me as a Red Racer on steroids with a lot of the same aroma and flavour characteristics. Huge tropical fruit and pine in both the smell and taste. There is some malt there somewhere (with the massive amount of hops, there has to be) but it is never the focus here. Also, the 8% ABV is nowhere to be found making this scary drinkable.

mrnobody, Oct 10, 2010
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Canada_Dan, Oct 21, 2014
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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.