matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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! Itís 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 thinÖ dry spick finish as I had recently mentioned.
Overall I think that the past 2.75 years have developed this brew nicely!
Cobra (1100) - - AUG 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. brown, stubbie, twist off bottle. I hate twist offs. Batch No.4 OCT 2002. Past itís 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.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch No: 4-Oct-2002: Poured an opaque glowing deep orange with a big creamy head that lasted as a thin coverlet till the end. First impression of the aroma was of apricots and calvados. This was followed by very faint, light caramel, and alcohol. When poured with the yeast it displayed fine sweet bready character also. Complex malts dominated the flavour, with some yeast notes towards the end. This was smooth and rich in the mouth (particularly with the yeast), and had a nice light, lingering bitterness. Very, very nice ílate nights by the fireí beer.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #4 - Oct 2002 This is not a brew I expected to run across at my local beer store, but there it was. So here goes. Murky orange-amber with a tvery tight off-white head that colpases in the middle but clings to the glass tenaciously. The aroma is a bit phenolic along with some fruits and somr rich savory components. The flavor is very English in style, malts buttery almost , minimal hoppiness and very minimal bitterness. II get some exotic fruit, though maybe this is just my mind transporting me to the land of Oz. Dry finish, phenols show up here. Overall pretty good but not excellent.
TheBeerGod (5687) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Batch number 4 - October 2002. Pours a tanned peach with a faint tan head. Aroma is sweet with alcohol, fruit and brown sugar. The taste is alcohol, raw sugar, dark fruit, and rich malt. A bit thinner tasting and palate-wise than the aroma would suggest. Finish is almost bland. Not a bad beer, but just not enough of an assault on the tongue as I thought it would be when I smelled it.
Nemo (100) - Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 Batch. Dark Amber colouring with an off-white head. Strong sweet fruity, sugar aroma. Aroma is alot stronger than the sweet, fruity, tangy, nutty flavour. Waiting in anticipation for what the 2003 batch will be like.
ClarkVV (4639) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2002 bottle thanks to Mutant. Well I waited the suggested 18 months exactly (coincidence). Pours a reddish-brown, hazy with light bubbles and good oat colored head. Looks like a classic english strong. Aroma is quite enveloping, candied sugar from the caramel and sweet toffee, candied apples, some dates, light prunes and maybe a hint of cherry and vanilla. Flavor seems to be less exciting than the aroma, one sweet fruity note is played, with some vanilla, almonds, sugar cookies and dry astringent hops playing about in the background. Towards the end of the beer, Iím quite bored. Decent, but no where near the elegance and subtle multitude of complexities seen in the Fullers line. I agree it hides the alcohol, but I need more flavor.
Filthmuppet (33) - Newtown, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Starts ciderish and tart then decends into a rich creamy vanilla/caramel flavor. Just a joy. Hides the alch so well and leaves a lovely lingering mellow flavor. Iíll be back.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2011 My favorite of the Cooperís beers and one I grab on the rare occasions that I find it. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer pours a cloudy chestnut color with a trace of a white head and huge amounts of sediment. The aroma is a fabulous blend of sweet, tang, nut and caramel. The texture is thick. The flavor is dominated by elements of molasses, maple, caramel, and a little sweet tanginess. The aftertaste is a bit bitter. Overall and incredible scent mixed with an interestingly complex sweet flavor. I will definitely be trying this one again.