Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout - Coop Ale Works
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4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
08-29-2013 02:14:51 | More by MasterSki
4.28/5 rDev +7%
P: Pitch black abyss with an inch thick crown if creamy espresso head. Wet lacing and the silky layer stays throughout the session.
S: Sweet milk chocolate, aged wood, sour mash, brown sugar, roasted grain, s'mores, butterscotch, roasted toffee, chocolate muffins, amaretto coffee and confectionary sugar.
T/M: Taste follows the nose and the barreling really shines. Alcohol is really hidden well. Rich roasty malts and spicy rye in a buttery full mouthfeel with delicate carbonation.
O: I await this everywhere and have never been excited. Super balanced flavors create a decadent and easy drinking brew. If you get the chance you need to pick this up. Cheers!
06-23-2013 23:59:18 | More by Hopswagger
4.2/5 rDev +5%
pored 25.4oz bottle into snifter
A - Really nice looking pour considering this was BA for 3 months. Very deep dark brow almost black in color. Decent 1 finger beige colored cap that transitions into a thin ring around my glass. Surprised to see some lacing as all the BA stouts I have had do not show lacing.
S - Smell is terrific. Nice chocolate, toffee, caramel, vanilla, some coffee. Slight hints of oak and whiskey from the barrel. Even though this is 65 Ibus I do not pick up much hop aroma.
T - A very nice flavor after aging this for a year. I would think fresh there would be more bitterness. I get plenty of dark chocolate, caramel and toffee. Hints of vanilla, coffee, oak, and whiskey. Very little booze on this.
M - A tad thin, but it is so smooth and creamy after a year that I really enjoy it. Minimal bitterness in my mouth.
O - Very well done Oak aged stout that I had the pleasure of trying after it was aged for a year. Fresh I would imagine that it is more bitter. Big thanks to Ken in OK for this one.
06-15-2013 15:56:40 | More by Ri0
4.5/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
05-05-2013 21:25:11 | More by jmbranum
4.4/5 rDev +10%
This 2012 release 750ml capped bottle was labeled as #200 (I know) of 2257 (I think) and purchased at Brown's Bottle Shop in Stillwater, OK. Shared between two friends and poured into original Crown and Rose Pub nonics.
Wasn't sure what to expect as I'd seen only a few mixed reviews, but many were from previous years and from kegs. First of all, I dig that the bottle has a standard crimped cap (not corked). The color was what I'd expect - black/brown without any light shining through to cast other colors. A manly pour produced a delightful super creamy three-fingers worth of velvety caramel colored foam which was very slow to forfeit it's mass. Foam still remained at the bottom of my glass and the lace was crazy looking. A+ for this!
I realize the nonic is not the best glass for the nose, but it's good enough. Aromas are probably the weak attribute of this beer. Perhaps the thick foam was a bit prohibitive, but I wasn't getting big pronounced smell here. I still got coffee, chocolate, grassy hops, and a vinous character. Not bad, just not powerful.
Flavors are many though. Big sweet chocolate and dark coffee bean are the main players - just the way I like it. The vinous character shows itself about mid palate and is then followed by a mild earthy hop trait providing a perfect IBU counter. The finish allows the barrel aging to come into play with wafts of vanilla, whiskey spice, and sweet/smokey pipe tobacco. I love it.
I love the full body and creamy carbonation from this bottle. I would like it better if it were a bit more sticky and syrupy, but this is a happy medium and it works well for this beer.
Man, I should have bought more. This is pure win for an Oklahoma brewery that seems to be getting better all the time. ISO! ISO!
04-19-2013 17:19:28 | More by DelMontiac
3.61/5 rDev -9.8%
A pitch black in color, with a thin brown head. Aromas of tart cherries, and some oak. Taste begins with a tart cherry blast, then some rich espresso, then chocolate. The finish is very woody, with a bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is rich. Overall a good RIS, but a bit too much barrel character for me. It tastes almost like a RIS with a shot of scotch dropped in it to me..
04-14-2013 17:15:45 | More by tronester
3.15/5 rDev -21.3%
750ml bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Deep black. A strong pour yielded two fingers of brown head that settled after a short time. Lacing is wispy and patchy.
S: Blackstrap molasses, black cocoa powder, hint of leather, fudge. Darkfruit scents of black cherry, dates, and bruised apple. Black licorice. Subtle spicy alcohol. Even baseline of woody oak. Big on the nose, and nicely balanced.
T: Black cocoa powder, soy sauce, jerky. Brash peppery alcohol. Blackstrap molasses. Leathery. Tobacco. Stifled hints of fig, date, and old bruised apples. Cola. Dry oak backing. Finishes with black cocoa powder, bruised apple, and dry oak.
M: Big in body, but lacking some substance. Moderately heavy in the mouth. some creaminess and viscosity, though it's flat and a bit watery too. Peppery alcohol heat.
O: The nose promised control and balance, but the taste delivered the exact opposite. Discord in a glass is what I got. I suspect it was oxidized too. Hard to drink.
03-31-2013 21:54:13 | More by ryan1788a5
3.98/5 rDev -0.5%
This review is for the 2012 TROAIS.
The beer poured very dark and opaque with a creamy foam. It smelled of coffee and bourbon. The taste was a bit smoky with coffee and chocolate notes and the warmth of bourbon. The mouthfeel was creamy and warm and inviting.
While my instincts say that the 2010 version was one of the best beers I've ever sipped, I don't think this one is quite there (yet). But still quite enjoyable nevertheless.
12-28-2012 14:16:30 | More by thefilmcake
Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Coop Ale Works
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