Brewed by Coopers Brewery
Style: English Strong Ale
Regency Park, South Australia, Australia


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RATINGS: 738   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Bottle conditioned.
Brewed with choice malts and an extended top fermentation. This naturally conditioned ale experiences interactions between the robust malt, hop and yeast characteristics, to exhibit an intriguing journey of flavour development over a period of five years when stored under cellar conditions.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1012) - BELGIUM - JUL 23, 2015
Nous avons beaucoup de sympathie pour une vintage ale, et nous la respectons, mais l’appellation de « extra strong ale » avec un niveau abv de 7,5 % nous fait beaucoup sourire, voire rire à chaudes larmes !!! Bref, ceci n’est pas le sujet parce que le brasseur attire notre attention sur le potentiel de vieillissement, ce qui est un sujet autrement plus conséquent … Mon exemplaire de 2014 est proposé en montée de complexité pour la période de 5 ans. Cette dégustation est donc une dégustation de bière jeune, afin d’évaluer son réel potentiel , et savoir si cela vaut la peine de garnir ma cave davantage … Couleur ambre foncé à châtain moyen, d’une belle clarté. Bulles fines en colonne centrale par myriades. Splendide. Mousse beige clair, bien crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de malt cara, pointe de froment, muscade, raisins secs, herbe des marais. 1ère bouche très souple à l’entrée originale sur malt cara, avec des graines de sésame. Arrière-bouche assez épicée, un peu poivrée, longue. 2ème au bel ensemble, mais qui manque quelque peu de complexité. Arrière-bouche mi fruitée, mi épicée. 3ème maltée et un peu herbeuse cette fois. Preuve d’un réel potentiel. Arrière-bouche plus complexe, longue. Longueur avec raisins, un peu de bois de fût, réglisse, érable. Jambes fines, très denses, longues, très bien marquées. Superbes, absolument superbes. Levure riche, dense, épicée, très belle ligne. Alcool très bien et parfaitement progressif. Je pourrais aller jusqu’à dire strong, mais jamais extra !! Ceci dit, à son corps défendant, il travaille parfaitement. Finale dont on rêve qu’elle n’ait pas 5 ans de plus. CONCLUSION : assurément une bière à faire vieillir, le potentiel est bien là, et le brasseur ne nous a pas menti. Je l’en remercie et je le félicite bien entendu. Il faudra donc être bien patient pour accorder à cette bière la cote qu’elle mérite sans doute. Ceci est une cote transitoire, mais bien sentie.... (exactement dans la ligne de la Fuller’s anglaise, c’est amusant).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike_77 (4324) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2015
Light brown with loads of chunky yeast residues. Has a nice biscuity malt taste with a light sweetness and a bit of spicy complexity from the yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (4466) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 27, 2015
Ruby body, stable foamy head. Woody, lighter than expected but certainly not light for the style. Well enough hopped. Decent mouthfeel too, at least I very much enjoyed this. A fine ale. (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GlassBrass440 (309) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 26, 2015
Pours a cloudy copper with a soft white head. Aromas of fruit cake: bready, sweet, fruity, spices. Flavours are of sweetened dried fruits, honey, orange, and herbal (spearmint). Very high carbonation makes for a short, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauroruellas (657) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUN 18, 2015
Old Ale apresentou coloração acobreada,líquido ligeiramente turvo e opaco,formação de colarinho alto inicialmente que não se mantem,porem deixa marcas no copo até o final;aroma se desprende a medida que a cerveja esquenta,apresentando malte,frutas secas,caramelo e um suave cítrico;sabor suave e encorpado ao mesmo tempo,com malte e caramelo se sobressaindo,lúpulo bem leve,álcool bem inserido,toques amadeirados lembram vinho do porto;bom corpo,média carbonação;cerveja potente,equilibrada,fácil de beber,doce sem ser enjoativa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1537) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 5, 2015
2014 bottle. Orange/light copper body. Nice hoppy aroma with hints of Cascade in there, later some toffee and faint echoes of brandy. Sweetish but balanced taste with a pleasant level of hoppiness and dry toffee. Has a very airy and smooth mouthfeel - doesn’t get heavy or cloying like many other examples of the style. Very drinkable so the twist-off cap is almost justified (a strange choice for a beer that is made for cellaring. And if you can’t open a regular bottle cap with makeshift tools then you probably don’t deserve a beer anyway).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 26, 2015
330ml bottle. Deep dark amber color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Caramel, green apples, sweet in aroma. Malty, straw, spicy grassy hops, woody in taste. It’s a decent brew, but nothing to get excited about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11834) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 22, 2015
355ml bottle - thanks Marduk!
Lovely dry woody nutty aroma. This is English, right? Nottingham yeast? Anna gets apples, I don’t. Lovely woody body, slight nuttiness. Even more nuts in the finish. Soft palate, smooth, pleasant soft carbonation. Damn, this is so English, I love it. Nuttiness, dryness. I want more of this beer. The other fuckers drank it, and they like it less than me. Bastards.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2015
Hazy orange color beer with a no head. Aroma is malt caramel, with some roasted and yeasty notes. Flavor is very sweet with a weaker bitterness. Body is oily and carbonation is low. Hoppy dry end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zimbo (810) - SCOTLAND - MAY 8, 2015
Drunk fresh, reddy brown with reasonable head. Caramel and yeast to taste and lacking the potential for depth and bitterness. Structurally disconnected but interesting nonetheless.

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