Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Barleywine Ale - Coop Ale Works
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2.8/5 rDev -28%
12 ounce pour into a lovely snifter.
Appearance: Deep mahogany and mostly opaque. No head to speak of, outside of a faint ring around the periphery.
Smell: Smells like a nice port wine. Alcohol dominates the aroma.
Taste: Also tastes like a port. It has a strong fortified alcohol flavor. It’s a little unbalanced and sweet. It’s not bad, but I’d like to see a little more beer come through.
Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin and watery.
Overall: This is an ok barleywine. After having a few other COOP beers I was really excited for this, but to be honest it was kind of a letdown. It’s mostly just an alcohol bomb without much to offer than a good buzz. It’s certainly drinkable, but lacks the complexity I appreciate in a good barleywine.
12-20-2012 03:40:43 | More by mhaugo
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
What an interesting Barleywine! English style on the nose yet a touch of acidity and funk. This follows up in the taste with a nice sweet and sour complexity which is desirable and interesting. A very unique take on this style which might possibly be a true old world representation. Well done!
09-18-2012 04:42:20 | More by ThirstyHerf
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
750ml served into a snifter
2012 bottle 1175/1524
A - A semi hard pour reveals a dark mahogany body with 2 fingers of creamy white. Head sinks into a wispy top. A few specks of lacing drooping from the snifter.
S - Rich butterscotch, dried candied peaches, toasted/burnt sugar, creamy vanilla, woody alcohol vapors, toasted nuts, caramel apples, stewed cherries.
T - Rich caramel/butterscotch surround by a tart edge of plums, grapes, and green apple skins, and stewed cherries. The acidity cuts through the burnt caramel malt. Creamy vanilla runs along side faint wood notes with a nutty bitterness.
M - Medium full creamy body, solid carbonation that lasts
Lots going on here. Intoxicating aroma, the tartness really blends well and adds a synergistic character. Barrel flavors are present but not overpowering. I've had this a few times before and didn't like it as much as I do tonight. Maybe a few months did the bottle good. I want to pick up another bottle of this to age.
01-08-2013 01:31:22 | More by StaveHooks
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
P: A dark and cloudy brewed amber colored tea appearance with a thin layer of fast fading cappuccino head.
S: Tart lactic acid base with roasted caramel malt, syrup, and raisins. Bountiful whiffs of barley, bourbon, dehydrated bananas, and doughy yeast. The oak brings a nice musty aroma to the sweet and tart.
T/M: An odd first sip that brings a zesty tartness followed by heavy barley, a syrupy back coating with herbs, musty oak, a peppery bite, bourbon soaked figs and sugar. Baked apples, white grapes and fresh bread. Body is syrupy with moderate carbonation and finishes creamy with roasted barley and metallic taste that lingers on the tongue. The alcohol is abundant and warming but works well with the layered flavors. Once warned the finish is strong gulab jamun flavoring.
O: Super weird and aggressively brilliant. The tart had me thrown off at first but it delivered a nice balance to the rich roasted profile of the traditional English barley wine style. A treat for sure that tests the palate. This comes off more like an Oud Bruin than a barley wine. Scoring this is hard due to the fact that it is a hybrid but I gotta say I love it. Cheers!
09-13-2012 01:13:28 | More by Hopswagger
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
I guess someone was listening when (through a buzz-induced rant) I called out an Oklahoma brewery to build us a local Barleywine. Needless to say this one is highly anticipated, so let's see what the beer architects and engineers at Coop designed for us.
A hard pour straight down the middle of the snifter results in a bit more than one finger of bubbly, dirty white head. The froth yields to its destiny quickly but leaves some spots of lace clinging to dear life. Color is a cardinal reddish-brown with bright red spots where the light hits.
Smells of caramel, ripe cherries and various sour fruits, black licorice and a distant oakiness.
Herbal hops, sweet malts and more dark sour fruits to the tongue initially. Closer inspection reveals a bit of spice. The oaken aftertaste is a bit gnarly, in a damn good way.
Creamy and a little thin in places, but nothing to scowl at. The carbonation is active and pretty much spot on. Alcohol is well blended, although it does get a bit hot toward the end of the first glass. I happen to like to know I'm drinking a real man's beer, so no harm no foul there.
Truly digging this beer, and it seems to be, for the most part, spot on for an English Barleywine. The sour fruit notes add rather than detract to the overall experience, never flaunt themselves, but let you know they are present.. This is a well engineered beer that should stand up to the most vicious storms and integrate nicely into the ever growing Oklahoma craft beer skyline.
09-21-2012 23:02:11 | More by stephens101
Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Barleywine Ale from Coop Ale Works
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