Black Oak Brewing Reviews




GandGKevin
4.3
Black Oak Epiphany No. 1
Thanks Radek! It’s freaking awesome! Sweet cherry with a great Belgian base. Delicious!
Sunday, August 21, 2016

sudomorph
3.6
Black Oak Break of Dawn APA
Draft at Barvolo. Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin, white head that sticks to the glass. Aroma has smooth notes of resin, pine, citrus, slight grain, and caramel. Taste is balanced with notes of orange citrus, pine, resin, bread, caramel, and a bit of tropical fruits at the end. Medium body and carbonation. Mild resiny in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a nice, easy drinking beer at 4.5%. Resin, citrus, pine, bread, and caramel. Nice.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Tranquillity
3
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Canned. Dark brown body, small light brown head. The aroma is nutty and the flavor is buttery and sweet.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cartoonkhaki
4.1
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Rich amber colour with light white head. Aroma is caramel and light pine which carries nicely into the flavour. The palate is nice and thickish... not too syrupy. Finishes nice with a little lingering bitter.
Saturday, August 06, 2016

robinvboyer
3.4
Black Oak Break of Dawn APA
On tap at session Muskoka. hazy orange, small white head. Biscuity malts, subtle, in behind some nice citrus zest. Hops are there but soft, and a little muddled. Malts kinda take over and hops fade. Low bitterness, hint of grapefruit pith bitterness, with some floral hop cones, and bready malts in the end.
Monday, August 01, 2016

blankboy
3.6
Black Oak Romantic Summer
[Draught at Bar Hop 2] Pours a clear deep gold with an average size semi-lasting frothy white head. Tons of lacing. Slightly mild but pleasant aroma of fruity hops and bready malt along with citrus, other fruit and a light vegetal note. Flavour is fruity and bready, nicely balanced, with grassy or herbal hops. Long moderate bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good Pale Ale.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

ChadPoole
3.3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Pours golden amber with a foamy white head. Aroma wheat and malt. Flavour is fruity with coriander and orange zest. Good summer beer.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GlennHendry
3.5
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Aromas of spices, citrus and yeast. Tastes spicy, with some sweetness and a bit of orange zest. Dry finish.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

TBone
3.4
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Bottle at RB London Meet. Clear amber color, small steady white head. Piney aroma. Medium-bodied. Fruity, piney, some citrus. Nicely balanced.
Thursday, July 07, 2016

AleRider78
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat
473ml can. Pours an average size frothy beige head and has a golden amber appearance. Lacing is ok, a bit patchy. Aromas of yeast, tropical fruit, spices. Flavours are mainly fruity, some notes of coriander, orange zest, yeast. Good retention. Nice smooth and slick mouthfeel. Fairly refreshing.
Thursday, July 07, 2016

portwood
4
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
grapefruit, pineapple, caramel, pine resin. Long bitter/dry finish (tasted 05/31/16)
Sunday, June 26, 2016

portwood
3.3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Smell: coriander, peach, fruity esters, orange peel. Taste: sweet, low carbonation, light mouth feel. Finish: spicy yeast, mouth watering dryness, green banana. a bit thin due to the low abv but would make a tasty Summer thirst quencher (canned 4/08/16, tasted 05/22/16)
Sunday, June 26, 2016

jamestulloch
3.6
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Bottle from LCBO. Clear amber body with a thin off-white head. Steady carbonation. Good lacing. Aroma of floral hops, lime chutney and caramel. Flavour of orange peel, grass and a peppery finish. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Light fizz. Very hoppy but lacking definition.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Fishingguy1234
4.3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
A Belgian style wit beer, quite tasty. Very little head, the orange taste is subtle and balanced.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tranquillity
3.5
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Canned, this is not a saison, it’s a wit. Hazy golden orange body, huge even white head. The aroma is citrus, summer. The flavor is spicy, cinnamon and citrus. Very balanced. Great beer!
Friday, June 17, 2016

sudomorph
3.6
Black Oak Beat The Heat
473ml can. Pours a murky, bright orange with a thin, white head. Aroma has great notes of citrus, wheat, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, candy sugar, and faint funk. Taste is balanced. Non sweet candy sugar, wheat, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, and a touch of spice at the end. Medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Clean and refreshing in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall a really nice beer for a hot day. Classic flavours in a sessionable abv.
Earlier Rating: 8/3/2013 Total Score: 3.6
On tap at Session Muskoka and 650ml bottle. Pours a pale orange with a white, one finger head that thins to a bubbly ring. Aroma is a touch sweet with notes of orange citrus, yeast, and a bit of a funk. Light smell. Taste is a touch bitter but refreshing. Low to medium body. Medium carbonation. A bit watery in the mouth but smooth with a clean finish. Very nice.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

RobBestwick
3.8
Black Oak Neck of the Woods Vintage Ale
Bottle. Sweet blackcurrant and caramel aroma. Pours a dark cloudy brown colour with a medium sized yellow head. Caramel and dark fruits with a hint of nuts. Rich and full bodied with some warming alcohol. Pretty good.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

jksipa
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Can from the LCBO. Slightly hazy medium gold under a small short lived white head. Nose is yeast, spice, light honey and citrus. Some light honey sweetness under a some orange peel tartness and coriander. Mouth is medium with prickly carbonation and a medium spiced finish. decent 7/3/7+/3+/14
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Raistlin
3.5
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Really refreshing. Pours dark orange with plenty of white head that sticks around and leaves lacing. Lively carbonation adds to drinkablility. Great balance of wheat and hits of orange taste. Bit of a citrus to it.
Tuesday, June 07, 2016

DuffMan
2.6
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Can. Light orange, moderately hazy, lively white head. Aroma is sweaty with notes of coriander. The palate is light and wheaty, light coriander and Belgian yeast esters. This is not my idea of a saison, but I realize there is quite a range to this style.
Earlier Rating: 11/10/2014 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden. Deep copper orange, off white head. Bit if caramel, bit of ginger, kind if sweet for a saison, estery yeast keeps it from drifting too far afield. Easy drinker but a saison?

Monday, June 06, 2016

Sammy
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat
On tap at vegan fest. Summer Refreshing wheat beer saison with mild bitterness. Mild spice. Good drinkability.
Earlier Rating: 7/18/2004 Total Score: 3.5
cloudy orange. Yeasty aroma. But then bitter and lacking carbonation, even watery. Spicy yeast, corriander pepper, Orange peel gives it an acidic bitterness. Thanks jercraigs.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Kauge
3.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Second bottle, from LCBO, first one was drunk by the towels off the floor, the lucky bastards. Anyhoo, now that I’ve had the pleasure of actually pouring it and not dropping it on the floor (while completely sober, I might add), it appears deep, almost coppery amber, clear, with rather thick creamy white head. The aroma is... indicating this one’s going to be a bitter hop bomb... Extremely resiny, oily, citrus peel, etc...Tastes mellower, yet still resiny, hop oils and citrus peel, but the loads of malts (as seen in the deep dark colour) really balance the hops nicely. The result is a bit desserty - massively sweet, biscuity, fruity, but also, as said, very citric and resiny... Basically that’s how I like my DIPA-s. And the alcohol is fairly well hidden. Soft and full on the palate with extremely fine carbonation not without a certain fizziness. A lovely brew. Admittedly not amongst the most refined or elegant DIPA-s but certainly very enjoyable.
Thursday, June 02, 2016

kaser
3.6
Black Oak Nutcracker
Brown pour with white head. In Banff. 22o bottle. Sweet brown sugar and some spices. A very nice beer
Sunday, May 29, 2016

kaser
3.7
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Very bitter and hoppy. Dank fruit. Dark copper pour from 22oz bottle in Banff. Not bad. A big mouthful for sure
Sunday, May 29, 2016

TheJester
3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
473 mL can. This one just isn’t very good. Too sweet, no spice. Disappointing, from a solid brewery.
Earlier Rating: 12/8/2009 Total Score: 3.3
341 mL bottle from the brewery. Hazy orange-gold with lots of minute sediment and a small off-white head. A little on the sweet side of the typical saison aroma, with a touch of honey added to the spice and funk. Pretty much the same can be said of the flavour, although the initial sweetness turns bitter about half way through. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Refreshing.

Friday, May 27, 2016

mathieuc
3.7
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Pours a very dark brown with a small to medium light brown head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of burnt toast, milk chocolate and smoke. Taste is moderately bitter and not top sweet, offers ash-y chocolate, coffee and roasted cereals. Pushing my limit for ash but it is still OK. Very slight green pepper angles. Body is medium and carbonation moderate. A light oat silkiness but mostly just sticky. A fair smoky stout.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Spab
3.6
Black Oak Beat The Heat
473 ml can at the Only Cafe. Pours a cloudy orange colour with average off-white head. A roma is wheaty with coriander and a bit of orange zest. Flavour is gently toasty wheat with coriander and some subtle citric zest. Average body. Nice.
Earlier Rating: 8/21/2009 Total Score: 3.2
On tap at Volo. Pours a slightly hazy gold with good sized white head. Citrus, grains, and slight spice in the aroma. Citrus seems a little more pronounced in the flavour though still moderate with grains and spice also present. Decent refreshing beer.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

97hill
4.2
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Beat The Heat, this more that does that perhaps my new fave local wit. Tasty fresh. and @ 4.5abv I can drink a 2nd . Lots of citrus, great colour and head. Nicely done Black Oak
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

GregClow
3.7
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Can from the LCBO. Not sure if this is supposed to be a Belgian-style wheat beer (as it says on the can) or a Saison (as it says here on RB, and in some of the promo material I’ve seen for the beer), but to be honest, it seems like it falls somewhere in between. The sunset orange colour is too dark for a wit, but fine for a saison. The aroma has the orange and coriander notes expected from a wit, but also a peppery edge typical of a saison. The flavour leans more towards a wit, but with a stronger sweet orange character, and a yeasty dryness to finish. So what style is it? I’m not too bothered, really - it’s just a nice summery ale.
Earlier Rating: 7/7/2004 Total Score: 3.6
Hazy golden colour with a small head. Nose is invitingly yeasty and spicey. Palate is full and refreshing. Flavour is fruity and spicey, with a strong orange/curacao profile, and hints of corriander and pepper. A wonderful summer quencher.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

robinvboyer
3.5
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Growler from the LCBO. Jet black pour, medium beige head. Quite chocolaty Aroma, with some light smoke, I was expecting much more. The coffee seems lost, hints of it poke through but it’s very much in the foreground. The coffee comes forward in the end with some big bitter earthy notes, and solid roasty coffee beans. Bitter cocoa, and some more subtle smoke round it out with a light to medium bitterness.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

flatmatt
3.7
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
22 oz bottle; unknown date. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Light grassy and citrusy aroma. Flavor has a mix of spicy, citrus, and grassy hoppiness, even a little tropical fruit, over some biscuity malt. It’s pretty good, really.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Hidden_Pooch
3.9
Black Oak Nutcracker Chocosol Porter
Pours black with big tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, espresso and dark fruit. Has a perfect porter body that is smooth, slick, with low carbonation.
Sunday, April 24, 2016

DeanF
3.1
Black Oak Nutcracker
"strong" being a relative term in terms of a 5.5 percent brew, well sure I ain’t compliancin’ but it sure don’t seem likes a "strong" in my books..... how’mnever we do understand that Ontarians have a constitutional weakness compared to the rest of the world, whereas they just can’t handle things like reality and relativity relative to the rest of the country and/or planet we’s done lives in.....nonetheless I’s got some okay beige head here and brown body, average at best methinks. Aroma is sweet coffee, carrotcake, barley, pumpkin, kinda meh. Flavour is a lot of roasted barley with a decent dry finish, but it’s dry and carrot-y and not complex at all..... which leads me to believe that some may rave over it, but again it’s not the kinda beer I’d advise you to buy a plane ticket to go find. It’s all right, fo sho, no complaints (well, a few) but it’s not a spectacular mess. And at aroond 2000 ratings, that’s exactly what I’m looking for - can’t imagine reviewing all these middling beers for the next decade, sounds like boredom incarnate. Get me some godlike stuff that I can take to the grave, or get outttathaway. Amen, and all that.
Saturday, April 23, 2016

QcBeer
3.8
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Un nez malté caramelisé qui domine ici le houblon! Couleur cuivré métalique et très bien transparente! Un petit col sur la paroi du verre sans trop d’effervescence! En bouche c’est sucrément malté avec une petite dose de houblon qui vient adoucir un peu/pas trop, le tout! C’est riche, trop riche, ça bourre. On ressent une légère amertume en fin de vie!
Saturday, April 16, 2016

ChadPoole
4.1
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Pours deep copper with a nice size off white head that laces the glass. Good aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Strong taste of hops with side notes toasted wheat and a citrus fruit bitterness. Great beer.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

crazy_cat_lady
3.6
Black Oak Triple Chocolate Cherry Stout
Bottle from Brew Box. Very strong aroma of sweet cherries and chocolate. Pitch black with tan head. Very sweet cherry juice flavour, with some sweet milk chocolate and faint roasted malt. Thin for a stout.
Friday, March 18, 2016

JoeMcPhee
3.4
Black Oak Red Eye Coffee IPA
Deep amber pour with a nice bright grapefruit/herbal nose. Woody aroma that plays pretty well with the coffee. Lots of coffee flavour and z very assertive bitterness. Decent.
Thursday, March 17, 2016

LadySusan
3.2
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale (Honey)
On cask in Vankleek Hill. The color is a clear brown with no head. The aroma is of malt,herbs and honey. The taste is very pleasing in the mouth it is of malt herbs some hops ,cereal and yeast.
Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Sammy
3.4
Black Oak Triple Chocolate Cherry Stout
Faint cherry. Some in nose. and maybe 1.5x chocolate. On tap at volo. Dry stout with some oomph.
Thursday, March 03, 2016

CRock
3
Black Oak Nutcracker Chocosol Porter
Good beer, not great. I get some hints of spiced chocolate which makes it the Christmas beer.
Friday, February 26, 2016

andyhwcinc
4
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Enjoyed on tap at Thirsty & Miserable in Toronto, ON while my band was playing a show in the area. I really wish I took tasting notes for this one. Due to the USD to CAD conversion rate this was super cheap and I wish I had more, very good smoky stout, would have again.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Strangebrewer
3.3
Black Oak Pale Ale
can. Poured clear amber with an off-white head. Fresh hop aroma. Medium body, creamy carbonation with a sticky slightly metallic finish. Flavour of caramel malt, sweet bready notes with peppery hops, a bit resinous.
Friday, February 19, 2016

Stoned99
3.5
Black Oak Epiphany No. 2 Imperial Pilsener
650ml bottle from LCBO, gift from wife. Aroma: strong caramel / pils malt, herbal with spices. Of course lots of fresh wheats too. App: hazy pale with green tint, huge white head with good retention and great lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, crisp, light to medium sweetness, light bitter finish. Overall: not a big fan of Pilsners but this is well done. Maybe a bit too sweet. Also thought the aroma was a tad too much, too strong but I prefer that over weak aroma.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

cfrancis
3.3
Black Oak Dubbel Entendre
Pours dark brown with a small off white top. Aroma is sweet dark malts and light chocolate. Taste is smooth but a bit thin on body. Small chocolate and sweet belgian candy sugar with a hint of toast. Easy sipper but not terribly complex.
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Tranquillity
2.5
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Draft at bar hop 2. Completely black, small beige head. The aroma is coffee, which shadows everything else. Tha taste is alcoholic, with coffee grains and... Well, it’s a bit raw. Not authentic.
Saturday, February 06, 2016

DuffMan
3.5
Black Oak Neck of the Woods Vintage Ale
Bottle, from 2015 Craft Beer Advent calendar. Tawny amber, off white head. Fruity caramel aroma and flavour, fairly full bodied, pleasant and warming.
Monday, February 01, 2016

biirusaikou
3.7
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Draught at The Craft Brasserie. Rich citrus/tropical hop bouquet, mandarin, pineapple, biscuit, marmalade, bitter finish. Pretty smooth and enjoyable iipa, cheers to 10 years of hoppiness!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

biirusaikou
3.4
Black Oak Nutcracker
Draught at The Craft Brasserie. Roasted malt, cocoa, dried fruit, touch of spice, mildly nutty, fairly dry finish. Don’t really get much cinnamon but otherwise a decent porter, if not slightly overhyped.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

guil0000
3.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Pours a clear copper color with a large tan head. Nose is extremely piney with a bit of dark cherry fruit and a bit of brown sugar. Faint smell. Not much to it at all. But it’s still kind of intriguing. Dry on the mouth at start then you get a fruity sweet mouthfeel and you end up with dry pretty hoppy finish. Very pleasant taste. Medium to full body. Very good
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Gluepot
3.8
Black Oak Nutcracker
A big coffee nose on a near-black body with a thin tan head. A really nice and relatively rich porter for 5.8% abv. Taste profile leads with café au lait, supported by some semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of cherries. Not getting any cinnamon here. A nice creamy mouth feel and relatively dry finish make this a winner.
Friday, January 01, 2016