Ten Bitter Years
Black Oak Brewing Co.

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Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,331
Ranked #6,041
4.11 | pDev: 9.98%
Nov 12, 2021
Nov 26, 2009
Ten Bitter YearsTen Bitter Years
Notes: To celebrate our 10th Year Anniversary in 2009, Ken wanted to put out a hoppy, bitter brew as a witty way to commemorate a decade of survival in the craft brewing industry. The result? Our 10 Bitter Years Imperial IPA. This strong brew pours a burnt orange colour and has a fresh, bright citrus and tropical fruit aroma. This beer is double dry hopped using three different varieties of North American hops leading to a full flavour of bitter pine and citrus. Although it packs a good hoppy punch, it finishes as smooth as possible for the style, with just enough alcohol warmth to enhance the flavour.
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4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Matthew_Watson from Canada (ON)

Nicely balanced double IPA with a good malt backbone and lingering bitterness. The dry hopping comes out nicely with a more gentle floral bite at the beginning. Overall a well-made beer for the style!

Nov 12, 2021
3.5 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Jul 10, 2020
3.82 by groleau from Canada (QC) on May 08, 2020
4 by grahuba from Connecticut on Sep 20, 2019
4.07 by Electros from Canada (ON) on Mar 09, 2019
3.67 by jhodgert from Canada (QC) on Jan 13, 2019
4.13 by Jangle_bojangle from Canada (ON) on Apr 07, 2018
5 by tomghiley from Canada (ON) on Apr 05, 2018
3.83 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on Mar 10, 2018
4.74 by knowyourown from Canada (ON) on Feb 27, 2018
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SSS from Canada (QC)

A-Pours a clear strong orange color, with an off white head that lingers
S-malt forward aroma with toasted and roasted Caramel notes overpowering any hop aroma that might be prevalent
M-Body is medium mouth feel has a luxurious character with the carbonation being a little bit peppery at the back of the throat
T-Caramel and malt sweetness at the front with a hop bitterness that hits you over the head and stays and lingers for a while
O- this is a boozy, malty, Imperial IPA, that definitely hits the advertised 80IBUs. I am in between on this one...try it for yourself

Jan 23, 2018
3.5 by Jotora from Canada (ON) on Dec 30, 2017
3.85 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON) on Oct 31, 2017
3.94 by nullbort from Canada (ON) on Oct 10, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

This was a surprise. Served in a tulip glass pours copper brown and perfectly clear. Short lasting head. Variety of smells - i honestly smelled chocolate caramel but I am alone in that I think. It's got nose. agree witn hoppy comments but the clairty and colour will throw IPA drinkers. a nice find however.

Aug 24, 2017
4.43 by kier from Canada (ON) on Jul 17, 2017
4.84 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
3.81 by Ivanhoes_Backpack from Canada (NB) on Jun 22, 2017
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3.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by eberesford from Canada (ON)

Served as draft and too chilled. Copper coloured with a smallish off white stable head that left good lacing. I find the reported IBU's astonishing as there was very little hop bitterness in the body followed by a whack of earthy floral (not citrus) aroma hop at the end which came as a surprise after the body. Not a winner, at least served on draft in this location.

May 02, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

Lots of hop aroma which is followed by a full mouth hop bomb on tasting. Citrus yes & some other fruit - perhaps mango-
part way through the sip, but the pine stands out for me with this one. The first sip it is there at the end & seems almost too much but with each sip after if feels a little more mellow & blends nicely with the full malty backbone of bready caramel flavours. A nice DIPA from Black Oak in Etobicoke.

Apr 09, 2017
3.08 by kevinlater from Canada (ON) on Feb 21, 2017
4.35 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON) on Dec 03, 2016
3.98 by bryanzk from Canada (ON) on Nov 11, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper filtered with little carbonation, topped with 3 fingers of off white head.

Smells of pine, citrus, dank onion, and malt.

Tastes of malt, pine, citrus, onion, and a big solid bitterness that endures to palatial all-encompassing bitterness.

Medium thick body, syrupy, with little carbonation.

Got at LCBO, drank Oct 12th, 2016 in New Hamburg, ON. Bitter, yes! Sort of really bitter in a slightly ugly way that grows on you with each sip.

Oct 13, 2016
3.35 by Benish from Wisconsin on Oct 10, 2016
3.88 by GJKerr from Canada (ON) on Sep 30, 2016
4 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC) on Sep 26, 2016
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2.52/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by Knuckles2531 from Canada (YT)

Was shocked to read the IBU's is over 80.....that is why I bought it...but all I get is spicy peppered caramel malt flavor with a touch of hop backbone. Would classify this as a hoppy brown ale than an imperial IPA if someone asked me. It's not terrible but if you are a hop head IPA traditionalist....not sure this is for you. It's more like 80+ IMU's rather than IBU's (yes that is international bitterness units, and yes I made that up). To sum up...all malt no hop. Not a terrible beer but it ain't no IIPA.
Ops...I forgot to talk about the color, aroma, head, mouth feel, finish, etc. Just read every other review for that cookie cutter info.

Aug 18, 2016
4.75 by RyanPollock from Canada (ON) on Jul 16, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

Deep copper pour. Off tan tight lacey head. Old school malty, bready flavour with herbal, earthy hops. Not boozy and slightly tannic As it warms lots of wood notes appear

Jul 16, 2016
4.03 by Simon212 from Canada (ON) on Jun 23, 2016
4.06 by Mousel from Canada (ON) on Jun 20, 2016
3.85 by TimWakimika from Canada (QC) on Jun 17, 2016
4.14 by portwood from Canada (ON) on Jun 01, 2016
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3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

Pours slightly hazy, dark gold in colour, midsize head. Hoppy, bitter and a bit sweet on the nose. Obviously bitter but Unique taste, very strong hops flavour. The booziness is well hidden. Well worth a try.
April 15 2022

May 12, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
by JonnyBeers from Canada (BC)

I've been wanting to try this one for ages cause it's always shown up on the top 100 CDN BA list. I find it chewy, meaty, and malty. Fair amount of citrus at the start but a thick caramel finish. I've had this weird taste profile with a couple Imperial IPA before that remind me of steak. Not sure how or why, I'm assuming it's a malt/hop balance, but this triggers that reaction. It reminds me of the smell of steak fat fresh off the grill. Tasty in food, but in liquid form it's really weird. Fresh-ish bottle from LCBO.

May 11, 2016
4.25 by mistahmojoryan from Canada (SK) on May 07, 2016
4.19 by Geosuds from Spain on May 03, 2016
4.06 by PJT from Canada (QC) on Apr 24, 2016
4.32 by Chriswillms9 from Canada (AB) on Apr 14, 2016
Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
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