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

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RATINGS: 752   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2004
2004 release. This is nice enough. Spicy little finish off a fairly light palate. Initial malt etc, alcohol is not overly dominant but is apparent. I really ought to buy a bunch of this and try it in a couple years. However I ought to do that with some other beers first, probably wonít.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2004
Tasted the 2004 Version. A whiff of malt and alcohol greet you. It is quite drinkable given itís strength, but you can taste the alcohol due to the relatively low bitterness. Taste is balanced towards malty sweetness with hints of fruity flavors. Itís good, but I think the Cooperís label leads some to perceive that it is better than it is.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2004
12.12.04 Batch No. 4-Oct/2002 Dark golden pour with tiny ring of lasting head and a seaquarium of floating, bobbing, and diving hunks of sediment -- I think a few had fins. Aromas are sour and pear, sweet toffee, perfumey (but not floral). Heaps of tingly eff break up an oily mouthfeel. Some honey but pretty bland overall. Seems like a light English Pale Ale fortified with some extra booze.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
allphoto (36) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Bottle is 2 years old, um....after the "smoke" cleared upon opening the bottle, the beer poured well into an English pint glass. The head is thick and billowy like frothy swiss cheese. The initial flavor is of toffee-butterscotch...malt, malt and more malt. The palate is oily gliding quickly over the taste buds. The carbonation is barely noticeable, and the flavor ends in brandyish notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Batch No. 4, October/2002. Beer pours murky medium orange with an off white colored head that is lightly retained. A bit of sherry in the nose, a whiff of alcohol, and some significant sweetness. Flavor is pretty thin with a bit of malt sweetness and a bit of a dry fininish. I am rather stunned by how bland this beer is. An English Strong?

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stew41 (1933) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 7, 2012 Vintage: 2010
Consumed: August 2011

Hard to get excited on this tasting. Flavours seem hard and unforgiving with bitter stone fruits. Some malt sweetness tries to get going but never really takes hold. Dumb phase?

Vintage: 2008
Consumed: April 2009

Iím back on board. Didnít blow me away like the first time I tried time beer (the 2004 as a youngster) but very solid and I might have to re-weight my view, particularly given the relatively large volumes in which this is made. A bit lighter in colour than the 2004, more in the browny orangey apricot spectrum. Nose shows sweet malts and toffee; Beligian for mine. Palate is light, at least to my tastes, for a 7.5%er but certainly well built. More toffee and malt to taste, along with some bitter malts in the back palate. Might need a little more punch but the palate structure is very good.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: August 2006

Impressive pour Ė big creamy head, quite thick, settles to leave a classic flat white coffee layer of thin creamy froath. Chunky lacing. Light brown / tan in colour, dirty texture, small floaties. Belgium strong al nose with meaty yeasts and malts, some chocolat, quite powerful, certaintly giving the impression of higher alcohol than the quoted 7.5%. Very balanced to taste although the weight of flavours is a touch subdued, relative to the nose, and tails a little on the finish. More classic Belgian malty notes, again a touch chocolately, but just a little too elegant and perhaps dilutive for the style. Iím certain this beer was looking better 6 months ago although its still a very acceptable drink.

Vintage: 2004
Consumed: November 2004

Cloudy caramel / tan in the glass. Not much going on in the nose, quite restrained. Impressive flavour and mouthfeel. Full of character, and almost has an extracted red wine taste with roasted malty notes and licorice touches, Definately has some sweet touches but heaps of polish and in context, Carries its 7.5% easily. Best beer Iíve had in months.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
2004 vintage. Great red ale look, deep red. Head quickly fades. Entry is quite malty, which finishes slightly sweet. Nothing complex going on here. Malt like German beer. Descent beer, especially for the 7.5% content. I wish the taste would stay a little longer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
10/03/2000. Clear, dark orange with a good size white head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was slightly sweet malt with citrus background. Flavor was much drier than expected. Biscuit malt, fruity, but again very dry. A bit thin. Extremely carbonated, especially for a 4 year old bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2536) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2004
(Batch # 4-Oct-2002) Large offwhite head. Nice and creamy on top. Settles slowly with great carbonation. Poured this one incorrectly. Tons of big whispy floaters in there. Slightly fruity aroma with a decent amount of malt. Not very complex. Color is a slightly cloudy dark amber. Flavor has a slight peach note to it with a noticiable alcohol presence. Finish is dry and pretty clean. A decnent ale but lacks complexity and some body. Nothing special.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2004
(Batch No.4, Oct. 2002) Hazy peach-amber body with dead yeast everywhere, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, fruity (melon, berry), light peat. Taste is medium sweet, fruity (peach, melon), finishing with some peat and alcohol. Creamy medium-full body.


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