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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

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

kelvarnsen, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

HATS4BATS, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of Ian_Hammons
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Ian_Hammons, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Mr_Hoptimistic, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Ryborg11
3.76/5  rDev -10.3%

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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3/5  rDev -28.4%

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

jmkoscie, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

RedAleMan, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Long813, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Ham-Nord
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

Ham-Nord, Jun 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

jsnoek, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

KeKeKumba, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of decimator
4.4/5  rDev +5%

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.

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

ThinkAgain, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

yancot, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Groulxsome, May 07, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

kinguy, Nov 10, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

peensteen, Sep 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

chickenm, Aug 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

spinach, Jun 27, 2012
Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.