cfrancis (2102) - 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 (2831) - 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 (1821) - 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.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Viggo for this bottle. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a dark orange with a nice off white head and some sticky bits of lacing. Nose brings a hefty dose of malty sweetness underneath some citrus and pine notes. The taste is a bit sweet, although the bitterness kicks in here as well, though the actually hop flavors from the nose aren’t particularly well represented. Feel consists of a medium body with low to moderate carbonation. Not quite a standard DIPA, but straddles that line with American Strong Ale or American Barleywine, and was a nice beer to try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-15-2010
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 341ml, courtoisie de Hogtownharry. De couleur ambrée et claire. Nez de houblon herbeux, citrique (pamplemousse) et légèrement résineux, malté de caramel toffee sucré, moyen de biscuits et de fruits (agrumes) avec des notes de miel et de vanille. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture moyennement résineuse, légèrement huileuse et aux petites notes crémeuses. Goût moyen-amer de houblon citrique (pamplemousse) et légèrement herbeux (une amertume présente toute la gorgée) accompagné d’un léger goût fruité (agrumes, traces de pêches) et de notes de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût malté de caramel toffee sucré avec un léger goût de biscuits au miel et des notes de sucre bonbon puis en finale l’on retrouve un regain d’amertume de houblon plus herbeux et légèrement résineux ainsi que des notes d’alcool réchauffantes. Post-goût long, amer de houblon citrique, moyennement herbeux et légèrement résineux avec des notes d’alcool et de fruits (zest d’agrumes).
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
DJMonarch (9158) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010
Big hop aroma. Golden coloured hoppy and floral with some alcohol present. A hint of dryness in a crisp and bitter malt finish.
madmitch76 (13066) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
31st July 2010. ChrisO’s ’Raise The Roof’ tasting.
Last beer (for me) of a long days tasting. Clear amber beer. Little white head. Semi soft and semi dry palate. Sweet hops - pineapple and mango - lovely and fresh. Finishes dry. Good stuff and great final beer!
fonefan (32844) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 341ml. @ ChrisOs Pre-GBBF Shindig 2010.
[ Raise The Roof Tasting ]. Clear medium yellow orange color with a large, frothy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, pine, grapefruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.