Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Rye Wine Ale - Coop Ale Works
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Reviews by Hopswagger:
3.45/5 rDev -13.8%
P: Hard poured created a slow building head that fizzed toward the end of the pour. A deep amber body with ruby highlights and a khaki head that fades quick.
S: Rich syrupy sweetness, spicy rye, black berries, caramel, bourbon, coconut, and cardboard.
T/M: Malt forward with sweet candy, lots of sweet bourbon, burnt toffee, raisins, coconut, floral notes, dark cherries. Mouthfeel is the best part of this brew. Full and creamy.
O: I'm not loving this. I typically like the territorial series because of the adventurous nature but this one misses the mark. I'm missing the big rye presence that I anticipated but its much better once warmed. I think the bourbon really masks this beer and is maybe a tad too heavy. Definitely let this warm up because its a waste when cold.
12-27-2013 05:53:31 | More by Hopswagger
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3.89/5 rDev -2.8%
This rye wine poured with a robust amber hue that formed a dense foam that thickened to a solid core.
The scent is full of barrel tones both woody and aging. I smelled the old wood tones that actually came from the barrel itself but then the vanilla and coconut synonymous with the aging process. The coconut is certainly the most prevalent of the scents.
The flavor keeps a ton of whiskey tones with the oak barrel flavors accompaniment. The whiskey tones are dry with little sweetness, but the vanilla and coconut seem lost on the tongue.
The feel is full with little carbonation and a satisfying thickness. The 11 pct is completely lost in the fullest of feel.
12-17-2013 23:52:47 | More by KYGunner
4.35/5 rDev +8.7%
Really interesting and hopefully delicious beer thanks to furealz, 2013 vintage.
Pours a nice creamy semi thick 1/2 finger off white head that fades pretty slowly, nice lacing too and good legs coming down the sides, dark mahogany reddish brown beer with faint hints of ruby light sneaking through the edges.
Nose is very nice, great bourbon right out front, sweet candy bourbon and vanilla barrel, into big sweet malts, barleywine like big sweet malts, candy malts, toffee, caramel, molasses candy, and a nice big spicy rye with that as well, and a little rye syrup like aroma, as well as mild dark raisiny fruits, vanilla creams, and lots of great aromas.
Taste is delicious as well, sweet candy out front but not too sweet, little syrupy as well, with nice caramel, molasses candy, lots of toffee and a little candy caramel creams, mild nuttiness as well, and not too syrupy either. Some spicy fruity rye flavors as well, nice rye component overall and pretty strong without being over bearing. Mild bourbon, the bourbon came through more on the aroma than flavor but still there, little sweet candy bourbon and mild barrel notes. The booze starts to come through noticeably, with some warmth and mild tingle, and but balanced nicely with the fair sweetness, and a nice big fluffy nougat center. Hint of raisin like dark fruit flavor. Finish is a little sweet still but not sticky or syrupy surprisingly, bit more booze warmth, some spicy rye flavor lingering as well as more dark fig like fruit and more toffee and caramel candy.
Mouth is med to fuller bod, mild syrupy, fair booze warmth and little tingle, decent to lighter carb.
Overall pretty good, nice barrel notes and bourbon but wish the bourbon came through more on the flavor, nice sweet flavors with the toffee, caramel, molasses candy, etc, and the rye came through quite nice without being overbearing. Pretty tasty.
12-29-2013 03:35:22 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev -6.8%
First there were Barleywine, then Wheatwine, and now... Ryewine? Why not! The husky, spicy grain character sheds a rustic and deeply earthen light on the toffee-laden hidden beneath. Rounded with the char and booze of used bourbon barrel- this malt-focused ale certainly doesn't lack complexity or intrigue.
With a slightly hazed deep copper appearance, bronze low-lights slice right through its amber hue. As a creamy but light-statured head rises to the top, it's cream colored and semi-stern in retention. The head diminishes to broken sheet, attributed to its barrel spices and enormous alcohols.
Rich malt aromas are highly nutty, grainy, and sweetly scented. Pecans, oak and toffee abound while a tinge of toast, bread crust and simple toasted grains offer up a "Grapenuts" scent. Dark stone fruits of figs and dates rise along with the barrel complements of toasted coconut, bourbon-soaked cherries and vinous-type spiciness.
Its taste is highly consistent with its scent- Certainly its malty-sweet upstart is of caramel, toffee and maple. A light buttery taste extends into cashew and pecan nuttiness. That further morphs into barrel-aged complements with the oak, coconut and vanilla. All the while, its spicy pang of rye husk keeps the ale balanced despite a hearty hop balance in finish. Warming as it goes, its fruitiness comes to life as apple first, but then figs, dates and finishing with cherry-like tartness to close.
Medium full from sip 'til finish, the ale is lightly sticky, malty-sweet and prickly early, late and often. Even in its warm closure, the textures are creamy-sweet and with the common grain-derived astringency from both oak and rye.
Where a beer called "Ryewine" is expected to be somewhat cloying, thus slowing down its drinkability and creating much more of a sipper than a quick quaffing session. The ale reminds me of a lot of stronger British ales like Old Ale and Barleywine but with that added element of earthen rye spice and bourbon.
12-17-2013 19:13:45 | More by BEERchitect
Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Rye Wine Ale from Coop Ale Works
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