COOP’s seasonal brew Territorial Reserve Oak Aged Imperial Stout is back in business, my friends, and should be on tap at select establishments shortly.
I’m told by high-ranking authorities at COOP that the OAIS was purchased recently by a wholesaler and that Republic, The Drunken Fry and Tapwerks will likely scoop up most of the supply.
Here’s a description of OAIS (9% abv) that I pulled from COOP’s website:
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 Bulleit Bourbon barrels and the remainder was aged in our cellar. Before sending out the 2009 vintage, the two were blended for the perfect winter warmer.
The 2009 OAIS was mostly gone by January of this year, so you’ll likely only have a few months to get a taste of 2010 OAIS before having to wait for the 2011 vintage.