Black Oak Ten Bitter Years | Black Oak Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
4.12/5
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196 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:
#2,869
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
196
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
Trade:
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Ratings: 196 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Simon212
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimWakimika
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of portwood
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pmicdee
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique taste, very strong, well worth a try.

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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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Photo of mistahmojoryan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Geosuds
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJT
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Chriswillms9
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy honey amber with one finger of firm beige head that leaves distant storm system lace as it recedes.

Smells amazing. Fresh sliced citrus flesh, lemon rind, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malt and piney hops.

Tastes of more juicy citrus flesh, pineapple and mango, fresh baked biscuit malt and more sticky pine resin.

Feels big and lively. Medium bodied with solid, frothy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. I honestly don't remember having a better double IPA than this.

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Photo of beersareonme
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great Imperial IPA. Although I prefer a cloudy unfiltered IPA, this brew is still great. It has a light but surprisingly long-lasting head. And unlike some inferior Imperial IPA's, this one doesn't just taste like an IPA with alcohol added.

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Photo of CRObighit2
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of akdo
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: The beer has a slightly transparent and copper body. It produces a foamy one-finger white head. The latter is tough in that it recedes to a thin layer with a few holes. Also, it beautifully laces the glass as one drinks it.



Aromas: This is clearly a Double IPA from the East coast. The malt overpowered the hops. As a result of that, the beer has a tropical perfume.



Taste: The malt profile offers notes of honey. But the most dominant notes are those of mangos, citrus and peaches. There are few notes of grapefruit zest. On the back-end, the beer has a dry taste of pine woods. Because this is an East Coast Double IPA expect no smokey taste nor aggressiveness that places the beer on the high end of the bitterness spectrum.



Feel: The beer is medium-bodied. Because of its malt profile, it is well balanced and slightly refreshing. Although dry, the beer is not astringent. The alcoholic warmth is barely felt in the throat, which is fine by me.



Overall: For me, the best Double IPA from Canada is Rainhard Refuge. However, Black Oak 10 Bitter Years stands out because of its almost perfect head retention. Unfortunately, the hops and the malt to some extent were too dry causing the aromas to be barely discernible. I would still recommend this beer.

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Photo of leaddog
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a pale copper with three fingers of off white head.

Smell - citrus and piney hops, pine resin, grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts.

Taste - Bitter citrus and piney hops upfront. The pine resin and grapefruit peel follow suit. The bready caramel malts come in at the end to add a little sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a pleasant bitterness.

Overall - A refreshing American IPA that showcases the citrus and piney hops quite well. The malts act as a nice supporting cast to the bitter hops.

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Photo of Corson
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Powers30
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle - wow, I've tried to acquire this perennial Canadian Top Beer list denizen for a while now, only to have it plunk onto the shelves of my local bottleshop, of course. Not that I'm complaining.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two pudgy fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly ecru head, which leaves some low-lying fog bank lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of edgy and somewhat metallic pine and spruce tip bitters, acrid citrus pith, gritty and grainy caramel malt, some dried-out honey, and more leafy, floral, and pugnaciously herbal hoppiness. The taste is grainy, lightly doughy caramel malt, a further faint biscuity toffee sweetness, some chalky flintiness, muddled fleshy citrus, and a rather heady leafy, herbal, grassy, and floral green hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its come-hither frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, the various hoppy esters stepping outside for a smoke, or something. It finishes off-dry, the base caramel malt holding tight, while the piney, citrusy, and herbal hops start to consider why that 16-proof booze hasn't quite shown up yet (or maybe that's just me).

Overall, a pleasant, and mildly challenging DIPA, the hop schedule leaning more towards the green forest floor, rather than the fruity side of the spectrum. I am happy to report that this is one of those quasi-whales that certainly lives up to the expectations built up around it, for better or for worse.

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Photo of Supergenou
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EricVonStein
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden amber colour, clear, pours out thick like honey. Big puffy head three fingers or more and with a slight tan/peachy tinge. Nice lacing as I work my through the glass.

Really nice mix of toasty malts, caramels, cereals and honey sweetness with dried orange rind. Big pungent nose that is rounded off and feels likes its had time to round off sharp edges.

The interplay between roasty caramel bread and citrus rind continues in the taste. Thick honey and caramel flavours on the tongue right away, along with an equal tropical juicy hit, pineapple is present. The bitter comes on fast and sharp at first backed by the those toasted oats and whole grain malt characteristics, then it just gets dry and bitter, even resiny/piny. There is a really nice spiciness present in the background that rides out to the finish along with the orange and grapefruit rind bitter. Finish is dry, bitter, and warming down the throat.

Med-Full bodied and creamy, nicely carbonated. Goes down smooth and syrupy.

Whats not to love here? Really a strong beer and not just in the ABV. Great interplay of malt, sweet, toasted flavours with the citrus rind resiny bitters. Big and juicy and it feels like its had 10 bitter years to stew and even out ever so nicely.

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Photo of iamstevetay
1.92/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 196 ratings