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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 12
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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5/5  rDev +19.3%

coffee84, Jul 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +19.3%

woody1138, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of korguy123
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into DFH Signature Glass
Courtesy of TheSevenDuffs.

A- Slightly hazy, deep rich copper pour. Half inch white head that quickly shrinks to a thin white ring. Lacing is wonderful!

S- Holy merciful crap! Is this a Stone beer? There is no way this came from Ontario!. Sweet heavenly hops, fresh tangy citrus. Slight candied sugar. Subtle strawberries. All aromas are potent but far from overpowering. All blending very well.

T- Bitter hop bomb of the gods! You sure this isn't a Stone product? Really? It's from Ontario?! This is actually borderline enamel ripping. Fresh floral hops. Citrus tones are much more subdued than the nose.

M- Juicy and wonderful. Very clean aftertaste with a quick dry finish. Medium bodied.

The 8% is invisible. I could drink this all day long (until I passed out of course) It's just so damn good.

korguy123, Oct 14, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

rogerdandy, Feb 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Magibeg, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a super fresh bottle in to a Duvel tulip

A - Pumkin coloured with a cream-coloured head.

S - hops hops, wonderful glorious hops. Smells of pine and citrus fruits.

T - A nice bitter hops flavour up front with notes of pine, grapefruit, and orange. there is a good malt backbone to balance it out.

M - medium body lightly carbonated.

D - This is the best beer brewed out of Ontario that I have ever had. I would put this beer up against the best the US has to offer.

Weebay, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Oak Ten Bitter Years is a very clear, solid golden ale with a dense and foamy, yellowish off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, fresh, hoppy aroma with notes of pine (maybe spruce?) and some orange. It's pretty full bodied, very smooth and soft. The finish is clean and dry. It has a nice, bright, piney bitterness that's well balanced with the dry malt. There may be a touch of peat. This is delicious. It's incredibly sessionable for 8% ABV!

yesyouam, Oct 08, 2010
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4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big shout out to TheSevenDuffs for sending this to me to try. Bottle says the water used goes through reverse osmosis. I know between nothing and very little about this process but from what I understand, minerals and other things present in the water are removed. Considering this is made very close to Toronto that might be a good thing. Zing! On to the beer.

341mL bottle poured into a snifter. Been out of the fridge for about 20 minutes.

A - Extremely carbonated, copper in colour. A nice one finger white head that clings to the side of the snifter, leaving a bit of lacing and a nice cap throughout the experience. Bright.

S - Huge hop slap in the face upon opening the bottle and a nice juicy aroma when I put my nose to it. Good combo of pine and citrus in the snifter. Slight caramel aroma there as well but the hops dominate, the compliment from the malt is nice. The aroma is mostly dominated by wonderfully juicy hops, grapefruit and mango seem to come to mind but I'm most likely missing others.

T - Hops are dominant but aren't out of balance. There is enough malt backbone to back it up. Hops are there all the way through and are again nice and juicy but the caramel champs through as well. Lingering bitterness, but again, not overpowering. A bit tame for a DIPA but maybe this is just Canadian sensibility.

M - Heavy carbonation. Full bodied. Sort of chewy.

D - Big drinkability on this. Doesn't push the 10% mark like some DIPAs and has good enough balance to bomb you with hops but provide the necessary balance.

tbeckett, Oct 08, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Amber with slight yeast, decent carbonation and head.

S- Hops and fruitiness as well as a bit of spice.

T- Complex and very tasty. Sweet fruit and grapefruit. A bit spicy. Great balance without being too sweet or bitter. The citrus/grapefruit was balanced well by the fruitiness to it. Very hoppy, but balanced so well that the hops didn't feel too strong for a second.

M- Medium full body. A bit creamy. Good carbonation.

D- Good drink. Light and easy, but flavorful and potent. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. Good blend. I would definitely recommend this to anybody. Drinks far easier than most normal IPAs. Is almost the definition of easy drinking especially for a DIPA.

BBP, Oct 31, 2010
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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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4.53/5  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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

beerhunter13, Apr 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

randallpink, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

ThinkAgain, Jun 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

WillAndSarah, Aug 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Ian_Hammons, Aug 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

thehyperduck, Dec 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.