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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - FEB 28, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 28, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2003
What a pleasant find at Trader Joes.Mild hoppy,apple, caramel aroma.Murky brown sparkling appearance with white particles that sink to the bottom.Flavors of mild cocoa with a hoppy licorice lingering dry finish.A good refreshing,complex inexpensive medium/high alcohol ale.Oct 2002 bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2003
Batch 4 October 2002: strong rosy malt aroma, looks like chunky apple cider, thin body that should fill out with age, strong grassy "outback like" bitterness with a sweet finish, needs some aging but still solid

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2003
I wasn't overly impressed, though i do like my english strong ales, this one wasn't strong enough. A muddy swamp like color. Flavors of sour apple, cumquat appear at times. Noting exceptional, but still a good brew that i was honored to have enjoyed from dasilky1's closet of beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 Oct 2002 edition: A glowing orange rotting corpse..aroma was orange, vanilla, wood, hop fruitiness..flavor was alcoholic apricots, green apple, pear, maybe some vanilla..semi-chewy mouthfeel..very drinkable yes..however, somewhat plain and boring..

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with light notes of apple, sherry and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pretty dull and bland.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2003
3rd October 2000, and todays date is the 30th Jan 2003, First impression is the wonderful fruity aroma, pours a light brown color with a minimal head. Fruity and malty complex flavour. Fantastic on the palate as it warms, a must have next season.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valdamyr (3) - Mosman, AUSTRALIA - JAN 28, 2003 does not count
October 2002 Vintage - Superb Australian beer, good balance and taste for a 7.5%. Fruity and sweet, but missing a good creamy head.


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