Indra (2559) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 14, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oct. 2000 batch. Soft, floral aroma with some caramel and candi sugar sweetness, and a fruitiness that gives hints of baking apple pie. Light to medium reddish amber in color, bottle conditioned and so imparting a pleasant haziness. Head is very creamy and lasting. Flavor is largely estery and malty, with some red apple, pear and plum and a faint, pleasant spiciness. Creamy mouthfeel but texture is also partially shaped by a fruity tartness. Medium bodied. Finishes with a light amount of hop flavors, yeast and slightly tart, fruity sweetness. For all of itís sweetness this manages to avoid being cloying. I have a feeling 2 years was just about the right amount of aging. Flavorful and unique, as well as tasty and appropriate for mid-November.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice apple aroma, some other soft fruits throughout. Very easy drinking and solid flavour.
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 6, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
October 2002 Batch.
Hazy pale amber colour under a medium size and lasting off white fine bubbled head. Medium strength fruity hops and faint plasticene and candy caramel malt aroma becoming more bubblegummy as it warms. Medium light body with a bit more zing on the tongue than one might expect. Has a bit of their Sparkling ale character about it. Start is medium hoppy, plus some fruity and malt. Middle is softer but fruitier plus some grainy malt. Pleasant medium light fruity with hint of vinous lingering alcohol finish and aftertase. Balance of flavours and alcohol is that to be expected for a fresh young strong ale - which its is. Will be interesting to try in a year or twos time
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This ale went down quickly very drinkable. This ale is well balanced with great flavor. Recommended
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2004 (1999 vintage-tasted 2001) looks and tastes almost precisely like dry sherry: hazy reddish-brown, with a rich oaky sweetness and a touch of sourness and liquorice. rer8of the 1999 (tasted 12/04)- thanks mullet for this rare bottle. tasted very similar to how it did three years ago - sherryish and oxidised, very sweet, with some interesting deep fruity flavours of pear and cooked apple, just a bit of bitterness left in the finish. depends if you like oxidised tastes but in this beer itís quite nice. rer8 of the 2002: to add to the mountains of garbage i have now accumulated in this rating, 7 months later itís really deepened and rounded out. very buttery, caramelly and plummy, but with a definite fat english yeastiness - the usual coopers pear/banana stuff but fatter and bigger. overall like a strong english ale (not a barley wine) made with special B. bit of passionfruit from cascades? interesting and unique. 2004 vintage: on first tasting this is pretty lame, bready malt with passionfruit and plum, but watery and very bland (er...smooth?) for a beer of this strength. i do have a cold though so ill keep an open mind.
Shorty99 (2) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2002 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a review of the recent batch of Coopers Vintage Ale, this one released 4th October 2002.
Ok, I was really looking forward to testing this one. I love my Coopers and from what Iíd heard this was one of their finest offerings.
I wasnít disappointed.
Enjoy this one in a glass, the aroma is much more free to move and invade your nostrils. Fruity, somewhat akin to a plum/apricot sort of smell in my opinion, really lovely.
The taste is excellent. Nothing too overwhelming though I think it would develop with the recommended 18months cellaring. Nice and fruity like the smell with the definite taste of hops on the after palate.
A good kick of alcohol so not something youíd want to have too many of if you had to go to work the next day.
A very good beer even when it hasnít aged. Be back in 18 months to tell you how its changed.
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2002: I didnít like the 2000 and I donít especially like this one either (although I wanted to). Looks OK, kind of a reddy-copper colour with a small white head which doesnít last long. Aroma is alcohol, as well as small amounts of banana, peach and red apple then more alcohol. Taste is very mild indeed, and not strong in any department apart from alcohol. Palate is decent with some nice finishing hops, but the alcohol is still there... All in all, not a terrible beer (better than 2000), but Iíve had much stronger beers where the alcohol is hidden far better than this. Maybe it needs cellaring time. (ratings apply to this edition) <P>2000: This was really dissapointing. It wasnít terrible but I was expecting it to be special and it just wasnít. Theyíve definately tried a Belgian-style ale but it hasnít worked.
thebaron99 (110) - Royston Park SA, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch # Oct 1st1998. Rated &consumed 3rd Oct 2001.
Medium aromatics of demerara, but floral overtones of hyacinth/fushia lighten the mood. A very, rounded clean palate will follow a sip or a gulp, yet circulate the strong flavours of oak, red roses, port and dutch licorice.
I am not worthy..4.9/5
Batch # October 2001 Rated October 2001
Green nose and subsequent juvenile head and toffee appley crappy. Get the hint. It does travel well & in time, (brown bottle, stable brew) is brilliant. Kick it toward the 18 month premium íUse Byí and experience the birth of a magnificent ale. 3.9/5 ReRate Batch# 4-Oct-2002. The first Vintage batch from the new premises. Different again. A mid sienna colour with a definate green tinge. No head to speak of and no lacing.Lightly fizzy with stong aroma of egg, grass, orange. Well hidden alcohol 7.5%, flavour hints of cardamon,grapefruit, must and cigarboxes. Smooth bitterness is still very green flavoured and needs at least another year to develop. Very clean strong finish. Well made. $60AUS 24x375mls, Getíem while their hot!
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 19, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Batch #1 October 1998
The beer pours somewhat hazy deep amber, the head small and semi-creamy and the color a winsome light tan with the lace forming a thin veil to conceal the glass. The aroma of ripe plums, sweet malt and a bit of musk also seems present; start is quite sweet, rich in malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Mildly acidic finish with a nice hop spiciness, very dry like the Australian Outback.
(Batch # 3 October 2000)
A nice translucent golden amber color on the pour, the head modest in size, light tan in color, the lace fine sheets that cover the glass. The aroma of malt dominates the nose, a tad brandy like, fresh, crisp and somewhat sweet, pleasing in its own right. Sweet malt start, top middling in feel, finish pleasantly acidic, hops purposeful in their spiciness, dry linger aftertaste, and a "Damn" good drinking beer.
beerguy101 (5250) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown gold color, medium head. Full bodied ale. Malty and fairly hoppy. Somewhat fruity, with a very strong dry finish. Very nice balance. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is slightly malty. Finish is more champagne like than beer. Interesting beer. Some alcohol bite at 7.1%