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


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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
It is a strong beer coming in at 8% and is made with RO water, malt, hops & yeast. Iíll leave it up to you to decide what style of beer it could be. IF YOU ASK US WHAT KIND OF BEER IT IS, WEíLL JUST SAY "ITS A 10th ANNIVERSARY BEER..........."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1311) - 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. Itís 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 arenít as bright as they might be. (The bottle is only six weeks old, so I donít see age as the issue.) That being said, itís still a bit of a hop bomb (83 IBU) so itís kind of like being hit in the mouth with a dull axe, instead of a sharp one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (458) - 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 thereís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8943) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jur (468) - 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
650ml bottle. XIII. Thanks Steve. Copper in colour with a thin but lasting off-white head, good lacing. The aroma is of citrus, biscuits, caramel. The flavour is of pine, oranges, caramel malt sweetness, light grapefruit. Lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper with a nice big sticky white head that leaves good head. Aroma is earthy, caramel, grapefruit, toffee. Flavour is caramel, toffee, toast, earthy, grapefruit, pine and a medium bitterness. Iím guessing harder water would make the hop bitterness pop more but this beer is really smooth!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a hazy copper with a dense off white head with lots of lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, grapefruit, citrus hops, pine and resin. Taste is caramel, resin, pine, grapefruit and a well balance of hops and bitterness on the flavor thatís never astringent. Great double!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1578) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14 Aroma of grapefruit, spruce, pine and resin. Clear reddish amber with a creamy but thin white head. Earthy, resin, and pine. Not much grapefruit or citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3816) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 4, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks DSG. Clear dark gold. A little spicy and a little phenolic in the nose with pine notes as well. Very bitter, dry, faint ash taste. Dry, medium-bodied, long, hoppy finish.

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