papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy peach color with a small off white head and chunks of floaties. Nose is light and fruity. Flavor starts lightly buttery and sweet then a light dry bitterness that finishes with a hint of bubble gum. Alcohol fairly well hidden, but there is a light burn in the throat.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2004 Extra Strong Oct 4, 2002. A lot going on here. Nice cloudy copper color with big chunks of yeast. Poured nice with a decent head. Very mellow orange flavor and roasted malty tones. Bubble gum and caramel are right behind the mostly mild citrus taste. A very nice English Strong Ale.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity aroma. Very little head. Orangey amber in color with a million floaties, some very large. Fruity flavor with a nice malt backbone and citric presence. Well balanced and very enjoyable. Bottled in 02.
Choos (665) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 Aroma malty, toasty orangy and a hint of alcohol. Tea coloured with a quickly diminishing head. Flavour is roasty malt, brown sugar with hints of citrus and a noticeable amount of alcohol. Thinner than I would have thought with a reasonable amount of carbonation.
On tap at Coopers Ale House. Nicer with less toasty notes and more passion fruit
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orangy amber color with chunks of yeast floating about. Malty nose with hints of banana. Mildly malted with some spicyness.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oct/2002 vintage.Orange/amber color with a lot of medium sized yeast chunks suspended throughout the brew.Small head that faded fast leaving little behind.The aroma was malty,caramel with a slight fruity sweet smell coming through as well.The taste is very nice,malty and fruity medium sweet with a decent hop presence.The alcohol managees to make a brief appearance in the middle only to fade away and leave a nice semi sweet fruit and hop after taste.The finish is sweet and mildly bitter.Very nice brew much better then there sparkling ale and according to the Desc.Mine is just at the edge of optimum flavor.It would be nice to see what other years taste like.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky amber color, large particles, white head. Nose had hints of fruit, caramel, and some touch of the medicinal. Flavor was good. Malty taste.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
medium golden in colour, sweet nose with malts and hops in the taste. Finishes fairly bitter and almost sour. Yeasty too
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 ’99 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 there’s 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 can’t 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 ain’t great.
2004 vintage: New bottle and the beer seems different. It’s 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 didn’t last long at all. Loads of muddy crystal malt colour. Seems a lot more clean and boring than fresh bottles of previous vintages and doesn’t really show any of the Coopers yeast character that other vintages have by the truckload.
1999 Vintage, tasted 29/11/04: Seems like it’s finally getting good! Oxidised stuff dissipates quickly leaving a nice soft butterscotchy, chocolate-coated toffee (like one of those Roses chocolates). It’s 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 can’t 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 didn’t 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.