Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2005 Murky with chunks floating about. Rusty amber-orange with a thin, big-bubbled head. Caramel-covered-apple nose. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but kind of syrupy. Rather fruity, with sweet red apples in the flavor and aroma. Only a very mild bitterness in the finish. Alcohol notes were noticeable, but not strong.
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled 4 Oct 2002, assumed Aurelius' internal temp Aug 5, 2003. This was an odd bird, but I liked it, sort of. Safety/certificate paper label, ding for the twistoff, nice orange beer. Champagne yeasty, dusty, alcohol and mild medicine/phenol aroma. Dry, light dried peach/apricot fruitiness, winey yeast. Underhopped. The 7.5 ABV is masked pretty well. Finish is medicinal and a little thin, like a wit almost.
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coopers has done it again with this superb ale. A complex fruit and spice drop that has a boot polish brown tinge and high foaming head that lasts the glass to the end. Has a mighty kick weighing in on the ABV. The brew we sampled was a little under 3 years old (Oct 2000) as each bottle is numbered.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Rating #1 Bottle of Batch #4 from October 2002 (7 3 7 3 15). A cloudy amber color with an off-white laced but lasting head. A strong sweet caramel aroma dominates the nose. Apple and date aromas follow and eventually ends with a nose tingling alcohol. Somewhat sweet with a rich malty flavor that finishes dry and with an alcohol kick. Rating #2 from same batch (7 3 6 3 13). A murky brown color with a laced off-white head. A strong vanilla and butterscotch aroma. The alcohol is more muted although still present. I enjoyed the flavor even less.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 2002 bottle - murky orange, no head, slippery lacing. Bananas and figs followed by more fruits, caramel and finishing with a slight cherry flavor. That said, it wasn't overly sweet. Body was thinner than expected - It actually started off thicker, and as it warmed it seemed to get thin - odd.
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad, good dark amber color with a small head. Aroma was a little fruity, mostly malty. Very good, smooth malty flavor. I'd drink this one again.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2005 Orange-copper color. Tight small to medium head. Aroma of shampoo-herbal and perfumy. Complex fruit flavors. Smooth and drinkable. It’s a nice change of pace when a beer has a complex range of flavors and none of those are overt maltiness, hop spice, or yeast. A very good bottle-conditioned ale from Down Under.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Muddy brown. Aroma - banana, vanilla, slight medicinally phenols. Mango, date and passion fruit esters. Yeasty and phenolic palate. Dryish finish shows some alcohol.
Radek Kliber (6287) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma was malty, alcoholic and vanilla. Slightly cloudy, some rye bread, malt. Dry finish. Not impressed with this one.
Dredd (663) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 The latest release of the coopers vintage ale took a while to grow on me, but now I think it is great. Nice malt and the cascade hops add a unique flavour to this ale. Just a shame that it only comes once a year (If you are lucky). Certainly has improved with age and drinking this in the colder months at Cellar Temps is a real treat. UPDATE : 2004 is quite different to the one reviewed which was the 2002. This (the 2004) has cheap and nasty pride of ringwood hops. The beer is quite bready/apricoty and is overpowered with alcohol
Update: 2006 Vintage This is a different one again, understated aroma, still quite bready and slight apricot, but it is a lot more balanced than the previous one. It is still very strong and has a long finish, but isn’t as much work as the 04.