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

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RATINGS: 115   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. 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..........."


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 On tap at The Rhino - came a HAZY orangey golden with a super thick 2-inch white head that didnít go anywhere. This beer glows. You can see little hop leaves floating and itís so thick they donít settle. Aroma is incredibly fresh, so beatifully citrusy and fruity, and reminiscent of West Coast IPAs that we donít get around these parts. To have it unfiltered, fresh, on tap, was a thing of beauty. Flavour is incredibly complex, fruity, candy sweet upfront that fades into a lingering bitterness. Alcohol supremely well-integrated - never a noticeable burn, but the effect creeps up on you. Sticky, resinous mouthfeel, swept clean by perfect carbonation level. Lips get sticky. Layers of complexity in this one, sweet, fruity, acidic, bitter, grassy. A beautiful beer, and the best Iíve had from this province. BRA-FíN-VO Black Oak! Hereís to 10 more bitter years...

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bonesey (33) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2009
On tap @ Volo. All I can say is wow, finally a respectble Ontario IPA! Aroma is pungent citrus and even strawberry. Orange hue with a nice creamy head that laces the glass all the way down. Good balance with a nice lingering bitterness. Even at 8% I could drink this all night and damn the consequences!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Elkas (213) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2010
341ml bottle from Nick @ Chancey Smiths. Thanks!! Pours a hazy orange, with thick, creamy head. Very hoppy nose. Flavour is big. Big malts, lots of hops to balance it out, that leave a long, bitter finish, along with some alcohol warmth. Very nice beer. This needs to be brewed regularly and distributed widely. Please.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 8, 2010
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. Itís pretty full bodied, very smooth and soft. The finish is clean and dry. It has a nice, bright, piney bitterness thatís well balanced with the dry malt. There may be a touch of peat. This is delicious. Itís incredibly sessionable for 8% ABV!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AGAquino (658) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
From notes. On cask. Pours slightly cloudy orange with a nice foamy off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, pine and floral bitters; some alcohol as well. Flavour is very bitter; noticeable citrus, tangerines and resin, with a sweet malt backbone. Nice cask mouthfeel, slightly astringent, strong alcohol, but quite balanced.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8313) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 Cask at the Winking Judge. Way better than the first time I tried this. Intense, chewy resiny hop character with loads of bright orange and pine character. Intensely piny with loads of dry-hopped flavour on the back. Clean pale malt and a nice dryness that really accentuates the hops. Practically perfect for a session. Tap at bierbistro. Deep amber-red pour with a tight white lace over the top. The nose is quite grapefruity and hoppy with a bright, fragrant hop bouquet. Lots of fresh hoppy nose. Grapefruit and pine cones along with a soft kiss of resiny hop flavour. Lean-bodies with a touch of light toasty malt playing off of the citrus hoppiness. Sort of a long, clean lingering bitterness. Really tasty IPA - fresh and bright. 8 4 8 4 16

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
robinvboyer (2985) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2011
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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rob6239 (615) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
Bottle from Black Oak brewery. One of my favourite beers available. Pours delicious amber with slight white head. Strong hoppy citrus aroma. Sweet beginning and light bitterness to the finish in perfect balance. I wish I could buy this all year long.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
HipHopOpotamus (228) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2013 Purchased at LCBO in a 650ml nice new bottle. The beer was much better then I thought it would be. I was just thinking it might be a decent Imperial IPA, but it was much better then just decent. Very good beer with a lot of taste. So far this is my personal best IPA beer I have tasted that is made in Canada.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Spab (2261) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
Cask at Volo. Pours cloudy brownish gold with moderate white head, decent retention. Big, fresh hoppy nose with grapefruit, citrus, floral and a nice malt balance to boot. Taste is also very hoppy but again well-balanced. Nice lingering bitterness. Liked this a lot.


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