Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch #4 October 2002: Pours cloudy brown with small white head. Candied malt nose with some fruit, hard to put a finger on. Possibly apples. Fruit and malt in the flavors, finishing with some hops. Some alcohol at then end as well. Pretty good english strong.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a lightly haze aurburn color with lazy head. Aroma is mild but has present hops and dark fruit from the malt. Flavor is lightly sweet with an aftertaste of alcohl. This wasn't too bad, I might want to try it again.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 02 vintage, Not much of a head ,caramel malt aromas and also apples. Flavour is well balanced between the malt and hops with more apples and fruit showing,alcohol is present but not overdone. Colour was murky mahogany?.
04 vintage, caramel, burnt toffee and you can taste the Cascade hops as well. Might have put one down to see if it gets better as I preferred the 02 vintage.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2002 vintage: An orange/amber color and somewhat small off white head start off this brew. Nose is malty and somewhat rich...pretty nice! Flavor is well malted, deep, and full. It really fills the mouth, and has a nice dry finish that lasts a while! A good english strong!
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It's no Fuller's Vintage, but it's one of the better Aussie beers that I have had. Hoppy and a little bit astringent on the finish, typical of Australian ales. 7.5% is handled well, tastes like a regular 5% ale.
StewartM (2) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2003 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had the Oct 2002 batch.
A full flavoured, fruity ale. Very easy to drink, and very, very enjoyable.
Aubrey (3431) - 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 (4125) - 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 (2553) - 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.