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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years - Black Oak Brewing Co.

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65 Reviews
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Reviews: 65
Hads: 147
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Sammy on 11-26-2009

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.
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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 147
Photo of mintjellie
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle pours a dark golden clear orange. The taste is very bitter with a nice piney hop background. It goes down quite smooth and very damn easy to drink. Its average in the pack compared to american ipas and iipas as this is in the middle. But considering this is from Ontario, wow. A very damn good offering for the style. Finally, its a start. Lets hope we get some more in this shitty province for beer. (407 characters)

Photo of decimator
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Weebay
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of mrnobody
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4.37/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,121 characters)

Photo of alpineclimber
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (710 characters)

Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bomber purchased from LCBO- poured into Tulip glass

The appearance of the beer is amber, burnt orange or even saffron in colouration, depending upon the lighting. There are some streaks of red and gold. Head is a cream white, about 2 fingers worth. It is hazy and turbid upon pouring. Carbonation seems to be on the higher side of things.

The nose is quite lovely. Immediately hit with grapefruit, pineapple, resin, orange rind, pine, and delicate floral notes. I can detect a malt presence, a shot of caramel, and biscuit in the background. Upon warming, I can detect some further smells of intense peach and mango.

Taste is crisp, medium body, with a smooth and oily mouthfeel. Finish is long, bitter and dry. You can detect a certain pithy quality and earthiness in the finish. Really smooth, drinks like a regular IPA, alcohol is only present in a warming sensation, there is no astringency. Again, the juicy tastes of jaffa orange, mandarins, blood orange, grapefruit, peach and mango are all present. Powerful citrus and pine notes are underpinned by a toffee/caramel/honey malt backbone.

Delicious, and almost restrained in a way. A treat to have. One of the better examples of the style in this province. I like sweet and juicy DIPA/IIPAs and this fits the bill.

Edit: Having another bomber, the malt backbone is sweeter and tastier than I remember! (1,371 characters)

Photo of cmadd
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The body pours a orange and rusty straw colour with two fingers of head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Almost exclusively piney and citric hop aromas with a malt backbone. Edit: grapefruit aromas develop as the beer warms.

T: Upfront again with the citrus and the pine, the middle is dominated by a nice balancing malt, and the finish is a strong pine bitterness. There is definitely a brashness to the hops that works nicely here and fits the name well. I don't love this style, but I appreciate that it's well done.

M: Great body with perfect carbonation. Not much to report, solid.

O: Before the advent of Witchshark IIPA from Bellwoods Brewery this was likely the best IIPA brewed in Ontario. Now I prefer Witchshark, but I chalk that up a stylistic preference not quality; this is an excellent brew. It's a shame it's so limited and sells out so damn quick. Everyone should get a taste of this. (907 characters)

Photo of BitterOldSalt
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

After 6 weeks of working in downtown Toronto I finally found a really great beer. Big thanks to "C'est What?" for being an oasis in this beer desert of a town. (My apologies to Torontonians who know better. Forgive me and help me slake my thirst for hoppy, top-fermented brews?)

For me the smell was the biggest part of the win for this beer. I shit you not, that I involuntarily closed my eyes and whispered, "Mmm, that's nice." Lucky for me the only person who witnessed this display was the bartender who responded with a heart-felt, "I know, right."

I'll agree with other reviewers that the head retention here was weak. The flavor and drinkability improved as this glass warmed and I have to wonder if this wasn't a beer that would have been best drawn from cask.

The hop aroma was complete--full, fresh hop smell with none of the volatile nuances boiled away. Hop bitterness was forefront, just shy of assertive. The malt did not fully balance the bittering hops as is desirable for this style. The mouthfeel was slightly thinner than expected, but again, for this style I think that is a reasonable, refreshing option. Copper-colored with a slight haze.

Here's to hoping you all get a share of what I gather is a one-off batch--provided I still get more than my share, that is.

Cheers! (1,297 characters)

Photo of Ham-Nord
4.31/5  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. (548 characters)

Photo of clockwerk
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack from the brewery on day 1, so this stuff is FRESH. And damn, it's good too.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper orange. Forms a nice light, white, foamy head that recedes to a
clearly defined ring leaving a sudsy lace in it's wake.

Smell: Hops. First and foremost. Citrusy goodness all around. It's your typical grapefruit and pine combo, but it does it well.

Taste: Nice caramel sweetness up front that leads into an assertive grapefruit character. Bitterness comes in beatifully on the back 9 of the palate. Some mild alcohol notes through out that play well with the hops and malt creating a satisfyingly complex experience.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is spot on. I'll call it medium bodied. Doesn't dry you out too much.

Drinkability: As it's on the lighter side of the ABV spectrum for DIPA's at 8%, but I think this does it justice. 2 to 3 bottles can be consumed comfortably in a session without getting "plastered".

This beer is a big success for Ontario. Ken and Adrian should be proud of a job well done. Hopefully it sets the tone for more to follow and shows the Ontario brewers out there that craft drinkers like their big beers.

If you can get your hands on some, it's defintitely worth trying. (1,229 characters)

Photo of Ryborg11
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (385 characters)

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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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