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

bottled
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RATINGS: 745   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
3fourths (8988) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Bath 4, Oct 2002 - Very murky dark peach color, like blended fruit juice with heavy pulp... very cloudy and thick looking. Citrus spicy yeast nose, some woody grapefruit and pineapple. Flavor has some light stinging alcohol mixed with a peppy yeast strain, some light Belgian-style spices and a medium palate. Sweet, though lacking depth.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Vintage: 4, October 2002 This is a unique and very active beer with an attractive golden/amber color. It is very complex with a lot of fizz and a fruity cider smell. It is shameless in its quantity of sediment -- the chunks are just rolling around in the glass. The mouthfeel is smooth yet finishes with a nice bite. This beer is very pleasant, easy to drink and has a lot of great qualities. It is a little pricey, but is worth enduring the sticker shock. In the end, I felt a little disappointed that I really liked a beer with a twist off cap.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2004
2000 vintage... Poured a caramel brown color with a small off white head and light lacing on the glass. Sweet and spicy caramel aroma. Taste was also spicy, with some pepper and sweet plums as well. Very smooth despite the 7.5% alcohol.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3696) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2004
October 2002. Fizzy bubbles, rapidly fading head over an orange brown body. Aroma of bread, faint molasses. Surprisingly thin, fizzy palate. Flavor was sort of a wet bread with a faint hint of orange marmalade. Just not a lot going on though. So sad.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1652) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
8 May 2004 - Sweet spicy hop malt aroma. Nice light brown colour, no lacing or head. Short taste, light malt, sweet spirious and spicy hop flavours. Thinish fizzy palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2004 375 ml bottle batch # 4-OCT/2002 pours hazy with chunks of yeast floating around, orange amber color with a fluffy white head that lasts. Spicy, fruity, yeasty aroma. Spicy and peppery pear and oak flavor. Medium body with a crisp and snappy mouthfeel, finishes with some dryness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Oct 3, 2000 batch: Pours transparent reddish tan with a medium head that fades to a thin solid layer that remains. Aroma is of caramel, light fruits, and a mild tea. Flavor is caramel, light fruits (grapes, apples, etc.), and a tea type flavor. No real trace of alcohol. Definatly an interesting beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2004
I picked this one up when I was up in Manhattan at BrewTopa this summer! That was a great time!

Batch # 4-Oct / Vintage 2002
Pours a murky orange and golden brown body, very minimal head. The aroma is tart, yeasty and spicy all in one! As I take a sip I first notice large hints of oak cask flavors accompanied by a semisweet caramel and butterscotch flavor. Then there is a tartness of apples that is long and dry and a tangerine zestyness. But most noteworthy is the spiciness of this Ale! It’s insane, loads of black pepper, clove, coriander, and I think even some cinnamon all surrounding a Christmas cider like essence. The palate is oily but a bit thin… dry spick finish as I had recently mentioned.
Overall I think that the past 2.75 years have developed this brew nicely!

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 2, 2004
12 oz. brown, stubbie, twist off bottle. I hate twist offs. Batch No.4 OCT 2002. Past it’s prime. Barely a sound as I pried off the crown. Poured out a hazy, cloudy, caramel color, with a fast fading white head. Aromas are of malts past their prime, yeast, and caramel. Tastes are the same as the smells. I had to choke it down to get a taste of it. Not the best Strong Ale I ever had, that much is certain. A drain pour if ever there was one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Batch #4:10/4/02: Cloudy, amber body; minimal head, but ample carbonation; fruity (pear, pineapple); sweet and malty, with butterscotch, pear, apple, very slight medicinical phenols; some slight bitter hopping and tangyness for balance; creamy and oily palate; well hidden alcohol; very good.


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