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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:31:14 | More by joemcgrath27
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 03:44:31 | More by FondueVoodoo
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-16-2013 20:46:30 | More by wizo
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sbarre

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-08-2013 20:51:30 | More by sbarre
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(3.75) A: Clear amber with a reddish tinge and a relatively thin head that recedes quickly to form a ring.

(4.0) S: Pine, butterscotch/toffee, citrus pith, nutmeg (& other spices), touch of vanilla, and rich buttered bread. This has an enticing earthy-damp forest floor aroma. Nice and smooth aroma.

(4.0) T: Identical to aroma with pine, spices, toffee, and buttery bread the standout flavours. It goes without saying this is quite bitter but the sweeter elements (toffee, bread, spices) keep it moderately in-line.

(4.25) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily sheen with just enough resin. Outstanding.

(4.0) D: This is a great Imperial IPA that is very easy to drink and smooth. Bitter but in a manageable dose that is complimented well with other impressive flavours.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:10:21 | More by Digimaika2
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

10-24-2013 22:15:57 | More by 604growler
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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-20-2013 02:33:33 | More by KrisDLSmith
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 650 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: amber/copper in color with a two finger head that stays solid eventually breaking to a thin film.

S: Pine and citrus hops with a fruity background.

T: follows the nose, with a burst of pine and bitter hops with a sweet finish.

M: medium body and carbonation.

O: a nice DIPA. I enjoyed this beer, but wish I would have had it a little fresher. The hoppy taste is not overwhelming, and the sweetness that comes in on the end is quite nice. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 17:39:07 | More by polloenfuego
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
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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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

10-10-2013 03:38:09 | More by valianes
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FEUO

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-30-2013 16:25:32 | More by FEUO
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sumiross

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-28-2013 02:33:59 | More by sumiross
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

09-18-2013 10:02:30 | More by deonreds
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strang

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-13-2013 15:23:46 | More by strang
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 500th beer on here, figured to round out that milestone with a nice Ontario DIPA.

Poured into a tulip glass. A lovely cap of creamy soft tan head, soft and soapy, with really great lacing that lasts till the very end. Colour is a deep orange tan, bit amber. 4.25

S – lots of juicy fruit aromas out of the glass, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, some nice candied pine aromas. Mild nuttiness and interspersed foresty and herbal hop notes, lots of hop character but not oily or bitter. 4.25

T – starts with a piney herbal note, then grapefruit citrus comes through, quite a strong piney note, some light resins, almond, a really dry profile for sure. Has some nutmeg, tropical fruitiness, with some bitter pineapple, citrus pith. A really balanced fruitiness, not all that bitter for the style, with pleasant flavor. Finishes dry with a pronounced herbal bitter kick. 4.25

M – pretty full-bodied, moderate carbonation to let the fruity and pine notes sit on the palate. Very easy drinking with no alcohol harshness, solid dryness and hop character on the finish with just a hint of oily slickness. Develops a nice thick feel. 4

A very pleasant and flavourful DIPA, atouch restrained for the style but a nice balance of lively dry citrus and some solid piney character. Not as juicy or outwardly complex as some but this is still a very pleasant IPA, good balanced profile and remarkably drinkable. Very tasty and worth a try, would make a good introduction DIPA. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 01:33:48 | More by mick303
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

09-08-2013 15:58:54 | More by tom10101
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WeissBoy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

09-08-2013 05:58:38 | More by WeissBoy
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.8%

09-05-2013 01:36:42 | More by irishkyle21
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:23:05 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-17-2013 20:45:39 | More by WillAndSarah
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randallpink

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-17-2013 05:23:39 | More by randallpink
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-16-2013 14:51:07 | More by kelvarnsen
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HATS4BATS

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

08-16-2013 04:08:34 | More by HATS4BATS
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Ian_Hammons

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-13-2013 20:52:53 | More by Ian_Hammons
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JG_McNaulty

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

08-11-2013 16:38:41 | More by JG_McNaulty
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.