Black Oak Ten Bitter Years | Black Oak Brewing Co.

Black Oak Ten Bitter YearsBlack Oak Ten Bitter Years
BA SCORE
88.8%
Liked This Beer
4.12 w/ 188 ratings
Black Oak Ten Bitter YearsBlack Oak Ten Bitter Years
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:
#2,634
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
188
Liked:
167
Avg:
4.12/5
pDev:
10.19%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
25
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of pootz
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Decants a turbid orange-amber color with a frothy white cap. Decent lacing.

Aroma Is big on citrus and pine resins, some exotic fruit tones and a whaft of malt.

Mouthfeel is oily,

Flavor gives a big blast of hop mixture throughout the profile; piney resinous, leafy, citrus rind...very bitter but without a sharp delivery ...just enough malting to keep the bitterness from becoming overly astringent. Semi-dry finish alcohol shows...long lingering metallic bitterness.

Sure is a hop bomb but if it were a tad better balanced it would be a great DIPA.

UPDATE: On tap Second batch: Taps a clouded gold-amber with a billowy puffy 3 finger cap which rides out the drink. Massive aroma of citrus, passion fruit rich toffee lalts. Tastes about how it smells with a long drying finish with fruity esters and citrus-pine hops battling it out on the palate. Best West coast styled DIPA I've sampled in this market. Bottled version doesn'r do it justice

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Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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 CAMRAhardliner
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brass color with a patchy rather shortlived head that manages to muster up a lot of lace. Citrus and pine sap mix with lightly roasted malts in the nose. The taste is assertively hoppy with a pithy, resinous PacNW profile like the nose. Light vanilla, oaky notes mix with the doughy, caramelly malts in the back. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light to moderate carbonation level. The finish is moderately bitter with a balancing maltiness, The ABV is well hidden throughout.

I pretty decent DIPA, but perhaps a bit anemic in the bitterness and hop aroma departments. Still very complex and drinkable.

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Photo of mick303
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My 500th beer on here, figured to round out that milestone with a nice Ontario DIPA.

Poured into a tulip glass. A lovely cap of creamy soft tan head, soft and soapy, with really great lacing that lasts till the very end. Colour is a deep orange tan, bit amber. 4.25

S – lots of juicy fruit aromas out of the glass, grapefruit, lemon, apricot, some nice candied pine aromas. Mild nuttiness and interspersed foresty and herbal hop notes, lots of hop character but not oily or bitter. 4.25

T – starts with a piney herbal note, then grapefruit citrus comes through, quite a strong piney note, some light resins, almond, a really dry profile for sure. Has some nutmeg, tropical fruitiness, with some bitter pineapple, citrus pith. A really balanced fruitiness, not all that bitter for the style, with pleasant flavor. Finishes dry with a pronounced herbal bitter kick. 4.25

M – pretty full-bodied, moderate carbonation to let the fruity and pine notes sit on the palate. Very easy drinking with no alcohol harshness, solid dryness and hop character on the finish with just a hint of oily slickness. Develops a nice thick feel. 4

A very pleasant and flavourful DIPA, atouch restrained for the style but a nice balance of lively dry citrus and some solid piney character. Not as juicy or outwardly complex as some but this is still a very pleasant IPA, good balanced profile and remarkably drinkable. Very tasty and worth a try, would make a good introduction DIPA. 4.25

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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 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 Bf_89
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of yesyouam
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black Oak Ten Bitter Years is a very clear, solid golden ale with a dense and foamy, yellowish off white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a bright, fresh, hoppy aroma with notes of pine (maybe spruce?) and some orange. It's pretty full bodied, very smooth and soft. The finish is clean and dry. It has a nice, bright, piney bitterness that's well balanced with the dry malt. There may be a touch of peat. This is delicious. It's incredibly sessionable for 8% ABV!

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Photo of Coronaeus
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Ken's Bitter" = an absolute epic Ontario hop blast. An institution that I am delighted to see come out for a second year. (and should have rated earlier).

Beautiful clear amber with decent head, lacing and carbonation Lacking the oiliness I respect (but dislike) from the typical higher ABV hoppy brews.

Citrus aroma with pine, grapefruit and all things hop-magnificent. Caramelized malt sweetness at the start of the taste yields into a well rounded & balanced flavour explosion of malts & west-coast hops. Pleasantly bitter lingering finish.

This is a benchmark Ontario beer - which I have enjoyed on both draught and bottle whenever an 8% ABV is feasible. Thank-you Ken!

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Photo of Cycle69
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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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Photo of 4ster
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
I got this one from someone (???) at DLD 2010. Thanks to someone whose name I can't remember.

Pours a nicely clear, medium shade of amber. A head of leass than a finger of beige foam sits on top. It fades away to a surface covering film with some craggy conglomerations of sorts. The lacing is in thin strands, but is nicely sticky.

Loads of citrus/tropical hop notes dominate. Lots of grapefruit and pine resin. Good notes of citrus peels. Strong hints of pineapple and a light touch of papaya. Totally biscuity yeast presence. Mild traces of caramelly maltiness.

Slightly more balanced than the nose suggested, but still hops dominated. Flavor follows the nose, very well. Good level of hops bitterness and a cutting sharpness. Malty sweetness is buried, fairly deep.

This is full-bodied and has a light level of carbonation. Lightly smooth, to counter the bite of the hops, with a hint of creaminess.

It's good, but a bit too out-of-balance for me to rate it all too highly.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.87/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcrossan
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo as part of Black Oak Tap Takeover.

Poured into a nonic. Ruby amber, good frothy head, nice lacing.

Rich hoppy nose - notes of citrus, pine, grapefruit, malt sweetness.

I tip my cap to you, Black Oak - this was bloody terrific. The perfect melding of hoppy and malty sweetness made for one damned enjoyable sipper. Almost chocolately was the malt, but the hops certainly held true. Great stuff. Moderate carbonation and body, slight creamyness.

Run, don't walk to the bar if you see this on tap.

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Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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

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

Poured a deep copper color with a tall off-white head with decent retention and lacing. The nose and taste both feature rich caramel malt with a strong spice and pine tar bitterness. i was hoping for a bit more complexity in the hop profile, but still a tasty beer.

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Black Oak Ten Bitter Years from Black Oak Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88.8% out of 100 with 188 ratings
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