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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

Black Oak Ten Bitter YearsBlack Oak Ten Bitter Years

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

106 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.89%


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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.8/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:53:34 | More by korguy123
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Weebay

Ontario (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 23:35:49 | More by Weebay
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yesyouam

New York

4.63/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 17:30:26 | More by yesyouam
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 21:42:48 | More by tbeckett
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 17:48:19 | More by BBP
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:48:37 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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mrnobody

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 02:12:38 | More by mrnobody
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/amber color to it. It has a nice thick head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrus and grapefruit, (tropical smell), with some piney hops, and light caramelly malts in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice juicy hop character bringing out citrus, grapefruit, mango and more. Piney hops balance it out nicely and the malts, although hiding in the back, give it a light caramelly note.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. Definitely one of the best beers i've had from Ontario.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 19:14:42 | More by SebD
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StarshipPoopers

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Chancey Smith's.

A - Rich looking amber colour. The head was reasonable, decent retention that ends up as a thin but steady film. The lacing was decent, I think it would have been better if the glass it was served with wasn't moist.

S - Very nice smell. Grapefruit was the main hop aroma, but pine notes also came through. These hop smells were matched by citrus and spices.

T - Much the same as the smell. The beer has a nice bite to it from the spices and generous hops. The citrus notes back up the beer and balance it off very nicely.

M/D - Not as smooth as many DIPAs, but the mouthfeel was certainly nice. It was surprisingly light and easy to down, and despite the slight harshness it was a pleasure to drink. I would gladly have a few of them.

Too bad that this is a limited brew, I would love to have more since it is so close. I definitely want to try it again before it disappears.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:52:47 | More by StarshipPoopers
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep copper-orange colour with a nice cloudy white head. Tons of lacing and nice head retention. The smell was just coming at me before I even poured it into the glass. Tons of citrusy and piny hops, with some melon maybe. Taste is a load of hops and bitterness. There is also a lot of fruity sweetness in here, but it isn't like the some of the east coast DIPA's that I find the sweetness overpowers the hops. It has a little bit oily mouthfeel. I only bought one case of 24 and I wish I bought more.

I absolutely love this beer in bottle, on cask and on tap. It is my favourite Ontario beer. A note to Black Oak, if you read this: Please keep brewing this beer! We need this in Ontario on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:34:44 | More by kwjd
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:46:05 | More by mintjellie
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice copper colour, thumb of fluffy/soapy head, solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Sweet pine, citrus, hints of cotton candy and mangos, with caramel on the finish.

T - Sweet citrus off the top with bitter rind lingering. Solid caramel malt backbone and an ABV that goes completely undetected.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - There's a reason this brew is top rated. They've nailed the balance, making an extremely easy drinking, full flavoured DIPA that is sure to please even the harshest critic.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 21:36:31 | More by andrenaline
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle poured in a mug. ABV 8%.

A - Poured a clear deep gold with a 2cm frothy head. The head reduced to an everlasting foamy cap. Good lacing.

S - Pine, grapefruit, citrus, some herbs, some spice, caramel in the background. Damn that smell is addictive.

T - Caramel, malts, and then its all hops. Pine, grapefruit, other nondescript citrus and tropical fruit, hint of spiciness, hint of tobacco. Plenty of bitterness yet the balance is amazing.

M - Medium carbonation, medium-heavy body, some heat in the finish.

O - Very drinkable for an DIPA. One of the best I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:41:39 | More by decimator
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Reinheitsgebot71

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2009 19:54:54 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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alpineclimber

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this beer.

A 341ml bottle that states; "brewed with reverse osmosis water" written on the side of the bottle. Poured into a pint glass, a copper/orange brew with a foamy white head.

A nice light smell of citrus hops and malt, the smell is not powerful but it's there.

Taste is great, all sorts of hop flavours, citrus and pine. A nice balanced taste, no part of the taste is overbearing. A nice bitter finish that lingers.

A perfect medium mouthfeel.

This is one easy drinking DIPA and it's from Canada!!! Don't go into this beer expecting a big tongue wrecking DIPA, you will be disappointed. Instead expect a well balanced and easy drinking DIPA. Too bad this is hard to get.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:40:26 | More by alpineclimber
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Multiple bottle samples at the Black Oak Beer Dinner at Chancey Smith's in London, ON. Ken and Adrian were kind enough to bring this beast down three weeks ahead of the official second release. Thanks guys!

Pours a hazed amber/orange with one finger of cream white head and speckles of webbed lacing all over the shaker. Smell is a strong bouquet of flowery hops, pine needles, citrus, and herbal aromas. Taste is pink grapefruit, mandarin oranges, lemon, toasted wheat cracker (a little buttery), sweet caramel malt, slight woodiness, and alcohol. Finishes with a bright, fruity, and citric hop bitterness that sticks to the palate for quite some time. Medium mouthfeel is juicy and acidic with a bold and spicy hop bite and mild dryness to end. A beautiful beer, and no doubt one of the best in Ontario. Can't wait to grab some more of this in mid-April!

EDIT: even better on tap, with mango, tangelo, and pineapple on the nose and palate. Truly excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 18:51:55 | More by cratez
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sampled on cask at volo nov 29/09.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small off-white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. big juicy citrus - tangerine, mandarin orange, bit of blood orange, bit of grapefruit. light alcohol. white bread and cracker. touch of toasty and woody character.

taste is great. again the big juicy citrus hits - mandarin orange, tangerine, blood orange, light grapefruit. bit of pine. just over medium bitterness level with a nice lingering but pleasant finish. slightly toasted white bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. touch of caramel. bit of tropical fruit in the background too - pineapple and mango mostly.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. silky smooth medium-low carbonation level. semi-dry finish.

drinkability is great. 8%? drinks more like 4 or 5%. great balance. nice malt presence. excellent hop character and depth. although the brewery refuses to classify this in any particular style, i'd probably call it an american imperial ipa - ontario's first commercial iipa too! i wish this was a regular offering!

Serving type: cask

12-02-2009 00:22:54 | More by grub
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What, served in a pint glass. Pours a clear golden amber, with a markedly white head, which settled and fizzled out real quick. Lacing like drapes in my living room and minimal head retention. As soon as I got this, instant nostalgia. Smells like every Christmas tree I've ever had as a kid, pure pine and evergreen in the nose, hoppy and kinda sweet from the malts I'd gather. Taste is fairly similar, with the piney flavours being really upfront and sharp and a huge tangerine/orange explosion that follows. Again, quite sweet to but the carbonation is just right. Brew overall isn't too bitter and easily drinkable in my eyes, a great anniversary beer and unfortunately a one-off! Gotta have this a few more times before it's all said and done.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 14:30:44 | More by liamt07
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a caramelly amber colour. Translucent. A small white head sits atop and sticks around.

Smell took awhile to come alive for me- at first it was quite faint. Eventually. it was lots of hops and grapefruit, as well as a bit of soap. A nice smell. Got quite used to it and as the glass went by!

Taste is like the smell. Cirtusy, grapefruit taste. Quite bitter, especially in the finish. Quite juicy. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good as well. A nice medium/full bodied beer, with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation is nice, in that the bubbles are quite small, and give off a nice tingle rather than an irritating annoyance.

Overall. a very nice DIPA and probably my favourite Ontario beer. Wish it was around all year!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 23:54:40 | More by jrenihan
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 00:42:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gambrinus in London, Ontario.

Dark amber in colour with a thick, creamy head. Aromas of West Coast hops dominate the aroma - pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruit blend with rich caramel malt. The flavour brings more of the same, an explosion of West Coast hops on the palate with toffee malt flavours and a perfectly integrated balancing bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2012 23:03:55 | More by
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 19:12:54 | More by Rutager
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Ham-Nord

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear with a bronze-auburn colour. Pours a thick creamy head that persists right to the bitter end.

S: Fruity hops with a hint of sweetness. Not too powerful, but the hops are certainly there. Reminiscent of centennial.

T: Caramel sweetness, followed by a moderate bitterness. There is some alcohol, but it is balanced quite well with the malt and bitterness.

M: Well carbonated with an almost creamyness to the body.

O: Surprisingly drinkable for a IIPA (almost dangerously so). Would definitely get again; too bad it's a limited edition.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:11:49 | More by Ham-Nord
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Decants a turbid orange-amber color with a frothy white cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma Is big on citrus and pine resins, some exotic fruit tones and a whaft of malt.

Mouthfeel is oily,

Flavor gives a big blast of hop mixture throughout the profile; piney resinous, leafy, citrus rind...very bitter but without a sharp delivery ...just enough malting to keep the bitterness from becoming overly astringent. Semi-dry finish alcohol shows...long lingering metallic bitterness.

Sure is a hop bomb but if it were a tad better balanced it would be a great DIPA.

UPDATE: On tap Second batch: Taps a clouded gold-amber with a billowy puffy 3 finger cap which rides out the drink. Massive aroma of citrus, passion fruit rich toffee lalts. Tastes about how it smells with a long drying finish with fruity esters and citrus-pine hops battling it out on the palate. Best West coast styled DIPA I've sampled in this market. Bottled version doesn'r do it justice

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 20:55:06 | More by pootz
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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.