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Black Oak 10 Bitter Years

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Brewed by Black Oak Brewing
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 126   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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It is a strong beer coming in at 8% and is made with RO water, malt, hops & yeast. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what style of beer it could be. IF YOU ASK US WHAT KIND OF BEER IT IS, WE’LL JUST SAY "ITS A 10th ANNIVERSARY BEER..........."


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3277) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Belle robe cuivrée et scintillante sur laquelle se forme une mousse qui s’éternise. Un nez de caramel, de papaye, d’agrumes et de conifères. Une bouche maltée et résineuse, davantage comme un vin d’orge à l’américaine. Un corps huileux qui pétille de belle façon. Une finale amère, résineuse, poivrée et un peu chaude. Une proposition qui est moyennement facile à boire.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (209) - CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Pour is caramel with a pillow off-white head that lasts FOREVER. You could go off and read Atlas Shrugged and this beer would still have a fluffy cap on it when you finished. Lacing is fantastic too. Nose is heavy pine and cedar, faint citrus and caramel. Taste is beautiful, chewy toffee/butterscotch malt with a mordantly bitter finish. I would’ve liked a tad more hop aromas and flavours, but judging by other reviews it’s probably just the fact that the bottle is now two months old. Overall this is really good stuff, and something I’d love to try on tap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (229) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a coppery color with a medium sized white head. Lively carbonation. Thick lacing painting the glass as drunk. Aromas are of orange zest, forest with pine and spruce, and some underlying caramel. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Tastes of bitter orange peel, tangy citrus, caramel malt, and bread. This would satisfy both hop heads and those looking for a strong, balanced beer. Lots of everything in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5725) - Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2014
650 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Bottle is dated 23 4 14. Looks solid; malty though. A transparent burnt orange with off-white head. Smells of bittersweet malt and bitter hops with notes of toffee and a bit of booziness. Tastes like it smells, but less bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A solid example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
defothebunt (21) - - SEP 15, 2014
Poured a frothy 2" head that flattened and held nicely. Amber colour with a nice dry hoppy bite. High abv was well hidden. Enjoyable and will grab a few more to age in the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (343) - CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
Pours clear pale to medium amber with two fat fingers of frothy tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, chunky lacing. Nose is caramel malt, pine, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Taste follows suit, moderate sweet and emphatic peppery bitter. Medium sticky and chewy body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a long dry bitter finish. An excellent American D/I IPA with loads of body and character. It’s hop-forward and aggressive, with very well integrated higher ABV. However, either the hop selection or the water chemistry are acting to dull the edge slightly - the hops aren’t as bright as they might be. (The bottle is only six weeks old, so I don’t see age as the issue.) That being said, it’s still a bit of a hop bomb (83 IBU) so it’s kind of like being hit in the mouth with a dull axe, instead of a sharp one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (332) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
Pours a very lightly hazed amber/gold with a moderately sized creamy white head. Aromas are wood/erath, citrus, and resin. Tastes like a good punch in the head (as an IPA should) but not quite to the extent of an Amsterdam Boneshaker. Despite the hoppy assertiveness there’s a pretty good biscuity malt backbone and some fruit that make this more than a one trick pony. Very astringent, really bites the palate, and leaves a long bitter finish. Pretty good for a beer that packs 8% abv but I have to admit the astringency was a little much for my palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6972) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle, one of several brought to RBAG by Robbie. Brassy orange-tinted gold, long lasting white head. Great hop presence, full of fresh pungent green character, coniferous with notes of mango skin and guava. An excellent DIPA. Thanks Robbie!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jur (361) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Draught @ beerbistro, Toronto. Now that's an adult beverage... Hop bomb 2themax! Simple, yet effective...Clear copper, light head. Heavy hop, heavy booze. Gets the job done I guess.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Freydoe (6) - - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
Pine and citrus notes on the nose. Nice body and mouth feel with flavours of pine and grapefruit


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