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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout - Coop Ale Works

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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial StoutTerritorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 37
Gots: 32 | FT: 3
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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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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

09-15-2012 23:26:34 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

2.95/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer pours a dark brown, almost black, color with a tan head on it.

S: Smells quite roasty with lots of acrid coffee notes. A bit of espresso and dark chocolate along with green apple and a mild tannic oakiness. Some definite booziness, too.

T: The flavor isn't much better, unfortunately. Slightly sour with lots of booze and roasted malt. Just a little bit of coffee and oak, maybe a touch of vanilla. Some sweet dark fruit notes (raisins?) are also there.

M: Medium bodied with a low to medium carbonation.

O: Not that I ever really ever have too much faith in beers from Oklahoma, but this was a let down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 23:19:46 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

06-15-2012 02:30:29 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.2%

06-15-2012 05:16:01 | More by Texasfan549
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage from coldmeat23. Bottle #585/612. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind specks of lace. Black body that is quite opaque.

S - Hefty doses of vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, dark fruit, and perhaps a hint of whiskey.

T - Taste is quite similar, with roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, and dark fruits dominating the palate. Perhaps a tad sweeter than aroma, and with negligible whiskey contribution here. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Medium body that is sufficient for 9% but definitely a bit light for an Imperial Stout. Slightly chewy and sticky texture, with a bit of oaky dryness in the finish. Some mild alochol warmth after a glass, but fairly tame.

D - Another pleasant Oklahoma surprise. The oak-aged element of this beer is pretty tame, but it's a tasty and competently brewed Imperial Stout. Hopefully my 2011 bottle is just as good.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:14:51 | More by MasterSki
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on this years itteration, I will bump up the smell & mouthfeel & appearanxe, plus overall. Much more oak, vanilla & bourbon presence, thicker mmoyth feel & appearance. This in the top 3 of Beers made in state...

Bottle 245/612 pours an effervescent ebony with a 2 fingers of rich brown head. Nice viscious look to this, a bit of lacing & head retention

S: Much dark fruit & vanilla up front. The nose kind of runs out of gas as it warms up

T: Follows the nose, some nice choclate & oaky notes up front. Dryness, slight boozey heat, dark cherry, raisin & vanilla are all working together as this warms, along with a touch of licorice. Finishes with a touch of smokeyness, vanilla, toffee, cherry, a kiss of tobacco

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation & pretty warming, slight oilyness as well

This is a very good IMP stout that fails to hit the correct notes on smell & mouth feel. I will happily buy more if given the chance I am sure this vintage/beer has years of great enjoyment ahead for those lucky enough to stock up. Coop has hit at least a triple with this one!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:07:32 | More by russpowell
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the oak with some chocolate, maple and lactose notes thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get all of the big imperial stout notes that I expect - namely chocolate and roasted malt. The barrel-aged notes are also present and contribute oak, maple and vanilla characteristics. The alcohol is very well hidden, but there are some light bourbon notes in the flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 17:20:16 | More by Mora2000
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oline73

Maryland

3/5  rDev -25.2%

01-23-2014 16:52:36 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

01-25-2014 02:10:02 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

05-24-2013 07:23:44 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -25.2%

09-05-2013 17:59:14 | More by imperialking
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured jet black with a nice dirty 1/2 cap, good amount of bubbles and light lacing sticks to the glass

S: Immediate big charred oak, smoke, bitter chocolate and some whiskey

T: Follows the nose well but with the addition of light dark fruits and small coffee bean and pepperness thrown in for good measure. The amount of char and oak on this beer makes it a love/hate thing but I thought it went well and I am not opposed to smoke so it was all good for me.

M: Not as creamy as I wanted, more so an abrupt, in your face kind of stout with some smoke and ash, bitterness and light stinging booze lingering on the plate enhancing the mouthfeel

O: Pretty well done. Savor the Rarity.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 21:15:00 | More by barleywinefiend
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-22-2013 14:45:30 | More by XmnwildX12
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -19%

01-23-2014 03:07:49 | More by duceswild
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

2/5  rDev -50.1%

08-19-2013 01:04:02 | More by Gonzoillini
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glid02

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark – thanks!

Pours black with a light tan head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with large amounts of vanilla and oak. Also present are lighter amounts of dark chocolate and molasses.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Smooth roasted malts up front are joined quickly by boozy sweetness consistent of dark molasses and vanilla. Midway through the flavor profile turns slightly more bitter with the addition of semi-sweet chocolate that carries through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was a solid beer for the style that wasn’t overdone in any aspect. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 15:03:31 | More by glid02
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tpd975

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice dark black with a very thin mocha head. No real retention or lace.

S: Loads of rich sweet molassess, hints of cane sugar, candied figs, and sweet chocolate.

T: Holy sweetness this one is packed with sugar. Like drinking pure molasses. Sugary sweet with mild notes of sweet vanilla. A little dark fruit (sun sweet raisin), and a touch of oak.

M: Mild carbonation, but a sweet mess overall.

D: Not drinkable, the most cloyingly sweet stout I have ever come across.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2010 01:51:42 | More by tpd975
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

03-07-2014 05:49:54 | More by Lare453
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mhaugo

California

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-20-2012 03:00:02 | More by mhaugo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to injuredreserve for sharing!

Pours big and black, with a nice mocha colored finger of head that laces nicely. Swirling brings back that nice creamy head.

Aroma is rather complex... Big initial oak, vanilla and bourbon, but plenty chocolate and dry cocoa, big roasted malts and booze soaked dark fruits.

Lot's of chocolate covered dark fruits, vanilla and a nice oaky barrel note. Some bourbon, and chocolate with a dry cocoa powder finish.

It's not full bodied, more medium bodied, but creamy.

Great, surprise hit of the night! More please :)

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 19:12:58 | More by EgadBananas
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cosmicevan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one frmo ThirstyHerf a while ago in the Hype Train BIF...enjoyed from a Duvel artist series glass in tribute to Yamar68 who inspired me to pop this one tonight.

#550 of 612

a - brew poured a mean black. black as the witching hour...ya know that time between 4:18am and 4:22am when there is nary a creature stirring. nice generous creamy mocha like head from the hard pour. it bubbled and mocked me like some sort of dessert type drink you get at one of them high falutin coffee shops that cost more than a burger at your favorite burger joint. none-the-less, yee shall be mine to devour...with your milky head and sparse lacing.

s - YUM! milk chocolate roasty goodness. i get some hints of whiskey as well as subtle notes of virgin oak. some of the sharp vanillaness of the barrels is pleasantly showing its face. speaking of barrels, HOT DOG i love barrel aged beer, but the wood brings a bit of char or smokiness...i find whiskey barrels to compliment big stouts just as nicely as bourbon, sometimes better. there is some peat in there too but not enough to be gross.

t - a big gulp unveils the deliciousness of this beer. again, lots of smoke, char, and roastiness. the oak is definitely not hugely present, but does bring a certain amount of sharpness to the flavor and a hint of whiskey...some more time in the barrel would definitely not be a problem. there is also a nice hop to the finish of the beer making it reminiscent of darkness.

m - leaves a bit of a tingle...big and robust. full bodied.

o - overall a very nice imperial stout, but nothing to go insane for. had the barrels imparted more flavoring (perhaps more time) this would be insane. it does remind me a bit of imperial milk porter crossed with darkness and a bit of BORIS (where is my friend with the suitcase when i need him? lets get that randall out too!!!). i dug this one a lot and very happy to have the tick. it was a pleaser with great flavor and hit the nail on the head for my craving of a big stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 04:10:49 | More by cosmicevan
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-21-2013 03:20:53 | More by thegerm87
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Doodler a while back. Thanks again man!

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Vintage: 2012
IBU: 65
Bottle 270 of 612
Spent 5 months in oak barrels

APPEARANCE: Dark brown / black pour yields a 1+ finger, medium body, creamy, tan head with good retention. Black body with slightly higher levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a slight foam cap. A ring remains but leaves no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Lots of oak for sure, with vanilla and milk chocolate as well. Some roast, caramel and dark chocolate notes with touches of coconut from the barrels. Very nice and enticing.

TASTE: Lots of oak again, vanilla, milk chocolate and touches of coconut through the middle into the swallow. Bold and lingering finish of oak, coconut, bitter dark chocolate, some roasted notes and caramel sweetness. Very flavorful and well balanced. Oak is well measured at this point and everything blends together really nicely. Excellent.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight and creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Nicely creamy and smooth for sure. A touch of heat lingers. Really good feel. Full and creamy smooth with a good measure of heat.

OVERALL: Lots of good stuff about this one. Well balanced, flavorful, complex, with a good look and feel to boot. This one only gets average scores in the style from most reviewers, but I'd put this one up in the top of its class. Perhaps the extra couple years in the bottle is what has turned this one into the gem that it is. Thanks again Doodler!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 09:03:01 | More by Jeffo
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KAF

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

03-09-2014 22:32:14 | More by KAF
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-03-2013 00:35:13 | More by millerbuffoon
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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Coop Ale Works
89 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.