Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine | COOP Ale Works

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Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley WineTerritorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine

Brewed by:
COOP Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Barley Wine Ale is a pursuit of this particular beer style in the American tradition. This hop-forward interpretation was crafted with a generous dose of Amarillo hops late in the boil. After aging in bourbon barrels for seven months, the beer was dry-hopped with Citra, resulting in a mature Barley Wine Ale with fresh character. Savor accordingly.

Added by Hopswagger on 09-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Bammer21
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the barrel aged strong ales these guys are making are pretty insane. the ones i have had have been incredibly boozy, complex, and aggressive, and this massive barleywine is no exception. it is rich and frothy in the glass from the bottle, caramel amber color with a nice head on it. the aroma is surprisingly hoppy for the style, some zested citrus and sturdy northwestern hop bitterness. lots of barrel on this too, bourbon all the way, with its classic honey and vanilla complexion, with the charred wood in behind, its wintery and strong, sweet and bitter at the same time. the flavor is pretty solid, but so much going on that its maybe a little disjointed. the hops compete for attention with the sweeter richer grain, and its big on big, very intense to drink on, even when its chilled well. as it warms the hops really become a lot, and along with the booziness of it, its almost overly intense for me. bready baked barley malt character, toffee and maple notes, and grapefruit bitterness at the end, still sweet too. good carbonation for the style, and the bourbon character does a good job bridging the gap between the grain and the hops, but overall this was on the edge of too much for me, not as refined as the best beers in the style. tasty, but come prepared to stay awhile, this is an absolute beast!

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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeschaefer
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Still on tap at The Bearded Lady in Fort Worth and magnificently delicious.

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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris, thanks. Deep copper color with a thin white head. Dark sweet caramel and light fruit. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Pretty good beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine from COOP Ale Works
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 33 ratings