rosenbergh (6072) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at BarVolo, Toronto, ON.
Clear dark amber colour with small creamy off-white head.
Dark bitter grapefruity resiny hoppy aroma.
Dark sweet bitter flavour with strong resiny notes.
I think it’s too dark hoppy bitter. Slightly over-hopped to be excellent.
TheJester (1726) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2011 341 mL bottle. Darker than most IIPAs. Smells like an IIPA, though, with lots of tropical fruit in there. The flavour was fairly disappointing, at first, especially after the enticing aroma. There just wasn’t a lot going on, and not much hop flavour. There was some bitterness, but again, not to IIPA levels. But as it warmed, flavours began to appear. Caramel, pineapple, tangerine, bread. No alcohol. Decent bitterness throughout, although it doesn’t last. Creamy/oily mouthfeel. More ASA than IIPA, but then Black Oak never intended this to be an IIPA in the first place. I think I just started it off too cold.
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a nice golden colour, light head, this bad boy taste really good. this is one of the few beers I have tasted and the bottle is better then on tap. The aroma is very strong citrus hops. the taste is not extremely hoppy it was malty and hoppy. one of the weaker in hop flavour ’DIPA’ but it works for this one.
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the brewery. Cellar temperature. Amber colour in a snifter. Thin creamy head. Wonderful aroma. Its very full and fruity. Papaya and mango dominate; theres lemon zest, a fair bit of pine, fresh orange juice. Really nice. Mid to full bodied. Soft and a bit sticky on the tongue. Malt in the flavour initially then an immediate bitter kick with grapefruit, lemon rind, orange, tangerine, lots of pine. Alcohol is well masked. It has a persistent bitter kick throughout. Excellent.
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour golden copper nice off white head good lace. Aroma citrus, grapefruit, orange, pine, mild malt. Taste big citrus pine and resiny hops, some caramel and cereal grain, decently bitter and a touch of boozy warmth. MF medium sticky body solid carb. Well brewed very tasty and easy to drink.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
awesome citrus and fruity hop aroma. amber pour with good head. citrus fruity hops dominate with a trace of the piney hops. malt flavour is low which i really like with this style. awesome bitter finish. surprisingly drinkable and refreshing. I love seeing Canadian breweries put out great beers like this.
cfrancis (2153) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white head. Aroma is big citrus hop and orange peel. Taste is a great balance of orange peel citrus and intense bitterness from the citrus hops. This needs to be a regular brew. Great beer and so happy that it came from an Ontario brewery. More, more, more!!!
robinvboyer (2876) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
been wanting to try this one for a long time! medium orange pour, hazy, and it looks thick. sticky off white head. HUGE aroma of citric floral hops, and a light cedar soapiness. the flavor is just a pallet thrasher! all hops, all the time! long lingering bitter finish. Easily the best IPA Ontario has ever seen.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A clean, sharp, citrusy and generously hopped IIPA. A by-the-book well done IIPA
How: Bottle 341ml. Comparing a slightly aged batch 1 and a fresher batch 2
The look: Clear golden body topped by a medium off-white head with medium retention
In long: The moderately aromatic nose has usual but always pleasant coniferous and citrusy hops. The batch 2 has a bit more oranges and tropical fruits and a bit less coniferous notes. Taste starts with typical toasted caramelized malts. The batch 1 showed a much more satisfying body with nice cookies notes and the caramel felt a lot richer. Some tropical fruits join in both batches. Hopping is assertive and it mostly fruity and grassy with light pine-tree resin notes. Bitterness level is medium. My slightly aged batch1 bitterness was a less sharp (of course) and the batch 2 bitterness was a lot more citric and astringent as the batch 1. Alcohol was nowhere to be found I batch 1 but was very apparent in batch 2. Overall I found my aged batch 1 better than the fresher batch 2. I can imagine why Ontarians went crazy on the fresh batch 1 of this crazy. I’m hoping that Black Oak can re-capture the lightning in a bottle that was a fresh batch 1 because I’d sure like to drink the shit out of it. The batch 2 as it is would only get a decent 3.4 rating from me. My aged batch 1 deserved a 3.6 but we’re talking about a bottle that is 8 months old. So I’m gonna be a bit generous and rate it 3.8 based on the fact that this 8 months old IIPA was still very good. If this was an American IIPA I would say that this is just another by-the-book well done IIPA. But this one is from Ontario. Wow, a good bottled Double IPA from Ontario, this is as unexpected as a Al Queada fund raising march in downtown New-York City.
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle - thanks to Josh for picking a few of these up during the release. Pours a hazy copper, small amount of head that fades quickly into light lacing. Aroma of hops, sweetness/alcohol. Medium bodied, bitterness and sweetness on the palate, bitterness fades but remains for a while on the finish. Thinner then I thought it would be but still good. Curious to see how this one ages as the hops fade - definitely worth grabbing a bottle or two to drink now though - one of the better Canadian DIPAs I’ve had.