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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
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190 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Black Oak Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
blackoakbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Sammy on 11-26-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,666
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
190
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
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1.92/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of Knuckles2531
2.52/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of kevinlater
3.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of eberesford
3.09/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

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.

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Photo of Benish
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.36/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very fresh, received through trade with TheSevenDuffs. Thank-you!

A: Orange red with a light white cap atop it. No major lacing. A bit light for a DIPA IMO.

S: Spicy hop aromas with a bit of an earthy undertone and a matly sweetness playing into it. I always look for a DIPA dripping with juicy hop aromas, and this isn't doing it for me, although it is stylistically fine.

T/M/D: My first thought was that the beer itself seems watery. A nice warming beer with low carbonation that plays well leaving sweetness and earthy pine hop atop it, with a few citrus notes coming through. Would be a good, though not great DIPA if it would be a little thicker in the mouth...

I hate to be so harsh on this, but it isn't doing it for me. I am going to go downstairs and have a Hummulus and compare now...

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Photo of Tmappin
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HATS4BATS
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of AugustusRex
3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Whatup14
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber color with dense activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of pineapples, orange, mango, lemon, caramel, butter, sweet grains, floral and herbal spices. A little sweet with tropical fruits and bitter piney hops. Slick oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish, long tongue coating and astringent feel of thick grassy piney hops tar and very sharp citrus. A little excessive, acidic, and missing some freshness. The flavors are nice, yet quickly overwhelmed by the heavy finish. Lacking a little balance. Overall good quality craft, very good if you like highly bitter IPAs.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear amber with a light cover of foam.

S - Soft, floral and fruity aroma. Hints of citrus and grapefruit in the back.

T - Bitter for sure. Light sugary sweetness, apples, raisins and pine.

M - Slightly astringent and lightish in body. Sharp carbonation.

D - Not bad. A different balance on the DIPA. Could definitely use some smoothening out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Viggo for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark orange with a nice off white head and some sticky bits of lacing. Nose brings a hefty dose of malty sweetness underneath some citrus and pine notes. The taste is a bit sweet, although the bitterness kicks in here as well, though the actually hop flavors from the nose aren't particularly well represented. Feel consists of a medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Not quite a standard DIPA, but straddles that line with American Strong Ale or American Barleywine, and was a nice beer to try.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Purchased at the LCBO for an pricey $6.50. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a nice white heat that is gone pretty quick. Very dark gold color

S- Lots of.... yup you guessed it.... hops, roasted malt and barley.

T- See above!! Plus a lot of caramel and grapefruit.

M- Very dry

O- Very good but very expensive. Will not buy again just due to price

Food Pairing

This wonderful little IPA went well with...... take out Chinese food. All sorts and a good assortment!

Enjoy

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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