PhillyBeer2112 (2496) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 Batch 4, sampled June 2003. Typical Coopers - chunky with yeast. Murky copper with OK head and typical Coopers high carbonation. Surprisingly weak aroma, dominated by estery fruit of course: pear, banana, berries. Flavor is similar. Quite mellow actually, with a restrained and soft palate. Thick and satisfying, must be the yeast - its like eating a beer. All flavor notes well integrated. Moderately hoppy in a spicy peppery way, but bitterness is more apparent than hop flavors - it mainly balances the malt.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2003
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Batch #4, like nearly everyone else: Strangely light. I mean, I see beer in the glass, but where's the flavor? Bah. Looks nice, copper-colored with offwhite head. And there is some body to it.
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2003 Batch #4: I didn't care for this one. Sweet, amber colored and cloudy. Not too strong for a storng ale. Very little hops character, only malts sweetness. Somewhat sticky finish. Mama told me not to come.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2003 Batch #4. I have kept this for 6 months and I feel that the beer is softening with age. Lovely amber colour offset by the bitterness of the PoR hops, but lacking in any real aroma. The typical Coopers esters are there, apple and banana, which balance well with the caramel malt. I question whether it could be called an English Ale as I agree that there are more Belgian style overtones. Re-rate on 24 July 2003. This is improving with age. The colour is a bit misleading for a strong ale as it is quite a light amber. Nevertheless the aroma is more present this time and the mouthfeel is big and billowy. It is worth an upgrade from 15 to 17
ravidesai (940) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 4, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
(batch 4 , 2002)
hazy golden color, long lasting white head,
aroma of pears, floral hops and cane sugar.
taste is a blend of sweet malt, tart yeast and aromatic hops. great balance with an overall effect of a blend of an old ale with a belgian saison.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch #4. Young. Really fizzy, with yeast all over the place. This beer might get good with age. An adequate taste, but not very strong for a "strong ale"
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 3, from 2000. Odd--from an Aussie brewer I was expecting something like a classic English strong, and got something more Belgian blonde to my palate. Apple-tinged nose gives way to a rather light bodied, medium sweet, medium spicy beer with hints of black pepper, green apples, and some kind of indeterminate toe funk. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 4, Oct. 2002: Nice malty sweet aroma...fruity, mostly apricot. The flavor was very sweet as well...still fruity with not hint of hops bitterness at all. A true malthead's beer.
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Woah! Heavily sedimented, golden Bronze body, some sweet wheat. Alcohol and woody notes, plus some friuts and flowers as well. A definite vinuous character and a hint of brandy. An alcoholic bite, there's definitely some caramel malts behind it. Big and full initially, then cleans up rather dry, but full of flavor. Decent balance, great complexity.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Batch 4 (8/02): Tasted 28/2/03. Pours cloudy yellow-brown with a typical small coopers head. Aromas of malt, apple and a hint of floral hops. Well balanced flavour, great caramel malt with floral hops. Slightly roasted finish with a hint of wood. Lovely smooth mouthfeel. Great value for money, coopers best IMO. Rerate 26/10 (Originally AR7/AP3/OV17): Aroma has gone down hill. Alcohol quite prominant in nose, and no hop aroma present any more. Apperance has improved, decent head, and it lasted! Flavour has mellowed out, fruity plum flavour present now rather than caramel. Still quite enjoyable.