Black Oak Brewing Reviews




Kauge
3.4
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Tap sample at Cíest What. IBU 40; ABV 7.0%. Brownish black with very modest head that disappeared fast. Nose... sure it isnít 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 thereís 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

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 iím 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

yespr
3.1
Black Oak Pale Ale
From tap. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is light citrusy and toasted malty. Bitter and light herbal. Dry hoppy and bitter. Toasted far finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017

yespr
3.4
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
From tap. Pours clear and golden amber to brown with a small tan head. Toasted smooth roasted. Breadish and roasted malty. Lingering dark malty. Caramelish malty finish.
Friday, February 3, 2017

Spab
3.3
Black Oak Tangerine Dream
On tap at Dukeís Refresher. Pours a clear golden colour with moderate-sized white head. Aroma is citrus fruit, bubblegum, grains and light spice. Flavour is big on bubblegum with some tangerine, a bit of spiciness and an underlying graininess. Average body. Nice.
Monday, January 23, 2017

mikkopen
3.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
650 ml bottle. Hazy amber colour, thick off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, resin and sweet fruits. The flavour is malty, with mango, citrus fruits and notes of caramel, and a lingering bitter finish of grass and pine. Very tasty.
Friday, January 13, 2017

mathieuc
3.7
Black Oak Epiphany No. 1
Thanks to whoever (received in a CanBIF box a while back), poured in a Chimay chalice. Pours a clear ruby red with a small offwhite head that leaves nice lacing. Nose is of booze and christmas spices (crushed candy canes), reminescent of LTMís Rťserve de NoŽl in a way. Taste is light sweet, not too boozy, but offers the same spices. Some spicy oak, too. Maybe some interplay between the booze and the cherry wood? Anyhow, pretty good but far from the traditional quadrupel. Body is medium, carbonation moderate and texture is slightly syrupy. Overall an interesting strong ale but not a quad.
Sunday, January 8, 2017

ncube
3.9
Black Oak Nutcracker
Aroma of chocolate, black and roasted malts, dates, faint cinnamon. Taste is much the same, with just enough sweetness to hold things together, ending in a nice roasty dry finish, where the cinnamon makes its presence more known.. Easy to drink lots. Satisfying.
Monday, December 26, 2016

Radek Kliber
3.5
Black Oak Nox Aeterna
Where and how: pub crawl @ Toronto
Aroma: dark roasted coffee beans, mild tartness on side with hint of smoke.
Appearance :
Top: creamy, tanned top.
Base: dark brown
s Palate : medium bodied, mild carbonation.
Taste: chocolate, smoke present but with mild qualities. Mild tartness.
other notes good one.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

rosenbergh
2.9
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
473 ml can. Canned June/29/16. Thanks Timo A! Clear reddish brown color with a small light tan head. Mild sewage, nuts, malt and mild hops in the aroma. The flavor is dryness, mild hops, mild bitterness, nuts, dry malt and some metal. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

olio
3.6
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
473 ml can. Canned on 29.06.2016.
Pours clear copper color with a large head. Aroma is nutty, malty, slightly chocolaty, faint coffee. Flavor is nutty and malty, some caramel, toffee, mild dried fruits. Okay.
3323

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

GlennHendry
4.2
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
It smells like a patch of sweet clover in a dark and forbidding pine forest. The taste is all pine. Jack Pine, like from a Group of Seven painting, in fact; all gnarly and bitter and delicious. A long-time favourite.
Sunday, November 6, 2016

DanDan_
3.9
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Grabbed the last bottle of this stuff off the shelf. Pours almost deep copper/amber with a small thick white head. Has a deep hop aroma, resiny pine and slight citrus. Lots of soapiness/malt on the taste and for some reason I get a punch of cedar. Lots of bitterness, oily texture, soft carbonation and long bitter finish. Really awesome beer, I can only wonder what hops are in here!
Friday, October 21, 2016

GregClow
3.8
Dukeís Brass to Mouth IPA
Draught pint at Dukeís Refresher. Slightly hazy orange-gold with a nice white cap that leaves excellent lacing. Aroma and flavour hold a pleasant suggestion of pear weaving through a nicely balanced IPA. Good hit of citrus peel bitterness to finish. Iíd actually like a bit more pear coming through - but even so, itís a rather good IPA.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bierdimpfe
3.5
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Clear dark amber color with dense activity. Creamy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of pineapples, orange, mango, lemon, caramel, butter, sweet grains, floral and herbal spices. A little sweet with tropical fruits and bitter piney hops. Slick oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong finish, long tongue coating and astringent feel of thick grassy piney hops tar and very sharp citrus. A little excessive, acidic, and missing some freshness. The flavors are nice, yet quickly overwhelmed by the heavy finish. Lacking a little balance. Overall good quality craft, very good if you like highly bitter IPAs.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

zimbo
3.5
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Golden orangy and brutally bitter with a slight soapy quality. Decent length. Maybe lacks some dimension but still pretty good.
Friday, October 7, 2016

markas101
2.5
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Can, Ann Arbor, MI via Mulmur. Translucent Brown. Milk chocolate aroma. Faint roasted coffee and nesquick taste. Pretty light.
Friday, October 7, 2016

bulldogops
4.1
Black Oak Neck of the Woods Vintage Ale
Rating #2266 - 2015.12.18 - Beer #18 in the 2015 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar. Beautiful amber brown with a creamy tan foam. Aromatics of confectionerís sugar, fruitcake. Taste of honey, toffee, plum pudding. Lovely vintage ale.
Friday, October 7, 2016

Bierdimpfe
3.8
Black Oak Nutcracker
Opaque black color, creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with some quality legs. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, cherries, molasses, nuts, herbal spices. Highly sweet, with a dash of sharp bitterness. Smooth medium body with low carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, ending with a burnt sugary smoky earthy spicy feel. Overall pretty fine craft. Well balanced, tasty flavors, although a little flat and lacking freshness. A strong and bold porter, a little intense. Yet quite rich and very flavorful.
Sunday, October 2, 2016

bulldogops
3.9
Black Oak Nutcracker
Rating #2192 -2015.11.20 - Bottle from CBI - Rich, brown black pour with a creamy tan foam. Aroma is cinnamon sugar, chocolate, toasted malt, espresso, mild vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel, low carbonation, quite thick Very complex, cool sweetness, toasted malt dominance, smooth finish, mild bitterness. Christmassy.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

bulldogops
4
Black Oak 10 Bitter Years
Rating #2191 - 2015.11.20 - Bottle from CBI Clear golden pour with a bubbly white foam, spotty lacing. Citrusy sweet, earthy hop notes on the nose.. Mouthfeel crisp, mild alcohol warmth, low-medium carbonation. Taste is sweet orangey notes, a grassy spicy bite, assertive bitterness. Pretty tasty.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

bulldogops
3.7
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Rating #2190 - 2015.11.20 - Bottle from CBI. Dark brown pour with a weak bubbly tan foam that disappears quickly. Aroma is strong roast malts, hint of nutty sweetness. Decent body, Taste is bold earthy,light hazelnut, mild roasted coffee bean, mild cocoa, slightly bitter finish that is quite pleasant. Impressive.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

jercraigs
3.7
Black Oak Sink or Swim
2016-09-17. Hazy pastel yellow body with a large foamy white head. 3++ Aroma is pleasant but muted, mild fruit, lightly dusty pale malt. Flavour is pleasantly fruity, nice tropical fruit character, lightly grassy hop bitterness throughout. 7+ Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. very drinkable. 7/4/7+/3/16 On tap at Cíest What, Toronto.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Strangebrewer
3.4
Black Oak Beat The Heat
can. Poured orangey-amber with a slight haze, huge off-white head. Bold citrus and coriander aroma. Medium bodied, high carbonation with a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel. Taste of wheat, a touch grainy, orange citrus, coriander, pepper, with yeasty esters. Not my fave but drinkable.
Thursday, September 15, 2016

KansaiBeerLvrs
2.7
Black Oak Sink or Swim
Black oak sink or swim saison with citra on cask at Bar Volo. 4.5% Clear copper color with a filmy white head. Bready juicy peach aroma. Medium bodied and a slick soft mouthfeel. The taste is wheat crackers, earthy bitterness, slight diacetyl butter character and peach. Disappointing. Iím guessing this cask just couldnít cope with the summer heat and didnít turn over fast enough.
Saturday, September 10, 2016

googleimage83
2.9
Black Oak Nut Brown Ale
Looks like a watered down porter, kind of scattered head; not all that appetizing. Nose is quite nice, also reminiscent of a porter - brown sugar, sweet coffee, light maple. Taste is still sweet but not as desserty - toasty malts, some sweet caramel, light butter tart note, short and mild grassy hop finish; itís a nice flavour but it comes across a bit too thin for my tastes. Low carbonation lends a slightly creamy mouthfeel, but mostly just feels flat. Overall, unspectacular but pleasant enough.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

fiulijn
3.3
Black Oak Neck of the Woods Vintage Ale
Bottle from the Craft Beer Advent Calendar
Dark brown color, medium sized head. The aroma is too mild, but it has a good body strength, good woody caramel flavor, with some depth, and light residual sweetness.
Good caramel beer.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

GandGKevin
4.3
Black Oak Epiphany No. 1
Thanks Radek! Itís 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 6, 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 1, 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 7, 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 7, 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, itís 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 9, 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 7, 2016