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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial StoutTerritorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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

Added by webbcreative on 12-04-2009

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121
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
24.38%
 
 
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Photo of chocosushi
4.83/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of ThirstyHerf
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
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)

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Photo of Thegianttater
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of shelden3
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Bierlerner
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of silentnoiz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of armock
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of bbeane
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #3971612
Courtesy of ThirstyHerf... Thanks man!

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... Black in color with an off white somewhat creamy head that almost completely disappears

S- Huge notes of oak with some vanilla notes

T- Coffee and chocolate up front with big notes of wood, vanilla, and some booziness following through the finish

M- Not super thick, but has a light velvety mouthfeel with little carbonation

O- Really great beer from a brewery that doesn't seem to get too much hype... but deserves some

Cheers

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of webbcreative
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off all, this beer is, as you would expect, just as black as black can be, you really have to work hard to get any kind of sliver of brown around the top edge. The head was tan, and just barely there.

The aroma was a big roasted barley smell at first, but as it warmed up a bit, there was a slight, alcohol smell to it, I really expected more for the high ABV though.

The flavor, again, was the roasted barley upfront. Finishes on the sweeter side of dry, but its not cloyingly sweet by any means. Coffee flavor also, like a dark espresso. This Impy Stout is not a hoppy beer, but it does have a bitterness to it, more like you get from dark chocolates or coffee. I know this was aged on oak, and you know its in there when you drink it, but it doesn't make a huge appearance, which is good, I was worried with it being pretty young still, it might be overly oaked, but not so, there is just enough to smooth this puppy out. This beer does not have a long harsh or bitter aftertaste, but the roasted barley hangs around for a while. Again, I did expect this might be a little hot with it being such a high alcohol beer and being really fresh, but no, it's extremely well balanced, not easy to do with a beer like this. The alcohol did seem to come through more in the last 1/4 of the glass however, but overall the 9% abv is hidden very well. It was more on the thicker side of medium for mouthfeel, not a huge thick, sticky stout.

Overall, I would rate this a solid 'A', great offering from the guys at COOP, this is a home run for the Oklahoma Beer scene. But seriously, bottle this gold, or at least let me bring in a few growlers and fill them up! Already can't wait for the next edition of this beer, when they will be aging it for a year, instead of the only 4-5 months this one had.

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Photo of Gushue3
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you ThirstyHerf for your generocity. Got this from his LIF.

A- pours from the 750ml bottle very dark, almost black into my snifter. Pitch black in my glass with a 1 finger mocha brown head that had about medium head retention and little lacing.

S- can smell it from the pour. Nice barrel notes like alcohol heat and subtle vanilla accompany the heavy sweet malt. Nice smell. Big boozy kick

T- very nice. Off the bat its very nicely rounded. Not one thing stands but is very complex. Charred malt gives a sweet and smoky taste that has a nice alcohol bite that doesnt feel hot in the least. Some hops and dark fruit like raisins prunes come along for the ride too. Really nice.

M- feels thinner than expected but is medium, medium heavy. Very low to no carbonation makes this a very nice feeling brew and nice to drink.

O- great beer. Very well rounded taste that os complex but not over the top. I like very bold beers but there is no way to jot enjoy this guy. I wish I had more..

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Photo of Jeffo
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pumped to try the first barrel-aged beer to come out of OKC.

Pours up pure black with an inch of creamy tan head that recedes some but never totally goes away.

I get strong bourbon and oak on the nose at first, which gives off some nice spice, vanilla, and toasted coconut. Behind that I can pick up some roasted malt and a bit of coffee. There may even be a bit of smokiness trying push in at the end although it's faint behind the strong barrel character. I can definitely detect alcohol but it's hard to say if its the bourbon or the actual alcohol content of the beer.

While the nose is all about the barrel, the first thing that hits the palate is classic roasted malt and dark cocoa. It only lasts for a second and then gives way to a softer chocolate character more like milk chocolate. Some caramel backs up the roasted malts and rounds it out even more. All the while the bourbon and oak mingle in here and there, making their presence known but in a polite manner. Hops are present only to support the malt with just enough bitterness to provide some backbone. What hop character I detect is of the earthy variety. Again, alcohol is apparent but hard to tease away from the bourbon. Body is full but not syrupy in the least.

I'm definitely impressed with this one. If ever there were such a thing as a "gateway" Imperial Stout, this might be it. Not to say it doesn't have a ton of flavor, because it does, but it's just so damn smooth. The bourbon and oak tend to take over by the end of the glass, but I really can't complain too much because I like that. A nice change from some of the others in this style that are beginning to push the 11-13% ABV mark and tend to burn you up before you can properly finish them. Dangerously quaffable.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1275/2256

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!

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Photo of stephens101
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The crux of reviewing a hyped up beer like this is that you continuously question whether or not you're falling for the verbal bling from the grapevine of marketing subgenius, or if you are truly providing a well thought out and unbiased review. Add the fact that it comes from a local brewery who you are quite fond of, and that its a very limited release of 612 bottles, and you've got yourself a helluva challenge on your hands.

So before I ruin the experience by obsessing over the finer points of my mostly inconsequential and solipsistic BA reviews, I'm gonna pop this bad boy and see what's under the hood.

For some unknown reason my favorite glass for Imperial Stouts is the SA Specialty, so into that noble chalice it pours an impenetrable black, and I beseech you, who would settle for less? One-finger of bubbly froth drops quickly to a smallish dark tan head before settling into short, thin stripes of lace around the circumference. A bigger head would have been optimal . . . (insert "she-said" joke here).

Deep and rich sweet malts float to the nose, followed by roasted almonds, black licorice, faint ripe plums and a distant whiff of hops.

A palate pleasing sweet caramel is noticed initially, followed by a prolific whiskey barrel character, some maple syrup, and fine hop notes which would have been sorely missed otherwise. Not as complex as many Imperial Stouts, but no less bold and satisfying to the tongue. I'm sure I could pull other notes from the depths, but consider me satisfied with the taste as is without delving too deeply.

Alcohol heat is noticeable, but complimentary, and the brew lies more toward heavy on the mouth than medium. Super-smooth and without a rough edge to be felt.

I can say without reservation that this is the best Oklahoma beer I've tried, and I've had tried a few stellar ones (can anyone say Choc Dubbel or Big Jamoke?) I also have a feeling this is just the beginning of many more great works from Coop. I also have a premonition that this beer signifies a transition to a new level of brew-making for all of Oklahoma's fine breweries, and I am very thirsty for the future.

How's all that for hyperbole bitchez?

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of fastfwd
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, my apologies for my lacking of beer reviewing talent... I had this last weekend at the Prohibition Room and was really impressed with it. If it's 10% alcohol you couldn't prove it by me. It hides its alcohol better than any imperial that I've ever had. Watch out!

I didn't really catch the oak barrel aged flavors. I've had beers in the past that were bourbon barrel aged and didn't care for it. So, whatever they did they did it right with this one. Not too overpowering.

Edit to my edit... I was floored to learn that the Prohibition Room was getting $10+ with tax on these pints. Absolutely ridiculous! I have found that other establishments are serving a slightly less expensive serving of it in smaller quantity. Drunken Fry has it for $7 for 14oz. Still a bit too rich for my blood. I'll pass on it.

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Photo of isaiahcutright
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came my way thanks to Thirstyherf blind bombers 6 bif. Thanks for the growler! Note this was 2011 version. So it may be considerably different than previous.

Poured 2 Imperial Pint glasses of this beer and shared with my wife.

A- (3.5) The body of the beer is black. No opaqueness noted no matter how the beer is back lighted. The head was a finger high and the coloration of burnt tan. The head resolved into a ring of burnt tan foam. No lacing noted on the sides of my glass.

S- (4.5) Upon cracking the growler I knew I had some sort of barrel treatment. This beer has some very nice complexities to the aroma. The darkly roasted malt nears bitter sweet cocoa levels but no coffee. Black strap molasis and burnt sugar notes play well through out the aroma. Nice tawny port aromas come out as the beer warms up. I thought this beer had been through a bourbon barrel treatment. Now I am pretty convinced of the aroma of cane rum.

T (4.0) Nice darkly roasted and slightly chared notes but not to the point of ash. Bitter sweet chocolate, black stap molasis, burnt sugar notes, I swear I tasting vinous fruity notes of port wine. Again what I thought was bourbon really strikes me as a cane rum flavor. Anyhow this is very nicely done.

M (4.0) The beer is a little thin for my taste. The carbonation levels are low but work well. Brief warming heat from the alcohol but its nice. The sweetness is very well balanced against the roasted and burnt notes.

O- (4.0) My wife and I really enjoyed this beer as an afternoon treat. Nicely delivered complexities in a beer I am guessing to be about 7.5% alcohol. This beer has wet my appetite for some more blind beers.

Thanks this was very nicely done!

The reveal: Territorial Reserve Barrel Aged Stout from the Brewery-Coop. Note: This beer has yet to be bottled or released. This beer was very nice and its something the Brewery Coop should be proud of. Thanks for sharing!

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. 2011 Release. Pours black with a tan, one finger head that dissipates moderately and leaves an inch of lacing down the tulip glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, oak, and sweet milk chocolate. Surprisingly chocolate forward, especially compared to later years of the release. Taste is roasted malts and chocolate with subtle notes of coffee and a sweet finish. Alcohol is in the finish, but not too strongly. Low carbonation and medium body with minimal amounts of lingering alcohol. Body is lighter than expected for a barrel aged imperial stout, but it has retained the expected creaminess.
It was aged in Jack barrels, and turned out differently than the 2012 and 2014 releases. It was lighter and sweeter overall than the later versions. I enjoyed the creamy, more chocolate and coffee forward notes to it and liked it better than the later oakier, boozier versions. 2011 ended up being more unconventional but still very enjoyable.

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Coop Ale Works
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