Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine | COOP Ale Works

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3.94/5
Very Good
33 Ratings
Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley WineTerritorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
COOP Ale Works
Oklahoma, United States
coopaleworks.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
33
pDev:
11.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

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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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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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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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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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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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! 

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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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