Crockett (1012) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber Gold with a Little fluffy white head. Nose of pine, citrus, and peach. Opens up sweet and with resiny hops. Tea, toasted bready malts, good balance. Finish is clean. Very solid IIPA.
fiulijn (15360) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at C’est What, Toronto
Hazy red-amber color; small head. Nice aroma of caramel and hops, a bit sweaty. Good toffee flavor; the mouthfeel is lean, no crystal; strong bitterness, providing nice orangey resins, and a tea final. Long end.
Very good, powerful but easy to drink.
dreamflower (600) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I wasn’t expecting to like this bitter beer, but it’s refreshing and very enjoyable. Grapefruit.
northropfrye (2317) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mike for this! Dark amber/iced tea colour with creamy white head. Aroma is sweet maple syrup, pine, vanilla and grapefruit. Taste is initially sweet and malty with a nice bitter finish. A great beverage. One of Canada’s best.
HeistAlmighty (1155) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
341ml bottle, XI on the label. Not much head but it was thick, sticky and dense. Orange amber hazy colour. Strong, fresh grapefruit hops aroma and some caramel malt, hints of pine and biscuit. Intense hops in the favour, pine and lots of earth on the finish. Overall, a rather complex DIPA. Excellent stuff.
stuckinprague (43) - - JUL 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden/orange with a head that lingers well into the beer. Aroma is spicy and piney with a hint of citrus. Taste is a initial split second bite of hops, followed by a rich malty sweetness which tails off into a medium to heavy bitterness with a hint of alcohol. The taste has a great evolution in the mouth and gives a fair amount of unami. Medium to full bodied beer with a creamy palate. 10 bitter years is a rich and satisfying beer which I thoroughly enjoyed. Bought the beer right at the brewery, with a extra six pack to cellar for a few months. Get em before there gone!
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks, Doug! Hazy orangey-amber. The aroma is a chewy, oxidized hop. I think as an XI this is from 2011, so it’s been aged a bit. The palate is actually a bit light and soft, though with some chewy crystal and oxidized hop character. There’s a touch of alcohol in the finish. Fits the style.
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Number XI. Pours a muddled burnt orange. Smells a little old, the hops have dulled but leave behind orange and peach esters. The palate bequeaths alcohol and chewiness. The flavors begin fruity and finish bitter and slightly sour as in citrus pith and rind together. Not in its peak form, but obviously a well-made beer.
JeffPorter (1) - Brampton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
June 2012 edition. My first experience with this beer in the bottle. The aroma is a little funny at first. More grassy than piney. The taste is sinply big malt mixed with more big hop. Glad i got a case and will get another when it released again.
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Originally written for the Summer 2010 issue of TAPS Magazine.) When Black Oak owner Ken Woods announced the existence of this beer last fall, he refused to peg it to a particular style, saying “if you ask us what kind of beer it is, we’ll just say it’s a 10th anniversary beer.” Since its release, it’s been flagged by most as a Double (or if you prefer, Imperial) IPA, and has been welcomed with open arms (and mouths) by hop-deprived beer hounds in Ontario. With its bright golden colour and tight white head, it doesn’t look like anything special, but the aroma and flavour are on another level entirely, with big and bold notes of orange zest, grapefruit, spruce and tropical fruit. Malt obviously plays second fiddle to the massive hop presence, but the hints of biscuit and bread that manage to poke through offer at least a semblance of balance before the long and bitter finish kicks in. Maybe it’s just the hometown pride talking, but I’d place this up with some of the best Double/Imperial IPAs from the US. Here’s hoping Black Oak promotes it from a one off to a regular, or at least an annual seasonal brew.