Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout - Coop Ale Works
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4/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-07-2012 21:15:00 | More by barleywinefiend
4/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-07-2012 17:20:16 | More by Mora2000
4.25/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
05-12-2012 04:10:49 | More by cosmicevan
4.08/5 rDev +2%
Big thanks to my good friend 4balance for this unexpected brew! Pours from 750ml to tulip glass:
Pours without the slightest hint of clarity. Big, swelling medium brown head that slowly subsides to a collar with a fat creamy dollop sailing around the center of the glass. Perfect lacing.
Plenty of milk chocolate and oak... warming wood bits, graham cracker, soft booze, lots of character. Evolving and blossoming as it warms.
Here we go: the taste... Dangerously smooth. No intrusive harshness from the barrel or booze. Soft chocolate, tobacco, roasty malt presence, some sweet fruits linger on the tail end.
Perhaps the most drinkable BA imperial stout I've ever had, which is certainly this beers forte... I do sort of wish it could get beefed up a bit in feel and flavor. What's here is damn good though. Thanks again Ken!
05-12-2012 02:34:53 | More by yamar68
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from 750 ml C&C bottle into CBS snifter. Big props on this bottle. Bottle number 1379/1488. Accompanied by Miles Davis Bitches Brew on vinyl, a filet, home fries, and snap peas.
A: Pours a dark black with a tan color, thinner head. Lasting, with some minimal lacing.
N: Sweet whisky nose, not getting any spice or rye notes at all. Real sweet, reminds me of a Cigar City brew...lots of big roasted malt, charred oak, slight vanilla.
T: Dark dried fruits, almost a sweet apple cider taste to it. Shows some oxidation. Burnt sugar, molasses, some charred oak, vanilla, and some light coffee notes.
M: Creamy mouthfeel, with quite a bit of carbonation. Good drinking stout. Has some nice body.
D and O: Good stout. We impressed with the first sip and it lasted through out the entire bottle.
02-14-2012 00:08:37 | More by MarcatGSB
3.78/5 rDev -5.5%
Review from notes.
A - Pours black with a dark and creamy espresso head.
S - Loads of bakers chocolate, charred oak wood, vanilla, bourbony booze.
T - Charred oak and vanilla lead the way with dry roasted chocolate malt following. Acidic. Notes of leather, amaretto, and prunes come through. Finishes dry with an acidic boozy bite.
M - Thick, rich, velvety feel, low carbonation, dry finish.
This was definitely bourbon forward and very roasted. Good viscous feel and smelled very good. Glad I got to try it on tap.
01-31-2012 00:56:35 | More by StaveHooks
4.22/5 rDev +5.5%
2012 release aged in Jack barrels.
P: Black thick no light seen through nice dark tan head tons of lacing.
S: a very heavy oak smell followed by some roasty malts and a touch of something kind of sweet smelling like bitter sweet toffee/coffee.
T: Oak, the oak is very present, coffee, very bitter chocolate, vanilla, it has a nice minuscule tartness balancing out the rich flavor of the dark/roasted malts. I've never had a brew taste so oaky its outstanding, I was recently reading a BA mag article about a brewer referring Belgium Strong ales to wine in flavor and complexity, this is like a combination of brew and bourbon its incredible. Simply outstanding.
O: The mouthfeel is like a wine not much carb, its a complex beast I luckily purchased a few for and might go try to find more to cellar. One of the best I had out OK, I'm looking forward to more bigger beers from the in state brewers.
01-20-2012 02:14:16 | More by isaiahcutright
3.55/5 rDev -11.3%
Thanks to BlueOkie for this bottle. Shared at a Jackie O's release, review from notes (sorry it took so long!).
A - Black and fairly thick. Had a nice roasted peanut colored head.
S - Bourbon is certainly prevalent. There's also a bit of an acidic bite to this one - I seem to get this somewhat regularly from barrel-aged beers. I imagine it is an element of the extra oxidation, the quality of the liquor, and/or due to the difficulty in maintaining sanitation in barrels. The acidity is never truly detracting, but I imagine that this will grow stronger over time.
There's also a good amount of char in the aroma and warm vanilla bean. The finish leads back toward tart fruitiness.
T - Tastes very smooth despite the heavy-handed bourbon character. Chocolate brownies add sweetness and the vanilla I was detecting in the aroma is even bigger in flavor. Charcoal brings bitterness into the equation adding some balance, and finally I began getting the coconut flavor you often taste in very strong/young whiskey.
M - Extremely dry, almost to the point of feeling like sandpaper on my tongue. The finish is also an exercise in ever-increasing alcohol heat that wells up deep inside your chest.
O - This is a bourbon lover's dream beer. Not super balanced (which is what I tend to prefer) but a satisfying brew nonetheless.
01-15-2012 07:27:49 | More by Spider889
Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Coop Ale Works
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