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

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   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. I’ll leave it up to you to decide what style of beer it could be. IF YOU ASK US WHAT KIND OF BEER IT IS, WE’LL JUST SAY "ITS A 10th ANNIVERSARY BEER..........."


AGAquino's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
AGAquino (662) - Toronto, Ontario, - 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3121) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
Bottle - 650ml. Hazy amber body with a thin off-white foamy head. Lovely hoppy aroma with malty, butterscotch, and mango hints. Alcohol is subtle. Its sharp, well balanced hoppy taste carries oaky, orange, herbal and malty notes. Ends with a long, moderately warming, bitter finish. Very well done.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bunget (573) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
650ml bottle. Light clear copper body, medium beige head with decent retention and lacing. Aroma of floral hops, orange candies, spruce and caramel. Taste of caramel, pine needles, herbs, orange zest, mango. Slightly oily.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CRock (70) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Funny i had this 10th anniversary beer last year too. I guess they love living in the past. No problems here because its great beer. Dark amber/copper colour with a long lasting thick head. Great beer for the fall and holiday season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3371) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 26, 2014
Belle robe cuivrée et scintillante sur laquelle se forme une mousse qui s’éternise. Un nez de caramel, de papaye, d’agrumes et de conifères. Une bouche maltée et résineuse, davantage comme un vin d’orge à l’américaine. Un corps huileux qui pétille de belle façon. Une finale amère, résineuse, poivrée et un peu chaude. Une proposition qui est moyennement facile à boire.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HippyHop (268) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2014
Pour is caramel with a pillow off-white head that lasts FOREVER. You could go off and read Atlas Shrugged and this beer would still have a fluffy cap on it when you finished. Lacing is fantastic too. Nose is heavy pine and cedar, faint citrus and caramel. Taste is beautiful, chewy toffee/butterscotch malt with a mordantly bitter finish. I would’ve liked a tad more hop aromas and flavours, but judging by other reviews it’s probably just the fact that the bottle is now two months old. Overall this is really good stuff, and something I’d love to try on tap.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Randy4Beer (251) - - OCT 12, 2014
Pours a coppery color with a medium sized white head. Lively carbonation. Thick lacing painting the glass as drunk. Aromas are of orange zest, forest with pine and spruce, and some underlying caramel. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Tastes of bitter orange peel, tangy citrus, caramel malt, and bread. This would satisfy both hop heads and those looking for a strong, balanced beer. Lots of everything in this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (5855) - Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2014
650 ml bottle to snifter (shared with the Mrs.). Bottle is dated 23 4 14. Looks solid; malty though. A transparent burnt orange with off-white head. Smells of bittersweet malt and bitter hops with notes of toffee and a bit of booziness. Tastes like it smells, but less bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. A solid example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
defothebunt (21) - - SEP 15, 2014
Poured a frothy 2" head that flattened and held nicely. Amber colour with a nice dry hoppy bite. High abv was well hidden. Enjoyable and will grab a few more to age in the cellar.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (420) - 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. It’s 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 aren’t as bright as they might be. (The bottle is only six weeks old, so I don’t see age as the issue.) That being said, it’s still a bit of a hop bomb (83 IBU) so it’s kind of like being hit in the mouth with a dull axe, instead of a sharp one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BreWedge (336) - 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 there’s 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.


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