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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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4.06
pDev:
24.38%
 
 
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Photo of tpd975
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.96/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours black with a small foamy head that rises to a creamy tan body that leaves some residual lacing.

S. Vanilla, oak, some creaminess, coffee roastiness

T. Chocolate, a bit of vanilla, some harsh booziness on the tail

M. Medium body, low carbonation that keeps the booze on your tongue.

D. Eh. Not a bad oklahoma beer.

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Photo of Spider889
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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..

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown ith lots of light tan head. Looks pretty solid.
Smells boozy and oaky. A nice roastiness on the nose. Tastes sweet and chocolatey. The vanilla and oak characteristics are pretty nice but then... The booze hits... Ouch!
Harsh alcohol hits hard. :(
Overall.. Dmn there is o way this is 9%

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of claytong
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

forgot the exact day, i assume it was a late 2010, couldve been early 2011 and i drank it in july 2011.

appearance - black with a mocha head which is quite small. dissipates quickly into lacing around the rim.

smell - bourbon, chocolate, oak. smooth and well balanced. a bit of vanilla.

taste - light, chocolate, vanilla, oak, alcohol.

mouthfeel - carbonation isnt there, but the body isnt that thick as well. couldve been issues with the bottle (dont know how well it was stored in texas)

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unmarked bottle that appears to be this brew from trader.

A: pretty standard BA RIS, but you can see through this one a bit more.

S: Oak Bourbon forward, nutty RIS background

T: At first this reminded me of an 06 BCBS, but then I realized that there is more oak nuttiness to this brew. Definitely more than I expected. Great brew.

M: This for its style

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. I have not had a BA Stout with this much Oak and nuttiness to it. Nuts

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Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by ottovon at the December 2011 Clusterfork. Bottle 165 of 612, this is the 2010 vintage, aged five months in oak barrels.

Deep burnt brown with lighter mahogany at the edges. The thin, airy khaki head doesn't end up being much and leaves behind some spotty lace.

The bottle doesn't say whether this went in bourbon barrels, but it sure smells like it did. Buttery, toffee, oak, cocoa, smooth vanilla bourbon and hints of smoke. Very nice.

The flavor doesn't display as much barrel of the barrels, but it's still there. Sharper whiskey, dark fruits, tangy dark chocolate. In the back, I get hints of ash. Alcohol flavor as well as new oak and some smoke.

Viscous medium body, very light carbonation. Nice and thick as it moves, but the alcohol is a bit tongue-numbing.

Territorial Reserve has a very nice blend of flavors. Bourbon, smoke, chocolate, oak. Smooth, tasty stuff.

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Photo of thefilmcake
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Reserve

Appearance- Black in color with a tan colored head. Pours about a finger of head that disappears quickly except for the outer edges.

Aroma- Dark chocolate,roasted malt, oak, and booze.

Taste- Sweet dark chocolate flavor at first then the oak barrel comes in with booziness, bourbon sweetness, and dry oak woodiness. Roasted malt bitterness shows up toward the finish and some caramel shows up i the aftertaste. Great balance between bitter and sweet flavor in this.

Feel- Full bodied, low carbonation, and some lingering malt stickiness but clean in the finish overall.

Overall- Pretty straightforward barrel aged beer, but nonetheless a great barrel aged stout. The feel is spot on, the balance keeps it from being cloying, and the barrel is clearly present but not dominate. Only bad thing about this beer was the price tag. Not sure the overall value warranted its price of $18, which sucks as it would have been nice to buy a few and see how the barrel flavors blend with the base beer.

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Photo of McDosey
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little late reviewing this and going from notes I wrote down about a month ago. Knocked this one out at McNellie's in Tulsa during a break from some funeral-related goings-on that weekend.

This pours a completely opaque black; I couldn't get any light transmitted through it at all. Quite an imposing looking pint. Not much head, a skinny finger's worth of caramel-colored foam that disappeared quickly, leaving some pretty heavy lacing.

Roasted barley character dominates the nose, with hints of chocolate and oak (maybe even red wine tannins - did they use wine barrels to age this stuff?). At any rate, quite a pleasing aroma. I wish the barmaid would have poured this thing properly so it had really opened up for me.

Taste-wise, it was as the smell portended - rich and roasty with just a tickle of hops to keep things lively. I did not have this pegged as a 9%-er as there was no discernable alcohol taste at all. That earns a kudos from me as I'm not a lover of liquor-tasting beer, although I'm too much of a neophyte to know if that means this was too weak for the style. I was pretty wobbly walking out of there, so I guess the 9% explains that much.

Overall, a pleasant way to kill an hour and I'll keep an eye out for this stuff next time I'm through OK.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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 :)

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of OKbrew89
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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Photo of yamar68
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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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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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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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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