mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2006 Batch no. 2, 1999. Well I bought a slab of the í99 in 2000 and I still have 8 bottles left (and I sold six of them).
I never did like it, for years it was always harshly alcoholic with very little in the way of, say, malt or hops to mask it. Anyway it looks like the harsh alcohol has finally subsided , but thereís still not much there. Great appearance - clear copper colour with good head retention.
Aroma is dominated by crystal malt toffee and caramel flavours, some stone fruit, alcohol and initially a touch of cideriness which dissipates quickly.
Flavour is quite lean, really lacking malt character, some metal, no hops, slightly salty, dry, alcoholic finish. Pretty fizzy.
Not particularly interesting, and I canít avoid thinking that this beer could be easily replicated with a home brew kit of the same brand (plus a lot of crystal malt). I think this beer is best drunk immediately upon release, and even then it ainít great.
2004 vintage: New bottle and the beer seems different. Itís still not very good. Darker than I recall previous vintages being, poor head. Initially smelled really good, making me briefly reconsider my dislike of this beer, but that didnít last long at all. Loads of muddy crystal malt colour. Seems a lot more clean and boring than fresh bottles of previous vintages and doesnít really show any of the Coopers yeast character that other vintages have by the truckload.
1999 Vintage, tasted 29/11/04: Seems like itís finally getting good! Oxidised stuff dissipates quickly leaving a nice soft butterscotchy, chocolate-coated toffee (like one of those Roses chocolates). Itís light-bodied, thin even, though it works reasonably well. No more sherry stuff but plenty of rum. Malt in aroma reminds me of some Belgian beer which I canít readily identify but may be Gouden Carolus. Same vintage tasted 04/01/06 was actually really good. At least it smelled really good. Some vinous, Gales-esque aged character which was great, but it still didnít taste of all that much.
Trogdor (196) - Cairns, AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2004 good complexity that will get better with age, alcohol just at the edges to let you know its a strong ale, malt and subtle dried fruit with hints of citrus, good body, light head with lacework, one to savour and cellar.
presario (4729) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 Rerated a bottle at the Freakiní Frog. Increased the flavor score but dropped the aroma and appearance. Very tasty middle.
Original rating 3.6 Light orange. Lots of yeast chunks. Bubble gum and subdued hop aroma. Very nice palate. Flavour is light. Some malt and a little hops in the finish.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was fairly mellow: decently malty, pretty yeasty and definitely alchoholic - in fact the alchohol seemed to interfere with the flavor a bit. The beer is remarkably well balanced other than this, there just doesn't appear to be that much happening.
JFGrind (1866) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last time I had a Cooper's it was in an oil can. I was surprised to sample an English Strong Ale from them. Interesting beer, I had 2002 vintage.
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.