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

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RATINGS: 690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StewartM (2) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2003 does not count
Had the Oct 2002 batch. A full flavoured, fruity ale. Very easy to drink, and very, very enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3430) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2003
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.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4028) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2003
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2542) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SJP (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2003
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2003
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2003
Muddy brown. Aroma - banana, vanilla, slight medicinally phenols. Mango, date and passion fruit esters. Yeasty and phenolic palate. Dryish finish shows some alcohol.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
RB 2003. Aroma was malty, alcoholic and vanilla. Slightly cloudy, some rye bread, malt. Dry finish. Not impressed with this one.


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