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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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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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3/5  rDev -28.4%

cfalovo97, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.4%

jmkoscie, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of kjyost
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh, received through trade with TheSevenDuffs. Thank-you!

A: Orange red with a light white cap atop it. No major lacing. A bit light for a DIPA IMO.

S: Spicy hop aromas with a bit of an earthy undertone and a matly sweetness playing into it. I always look for a DIPA dripping with juicy hop aromas, and this isn't doing it for me, although it is stylistically fine.

T/M/D: My first thought was that the beer itself seems watery. A nice warming beer with low carbonation that plays well leaving sweetness and earthy pine hop atop it, with a few citrus notes coming through. Would be a good, though not great DIPA if it would be a little thicker in the mouth...

I hate to be so harsh on this, but it isn't doing it for me. I am going to go downstairs and have a Hummulus and compare now...

kjyost, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of KeKeKumba
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

KeKeKumba, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

HATS4BATS, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

AugustusRex, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

deonreds, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

tom10101, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a light cover of foam.

S - Soft, floral and fruity aroma. Hints of citrus and grapefruit in the back.

T - Bitter for sure. Light sugary sweetness, apples, raisins and pine.

M - Slightly astringent and lightish in body. Sharp carbonation.

D - Not bad. A different balance on the DIPA. Could definitely use some smoothening out.

allergictomacros, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Viggo for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark orange with a nice off white head and some sticky bits of lacing. Nose brings a hefty dose of malty sweetness underneath some citrus and pine notes. The taste is a bit sweet, although the bitterness kicks in here as well, though the actually hop flavors from the nose aren't particularly well represented. Feel consists of a medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Not quite a standard DIPA, but straddles that line with American Strong Ale or American Barleywine, and was a nice beer to try.

Thorpe429, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Sammy
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
Photo of DaveBar
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

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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

SammyMacAttack, May 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

bcrossan, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

valianes, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Ryborg11
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very clear amber color, little bit of white head.

Aroma: Very distinct caramel, burnt biscuit and smokey notes. Mild fragrant berry notes.

Taste: Very mall forward flavor, no real hint of the alcohol, very distinct smokey and burnt flavors balancing out the bitterness. Slightly astringent bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Quite low carbonation, smoothly coats the tongue.

Ryborg11, Jul 27, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brass color with a patchy rather shortlived head that manages to muster up a lot of lace. Citrus and pine sap mix with lightly roasted malts in the nose. The taste is assertively hoppy with a pithy, resinous PacNW profile like the nose. Light vanilla, oaky notes mix with the doughy, caramelly malts in the back. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light to moderate carbonation level. The finish is moderately bitter with a balancing maltiness, The ABV is well hidden throughout.

I pretty decent DIPA, but perhaps a bit anemic in the bitterness and hop aroma departments. Still very complex and drinkable.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 20, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
I got this one from someone (???) at DLD 2010. Thanks to someone whose name I can't remember.

Pours a nicely clear, medium shade of amber. A head of leass than a finger of beige foam sits on top. It fades away to a surface covering film with some craggy conglomerations of sorts. The lacing is in thin strands, but is nicely sticky.

Loads of citrus/tropical hop notes dominate. Lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Good notes of citrus peels. Strong hints of pineapple and a light touch of papaya. Totally biscuity yeast presence. Mild traces of caramelly maltiness.

Slightly more balanced than the nose suggested, but still hops dominated. Flavor follows the nose, very well. Good level of hops bitterness and a cutting sharpness. Malty sweetness is buried, fairly deep.

This is full-bodied and has a light level of carbonation. Lightly smooth, to counter the bite of the hops, with a hint of creaminess.

It's good, but a bit too out-of-balance for me to rate it all too highly.

coldmeat23, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, hops, and caramel. There is also some toffee notes and some resin and a touch of a fruitiness. It ends with a malty sweet fairly bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall – A good dose of hops, but lacking the fruit flavours I like in my IPA/DIPA's. More of a east coast tasting brew rather than the citrusy/tropical fruity west coast versions.

spinrsx, Jun 10, 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
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TheSevenDuffs for including this beer in the fall 2013 canbif.

A: Pours a clear cherry wood colour with 3 fingers of creamy light tan head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Initial hoppiness which is quickly followed by sweet malts, wet wood and earthiness. Slight citrus notes in the background.

T: Upfront citrus rind hop notes together with pine sap which moves into a creamy maltiness and wet wood. Finishes again with hoppy bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and creamy. Reminds my of a Chardonnay in terms of the creaminess from the wood.

O: An extremely balanced yet hoppy brew which is extremely drinkable despite the higher ABV.

FondueVoodoo, Nov 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

mjtiernan, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev -4.5%

jsnoek, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.