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.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2003
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 Rerated a bottle at the Freakin’ Frog. Increased the flavor score but dropped the aroma and appearance. Very tasty middle.
Original rating 3.6 Light orange. Lots of yeast chunks. Bubble gum and subdued hop aroma. Very nice palate. Flavour is light. Some malt and a little hops in the finish.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was fairly mellow: decently malty, pretty yeasty and definitely alchoholic - in fact the alchohol seemed to interfere with the flavor a bit. The beer is remarkably well balanced other than this, there just doesn't appear to be that much happening.
JFGrind (1969) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Last time I had a Cooper's it was in an oil can. I was surprised to sample an English Strong Ale from them. Interesting beer, I had 2002 vintage.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 10/4/2002 vintage. This was pretty good. Had a good malt falvor to it. Alcohol was was hidden just enough.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - NOV 18, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good strong ale. The 7.5% is masked very well. The beer is pretty malty for such a light mouthfeel. A little bit of citrus as well. The finish is slightly bitter. All in all a pretty good english ale.