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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout - Coop Ale Works

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 37
Gots: 30 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This imperial recipe begins with a big, rich stout packed with chocolate and coffee malts as well as oatmeal, and ends after a very generous hop addition. A portion of the brew was then aged in Templeton Rye whiskey barrels and the remainder was aged in our cellar. Before sending out the 2010 vintage, the two were blended for the perfect winter warmer.

65 IBU

(Beer added by: webbcreative on 12-04-2009)
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 28, 2012
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Hmhmurphy, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of chocosushi
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Last but not Least in a tasting with a
friend from the Corkscrew.
Bottle # 564/612 total bottles in the state
750 -> Hennepin Glass

A ~ COULD not see through this one at all. Nice 1/2 dark chocolate head that dissipates into a perfectly formed Spider-Web head.

S ~ Red Wine Grapes, Bourbon sweetness, Heavily roasted grains, Blackberry jam, Rain-Soaked Oak.

T ~ WOO! Intense. Cocoa powder, Prune, Salted charred beef, Grenache, and heavy wood on the forefront. . .Molasses and fades into smoke which fades into huckleberry compote. . . finishes semi-dry with green beans, butter, brown sugar, pork belly, ancho chile, dark rye bread & a twinge of vanilla

M ~ Tightly and subtly carbonated (great for this style), with a very intense palatte of smoke, wood, berries, fruits, scorched earth, and meats. Fantastic.
So dry and savory it is almost scary. Smokey in a way where it is enjoyable rather than forced.

D ~ I want to take consecutive sips because I get different notes everytime! This is very complex and refined..I hope they continue releasing this every year. I have one more bottle that I am hoping to save until my son's first birthday around Christmas time...but who knows what will happen til then!
Very limited,
Must have.

chocosushi, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- (4.5)The body of the beer is pitch black. No opaqueness noted no matter how the beer is back lit. A finger of mocha head that recedes slowly leaving a thin layer of burnt tan foam. Mild lacing on the side of the glass is gorgeous, reflecting a nice bit of alcohol

S- (5) Bourbony Oak, Sweet Vanilla, bitter sweet cocoa, a hint of coffee, anise, black strap molasis and burnt sugar notes play well through out the aroma. My nose is in a wonderland with everything going on here.

T (5) Everything in the nose translates to the taste. Excellent roastyness helps balance all of the intracacies in this beer. Bourbony Oak, Sweet Vanilla, bitter sweet cocoa, a hint of coffee, anise, black strap molasis, burnt sugar & a hint of dark fruit. This is delicious.

M (4.5) this beer is near perfect. it's rich, creamy, silkiness makes my mouth want to slow sip this incredible beer all night long (all night)

O- (4.5) Last years batch in Templeton Rye barrels was awesome but The JD whiskey barrels used to age this year's batch are lending a much sweeter & overall more enjoyable taste. This beer is fantastic & reminds me so much of bcbs. I can't wait to see this hit shelves with a slightly larger release than last year. This beer could put Coop & Oklahoma on the light whale list. (yes, I just homered this beer but there is no exaggeration)

ThirstyHerf, Jan 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

HamGlade10, Oct 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

beernads, May 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

lakersfan16, Jan 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Bobbyearl, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of Thegianttater
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pleasantly surprised with this one. From the moment you open the bottle you can smell the flavor in it's aroma. The only downfall was it's lack of carbonation, but I still managed to get a fair head out of my pour. It's not too thick of a drink, but it is fortified with loads of flavor from that barrel aging process! It is a 9% ABV bottle, but you'd never guess it as you take a drink from your glass... For those of you who have had other imperial stouts, and can appreciate one so flavorful: I'd say this one gives some of the best a run for their money! Definitely worth at least trying!

Thegianttater, Jun 11, 2011
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4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a review of the 2010 release of COOP Ale Works Territorial Oak Aged Imperial Stout. This beer pours black with a dark tan head. Initial nose gives chocolate, hints of rye and cherry and a small amount of vanilla. The vanilla notes are ever so slight and are quickly covered by the roasted malts.

The initial taste is strong of roasted malt, but quickly fades revealing the attributes of the Rye it was aged on, the Rye is ever so slight, mostly in the nose and not offensively strong at all. At warmer temps the vanilla, and cherry kick in. The mouth on the beer is good, I'd like to see it maybe a bit thicker, but it certainly is good as is.

This is a great winter evening beer while talking with friends. The 10% ABV is well masked by all the flavors and nose. This is a limited release form COOP Ale Works out of OKC, if in the area please give it a try it will be gone very soon.

shelden3, Dec 08, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml bottle and into the Lost Abbey teku glass.

A- Definite dark as they get. A black beer with a dark dark dark brown outer layer. I don't see any light penetrating this brew. 2 finger mocha head. Goes away after a couple minutes. Lacing is there, but not too sticky.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Nice tones of chocolate and malts. A faint char or burn.

T- Outstanding. Warm alcohol, but not dominating. A great charred oak that bites the tongue and says "here I am!" but its not overwhelming at all. Great rye flavor and subtle chocolate. Vanilla and roasted espresso undertones. Not too aggressive, but its definitely strong.

M- Mouthfeel is light for me, but the alcohol is warm and makes up for it. Nice bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation, but it doesn't seem syrupy at all. I wish it was a little thicker, but this is still pretty good none-the-less.

O- Well played, Coop. Well played. Excellent brew. Glad I picked up a few.

Bierlerner, Jun 07, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Makebelieve81, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

shortbus126, Dec 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

4balance, Jan 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed in a Boulevard sifter glass at Tapwerks in Bricktown of OKC.

Pours a lucious deep brown with a nice tan head.

Aroma is subdued with some roasted malty notes.

Flavor is not bad but not outstanding either. Lots of coffee and chocolate notes. A little bit of whiskey.

Very smooth mouthfeel.

A very good beer but not worth the price charged for it.

jmbranum, May 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

DruRho, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

pnutt81, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

mhaugo, Dec 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in Oklahoma City's Republic Gastro pub (great food, great beer selection here!).

A - Deep dark, tan head that laced nicely on the sides of the glass.

S - Roasted malt goodnesss.

T - Very sweet and malty, nice roast, not burnt at all, and nice hints of oak, not overwhelmingly oaky (which is a good thing to me). Some oak aged are too heavy on the oak, but this is very nicely balanced.

M - Very smooth, nice and thick.

O - Really enjoyed sippin' on this. It took a while to get through it, it is a big beer, but the flavor is fantastic. It is on the sweet side, which I personally enjoy, but for some it may be a bit much. Reminded me a lot of Surly's Darkness (big compliment). Really nice job here Coop! Highly recommend.

silentnoiz, Mar 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

vande, Feb 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Wowcoolman, Dec 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

JakeWright, Oct 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

MarkyMOD, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of armock
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a black color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that give off chocolate and coffee scents the barrel aging scents are pretty mild but theres still some bourbon that comes out in the nose

T - This is how I like barrel aged beers to taste it follows the nose roasted malt upfront then the bourbon flavors compliment the beer nicely not overpower it excellent

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This beer was outstanding I shouldn't have shared it with others I could have killed the bomber myself without issues this stuff is good the next release needs to make its way to Houston

armock, Mar 16, 2010
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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Coop Ale Works
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