dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 10/4/2002 vintage. This was pretty good. Had a good malt falvor to it. Alcohol was was hidden just enough.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good strong ale. The 7.5% is masked very well. The beer is pretty malty for such a light mouthfeel. A little bit of citrus as well. The finish is slightly bitter. All in all a pretty good english ale.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - NOV 14, 2003
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2004 This beer is big. Big flavour, big ABV, big rich cloudy orange, colour. This beer is an absolute corker. Mr cooper says to savour each beer rather than go silly with it. I couddnt agree more. Deserves a lot of respect and i believe gets it. Plenty of stewed apricots in there, fruity malty, a genuine ale. The only high alcohol beer that disguises its alcohol content like this one. A Killer Brew.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2000 - virtually no head. Nice slightly malty aroma. Body is well balanced, and this brew definitely ages well. Will have to open another one in another year or two.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a bottle that was produced in Oct of 2000. This was incredibly mellow and well aged. A nice murky dark brown pour with some amber highlights showing through. A very tiny soda l ike head, that quickly dissipates and leaves some very nice lacing behind. The taste is very mellow and full of flavor. Essences of dark fruits and a balance that is sledom achieved in this style of beer. Thanks to Belgianhomebrew.
Betty (235) - Walgett, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had so much of this lately that I'd thought I'd better put it up. The Oct 2002 batch is getting really good right about now (Oct 2003) and it's bloody tasty. There is a hint of garam masala or something and the classy citrus thing you get in some Belgian Triples. Anyway, can't wait for the next attempt; this is a rare Aussie success.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2003
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Batch No 4-Oct/2002
Pours a very cloudy burnt-orange with lots of sediment floating around. Decent head but no lacing.
Smells fruity-sweet; not quite estery, though.
Taste is, well, like a Coopers. There's something yeasty/acidic I find in most Coopers and it's definately present here. The more I drink of this the worse it gets. It's more of an aftertaste, really. Otherwise, this is malty with apricot hint and no hop presence at all.
Mouthfeel is watery with the serious aftertaste. Overall, this is going down the drain. I really wanted to like this beer, too.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
batch 4-Oct/2002: yelowy orange-brown. cloudy with chunks, and no head. looks like my dodgy homebrew lager. sweet alcohol smell. sweet to taste and a little bit of malt. has an aftertaste of roasted malt. a bit thin.
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Batch No 4-Oct/2002 - A small slightly frothy head, lovely deep orange colour - well presented. Smells malty and rich - an enticing ale. Starts slightly sweet, a dollop of malt not much bitterness/alcohol fairly well hidden but still clearly present, quite dry. Just a bit too strong for me. cheers
Winchester (75) - Struggle Town NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Initial thoughts are good. Tasty and strong. But then the aftertaste kicked in. Very bitter.