Black Oak Brewing Reviews




Tranquillity
3
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Canned. Half hazy orange, small white head. The aroma has pear and hops. The taste is strong but not overwhelming. Balanced.
Friday, November 17, 2017

RobBestwick
3.5
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
473ml bca. Roasted nuts and chocolate aroma. Pours with a dark brown hue and frothy off-white head. Sweet nut and dark chocolate malt flavour. Medium body. Long sweet finish.
Thursday, November 9, 2017

kraftykatie
5
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale

Saturday, November 4, 2017

mabel
3.4
Black Oak Thunder Years (Azacca)
[9588-20170916] Cask. Light fruity grains aroma. Slightly hazy, red orange body with a long-lasting foamy white head. Super fruity blast of sweet powdery strawberry apple melon hops flavour. Medium body is very smooth. Good but the hops is overpoweringly sweet and fruity. (6/4/7/3/14) 3.4
(30th Annual FOCCB for TBW @ C'est What, Toronto, ON)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Raistlin
3.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Nice shiny clear deep golden to amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, a bit of caramel and lots of hops with zesty tropical fruits and pine. Flavour has some chewy malt with some sweetness and a bit of caramel, fruity and piny hops and a big bitter finish. Rounded mouth feel.
Saturday, October 21, 2017

AleRider78
3.8
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Tallboy from LCBO. Pours a fairly big frothy beige head, leaves some thick dirty lacing, has a hazy golden appearance. Good retention. Medium carbonation. Aromas of caramel, earthy, resin, floral and citrus hops. Flavours are mostly floral and citrus hops, some strong notes of toasty and caramel malt. Subtle hints of spices in the mix. Medium body, creamy, thick feel. Has a nice bitter and astringent finish. Pretty good stuff!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Johnnyh1982
4
Black Oak Pale Ale

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Kauge
3.2
Black Oak Oktoberfest
Tap at Wenona Lodge, Sept 2017 (I guess it's not retired then). Clear amber. Sweet cereal aroma and flavour. Moderately crisp, some malty dryness. Sweet. White bread doughy. Modest carbonation. Pleasant, but not sure if a great example of the style.
Friday, October 6, 2017

grosk
5
Black Oak Black Betty IPA

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kauge
3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Tap sample at Crafty Coyote. Near clear pale gold with beige head. Pretty much a standard example of the style. Although doesn't seem too clean. Something about it disturbs me just a bit. Dryish and light on the palate.
Monday, September 25, 2017

bartman918
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat

Saturday, September 23, 2017

TimE
3.3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Pale amber color. Peach punch with bananas and canned cherries in the nose. Fruity mouth very tropical, not a saison. Fruity finish. Meh.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

TimE
3.4
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Deep mahogany color with thin white head. Minerally nose, sour start with chocolate, toffee and slight nuttiness. Dry malty, light chocolately finish.
Saturday, August 19, 2017

TimE
3.5
Black Oak Nutcracker
Pours a thick, dark brown color with dark brown head. Excellent roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee nose. Medium body that came across more as a coffee porter than a porter spiced with cinnamon. Well balanced, dry mildly bitter finish. Nice
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Spab
3.4
Black Oak Ouroboros
On tap at Brydens. Pours a ‎clearish orange colour with average-sized white head. Aroma is saison yeast, fruit, barrel and grains. Flavour is tree fruit, spice, grains and fair amount of barrel charcter. Average body. Nice.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AleRider78
3.2
Black Oak Point Nemo
Picked up a 341ml bottle at the brewery. Pours an average size foamy bubbly white head and has a slightly hazy golden appearance. Some dirty lacing remains. Aromas of grainy malts, grassy and herbal hops. Flavours are mostly the same as the aromas with grains and grassy notes, maybe a little bit of wheat and very faint yeast nearing the finish. Also a dry moutheel.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

AleRider78
3.6
Black Oak Ouroboros
Picked up a 341ml at the brewery. Pours a fair size frothy off-white head. Good retention. Has a golden amber appearance. Somewhat excessive carbonation. Some sediments are visible. Sticky lacing. Aromas are musty, notes of pears. Flavours are yeasty, cherries, bready malts, notes of pears as well. Smoky hints in the finish. Some sourness but not as much as expected.
Saturday, August 5, 2017

BrewWhatIWant
3.7
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Pours dark amber with a decent white head. Aroma is pine and malt. Taste is fairly bitter with enough sweet to soften it. There are notes of resin, caramel, pine and nutty malt. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A really good IPA with well integrated hop and malt profiles. A welcome surprise.
Monday, July 31, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.5
Black Oak Sink or Swim
August 18, 2015 - at Bar Hop, on draught. Clear pale gold with a nice lasting creamy off-white head. Aroma has a real bite to it - fruity, lime zest, solid cereal and sweet saison spiciness (7+). Taste is a simple saison, but not as sweet as their classic summer saison; seemed to have a little pungent dry-hop bitterness too, no alcohol. Average body, very airy mouthfeel, finishes medium-quick, slightly dry with just a whisper of catty bitterness in the linger.
Thursday, July 27, 2017

swiseman
3
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Orange in color with foamy head. Light in body. Notes of citrus peel. Taste is sour orange with some residual sweetness. Finish is strong sour orange. Just ok.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.7
Black Oak My Old Flame
May 1, 2015 - at Bar Hop - on handpull cask. Deep clear bubbly orange with a thick lasting plug of white head; cask? get out!!! Love that aroma - catty pungency with hints of fruity sweetness - some lemon zest acidity and light alcohol. Taste is also quite bitter, but the sweetness is more prominent; the grapefruit-like bitterness still dominates. Still, thick and sticky mouthfeel, with a long and coating pithy finish; very aggressive and a bit unbalanced - would prefer it on draught.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HogTownHarry
2.2
Black Oak Love Fuzz
March 19, 2015 - at Bar Hop - on handpull cask. Clear deep amber, decent beige head; a few floaties. Aroma - mostly diacetyl for days - syrupy buttered popcorn. Taste has less papery, but almost harshly sweet and weirdly bitter in a not-good way - reminded me unpleasantly of Red Dragon, which I hate. Thick, still, cloying, harsh. No.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.8
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
December 17, 2014 - at Bar Hop - on draught. Black pour - light brown creamy head. Medium roast nutty aroma with just a hint of campfire; not much alcohol. Taste is quite dry, incredibly malty but not massively roasty; it’s nutty and a little lacto, light herbal bitterness - the smoke is "redolent, but restrained" - very very nice. Thick and chewy, light astringency and carbonation, the finish is a bit gritty and not at all sweet, for all that malt. One of the better BO offerings I have had in a while - well done!
Sunday, July 23, 2017

AleRider78
3.3
Black Oak Pale Ale
Picked up a tallboy at the brewery. Pours an average size foamy bubbly white head, stays around for a while. Has a clear light amber appearance. Decent sticky lacing. Aromas of caramel malt, earthy and herbal hops. Flavours are little bit more hops, subtle earthy hop notes, some toasty and caramel malt as well. Average carbonation. Pretty good retention. Not bad.
Sunday, July 23, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.2
Black Oak Epiphany No. 1
October 17, 2014 - at Bar Hop, on draught. Flat-looking red with minimal head. Sweaty/sweet and spicy aroma - a little licorice and alcohol (7-). Taste is very sweet, oddly herbal bitter and green - there’s yeast here, but it seems a little raw. Slick, syrupy, still mouthfeel- a little burnt sugar in the finsh. .... yeah, nah.
Saturday, July 22, 2017

HogTownHarry
2.9
Black Oak Break of Dawn APA
July 25, 2014 - at Bar Hop - on draught. Oily-looking hazy gold with a decent creamy/foamy off-white head. Aroma is simple and light - heather and honey (very sweet) - more like a slightly hoppy pils than an APA; ever so slight hints of tropical fruit and citrus - way more grassy really. Taste follows - also very wan, light malt and bitterness (and alcohol) - just okay - not much "there" there - ponderous if characterless bitterness as it warms; a little disjointed. Thick, chewy, very astringent - a little still - hardly any real flavour, but massively and off-puttingly bitter. Wouldn’t want to drink it again, really.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.7
Black Oak Triple Chocolate Cherry Stout
February 7, 2014 - on draught at Bar Hop. Black - smallish tan head. Aroma - yep - chocolate, cherry, deep deep roast and solid bitterness, not much alcohol. Taste follows, not quite blended together I thought - the cherry and chocolate don’t mesh quite right - but decent. Slick and airy, finishes fairly quick, pleasing aftertaste (4-). I would drink this again - maybe bottled - lay one down for 2-3 months and let it work for a while.
Saturday, July 15, 2017

BrewWhatIWant
3.6
Black Oak Beat The Heat
Pours hazy amber with little to no head. Aroma is malt and citrus. Taste is sweet and a little tart with a slightly dry finish. There are notes of orange peel, black pepper, yeast, malt, and wheat. Light to medium bodied with low carbonation. A surprisingly juicy saison with prominent black pepper and little sourness.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lubiere
3.6
Black Oak / Radical Road Brett IPA
A hazed golden ale ipa with a thin lacing white head. In aroma, nice biscuit malt with resinous floral hops, grapefruit pulp, light Brett and tropical fruits. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with loads of citrusy floral hops, grapefruit pulp, light Brett, very nice. On tap at funkfest 2017.
Saturday, July 1, 2017

Spab
3.3
Black Oak Point Nemo
On tap at the Only Cafe. Pours a ‎clear golden colour with moderate-sized white head. Aroma is bready grains, light fruitiness and floral/grassy hops. Flavour has cereal grains, a little floral and fruity notes and some grassy bitterness. Crisp finish. Solid pils.
Saturday, June 24, 2017

B1gBr084
3
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years

Monday, June 12, 2017

mikkopen
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat
473 ml can. Hazy orange colour, thin white head. Sweetish malty, spicy aroma with fruity and yeasty notes. The flavour is malty, with citrus and wheaty notes, and a dryish, spicy-hoppy finish. OK.
Sunday, June 11, 2017

jfrancis1993
4
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Beautifully crafted beer. Nice roasted taste, but jot to strong. Very enjoyable once beastly cold.
Sunday, May 21, 2017

DerWeg
3.2
Black Oak Love Fuzz
Rad look, sweeter than a pale and just kind of OK with some sweet fruit, Caramel, and Green leaf. Meh, skippable.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

HogTownHarry
3.6
Black Oak Lemon Thyme
July 14, 2013 - at the Rhino Summer Beer Festival 2013. On cask. Slightly hazy refractive oily-looking brassy gold with a large lasting creamy white head (4+). Light slightly grainy golden ale aroma - grassy, a bit floral, softly sweet, some alcohol presence - just a hint of citrus zest in there, thyme herbal bitterness too. Taste follows, more lemon, great balance - a perfect light, slightly acidic sweetly herbal patio beer. Average body, mild carbonation, a little earthy in the quick finish - the thyme emerges in the aftertaste; simple, light, refreshing but interesting brew.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Lubiere
3.5
Black Oak Epiphany No. 1
A deep dark brown ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet fruity caramel malt with light candy sugar, light vanilla, cinnamon, interesting. In mouth, sweet fruity malt with candy sugar, light curacao, dark, plums, pleasant. Bottle at Chuck and April’s Cellar Tasting.
Saturday, April 29, 2017

wuli27
5
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Arcanor
2.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
650ml bottle no date. Pour dark orange with copper reflexions. Nice dense creamy whit foam. Aroma is malty not much more than that. Same for the taste. Bitter, creamy feel, low carbonation. My guess is that bottle is not very fresh. Next time put a date on your bottle....
Monday, April 24, 2017

Quevillon
3.6
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
650 ml bottle puchase at LCBO Hawkesbury on April 8, 2017. Dark honey gold, medium head. Sweet hoppy barley aroma, light notes of peach. Sweet alcoholic peach taste, ok hoppiness, notes of bitter dry herbs. I would have like it more 8 years ago, I think!
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Strangebrewer
3.8
Black Oak Nutcracker Chocosol Porter
bomber. Poured opaque brown with a creamy tan head. Heavily roasted malt aroma. Full bodied, creamy texture, slightly astringent finish. Flavour of roasted malts, medium sweetness, notes of cocoa, faint smoke, treacle, bitter coffee.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

mikkopen
3.5
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
473 ml can. Clear dark coppery colour, thin off-white head. Sweetish malty aroma with notes of cocoa and nuts. The flavour is malty, a little toasted, with sweetish nutty and caramel notes, coffee, and a moderately bitter finish. Nice.
Thursday, March 30, 2017

mabel
3.3
Black Oak Sink or Swim
[8720-20160917] Tap. Rough burnt coffee grinds aroma. Black body with a long-lasting foamy light brown head. Soured coffee grinds and burnt watery grains flavour. Full body. Interesting. (7/3/7/3-/13) 3.3
(TBW 2016 @ C’est What, Toronto, ON)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

kevinsenn
3.9
Black Oak Love Fuzz
On tap at Bent Elbow. No discernable aroma. Good stuff. Roasty and caramel malt along with solid citrus hops.
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Kauge
3.4
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Tap sample at C’est What. IBU 40; ABV 7.0%. Brownish black with very modest head that disappeared fast. Nose... sure it isn’t smoked? Smoked ham and sausages.... luckily the smoke pretty much dissipates soon and a more roasty, burnt, ashy character opens up. Tastes also quite smoky, but there’s a bunch of coffeey roastiness and some bourbony sweet woodiness too. Dry finish, medium body, carbonation fine and rather modest. Despite the smoky notes it comes across as rather nice in the end.

P.S. - Goddammit, this was listed as a BBA Stout, no mention of it being smoked! So is this BA at all?!?

Saturday, February 25, 2017

kinnery
5
Black Oak Nutcracker

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sammy
3.4
Black Oak Bazooka Jane
bold fun contribution to women in beer. bubble gum certainly in there. good hoppiness.
Saturday, February 18, 2017

papat444
3
Black Oak Double Chocolate Cherry Stout
Appearance: A nice black body with a slight brown 1-2 finger head. Smell: Malty, dark chocolate. Taste: A little too carbonated at first taste. Burnt chocolate with very slight cherry. Taste is alright but feels a little bit unbalanced. Mouthfeel: This is better, carbonation more restrained (or maybe i’m used to it). Roasted malt with dark chocolate overtones with a bitter finish. Cherry in background but not very strong. Reviewed on: 03-11-2008
Friday, February 10, 2017

yespr
3.8
Black Oak Triple Chocolate Cherry Stout
From tap. Pours pitch black with a small creamy and brown head. Aroma is roasted malty and mild cherry. Lingering roasted malty. Bitter chocolate. Lingering dark malty and slight fruity finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017

yespr
3.6
Black Oak Nutcracker
From tap. Pours pitch black with a creamy and tan head. Aroma is roasted malty. Dark and roasted malty. Breadish. Lingering dark malty. Roasted malty. Lingering dark malty far finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017

yespr
3.8
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
From tap. Pours clear and golden orange with a small tan head. Aroma is pine and slight fruity. Bitter, fruity, pine. Citrusy and grapefruity. Lingering smooth fruity finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017