leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dry and pleasnt but not as dry as I would like. Cooperís sparkling ale is their best.
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I must be getting used to these thin-bodied, non-creamy, roasty, bitter stouts, because I rather liked this!
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2003 Ranks number one on my all-time-quantity-consumed list. Oily, thick and roasted, and quite fruity for a stout, with lots of banana esters sometimes, and a sharp yeast acidity that cuts through the muck in the finish. Rarely keeps a head for very long though, and can be overbubbly. But I've got a (dangerously) soft spot for it. RERATE: ok open letter to coopers: what have you done to my favourite beer? ABV has gone down from 6.8 to 6.3% and it's definitely heaps thinner and blander as a result. I'm presently drinking two side by side, one from the old batch and one from the new, and the contrast is huge. the 6.8% version has an obviously richer and stronger aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and cointreau, whereas the 6.3%er just smells faintly tarry and coffeeish. the 6.8%er has a lovely full, smooth, rounded palate with bitter chocolate, banana and a long wood/vanilla oily finish, whereas the new batch has a noticeably flat coffee and chocolate flavour with barely any finish except for a spike of pride of ringwood after a second or two. crap. i can't believe it. (the numbers are for the latest batch)
IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - MAR 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, itís 10:30 AM and this is one nice way to start the day. A rich dark brown/black, little head. Slightly overcarbonated.Itís odd but the faint taste of pomegranate makes itís way through the roasted barley. Not as thick as I expected. I ended last night with a Castlemaine Carbine Stout, given a choice again, I will take the Coopers!
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For a stout this high in ABV, it seems to be rather light in flavour and lacks complexity. It is rather well balanced and fairly sweet. Not bad, but I was expecting much more.
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coopers always produces a great beer, great bitterness with a mouth full of flavour, if my only bad point is i wish it had a bit more creaminess on the palate.
Darkover (1506) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very black, with a medium dark brown head and heavy lacing. Bitter flavor and looong bitter finish. A little over carbonated.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
oil pan black with cloudy umber edge. smallish pale tan head. pernot anise aroma and peat. surprisingly bitter (if you havenít read the previous discriptions)but me and the boys concur that that ainít a bad thing. the bittering hops may be itís most distinguishing aspect.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black body & long lasting tan head. Strong coffee taste with some licorice, not chocolate. Slight bitter aftertaste of medium length. Slightly less enjoyable than Southwark for me. But with the attributes Iíve described, you might prefer this.
pilsnerrogge (2351) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2008 Bottled:
Black with a firm, brown head. Well roasted -almost smoked- aroma with notes of coffee and sweet liquorice. Flavour is somewhat sourish, well roasted coffee with a long bitter/harsh finish. Somewhat thin mouth feel.