Review: COOP Territorial Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Coffee Imperial Stout

I’ve been a big fan of COOP’s Territorial Reserve series since its inception. In fact, the first beer that I ever cellared was the initial 2010 release of that beer. It’s still in there, I should probably drink it at this point… Anyway, I heard about the chance to try this great brew on tap at Tapwerks and had to make my way to Bricktown. I would tell you not to sleep, the kegs are very limited and won’t last long.

Company: COOP Ale Works

Location: Oklahoma City, OK

ABV:  Approximately 12.5%

Style/Description: Barrel Aged Imperial Stout

Price: $8 for 10 oz pour

Appearance: Inky opaque motor oil pour, tight tan head and sticky lace.

Nose: Aroma of roasty espresso and oaky booze. Bourbon whiskey and vanilla.

Taste: Thick and boozy, dark espresso and crispy roasted malts. Bitter dark chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Sticky caramel and sugary treacle. Thick sticky mouthfeel, and a creamy low carb. Booze mellows a bit as it warms, bringing out the oak and coffee flavors.

Finish: Lingering sticky finish, whiskey barrel and booze drifts into the nose, leaving remnants of oak and vanilla on the palette.

Overall: I had the opportunity to try the coconut Territorial Reserve stout last week, also at Tapwerks, and together with this coffee version, it renewed my love for this beer. A stalwart and stand out in Oklahoma’s craft beer renaissance, I anticipate the release of this stout every year. The addition of coffee only enhances chocolate and booze of the original, and brings out the roasted malt character. Loved it, seriously go to Tapwerks and try it before it’s gone!

Rating: 4.5/5


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