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Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial StoutTerritorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Coop Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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