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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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122 Ratings
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.11%
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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New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

08-11-2013 16:38:41 | More by JG_McNaulty
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Ryborg11

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 19:14:34 | More by Ryborg11
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -28.4%

07-20-2013 01:42:15 | More by cfalovo97
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -28.4%

07-09-2013 00:04:09 | More by jmkoscie
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-07-2013 01:43:57 | More by RedAleMan
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 19:50:02 | More by Phyl21ca
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Long813

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

07-03-2013 23:09:44 | More by Long813
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Ham-Nord

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
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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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.5%

06-19-2013 22:38:46 | More by jsnoek
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KeKeKumba

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

06-17-2013 00:11:45 | More by KeKeKumba
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5%
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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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-15-2013 01:55:44 | More by ThinkAgain
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 00:51:43 | More by spinrsx
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

05-10-2013 16:25:46 | More by yancot
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Groulxsome

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

05-07-2013 17:40:48 | More by Groulxsome
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

02-13-2013 03:48:24 | More by DaPan
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kinguy

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-10-2012 16:27:03 | More by kinguy
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

How have I not ticked this yet?

Hazy pale orange colour, ring of white head with lots of white lace all over the glass. Smell is bursting with piney hops, some citrus and grapefruit, some toasty malt and biscuit present as well. Taste is full of bitter hops, more pine and some orange flavours, pineapple, sopme malt in the finsih as well, lightly sweet witha a dry finish. Light, dry carbonation, medium full body, fairly oily. Great stuff and a consistant DIPA from Ontario, something I would gladly drink on any ocassion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 21:00:57 | More by peensteen
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

08-10-2012 01:16:37 | More by chickenm
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spinach


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-27-2012 20:10:10 | More by spinach
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

06-22-2012 21:54:49 | More by Molson2000
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

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!

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Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

04-20-2012 23:06:48 | More by beerhunter13
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.